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New Vendor Announcement!

TMA is proud to announce the following new additions to our fantastic line up of vendors:

Tall Tails notes, “Dogs sleep as much as eighteen hours a day, while cats nap as much as twenty. They’ll catch some Z’s wherever they happen to be. So don’t they deserve something special to chase their dreams in unconditional comfort?” Good point! Thankfully, they have made it their mission to create beds, blankets and throws that are the epitome of comfort. The company began as a family-owned infant bedding, blanket and apparel company in 1933. Thanks to this background, you can rest assured that every Tall Tails product is crafted from durable, non-toxic materials and designed for easy cleaning. Tall Tails product line features dog beds and blankets, toys, collars, bandanas, and more!

 

Legacy Shave offers “The Ultimate Shaving Experience” with the world’s first shaving cream can attachment! Get a close shave without the mess and clean up. Founded by two brothers, Legacy Shave is rooted in the past but geared toward the future. That’s the idea behind Legacy Shave and The Evolution Brush – a unique way to bring that old-fashioned barber shop experience into your home. The name reflects what’s closest to the founding brothers hearts – Family and Legacy. This is the absolute pinnacle of men’s gifting!

 

D’ears Jewelry and Gifts is a family owned and run business from Minnesota. Their amazing earrings are manufactured right in rural Minnesota and the finished products exude fine craftsmanship and lifetime durability. D’ears was born November 2013, through the creative vision of Ken Matheson. In partnering with his wife Pam, son Jaron, daughter-in-law Leah, and her parents Dean and Donna Carroll, they have each contributed their individual talents to grow d’ears into a jewelry maker with distinctive handmade products in stores across the country. The latest featured products include laser cut wood jewelry from the finest organic wood laminates.

 

Marmalade of London is a British candle brand that creates a little indulgent luxury for every home, with every candle poured! They have a passion for fragrance and design which can be seen in their stylish and contemporary packaging. Fragrance is very personal and different scents can remind us of a person, a place or a moment in time. That’s why Marmalade has created  fragrances to suit all different tastes. All of the products are lovingly made in Britain. The candles are 100% soy wax with cotton wicks and essential oils. Marmalade’s bath and body products contain lovely natural ingredients including shea butter, vitamin E and aloe vera. The nearest they get to animal testing is by bringing the family black labrador, Plum, to work and allowing her to sniff the occasional candle or reed diffuser. She seems to approve!

Stop by at the January gift show to see these brand new products in person, or call your TMA Link rep to order today!

 

Next up – Valentine’s Day!

We are at the point of the year when Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years, seem to eclipse all other holidays. But, we must be careful to keep the next heavy hitting holidays in mind! Valentine’s day is up next, and it’s never too early to start ordering gift items for all the lovers out there. TMA Link can help your customers share the love with enticing products from your favorite vendors! Here are a few of our picks:

 

With messages on their soaps and bath bombs like “UR Hot, UR Sexy, and UR Loved,” UR Bath and Body is all about messages of empowerment and love. Anyone can use this kind of pick-me-up in the bath and shower, and what better occasion for these messages than Valentine’s Day? Soaps, like the super flirtatious, UR Sexy, are $4 a bar, wholesale, and come in packs of five. UR Sexy’s fragrance is Indian Jasmine, Cedar Wood, Vanilla, Golden Amber, Italian Bergamot, and Ylang-Ylang. The ever-popular bath bomb is $3, wholesale, with a minimum of 3 bombs per scent. The UR Loved fragrance, available in the bath bomb and soap, is the soothing smell of warm vanilla bean. Crazy about this line and want to dip your toes in the bath? Get a starter assortment like the UR Boutique Package for $495 wholesale, featuring 50 Bath Bombs, 25 Soaps, and 24 Sugar Scrubs and is pictured above.

Don’t forget about the guys this Valentine’s Day! Any girlfriend or wife knows that buying for your man can be tricky. What exactly does heDuke Cannon Gift Set want or need? Duke Cannon’s men’s bath and body products are not only great if you want soap that really works, but the hilarious packaging and super masculine presentation is spot on to get any guy excited for a simple shower! Try something fun like the Soap on a Rope Bundle Pack that includes a Tactical Scrubber (with “rope”) and a Big Brick of Soap. For just $12.50 wholesale, these can be added to any order with ease. For the true outdoorsman, the Hunting and Fishing Soap Kit is the gift set he needs. includes a “Big Ol’ Brick of Hunting Soap” and a Heavy Duty Hand Soap.

Get any of these fabulous finds for Valentine’s Day by ordering from your TMA Link rep, or by ordering online at RetailersLink.com.

Christmas IMMEDIATE Shipping!

It’s the time of year when retail is nothing but hustle and bustle. Good thing TMA Link has you covered with these awesome products that are all ready and waiting to ship to you IMMEDIATELY!

First, Gift Essentials Glass Decorative Christmas Trees are an adorable piece of holiday home decor that look fantastic on the mantle, a side table, or as a centerpiece. The trees are from five and a half inches to a foot high, and range from $6.75 to $20 wholesale. Pictured on the left is one of the six inch, best-selling trees for $10, that can come in a basic shipping box or a gift box. If the trees aren’t your store’s style, Gift Essentials has an entire catalog of Holiday goodies, that includes ornaments, wine accessories, sun catchers, wind chimes, and holiday drinkware!

 

This list would not be complete without mentioning Warmies extremely comfortable slippers! No matter where you live, slippers are the essential house shoe – particularly for those experiencing cold winter weather! There are two types of slippers – the Cozy Plush Slippers, scented with relaxing lavender and perfect for sore, aching feet. Pop these slippers in the microwave for the ultimate comfort and relaxation experience. The Spa Therapy slippers contain natural grain fillings and French lavender, and are made of luxurious fabrics for an aromatic sensation. Both are $10 wholesale!

 

Worlds Softest Gallery

 

World’s Softest Socks Gallery Collection features a whole group of items guaranteed to keep your customers warm this holiday season! Check out the breakdown: SOCKS (of course) feature Footsies for $4.25, Crew Socks for $4.50, Knee Highs for $6, and Over-the-Knee for $7 (prices all wholesale). Get involved in the World’s Softest outerwear, too, with Toboggans for $9 and Scarves for $15!

 

All of these items can be ordered right away by calling your TMA Link rep, or by ordering online at RetailersLink.com.

BIG NEWS at The Link Companies!

 

For Immediate Release: November 9, 2018
Contact: Brad Rosenkampff, Managing Partner

THE LINK COMPANIES ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION AND EXPANSION

Atlanta, Ga – The Link Companies, a leading manufacturers’ representative agency in the gift, home accent, lifestyle apparel and fashion accessory sectors, announces the acquisition of a prominent sales agency and territory expansion. The Link Companies will now have complete representation in the Northeast through Nova Sales Associates and territory managers in Ohio.
Nova Sales Associates (NSA) has an outstanding history with four decades of sales and service across 6 states. Always been a “shining star” in this region, NSA is led by Drew Weisinger and Phil Wacks. The territory managers will continue under their guidance and join The Link Companies team offering a permanent home at the Atlanta markets. Over the course of the next year, NSA will transition to The Northern Link.
Weisinger: “We are thrilled to be merging with The Link Companies. It’s a perfect opportunity for two companies with similar cultures and respected brands along with a mutual vision and shared desire to grow, to join forces and help our retail and vendor partners succeed.”
The Link Companies also announces the hire of territory managers in Ohio, establishing a new agency called The Central Link. Kelly Morris will be VP of Sales for this new agency. “For decades we have worked with Ohioans in our showrooms and we can now offer exemplary service with our professionals on the road, in their stores. We are very excited about this announcement and welcome the opportunity for growth in the Buckeye State,” states Fred Rosenkampff, CEO/ Managing Partner of The Link Companies.

For more information, visit: www.TheLinkCompanies.com
Brad Rosenkampff, CPO/Managing Partner 404.395.8031

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Tabletop Trends

Thanksgiving is a time to come together around the table, to gather with our nearest and dearest. And no major feast is complete without the perfect tabletop decor! Thankfully, The Mid Atlantic Link has several vendors that really lead the way when it comes to finding the perfect food servicing accessories.

SplitP Tabletop

First, take a look at SplitP Designs. We found this take on their “Sophisticated Grays” collection to be refreshing, adding just the right pops of orange to make this look very autumnal. The featured SplitP product in this display is the Dotted Line Table Runner and Cloth Napkin. The runner is 13″x 60″ and available at the wholesale price of $12.50. As they did in this display, the neutral colors of this item pair perfectly with any colors. Keep it around for Christmas, and reuse with red poinsettias!

Melrose International has gorgeous products for the home and garden, and a robust mix of decor for the Holiday season. For the tabletop, they feature an abundance of vases, lanterns, and centerpiece items. Our favorites are the small vases pictured here. A mixture of texture and color blend perfectly in this trio of small vases. Each has its own imperfections, giving it a look of artisan craftsmanship. The trio is, wholesale, $12.90. Once again, this item is trans-seasonal, and you can feature it in your store right now for the Holiday Tabletop, and continue to carry it well into Spring for a whole different look.

Whether you choose to feature simplistic designs like the ones we featured, or prefer to show colorful or patterned decor in your store displays, both Park and Melrose are leaders in Tabletop and will certainly have some ideas for you! Check out their catalogs and call your rep today to learn more, or find them on RetailersLink.com for online ordering.

Stocking Stuffers!

It is never too early to start thinking about even the smallest details for Christmas. Make sure your customers know that your store is the best place to pick up whatever they need to make the Holidays shine the brightest, including STOCKING STUFFERS! Here are the Top 3 Items from Link2Sales that you should order and market as the best in “small” gifts:

Fiesta Cutie Beans1. Cutie Beans by FiestaThese little guys are part of a new collectible “blind box” that Fiesta has created. The idea is to purchase the blind boxes until you’ve collected all the different goodies inside! There are nine different adorable plush animals inside each assortment with the options of “Jungle” or “Aqua.” The toy includes the plush and a clip case, perfect for backpacks and keychains! Children of all ages will be delighted by these collectibles. The assortment, ideal for countertop display, contain 72 toys at $2.50 a piece.Nebo Big Larry 2

 

2. The Big Larry from Alliance Sports Group. Alliance is comprised of a number of brands, but for this list we’ve chosen NEBO. Maker of all things flashlight-related, Nebo does have a number of smaller items that are the perfect stocking stuffer size. Easy to display, many of the assortments come with a Countertop display unit. Big Larry is no exception, and with a Power Work Light of 500 lumens, it’s sure to outshine the other gifts. This little guy is a “Big” deal, with a magnetic base, four light modes, and new LED technology. For $12.75 a piece, get a 14 piece case pack. 

 

3. Everlasting Hairbands from Vere. If you have long hair, you need a Vere hairband, end of story. This magical hairband never stretches out; you can use a hair dryer to shrink it down to size. It’s unbreakable, snag-proof, waterproof, crease-proof, comes in an array of glitter and metallic colors, and can also be worn as a bracelet! The small box packaging lends nicely to a stocking stuffer and can even be hung from a Christmas tree to make an adorable display at your store. A box of 5 hairbands is $7.50, wholesale.

Order any of these fantastic lil’ stocking stuffers right now by calling your DonMar Rep or ordering online at RetailersLink.com.

Last Minute Fall Shipping!

It is certainly beginning to feel like Fall outside, and we have some hot buys for you that will warm you up and ship immediately!

Park Designs‘ Holiday Collection is nostalgic, whimsical, and truly classic. In addition to every they offer in their year-round collections, such as tabletop pieces, pillows, and kitchen textiles, the Holiday collection also features unique items like tree skirts, stockings, and Santa Sacks. The Santa Sack is exactly what you’re imagining – the giant bag Santa Claus uses for his stockpile of presents! With a drawstring closure and at only $10 a piece, these gift bags are a fantastic way to start a new tradition in your home.

WSS Ragg collection

 

 

Now that cold weather is here to stay, you might want to consider keeping your feet toasty with World’s Softest Socks! The Ragg collection is shipping right now and offers up both knee-high and crew length socks to keep your tootsies warm and protected from the elements! The Ragg collection is made with ultra soft knit for comfort, and comes in a space dye. Even better, you can now order Ragg slippers, toboggans, and gloves! The slippers have a nice, roomy fit, and come with a sherpa lining for super softness. The toboggans and fingerless gloves also are sherpa-lined.

 

Save the Girls purseThe idea behind Save the Girls product, the touch screen phone-carrying purse, is simple: allow women easy access to their all-important cell phones while wearing whatever they want! Any woman knows that most of our pants, dresses, leggings, etc. do not contain adequate pockets. While men can easily grab their phone from a handy pocket, women are left digging endlessly in their overfilled bags! It also prevents women from keeping phones in the bra, thus protecting our “girls” from potential radiation and mishaps. Save the Girls solves these problems with the cell phone pocket purse, and in turn, has created an essential gift item for any lady in your life. With multiple styles to choose from, the Classic Elegance and Metro purses are $19.99, wholesale, and the stylish Allure purse is only $17.49!

 

Call your DonMar Rep, or use our website – RetailersLink.com – to order today!

2019 Color Trend Report

 

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The 2019 color trend predictions are in! Pantone’s color of the year will be announced this December. In September, however, Pantone chooses colors from the runways of New York fashion week to give us an idea of what to expect for color palettes in the new year.

 

The color picks are meant to transcend seasonality and, with their bright and vibrant hues, point us toward the future with optimism and positivity. Pantone’s take on the reds, oranges, and coral chosen for 2019 is that they reflect enthusiasm and joyfulness, enlivening fashion with a streak of energy. The most obvious and striking colors are a bright blue and hot pink, meant to be theatrical, cheerful, and majestic.

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Vogue has a bit of different take on the striking blue and fuchsia;  they are calling the blue a “digital blue,” reflecting the shades inside our social media platforms and evoking technology and the future. Also in Vogue’s notes is “whisky brown,” a color Pantone is calling a toffee tone, that looks like wood grain and warms the fashion color palette. The greens, a mossy shade and an olive, remind us of the natural world and how we connect with it. A few other colors we will see are lilacs (also called lavender), goldenrod yellow, bright orange that Vogue says is “vitaminic,” and gray that’s taking over for the black in the “little black (now gray) dress.”

Pantone 2019 3Pantone 2019 Neutrals

Not to be eclipsed, but rather combined with the fashion colors are the trends for home décor. Sherwin Williams has already announced their colors of the year for 2019, of which the main pick is called “Reflecting Pool.” We can see this greenish blue picked up in the “earthy” colors from the fashion palette, and looking through some of Sherwin Williams’ palettes, we can easily see the shocking fuchsia and a darkened blue that blur the lines between the digital and the physical. Take a look at the sidebar for tips on how to use these colors to your advantage.

Our Vendors in the News!

Lizzy James and Park Designs are featured in GiftBeat among the Industry’s top-selling lines! Park comes in at #6 on the list of best Tabletop Accessories. Lizzy James ranks #9 on the list of  best-selling “$15 or More Cost” items.

 

Giftbeat

 

 

Alliance Sports Group is beginning a new National Broadcast TV schedule for a Nebo commercial featuring the Tac Slyde flashlight! Be sure to stock this product as awareness will be at an all time high. Take a look at some of the promo in the link below:

Nebo Tac Slyde Flashlight Promo

 

Boost Sales with In Store Events

The Link Companies is lucky to work with so many creative and enthusiastic vendors who are willing to step in and make markets truly epic events. How is this relevant to you and your store? The same vendors we work with are those you buy from, and they are open to assisting you with and sponsoring in store events! The easiest way to set something like this up is by talking to your Link Companies rep. Send a quick email and find out how you can connect with the vendor that has the bestselling merchandise in your store to create a one of a kind event for your customers.

Why go through the trouble of putting on an in store event? In store events are shown to do the following:

  • Increase foot traffic in your store. If you offer hot chocolate during a holiday shopping event, the people will come to your store! Even if they don’t buy something, they now know about what you offer.
  • Which brings us to brand awareness – coming into the store during an event may be the first time they ever stepped in. Now they can see what brands you carry and make a mental note that they can pick up these products at YOUR place.
  • Events are a sales booster. Particularly if you have an event on a Thursday evening, let’s say, and normally your traffic flow on Thursday is relatively slow. Suddenly you have additional cash flow, especially if you offer a little sale or incentive with the event.
  • This is a chance for you to do marketing! Be sure your customers are signing up for your social media accounts and newsletters, and offer incentives for them to do so.

Most retailers really push for in store events when traffic is absolutely essential: The Holiday Season! The Link Team sat down and came up with some ideas for your November and December holiday events:

Gourmet du Village Cider Mix
Gourmet du Village Cider Mix
  • Spiked Cider or Hot Chocolate with Gourmet du Village! GDV has an entire catalog devote to their amazing Holiday collection, including the aforementioned beverage mixes. Why not offer a sampling of their delicious goodies, with a little liquid embellishment, to get your customers started?
  • Girls-Night-Out events are already a popular theme with retailer events. You could put a twist on this with a “Girls-Night-In” event! Feature products that spell out C-O-M-F-O-R-T, like Faceplant Dreams. The whole idea behind this brand is making women feel cozy and happy in dreamy soft pajamas, slippers, pillowcases and blankets!
  • A “Mistletoe Market” for children, with a small section of gifts priced under $20, on low shelves, for children to get for their moms and dads! This is a great way to include the whole family, and for children to make memories in your store.

    Faceplant Dreams does “Girls Night In”

At the event, make sure your customers sign up for your newsletter or social media accounts. You can even turn this into an in-person contest! Have stylists or associates go around and tell customers that by following you on social media and posting about their in-store experience (whether it’s a quick mention on Facebook, or a little picture on Instagram), they have a chance to win a contest! Raffle away items in your store that are hot commodities but not big ticket items.

Still looking for ideas? Check out Gifts & Dec’s nominees for best store events for more! Gifts & Dec also has some excellent Fall Promotions to check out.

As always, any of the products mentioned in this post can be ordered by contacting your DonMar rep, or by ordering online at RetailersLink.com.