Bridal Season!

Happy Spring! Now that Spring is officially here, that means bridal season is also here! With everything going on in the world right now, I’m sure many brides have had to postpone their weddings however, they are still getting married and their wedding is still going to take place! Love is not cancelled!

Now is the perfect time to find a sweet gift for the bride in your life that might need a special surprise to let her know you are thinking about her. Below are some fabulous bridal gift ideas that will bring a smile to her face!

Bridal Ornament

An ornament is my absolute favorite gift for a bride! No matter what time of year you gift it, the bride will always think of that special time in her life while decorating her Christmas tree!

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The hanger is a fun gift that the bride can use on her wedding day! You know that picture that every bride gets of her wedding dress hanging up? Yes, that one! Help her make sure she has a beautiful hanger to hold her dress up. Pro tip: you can even get her new monogram or wedding date personalized on it for an extra special touch!image3.JPG

Hanging Accessory Bag

Lastly, help the bride stay organized with the Hanging Accessory Bag! This is perfect for keeping together her something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue!

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Many more bridal gift options can be found in our website www.gowhimsey.com. Happy Spring everyone!

 

Bailey Weaver, Raleigh, NC Sales Rep

Spring & Summer Time Travels with the Kids

March is when it all starts in my family.  The travels of back and forth from the beach to home plus 2 wild boys and new to the family, our sweet pup Hank.  With all the travels, me as a mom, I have to stay somewhat organized being I am the only female in the house (men aren’t the most organized, right ladies!? 😉 ).

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Here are some simple tips for the moms to keep the family organized during the spring and summer months.

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Give a task to someone else

Us as moms feel like we should take it all on, but I have learned that only stresses me out so I have HAD to push myself to delegate.  Now that the boys are getting older they can take on more responsibility.  So, when its time to pack up for our weekends at the beach I have made it their responsibility to pack their clothes; I of course go behind them to make sure all the essentials are packed of course 😉  This has been a HUGE help (more mentally than physically).

  • Our Canvas Duffles are perfect for the boys… with their names monogrammed of course.

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Pre-Pack and Don’t Un-Pack

 

I have actually done this since Mason (my oldest who is now 7) was a baby.  I am one of those moms who had my boys on a boat, near the water since they were infants so of course with any new baby and toddler there comes a ton of little stuff you can’t forget especially when you’re out on a boat.  We call it our Boat Bag in my house… it’s a bag that I have which I NEVER unpack (except if there is food, of course).  This has taken a lot of the thinking out of packing, which to me is the most exhausting part of traveling, am I right?  All I have to do is grab it and go and add in the boat snacks once we get down to the beach.

  • Some essential items that I always keep in our Boat Bag: our Stripe Beach Pouch is the perfect option
  1. Burt’s Bees All-Weather Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15
  2. Alba Botanica Kids Spray SPF 50
  3. The Honest Company Sunscreen Stick SPF 30
  4. A change of clothes (so they have something dry to put on for the boat ride in)
  5. Beach Towels (our lightweight towels are a staple for any summer trip)
  6. The boys sunglasses (a cheap pair so I don’t have to keep up with them and I know I’ve got them if the boys need them)
  7. 2 baseball hats
  8. Baby powder for the bums or sandy feet

*I use my Think Dirty app to find the cleanest products for your kiddos

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Our Big Tote or Towel Tote makes for the perfect “Boat Bag” for any family

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Shop all our Swim + Beach Bags for all your upcoming travels.

 

Safe Travels,

Amber

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Momsplaining … MSC Style!

We’ve all heard the term “momsplaining” or have seen the hashtag on social media. Some (myself included) follow actress Kristen Bell as she tackles life through her internet series of the same name. So, as a mom of three-year-old and 18-month-old girls, I am here to momsplain some MSC items for you. Whether you are a mom, grandma, wife, sister…all these tips can help you think outside of the box for the many ways you can utilize our products!

Our Canvas Line is THE BEST for kid’s stuff. The quality has been kid tested (at least in my house)! It’s sturdy and when it gets dirty-flip it inside out and toss it in the washer-which is so convenient. The laptop case is the perfect size for coloring/reading books and (every mom’s favorite) construction paper. It can also slide in the pocket behind your seat in the car to keep kids of all ages occupied in the backseat. Use the cosmetic bag to hold all those art supplies-crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, stencils. Such a great way to keep it all in one place for the little ones to exercise their creativity!

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Diaper bags are no longer for just diapers and bottles. Use our ric rac diaper bags for the PERFECT tween overnight bag. So spacious inside for all the clothes and shoes their hearts desire! The side pockets are great for cell phones and tablets for quick access to snap pics to capture all the memories of being a teenager. Toss in one of our jewelry cubes or cases to help organize all the charging cords and ear buds!

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Hooded towels are hooded towels. There’s no magic momsplaning on this one 😊 My daughters LOVE them! They are soft and can grow with the child. Not to mention-so many adorable options! My daughters still use the ones we’ve had since the oldest was a baby. They’re a staple bath item in our household.

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Sometimes it’s hard to keep everything organized. Okay, ALL the time it’s hard to keep things organized! Let our Southern Home crunch bins help you with that! They are great for a toy bin in the living room (with the stylish patterns they come in-who will notice there are toys in there?!). Also, they are perfect to store all the essentials you might need for an overnight trip. I have used them to carry diapers, wipes, night lights, blankets, bedtime books, lovies and toys when you are home away from home. It holds it all! Just pack it and toss it in the car.

Not just as a mom, but as a parent, we’re always looking for extra tips and tricks of the trade, so I hope this helps you get creative with the uses for some of our items. Let us see how YOU momsplain some other MSC products! Make sure to tag us on Social media so we can share!

Julie Marshall

Customer Service

Happy Leap Year!

February 29th is upon us tomorrow. As I’m sure you’re all aware, the extra day is needed every 4 years in order to keep the human calendar in sync with the earth’s orbit around the sun. Earth’s orbit around the sun actually takes approximately 365.25 days – meaning every 4 years, we need to add in an extra day to keep it in sync.

Without the extra day, the calendar would continue to get off sync by 1 day every 4 years. If this continued, over time, it could lead to “February” being a summer month!

The first Leap Day was added by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C.

For me, it’s always fun and easy to remember that Leap Year also brings the U.S. Presidential Election, and the Summer Olympics! The extra day does throw a little bit of a wrench in remembering days of holidays, however. I know I typically can figure out the day a holiday will be, based on what it was last year. For example, my birthday in 2019 was on a Thursday. By normal calculations, at first thought I would presume my birthday would be on a Friday this year. But with the addition of the Leap Day, my birthday is now on a Saturday.

Other Notable Holidays this year are:

  • Independence Day, Saturday, July 4th
  • Halloween, Saturday, October 31st
  • Christmas, Friday, December 25th

While there are no formal celebrations for Leap Day, we at MSC couldn’t let the occasion go by unannounced. We’re excited to celebrate Leap Year with 29% our entire Lizard Collection! The sale runs through Leap Day, February 29th, 2020. As always, we offer free shipping! Check out the specials on our website, MSC Online.

 

 

We hope everyone enjoys the extra day of 2020!

 

Xoxo,

Jordan Godwin

Senior Graphic Designer

Event Season!

I know it feels like we just celebrated the holidays and in some states it’s still snowing…But soon the Winter will jump into Spring and quickly melt into Summer. I know each season has its festivities, but to me, this time of the year is what I look forward to most! What about y’all? I love to socialize and I find most events and shows happen during these seasons and certainly in the Fall. Are you event ready?

From previous experience, there is nothing worse than having to carry your phone, keys, wallet, sunglasses, and whatever else into an event after having to toss your other, not clear bag, somewhere outside of the venue. Ah!

Most public venues from sports stadiums to concert halls to high school auditoriums are now requiring a clear bag upon entry for both safety and efficiency when dealing with large crowds. This is totally understandable- but can be a bit of a hassle when the average clear bags are not of quality or style.

 

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Luckily we launched our clear bag collection with all of this in mind—quality, style, space, and variety. We’ve got you covered with four practical and trendy designs for a clear bag for everyone and every occasion!

I love the cell phone and circle cross body bags because they fit just the basics and sometimes that is really all you need when going out somewhere. This and the rectangle bag are perfect gifts for the recent graduate. What a great and much needed gift to give your favorite rising freshman. I would throw in a key ring and card holder and they are good to go for their first college football game.

 

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My other favorite is the envelope bag which is much larger and can really elevate a look with its gold hardware and short handle. It can also double as a cross body as well which we love! Plenty of space will allow this bag to be used any where. Perfect for a trip with the kids to the zoo or aquarium. Hands free fashion for the win!

On any of the four styles, the pebble grain leather can be heat pressed and on the vinyl with a sticker. There are tons of ways to get creative here, like adding your favorite team’s logo, slogan, or a monogram!

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Enjoy your time and entertainment with your new clear bag! Available now and shipping before you can book your next concert ticket.

Happy sunshine and sweet Spring/Summer time!

Micaela Arnett

Columbia, SC Sales Rep

Road Trip!

My family LOVES to travel! We are all wanderlusters at heart and always look forward to our next adventure. As the mom of three teenagers, who always want to take almost everything they own with them, and the wife of an outdoorsman who is always packing hunting and fishing gear- I feel like we look like the Clampetts heading out of town! So whether we are heading to a fun city, the beach, the mountains, or on one of our many road trips to visit family in Tennessee…we take a lot of stuff with us.

Being organized for a trip is essential to a successful and stress-free family vacation (well, is there such a thing?!) and I have learned to pack our suitcases and other gear in the back of my Suburban like a masterful game of Tetris. As long as you have good travel and accessory bags that fit well inside your suitcases and stack well in the trunk of your car, the back of your SUV, or your car topper-you can easily fit it all!

The key to organizing for a family road trip is making sure you have all the necessary travel accessories for your suitcases and duffle bags. Our bins and tote bags are great for the miscellaneous stuff that can be used for packing as well as organizing for just a day excursion.

 

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Putting dresses and blouses, or dress shirts and ties, in garment bags help to keep nicer outfits fresh and wrinkle free! Our selection of garment bags are perfect for all family members.

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And don’t forget, everyone needs their own laundry bag for their dirty clothes! Our laundry bags come many styles to choose from that can be used at home and on the road.

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Packing several cosmetic and jewelry cases for the girls and dopp kits for the guys helps to keep the small things organized. See our wide selection of styles and sizes! With as many travelers as I have, monogramming our travel gear helps keep our stuff personable and organized in our VRBO or hotel.

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A cooler bag for the car helps to keep those travel drinks and snacks cold.

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And last but not least, be sure to bring your travel journal to write about all the fun family adventures to treasure for a lifetime!

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I hope your 2020 adventures are fabulous and fun…and organized!

Happy travels!

Buffy Johnson

Customer Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Graduation Ready

The spring 2020 season is quickly approaching…which means before we know it, it will be time for Easter, Mother’s Day, and of course, graduation season!

I’m certain that seniors everywhere are counting down the days until graduation. Oh, how I remember that sweet time! One of the many perks of graduation, (aside from earning your diploma of course!) is all of the fun gifts you receive from friends and relatives. The gifts I remember receiving, were the useful and practical ones! Give a gift that will stand out…a college student doesn’t need but so many sets of sheets and bath towels.

 

  • Stationery – With gifts, come thank-you notes. Our fold-over notes and flat notes make for great thank-you notes to your loved ones. They also come in handy for the students moving far from home – grandma sure would appreciate an old fashioned note to hear how the first semester is going!

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  • Canvas totes – Our sturdy Canvas Collection has great travel pieces. The big tote makes for the perfect laundry bag to keep in your closet and tote to the laundry room. It’s also the ideal tailgating bag. Pack all of your drinks, snacks, soft cooler, and more in the larger-than-life tote.

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  • Beach towels – Sure, most grads get plenty of bath towels but what about a good ol’ beach towel?! They want to hit the pool at the rec center after class and don’t want to be stuck with the tiny, free towel they give you at the front desk. Our beach towels are perfect for drying off, to use as a picnic blanket, a throw in your dorm room, and more!

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  • Men’s duffle bags/dopp kits – Don’t forget about the guys! We can’t leave them out, they deserve something useful too. Let’s face it…guys can be hard to buy for. It’s so hard to find gifts out there for them. We’ve got you covered – our men’s duffle bags and matching dopp kits are perfect for travel. They didn’t even realize they needed these items until…well they needed them. You have to put your toothbrush somewhere!

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  • Keyrings – Have a lot of grads to shop for and don’t want to spend a lot? Consider our keyrings. We have several different styles to choose from. It’s hard not to love them…your grad will never lose their keys again! We also carry coordinating card holders that can be clipped on – perfect for their meal cards and school ID. You can even slide a surprise gift card to the student store for a little something extra!

 

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I hope you find these tips helpful. Take advantage of this time to stock up – the sooner you display your gifts, the sooner you’ll have shoppers. Consider a registry to keep up with what gifts have been purchased for each grad. A great way to help prevent duplicates!

 

Happy selling and congrats to all 2020 grads!

 

xoxo

Sara Tate, Director of Sales

 

Monograms on Monograms!

I think Reese Witherspoon said it best.  “If it’s not moving, monogram it!”

I live in the heart of the south, where our cloth napkins are monogrammed, luggage, gifts for weddings and babies, even bedding, shower curtains and silverware!  Embroidery isn’t a quick afterthought.   It takes time, planning, patience and experience to do it well.  It also takes the right tools.  It can elevate a store-bought gift into something really special.
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Our diaper bags that are trimmed in ricrac or white piping are the perfect baby gift!  And don’t let the navy and light blue bags lean exclusively towards boys.  A curly vine monogram for a little girl in the coordinating white piping is gorgeous!  And a light pink monogram would really pop on the navy.  Our white pique blankets are the perfect blank canvas for a name or monogram! Paired with the coordinating bib and burp cloth, and it’s the quintessential baby shower gift.
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Also, graduation will be here before you know it.  And monogramming our linen bags would be the gift every senior would love to carry into their first years of college.  Choose a duffle, cosmetic bag and train case – personalize each piece and it looks like a million bucks!   Or for an understated, classic gift, personalizing one of the linen bible covers, and including a family bible is a touching, heartfelt present.
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I love to monogram or appliqué and I try to find a way to incorporate it into most of the gifts I give. It’s thoughtful, and most importantly, personal. And isn’t that what we all want when we receive a gift?

Skye St. John

Jackson, MS Sales Representative

Calling All Sports Moms!

As a sports mom of two boys being prepared for any situation is a must.  For years, our sport was football and this year my youngest through a curveball at us and added wrestling!  I’m not sure ANYONE can prepare you on what it means to be a wrestling parent.
Our first match was a ten hour day in a gym! You arrive at 6:00 in the morning and you wait…  Wait for your child to wrestle for six minutes!  Needless to say, I didn’t know what it was going to be like the first time so I wasn’t prepared!  The second time I was prepared.  I packed the Big Tote from our canvas line full of snacks and drinks for the boys, blankets, extra clothes, etc.  The days are long and that is the perfect bag to pack full of any items you may or may not need.  Football season is no different.  The weather could be cold, wet, hot at any given time.  I stuff the Big Tote full of ponchos, blankets, fans and of course my cowbell!
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The Big Tote is not the only piece in our canvas line that is great for sports moms.
*The Breyton Tote is a great everyday tote and is the perfect size for a laptop and folders.
*Jet Setter Duffle is a good size to pack those extra clothes for your kids to change into after the game/match.
*Crunch Bin is perfect for when it is your turn to provide team snacks.
*Finley Pouch makes a cute and easy place to keep you first aid kit, wallet, or keys if you do not want to carry your pocketbook into the event.
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Needless to say, our canvas line is a very versatile line with totes and bags that can carry just about everything!
How do you use your Canvas Big Tote?  Tag @mainstreetcollection on Facebook and Instagram to show us!
XOXO,
Allison Haley
Nashville, TN

Displays that Sell

From our window displays to our tabletop presentations, our design team spends a  significant amount of time and energy planning how best to set up our showroom.  We focus on displaying our products in a way that helps our customers see how our product is best displayed for increasing your units per transaction for our boutiques.  Coming out of market, we wanted to share some merchandising techniques that will help you increase your sales.

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Create a Story (Idea Orientated Technique): Cross merchandising items from multiple lines will create a story for your customer.  For our January 2020 market, we pulled our ribbon visors, vacation versed tumblers and beach towels to display with our Canvas collection to create our story of a beach vacay! Customers can see what a great gift the visor will make when paired with the beach towel or tote.

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Less is More (Style/Item or Color Story technique): Draw the eye in with color.  Use a color wheel to create a color scheme that attracts the eye of your customers.  This is usually a more organized and clean look which makes your customers look for more.

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Call to Action ( with Signage): Whether you have an in-house designer or not, signage can really be a huge asset to a display. Pointing out sales you have going on, or specials is a great way to inform your customers. We love the idea of tying “best seller!” tags with a cute ribbon to some of your top-selling items.

For items with multiple uses, signage is a great way to let your customers know the fun and creative ways it can be used. Our Roll Up Cosmetic Bag was designed to accompany all your travel cosmetics, but it also is a great way to organize toys, pens and school supplies for teachers or students. Signs are an easy way to inform your customers of all the multiple uses of each product.

We love to see your displays with our products!  Please tag us on IG or Facebook when you create a fabulous display including Mainstreet Collection.

Xoxo,

Your MSC Team