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– Kathy Huston, editor
That’s a Lot of Smackers (baby’s onesie) The Pitch: I just read a report that the average middle-income family (that would be the Huston's) spends $221,000 to raise a child – and that's just until age 17, so I guess college tuition doesn't even play into that calculation. Naturally, I emailed this report immediately to my two boys. What good is being a mom, if you can't make them feel a little guilty now and then? I betcha new parents would love getting something free at the beginning. How about a 100% combed ringspun cotton jersey infant creeper (onesie) from Broder Bros. (asi/42090)? Item RS4438 is only $8.60-P. Cute for maternity wards; pediatricians and ob/gyns, parenting classes; moms' groups, daycare and more. See it here in a variety of cute and cuddly colors: https://www.broderbros.com/cgi-bin/online/webshr/prod-detail.w?sr=RS4438¤tColor=. The Bottom Line: Jeepers, creepers.
So Long, Farewell (balloons) The Pitch: To all my "American Idol" homies out there (I'm talking to you, Kevin, and many more): It is with sadness I report that Paula Abdul will not be returning as an incoherent-yet-amusing judge next season. Classic Balloon Corp. (asi/45307) has a perfect going-away-party balloon. Item 70831 is 18" round and features a smiling, waving cat (can we really trust a smiling cat, though?), with "Goodbye and Good Luck" as the message. Pricing starts at: 2000, $1.52-P. Call supplier about this balloon and check out other options here: www.classic-balloon.com. The Bottom Line: Pop it.
Remember This (flashing message board) The Pitch: My cluttered mind (trust me, it really is cluttered) sure could use a product like this. Item DLM5001 from Magna-Tel Inc. (asi/68480) is a dry-erase flashing message board with built-in magnets and easel. The batteries and black ink dry-erase marker with built-in eraser are included and the flashing light can be turned on or off. Pricing starts at: 25; $9.76-Q. Good target markets? Any household in America! See it here: http://www.magna-tel.com/public.product.cfm/productid/1517. The Bottom Line: Write and light.
Yummy and Profitable (food gifts) The Pitch: What's not to love about Maple Ridge Farms (asi/68680)? Not only do they offer plenty of delectable choices, but as part of their 30th anniversary celebration, the supplier is giving distributors a VISA gift card with every order over $600 (net). Card values range from $25 to $250 depending upon the value of the order. They expect to award over $125,000! Seems like a good time to place your holiday orders, am I right? The offer runs through November 5 and can be combined with their 15% early order discount program. Click here to view your options: www.mapleridgefarms.com. The Bottom Line: Tasty surprise.
Soak It In (car coaster) The Pitch: I can't tell you how many times I've spilled coffee all over my minivan cup holders; it doesn't seem to matter how slow I take the speed bumps. Logostone (asi/67880) has just the ticket: Item LGCC is an absorbent stone car coaster that fits in the cup holder. A notched out thumb area allows you to take it out easily. It's a great idea for your automotive clients. Pricing starts at: 100; $2.95-R. Check it out here: http://www.logostone.com/. The Bottom Line: Easy clean up.
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