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Sneak Peek – Fall & Winter 2017 Early Buy

February 21, 2017

The best deal of the season returns on March 1st! It’s time to plan ahead and take advantage of big savings on new Fall & Winter products during Early Buy – but hurry, it won’t last long! Early Buy ends May 15th.

Early Buy offers you a chance to easily transition through the seasons, improve cash flow, and save big with free freight & extended dating. Featuring the best artwork in the industry, our 55 beautiful new flag collections will wow your customers! Get a preview of some of our new designs below, and click here to make an appointment with your Territory Manager so you don’t miss out on Early Buy!

 

BreezeArt™ Standard Flag Product Template

“Nose to Nose” by Susan Winget [90132]

“Autumn Wreath” by Gail Flores [00102]

BreezeArt™ Garden Flag Product Template

“Winter Splendor” by Jane Shasky [30116]

Yard DeSigns®

“It’s Cold Outside” by Mary Lake-Thompson [70146]

“Fall Mason Jars” by Susan Winget [10112]

Yard DeSigns®

“Autumn Bike Ride” by Tina Ledbetter [70101]

BreezeArt™ Garden Flag

“Christmas on the Farm” by Susan Winget [10122]

“Poinsettia with Pine Cones” by Gail Flores [00128]

BreezeArt™ Standard Flag

“Floral Owl” by Jennifer Brinley 90107

Yard DeSigns®

“Apples Galore” by Susan Winget [70106]

“Ready for Fall” by Sally Eckman Roberts [10113]

BreezeArt™ Garden Flag

“Just Chillin'” by Susan Winget [30154]

“Pumpkin Wagon” by Susan Winget [00111]

BreezeArt™ Standard Flag

“Thankful Turkey” by Travis Spencer [90149]

“Skeleton Halloween” by Laura Freeman [10142]

Actual size template for product layout.

“Support the Blue” by Tim Coffey [30120]

All net profits from the sale of this special “Support the Blue” design will be donated to The Backstoppers Education Fund. This fund will ensure that children of police officers and other first responders who have fallen in the line of duty will have access to financial resources to pursue educational opportunities. To learn more about The Backstoppers, Inc. click here.

Last, but certainly not least, we want to give you a sneak peek of our new State of the Heart Localization Program!

This unique, customizable collection features BreezeArt garden flags and MatMates designs for all 50 states! Choose from 22 different color combinations, customize the location of the heart, and localize the garden flag with the name of your state or city. The possibilities are endless with this exciting new program! Find more details in your Early Buy catalog when it arrives in just a few weeks!

Thanks for checking out some of our new designs for Fall and Winter 2017. Let us know in the comments if you have any favorites! 

Early Buy Sneak Peek – Spring and Summer 2016

September 21, 2015

Early Buy is one sale you don’t want to miss, and it’s right around the corner! Free freight, extended dating… what’s not to love?! Since the official kickoff is coming up on October 1st, I thought I’d share a sneak peek of some of my favorite new designs for Spring and Summer 2016. Here they are in no particular order! Enjoy :)

"Capistrano Peony" by Jennifer Brinley SKU: 31295

“Capistrano Peony” by Jennifer Brinley
SKU: 31295

"Glorious Garden" by Sally Eckman Roberts SKU: 11328“Glorious Garden” by Sally Eckman Roberts
SKU: 11328

Yard DeSigns®

“Garden Blooms” by Gail Flores
SKU: 71326

BreezeArt™ Standard Flag “Frolic Flowers” by Lynn Morris
SKU: 91333

11330

“Birdbath Gathering” by Susan Bourdet
SKU: 11330

“Birds of Spring” by Susan Winget
SKU: 31336

“Bunny Love” by Victoria Hutto
SKU: 91275

BreezeArt™ Garden Flag Product Template

“Mardi Gras” by Lori McDonough
SKU: 31298

11347

“Soak Up the Sun” by Lori McDonough
SKU: 11347

BreezeArt™ Garden Flag Product Template

“Your Vote Counts” by Sally Ball Sharp
SKU: 31340

11320

“Southern Welcome” by Lori McDonough
SKU: 11320

BreezeArt™ Garden Flag Product Template

“Wedding Day” by Mollie B.
SKU: 31380

 

Thanks for taking a peek at our new designs for Spring and Summer 2016. Let me know what some of your favorites are in the comments!

Login to our website to find out more about Early Buy. 

Top 10 Best Sellers – Fall and Winter 2015 Early Buy

May 19, 2015

Early Buy is in full swing and will be over before you know it! With free freight and extended dating, it’s a deal that’s way too good to pass up. If you’re not sure where to start with your Early Buy order, you’ve come to the right place. We ran the numbers and pulled the Top 10 designs that have been our best-sellers so far. Remember, Early Buy ends June 5th, so don’t miss out on this great savings opportunity!

 

1. “Mountain Cabin Sled” by Jennifer Brinley

SKU: 91254

SKU: 91254

 

2. “Santa’s Sleigh” by Mary Lake-Thompson

SKU: 31245

SKU: 31245

 

3. “Christmas Birdhouse” by Susan Winget

SKU: 11248

SKU: 11248

 

4. “Winter is Here” by Susan Winget

SKU: 71258

SKU: 71258

 

5. “Welcome Fall Pumpkins” by Susan Winget

SKU: 11224

SKU: 11224

 

6. “Painted Pumpkins” by Sally Eckman Roberts

SKU: 71216

SKU: 71216

 

7. “Burlap Scarecrow” by Jennifer Brinley

SKU: 91221

SKU: 91221

 

8. “Fall Lantern” by Diane Kater

SKU: 31220

SKU: 31220

 

9. “Screen Door Wreath” by Susan Winget

SKU: 91218

SKU: 91218

 

10. “Elf is Watching” by Holli Conger

MW: 01244

MW: 01244

 

Thanks for reading! I hope this will be helpful as you write your Early Buy orders and start planning for fall and winter. If you’re a registered retailer, login and shop Early Buy online now!

Gifts For Mom, From the Heart

April 6, 2015

Mother’s Day will be here before you know it! So if you’re still looking for great gift-to-go ideas and product displays, you’ve come to the right place.

The gifts that mean the most come straight from the heart. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just something that shows that you love and appreciate someone. To make life a little bit easier for you, our retailers, we’ve created a list of items that will make perfect gifts for Mother’s Day. If you’re a retailer, you can shop the list here.

Art Pots make especially unique and easy Mother’s Day gifts for a few reasons…

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1. It makes a great gift-to-go
Just pop in a plant and a few Gypsy Garden picks (like butterflies, flowers, or pinwheels), and you have an instant gift for mom that shoppers can’t pass up. Now that spring is finally here, people can’t wait to bring a little color and life into their homes – and Art Pots are the perfect way to do it!

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If you don’t carry plants, or aren’t bringing in any for your Mother’s Day displays, you can use Art Pots as gift baskets. Fill them with other items you carry in your store that moms would love (i.e. chocolates, accessories, a gift card). Your customers will love that this gift is ready to give – no wrapping necessary!

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By creating these gifts-to-go, you’re offering a wonderful service for your customers. They can be in and out in a matter of minutes with a special gift for their mom, grandma, friend, or sister that is unique, beautiful, and thoughtful. Pulling items together like this not only benefits shoppers, but can also be a boost for your business. People are likely to buy more items when things are already bundled than if they had to put together the arrangement themselves.

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2. The price is right
Art Pots are a great price point for a gift. It’s something people would buy quite a few of – one for their own mother, one for their friend, one for their grandmother, and one for themselves. It’s a perfect way to say “I love you,” “I’m proud of you,” “thank you,” etc. to those you care about. Your customers will love being able to give this gift to all the moms they know!

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3. It truly is a gift from the heART :)
The artwork and sentiments on the Art Pots in our Mother’s Day assortment make them perfect gifts for moms. A bright and cheery pot will serve as a daily reminder of appreciation and gratitude, and it’s the perfect size to put on a kitchen windowsill or office desk!

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I hope you enjoyed reading and were able to get some great gift ideas for this Mother’s Day! To shop all of our Mother’s Day gifts, click here!

Top 10 Best Sellers – Fall/Winter 2014

August 1, 2014

Can you believe fall is just around the corner?! It’s time for summer clearance, back-to-school sales, and before we know it the holidays will be here!

As you’re gearing up for the approaching fall and winter shopping seasons, keep these best-selling designs in mind. We released over 50 beautiful new seasonal collections in our latest catalog, and we thought we’d give a shout-out to the ones that rose to the top. Most of these designs are available in Standard Flags, Garden Flags, MatMates, MailWraps, and Yard DeSigns!

So here they are – the best of the best for fall and winter 2014!

 

Bringing Home the Tree BreezeArt Garden Flag 31010

“Bringing Home the Tree” by Susan Winget SKU: 31010

 

Welcome Fall Yard DeSign 71047

“Welcome Fall” by Travis Spencer SKU: 71047

 

Holly Hat BreezeArt Standard Flag 91008

“Holly Hat” by Susan Winget SKU: 91008

 

Autumn Tapestry MailWrap 01005

“Autumn Tapestry” by Sally Eckman Roberts SKU: 01005

 

Bethlehem BreezeArt Garden Flag 31037

“Bethlehem” by Susan Winget SKU: 31037

 

Give Thanks Turkey Yard DeSign 71026

“Give Thanks Turkey” by Elena Vladykina SKU: 71026

 

Bearing Gifts BreezeArt Standard Flag 91048

“Bearing Gifts” by Susan Winget SKU: 91048

 

Chevron Snowman MatMate 11016

“Chevron Snowman” by Susan Winget SKU: 11016

 

Patriotic Pumpkins MailWrap 01040

“Patriotic Pumpkins” by Susan Winget SKU: 01040

 

Jack in the Hat MatMate 11045

“Jack in the Hat” by Sally Eckman Roberts SKU: 11045

 

Thanks for reading! Let us know which designs you think will do the best in your store!

Early Buy Sneak Peek – Fall 2012

April 4, 2012

2012 Fall/Winter Early Buy Cover

As the warm weather sets in for spring, it’s time for all of us at Magnet Works, along with our retailers, to start looking ahead to the next Fall and Winter season.

Our 2012 Fall/Winter Early Buy catalog is making its way to retailers and will be online April 10th, but as usual, we’re giving you the first look at our newest designs, right here on our blog!

This year we’re introducing a grand total of 62 NEW designs in the Early Buy catalog – 38 beautiful core collections and 24 charming whimsical designs for BreezeArt garden flags and MatMates!

Without further ado, here’s a glimpse at some of the great NEW designs featured in the new catalog:

Autumn Gifts by Elena Vladykina

Autumn Gifts by Elena Vladykina

Happy Hanukkah by Sue Zipkin

Happy Hanukkah by Sue Zipkin

Glorious Mums by Sally Eckman Roberts

Glorious Mums by Sally Eckman Roberts

Fall Abundance by Susan Winget

Fall Abundance by Susan Winget

Victorian Ornaments by Jennifer Brinley

Victorian Ornaments by Jennifer Brinley

New Whimsical Designs

Inspired largely by your responses to this blog post, our creative team has cut loose and put together some charming and whimsical designs for this Fall and Holiday season. I can’t wait for you to see them all!

Here’s a little preview:

Wishbone from Blue Penny by Cindy Ann

Wishbone from Blu Penny by Cindy Ann

Merry Merry by Ellen Krans

Merry Merry by Ellen Krans

After Dark from Scott Church Creative

After Dark from Scott Church Creative

Peace on Earth from Jennifer Brinley

Peace on Earth from Jennifer Brinley

As usual, qualifying customers can take advantage of our Early Buy perks – all orders totaling $500 or more qualify for free freight and extended dating:

  • $500 order – Net 45 & Free Freight
  • $1500 order – Net 60 & Free Freight
  • $3000 order – Net 90 & Free Feight

Orders can be combined to qualify for the best possible deal! For details and restrictions, retailers can log in here and click on our Early Buy eCatalog (Available April 10).

9 Ways to Give Your Store a Spring Makeover

March 27, 2012

Flowers are blooming, trees are budding, and grass is greening. Spring is officially here, and people are eager to start their spring shopping! So just like at home, it’s time for spring cleaning in our stores.

Here are nine steps you can take to give your store a spring makeover and help you get ready for those excited spring shoppers:

  1. Make Needed Repairs – With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you probably have some dents, dings, and broken things that could use your attention. Check your walls, doorways, flooring, windows, light fixtures, casework, and displays. Does anything need to be repaired? Now is the time!
  2. Apply Elbow Grease – A little elbow grease goes along way! Consider setting aside a late opening,an early close, a full day, or more if possible for some deep cleaning of all the surfaces in your store. Thoroughly clean all the counters, display tables, desks, and don’t forget the high and low dusting! Scrub the floors and professionally clean the carpets. If you need extra help, enlist your employees, family, and/or friends to help with your mini makeover.
  3. Pick Up the Clutter – Stand in front of your cash wrap area and take a look at what your customers see.  Is it clean and organized?Or is it loaded with taped notes, empty boxes, and other random stuff? Clear away the clutter and replace it with appropriate merchandise. Then, repeat this routine at each of your store’s entryways.
  4. Add a Fresh Coat of Paint – Make a big impact with a small amount of money by choosing a focus wall in your store and painting it a striking new color – perhaps Tangerine Tango, just one of several must have colors this Spring.  This can give your store a burst of energy and a fresh backdrop to show off all of your spring merchandise.
  5. Out with the Old – Pack up the leftover essentials from last season and store them if you must, but I generally find it’s better to clear out the wintery leftovers with a Last Chance Sale and to re-invest those dollars. Unlike fine wine, merchandise rarely gets better with age. Plus, warmer weather drives excited spring shoppers to your store, so place your emphasis on fresh spring inventory. It’s much more likely to make that register ring!
  6. Keeping it “New” – Put a fresh new face on your  carry-over merchandise.  Remove old price stickers, and replace any worn or torn packaging. Many times the manufacturer will make extra packaging available through Customer Service.   By mixing this product in with all your fresh spring receipts, you will be amazed how something old can take on a whole “new” look.
  7. Make it Unique – Break apart product packs to customize your merchandise. Combine coordinating items together and add a colorful ribbon and tag to give it a fresh new look.
  8. Refresh Your Displays – Continually change up your product assortments and locations. Color-themed displays make a big impact. Brainstorm ways to repurpose colors from past seasons or holidays. For example, you could mix your red and hot pink basics from Valentine’s Day with yellow and bright orange for a more spring-relevant Boho look. While you’re at it, why not give your displays some spice by adding freshly potted spring blooms?
  9. Think Outside the Box – When it comes to display fixtures, simple everyday items can add a creative flair to your store with minimal investment.  Melinda Shaw at Melinda’s Fine Gifts in Picayune, MS turned shiny, new garbage cans upside-down and added a glass topper to create fabulous table displays.  Melinda then uses the garbage can lids to hang wind chimes and other items from the ceiling. If you need additional display ideas and inspiration, check out the Retail Details blog.

By setting aside time to repair, refresh, and remerchandise, you’ll be more able to keep your focus on serving customers and helping them make fabulous spring purchases. Best of luck to you and happy spring!

What is your spring cleaning routine like? How do you like to make a spring statement in your store? Let me know in the comments!

NEW: Magnet Works Expressions

February 13, 2012

I’m thrilled to introduce three NEW Magnet Works artists – Kelly Rae Roberts, Caroline Simas, and Lisa Kaus.

Faith Cross by Caroline Simas

Featured in GiftShop Magazine's "Trending Up" - Winter 2012 Issue

We’ve put together 18 inspirational designs, called Expressions, that showcase their beautiful artwork. The designs are available on our BreezeArt® garden flags, MatMates™ mat inserts, and Yard DeSigns® magnetic yard art.

The new designs feature messages of faith, hope, and inspiration. Their bright, fun color palate adds a new dimension to our Magnet Works line and is sure to attract new customers to any retail shop.

It is such a blessing for me to work with these women and to share their beautiful artwork. If you would like to browse their designs, click on one of their collections:

Messages of Hope” by Kelly Rae Roberts

Live Life” by Lisa Kaus

Rooted in Faith” by Caroline Simas

It was great to meet each of these new artists in person at the January 2012 Atlanta Market. Here are some pics we took in our showroom with them, and some thoughts from the artists themselves:

Kelly Rae Roberts

Kelly Rae Roberts with Anne Brown

Kelly Rae Roberts (right) with our new director of product development, Anne Brown, standing in front of our Expressions display at the Atlanta Market.

“When we’re in the center of ourselves – often in our gardens, surrounded by beauty – we can truly listen to our lives and what is calling us. My hope is that this collection inspires you to take those quiet moments in the garden to breathe just a little deeper, dream just a little bigger, and find joy in unexpected places.”

-Kelly Rae Roberts

A sampling of Kelly Rae’s designs:

A sampling of designs by Kelly Rae Roberts

Lisa Kaus

Lisa Kaus

Lisa Kaus (left) standing with me in front of our Expressions display at the Atlanta Market.

“My creative process is akin to nurturing a garden. Just like seeds take hold and develop into a glorious garden, I have bits and pieces of thoughts scattered about that turn into a finished piece of art. Like digging your hands into the dirt, I want to dig into my old and new treasures, fingers full of paint and glue, – losing myself in creative bliss.”

-Lisa Kaus

A sampling of Lisa’s designs:

Designs by Lisa Kaus on BreezeArt Garden flags

Caroline Simas

Caroline Simas

Caroline Simas (left) with me, standing next to Caroline’s Faith Cross design at the Atlanta Market. There is a touching story that inspired this artwork and you can read about it here.

“Inspired by my love of flowers and my faith, each piece in this collection contains floral elements and inspirational words, which remind us to be ‘rooted in faith.’ My hope is that they will bring you joy and blessings and remind you that each day is a gift from God.”

-Caroline Simas

A sampling of Caroline’s designs:

A sampling of designs be Caroline Simas

Share Your New Years Resolution for Chance to Win Free Product!

December 30, 2011

As 2011 comes to a close, there’s no better time for setting personal and business goals.

This year at Magnet Works, we’re doubling down on our commitment to keeping Specialty Retailers special. We’re focusing on improving our service to independent retailers to help them stay competitive in this tough market. But enough about us, we want to know your resolution for 2012!

An Extra Incentive

To help inspire some goal setting and sharing, we’re giving away a Dream Big collection to one lucky goal-setter. The collection includes a Yard DeSigns magnet, a BreezeArt garden flag, and a MatMates mat insert, all featuring the Dream Big design (shown below) by Kelly Rae Roberts, a new Magnet Works artist.

Dream Big by Kelly Rae Roberts

Dream Big by Kelly Rae Roberts

For a chance to win this collection, you simply have to share your personal and/or business goal(s) for 2012 in the comments section below. We will choose one lucky winner at random on January 9, 2012.

Some Goal Setting Tips

Before you post your New Years resolution(s), consider these tips from the Goal Setting Guide:

1.)  Make It Specific: When your goals are specific, it’s easier to track your success.

2.)  Make It Realistic: It’s important to dream big, but you also have to believe in your ability to achieve the goal you set. You’re more likely to stick to your goals if you believe success is within reach.

3.)  Make it Known: Sharing your goals with others can give you inspiration and a sense of accountability. What better way to “make it known” than by posting it in the comments section below?

4.)  Make It Measureable by Time: Giving yourself a deadline can help you stay motivated and focused.

5.)  Make It Fun and Rewarding: Your resolution is not meant to be a punishment. Get creative and turn the work of achieving your goal into something you enjoy.

Now, put your thinking cap on, come up with your goal(s), and share them in the comments section below for a chance to win the Dream Big collection by Kelley Rae Roberts!

Remembering September 11, 2001

September 11, 2011

On this day of remembrance, our thoughts and prayers are with all those who lost their lives on this day 10 years ago. May their family and friends continue to find strength and peace as we all reflect on what was lost that day.

Despite all the sorrow of September 11, 2001, stories of the heroism and generosity from that time continue to inspire people around the world. These stories show us that even when it seems like the world is falling apart all around us, people come together and do whatever they can to help.

Here is one of the stories I came across this week that I found particularly moving. It’s a brief documentary about the Boatlift – the evacuation of Manhattan Island on the day of the attacks – the largest sea evacuation in history.

What are some of the stories from September 11, 2001 that have inspired you? Please share them in the comments.


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