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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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Giving Back…MSC Style

Warehouse Sales & so much more!

Three times a year MSC hosts a Warehouse Sale, which has become a tradition for bargain shoppers in Eastern North Carolina. Each sale is different and that is why our shoppers come back every year!  At our Warehouse Sale, shoppers will find samples, limited production runs, returns, and overstocks. Early birds find products that we may not have produced for various reason and are truly ONE OF A KIND!

With a Warehouse Sale less than a week away, our staff is getting ready and very excited about the sale and seeing our friends that come to each and every sale!

After each sale, MSC donates to local charities that our employees have a connection to or are involved with. The proceeds from our Fall Sale went to our local youth football league, Washington Youth Football League and the Shelter of Love, an orphanage in Cambodia. Other recent recipients include the Marion Shephard Cancer CenterGreater Bath Foundation, Old Ford Baptist Church, Bright Futures of Beaufort County and Young Life. 

Our Holiday Warehouse Sale starts Monday, November 12th – 14th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  We also have a texting club with texting specials each day!  To join the Warehouse Sale Texting Club, test the work TASSELS to 41411. So come find some great bargains and help us give back to our community!

Follow us at Tassels on Instagram about our Warehouse Sale and on Mainstreet Collection for information about our wholesale and retail websites.

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Proceeds from each sale are designated to charities that are near and dear to our hearts!
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When the OPEN flag is up, the doors are OPEN!
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Friends and Family all pitch in to make the Warehouse Sale a success!

Meeting Pam Shuler…the artist behind Shuler Studio

In our corner of the monogramming world, we have recently enjoyed stitching out the Monogram Chic Embroidery Collection by Shuler Studios.  Classic, yet up-to-date is how we describe this two letter interlocking monogram embroidery font.  From our linen Weekender Duffle to our flange pillowcases to our Canvas Collection, we have loved it in every two letter initial combination that we tried.  And of course, we do have our favs!


One of the highlights of July 2018 Atlanta Market was meeting Pam Shuler.  And yes- we were honored to have Pam in the MSC Showroom!  I mean really…If you love monograms as much as we do, then you truly understand our excitement in meeting Pam.  Pam was so gracious, very sweet and oh so humble about her talent!

Like many success stories, Shuler Studios is a second career opportunity for Pam, born out of a passion for monograms and what she knows!  Pam’s mother was a monogrammer, (when monogram machines took up an entire room) and who monogrammed everything the family owned!  Remembering her mom’s old block, script and diamond fonts, Pam began to study fonts and the digital side of monogramming. We are so glad that you did!

Pam, we are sure that your mother would be so PROUD and AMAZED at all the beautiful places that your monogram styles are now appearing! Thanks for sharing your love of letters and monograms with us!

Check out our Canvas Collection, Fringe Guest Towels, and Throw Pillow Covers at www.gowhimsey.com.

For Retail shoppers, shop our Monogram It section of our website at www.mainstreetcollectiononline.com 

XoXo,

MSC

Fall Favorites…Tortoise & Leopardista

What is your favorite thing about Fall? Is it football season, pumpkin spice everything, sweater weather, or (our favorite)…new fall accessories!!

Customers loved our new Tortoise Jewelry Collection at July Market and you should start finding them in shops that carry MSC very soon!  Click here to find a shop with Mainstreet Collection near you!

Leopard for Fall!

Leopard is the perfect pop of pattern to blend with the Valiant Poppy, Red Pear, Russet Orange and Martini Olive colors that are trending this Fall!

Our Sales Reps have been enjoying the spaciousness of our Leopardista Carry-On Duffle as their go-to work tote! This tote (with a zipper!) holds a laptop, catalogs, snacks for the day and sometimes an extra pair of flats!

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Here is Lizzy… with our Sales Rep’s favorite tote, the Tan Leopardista Carry-On Tote!
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The oh so popular Leopardista Key Ring is the best way to keep up with those keys!
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Don’t forget home! Add a fun splash of pattern to your desk or bookcase with this beautiful black frame with the Leopardista bow!

 

Wholesale customers can order all of these items online at http://www.gowhimsey.com!

Tortoise Jewelry and Leopardista will be coming soon for retail customers at http://www.mainstreetcollectiononline.com.

Follow us on Instagram & Facebook for daily updates to our collections and what’s NEW at MSC!

 

 

 

 

Our July Market Best Sellers

HOLIDAY was the Star of the Show for July Market!

July Market was all about the Holidays. Our customers were excited to see our new holiday dish towels with new monograms. Some of the most asked about monogram fonts were Barrett by Herrington Designs, Monogram Chic by Shuler Studio, and Arabesque Dots by Apex Embroidery.

Red, Green and White Holiday Dish Towels on a rod at Market with Monograms
Holiday Dish Towels at Market

 

 

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Santa Waffle Weave Dish Towel
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Holiday Block Dish Towel with Barrett Monogram

 

Christmas Memories

Your favorite Christmas Memories book is back! This book features original artwork on the cover and on each page along with slots to slide in a family photo. Create a keepsake by recording your favorite Christmas memories each year. This book makes a great wedding shower gift or housewarming gift.

Christmas Memories Book spiral bound hard cover book with pages for 20 years of Christmas Memories
Christmas Memories Book

More from Market…

Our fringe guest towels are the perfect canvas to show off your favorite monograms!  Experiment with new monograms and threads on these fringe guest towels. Also, our acrylic red and green dot wine glasses come as a set of two tied in a cellophane bag with a grosgrain bow.  They come with and without sayings if you want to vinyl your own with initials, zip code or favorite saying.  Be sure to tag us when you post your personalized guest towels or acrylic wine glasses!

Last but not least is our 2019 5 x 7 Desk Calendar.  With 12 months of fun and fabulous artwork, this calendar has customers coming back every year to replace!

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Fringe Guest Towel in 10 colors
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Navy Fringe Guest Towel with Pagoda Monogram by Apex Embroidery
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Acrylic Red Dot Wine Glasses (set of 2)
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2019 5 x 7 Desk Calendar

 

Thanks for reading through to the end of our Holiday Market Best Sellers!  We can’t wait to show you our Fall Favorites…Coming Soon!

Retailers you can shop at www.gowhimsey.com and all others can find many of these items at www.mainstreetcollectiononline.com.  If they are not there yet, they will be arriving soon!