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 DECORATED 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 glitter 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.
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 BAGS
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.
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 FEDORAS
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
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.
With Christmas arriving soon, we need to plan for events that follow immediately afterwards—holiday jewelry for New Years Eve and Mardi Gras ball jewelry and favors.
MARDI GRAS BALL JEWELRY
The same exciting jewelry that makes standout statement for Mardi Gras balls will turn heads for Holiday parties. The improved quality and affordable prices of Chinese crystals has enabled crystal jewelry to evolve into breath-taking designs that are affordable for everyone.
Accessorize nearly any outfit with the glamorous look of clear crystals in silver plated settings or the dazzling look of iridescent stones in gold plated settings. The shimmering icy clear look of the crystal necklace set shown creates drama that will steal the show. Fabulous earrings complete the set.
Iridescent crystals with gold plated settings create designs that are equally extraordinary. Both necklace sets and chokers are available. The iridescent choker with stunning earrings pictured is one of the most popular designs. Who can ignore this crystal jewelry for holiday parties or Mardi Gras balls?
If your customers want color, these dramatic crystal necklace sets offer looks certain to grab their attention. The most popular colors are available—blue, green, red, purple, black. Many come with silver and gold plated settings. The set shown in blue also comes in emerald and purple. Theses ravishing looks are so new that customers are often seeing them for the first time and loving them. Catch their attention by having these dramatic crystal necklace sets in your showcases.
MARDI GRAS FAVORS
Mardi Gras favors for women are much easier to supply than men’s favors. Mardi Gras jewelry has a long history as popular favors fro women. Especially popular are pins in Mardi Gras themes. Pictured is a mask brooch with pave’ crystals. This pin returns every Carnival season as a leading favor.
There are plenty more to choose from in popular themes like masks, crowns, jesters, and comedy-tragedy deigns. Recent years have also seen fleur-de-lis pins growing in popularity as favors.
MEN’S MARDI GRAS FAVORS
When it comes to Mardi Gras favors, finding favors for men is the tough part. This can be good for you because when you can supply men’s favors, you have little competition. One traditional favor for men is cufflinks. All the cufflinks on the site including the set pictured come boxed. That makes an easy presentation. Also the cufflinks are stainless steel. Keep an eye on the site because fleur-de-lis cufflinks will arrive in the near future as well as other Carnival themes.
Neckties are another favor for men. Fleur-de-lis or Mardi Gras theme ties are ideal. Men’s ties have many themes on the site so a theme that matches the Krewe’s theme for that year would also be unique.
Jester magnets are another traditional favorite used especially for table favors. These magnets have over twenty designs. The jester head in Mardi Gras colors shown is the best seller.
Favors, especially men’s favors are not easy to find so have some in your showcases so you get your share of the business.
Comments (0) Posted by Michael Gietl on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
With a flurry of activity occupying everybody’s mind from Thanksgiving to New Years, is it too early for shops to think about stocking wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry? Actually, those that stock Mardi Gras jewelry early reap a big benefit. Let’s look at the reason why.
In 2015, Mardi Gras Day is February 17 and the traditional starting date for the Carnival season is January 6, The Feast of the Epiphany when The Wise Men arrive to visit the Christ Child. For many Krewes, Coronations and Mardi Gras Balls precede Fat Tuesday, often by several weeks. There is a great need for favors for these events and Krewe members are shopping early to get special designs in Mardi Gras jewelry and favors they will proud to give.
A GLIMPSE AT MARDI GRAS FAVORS AND BALLS
Mardigrastraditions.com shows excellent insight in their report on the development of Mardi Gras Balls. The period of Reconstruction in the late 1800s brought turmoil to social and political norms in New Orleans. To offset this, upper class citizens organized balls that acted out aristocratic fantasies based on pre-Enlightenment Europe when kings and courts had codes of chivalry and behavior. These balls gradually developed into Carnival Balls that continue to this day.
The Balls are private events thrown by Krewes. Krewes are private clubs that develop the events that make up Mardi Gras including Balls and parades. They have royal courts including kings and queens. Those selected for the court consider it a great privilege. As a member, there are certain expectations. One of them is the giving of favors by kings, queens, maids, dukes and other court members. In addition, there is a need for “call-out” favors for ladies invited to dance. Other Krewe members often give favors to those seated at their table. Finding favors early eliminates the stress of a frantic search when they are in short supply close to the time of the Ball.
STOCKING WHOLESALE MARDI GRAS JEWELRY EARLY
Traditionally, the most popular favor is Mardi Gras jewelry. A decade ago, the Mardi Gras crown ring was an elite Mardi Gras favor with low supply and great demand. These crown rings, made in the USA, were finished with heavy gold electroplated and clear crystals or crystals in Mardi Gras colors. Stock is still available for this wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry if you want to offer your customers this exclusive item that looks like fine jewelry. Since the USA no longer manufacturers these rings, they will be a Mardi Gras collectible once inventory is depleted.
The wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry most often used as favors is pins. Mardi Gras pins offer the happy combination of a classy look and low wholesale prices. There are at least 40 choices available from cute to classic. The Mardi Gras Teddy Bear pin shown would have to be included with cute.
UNIQUE WHOLESALE MARDI GRAS JEWELRY FOR FAVORS
Mardi Gras history and collectibles are part of the New Orleans culture. Some wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry reaches back in history providing a favor that is definitely unique.
Doubloon holders are that kind of Mardi Gras jewelry that makes unique favors. First of all, some people are going to wonder what is a doubloon. The short answer is a coin-like favor or throw. And yes, it’s an item that started in New Orleans. Find the full story on gonola.com. For those that want a quick answer, these throws or favors slightly larger than the old silver dollars began in 1960 when Alvin Sharpe came up with the idea for The Krewe of Rex.
First minted in aluminum, Rex has 1000 anodized in gold and used them as throws in their parade. Soon other Krewes were using them. The “heavies” followed shortly afterwards—doubloons minted in bronze or sterling tht Krewe members could buy.
For these a doubloon holder made a way to convert a valuable Mardi Gras memento into Mardi Gras jewelry. The USA produced some nice doubloon holders. These became Mardi Gras jewelry that was very appropriate as favors.
Today China makes most of the doubloon holders at promotional prices with lower quality than the originals made in the USA. The few American-made that we have left are under wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry as two different products. One is a blank that accepts the recipients own doubloon. These are good for Krewe members that want to use their own doubloon as jewelry.
The other comes with a doubloon included. The doubloons in these doubloon holders are mainly from the 1960s, the decade in which doubloons first appeared. Both are in low supply. They are no longer in production so grab this wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry while inventory is available.
So should retailers stock wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry early? Absolutely, both for royalty that is shopping early and also so those shopping later will see it your showcases when they are doing their Christmas shopping. After the holidays, they know where to go to find favors.
Comments (0) Posted by Michael Gietl on Monday, October 20th, 2014
It is already happening—members of Krewes are in the hunt for Mardi Gras favors. Shops stock wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry and souvenirs to accessorize the locals as well as tourists and to provide something for visitors to take home. The demand for Mardi Gras jewelry and favors explodes when you add the need for favors by courts and Krewe members attending balls.
INSIGHT TO MARDI GRAS BALLS AND KREWES
Krewes and Mardi Gras Balls are familiar to many along the Gulf Coast, but others may appreciate a look inside the mysterious world of Krewes, kings, queens, royal courts, and formal balls. Let’s begin with the parades. If you haven’t seen one, this is Rex in 2008.
When someone unfamiliar with Krewes attends a Mardi Gras parade, they have no idea who organized and paid for these extravaganzas. Parades are planned and paid for by Krewes, which are private and usually secretive clubs supported by the dues of members.
Krewes plan the parades following local ordinances and pay for everything from floats and marching bands to police and cleanup. They also pay for all the throws tossed at every parade.
Many Krewes have formal balls. In New Orleans, this tradition goes back to 1718 and with a few interruptions, continues until today. See novareinna.com for more details.
Favors are an important part of these formal balls. Kings, queens, and the members of the court give favors. Krewe members give favors for call-out dances and to others sitting at their table. This makes finding nice Mardi Gras favors an important task before the event.
MARDI GRAS JEWELRY FOR FAVORS
Mardi Gras jewelry is traditionally a popular favor. Favors given to ladies attending the ball can be almost any kind of jewelry including pins, pendants, earrings, and bracelets.
The most popular jewelry for favors is Mardi Gras pins. Some have purple, gold, and green color—the official colors for Mardi Gras. These re immediately recognized as Mardi Gras jewelry.
Often the person giving favors wants to provide jewelry that is wearable year round—not limited only to the Carnival season. So they pick Mardi Gras themes without color. These pins are usually silver or gold plated—some with embedded crystals or rhinestone embellishment.
MARDI GRAS RHINESTONE PINS FOR ROYALTY
Rhinestone pins spelling out the title of royalty are a traditional favor sought after every year. Pins cover nearly every member of the court and more. King, queen, maid, page, duke, duchess, prince, princess, captain—the list goes on. Silver plated settings and clear rhinestones are the most common, but some members prefer gold plated settings that are also available.
MARDI GRAS FAVORS FOR MEN
Mardi Gras favors for men are often not as easy to find. Popular for men are cuff links, tie bars, tie tacks, and key chains. These items in Mardi Gras themes are very popular. In Louisiana and especially New Orleans, the items are also popular with a fleur-de-lis design.
TRADITIONAL MARDI GRAS FAVORS
Perhaps the most popular traditional favor are magnets with jester heads, faces, or masks. More than twenty designs of these are available on line including the popular jester head in Mardi Gras colors shown.
Small jester dolls are another frequently given favor. The best is the small jester doll with lame’ outfit in purple, gold, and green.
SPECIAL MARDI GRAS FAVORS
Often royalty wants special favors for a few special people. Larger jester dolls make wonderful special favors. These jester dolls come in the traditional carnival colors as well as other color combinations. The white velvet jester doll shown is 16 inches high and winds up for music and motion—very exquisite.
Very affordable are jester head wands with the jester head mounted on a decorated stick or jester head ornaments with the glazed ceramic head in purple, gold, and green lame’.
The important thing is Krewe members want something appropriate and shop early because nearly every year the supply of nice favors is hard to find as Fat Tuesday approaches. Also many balls are well before the parades. So prepare early for this business.
Comments (0) Posted by Michael Gietl on Sunday, October 12th, 2014
It’s September and we are already talking about Mardi Gras. Is Mardi Gras like basketball season—it goes on 14 months of the year? Readers familiar with Mardi Gras balls and Krewes know all the preparation that is necessary for the Greatest Free Show on Earth. That is why shops are in the market now for wholesale Mardi Gras.
Stocking Wholesale Mardi Gras for the Royalty of the Krewes
Being selected as a King, Queen, or member of a Mardi Gras court is often a once in a lifetime honor. So members of the court start lining up crowns, scepters, and favors early. If this is part of your customer base, stock the wholesale Mardi Gras items you need now.
MARDI GRAS CROWNS AND TIARAS
For kings and queens in Carnival Krewes, a crown is a must. Full round crowns are usually preferred by kings. Lately, anything with a fleur-de-lis is popular. The Mardi Gras king’s crown shown comes in gold or silver plating and has the masculine look inspired by kings from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
What is popular in Queen Mardi Gras crowns? Here the range of styles widen from full round crowns to adjustable back and crowns with height in the front that tapers down towards the back. Fleur-de-lis crowns are also available for Mardi Gras queens.
Maids and other members of the court often need tiaras. Actually, the need for tiaras goes far beyond Mardi Gras to include bridal, prom, homecoming, pageants, quinceaneras, and sweet sixteens. The price of wholesale tiaras is very reasonable, enabling you to stock a nice variety that includes both gold and silver plating. This can open up new markets for you.
In many cases, you will be the only source for Mardi Gras crowns as well as homecoming crowns in your area. Even sources for tiaras are rare. Usually kings and queens want to try on crowns before they buy them, which gives you another advantage. When you think of needs in wholesale Mardi Gras, remember crowns, scepters, and tiaras.
Wholesale Mardi Gras Favors
What else do you need in wholesale Mardi Gras? Favors are another item that customers shop for early. While royalty is in a desperate rush to find a crown, favors are a different story. They often run out as Mardi Gras draws near. Then Krewe members have to settle for what they can find. So this prompts many to shop early.
MARDI GRAS JESTER MAGNETS AND WANDS
Talk about traditional, we have been in this business for nearly thirty years and long before we started, Mardi Gras jester magnets were a popular favor and souvenir. With more than twenty styles, Mardi Gras jester head magnets can provide Krewe members favors every year without duplicating. The most popular style is the jester magnet with glazed ceramic face shown. It has a lame’ jester hat and collar in purple, gold, and green.
Jester head wands with a three dimensional head topping a stick wrapped in shiny ribbon are equally as traditional. The ceramic heads are also available without a stick as ornaments for Mardi Gras trees.
MARDI GRAS JEWELRY FOR FAVORS
The wholesale Mardi Gras to select now is items that have demand now. Mardi Gras themed jewelry definitely has early demand as members of Krewes, especially member of the Mardi Gras courts, search early for favors. Classy Mardi Gras jewelry plays an important role here. Mardi Gras pins are most the most popular jewelry item for favors. The mask pin shown is popular every season. It has the quality look Krewe members are proud to give.
The most popular themes in Mardi Gras jewelry for favors are masks, crowns, jesters, and comedy-tragedy. In recent years, fleur-de-lis pins have also played an important role. The one shown has Mardi Gras colors.
MARDI GRAS RHINESTONE NAME PINS
Mardi Gras rhinestone pins spelling out the title of royalty in the court have high demand and every Mardi Gras season. The rhinestone pin titles include king, queen, prince, princess, duke, maid, captain, page, and more. Members of the court shop early for these pins because supply dwindles as Mardi Gras approaches. Offer at least one of each early so customers know you are a source.
Halloween, homecoming, and holiday jewelry often eclipse Mardi Gras as retailers prepare their fall line. Add this important ingredient to your inventory mix for some added sales as we head into fall and winter. If your competition overlooks it, wholesale Mardi Gras can be even more important and profitable for you.
Comments (0) Posted by Michael Gietl on Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Mardi Gras jewelry is a seasonal thing, right? Not if you are royalty in a Krewe and need favors. As Mardi Gras draws near, things get hectic and the items that make nice favors often sell out. The chance to be king, queen, or other members of the court is often once in a lifetime. Therefore, they don’t want to hand out just any favor; they want something special. And they have to shop early
MARDI GRAS JEWELRY USED FOR FAVORS
A popular favor every year is Mardi Gras jewelry. The mask pin shown has sparkly pave’ crystals covering the cateye mask. Flowing metal sculptured ribbon surrounds the mask using purple and green jewel tone epoxy to add the Mardi Gras colors. Masks are a favorite Mardi Gras jewelry theme used for favors, but other popular themes are crowns, jesters, and comedy tragedy. The crown pin shown really stands out with dimensionally raised shape, crystal highlights, and eye-catching jewel tone epoxy. Some like Mardi Gras jewelry that is unique. This jewelry is usually limited to one or two deigns in the theme. Some of the pins on our site that fit into this category are carousel horses, jack-in-the-box, and second liners like the one shown. What are second liners? These are people celebrating with a spontaneous dance usually carrying an umbrella. The name comes from people falling in behind a Mardi Gras parade and dancing as they follow.
MARDI GRAS RHINESTONE PINS FOR FAVORS
Mardi Gras rhinestone pins that spell out the title of members of the court are in demand every year. Almost exclusively, court members of the Krewes use this jewelry. The pins spell out titles in rhinestone letters like king, queen, maid, duke, duchess, captain, prince, and princess. These rhinestone title pins are extremely popular and as Fat Tuesday draws near, inventory is very scarce. For that reason, royalty generally shops for these pins early. If you have Krewe members shopping with you, it is a good idea to have these Mardi Gras rhinestone pins in your inventory now to get this business.
MARDI GRAS FACE MAGNETS FOR FAVORS
Other members of Krewes attending Balls also need favors. Mardi Gras face magnets are popular and very affordable. Actually they fill two needs for gift shops—souvenirs and favors. Krewe members use these favors to give others seated at their table and for call-out favors when asking a lady to dance. There are more than 20 designs to pick from, but the jester head magnet in Mardi Gras colors is most popular. In the heat of the summer, most gift shops are not thinking about Mardi Gras. This can be to your advantage when royalty is shopping for favors and you are the only option.
Comments (0) Posted by Michael Gietl on Friday, July 25th, 2014
With less than two weeks to go before two big retail events, there is little time to capitalize on this huge market. We are talking about Mardi Gras and Valentines Day. A Tulane University study estimated the direct economic impact to New Orleans alone at better than 144 million in 2009. Big as it is, the figures are dwarfed by The National Retail Federation’s estimates for Valentines Day this year—17.6 billion. Yes billion with a B.
Mardi Gras this year is February 12 and Valentines Day is always February 14. There is still time to stock for these two big events that can help your locations figures for February. But there is no time to waste if you are going to have this merchandise in your shop for the events.
We usually ship the same day Monday through Friday, which has merchandise to a location in one to five working days, depending on the distance from New Orleans. Expedited shipping service is also an option.
TOP SELLING MARDI GRAS ITEMS
MARDI GRAS MASKS
What are this season’s best items for Mardi Gras? Masks are certainly high on the list. Venetian style masksare best. Any color in this category will sell for Mardi Gras and even afterwards for prom, masquerade balls, quinceaneras, and sweet sixteens. But if you really want to make a Mardi Gras statement, add some masks in purple, gold, and green. These are the Mardi Gras colors. The mask on a stick shown blares Mardi Gras with the color combination.
Sometimes retailers new in the mask business are concerned about the wholesale price and so want to start with lower priced masks. One gorgeous style that has a low wholesale price and provides plenty of mask for the money is the feather mask shown. The feather mask is available on a stick or with elastic bands to be worn s a face mask. FM80 offers the same mask in solid colors on a stick and FM83 is solid colors with elastic bands.
For the least expensive masks, go to the masquerade mask shown. Prices on the site are for one mask, but if you are buying a dozen there will be 4 purple, 4 gold, and 4 green in the package.
MARDI GRAS JEWELRY
Mardi Gras jewelrythis year got a fresh look thanks to a number of new designs. This helped retailers improve their sales. One favorite is the Carnival in Venice look of the jester on a choker shown. Very classy! Search Carnival in Venice on the web and you will see this look on the streets of Venice. This is only the beginning. Many new designs following this theme are in the works for next year.
For crafty looking Mardi Gras pinsthat are inexpensive think about these face pins with loops of lace—nice size pins that capture the spirit of Carnival. Pins are the jewelry that sells best for Mardi Gras so shop this category first.
MARDI GRAS ACCESSORIES
New arrivals today are sparkly ladies topswith designs of glimmering nail heads crating attractive Mardi Gras designs. Theses sparkling shirts are sure to capture your customers’ attention with eye-catching apparel that is entirely new to them. The shirts have four designs to choose from. Even though it is late, these shirts have the pizzazz to motivate your customer to buy.
The most exciting new item in Valentines is large, glamorous crystal necklace sets centering on a heart in red crystals. These sets are dynamite. More styles are available under crystal necklaces on the site, but it is Valentines we want to focus on right now. This is impact jewelry that will be focal point of your Valentines display. Other items under the category can expand your selection. Many have very affordable prices, making them a nice add-on gift to go with flowers or candy. Also, some women will prefer dainty to a dramatic look so round out your selection with earrings, pins, and necklaces that will appeal to a variety of personalities.
We are cutting this blog short because there is no time to waste if you are going to capitalize on these major events this year. Soon to follow is a look at prom jewelry that will be the next big event.
The roots of Mardi Gras reach back to the Renaissance, but innovation in the celebration never ends. New arrivals in Mardi Gras jewelry support the fact.
With an early Mardi Gras this year, February 12, we are in the heat of the selling season for Carnival jewelry. First, it’s not easy to find a wide selection. Second, fresh designs are few and far between. Well, new arrivals in wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry can solve both of those problems for you.
NEW MARDI GRAS PINS
Mardi Gras pins have the greatest demand so let’s look at them first. Many new arrivals have a classy look that can work for upscale shops as well as souvenir shops. The pin shown has “It’s Party Time” written out in rhinestone letters with jesters in jewel tone purple, gold, and green dangling below. This cute jewelry also has the class upscale shops want.
Now for pins in fresh designs that have price points anyone can sell. Look at this face pin overplayed with a mask. The dimensionally raised face has a polished gold plated finish and the mask and star layering over it are matte gold, providing a rich contrast. Mardi Gras colored crystals complete the pin.
Want a lot of sparkle in jewelry that works for Mardi Gras and still sells the rest of the year? Look at this comedy and tragedy pin that uses two-tone plating. It starts with polished gold plating and then has silver plating in the area behind the pave’ crystals. This really enhances the brilliance of the sparkle. Use theses pins for accent jewelry year round as well as Mardi Gras jewelry or pins in a theatre theme.
MARDI GRAS JEWELRY
When businesses are searching for wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry, perhaps the hardest thing to find is necklaces. Now pendants added to chokers or chains are providing classy Mardi Gras jewelry with a tailored look suitable for the workplace.
This umbrella pendant on a snake chain stirs the Carnival spirit with thoughts of second lining on Mardi Gras Day. The umbrella is gold plated with alternating panels of purple and green jewel tone epoxy. Jewel tone epoxy has a semi transparent appearance much like candy apple red. The plating beneath the epoxy is slightly visible. A fringe of small crystals drop from the edge of the umbrella and your customer can create their own look by using different chokers or chains. The pendant also doubles as a pin.
Have you noticed how Mardi Gras is looking towards Carnival in Venice for new inspirations? Venetian masks are enjoying enormous popularity. The inspiration also spills over into wall hangings, dolls, and favors. Actually, this shouldn’t surprise us since the roots of Mardi Gras go back to Europe, especially to Venice during the Renaissance. Well, jewelry also is finding inspiration in the Carnival of Venice. Look at this pendant on a choker. The unblemished white face is the same look seen in images of Venetian Carnival. The jester collar is gold jewel tone epoxy and the hat purple and green. Like the pendant above, your customers can be creative by using different chokers and chains.
While not new, one unique item under the Mardi Gras jewelry category is the crown ring. Actually, no one makes this item anymore as far as I know. The crown rings are made in the USA and are 18KT HGE, which means heavy gold electroplating or 50 mils of gold plating. The ring has clear crystals along the base of the crown and a row of peaks with purple or green crystals embedded on each point. Once a very popular item in Mardi Gras jewelry, the sales dropped in recent years because they are hardly found anywhere and customers have forgotten about them. But if your customers buy them, they will own a piece of Mardi Gras history because the inventory dates back to the late eighties and was once a favorite item for Carnival royalty and ball favors.
MARDI GRAS EARRINGS
One exciting new arrival in earrings is a Mardi Gras coat-of-arms design with a crown above a shield. The gold plated earrings have a row of clear crystals running diagonally through the shield with purple jewel tone epoxy on top and green below. Clear crystals also decorate the base of the crown.
Many are unaware of all the pageantry that goes with Mardi Gras. The parades that everyone enjoys are put on by Krewes (private clubs) that usually also have a Mardi Gras ball. Theses are often very formal and have a court including a king, queen, dukes, maids, and pages. Many of the themes in Mardi Gras jewelry find inspiration in the royalty of these balls. That’s what makes these earrings special.
Nest comes Mardi Gras earrings that require no explanation—these dancing jester earrings. Plenty of detail, gold plating, and epoxied jester outfits in purple, gold, and green make a statement that everyone recognizes as Mardi Gras. This is Carnival jewelry so cute your customers can’t pass it up.
For customers that like made in the USA, here’s comedy and tragedy earrings that are new on the site, but actually reach back to the eighties. Over the years in business, we often purchased findings, had them plated, and had posts fused on. As more jewelry business went overseas, these small industries went out of business. So we consider our stock in these pieces tht were stamped and plated in the USA a small treasure. Going through them recently, we discovered a bin of comedy tragedy earrings dimensionally stamped from brass and plated with a high polish finish. We carded them and they are on the site—quality jewelry at bargain prices. This is earrings tht make a statement for Mardi Gras as well as for theater.
MARDI GRAS BRACELETS
For Mardi Gras jewelry that is inexpensive and fun, these new toggle bracelets have to rank high. A charm in the theme of Mardi Gras hangs from one end and dangles below the toggle connection. The bracelets stretch for easy fit. Silver plated spacers separate acrylic faceted beads in purple, green, and gold. These acrylic beads are semi-transparent and have the look of glass beading. Have you noticed how the quality of acrylic beads has improved over the last few years? Today you can’t distinguish better quality beads from glass without scratching them. But probably the feature that will make this wholesale Mardi Gras jewelry a fast mover for your business is the low wholesale price.
Take advantage of Mardi Gras to jump start your year. When many businesses suffer the woes of post Christmas letdown, the fun of this season gets things rolling again.
Mardi Gras comes early this year—February 9—so that means there is time to waste in getting ready. The celebration dates back to The Renaissance and even earlier, but that doesn’t mean innovation is over. No, every year sees new Mardi Gras parades, new areas where Carnival is celebrated, and for you, the retailer, new items to intrigue customers.
MARDI GRAS CRAZY HATS
If you can remember Mardi Gras fifteen years ago, novelty hats were first arriving on the scene. The first Mardi Gras party hats were tall stovepipes in felt fabric that had wide bands of purple, gold, and green color. A cottage industry sprouted around these hats that originally had small businesses manufacturing a limited quantity. But what a hit these novelty hats made! The New Orleans newspaper, The Times Picayune, called them the hot new Carnival item of the year.
Soon China was making spiked jester hats and today Mardi Gras novelty hats come in every imaginable design. And that is where we will begin our review of new products for Mardi Gras 2013.
Last year Doctor Seuss- shaped top hats as well as skull caps in purple, gold, and green hit the market with twelve to eighteen inch long tubular nylon streamers flowing out from the hat. This year the streamers attach to headbands and twinkle with flashing LED lights. Great for night parades, these headbands will compete for attention with the flambeauxs lighting the parade route.
For Mardi Gras headwear, headbands are big this year. More than one jester headband in purple, gold, and green arrives on the scene this season. The one shown is cute for girls going to the parade and low wholesale prices make it an easy item for you to sell.
MARDI GRAS HATS
Crazy hats are great for celebrating, but in February, weather can get bitter cold so hats can be very practical in providing warmth. If your shop is near the parade route or area of celebration, these knit stocking caps provide the warmth while retaining their Mardi Gras identity with a gold fleur-de-lis embroidered on a purple background.
NEW MARDI GRAS ACCESSORIES
Carnival season begins on January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany. From this day until Mardi Gras Day, jewelry and accessories that radiate the spirit are in vogue. One classy way to spread the Carnival spirit is these Mardi Gras scarves, new this year. A montage of small masks in purple, gold, and green stand out against an ivory background. Who says Mardi Gras can’t be sophisticated!
While not new, this may be the last year for your customers to get their hands on one of these Mardi Gras sequin bags. Large purple, gold, and green sequin disks dangle from the knit hobo bag in gold color. Only a few remain and the bags are no longer in production so get them now if this is an accessory your customers will enjoy.
MARDI GRAS JESTER DOLLS NEW THIS YEAR
Do tourists visit your shop looking for Mardi Gras souvenirs or gifts to take home? Well, many recipients of these gifts may be unfamiliar with the revelry and brash colors of the celebration. So this season, new sitting jester dollshave outfits that soften the purple, gold, and green colors, providing a Mardi Gras gift that is unbelievably tasteful. The outfits have a metallic shimmer and the heads and hands of the dolls are glazed white ceramic.
NEW MARDI GRAS MASKS
If there is any item that has stormed the Mardi Gras stage in recent years, it has to be Venetian masks. Ten years ago, hardly anyone knew what they were. Now they are the rage for masquerade and Carnival. The latest designs are laser cut metal masks. These masks are a lot more gorgeous than what they sound like.
The amazing thing is Venetian style masks date back to the Renaissance. Yet these laser cut metal masks have so many intricate cuts, they couldn’t be produced at any kind of reasonable price without today’s technology. The finished product is a very feminine with intricate filigree work. Demand for these masks is growing even though they are a little pricey.
Maple leaf styles in Venetian masks also provide fresh design with breath-taking artistic work. The eye mask shown has dimensionally shaped maple leaves surrounding three sides. Two-tone color combines with appealing shapes to create masks that definitely turn heads.
If masks are new to your shop, we are sure your customers’ reception of these products will give you a pleasant surprise. Next blog will cover new Mardi Gras jewelry from fun for everyday wear to glamorous for balls.
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