Holsters Aren’t Just for Cowboys

These “holsters” are designed to organize your sewing, office or craft area.  They are made from a patented silicone.  The flap sticks to any smooth, clean an dry surface.  Once positioned, simply spray with water to secure in place.  Drainage holes are included so objects such as paintbrushes can drain and dry.  The Lil’ Holster is 3.25 x 5.25 inches and is dishwasher safe – which makes them the perfect organizers for your kitchen sink as well!  They are so easy to place, move and clean!

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The Hobby Holster is heat resistant up to 400 degrees so it can actually hold a glue gun.  The flap can double as a work mat.  Any glue will peal right off- or anything else you want.

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The Lil’ Holster mini measures 2.5 x 4 inches and has all of the great features of the original.

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These are the perfect gift for every quilter who dreams of being organized!  Visit the website to see the entire range of colors:  Holsters

 

Register Bling Part One

Every quilter loves a button box so they won’t be able to resist these charmers from Buttons Galore!  Each acrylic box includes an assortment of coordinated beads, buttons and sequins – and the names will make you smile!

Deck the Halls and Safari Sunrise

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Sea Glass and Rose Garden

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And, every child’s favorite?  Rainbow Unicorn!

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These are great gifts for your Secret Sis, that future quilter in your life, or why not treat yourself?  At around $5.00, who could resist?  Display them by the register.  Girls just want to have fun…..

Register Sales That Sell Themselves

It’s that time of year again.  Time to take a fresh look at the area around your register.  Every person that enters your shop will be standing there at some point, so why not make this a pleasant experience?

These three additions are perfect gifts – even if you are treating yourself!  This counter display of Bonnie Hunter playing cards contains 12 decks that retail for around $5.00.

The Happy Quilter Word Search includes 72 puzzles with terms that every quilter will love.  Who would have thought a puzzle book would crack the top 50 books?  Could this be the next coloring book craze???

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Every quilter needs these bandages in their first aid kit.  Each box contains 30 bandages with five different designs…more due any day….

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Easter Should be on your radar

These wooden eggs in three sizes – and two colorways by The Bee Company will be arriving next month.

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These eggs can be purchased individually or come with a pattern for a cross stitch banner.

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But my first thought?  Wouldn’t these be an adorable way to personalize Easter baskets?  Machine embroidery instead of cross stitch would be darling – and give you the opportunity to showcase features of your sewing machines!  Carry Silhouette machines?  Design your own with that machine as well!  Think outside the box and your customers will make ALL variations!  What darling decorations for an Easter tree!

Prepping for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday

This blog has two different audiences – and today I am speaking to both!  Quilters – use this holiday season to support your local quilt shop.  Quilt shops who don’t sell machines are historically not as busy this time of year because most of you have already made your gifts and are busy cooking, cleaning, decorating – you get the picture!

How can we make this a win/win for everyone?  As a shop owner, take a minute to look at your shop through your customers’ eyes.  Set up vignettes that will interest everyone!

For those of us who have friends who want to learn to quilt, why not buy them a kit? For instance, the new Stripology Squared #GE-512, ruler by Creative Grids® #CGRGE2 is a perfect companion to the book.  Add a bundle of 10″ squares to complete the package.

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Go through all of the books and patterns in your store and “kit” everything that is based on fat quarters and other pre-cuts.  If they require a specific tool or ruler, include that in the display.  And, if you have a sample of it, all the better.  Bringing that sample to the forefront may have everyone looking at it with fresh eyes!

One of my favorite families who quilt buy each other a “kit” each year.  They pick out a project that they know the other will love.  Everyone has a year to finish them – and bring the finished project to the get together the following year.  Past “kits” have included a baby quilt for the sister that was going to be a first time grandmother; a collection of musical fabrics for the piano teacher – you get the idea.  And what a great tradition!  As newbies marry into the family, they are asked to join the group  – and taught how to quilt!  Talk about paying it forward!

And for that beginner?  Have a display of rotary cutters, mats, and rulers as well.  Be sure to include lots of gift certificates so they can buy a beginning class to go to with their new tools.  Be sure to include some beginning patterns such as Yellow Brick Road and kits to go with them.

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Have written copies of your class schedule that starts in January so they can give that as part of the gift!

Now, lets move onto stocking stuffers!  Go through all of your notions, buttons, and embellishments and make a display that is eye appealing!

Last but not least, tell your customers that you are ready for them!  Facebook is your friend!  My best idea?  Ask your customers to come in and fill out a wishlist.  Have them give you their spouses email.  Then, send their significant other an email with the items on the wishlist and prices.  Offer to get everything together and wrap it for them.  Be their one stop shop!!!  And don’t forget to ask them if they want to add a gift certificate to the order.  Believe me – they will be so thrilled they will actually be buying something that their partner wants, that they will be thanking you – and want to repeat this for other holidays!

Ready, set, go!  Wishing you all a great weekend!

Trade Out your Register Display

All of these notions are less than $10 so they are perfect for a register display.  And that gives you the opportunity to tell your customers about them when they are checking out.

These Mini Wonder Clips from Clover are available in a 10 pack for just $6.95.  They are also available in bigger packs – but this is a great intro to the line.

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Genius idea!  This seam ripper comes in a base which serves two purposes!  It is easy to find and can be used to cut threads when chain piecing.  If you want to use it as a traditional seam ripper, simply take it out of the stand!  this chain ripper retails for just $5.00, who wouldn’t want one???

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This simple product cleans the fuzz created by cutting fleece, Cuddle, and flannel from your cutting mats.  And for just $6.00 for each cutting mat cleaner – why not???

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These Needle Beetle Threaders are not only cute – they come with a light for those of us who are experiencing changes in eye sight as we age….

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If you put these over on your notions wall, many of your customers will never even see them!  They will literally be hidden in plain site!  Give these gadgets their day in the sun. Your customers will thank you for it!

 

A Quilter’s Biggest Fan

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This one is short and sweet – and features the perfect register display this summer! The average age of a quilter? Early 50’s. The average age of the onset of hot flashes?  Early 50’s. Enough said! These little babies plug into your phone and REALLY work. Any menopausal woman will bless you. They are available for iPhones (#SMRTPHN-IPHA) and Android (#SMRTPHN-ANDA) phones and at $11.00 retail, you won’t be able to keep them on the shelves!

Learn to Quilt – the Perfect Gift

Tis the season when you have an opportunity to introduce new customers to quilting.  Be prepared!  When family members walk in and want to buy something because a relative wants to learn how to quilt, have a display ready.  Don’t forget to include information on beginning quilting classes that will be starting after the first of the year – and gift certificates to classes as well.

Here are a few suggestions which you probably already have in stock!  It is all in the presentation…

There are several beginning quilting books on the market.  This is my favorite because it not only teaches the basics of quilting, it also explains the terminology!  Jeri includes the  “language” of quilting that experienced quilters take for granted such as fat quarters.  Now that is a TRUE beginners guide!

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For those who are inspired to learn to quilt by watching Alex Anderson on T.V., her book is always a top seller.

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We all know that the tools make a difference.  Why not start with the best?  The #1 selling Creative Grids ruler of all time is the 6 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ ruler.  It spans the width of a rotary mat and is the width of the most common border width – a must have for all quilters.  This should be in every quilter’s sewing room.

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Or, why not choose the Stripology ruler?  It is the perfect choice for beginners or those who are afraid of a traditional cutter or may have carpal tunnel issues.  Why not teach them how to cut their rotary cutting time by 75% right from the beginning????

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The 18″ x 24″ Olfa cutting mat is the most popular size.

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This quick change rotary cutter is the best selling rotary cutter…

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Display these items – or your personal preferences – in one place and let your staff know to recommend these products when the questions arise.  Have newsletters right there so the newbies know how to contact you!  Remind your customers that these are the perfect gifts for THEIR friends.  Why not offer a free class to everyone who brings a new quilter to a class?

Strip your way to Success

Gudrun’s Stripology ruler has been flying off the shelves since its release last Market – and sales will continue to climb with the release of her new program – Stripology 2!
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This book includes a host of strip friendly projects that are easy to cut, easy to sew, but have tons of personality.  You will want to make them all….in multiples….Just warning you because once you see the samples at Market (sneak peak in pics below) you will be adding several more projects to your bucket list!  Fortunately, Gudrun makes it sew easy that you can cross most of them off in an afternoon!

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This book comes with a Shop Program with lots of class ideas and tips to turn a class into a series that your customers will love.

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She is releasing some new patterns as well – and one will have every OSU fan drooling.  Make a shop sample, and you won’t be able to keep red and gray fabrics in stock.

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Display some of these 2 1/2″ strip packs beside them to get your customers started.  Each pack includes 24 strips.

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We no longer have to take a back seat to those “I” states that she highlighted last year!

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Sorry Michigan – maybe next year…..

“X” marks the spot takes on a whole new look in Strip Plus.

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Make these the showcase of your after Market party.  All of these items are due to arrive this week so place your orders now.








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mug Rugs – Part Three

Buttermilk Basin offers a mug rug of the month pattern series that are simply adorable – and affordable!  Why not display these patterns with the book and mugs? Better yet – why not kit them?  Measuring 8″ x 13″ – and priced at just $6 per pattern, they could be kitted for the price of a standard pattern!  Why not include a collection of the flosses that Stacy uses?

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April

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May

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June

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July

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August

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September

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October

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November

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December

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Why not display a sign offering to ship them each month?  These would be great Secret Sis gifts – or suggest giving a mug, cookbook and a mug rug for a gift.  Then mail the next seasonal edition each month?  What a wonderful way to stay in touch!