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    What fashion jewelry trends should we look for fall and holiday 2015?  Let’s take the lead from an expert, Accessories Magazine.  They study the fashion runways and thousands of pictures of new styles to come up with an accurate prediction of what to look for each season.  In August, they pointed out two trends for fall fashion jewelry and one for holiday.



    RAW STONE TRENDsliced agate necklace

    The first fashion jewelry trend Accessories Magazine pinpoints is “raw stones”.  They describe it as “the beauty of their natural element, uncut, unaltered raw stones are incorporated in an organic form”.  An example is the sliced agate necklace shown.

    If your first response is the sliced agate is cut, well so are all the examples pictured with the forecast.  Actually one necklace pictured is a sliced agate very similar to this one.  The heart of the trend is jewelry that shows the natural beauty of semi precious stones without using standard shaped beads.  The turquoise nugget bracelet shown offers another example of this raw stone trend for fall.



    A second fall fashion jewelry trend is called “white opalescent”.  Accessories Magazine describes this trend as, “pearlescent finishes with touches of aurora borealis glow on jewelry to create a winter wonderland.”  Are you confused?  A couple of examples will help clear up the concept.

    opalite necklace for fashion jewelry trends 2015

    For day wear, this opalite necklace captures the opalescence described.  Opalite has that milky white color and iridescence associated with opal.  It is usually found in gemstone categories.  However opalite is actually glass specially treated to deliver the look.

    For dressy events, a mix of pearl and iridescent crystals can pick up the opalescence.  The image of a pearl and iridescent crystal necklace set gives an example.



    NOUVEAU NOIR—THE NEW BLACKjet crystal necklace set

    Anything tasteful and glamorous seems to work for holiday jewelry, but Accessories Magazine points out a trend surfacing—Nouveau Noir (the new black).  The jet crystal necklace set pictured has the glamorous look using large black crystals nestled in sculptured metal with a vine motif.


    Providing a little information along with some items that follow these 2015 fall fashion jewelry trends will gain the appreciation of your clientele for keeping them up to date.

    Comments (0) Posted by Michael Gietl on Friday, September 11th, 2015

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    With the wealth of festivals going on every weekend in Louisiana, merchants see the crowd of potential buyers and are tempted to set up as vendors.  But what should they sell?  Last blog covered wholesale jewelry geared to Louisiana themes.  Today reviews wholesale festival accessories that are equally as popular.


    LOUISIANA VISORS—AN IRRESISTIBLE FIT FOR THE THEMEwholesale Louisiana accessories--crawfish visors

    Wholesale festival accessories have to include Louisiana visors because they are such a colorful expression of Louisiana themes.  Crawfish events top the list for festivals and crawfish visors shade the eyes while broadcasting the theme.   The one shown comes with navy or white background.  All the visors have a coiled elastic band the comfortably holds the visors in place.

    crawfish on newspaper visor

    Another crawfish visor has crawfish on newspaper—a genuine Louisiana theme.  Anyone that enjoyed a crawfish boil in the backyard knows about eating crawfish on newspaper, then rolling up the paper and throwing it away when you’re done.

    Louisiana seafood theme visor

    The Louisiana visor that is special fro the local culture has a montage of local themes including boiling pot, seafood, ingredients, and signboards reading, “Shrimp bisque”, “gumbo”, and “Louisiana crawfish”.   Backgrounds are black or blue.


    Other Louisiana visors have peppers, alligators, or a mix of crabs and crawfish.  The Louisiana visors are a wholesale festival accessory that is a real attention-getter.



    LouiLouisiana novelty crab hatsiana novelty hats make the kids happy, but also sell to adults that want to entertain others with these crazy hats.  Of course, crawfish hats, crab hats, and alligator hats are going to sell. The crab hat shown let the wearer customize it with bendable legs and claws.

    alligator novelty hat

    Alligator hats can get outlandish like the one shown.  All the better for festival hats.  Visit the category and you will see another large alligator hat in velvet.


    giant pepper novelty hat

    For a really outlandish festival hat, include these giant pepper hats.  People from Lafayette should enjoy these, but the person sitting behind them at a game won’t be able to see.

    Captain's hat

    Getting back to earth, the Captains hat sells to adults and kids at many Louisiana festivals including The Wooden Boat Festival in Madisonville.



    Often festivals in Louisiana are on days with the sun beating down.  This makes hats a sought-after product at festivals—especially inexpensive hats. Rush straw hats prove to be a winner.  Two especially, are very popular—the safari and the gambler.  The hat shown is a safari.  The brim is wide enough for good sun protection.  Using rush straw, the hats hold up well against the elements, so if it rains, the hat survives.

    rush straw gambler hat

    The gambler is also constructed with rush straw.  It is different from most gamblers you have seen because it has a 4-inch brim.  The brim size not only adds personality to the hat, but also provides more sun protection.

    ladies summer wide brim hat

    Ladies like wide brim hats because they offer sun protection with style.  There are many to choose from, but the one shown is a new wide brim this year that is doing very well.  It has a 6-inch brim, good body, and a selection of popular colors.

    men's fedora

    Fedoras sell well at festivals.  The customer for fedoras is not worrying about sun protection—they only want to look good.  The men’s fedora pictured is a new style that is selling well for festival vendors.

    straw cowboy hat

    Cowboy hats are also good at Louisiana festivals, especially straw cowboy hats. The raffia straw cattleman shown has been in the line for more than 10 years and is still a top seller.  These hats ooze with personality and have shapeable brims for a customized look.  Raffia also holds up well in the elements.


    Vendors that invest in wholesale festival accessories have a number of other events that provide marketing opportunities—street fairs, flea markets, swap meets, and farmers markets to name a few.  Louisiana festivals are a summer bonanza that offers vendors a selling opportunity that is also a good time.

    Comments (0) Posted by Michael Gietl on Saturday, May 16th, 2015

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    Wholesale Louisiana festival jewelry comes into its season from spring until fall in Louisiana where the festivals never quit during the warm months.  It’s the season for Laissez les bon temps roulerlet the good times roll.  And festival vendors as well as shopkeepers need the attention-getting jewelry that festival-goers can’t resist.  In addition to festivals, there are outdoor street fairs, swap meets, and flea markets.  So what will wet the appetite of all those attending these outdoor fun events?  



    Louisiana festival jewelryWholesale festival jewelry in the right themes is irresistible to the outdoor crowd that enjoys these events.  All the themes that are associated with Louisiana are players—seafood, crawfish, alligators, crabs, peppers, music, fiddles, trumpets, and about every musical instrument imaginable.  Also New Orleans themes are very good.


    CRAWFISH JEWELRY A MUSTcrawfish earrings with crystals

    Crawfish events seem to abound in Louisiana so a variety of crawfish jewelry is a must. The crawfish earrings shown are the Cadillac of crawfish jewelry with tiny embedded crystals and tail that moves.

    wholesale festival jewelry crawfish earrings

    For simple crawfish jewelry, these drop earrings with silver plating and highlights of red jewel tone epoxy have universal appeal.  This festival jewelry has a wholesale price that translates to impulse pricing  for your customers.


    Crawfish charm bracelets match the earrings.  The stretch bracelets with silver plated beads havecrawfish charm bracelets dangling crawfish charms.  Crawfish jewelry is not just for festival-goers and tourists.  Locals going to a crawfish boil enjoy them also.



    alligator earringsWhen I called on Louisiana tourist destinations, the most popular earrings were the alligator earrings shown.  Today they are still a top seller in Louisiana themed jewelry.  The silver plated earrings with jewel tone green epoxy highlights are cute, simple, and inexpensive—an easy gift to take home as souvenirs.


    The alligator earrings also have a matching charm bracelet.  They have dangling alligator charms that match the earrings.



    Louisiana themes can also take on a rich look for street fairs and locations where customers want a morecrab pendant with sterling silver look upscale look. The crab pendant shown has the identical look of sterling silver puffy jewelry at a fraction of the price. Remember the puffy hearts that became a rage, initiating sterling silver puffy pendant?  This Louisiana themed jewelry is crafted exactly the same as sterling.  The only difference is the stamping process starts with a thin sheet of steel instead of expensive sterling silver.  The jewelry is silver plated and polished.  The end result has the same look and onlooker mistake it for sterling.

    wire chokers for pendants

    Provide some chokers your customers can buy if they don’t have a chain or choker to wear the pendants.  The chokers have a wide selection of styles.  This provides different looks and pleases different tastes.



    Music is a natural part of festivals so music theme jewelry fits right into the themes customers will love. Entertainment includes Cajun music, Zydeco, Jazz, Funk, and Rock Music to name a few.  With so many venues, music theme jewelry can include nearly any instrument.

    fiddle and bow errings

    The fiddle and accordion are key instruments for Cajun and Zydeco.  The fiddle and bow earrings shown are a favorite with consumers.


    sax montage music pin

    Trumpets and saxophones are big for Jazz, Zydeco, and many other music styles.  The sax pin shown provides a way to show love for the music long after the festival is over.



    The New Orleans area itself has festivals nearly every weekend including some major ones like the Jazz Fest, The French Quarter Festival, Chalmette Crawfish Festival, The oyster Festival, The Gretna Fest, and many more.

    New Orleans music pin

    For these, New Orleans themes also work.  The pin shown with lines of music in a large circle has dangling charms that include Bourbon Street, The Desire Street Car, a trumpet, and sax.


    The Bourbon Street pin with a sax player by a Bourbon Street lamppost is so obviously New Orleans, noBourbon Street pin explanation is necessary.


    Wholesale Louisiana festival jewelry will interest festival-goers.   And for the vendor, how else can you have so much fun working?

    Comments (0) Posted by Michael Gietl on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

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    Classic best sellers

    Many businesses rely on their best selling items to stay afloat in today’s highly competitive culture. Finding a top selling item is one of the first challenges for a young business. Once you realize what your customers are reacting to the best, you can nurture those items to create a consistent revenue stream.

    But what if you’re having trouble finding your store’s item? You can always find solace in wholesale jewelry and accessories, items that have traditionally sold well throughout the years.

    Diversify your selection

    Expanding your catalogue to allow hot items like hematite jewelry, brooches, earrings, and gemstone jewelry can ensure a consistent flow of sales. It’s a wonderful way to jumpstart stagnant numbers and really get business going. Regardless of where you set up shop, there will always be individuals who need and want fashion accessories.

    We at Accessory Wholesale are happy to provide a wide variety of accessories to your shelves. We understand how important it is to find a hot item for your store. Affording you the opportunity to do so is a service we enjoy providing. Visit our website or call (504)-736-0357 to learn more about our goods!

    Comments (0) Posted by admin on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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    Put the money back into your business

    You’ve worked hard. You deserve the tax refund coming to you. For many people, the tax refund will be a welcoming little bump from regular income. So what’s one of the best ways to make sure the money is used wisely?

    Invest in yourself

    Owning a fashion store or running a fashion boutique is a demanding business. You must constantly be keeping up with the latest trends and making sure they are represented on your shelves. Because of this, there is a constant flux of inventory –always moving, changing, and shifting.

    So this year, put your tax refund money into getting ahead. Stock up on your top selling items, trendy pieces, or a new line. Invest in yourself and you’ll find the forthcoming rewards to be equally as profitable.

    For fashion vendors and apparel boutiques, we at Accessory Wholesale are more than ready to help you get ahead this year. We have an incredible catalogue filled with elegant jewelry and accessories that your customers want.

    Visit our website or call (504)-736-0357 and let’s work together to make your tax refund work for you!

    Comments (0) Posted by admin on Thursday, February 19th, 2015

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    Anyone familiar with Mardi Gras in New Orleans knows that the special throw for Zulu is hand-decorated coconuts.  Outside of that, most throws were beads, cups, trinkets, and doubloons.  Well, all of that changed with the start of the Krewe of Muses in 2000.



    Krewe of Muses shoes

    Muses returned to hand decorated throws with shoes they decorated themselves.  The image shows an example of shoes for the Muses parade.  Paint, glitter, feathers, stones, appliqués, faces, and decorative pieces combined with creativity produce some remarkable designs that revelers will almost die for.



    Paint and glitterMardi Gras magnets fro decoration are easy to find, but what about the rest of the components?  Perhaps the hardest components to find are the decorative pieces that really add pizzazz to the shoes.  An easy addition to the shoes that makes a statement is Mardi Gras face magnets.  Twenty available styles provide different looks.


    Mardi Gras feather pins

    Feather pins are another way to make fabulous shoe designs fast and easy.  A favorite is the pin shown, which comes in Mardi Gras colors. Add this pin to the shoes and you are half finished with decorating.



    Krewe of Nyx decorated evening bag

    Muses is s women’s Krewe that soon filled to capacity, so a new Krewe called Nyx started in 2011.  The overflow rapidly brought membership in this Krewe to capacity.  Their signature throw is decorated evening bags.  Their colors are hot pink and black, so this is a popular combination in their hand-decorated bags.  Decorating bags for the Krewe of Nix can be fast and affordable using decorations above and bags from the evening bag selection.

    Mardi Gras theme in Krewe of Nyx bag

    To keep cost reasonable, crafters can choose bags marked down to $6.75 and add decorations shown for a total cost of under $10.  Several different evening bags in the mark down election offer a variety of styles and colors.



    Krewe of Athena decorated hat

    Last year a new women’s Krewe started up–The Krewe of Athena.  They introduced hand-decorated fedoras as another signature throw.  This has grown into a major Krewe.  So where can crafters find enough fedoras for the throws they need?  Accessory Wholesale has a recent shipment of nearly 1,000 fedoras starting at $4.75 wholesale.


    The variety of styles and colors allows for plenty of creative designs.   Most of the components including the gold appliqués and jester face can also be found at awnol.com.

    Women’s Krewes are reinventing creative throws for the first time since the Zulu coconut.

    Comments (0) Posted by Michael Gietl on Saturday, January 31st, 2015

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    Why crystal jewelry is so important

    Crystal jewelry is a popular fashion accessory, and has been for years. It’s the type of special accessory that you see everyone sport; from kings and queens to artists and musicians. It the accessory of the people?

    Make sure your store is stocked up

    There are two basic reasons as to why crystal jewelry is so popular among the masses. First off, it is rather inexpensive. Nowadays, you can find beautiful, handcrafted crystal jewelry on the web for under 5 dollars! Second off, crystal jewelry is so customizable. There is a seemingly endless amount of combinations and styles ranging from simple to complex, each beholding an elegance in its own right. Crystal jewelry’s versatility is what makes it uniquely special.

    Accessory Wholesale Inc.

    We at Accessory Wholesale realize that crystal jewelry is a favorite of people everywhere. That’s why we provide it, at great wholesale prices, for shops and store across the country. So that you can make sure your loyal customers get what they need.

    Visit our website or call (504)-736-0357 for more information!

    Comments (0) Posted by admin on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

    Filed under Fashion Accessories, Fashion Accessory News
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    Sales figures for most small fashion businesses experienced a continuous slide over the last few years. But something is happening now that points to a big improvement in business ahead–not in the distant future, but starting right now. Falling gas prices are putting a big chunk of money back in consumers’ pockets. Market Watch uses Goldman Sachs research to predict households will save $1,100 a year with gas prices at $2.80 in 2015. Prices are already hitting $2.00 per gallon in Louisiana, which means the savings to the average household will be far greater than $1,100.

    In addition, lower fuel prices can also translate to reduced prices in utilities, manufactured goods, groceries, and any other consumer goods that move by truck. The flip side is some loss of jobs because of cutbacks in the oil industry. This is regrettable. But if oil is at $65 per barrel, most companies can continue to operate profitably and consumers can benefit from savings. Quartz.com reports that every time oil prices fell in modern times, it spurred the economy. A robust economy grows more jobs, more paychecks, and more consumer spending. .

    So with a rosy outlook for the economy, what do we need to have in the showcases now? The answer is the subject of this newsletter.

    You can view the entire January 2015 Newsletter Here

    Comments (0) Posted by admin on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

    Filed under Costume Jewelry, Mardi Gras, New Orleans Accessories
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    Hard to Find Jewelry that is Hot Now
    Finding a selection of nice Mardi Gras jewelry is not easy. That is good for you because you have a source and that puts you ahead of the Mardi Gras Pin 94 competition. Mardi Gras jewelry is a popular way for your customers to share in the spirit. It also a necessity for royalty in Krewes that need favors. If you are in an area with parades and balls, you don’t want to miss this once a year opportunity.

    Promote your selection with a Mardi Gras display that captures the spirit. If you want to add some music, shop for Mardi Gras in New Orleans Volume 1 and 2. Some reliable sources are Floyds Records, Louisiana Cajun Stuff, and Cajun Village near Sorrento.

    If you are not in the Mardi Gras area, you are not left out. Nearly everyone in the country is familiar with Mardi Gras. You can bring the party to the store with Mardi Gras jewelry, accessories, gifts, and beads. Put up some Mardi Gras decorations, play the music, and maybe even serve some samples of king cake. This will add some excitement to January and February and have folks in town talking about your shop.

    You can view the entire January 2015 Newsletter Here

    Comments (0) Posted by admin on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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    A Lasting Sign of Warm Feelings

    Many skeptics look at Valentine’s Day as a moneymaker invented by Hallmark or the candy and flower industry. Fortunately, couples and those courting don’t take this attitude. A large percentage of every age of married couples and those dating see Valentine’s Day as a special time to show warm feelings. The day is so special that they spend 18.6 billion dollars to RED CRYSTAL HEART PIN show how much they care.

    The nice thing about Valentine’s jewelry is that when the dinner is over, the flowers have wilted, and the candy is gone, the jewelry item remains as a permanent sign of love. Brooches are a favorite jewelry piece that is meaningful and affordable. In fashion jewelry, hearts are the leading item. Red heart brooches and necklaces lead sales. The heart brooch shown is popular year after year.

    Necklace sets also do well for Valentine’s Day. You will probably remember the crystal heart necklace shown. Other heart necklace sets with a contemporary look will be arriving soon. Especially younger customers like the two-tone metal design with hammered texture and engraved messages. Watch fro their arrival on the site.

    You can view the entire January 2015 Newsletter Here

    Comments (0) Posted by admin on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015