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!

Lifestyle image of our Burlap Ric Rac Ornament

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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