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February, 2009

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In this issue:
  • Camille Beckman Featured by CNBC
  • January Sales Upturn Surprises Pessimistic Prognisticators
    Stimulus Bill Has Help for Small Business
  • Quick Industry News
  • Featured Vendors In GiftsWholesale.Com
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Looking for the Bottom

January Sales Upturn Surprises Pessimistic Prognisticators
Stimulus Bill Has Help for Small Business

US retailers saw a small upturn in sales during January: a 1% rise, representing the first gain in seven months. Some saw the unexpected bump as a hopeful sign that the recession had found its bottom, but many economists were still pessimistic.

"Regardless of the reason sales increased, the improvement should help remind folks that things do not fall forever," wrote Mark Vitner, an economist for Wachovia. "Retail sales and the economy will eventually recover. This figure, however, does not mark the start of that recovery." Joe Feldman of Telsey Advisory Group says the uptick in January retail sales is providing little cause for cheer in the face of rising unemployment and uncertainty over the economic stimulus package. (source)

Stimulus for Small Business?
Banks drastically reduced the number of small business loans since the recession took root last year. Small business provisions in the economic recovery bill that President Obama signed into law on Feb 17th seek to boost the number of these loans.

The bill offers a "small business stabilization financing," which gives companies money to pay off existing loans. The Small Business Administration (SBA) can issue or back loans of up to $35,000; businesses can then use the money to make up to six months of payments on previous loans. Interest on stabilization loans will be subsidized and the loans won't have any payments due for the first year. Borrowers must repay them within five years. The bill also authorizes the SBA to make temporary reductions in fees. (source)

Featured Vendors in GiftsWholesale.Com
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At Alexa's Angels , the special moment of gift giving motivates everything we create. Each of our expressive and inspirational jewelry products were crafted with your friends and loved ones in mind. Because what you give to the special people in your life can say so much about the sentiments you with to share.

Aspen Bay Candles: The best candles on the market--a result of our continual and diligent application of superior candle science. Take a moment to visit our unique high quality line of candles. Once you have experienced the superb fragrances and long burn times, we are sure you will be back again and again.

Box and Wrap Your Unique Source for Wholesale Packaging! We offer Stock and Custom Packaging. Gift Boxes, Apparel Boxes, Candy Boxes, Candle Boxes, Pillow Boxes, Wine Boxes, Jewelry Boxes, Paper Shopping Bags, Plastic Shopping Bags, Gift Bags, Gift Wrap, Gift Basket Supplies and more! With our Gift packaging Selections, the Possibilities are Endless!

Brownlow Gifts: Brownlow produces a full line of inspirational gifts for every occasion. You will find useful and attractive home decor gifts for the kitchen, bedrooms, study and all other rooms in the house. Brownlow is well known for gourmet products, journals, gifted paper items, photo albums, photo frames, decorative sentiment plaques, a variety of stationery, many different ceramic gifts as well as a large assortment of inspirational gift books. Most products are in coordinating themes that retailers can purchase in eye-catching countertop display collections.

Carson Home Accents: Long known for their wind chimes and outdoor accessories, Carson continues to develop exciting new styles and designs in categories like figurines, statuettes, message bars, plaques, mini-plates and table accents that are both decorative and functional.

Don Mark Lifelike puppies & kittens that actually breathe. These adorable pets offer a real pet ownership experience without the work or expense. Perfect petzzz -------the ultimate pet. We now offer 30 breeds of puppies and kittens to choose from. Visit our web site to see our entire line of petzzz plus over 180 other unique gifts and gadgets.

Hansen's Christmas Stuff : Everything you will need to make your Christmas season merry and bright. Hansen's is the exclusive distributor in Canada and U.S. for Gnomy's Diaries, handcrafted originals from Annekabouke of Holland. Gnomy's Diaries is a wonderful line of products that has something for everyone. Two sites: US and Canadian.

Mud Pie: Mud Pie products are now featured in three catalogs: Mud Pie Baby, Mud Pie Gift, and Mud Pie Pet. It has always been our goal to offer innovative giftware that's affordably priced and adorably packaged.

Peking Handicraft, Inc. is a global manufacturer and wholesaler specializing in home textiles decorative accessories and gift items. The company expertise in sourcing, manufacturing and brand development are second to none. Peking’s variety of products consists of renowned designer collections as well as exciting designs from their in-house design studio. Both are trend right and of exceptional quality and value. With over three decades in the home textiles and gift arena, Peking is proven to be a company that you can trust today and in the future.

Regal Art & Gift: Offering unique & colorful Metal Garden Décor, Home Décor and Gifts. Garden items include: 3-D Garden Décor, Garden Stakes, Wind Chimes and Welcome Signs. Home items include: Wall Art, Wall Hooks, Candleholders, Ornaments, Boxes and Photo Frames. Popular themes include: Garden Bugs, Birds, Frogs, Tropical, Coastal, Fish, Suns & Celestial, Southwest, Western, Crosses, Americana, Country, Halloween, Harvest & Holiday

Spring Street is proud to offer the finest assortment of personal, home, and office accessories. Our extensive product lines are all theme oriented, from baby to bride and beyond. All of our gift items are hand epoxy enameled and adorned with faux jewel encrusted motifs. Many of our designs are inspired from the famed Soho district of New York City where the very real Spring Street is located.

Sunset Vista Designs: From the same creative team that brought you Care and Wonder Company; We're back with a fresh new line of the latest in home and garden decor.

Wellspring: Stationery products that help keep you organized by giving you fashion with function--wherever you are in your home, office, or on the go. Includes: Pencil Pads®, Auto Notes, Flip Notes, Wiggle Pens, note cards, note pads, and recipe books.

Camille Beckman founder Susan Roghane was interviewed by CNBC

Camille Beckman Featured on CNBC’s "Mike On America" with Mike Hegedus

Eagle, ID - CNBC’s Mike Hegedus, host of "Mike On America" visited Camille Beckman to do a feature story on the #1 personal care line in the Gift Industry. Mike toured the plant and saw first-hand how Camille’s world famous Glycerine Hand Therapy and lotions are made.

"Our goal is to make products that women on minimum wage can go out and buy," said Camille Beckman founder Susan Roghane during the two-and-a-half minute feature. Footage of the company's Eagle, Idaho manufacturing facility was featured throughout the segment.

"Mike On America" is a regular feature on the cable business network, emphasizing unusual products and businesses in unusual places across the country.

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Quick Industry News

The new DecoGLOW™ line features over 180 SKUs of quality crafted candles

DecoGLOW™ sees Big Success at Winter Markets
New fashion-forward wax candle line creates wildly successful demand

San Diego, Ca. - Global Product Resources, Inc. (GPR), the manufacturer of the popular decorative floor and table top fans known as Deco Breeze®, created excitement at the winter markets with its recent debut of a new division of decorative candles called DecoGLOW™. Sales of the eye-catching collection of highly detailed and sophisticated decorative candles have far exceeded the company's launch expectations.

"We have received tremendous customer response to DecoGLOW™," said Jeffrey Amon, vice president of marketing for GPR. "Customers were thrilled that we made the decision to really concentrate on fashion-forward designs in wax, unlike virtually any other company in the industry." (more)

Part of Peking Handicraft's new Super Mom collection

Peking Handicraft Debuts "Super Mom" and "I Love My Momma" Textiles
New mom-themed kitchen textiles designed by Julia Junkin are must-haves this Mother's Day

San Francisco, Calif. -- Peking Handicraft, Inc., an international manufacturer of high-quality home textiles, decorative accessories and giftware, introduces Super Mom and I Love My Momma, two new collections of trendy mom-themed kitchen textiles designed by Julia Junkin. The new collections have cheerful, fun and feminine appeal -- perfect for celebrating Mother's Day - in fact, every day!

The I Love My Momma collection features a vintage tattoo, floral heart design with the bannered words "I LOVE MY MOMMA" on an apron and kitchen towel. Junkin's unique design is set against a red background -- and polka-dot patterned, pleated fabric completes the hem on both the apron and the towel. Matching polka-dot fabric edges the apron bib and is also used for the apron ties. The collection features a 23" x 32" full apron and 18" x 25" kitchen towel. The apron retails for a suggested $20 and the kitchen towel for $9.50. (more)

Mud Pie Debuts Class of '09 Gift Collection for Graduates

Mud Pie's Class of '09 Collection includes a Triple Notepad Set (left), MSRP $14; Laptop Tote, MSRP $25; Photo Pillow, MSRP $15; Shower Caddy (not pictured), MSRP $19, and Latte Mug, MSRP $13

Tucker, Ga. -- Mud Pie, an award-winning international gift company, introduces Class of '09, a new collection of fashionable and functional gift items to help 2009 grads celebrate the big day. The new Class of '09 collection features themed gifts, including stationery, frames, coffee tumblers, latte mugs and more -- providing gifts with class that the graduate can treasure forever. Functional gift items include Class of '09 laptop totes, a fashionable laundry bag, a polka dot shower caddy and storage bins that not only show class pride, but are utilitarian following graduation. Many of the collection's gift items also feature a removable, twill button, embroidered with "Class of 2009" that can be used to decorate clothing, backpacks, or any item, to display class spirit or celebrate graduation. (more)