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Jingle! Jingle! Time to Ring in the Holidays!

Posted: November 18, 2013, 10:40 a.m. EDT

By Julie Jacobs

Before we know it, it will be Thanksgiving and Chanukah!  I don’t recall ever celebrating both on the same day as we are eating turkey.  And then two days later we are already in December with truly just three weeks for the Christmas rush!

How are all of you surviving the start of the hustle and bustle? Now is the time to do that last review of your check list...are advertising and promotions ready? Store displayed and in gift giving mode?  Are your websites geared up for holiday with featured items, decorative icons and other inviting graphics?  And inventory...make that last check to ensure you have enough to make it through the season.

As you are reviewing your stock levels, here are two more fun vendors that you could add to your holiday assortment.

Pet Charms
Tell Tails Pet Tags

"Tell Tails” pet tags are fun charms for your pet’s collar in eye-catching cute packaging.  The tags have the following slogans:  99% Angel, Spoiled Brat, Hot Mama, Favorite Child, Ladies’ Man and BFF. You can individually purchase any of the six styles, which are sold in 4 packs. Or purchase the assortment package, which includes 4 each of their 6 styles, for a total of 24 tags. The tags are packaged on colorful cards featuring a black silhouette of a dog or cat with a white collar where they insert the tag as a charm hanging from the collar.  These cards with tags retail for $10 each and display nicely in the slotted matte wood display fixture they sell for $10.  The display is a compact size, so it’s conducive for placing at your register area to entice year-round impulse buys. For the e-stores, it is a great item to feature on your home page especially this time of year, as they are perfect stocking stuffers or an easy little gift item. For more information, view the last page of their catalog on  You can also contact them at 818-947-0496 or

"Marc Tetro” is best known for his images of dogs.  He illustrates in a simple style using bold colors and an undulating black outline conveying warmth, humor and loyalty of dogs in his artwork.  There are so many fun options to chose from including mugs, platters, totes, umbrellas, key rings, necklaces, magnets, i-Phone covers, puzzles, pencils, notebooks, note cards, not to mention holiday ornaments, cards, gift wrap and gift tags. Take a peek at They have many fun items that will add excitement and color to your floor. Reach them at or 404-343-1086.

A little help from my friends – if anyone does test any of the gift-giving products I have featured in the past few issues, please email me with feedback.  I would love to hear from you.  If any of you have any great merchandising tips or new resources you would like to share, please let me know so I can feature them in the future.  Hope to hear from you! You can reach me at

Cheers to a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of yummy food, a Happy Chanukah to those who are celebrating and a fabulous selling season!



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