Fall 2013 Issue of Retail Minded
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A Fall Farewell to My Feathered Friend
The cold winds of autumn blows and much needed rain drops fall, yet you, my ruby friend, delay your departure to the safe haven of your winter home to the south. As I sit down to my Saturday morning coffee, you cease your constant fluttering flight to rest a moment on the copper swing I've put out for you this summer, just outside my window. Today's ride for you is rougher than the gentle breezes of a Missouri summer, as the incoming storm causes cold, blustery winds and rain to ruffle your coat of feathers. As drops of rain fall on you little feathered friend, do know as you travel south I'll always cherish the memories you and your offspring and friends provided for me this summer of 2013. I fear, however, I and others take for granted the countless tens of thousands of trips you've taken to and from the feeders I've placed on my deck and windows for you.
I'll never forget how God blessed me when you and your friends were so kind to come and feed from my hand as my grandson, Eli, and I sat on the deck praying you would come to our small offering of nectar. Even as Eli excitedly yelled, "turd, turds", as he hasn't mastered the "B" sound yet, you thrilled us with your rapid flights and constant chattering as you fed nearby. Those memories with Eli and you are among the most cherished of my life on this Earth. I thank you so much.
Suddenly, a strong, cold gust of wind blows and you are gone. My swing rocks back and forth - empty - but my memories of you and the joys you provided for me in the summer of 2013 will live forever. I ask God that you have safe journeys, my friend and perhaps we'll chat again next spring as you and yours come to my windows and say - "We're back and we're hungry."
My parting prayer is that I and others will remember even more and take time to enjoy what I write at the close of each of my emails: "Nature is a stress reliever from God, Take Time Today to Listen to the Birds Sing." Travel safe my friend and know I will cherish and remember our moments together as long as I live!
- Bird Man Mel
If you liked the above story, you'll love a narrated version available at youtube.com/user/birdmanmel. The narrated video version includes video clips Mel shot on his deck throughout the summer of 2013.
2013 Fall & Winter Hot Sheet
Gold Crest Distributing
2013 Fall & Winter Hot Sheet
Great New Products, Specials & Ideas to Help Make the 2013 Christmas Season Your Store's BEST EVER!!!
I'm excited. Better yet, I believe you and your team will be after you read this Hot Sheet. We have added hundreds of New Products that will help you and your staff give an exciting answer to the question so many customers ask you, "What's New?"
We also want to share information from several of our 200+ stocked vendors on new products and specials they are offering. As always at Gold Crest, you'll be able to:
- Order just 1 at no extra cost (unless package size makes this not possible)
- Get ALL orders placed by 1:00 CST shipped same day with 99% fill rate
- Enjoy Free Freight on orders of $300+
- Get sales aides, videos, P.O.P.'s, customized assortment recommendations and more to help you and your staff sell!
With over 10,000 items (we can save you lots of PO's as your 1 stop vendor) our strength is sometimes our weakness as many of you don't realize all we carry or how to find it. To help you on this, we've created:
- New Book, CD & DVD catalog that shows ALL 732+ we have in stock. Remember you only have to buy 1 for best price and they are all part of our Free Freight at $300 combined order program. Gold Crest is your best Net Delivered value!
- Christmas Items Recap Flier - We stock over "380" and you only have to buy 1. We let you offer new unique Christmas items without getting stuck with lots of leftovers to put on a closeout table. Mel loves the Evergreen Nativity items. Great Quality at Great Prices.
- Winter Items Recap Flier - Nearly 100 "Winter-Themed" items you can sell now through February!
Now for the fun stuff - "What's New!"
Let's start with total NEW lines at Gold Crest:
- Couronne Company - We love this company that won "Best Booth" at the 2013 Wild Bird Expo. Beautiful glass feeders and baths. (Most in Nice Gift Boxes) and Unique Gift Items like Olive Jars and Plant Roosters. Fantastic Prices = Super Margins for your store.
- Handy Camel - It carries. It stores. It pours. A new product that creates a handle for all your bag needs. It is an easy to use clip that serves many purposes.
- Jenlis - Check out their Feed Saver Pole System. It's Squirrel, Raccoon, and Deer proof. Priced F.O.B. our warehouse. Buy 4+ for your best freight costs, if possible.
- Scholastic - A new book line with lots of cool titles.
What's New - Hot - Selling - On Sale from Current GCD Vendors
All New products, prices, item #'s shown on the New Product Price List going out in the mail this week.
- Accurite - Several New Thermometers and don't miss their Big Read Rain Gauge.
- Adventure Publication - By far our #1 Book Company. Every store should stock their "By-the-State" top selling Pocket Guides. Also, their Cook Books are Fantastic Christmas and Year Round Sellers! Region Specific Playing Cards are also Great Stocking Stuffers.
- Alice's Cottage - Wow, Fantastic sales on New Fall Themed items we added (Great Thanksgiving Gifts) and the Christmas items are also selling. Every store should stock these. Also, you should stock and promote Bird Seed Gift Bags. These make great hostess gifts or stocking stuffers. This cotton bag comes filled with birdseed (Black Oil Sunflower Seeds and Millet), packaged in clear cello bag and tied with a ribbon. Size 3 1/2 x 5 1/4 inch (minimum of 6 each). "It is a Scandinavian Tradition to feed the birds on Christmas Day to ensure Good Luck in the year ahead. Spread bird seed on your doorstep Christmas morning for Luck in the New Year."
- Allied Precision - Their "Heated" items are always big sellers. GCD is your source for great "Delivered Prices" on Allied, Farm Innovators and K&H Heated Waters, Beds and More!
- Animelodies - Great Time to Play and Sell their Carol of the Birds, etc.
- Aspects - A fantastic selling line. Promote their New Quick Clean Nyjer and Peanut Feeders and HummBlossom 4 oz Hummingbird Feeders as Christmas Gifts!
- Bag Ladies Tea - Promote this fun, unique product with SE Coffee Mugs like SEEK7039 Mad Bluebird or SEEK7043 You Want What, When.
- Birdhouse Spy Cam - Lots of folks will buy the first "Wireless" Outdoor Camera.
- Blue Handworks - Several New Chimes and Balancing Beams.
- Brome - Thousands of Brome Feeders Owners Need and Will Want New Weather Guard.
- Carson - Great Phone / Optic accessories and Children's Nature Gifts.
- Cast Paper Art - Don't miss their Ornaments and Gift Tags.
- Cobane - Don't forget we stock and you should sell these great glass ornaments.
- Conant Custom Brass - Great new Feeder / Thermometer Combos.
- DZI - Their Ornaments and Houses are Great Christmas Sellers.
- Droll Yankee - Also a great seller. Why not Trim a Tree with Find a Finch Feeders?
- Duncraft - We were very sad to see this Great Vendor leave the wholesale business. We thank them for their past support and wish them all the best. Many of you asked us for feeders to replace Duncraft - we listened. 1) New SE Clearview Window Feeders (Made in USA at Looker). 2) Stay tuned for New Patented Spiral Caged feeders with Fast Clean Bottoms coming soon.
- Elegant Garden Design - Great new Christmas Ornaments, Plant Picks and More.
- Evergreen - Lots of fantastic new fall and holiday SKU's.
- Good Directions - Lots of fantastic New Feeders - see on our website or on flier in last mailing.
- Highland Graphics - Great Products - We have in stock!! Coasters, Car Coasters, Cutting Boards, Lazy Susans, Mugs, Serving Tray, Spoon Rest, and Trivets.
- IdentiFlyer - All their products including New Lyric IdentiFlyer available Exclusively from Gold Crest!
- K&H - Two Bird Bath DeIcers (1 New) - Pet and Pond items.
- Loofah Art - Why not decorate your tree with these Great Stocking Stuffers?
- Luvali Convertibles - I love their Winter Reversible Hats. So does Mel's Grandson Eli. Try 'em they sell!
- Magnet Works - You should sell their matching Fall and Winter Flags, Door Mats, Yard or Mailbox Signs.
- Music of the Spheres - In stock for same day shipping.
- Perseus - Don't miss all the great new sounds of the Wild Children's Books from them and Chronicle Books in our new enclosed book brochure.
- PineBush - New 2013 - 2014 Gold Crest Pine Bush catalog available.
- Princeton University Press - Great New Dragonfly, Caterpillar and Insect Books.
- Pumpernickel Press - Dozens of Every Day Cards and over two dozen boxed Christmas Cards (While Supplies Last!)
- Regal Gifts - Dozens of Great New Items coming in late November.
- Rossos - Their Ornaments, Houses, and Swings are good Christmas Sellers.
- Sheltered Wings / Vortex Optics - Optics make Great Christmas Gifts and Sheltered Wings is your best line to promote as they protect you with "Enforced" MAP policy. Gold Crest has in stock for same day shipping.
- Songbird Essentials - Several great new products from our top selling line. SE continues its commitment to you that they will not do business with WalMart, Lowes, Home Depot, Cosco.
- New Clearview Feeder Line - Including New Mirrored Window Feeders. All made in America.
- SE "Fisher Wildlife" Ornaments - All now have color hang tags with barcodes, bird facts, etc.
- New SE PMCA Excluder Ultimate Gourds. The only Gourds endorsed by PMCA. (A Significant donation goes to PMCA with each Gourd Sale). We want to help Martins prosper through better Gourds in all yards and support of the Great Activities of PMCA (Check out pmca.org).
- New SE Gourd Rack, Replacement Doors for Trio and other Houses and More.
- New SE Roosting Pockets.
- New Dial-A-Seed Feeder (SE946) and New Big Red Hummingbird Feeder (SE952) are great low priced "entry" feeders to help folks get interested in birding.
- Don't forget SE is now your source for all Bobbo's Products.
- Don't forget SE is also now your source for all formerly Barnstorm products.
- Promote sales of Whole Peanuts (Repeat Business) with SE6020 Red Peanut Wreath filled with Ribbon on it!
- New SE945 Thermometer Window Hanger - this will be a High Volume Seller.
- Remember to promote Fire in the Snow, Nosey Junco, Pipe Dreams, and Entertaining Friends Cups, Notepads, Magnets, Flags, Thermo Mugs and More!
- Last, but not least, don't forget to promote our #1 Seller "Every Month" in 2013 - SEHHHUMS Copper Hummingbird Swing. Great videos and still photos available including Mel's recent Farewell My Feathered Friend video at www.youtube.com/user/birdmanmel
- SunsOut - Great puzzles - Several New!
- Switchables - Every store should sell this line. Don't miss their Holiday Nightlights and Jewelry.
- Toysmith - A fantastic toy and science kit line - Try it!
- Wild Delight - Now in stock, all their best sellers at great prices FOB our warehouse and Better Yet on a Drop Ship Basis.
- Willow Creek & Workman Publishing - Lots of great new books and remember we've got in stock (while supplies last) lots of 2013 calendars.
- Woodstock Chimes - Lots of great products including Rainbow Makers.
We wish you all a fantastic holiday season. Need something quick? Call us! We'll be here 7 days a week (office staff on Sundays) to continue our same day shipping with 99% fill rates and Free Freight on $300+.
Mel, Bev, Grant, Becky & Crew
GOLD CREST DISTRIBUTING
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