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The battle for Christmas business is raging. Small business needs an edge and wholesale jewelry and accessories can be their weapon. A recent invitation to a webinar from NetElixar put it well, “With 6 less days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the 2013 holiday season was expected to be brutally competitive and more difficult than any other.” That is exactly why small business needs an edge—and they can find that edge in wholesale jewelry and accessories.
Too simple to be true? Think about this. Customers are shopping to fill needs. Many gifts require a specific thing. The jewelry of major retailers is generic. Small business gets specific with items that cut straight to the need. Three market areas are practically exclusive ground for small business:
- Wholesale Jewelry–Perceived value
WHOLESALE JEWELRY WITH PERCEIVED VALUE
Wholesale jewelry with perceived value—what are we talking about? Let’s put ourselves in your customers’ shoes. When they give gifts at home, they seldom worry about what a family member might be thinking about their gift. But when they give gifts in an exchange at work, the last thought they want going through the mind of the receiver is, “I saw it at Walmart”. At the same time, your customer can’t spend a fortune on every gift.
Gemstone Jewelry has Perceived Value
This is why small business is important. They specialize. One specialty of many small businesses is gemstone jewelry. The customer sees intrinsic value in gemstone. Yet it is often the same price or less expensive than fashion jewelry.
Take the rose quartz necklace set shown. Rose quartz may be the most popular semi precious stone after turquoise. This necklace set has attractive design. It also has the cold feel characteristic of gemstone and unique interesting inclusions provided by nature. The wholesale price is under $10, as inexpensive as fashion jewelry. And no one can say they saw it at Walmart. Actually they won’t find it anywhere except in a small business location.
Another example is the turquoise bracelet pictured. Turquoise is definitely the most popular gemstone. Even in year like this when turquoise is not in the fashion trends, it enjoys strong demand. Granted, the turquoise in the showcases of retailers is reconstituted, it still has the beauty of gemstone quality turquoise that is $1,500 a pound for raw stone. Giving gemstone jewelry as gifts is perceived as giving something of value.
Gifts Items with Perceived Value
Like gemstone, pewter has perceived value. One exceptional looking gift is pewter sculptured writing pens. They come in a number of designs and themes with clean craftsmanship that uses deep sculpturing. To add to the look of value, each one comes in a black velvet bow with white satin lining. Unusual gift like this are only available from small retailers.
WHOLESALE JEWELRY AND ACCESSORIES IN THEMES
Besides gifts fro family members, Christmas shoppers need a number of other small gifts for teachers, priests and ministers, co-workers, fellow members of clubs or organization, and more. The most thoughtful gift the shopper can give is themes.
Here is a list of categories on our site that have theme jewelry and accessories:
- Theme Pendants
- Theme Earrings
- Polyester Scarves
- Music Jewelry and Accessories
- Sports Jewelry
- Charm Bracelets
Themes show the giver cared enough to go out and find something meaningful. I have only seen selection of theme jewelry and accessories at small business locations.
WHOLESALE JEWELRY BASICS
Wholesale jewelry basics are the items that provide needs. A good example is fashion chains and chokers for pendants. Far more locations sell pendants than sell a choker to put them on. Without chains or chokers, a person can’t wear a pendant. Have you ever seen chokers for pendant in a major retail location? I haven’t. When customers need this basic, the source is small business.
You find a number of other basic needs like this only in small specialty shops. Another example is converters that allow the option of wearing pins as pendants. I doubt whether you ever saws this in Macy’s.
Competition is brutally competitive this Christmas, but small business has exclusives consumers need. This gets these retailers through the Christmas season. Then small fashion businesses come into their prime time—the months following Christmas. These are the months they shine with Mardi Gras, prom. pageants, dance competition, Eater, and endless other events that call for jewelry and accessories.
Posted by Michael Gietl on Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Filed under Fashion Business Trends
Small Business Saturday is a concentrated effort to get shoppers to frequent small businesses when shopping. This probably has limited success. The real advantage for small business is their position as the only game in town for many categories that consumers want. Since fashion jewelry and accessories is the focus of this blog, that will be the area we will cover. Here are three categories of merchandise that are somewhere between hard and impossible to find in the halls of the majors.
WIDE SELECTION OF HOLIDAY JEWELRY AT SMALL BUSINESS
Christmas parties and New Years Eve will create a frantic search for dresses and accessories that will stand out. Dresses will be everywhere in the big box stores. But what about the crystals and rhinestone jewelry to accessorize them? In this category, the majors are weak. Look at the showcases of leading department stores an you will see the selection is limited.
The place to find a wide selection of rhinestone and crystal jewelry that will be the perfect match for an outfit is small business—specialty shops that have a generous selection of sparkling jewelry for head-tuning looks.
From lavish crystal necklace sets that made their entrance into the formal jewelry market in 2013 to understated sets that appeal to more conservative shoppers, specialty stores in small business have the selection.
If shoppers prefer to accessorize with glamorous earrings rather than a necklace set, these same shops have plenty of options. And they also have a selection of bracelets to complete the look.
SMALL BUSINESS HAS QUALITY CHRISTMAS JEWELRY
There’s another aspect of Holiday jewelry—the Christmas jewelry that is part of those warm childhood memories that still bring joy. Classy Christmas jewelry is becoming an endangered species. Creating quality fashion jewelry is an art. From design to excellence in craftsmanship requires time and diligence. Many manufacturers feel the effort isn’t worthwhile for a short season. But small entrepreneurs are relentless in their search for exceptional items to please their customers.
One of the leaders in manufacturing quality fashion jewelry is “Best. Their Christmas line goes through all the processes of expensive sterling silver. Like many other exclusive lines, the only place to find this Christmas jewelry is small business locations.
“Best” has a signature process of stamping detailed designs form a thin sheet of metal. The jewelry has raised relief and a precisely cut plate seals the back just like sterling. Next comes plating, polishing, and sometimes color with epoxy. Most pieces are pendants that can also be worn as pins. When your customers buy this Christmas jewelry to give as gift, they are giving the next generation of quality collectibles.
ACCESSORIES IN THEMES—A SMALL BUSINESS EXCLUSIVE
Accessories in themes carry a message caring and sincerity. The giver took time to search for a gift that is really meaningful to the receiver.
Scarves in Themes
Scarves are an example. Oblong polyester scarves are a classy accessory with the look and feel of silk. Their popularity is timeless. While other scarves trend up and down, consumers never tire of these oblongs. They come in an infinite number of prints, but one strong feature about these scarves in themes.
Searching the site turns up major categories of these scarves in religious themes, music themes, and nearly every seasonal theme. Other themes include floral, pets, fleur-de-lis, occupations, and animals from horses to elephants.
Since this is Christmas, scarves for the season are certainly very popular. The poinsettia scarf shown really connects with consumers.
Ties in Themes
What about gifts for men? The traditional gift has always been ties. Every year Dad gets a tie. This year it can be special with theme ties. Choose from ties for occupations, sports, sea life, gaming, as well as seasonal ties. There are entire categories dedicated to American flag ties and Christian ties. Fleur-de-lis ties are a favorite men’s gift in Louisiana.
How many times have you heard—it’s hard to shop for men? Now you can find something meaningful in themes for men. Only small business offers all these themes in ties.
THE SOURCE OF SPECIALTY GIFTS IS SMALL BUSINESS
Anyone searching for a specialty gift has to think of small business. In many cases, it is the only place to find these items. One good example is church hats. A favorite gift for moms that wear a hat to church on Sunday is church hats. We have been in the wholesale jewelry and accessory business for 28 years and it was true even before that.
Where in the world can a person go to buy Mom a nice winter church hat for Christmas? Who is going to have a selection? You have to find a specialty shop handling these hats. And that is going to be a small business location. They have the shapes, colors, and styles that gives the shopper options.
This is one example. Small business is the source for nearly every niche and specialty item. When the Holidays are over, consumers still need small business. Who has the selection of prom jewelry, pageant and dance accessories, Mardi Gras items, and a big selection of Easter hats? Small business not only supplies consumers’ needs, it also provides more than half the jobs in America. It is great to have these industrious entrepreneurs with their enduring creativity. They are the hardy breed that battles every obstacle striving to survive and succeed.
Posted by Michael Gietl on Friday, November 29th, 2013
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Are we overlooking some fashion jewelry items that have high consumer interest? One of those categories is brooches. Whenever we think of brooches, Grandma’s jewelry box comes to mind. Yes, that is part of it, but when we are done with this blog hopefully we will see that Grandma’s good taste in jewelry is only the tip of the iceberg.
THE GOLDEN AGE OF COSTUME JEWELRY
Since we mentioned that jewelry box, let’s start there. Collectors consider the era of fabulous fashion jewelry to be between the 1930s and 1960s. Outstanding fashion jewelry houses competed during this era with designs that were unquestionably the most exquisite in the history of fashion jewelry. Deservingly so, this period is called The Golden Age of Costume Jewelry.
Brooches are big part of the jewelry produced in this era. Consumers’ infatuation with these designs prompts today’s manufacturers to create brooches inspired by The Golden Era. Crystal brooches are big a part of these inspirations. The brooch shown seems to be an inspiration of designers working mainly with crystals like Eisenberg. He was originally from Austria and created an infinite number of glamorous designs relying on Austrian crystals.
Actually, a number of designers from this era were from Austria—Nettie Rosenstein, Hattie Carnegie, and more. You can read their stories in Costume Jewelers by Joanne Dubbs Ball. She covers the era in an interesting and professional way.
This fantastic era of costume jewelry uses themes from nature profusely. Flowers, birds, sea life, animal life, insects—they are all included. Today’s designers find inspiration in these designs that have timeless appeal to consumers.
WHOLESALE BROOCHES FOR BRIDAL
Brooches for bridal are nothing new. Designs incorporating pearls are preferred. They are a popular bridesmaid gift.
What is new is bridal bouquets made from brooches. Use images to search for them on line. These are a real work of art from the 21st Century.
Nearly every manufacturer of brooches has some seasonal brooches in their line. Even women that think brooches are not their style have to admit they like a classy Christmas pin. Christmas pins are the leader in seasonal brooches. And they have been in the market for many years. Collecting Rhinestone and Colored Jewelry shows vintage Christmas tree pins valued between $75 and $110.
Recent Christmas jewelry has produced fabulous pins in resin. Many cute designs have amazing detail like the gingerbread house pin shown.
PENDANTS DOUBLING AS BROOCHES
For the last twenty-five years, “Best” has produced a magnificent line of pendants that double as pins. These are the collectibles of the future. His process is intense, considering we are talking about fashion jewelry.
The technique works mainly with metals. Each piece begins with a thin sheet of metal stamped with raised relief to create amazing detail. Plaiting, polishing, and sometimes epoxy for color follow. Yes, they do seasonal jewelry including Christmas jewelry. The pendant shown is an example. It doubles as a pin.
Themes are almost endless in this line. And most pendants double as pins. This classy jewelry can deliver a theme— everything from magnolias to motorcycles. .
MARDI GRAS PINS
As the end of the year draws near, New Orleans and many other areas begin to think of Mardi Gras. The most popular jewelry for this occasion is Mardi Gras pins. As consumers get into the Mardi Gras spirit, they are shopping for pins with local retailers. This jewelry is also a popular favor for Mardi Gras royalty and members of Krewes attending balls.
Wholesale brooches can be fun, glamorous, elegant, and whimsical. These brooches accent an outfit from head to toe—from hats to shoes. Theme brooches announce what the wearer cares about. And those brooches in Grandma’s jewelry box show the height of good taste. Think about wholesale brooches when stocking for Christmas shoppers.
Posted by Michael Gietl on Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Filed under Scarves, Uncategorized
In some ways, wholesale scarves are a sleeper. They don’t get a lot of fanfare and yet they are important in accessorizing—even more important at Christmas. Why at Christmas? Because scarves are a tasteful way to accessorize for the Holidays. They also make easy gifts to give.
Still scarves seem to lack stability. New styles constantly pop up and disappear within a few years. Sometimes they are gone in one season. However, there are stable wholesale scarves that are timeless.
WHOLESALE SCARVES THAT ARE TIMELESS AND TASTEFUL
Wholesale scarves have been in our line for more than 25 years. The first scarves we carried are still the top selling ones today. THIS IS STABILITY! We are talking about polyester oblongs. They have gorgeous prints, solid colors, themes—just about everything you want in a scarf.
The polyester scarves have a silky feel. Most measure 13 inches wide and 60 inches long. Your customers can wear them long, wrap them closer to the neck, or tie them in bows or rosettes. Wendy’s Lookbook will show you 25 ways to wear them in 4 ½ minutes.
These oblongs also have something for any time of the year, for every holiday and season. Of course, the season that is important right now is Christmas. Christmas scarves have prints ranging from elegant to fun. The poinsettia scarf shown is hard to beat for elegance.
On the fun side, Christmas scares have cute themes like the snowman scarf on the left.
Beyond Christmas, wholesale scarves in polyester cover nearly every holiday. The first event after Christmas is Valentine’s Day followed by Mardi Gras. Yes, there are oblongs for both these occasions, and for Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, and Halloween.
WHOLESALE SCARVES IN THEMES
These timeless scarves also fill many needs in themes. Often church groups and choirs need matching scarves in a religious theme. This theme has an entire sub-category dedicated to it.
Patriotic events and holidays call for Americana prints with stars and stripes. Choral groups, theatres, and choirs want music themes. New Orleans and Louisiana residents love fleur-de-lis scarves.
In addition, there are many other themes like occupations for teachers, dentists, and doctors. There are garden themes like butterflies and blossoms, also safari themes like zebras, elephants, and animal prints. These wholesale scarves are truly versatile. That is the main reason they make great Christmas gifts.
SCARVES THAT DELIVER COLOR
Polyester oblongs come in solid colors, but another popular scarf that delivers color is pashminas. Originally, the soft undercoat of pashmina goats found high in the Himalayas provided the wool for these scarves. One goat shed 3 to 5 ounces of this sort undercoat every spring. No doubt, this was an expensive process.
Later herds were started in Mongolia’ reducing the price. Today these scarves wholesale for under $6 so you know we are not talking the same material and procedure. Still pashmina scarves today have a very soft feel and are excellent for providing solid color. These scarves first became popular about five years ago and now are a household word. That makes them an excellent choice to go with polyesters in your scarf display.
Most retailers find it hard to keep up with trendy scarves. Many are a one-season flash in the pan. If you have talent at accessorizing with scarves and can show your customer, trendy scarves are for you. If not, watch Wendy’s Lookbook video with a link above and you will know all you need to know to sell polyesters.
If you want trendy scarves, visit that category on our site and you will find a variety in Ikat prints, rayons, and boho for the sixties look. There are also crinkle scarves, animal prints, and paisley prints. Wholesale scarves serve a lot of markets and satisfy a number of customers. They are important as Christmas gifts. When stocking for the Holidays, don’t overlook this key item that never makes a big splash, but always sells.
Posted by Michael Gietl on Friday, November 8th, 2013
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Something new is happening in wholesale crystal jewelry in 2013. Accessories Magazine labels the movement Estate Update. We are talking about dramatic designs in wholesale crystal jewelry. These statement pieces are quickly populating showcases across the nation.
This is new in 2013. In 2012, these dramatic looks in crystal necklace sets were not found or were rare. One catalyst for these dramatic designs is the improved quality of acrylic stones. Another is the improved quality of Chinese crystals. Together these stones can produce elaborate crystal necklace sets with wholesale prices below $40–most of them below $30. Suddenly rivals of The Royal Jewels are affordable for everyone.
START OF DRAMATIC WHOLESALE CRYSTAL JEWELRY TREND
Crystal bracelets and earrings ushered in dramatic looks. The bracelet shown is typical. You might think this is nothing new, and you are right. However, bracelets and earrings planted the seed for dramatic crystal necklaces.
We can look back to 2012 for crystal necklace sets using large stones in dramatic designs. These first sets used all acrylic stones. They were eye catching and still sell. The set pictured is an example. The vast improvement in acrylic stone quality made this possible. It was nearly impossible to distinguish acrylic stones from lead crystal stones. Retailers stocked this wholesale crystal jewelry that quickly grabbed the attention of consumers. However, the developments in wholesale crystal jewelry that came in 2013 stole their thunder.
In the first half of 2013, this wholesale crystal jewelry began to show up. These crystal sets included multicolor designs. The necklace sets often used garden themes. Designs were breath taking and prices so affordable.
SECOND GENERATION OF WHOLESALE CRYSTAL NECKLACE SETS
By August, Accessories Magazine included them in their “What to Buy” section. The next generation of wholesale crystal necklace sets was showing up for fall. Designs with all clear stones or iridescent stones stormed the industry. The iridescent choker set shown was top on the list of popularity.
Wholesale prices continued to shock—not because they were expensive, but because they were so affordable. The dramatic crystal necklace set shown carries a wholesale price under $20. Now everyone could have the Red Carpet look for balls and Holiday.
WILL THE DRAMATIC CRYSTAL JEWELRY TREND LAST?
No doubt, dramatic crystal jewelry will command attention the rest of this year and into 2014. It’s more than eye pleasing. It’s captivating. This crystal jewelry grabs attention with luxurious design. It shocks again with low wholesale prices. It is new, beautiful, and affordable. That makes it irresistible. Innovation is the key to popularity. New designs will keep it in the jet stream. When fresh designs no longer shock the sense of beauty, it will lose its luster to a certain degree and settle into the category of crystal jewelry as another option.
Posted by Michael Gietl on Friday, November 1st, 2013
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Wholesale Venetian style mask make an interesting study in the rise and fall of markets. A decade ago, hardly anyone knew what they were. Today they are a household word. The media was certainly a major player in their growth of popularity. However, like all other consumer items, innovation is a requirement for remaining popular. Wholesale Venetian style masks certainly saw innovation in 2013.
LASER CUT METAL MASKS
Early in the year, laser cut metal masks emerged as an element included in wholesale Venetian style masks. These masks had intricately cut metal patterns revealing lacy filigree designs. Rhinestones highlights soon added some sparkle to the filigree designs. In addition, color selections expanded and plating in gold and silver added shiny finishes.
Designs became more extravagant like the mask shown with a filigree butterfly rising on one side. Like all the Venetian style masks, these laser cut designs shaped to the face and tied on with ribbons.
Soon composites of laser cut masks combined with traditional Venetian style masks to create designs that were even more striking. All the while, prices elevated, but consumers’ were enthralled with these stunning looks in masquerade. Price did not slow the pace of sales in these exceptional looking masks.
Styles rolled out one after another with each new development drawing more oohs and aahs. Once the aesthetic senses absorbed laser cut masks, they received a new shock with rhinestone masks. These sparkling masterpieces were irresistible, yes, even at a higher price. Sparkling clear rhinestones in silver plated settings maximized the brilliance.
CHEAP WHOLESALE VENETIAN STYLE MASKS
Styles did not only expand on the upside, decent looking masks also became available at surprising low costs on the lower end of the scale. Retailers could now sell a basic Venetian style eye masks that started the popular movement for $5. Granted, these weren’t the Cadillac of the line, still they were adequate masks for someone throwing a party on a budget.
Wholesale Venetian style masks are not only surviving, but also thriving with innovation. Innovation is the lifeline for any trend. Think about Venetian style masks as part of your product line because their popularity has yet to peak. We can expect these masks to be around for quite awhile.
Posted by Michael Gietl on Saturday, October 26th, 2013
Filed under Masks, Uncategorized
The recent addition of Wholesale Day of the Dead Masks under masks on the site may be puzzling to many. Have you ever heard of Day of the Dead masks? It is totally unknown to many, but the Day of the Dead is a national holiday in Mexico. It has a rich history dating back to the Aztecs. Over the past few centuries, the Aztec celebration has evolved into today’s holiday of remembering and praying for friends and relatives.
To those unfamiliar with this celebration, the first reaction might be shock. A quote from a Wikipedia article on La Calavera Catrina (Skull Catrina) will alleviate these feelings: “few countries pay homage to death the way Mexico does; Offerings, songs, respect and humor are just some of Mexican’s expressions towards death.”
Skull masks are an important part of the celebration. To understand The Day of the Dead, we must first realize that the emphasis on death and skull masks is not a macabre or scary event. An article by Jennifer Maughan entitled Day of the Dead Masks states, “This joyous view of death emphasizes the Mexican belief that the dead do not like to be thought of in sorrow and that the afterlife is a joyous place.”
TRADITIONS OF DAY OF THE DEAD
The Day of the Dead corresponds to All Saints Day and All Souls Day, which occur on the first and second of November. The same days are a national holiday in Mexico and celebrated in many Hispanic countries including Brazil and Spain. These days honor deceased relatives. In Mexico, November 1, The Day of the Innocents, remembers deceased children. November 2 is The Day of the Dead for other deceased relatives.
The manner of celebrating varies from region to region, and often from town to town. We find many of the traditions in other cultures: cleaning the tombstones and decorating graves like on All Saints Day in South Louisiana; setting up altars and providing food for visitors like Sicilian St. Joseph Day altars; pictures of deceased family member on the altar as in oriental traditions; children in costumes going to houses for a treat like Halloween.
TODAY’S WHOLESALE DAY OF THE DEAD MASKS
Skull masks date back centuries, but today’s version is often an inspiration from an illustration by Jose Guadalupe Posada showing a skull in a classy ladies hat from the turn of the century. The name attached to it is La Calavera Catrina (the skull Catrina). It was a parody on women that wanted to look more European that Mexican. The message was fancy European clothes do not matter when time on this earth ends.
The Catrina mask is the most typical mask for Day of the Dead celebrations. The one shown has artificial marigolds around the top of the head. Marigolds are the traditional flower for this day. Many believe these attract the souls of the dead so they can hear the prayers offered for them.
Adding wholesale Day of the Dead masks may hold a surprise for you. Many are unaware of these masks, but those that are aware of them may have trouble finding them. The celebration comes around the same time as Halloween. Add a few wholesale Day of the Dead masks with yur Halloween and see what the response is.
Posted by Michael Gietl on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
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Wholesale Halloween jewelry is fun stuff often done in resins and plastics. This jewelry is great for gift shops, drug stores, and party stores. However, boutiques and upscale stores have customers that want jewelry with higher quality. They want Halloween jewelry, but they want a classy look.
WHOLESALE HALLOWEEN JEWELRY WITH A STERLING SILVER LOOK
High quality Halloween jewelry is out there. Is high priced sterling silver the only answer? No, you can get the look in fashion jewelry with quality that equals or exceeds sterling.
“Best” jewelry has established a reputation as quality leader in fashion jewelry. They create a seasonal jewelry line that fills the needs of upscale shops. The finished product is indistinguishable from exquisite sterling silver. Their signature process is dimensionally raised stampings from a single sheet of thin steel. Their ability in metalworking delivers detail that is beyond imagination. The scarecrow pendant shown is typical of their work.
Next, they seal the back with a plate stamped with a precision fit. This is a procedure used in sterling silver. It creates a hollow pendant that is comfortably lightweight. Sterling uses the process to reduce the amount of silver going into the jewelry piece. However, the component costs of fashion jewelry are not a factor. Therefore, the labor intense process is adding high quality that is rare in fashion jewelry. The site includes some exceptional jewelry by “Best” under wholesale Halloween Jewelry. The pendant shown has design and depth that makes this Halloween jewelry an eye-catcher.
Notice the incredible shapes and amazing detail their stamping process delivers. Silver plating and high polishing gives each piece a mirror-like shine. This wholesale Halloween jewelry could easily be mistaken for sterling silver. However, the price makes it much easier to sell. This is jewelry that upscale boutiques can be proud to show customers.
ADDING COLOR TO HIGH QUALITY HALLOWEEN JEWELRY
What if you want some fun color for the season? The pendant displayed shows how nicely this jewelry can adapt to color. After going through all the processes above, the jewelry is hand epoxied to get the bright Halloween colors. Isn’t this stunning jewelry that should catch the eye of your customers? Yes, the price is higher than resins and plastics, but the quality and classy look are so apparent.
Halloween is less than a month away. The predictions for this year’s Halloween sales are still healthy even though they show some decline this season according to the National Retail Federation. Irresistible merchandise is the key to keeping figures up. Think about this wholesale Halloween jewelry as part of that irresistible selection.
Posted by Michael Gietl on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Filed under Masks, Uncategorized
Wholesale masks have undergone massive developments in the last decade. Ten year ago hardly anyone knew what Venetian masks were. Since then they have become the subject of movies, realty shows, and celebrity pictures.
DEVELOPMENT FROM THE ORIGINAL VENETIAN MASKS
The Venetian masks that were so obscure ten years ago were never obscure in Venice. Mask making is an art there. Actually it so important an art that mask makers had their own guild in the Renaissance years.
Venetian style masks are designs inspired by the original art of Venice. These wholesale masks carry a lower price tag. They are works of art also, but often lack the originality that comes from the masters in Venice.
WHOLESALE MASKS INSPIRED BY VENETIAN MASK ART
Today more people are aware of these wholesale masks. Here are a few styles you will probably recognize. First, the mask on a stick that is among the most popular Venetian style masks. The one shown is white and silver—the top seller for Venetian weddings. The mask also comes white and gold, which goes better when the bride has an ivory dress. Also colors are popular for sweet sixteens and quinceaneras.
Venetian masks can be very elegant like the maple leaf mask shown. These wholesale masks are surprisingly affordable considering the elaborate design and individual boxing.
The Diavalo masks works for Halloween. Diavalo is Italian for devil. A popular medium for masks in Venice is paper mache. These masks use acrylic to capture a paper mache look and feel.
The black ladies Venetian style mask with a spray of feathers on one side provides a more elegant Halloween mask. The black color creates a mystique.
THE RAGE IN WHOLESALE MASKS THIS YEAR
So what is the Venetian style masks that are galvanizing consumers’ interest this year? The answer is laser cut metal masks. These masks with elaborate cut designs deliver a masterful filigree eye mask for women. Many are available in gold or sliver plating as well as colors. The fleur-de-lis laser cut mask shown is gold plating.
Some laser cut masks get more elaborate. The butterfly mask pictured reaches new heights with a laser cut butterfly rising up on one side. The mask is white and popular for weddings.
Halloween is less than a month away and consumers going to parties are more selective than ever about masks and costumes. Stock wholesale masks early. Then your customers can shop beautiful Venetian style masks that they will be proud to wear.
Posted by Michael Gietl on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
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The latest shipments of wholesale hats had us busy moving from category to category putting them on line. It was tons of variety with limited depth. Take a glance through this blog and you will see what we mean.
WHOLESALE FLEUR-DE-LIS HATS
A sassy fleur-de-lis cowboy hat arrived with a shiny crystal studded fleur-de-lis on the front and acrylic studs all along the edge of the rolled brim. More stones stud the brown leatherette hatband. Really eye-catching, right?
Do your customers want fleur-de-is hats that are more dress-down? Here’s a new wholesale cap that may suit their tastes. A black ball cap has a large rhinestone fleur-de-lis in the center bordered by frayed fabric. The tip of the bill has worn fabric on each side. It costs more to make a hat look worn out than to make it look spanking new. This is the new market for younger customers. Remember when we threw hats away that looked this worn?
WHOLESALE HATS FOR CHURCH AND HOMECOMING
Wholesale hats for homecoming are filling needs for a market that can’t wait. Most homecomings are in October with some in early November. So shops need dress hats now. Traditionally, women liked homecoming hats with conservative brims like the one shown. However, the last few years larger brims have gained popularity. So almost everything available in church hats works for homecoming hats.
Arrivals in wholesale ladies church hats include new designs and popular styles that need restocking. The hat shown with an asymmetrical brim was a top seller last year and is doing very well again this year. Like most winter dress hats, it is wool felt. While writing this blog, I checked the hat. It looks like it needs restocked again.
WHOLESALE WINTER HATS
New winter hats include this cute apple cap for women. Made of wool felt, the dressy cap will be a cute accessory for the upcoming season.
SPORTS HATS AND CAPS
When the new tiger ball cap shown arrived, we set up a new category under sports jewelry named Sports Accessories. We will add more items over the next week or two. The focus will be school colors and mascots in caps and hats including novelty hats.
Everyone is aware that football is a frenzy during the season. Nearly every high school across the country has a football team. Fans want to show their support. But local retailers have a problem finding merchandise for the limited market. This category will focus on the most popular colors and mascots so retailers can feed the frenzy in their local communities.
NEW WHOLESALE COWBOY HATS
Among new arrivals in wholesale cowboy hats is a shimmering purple cowboy hat that can be worn as is or trimmed for Mardi Gras or school colors. The ladies shapeable cowboy hat shimmers with every movement.
NEW ARRIVALS EVEN INCLUDE WHOLESALE VISORS
Would you expect new arrivals in wholesale visors this time of year? Well remember October is a few days away and that is breast cancer awareness month. The Susan G Komen group was a pioneer in breast cancer awareness, organizing runs and handing out pink visors to participants as early as 1990. With all the walks and runs across the country, breast cancer awareness visors will be in demand.
NEW WHOLESALE FASCINATORS ARRIVE
On the dressy side, new wholesale fascinators arrive for holiday and any other dressy event. Fascinators can also be fun for Halloween or bachelorette parties.
See what we mean about wholesale hats in a wild range of categories. I can’t remember a week when arrivals of wholesale hats had so much variety. But this can be good because there is something for everyone. It makes it easy to find headwear for your customers.
Posted by Michael Gietl on Friday, September 27th, 2013