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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