Strong Spring & Summer Sellers
Bra Barrettes are trending up and only promise to get hotter as the weather does. By the time spring is in full swing, fashion magazines will be full of photos of celebs and “regular Janes” wearing this fun fashion accessory to top off an outfit. Plain styles are used underneath clothing to control unruly bra straps, but bejeweled styles and charms allow wearers create a meant-to-be-seen look as unique as they are. Charms make great add-on sales.
The do-it-yourself trend is making its way into the toy department, too, with shoppers searching out toys that allow kids to make their own unique products. Jewelry kits like this Foam Butterfly Pouch Necklace Craft Kit from Fun Express (an FE exclusive) are benefiting from the DIY buying trend. Other DIY products available.
Indo Imports specializes in unique, handmade, “easy-living products” from Bali that are perfect for spring and summer sales. From shell jewelry and embroidered bags to sandals and sarongs, the company manufactures its own products and has a constantly changing product line.
Unique wearable art, Kariza combines comfort, elegance and creativity in its line of sexy, satin blended dresses. Kariza dresses are refreshingly soothing and their versatility allows wearers to achieve any number of looks from simple to flirtatious to conservatively elegant-with one dress that can be worn many ways.
Nahui Ollin unique handbags are fun, fashionable and fantastic for the environment. They’re made from recycled materials–candy wrappers, gum wrappers and soda bottle labels handwoven together to create one-of-a-kind fashion statements just right for spring. Each piece has more than 4,000 pieces.
Premier Garden Art & Signs
Garden d√©cor is expected to trend up again in 2009 as more people start home gardens (sales of seeds at Burpee have doubled in the last year). Premier Garden Art & Signs has a wealth of yard and garden d√©cor, including ink-on-canvas artwork, including the Welcome sun shown here, mounted to fiberglass or aluminum for long-term outdoor use.
Sunblossom Solar Gifts
This 17″-tall solar mobile is Sunblossom Solar Gifts’ depiction of a wonder of nature: the butterfly. Captivating circular flight is created with colorful and realistic magnetized butterflies on a metal vine. Buyers can also add six assorted butterflies to customize their Butterfly Mobile as they wish.
Made by a team of artists using handcrafted miniatures placed under the domed crystal, these Whimsical Watches are wearable works of art. Silver cases are 1-1/4″ in diameter and compliment colorful faces with inset, easy-to-read analog dials. All Whimsical Watches are Seiko timepieces that come with limited one-year warranties. Leather bands, packaged in gift boxes.
New for spring 2009, Jelly Belly’s Blooming Bottles packed with Jelly Belly Spring Mix is a powerful point-of-sale impulse for Easter or any day. Pre-packed in a high-impact seasonal display caddy. Other seasonal items include bulk sweets and European tie-top bags for Bunny Corn, Speckled Cocolate Malted Eggs, Sour Bunnies and more for Easter. Many spring- and summer-themed candies available.
Outdoor fun at its best, this three-channel, Apache Longbow R/C helicopter comes fully assembled so your customers can fly it right out of the box. Flies indoors or out. The Apache Longbow is stable, with dual blades making it great for beginners. Body is made of very durable carbon fiber. Powered by a Li-polymer battery for extra-long flights.
Key West Aloe
A great summer impulse product for any children’s retailer-Sunkids SPF 30 tubes with wrist-strap from Key West Aloe. Contains aloe (10%), beta carotene, zinc oxide, Vitamin E. Excellent protection for children’s sensitive skin. It’s non-migratory feature protects the delicate eye area safely.
Florida T-shirts Plus
As its name implies, Florida T-shirts Plus sells more than T-shirts. Major spring and summer lines include flip-flops (shown here), shorts, tanks and hats. Promotional items also available, plus a premium online catalog for upscale merchandise.