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BEST OF MARKET

It’s been a record breaking week at the January gift show in Atlanta. A great economy, positive buying environment, happy customers and wonderful new products makes for a tremendous show! Here are some of the top selling products from The Link Companies’ showrooms mid-way through the market.

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Del Sol is new to the gift industry and is off to an incredible start in Link 2 Sales. This innovative brand in color changing apparel and accessories lit up the market! They make it easy to get started with their T-Package Floor Display that is perfect for stores to show off their innovative products. Del Sol is awesome and a must for the new year.

Item 9zcombo1 – T-Display floor package for $5,665

 

 

 

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Crescent Socks, the best-selling sock brand and truly the World’s Softest, had a huge market and a super pre-book program with a 10% discount and free fixture. These socks and comfy accessories set the bar in the category.

Item Asst 1500 – PreBook 10% Off Free Fixtures for $1525

 

 

 

 

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Duke Cannon is now entrenched as the top-selling men’s gift brand for independent retailers. You can’t go wrong with their newest assortment.

Item TRAVELSET1 – Handsome Man Travel Kit for $15

 

 

 

 

 

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Little Blue House had a tremendous market! The brand that covers the entire family from head to toe in apparel and has super fun accessories continues its success with their Tin Balls display and free sock program.

 

Item TINBALLUF19 24 – Tin Balls Display and Free Sock for $108

 

 

 

Make sure you call your Link 2 Sales Rep TODAY before these Show Specials Expire and DISAPPEAR!

All New Vendors at Link 2 Sales!

It’s show time, and there’s no better time for us to release some amazing new lines for you to view while at Market! If you’re looking for some awesome t-shirts for men and women, we have inspirational tees from Crazy Cool Threads and brother brand, Hobby Life, and also color-changing tees (just like the ones you wore in the ’90’s, only better!) by Del Sol! Life Rings and Ellora Jewelry make two extremely different types of jewelry. Read below to find out more, or just stop by our showroom on the 16th floor of Building 2 this week and see them in person.

 

Crazy Cool Threads  is a Faith based company that has set out to design on-trend quality Christ centered clothing to reach and influence people.

 

 

 

Del Sol is the world’s leading brand of color-changing apparel and accessories. Have fun in the sun with Del Sol color-changing shirts, nail polish, sunglasses, hats, jewelry, hair accessories and much more!

 

 

 

Hobby Life is an outdoor and sports adventure tee brand, a lifestyle brand that brings hobbies into your everyday style. “Make life a hobby” is a motto to live by.

 

 

 

 

Life Rings is a proudly owned family business and is proud to offer high quality, patent pending silicone rings. They offer over 24 different colors for both Men and Women! These rings are ideal for active individuals and have a patent pending design that not only makes it breathable, but has a gripping technology to prevent slippage.

 

 

Ellora JewelryEach Ellora jewelry product comes with a special note to keep or to pass on. Life is special, people are special, time is special.

 

Show Schedule, Specials, and More!

January Market is fast approaching – less than a week to go! In preparation, check out the SHOW SPECIALS for Link 2 Sales by clicking below and viewing the Specials Book!

Link 2 Sales has a FULL SCHEDULE of food and events during the show, including the “Come Sail Away” Market Kick Off Party featuring the Yacht Rock Review! This is one party not to miss – in the Atrium of the Apparel Mart on Wednesday evening. See below for the rest of the schedule and plan your meals accordingly.

Click HERE to see the Full Schedule!

We are giving you a chance to win $250 in COLD, HARD CASH at the Show! All you need to do is schedule an appointment with your rep – and show up for said appointment.

For more details on winning $250, Click HERE!

Viv and Lou Sleepover

Check out Viv & Lou! 

All of Viv & Lou’s unique designs are developed, often digitally-drawn by an in house creative team in South Carolina. Each product is inspired by the daily life, family and friends, and interests of its designer. Get a blanket with a matching duffel, and personalize it with a monogram! Or a cooler, swimsuit cover, bag – there are so many items to choose from!

New Vendor Announcement!

Link2Sales is proud to announce the following new additions to our fantastic line up of vendors:

Del Sol tshirt couple

 

Del Sol is color-changing clothes, t-shirts, and accessories to add a little fun under the sun! In fact, Del Sol is the world-leading brand of color-changing clothes and accessories. Del Sol’s color-changing products transform to bright, vivid colors with sun exposure and return to their original color indoors without sun. Featured collections include color-changing sunglasses (the frames change colors in the sun) and color-changing nail polish that really kicks a manicure up a notch! Be sure to stop by Link2Sales on the 16th floor and check out their products during the January Gift Show.

 

Crazy Cool Faith shirt

 

Crazy Cool Threads is a Faith based company that has set out to design on-trend quality Christ centered clothing to reach and influence people. The product line contains t-shirts, tanks, and long sleeved tees for women, youth sizes, and toddlers,  and accessories such as baseball caps. Each product has a message featured prominently that helps to share the Word of God. Popular designs include sayings such as “Saved By Grace,” “Fear Is a Liar,” and various pslams.

 

Hobby Life Bear

From the same Alabama company that does Crazy Cool Threads is Hobby Life – a lifestyle brand that brings hobbies into your everyday style. If you’re looking for outdoor, sports, and adventure tees, this is your brand! These shirts are unisex, making them the perfect gift for pretty much anyone in your life. Or, find one that represents your favorite hobby! Featured tshirts contain sayings like “Roam the Unknown,” “Let’s Go Camping,” and “Good Things Come to Those Who Bait.”

 

Stop by at the January gift show to see these brand new products in person, or call your Link2Sales 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. Link2Sales can help your customers share the love with enticing products from your favorite vendors! Here are a few of our picks:

Abdallah Valentines

 

Abdallah Candies is so well prepared for Valentine’s Day that they have a whole catalog dedicated just to those gift items (click here to see the catalog). They also didn’t forget about St. Patrick’s Day, so the end of the catalog has a section for all the lucky leprechauns! Some popular selections from the Valentine’s products include the 8oz. Cashew Grizzlys – cashews, creamy caramel, and milk chocolate – for the wholesale price of $6.01. Or, try an adorable clear gift bag with a bow and filled with Milk Butter Almond Toffees – 7oz. bags for $5.17. Really trying to express your love? You’ll need the ultimate in heart-shaped boxes, the 24oz fancy fabric box with satin bow for $22.43, wholesale. Check out that Abdallah catalog and get your orders in!

 

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 Link2Sales 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 Link2Sales has you covered with these awesome products that are all ready and waiting to ship to you IMMEDIATELY!

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!

Candle Warmers Snowman

 

Candle Warmers has Santa Claus and Snowman diffusers to lift everyone’s olfactory spirits during Christmastime! The Snowman Medium Diffuser, from the Airome collection, diffuses a refreshing mist of water and essential oils for aromatherapy and natural benefits that can enhance your mood. This adorable snowman (pictured to the right) will amuse children and adults alike and is available wholesale for $17.50 to ship RIGHT AWAY! There is also a $9 (wholesale) Illumination Fragrance Warmer Santa Claus that can complete your store’s holiday collection. An easy gift, or just something to add to your own holiday decor!

Custom Decor Hang Around

 

Last but not least, Custom Decor takes flags, floormats, and signs to a new level with hundreds of options in their Christmas selection. And, good thing for anyone who needs replenishment or last minute Christmas product orders, it’s all Immediate ship! The item pictured to the left is one of our favorites – the Gift Stack Hang Around, perfect for the front door, and $10 wholesale.

 

All of these items can be ordered right away by calling your Link2Sales 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, Link2Sales 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!

 

Focusing on simplicity, another excellent piece to put in your store’s tabletop collection is from Sullivans TabletopSullivan’s. These quaint bud vases can be placed on the table with or without a flower. Either way, the sleek vase with a smooth finish can be re-purposed for multi season use, and, of course, make for a sophisticated centerpiece on the Thanksgiving table. Add mums, stems, or consult the professionals – use one of Sullivan’s useful design recipes to find the absolute perfect arrangement. These vases are included in Design Recipe: CM2845.

 

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 SplitP and Sullivans 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:

Socks in Balls

  1. Socks in Balls from Little Blue House. As funny as this name suggests, this product is super simple; it’s a pair of either men’s or women’s crew socks in an adorable Holiday print that is packaged within an ornament! A 2-in-1 gift that fits neatly inside a stocking. Order an Assortment of 24 Tin Balls for $108 (16 women’s and 8 men’s designs with a free Counter Top display box), or order your favorite patterns separately at $4.50 a piece. Easily display these by hanging them on a tree in your store!
  2. Solid Cologne from Duke Cannon. Duke Solid CologneOther than the infamous “Big Bricks of Soap,” the solid cologne is the next best selling item from Duke. This lightweight container fits nicely inside a stocking for gifting, and, importantly, fits well inside a man’s Dopp kit for travel. It’s completely TSA friendly so no need for bag searches with this, and they’re made with natural and organic ingredients. At $12.50 a piece and in four masculine scents, you cannot go wrong with Solid Cologne. Fiesta Cutie Beans
  3. 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.

Order any of these fantastic lil’ stocking stuffers right now by calling your Link2Sales Rep or ordering online at RetailersLink.com.

Last Minute Fall Shipping!

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

The National Candle Association finds that the majority of all candle sales occur during the Christmas/Holiday season. So, NOW is the time to sell candles! Candle Warmers is the perfect brand to buy and they are shipping immediately. New items just released a few months ago include three new fragrances: Caramel Apple, Mahogany Teak, and Spiced Pear. Two new gorgeous vintage style lanterns are new ways to warm your favorite fragrances. At $15.00 cost, the Beacon Lantern is not only a great way to create soothing vibes in your own home, but it makes a fantastic gift for the Holidays.

WSS Ragg collection

 

Now that your home is warmed by Candle Warmers, 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.

 

Periwinkle Rose GoldAs for the ultimate women’s gift for the Holiday season, jewelry, Periwinkle has you covered with their Rose Gold Collection! This long lasting trend of rose gold jewelry is not going away any time soon. With Periwinkle’s best-selling assortments, you can’t go wrong. Both Rose Gold prepacks feature the gorgeous earrings, as pictured here, but one of them also contains bracelets. Take your pick – both assortments are $600 and come with a free display for maximum selling potential. A whole long list of Rose Gold bracelets, earrings, and necklaces are available for purchase outside of the prepack, as well!

Call your Link2Sales Rep, or use our website – RetailersLink.com – to order today!