Happy New Year & Time for Market!

Happy 2020, everyone! This time of year is crazy enough as it is–trying to get back into the groove after a busy holiday season and getting organized for a brand new year!! For us, we are gearing up for one of our favorite events—the Atlanta market!!

I may be biased, but it’s the best way to start your year off on the right foot. With the new year, you have new products, new customers, new ideas and new relationships! Everyone is excited about the opportunities ahead and the high energy at market is contagious!

For us, market is such a special time because our whole team of reps and office support get together and are able to celebrate a great past year, get each other excited for a fabulous year ahead, and be able to see first hand all of the hard work that goes into this company.

We also love seeing how our customers connect to each other at market. New business relationships formed, facebook embroidery groups of customers from all over the country that get together at market and bounce ideas off of each other, and small business owners who lift each other up. It’s so neat to watch and be a part of!

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After a busy holiday season, I totally believe market re-lights the fire for all of us, in wholesale and retail, of why we love what we do! Gift-giving never goes out of style!

Happy & Healthy New Year!! May 2020 be your best year yet!!

Holiday Traditions from MSC!

Happy Holidays!  MSC employees share their favorite family traditions for this special time of the year.  We love learning more about our colleagues and their family’s traditions and some great ideas for new traditions of your own.

Julie Marshall – We always have a real Christmas tree. My husband and I always had one growing up, and for us- Christmas wouldn’t be the same without that intoxicating pine smell! In my small northeast Ohio hometown, there was one local tree farm that we would go to every year to chop down our family tree- Wilcox Tree Farm in LaGrange, Ohio. When I met my husband, (who was born and raised in a town an hour away from mine) as I was getting to know him, I found out that he worked that tree farm as a teenager. Our paths probably crossed before we even knew each other! Wilcox Tree Farm will always hold a special place in our heart during this time of year and Christmas just wouldn’t be the same for the Marshalls without a real tree! The first Christmas we had with our (now three-year-old) daughter, we got a little excited at the tree lot and got a Griswold-size tree. We had to cut about a foot off of the top to make it fit! It was a fun memory made, and it was the most majestic tree we’ve ever had!


Rae Marie Czuhai – Christmas is all about family and friends for me!  For the first time since my children have been born, they are going to miss one of our longest-standing Christmas traditions, The Robbins’ Christmas Party!! It has been a little traumatic for all of us but it is for a sweet and fun reason. John and his girlfriend Katie, have planned a trip out of town for Caroline to see one of her favorite performers.  It was such a thoughtful gesture on John’s part but still a little bittersweet for Momma! I told them that I have always heard that you need to skip a tradition so that it becomes sweeter the next time that you experience it.  I will let y’all know how that works out for me after Saturday night!
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Allison Haley – My dad was one of ten kids in his family, so Christmas was crazy when he was growing up.  To keep their gifts separated under the tree his parents made boxes with their name written on them that their gifts were placed in.  The special thing about these boxes is… they had the same box every year.  They were told to not break the box (which could be hard considering 8 of the ten were boys) because they had to use the same box year after year! When I was born my dad made a box for me to carry on the tradition and the same when my sister was born.  Every year our boxes were filled with fruit, candy and daily necessity items (as when my dad was a kid that was basically what their gifts were) and our presents were put around our boxes.  Getting up on Christmas morning to see what Santa had left in our boxes was always so fun (We didn’t run for the toys first, we always went through the boxes first), but the reality is you always knew it would be the same thing.   My sister and I still have our boxes and we still have my dad’s box.  It is so nostalgic to get them out and see them year after year. It is amazing the meaning a 61, 39, & 33-year-old box can be to someone.

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Sara Tate – I have to say, I am pretty traditional when it comes to Christmas. Everything from old, traditional Christmas music, to basic white Christmas lights, to the old, classic Christmas movies like “It’s A Wonderful Life.” There’s nothing I would trade for our family’s traditions. Decorating Christmas cookies with my sister, eating my mom’s sausage balls on the couch while we open gifts. Christmas Eve dinner at my Nanny’s, Christmas day lunch at my Grandma’s. While many things in life are constantly changing, there’s something special about keeping Christmas the same. My Grandma’s tree has looked the same every year for my entire life (and probably my dad’s!) with tinsel and cotton on every branch!

Ashley Uptegraft – My family is Jewish and we celebrate Hanukkah! The first night of Hanukkah starts this Sunday night (there are 8 nights total!) and we usually have a big party at my grandparents’ house with all of my cousins, aunts, and uncles. We get together early in the day and make a TON of latkes (potato pancakes!) and then we finally all sit down to eat and drink and catch up! After dinner, we light the menorah and typically have a few family friends over so they can experience and understand the holiday! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season filled with friends and family 💙💙

Jordan Godwin – Growing up, Christmas Eve was always my favorite day of the year. Since before I could remember, my dad and I spent the entire day together running various errands and last-minute shopping. In true tradition, we always had the same schedule: Leave the house at 4am, go to the YMCA to swim, breakfast at McDonald’s, and then supporting the same local stores every year – they all knew to look for my dad and me on December 24th! We would then stop by my Grandmother’s to hang out and eat Holiday treats before ending the day with a Christmas Eve Dinner with extended family. Even though the day rarely changed, I always looked forward to spending the day with my dad. Now that I’m grown, and out of the house, my Christmas Eve memories with my dad are some of my most treasured memories. Though the day was never elaborate or outstanding, the quality time spent with my dad can never be replaced.

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Bailey Weaver – I love all of the holidays, however, Christmas is definitely my favorite! Ever since I can remember, we always do lunch with my dad’s side of the family and dinner with my mom’s side. I’m so blessed to be able to see my entire family all in one day and over two delicious meals!! Every year we take group photos and this is hands down, my favorite tradition! I love looking at each year and seeing our families grow! These pictures are from last year and I’m excited to take this year’s picture!

Martha Avant – Every year my family has many traditions that I look forward to but my favorite has to be our Annual Christmas Party. I am from a very large family and this get-together is always the highlight of the season. We enjoy delicious homemade food, fun gift exchanges and each other’s company! It can be hard throughout the year to find the time to see each other but we all understand the importance being with each other when the holidays are here.

 

Micaela Arnett – Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday and always has been! My mom and grandparents have always made it so special for my brothers and I. Something funny that my mom still insists us kids do is take a picture in front of the Christmas tree so she can make a photo ornament for that year. I’ll include my favorites. Sing it with me, It’s a…family tradition!!!

We hope that you have had a special time this holiday with your family and friends!  Do you have a great tradition that you would like to share? We would love to hear from you!  Tag us in your post or leave us a note here!

Happy New Year!

Your MSC Team

Christmas Memories and Traditions

Christmas is such a fun and wonderful time of the year!  I love to spend time with my two boys; Mario and Sebastian. As soon as it gets cold, they start asking when we can get a tree and start decorating. The boys absolutely adore going to the local tree farm, searching high and low to find the perfect tree for the season. Of course, getting it on the car and in to the house is a completely different experience, but fun one! The boys also enjoy putting out cookies for Santa and our Milk and Cookies for Santa jar is such a great addition to our Christmas Eve traditions! Like most kids, they love little compartments for little things, so the design of our Milk and Cookies for Santa jar is super exciting for them.  By the way-stay tuned for our 2020 updated design for our “Milk and Cookies for Santa” jar!

As a mom, our Christmas memory book is a must-have. Especially since I’m a mom of two little ones; we sometimes forget all of the little things that make the season so fun.  Our Christmas Memory Book does the thinking for me so my family and I can enjoy looking back through the memories year after year.  It’s nice to look back and remember the moments of season’s past as a family. Utilizing the book each year ensures we won’t forget any special details. After all, making memories and new traditions are the true gift.

Through out all of the hustle and bustle, as a busy working mom, we sometimes feel that time is slipping by so fast. Our babies become toddlers, our toddlers become little boys, and before you know it they are off to school and those younger days will start to fade. Having a keepsake such as the memory book keeps those memories alive and fun to relive and read each year with the boys.  As my oldest son is starting to read and write more on his own, I will find him reading and looking through the memory books and even including a favorite memory each year of his own – it’s so special!  And how perfect to gift this special tradition to the grandparents!  Something they can look forward to year after year with their grandchildren.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season making memories and practicing those old family traditions or starting new ones with your families.

From my family to yours, Happy Holidays!

Nancy M.

 

Martha’s Favorite Stocking Stuffers

One of my favorite traditions to participate in during the holidays-aside from picking out and decorating the perfect tree is finding fun and inexpensive ideas for stocking stuffers! Yes, unwrapping the big presents is always exciting, but for me, it’s even more exciting to see how many small items you can fit in such a limited amount of space. I have rounded up a list of some of our fabulous stocking-sized gifts that retail for $15 or less. Here they are!

Circle Key Ring $11.99

The ultimate key ring for someone who always has their hands full. The circle design allows you to wear it like a bracelet and keeps your hands free. Once you have one you will wonder how you lived so long without it!

Pebble Grain Earrings $13.99

These stylish earrings feature a vegan leather pebble grain detail set in a gold frame and come in two different shapes. They are the perfect wardrobe staple and will soon become your everyday go-to!

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Burlap Ornament $8.99

We have lots of adorable ornaments in our holiday line this year but this one is a personal favorite of mine! I love all things burlap and the flat design makes it super easy to be personalized with a single initial or even a monogram.

Confetti Cell Phone Pocket $9.99

Our confetti line makes everyone happy because everyone could always use some sparkle! The cell phone pocket has a strong 3M adhesive that holds permanently to the back of your phone and has a slot to hold your ID and credit cards.

Enamel Compact Mirror $12.99

Our compact mirrors are another perfect gift for that girl on the go! The size is my favorite part and I catch myself using mine all the time to touch up my makeup when out and about. 

Bamboo Chunky Key Ring $11.99

Who doesn’t love a good tassel to add some fun to their keyring?! This colorful tassel with a natural-looking bamboo finish will give you a reason to have your keys on you all the time and the ability to find them more easily in your purse. 

 Ceramic Bead Bracelet $14.99

This wood bead bracelet accented with ceramic beads is the perfect way to add a pop of color to your arm party. The stretchy design makes it a good one size fits most options as well.

Scallop Passport Carrier $12.99

Know someone traveling a lot? Help them keep their passport and tickets safely together with this cute Lizard Passport Holder! Features a full pocket on one side for the passport, and a half pocket on the other to keep tickets or other travel documents. 

Magnetic Notepad $9.99

Never forget your to-do list with our handy Southern Blooms Magnetic Notepads! These rectangle notepads feature 4 hand-painted potted greenery and floral art images and two magnetic strips on the back. 

I hope you were able to get some new ideas from the list! I can’t believe the countdown to Christmas is officially on with Thanksgiving right around the corner!

Tag us @mainstreetcollection on Facebook or Instagram with your favorite stocking stuffers from Mainstreet Collection!

Happy Holidays! 

Martha

Sales Representative, Charlotte, NC

 

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

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

 

 

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!

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!