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Big Plans for the July Market

We sure hope to see you at the July show at AmericasMart! The gift and home furnishings show runs from Tuesday, July 11-Tuesday, July 18. As always, we have a lot of fun planned each day. We even start a day early, so stop by Monday, July 10, for VIP treatment! Call your rep to set up an appointment or just come up to the 16th floor and shop with us. We have show specials everyday, food, snacks and prizes to win! Click on the photo below to preview our showroom. Then, take a look at what we have planned. See you at the Mart!
 

 

Monday, July 10 – Tuesday, July 18

Mimosa Mornings: 9:30-11 am

Southern Lunch: 11 am-2 pm

Delicious Dinner: 5-8 pm

You won’t want to miss our VIP day, Cocktails, and our After Party! Details below!

 

 

Monday, July 10 — It’s VIP Day, so stop by and take advantage of specials, prize opportunities and more! Come up to the 16th floor and spin our wheel of prizes!

 

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You won’t want to miss these two events!

Saturday at 4, join us for cocktails at our Total Accessories showroom (Bldg. 3, 7-S-114). Enjoy a Cosmo (because, what else?) to properly welcome Sarah Jessica Parker! She will be speaking about “Pumps, Purses and Serious Profits – Building a Fashion Empire One Step at a Time.”

And, After the Show…

Head to the Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta after the Saturday show for some live music from M-80! It’sM-80 always a good time!  Open to all! Doors open at 8:30!

 

 

Our Show Bestsellers are Must-Haves for Your Shop!

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Our January show at AmericasMart was a record-breaking success and a lot of fun! It was great to spend time with both new and old customers. And it’s always wonderful to be a part of the vibrant environment at the Mart! We’re so excited to share with you our bestsellers from this year’s show! Take a look and contact your rep to get these lines in your store!

 

Lizzy James

People can’t get enough of Lizzy James wrap bracelets. Customers love their versatility and creativity and have difficulty settling on just one! Many wrap bracelets can also be worn as necklaces! Click on the link above for more information on this great-selling accessory line!

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Blue Sky Wireless

Blue Sky Wireless® strives to bring the latest in fun and trendy gadgets, novelty items and licensed goods to your customers! Their 3-D Virtual Viewer is popular and fun as are their Minion 3-D Deco Lights, licensed hover toys and Mensa games. Click on the link above to see all the fun gadgets from Blue Sky Wireless!

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Virginia Gift Brands — Farm Grown Candles

Farm Grown® is a new authentic home fragrance line from the makers of Woodwick! It strongly reflects the best of America. Their 100% soy wax is made from soy beans grown by American farmers. From the wick to the wax, you get nothing short of 100%. The glass containers are also right in line with the farmhouse chic decor that’s so popular right now!

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Skinny & Co.

It was non-stop for Skinny & Co. at this year’s show! It’s not just about their great packaging though it is pretty fantastic! They feature the only 100% raw, pure and alkaline coconut oil in the world! Coconut oil is all the rage in personal hygiene and wellness these days. Customers love the health benefits and the look of Skinny & Co. products.

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Check out these and more show bestsellers on our Pinterest board! Have questions about these items? Leave us a comment!

Show Specials! Limited Time!

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We’ve got some fantastic show specials for you! So, if you missed the show or not, there’s still time to order! The specials are available for a limited time, so hurry and contact your Southern Link rep to take advantage of these great deals! Click on the vendor links to take a look at the catalogs.

American Woodcrafters (ask your rep about this line)

  • 5% on $350 Order
  • 10% on $750 Order

Cottage Garden

  • 5% Freight, N60 on $500 or 3 packages
  • Free Freight , N60 on $1000 or 5 packages
  • Free Freight, N90, 5% off on $1500 or 7 packages

Counter Art

  • 5% on $350
  • 10% on $750

Desden

  • 10% off $500 and FREE Grocery Tote

Fripp & Folly

  • New Lower Display Pricing

From The Heart Enterprises

  • 20% off all orders

Highland Home

  • 5% off $350
  • 10% off $750

Katydid

  • Free Shipping over $250

Lizzy James Designs

  • Free Wrap Bracelets Depending on Order Size

LS Arts

  • 25% off Xmas Early Buy
  • Everyday Product Discount

Park Designs

  • Free Freight, N60 on $1000
  • Free Freight, N90 on $2000

Skinny & Co.

  • Free Freight on POPs
  • 10% off order if no POP

See You at the Show!

monsunshowWe are looking forward to seeing you at the show at AmericasMart. We’ve got so much planned –all with you in mind. Come and see us in Building 2, Suite 1613! Amazing Lines! Prizes! Show Specials! Lunch, Dinner, Plenty to Drink and More! Look what we have planned for you!

 

Monday, January 9

  • V.I.P. Day at the Link: Come be our V.I.P. 9 am-5 pm! Special Discounts! Gifts! And More!
  • Mimosa Monday: Shop and Sip 9:30 am-11 am! A great way to start the day!
  • Gifts! Special Discounts! All day!
  • Lunch and Drinks: Come join us 11 am-2 pm!

Tuesday, January 10

  • Come see us all day! Amazing Lines! Show Specials and More!
  • Lunch: Shop and Snack: 11-2!
  • Party On at the Link: Join us until 8 for music, drinks and fun!

Wednesday, January 11

  • Come see us all day! Amazing Lines! Show Specials and More!
  • Free Breakfast with The Shine Project’s CEO and Founder Ashley LeMieux, “How Philanthropic Marketing Can Inspire Your Customers” 8 am-9 am, Bldg. 2, Floor 3, Room 203A (SHOW UP and WIN! Two $50 Gift Cards will be Awarded at Breakfast!)
  • Lunch: Shop and snack: 11 am-2 pm!
  • Shop, Spin, Win: Spin our wheel for prizes: 5 pm-7 pm!
  • Dinner at the Link: 5 pm-7 pm
  • Party On at the Link: Music, Drinks and Fun: 5 pm-8 pm!

Thursday, January 12

  • Mimosa Morning: Shop and Sip: 9:30 am-11 am!
  • Lunch: Shop and Snack: 11 am-2 pm!
  • Meet artist Susan Winget from Great Finds and WIN a free gift!: 3 pm and (Link 2 Sales Showroom, Bldg. 2 Suite 1600)
  • Shop, Spin, Win: Spin our wheel for prizes 5 pm-7 pm!
  • Dinner at the Link: 5 pm-7 pm!
  • Party On at the Link: Music, drinks and fun 5 pm- 8 pm!

Friday, January 13

  • Come see us all day! Amazing Lines! Show Specials and More!
  • Lunch: Shop and snack: 11 am-2 pm!
  • Dinner at the Link: 5 pm-8 pm!

Saturday, January 14

  • Come see us all day! Amazing Lines! Show Specials and More!
  • Lunch: Shop and snack: 11 am-2 pm!
  • Dinner at the Link: 5 pm-8 pm!
  • Play Off Time: Come spend the evening with other sports fans: 4 pm-8 pm!

Sunday, January 15

  • Come see us all day! Amazing Lines! Show Specials and More!
  • Lunch: Shop and snack: 11 am-2 pm!
  • Play Off Time: Come spend the evening with other sports fans: 4 pm-8 pm!

January 16 & 17

See AmericasMart for all the details!

Have questions about the show? Leave us a comment and we’ll be sure to respond!

To Market ! To Market!

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Come See Us In Atlanta!

It’s time for the largest, most comprehensive market of the year at AmericasMart in Atlanta –The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. So, mark your calendars for January 10-17 and call your Southern Link rep to make an appointment to stop by our showrooms. We look forward to seeing you and we have so much planned for our customers including: show specials, fun events, prize opportunities, delicious food and drinks to help you get through the long days.

Here’s what you need to know:

Where: AmericasMart Atlanta – Building 2, Suite 1613

When: January 10-17

Find your rep here and make an appointment today!

Browse our vendors.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook during the show so you don’t miss anything. Click on the social media links at the top right of this page to join us. We’ll be posting throughout the days during the show! Click the photo below to go to the registration site. Can’t wait to see you at market!

 

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New Open Showroom Policy

americasmartbuilding2falldesignshowThe Link Companies, in the spirit of true Southern hospitality, is now offering an “open showroom policy” for a more productive and comfortable shopping experience. This means that our Atlanta Gift Mart showrooms (located in Building 2 at AmericasMart) are open to all sales representatives from across the country so they can work with their customers while attending the two major markets in Atlanta. We have partnered with our vendors to ensure that our valued retailer partners can feel comfortable working with their local sales representatives, even if they are from outside The Link Companies’ territories.

According to Brad Rosenkampff, CPO and Managing Partner, “With so many regional markets disappearing and the traffic shifting to the AmericasMart campus, we have chosen to open our showrooms to ensure the best shopping experience while attending the markets in Atlanta. It is a sincere effort to create a more relaxing and pleasurable environment for all.” We are confident that our teamwork with vendors and out-of-territory sales representatives will make The Southern Link and Link 2 Sales showrooms even more enticing during the gift shows. It’s truly a privilege to serve so many great retailers across North America and beyond.”

Lizzy James Inspires

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The Lizzy James artisian jewelry line features her hugely popular leather wrap bracelets that can also be worn as necklaces. Every Lizzy James piece is made in the USA by artisans whose expertise, passion and energy make the jewelry come alive in a thoughtful and balanced design. Lizzy James tells her story in the video below. See how her jewelry making all started to get through the healing process after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Her journey is truly inspiring! After you watch, have a look at the incredible Lizzy James collection.  For more information about Lizzy James jewelry, contact your rep.

 

 


Is Your Store Holiday Ready?

shopdecorHo, ho hopefully by now all of your holiday shipments have arrived and you’re ready to enjoy all of the excitement that the season brings! Here are five important questions to ask yourself to be sure your store is ready for a successful holiday season. We’re so excited to share these great merchandising tips and holiday gift ideas with you!

1. Do you have the right product to create a cohesive theme display to grab customers’ attention? Nothing says it’s the holidays like holiday colors! Arrange red and green items with greenery and ornaments to draw shoppers to your display. Or, if your prefer, create your display with silver, gold, or white elements –or any combination that will lead customers to your gift displays. Once you have your theme, be sure you have plenty of holiday themed gifts to incorporate. Some products to consider include: festive outdoor holiday decor from Custom Decor, holiday-themed coasters and cheese servers from Counter Art, fun gift items from Brownlow, and seasonal scented candles from Virginia Gift Brands. Click on the links to see selections of holiday themed items for your store.

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2. Do you have some new hot items in your store? There are always going to be those shoppers who are looking for the latest trends. So, be sure to stock up on a couple. Some fun items this year are Feisty Pets –the best selling plush on Amazon right now, Pure Drinkware –keeps drinks cold for 24 hours, hot for 12, and the Deco Boom Bowl that you set a music device in and it amplifies the sound +15 decibels with great acoustics. Really clever! Click on the links to take a look at these sure-to-sell items.
collage23. Do you have some unique items that differentiate your store from your competition? Of course,
you want to be different! Seek out product lines that your competitors don’t carry. Consider the popular wall art line (below) from Second Nature by Hand –made in the USA from reclaimed materials. Chala is another truly unique line. Chala’s handbags are on trend this year with brightly colored appliques and graphics. And Hearthwick candles from Virginia Gift Brands are housed in beautifully designed vessels.

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4. Does your store put shoppers in the holiday mood? Play festive music, nestle pinecones, greenery and clusters of ornaments within your displays. Incorporate twinkle lights where you can. All of these small things go a long way to leading customers through your store and putting them in the shopping mood. Your goal is to keep customers thinking about gift giving and buying. Incorporate some of the gift items we mentioned above and include some classics like those from Park Designs (below).

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5. Do you have items for everyone?  Women are the primary shoppers during the holiday season but that doesn’t mean they only buy for other women. Be sure to include gifts for men, babies, kids and friends. Even if you only include one of these groups, you can get a great turn on just one table or 4 foot wall display that highlights your unique products. This year consider Duke Cannon products for men (below), Stephen Baby items for babies (below), Feisty Pets and perhaps Virginia Gift Brands Reserve Collection.

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Our Pinterest board is filled with these and other great ideas for holiday gifts for your store. Take a look! Comment below with any questions. We’re happy to help!

Fall Jewelry Trends 2016

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Fall jewelry trends this year are varied —so eclectic. There’s something for everyone! Here, we’re going to focus on the top four jewelry trends seen on fashion sites and right in our showrooms at AmericasMart. At the top of our trend list this fall are chokers, tassels, layered necklaces and bracelets, and cuff bracelets. There are so many ways to wear these pieces. Let’s take a look.

Chokers. The 90’s choker look is back in almost every style and material imaginable. But, an especially popular version of the choker has a twist. You’ll often hear them referred to as scarf chokers because they are wrapped around the neck and hang loose at the ends. They are making appearances in ribbon, leather and chain. See our catalogs for Nakamol Chicago and Coco+Carmen to look at more versions of these stunning necklaces. The choker/collar also made a big showing at Fall Fashion Week. Anju has some amazing mixed metal  collars for fall.

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Layers and stacks. Layered sets of necklaces and bracelets are popular this fall. We are seeing sets of delicate chained necklaces and also an eclectic mix of elements and metals to create the look. They are being sold in sets; some are connected, but others are not. This gives the customer so many options to create different looks. Bracelets are seen in stacks and wraps. Call them arm candy. Or, call them arm parties. It’s a great look. Coco + Carmen and Endless Jewelry both have wrapped and stacked bracelets.

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Tassels.Tassels are big on both handbags and jewelry this fall. They are showing up in leather, cloth, plastic and metal. You’ll see them in all sizes and colors and even hanging from the scarf chokers that we mentioned above. It’s the year of the tassel, so it seems!

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Cuff bracelets. Cuff bracelets of all widths are being worn over sleeves and gloves. Mixed metal cuffs are popular as are open cuff bangles with earthy stones on each end. Even wearing multiple cuff bracelets is quite on trend. Anju has so many designs to choose from in metals and also in leather.

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Go swoon over even more fall jewelry trends included on our Pinterest board. The Fashionisers provide a great overview of some of this fall’s trendiest trends. What’s your favorite jewelry trend? Tell us in the comments!

Photo Credits: InStyle, The Fashionisers, Nakamol Chicago, Anju

Create Mood with Candles

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Fall is here and it’s time to break out the cozy throws and stock up on candles! Sure, candles can fill a room with light and fragrance, but, this fall, candles are absolute decorating essentials!
 
The best way to create mood with candles is to group them. Use quality flameless or wax candles of the same color in various heights and widths and place them together on a heat resistant tray, or on candle holders. The candle holders don’t necessarily need to match. Enjoy playing with the arrangement until it’s aesthetically pleasing. Decorators suggest white or cream colored candles because you can easily add decorative seasonal elements around them for a specific holiday. Grouped arrangements instantly add warmth to a room and a tray of candles can be placed on a table or counter in any room, bathrooms included. Here are several other creative ways to decorate with candles:
 

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Cluster candles on a mantle. A mantle is the perfect place for candles. As the focal point of a room, using candles in the right way can easily set the mood and create ambience. Place them on rustic candle holders for more of a cozy look or put candles in glass hurricanes for sheen and elegance. 

 

Arrange candles in a tablescape. Create tablescapes for holidays by adding seasonal elements, or dress up a table for an elegant dinner party. It’s so easy to create different looks with candles depending on the season and the occasion.
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Group candles in an unused fireplace or on the hearth. When a fireplace is unused or non-working, fill itfireplacecandlescollage with candles of different heights and light up a room with candlelight.
Ask your rep about our great candle selections from Virginia Gift Brands and Melrose. For more candle inspiration, check out our Pinterest board!

 

 

 

Images from Pottery Barn, MontanaRosePainter.tumblr.com, ehomecoverage.com, cottagemarket.com, hometipsforwomen.com, thecandleimpressions.com, and picklee.com.