Based in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Valley Supply is a full-service novelty company that has been supplying everything from sunglasses to lighters to plush for 32 years. Mark and Mary Crippen have been running the company together for the past 24 years, with a focus on customer service and building relationships. “We want people to go online, but also to give us a call and speak to us in person while looking at the website,” Mark Crippen says. “We like to see what type of establishment they have, and if there’s something we might be able to show them.”
July 2014 issue
The ASD Las Vegas Style & Beauty Show, taking place August 3-6 is one of the largest fashion accessories shows in the USA. The segment is located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center and showcases over 750 companies exhibiting across 200,000 net square feet. Independent Retailer spoke with Darnell Botts, Show Director, Style & Beauty/Jewelry, on what buyers can expect to see at the upcoming show.
If your consumers are in the market for printed T-shirts, Mizrahi & Gardner has got your back. Operating as jobbers continuously since 1969, Mizrahi & Gardner has reinvented itself many times over the years, according to company owner Peter Gardner. Today, the company specializes in printed T-shirts.
Erazor Bits, now in their 20th anniversary year has been making custom silkscreen graphics since 1993. The company specializes in military, firefighter and emergency medical services novelty T-shirts and glassware.
Pacific Link Wholesale Sunglasses, established in 2001, designs and wholesales a vast array of sports and fashion sunglasses. From shatterproof to chic, original, high quality styles are offered at the most competitive prices, says David Chen, president. The company’s products sell well in all kinds of shops, from convenience stores to upscale clothing boutiques.
There are cave gift shops from California to New Hampshire, with yearly attendance ranging from a couple of thousand people to hundreds of thousands. Some cave gift shops have a handful of items for sale, and others have huge gift shops filled with thousands of items. Cave gift shops also differ because of their location. One may be right outside a major city, while another is hours away from the nearest town.
As retailers gear up for the busy fourth quarter and holiday season, many are looking to find that next big thing or great deal. In fact, that is why many retailers are attending the ever so popular and growing ASD Show. However, once you find that great deal or your best product in years you need to implement a good, strong marketing plan, which could be expensive.
How many times have you or someone you know picked a pacifier up off the floor, rinsed it, and simply put it back into the mouth of a crying infant? Research shows binkies are covered in harmful bacteria.
The sport of hunting is taking off, and Rex Distributor Inc. is ready with a huge variety of crossbows, bows and arrows, knives and sporting goods. With 25 years in the business, the company has its finger on the pulse of what customers want.
Annual sales for men’s grooming products reached $3 billion in 2012, and are projected to grow to $6.1 billion by 2017. For the first time in history, men spent more cash on male-specific toiletries in 2013 than on shaving products. Retailers big and small are taking notice, and are betting big that the trend will only continue to grow.