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Gift Giving Any Time of Year!

Hello!

I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of cooking and sharing ideas from… the kitchen!

Our Holiday bowls and spreaders, along with other various dishes, can be paired together with your favorite recipe to share with friends and family.

The bowls and spreaders can be wrapped with ingredients or mixes along with a favorite recipe for dips and spreads. This year I did my Creamy Fruit Dip which has been a HUGE hit at the office (see recipe below)!  Great hostess gifts for parties or just a cute way to display your creations for upcoming Holiday events. Another simple and sweet idea is to make a batch of your favorite sweet treat and wrap along inside the perfect bowl to compliment the gift.

I also like to use the platters and coordinating bowls for various chips and salsa or other dip recipes. They also work great for taco or salad night for all of the various toppings. There are endless possibilities to put these items to use!

Get creative in the kitchen and gift a sweet treat that anyone will love… and remember!

Happy Gifting,

Jackie

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Creamy Fruit Dip:

What you will need-

8 oz. cream cheese , softened

7 oz. Marshmallow Fluff

1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar

2 tbsp. Dulce De Leche or Caramel Sauce

Pinch of Sea Salt for topping

Instructions:

Using a mixer, combine all ingredients until creamy.  Transfer to a serving bowl & chill.  Top with drizzled caramel & sea salt as desired.

Serve with sliced apples, pears, sugar snaps, or even pretzels.

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Creamy Fruit Dip in our Holiday Bowl with Spreader
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Our Holiday Bowls & Spreaders
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Chips and Salsa served on our Taupe Platter and Bowl
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Peanut Brittle gifted with our Jingle all the Way Bowl and Platter
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Two Products, Multiple Uses!

Here are a couple savvy tips and tricks for multiple ways to use our Jewelry Cube and Beach Towel. 

I love it when products have the ability to be used in different ways- it just makes life easier! Here are a couple savvy tips and tricks for multiple ways to use our Jewelry Cube and Beach Towel. 

Jewelry Cube- This item is truly a great piece for jewelry because it keeps your items from tangling by keeping them separated in the three pouches. However, it also works great for organizing your chargers! You can use the pouches the separate your phone charger from your laptop charger from your headphones! It also is the perfect size to drop in a purse or a backpack.

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Beach Towel- This product is a fabulous towel because it absorbs quickly and dries quickly. However, it also makes a stylish wrap if you get cold in church, while in a restaurant, or tailgating! It also can be used as a throw blanket on a bed or on a couch.  I even like to roll mine up and bring it into the movie theater because it gets so chilly in there! 

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We would love to see all the different ways you use Mainstreet Collection products! Tag us on IG or Facebook @mainstreetcollection with all the fun and creative uses you find for your favorite MSC items! 

Thanks so much, 

Bailey

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Three tips to make your photos great!

A little glimpse into our world of photography at MSC and some simple tips that you can use for capturing great photos of your own.

I am going to share with you 3 techniques that I use when shooting.  Photography is a content practice of thinking outside the box, challenging yourself to move (literally) outside your norm.  This practice will keep your photos aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

  • Rule of Third- this rule is magical. Go out of the norm when positioning your object in your frame.  Divide your frame into 3 equal sections and position your object on either outside lines.  Using this rule also allows you to have images that will be great for marketing material, for adding text.

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  • Angles- I challenge you to go beyond your normal line of sight. Kneel down and shoot object angling lens upward, grab a step stool and shoot object angling lens downward.  This allows you to capture an image from a different view.  One angle that has become crazy popular is the birds-eye view (aka as flat lays).

 

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  • Negative Space- we are sometimes wired to think more is better but sometimes less is more. Capture those small details that may get overlooked by detraction.

 

Black and white dalmation Henry looking handsome with his red and turquoise crab bow tie collar.

 

Dark tortoise necklace on white mannequin.

Stay tuned for more photography tips and tricks as this is just a pinch of information but will make a big impact with your photography and easy to achieve when taking pictures on your phone or camera.

We want to see your fabulous photography by using these techniques, stay social and tag us #mainstreetcollection.

Yours truly,

Amber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Make a Polka Dotted Pumpkin

This was a quick project that only took us about two hours including the drying time.  If you decide to try it, please share by tagging us @mainstreetcollection or use #MSCpolkadot.  We would love to see your pumpkin projects this season! 

Yes, we did and so can you!

Whenever my daughter is home from college we always have at least one art/craft project on the agenda and this Fall Break I was dying to take a drill to my pumpkins.  Caroline had volunteered at a children’s “Make It & Take It” art event at her college and said it was easy.  I figured if they could do it around kids, surely I could handle it.  So we did!

Here are the steps that we took and the items that we gathered before we began.

  • PUMPKIN (the bigger the better for me!)
  • Spray paint if you want a color & painter’s tape
  • Power Drill, Circle Drill Bit – 1 3/4″(Craftsman calls it a Hole Saw)
  • Newspaper
  • Knife and kitchen spoon to clean out the pumpkin
  • Safety goggles
  • Tape measure, pencil or Sharpie.
  • Tall pillar candle (4 to 5 inches tall)

Step 1: Wear old clothes and safety goggles because pumpkin bits and pieces will start flying when the drill hits that pumpkin. Definitely an outside project!

Step 2:  Wash pumpkin and let dry.  Put painter’s tape around the pumpkin stem to keep it the natural color. Spray paint your pumpkin on newspaper and let dry.

Step 3:  Cut a circle around the top of the pumpkin and pull gently on the stem to remove it from the pumpkin.  Clean out the seeds and pumpkin fibers. (SAVE the seeds for roasting!! YUM!)

Step 4:  If you want your polka dots to be uniformly placed on the pumpkin then use a tape measure and mark off where you want your polka dots placed.  We started at the top and placed a mark every 4 inches for the center of our polka dot.

(There are so many sizes of circle drill bits but I chose just one for my first time. I am definitely going back to get some other sizes so I can try another one with more random placement of the polka dots and sizes!!) 

Step 5:  We did re-spray paint a few areas of the pumpkin again after the drilling but it really is not necessary. (One of us is a perfectionist and one of us is not!)

Step 6:  We used a tall candle in the pumpkin to make it very bright. At first, we used a small votive candle and it did not give us enough light to brighten all of our polka dots so… I went back inside and found a taller, brighter candle.

This was a quick project that only took us about two hours including the drying time.  If you decide to try it, please share by tagging us @mainstreetcollection or use #MSCpolkadot.  We would love to see your pumpkin projects this season!

Happy Pumpkin Day!

Rae Marie

 

 

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Meet Julie…MSC’s Customer Service Expert

“Open sales orders, invoices, links to images…This information is available to you 365/24/7, all at the touch of your fingertips; take advantage of it!”

Hi everyone! Julie Marshall here with Customer Service. As you’re reading this, you might be wondering who I am. No need to wonder! If you’ve called us here at the main office, then you already know me-I am the voice on the other end of the line. It’s so nice to speak to y’all every day! I love being able to assist our customers when they call but I really want EVERYONE to know about our AMAZING new website!

In July we revamped our website to an entirely new platform. It has so many helpful features and functions for not only us but for you-our loyal customers! You can view our entire product line-our product information has become more detailed for every item and the ordering process has really, never been easier.

If you are a retailer and never ordered with us, WELCOME! You can easily create an account by going towww.gowhimsey.com, then “Sign In” and then click “Register.”

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If you have ordered with us before and have not yet logged onto our new site, it’s super easy to activate your account. Simply go to our website www.gowhimsey.com, click “Sign In,” enter your email address that’s associated with your account, click “Forgot Password.” You’ll receive an email in your inbox of a link that will prompt you to reset your password for future logins.

 

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The feature that I really want to tell y’all about is the “My Account” section. Once you log in, you can access the following:

  • Open Sales Orders
  • Invoices (orders that have shipped)
  • Links to download for images

Yep, that’s right! You can view AND print all of this information! If you need a copy of an invoice-print it! If you need a reminder of when you ordered those fabulous spring handbags last season-take a look! It’s all there! You will also see credit memos and canceled orders for your reference as well! Oh, and you can download images for your own advertising and social media-even lifestyle photos!

If you can’t tell by all the exclamation points I used, we are so excited to be able to now offer all of this to our customers. This information is available to you 365/24/7, all at the touch of your fingertips; take advantage of it!

See the screenshot below of steps to help you navigate the features mentioned above. Then, go log in and look around! If you have any questions, issues or concerns please shoot me an email: jmarshall@gowhimsey.com or call 866.319.2469, you already know who will answer 😉

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Thanks so much,

Julie

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Hello from Shenzhen!

“We’ve been blessed to work with the same team for years on end, so at times, it’s almost like they can read our minds!”

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Huānyíng huí jiā! This means welcome home in Mandarin. This is Jordan Godwin, MSC’s Senior Graphic Designer, fresh off the plane from our Spring 2020 Product Development Trip to Shenzhen, China. I was joined by Tracy Mayo, President, for this short but productive trip to review new products and samples for our upcoming releases. Hopefully, you were able to follow along via our Instagram stories for sneak peeks and behind the scenes of the trip!

While we are continually designing and creating new products in our Washington, NC offices, a few times a year, we take the 7,500-mile trip westward to visit our development team. Based out of Shenzhen, China, our fabulous team handles the sourcing, production, and shipping of the product to our Washington warehouse. We’ve been blessed to work with the same team for years on end, so at times, it’s almost like they can read our minds!

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MSC’s China Team!

Our team lead by Kate works relentlessly to bring our creations to life. While we communicate daily via email and the occasional conference call, it’s always great to be able to work together in person. In this short, power-packed 3-day trip, we reviewed numerous samples and additions to our favorite collections ranging from Baby, to Holiday, to travel lines. We’re SO excited to bring you the best of the best new products which will be debuting at the January market!

Our day typically consists of breakfast at the hotel, working in the office, and going out for a fun dinner at night. With so many trips under Tracy and I’s belt, we certainly have our favorite restaurants and cuisines to indulge in. One of our favorite restaurants affectionally called “Japanese BBQ” by the locals, is a fun, interactive restaurant. Various meat and vegetables are brought to your table, along with charcoals, and you cook your food in front of you with your table. We all take turns flipping meats, serving each other, and enjoying the fellowship after a long day in the office.

 

As it seems like as soon as we got here, we were sadly saying our “goodbyes” and “see you next times”. We left feeling excited and confident in our selections, knowing we’re bringing the best of the best to our MSC customers. Make sure you stop by our showroom in January to see all of our new goodies!

Zàijiànle (goodbye for now!),
Jordan

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Connect the Dots…the polka dots of course!

As many of you have notice we launched a new website in July and now it is time to reveal our new blog, Connecting the Dots.  As you know we love anything polka dots at MSC, but the meaning behind this goes much deeper.  Follow along with us as we take you into our world here at our home office, on the road, and even a glimpse into what some of us are most passionate about.

We are excited to start sharing and Connecting the Dots, in hopes this inspires new adventures and interests for you.

Stay tuned for next week’s post from Tracy and Jordan about their travels to China!

Let’s start Connecting the Dots! Leave us a note or email us at mainstreetcollection@gowhimsey.com.

XOXO,

Your MSC team

 

 

 

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Giving Back in Honor of Our Volunteers

Chances are, if you have called MSC, you have spoken to Julie Marshall or “Juuulie” as she is affectionally referred to within the office walls.  Julie joined MSC in 2017 as an Inside Sales and Customer Service Rep and has not looked back.  As a Mother of 2, Julie is busy at work and at home but still has time to give back to our local Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter.

At MSC, Julie provides our customers with new product ideas, re-orders and information on their account.  In her FREE TIME, Julie schedules the rides to and from our local VA hospital in Durham, NC.  She confirms appointments and drivers for those in our area that can not make the 100 mile trip on their own.

Volunteering for this organization was something near and dear to Julie and her family. Her husband, Ezra, is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served overseas and suffered 40% hearing loss. Veterans’ organizations, such as the DAV are so helpful and pivotal in recovery and resources for veterans like Ezra that she needed to give back somehow. After seeing a sign to volunteer when accompanying him to an appointment at the VA-she went straight to the volunteer office and signed up!

In recognition of Julie’s efforts with the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of  DAV  and the care that DAV provides for Veterans in our community, MSC has donated $1000 to the DAV – Chapter 37 for repairs and maintenance for their vehicles.  It is our privilege to support our colleagues in the non – profit organizations that are near to their hearts.

Additional organizations to receive contributes from our recent Spring Warehouse Sale are First United Methodist Church of Washington in memory of Frank Deaner (husband of a longtime employee, Missy Deaner), and Shelter of Love, a children’s orphanage in Cambodia with ties to our hometown, Washington, NC.

Our next Warehouse Sale is on SATURDAY, APRIL 6th at 1201 W. 4th Street. Washington, NC from 9am to 1pm.  For more information, visit our Tassels FB page.

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