Making wise use of our resources is a necessity, and necessity is the mother of invention. The green trend seems to be reviving grass roots entrepreneurship and small, local businesses because handmade, unique products are gaining ground over mass-produced items. You no longer need a big factory to produce a best-selling children’s toy or clothing item; all you need are starting resources, natural materials, and a great idea. The following companies have all the right components: Miracle Mittens, Skylar Luna, Zodiac Baby and Squooshi.
Special occasion wear is one of the best ways for retail stores to differentiate themselves in today’s dynamic marketplace. And, who better to help you than Little Things Mean a Lot. For the past 30 years, Little Things Mean a Lot has been a market leader in special occasion apparel, gifts and accessories. Here at Little Things Mean a Lot, we do not just dabble in christening apparel and accessories, we specialize in it. Our beautiful heirloom quality pieces are still hand crafted right here in the United States from the highest quality materials.
The mom/nurse invented and 14-award winning Woombie is the safest, most effective way to swaddle baby. The unique peanut-shaped design requires no wrapping and its signature bebeflex™ fabric softly cocoons baby without restricting mobility/development. The soft eco-fabric re-creates the womb environment which is important for calming baby and preventing flailing arms.
Sweet and simple but with a little edge. At first, these sound like opposing concepts, but closer examination shows they can exist in a delightfully complementary way. The designers at Go Gently Baby want to express their respect for Mother Earth, so they only use certified organic fabrics, dyes, water-based inks and sustainable materials in their offerings. New looks include the simple chic of the Raw Edge Bow Pullover and Fleece Pullover Dress. The nature-loving Girl and Fawn image appears on many items, expressing kindness to all living things.
Sweet hints of summer may fill the air, but for wholesale buyers, the holiday season is all too near. ‘Tis the time to make your final list to determine how you will deck your halls from September through December. Need some festive ideas to get started? The Giggle Guide® presents its annual Holiday Spotlight!
It’s encouraging to see companies manufacturing their products in the U.S.A. Today, consumers are more conscious and making a real effort to buy from manufacturers that produce their products in America. Buying North American products is a great way to support the companies that are providing jobs and opportunity to homeland workers. Sweet Spud, Bambino Burper, Mood Lights and Winsome Fragrance Co. are some U.S.A.-based companies that are producing innovative products and supporting the American economy.
Curious little fingers want to see what it’s like to get all made up, just like mom, grandma, or an older sister. The mysterious allure of cosmetics lies not only in their ability to change appearance, but also in the delightful rainbow of colors available. While little girls are interested in the colors, parents are concerned about their children growing up too fast. Plus, families are growing more knowledgeable about the chemicals affecting their bodies. Companies like Kiss Naturals, Little BU, Mini-Play Makeup, and Earth’s Beauty are helping parents and kids find a happy medium.
RED BANK, N.J. (January 11, 2013)—Kissy Kissy by Tatiana and Company enters Fall ’13 with a collection ranging from sweet to sophisticated for every day, special days and everything in between. The line is designed with distinctive flourishes and whimsical themes that moms, grands and gift-givers will love and the ultra-soft Peruvian Pima cotton babies adore.
I am looking forward to attending the ABC Spring Educational Conference at South Point, Las Vegas on May 7-9. After attending so many trade events over the last 30+ years, I enjoy learning more about the children’s business, and especially seeing new things that may take me by surprise. The ABC SEC is one event that allows buyers, manufacturers, reps and media to get to know more about each other. The element of surprise is always part of new experiences. That’s why I asked several exhibitors these questions: “What would someone be surprised to know about you?” and “What will buyers be surprised to see in your 2013 line?”
Most children of the ‘70s and ‘80s have memories of the giant blow-up bop toys that were so popular. Bop toys are still around today, but now more and more parents are disappointed with these kinds of playthings because of the unnatural materials contained in them. Pueri Elemental is a company that offers earth-friendly toy choices for kids. Their Eco-Bonk line leaves the bop toys of old in the dust by introducing new and improved designs and ecologically sustainable materials.
As parents can attest to, kids change constantly. The bookworm becomes a glamour-puss, while the boy who was glued to his electronic device suddenly opts for active sports. Retailers need to offer a range of items that capture the mercurial nature of youngsters and be prepared with items that can change, increasing the play factor. Dolls that morph from one personality to another; games that get kids up and around; action figures with variety built into them; and makeup that helps girls experiment safely are a few currently hot items. Get in on the action with selections from Playhut, ParkZarz, BackSlapz and Luna Star.
Don’t miss this amazing sale to stock up on customer-loved snack bags with a rare 25% off special. This is a one-time event to say thank you to our wonderful retail partners and to celebrate the success of the Itzy Ritzy Snack Happens™ Reusable Snack & Everything Bags.
We are pre-approving reduced MAP pricing of up to 25% off on both sizes of snack bags for May 2013 for our accounts, so you can decide if you want to pass the savings onto your customers or enjoy the extra margins yourself.