Fresh Accessory Looks for Mardi Gras & Valentine's Day
January 2006

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More Fun Mardi Gras Accessories
MG sequin evening bag
Mardi Gras Sequin Bags

Mardi Gras fun hat
Mardi Gras Fun Hats

Maardi Gras mask
Mardi Gras Masks

CZ necklace set
Jewelry for the Balls






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Gemstone Fashion Jewelry


Greetings!

Everyone in the fashion industry has abundant reasons to be optimistic as this new year opens up. By now we've probably broke our New Year resolutions, but our goals are still in tact and 2006 is shaping up as a fertile field for success. Hats, handbags, sunglasses, and accessories are sizzling. Bold looks and color are driving costume jewelry to new peaks. Glitz is booming (by now everyone should own at least two sequin purses). And niche markets like hematite, gemstone, shell, and themes are as healthy as they can be. From now until May opportunities come one after another and we just need to be ready to supply the demand. So now we need to prepare for the first two big events -- Mardi Gras and Valentines Day.

Michael Gietl
Mardi Gras Jester Doll
It's Mardi Gras Time!
Bring the Parade to your Shop

From the pageantry of the balls to the magnificent parades, Mardi Gras has to be the most spectacular event of the year. It definitely is the greatest free show on earth. And for many retailers in Mardi Gras areas it is their biggest season. Your response might be "I'm 800 miles from New Orleans. What does Mardi Gras mean to me?" The answer is that Mardi Gras has mushroomed over the last few years. There are major celebrations in St. Louis, Austin, San Diego, and several other cities across the nation. There are Mardi Gras parties celebrated everywhere and Mardi Gras theme weddings for the bridal industry.

The main items that sell for Mardi Gras are beads, face masks, boas, party hats, jester dolls, jewelry, wall masks, favors, and tee shirts. These are the items that you will see in the Bourbon Street shops at Mardi Gras time and items that might provide an opportunity for many retailers that are hundreds of miles away from the main event. Even if the entire Mardi Gras theme does not work for you, favors for a Mardi Gras wedding, masks for masquerade parties, or boas can be no competition items that will make you a source.

Mardi Gras pin
Mardi Gras Spirit Expressed in Jewelry
Supply the Spirit, Supply the Jewelry

There is a feeling beyond words that we call the "Christmas spirit". All the sights and sounds around us contribute to it, but can't fully express it. In Louisiana the sights and sounds change when the new year starts -- it's Mardi Gras time! "Mardi Gras Mambo" replaces "White Christmas" on the radio. Mardi Gras signs and decorations pop up everywhere and the ladies put away their holiday jewelry and don Mardi Gras bracelets, pins, earrings, and necklaces. Whether you are in the area or a thousand miles away, you can share in the spirit.

Even if Mardi Gras is not significant in your area, Mardi Gras jewelry can be sprinkled into your costume jewelry line to offer some unique seasonal items. The Mardi Gras colors are purple, gold, and green. The main themes are crowns, jesters, clowns, masks, and comedy/tragedy. Offer a sampling of Mardi Gras jewelry to test the water. If there is a demand, you could own the market in your area. The crown jewelry in the Mardi Gras line can also serve as pageant jewelry and the comedy/tragedy items are perfect for drama.

Valentine's Day bracelet
Valentine's Day Jewelry
The Tasteful Gift that Expresses Warm Feelings

Valentine's Day is the biggest day of the year for florists. We can't steal their thunder, but we can sure ride their coattails. Tasteful Valentine's jewelry is a gift that expresses feelings. Not everyone can afford diamonds on February 14th, so Valentine's fashion jewelry can fill a need for those with deep feelings that don't have deep pockets. It is also an excellent add-on gift that will be there after the flowers wilt.

Bracelets, pendants, and earrings in heart shapes are the leading sellers. Stock CZ heart pendants and earrings for quality fashion jewelry for this special occasion.

Will There be a Mardi Gras in New Orleans?
The answer is yes and it will be a very special one. Parade riders are already buying their beads and throws for the event that will announce the doors are open. Come back and enjoy our city. The spirit is still here.
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Fresh Accessory Looks for Mardi Gras & Valentine's Day