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an S-O-S The Pitch: True
story: An American hiker stranded in the Bavarian Alps was recently
rescued when she used her sports bra as a signal. I'm afraid nobody would notice mine if I did
that, but that's beside the point. I guess you could add hiking
clubs to the list of target markets that would appreciate sports bras
(exercise facilities, breast-cancer support events, running clubs,
etc.), and Thinc Actionwear (asi/91120) offers item
#L970 at $13.98 (P) for a quantity of 36. This preshrunk,
racer-back sports bra has double layering for extra support. Comes
in black or white. Web address: www.thincactionwear.com. The Bottom Line: Show your support.
Smells Fishy The Pitch: As
the Chinese proverb says, "Give
a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and
you feed him for a lifetime." What if you teach a man to fish
in a great fishing shirt? Then, according to the Huston rendition,
you feed him for a stylish lifetime. Tiger Hill/Cottex
(asi/91261) has long- and short-sleeve fishing
shirts made from stain- and wrinkle-resistant performance fabric,
with extra loops for fishing tools. The vented back has a velcro
closure. They are available in a whole wide range of colors, but
I'd go with a color that attracts fish (what do you say, lime green?). For a quantity of 36, long-sleeve is $33.90 (P) and short-sleeve
is $29.90 (P). Web address: www.tiger-hill.com. The Bottom Line: I'm hooked.
Don't Deny It The Pitch: Boy George was denied a visa to travel to the
U.S. this summer. (Do they really want to hurt him?) For those of us who
can travel anywhere we please, Strong Leather Co. (asi/89960) has
a sale on item #5382. It's a high-quality bonded black leather passport
holder. Compact, 4 x 6 size holds a standard passport. Features turned edges,
leather inside pockets and pleated corners. Sales price: Qty.-12;
list price-$6.60; price code-R. Web address: www.strongleather.com.
Expires 12/31/08. The Bottom Line: Trippy.
What a Weenie The Pitch: Bet
you didn't know that there's
a National Hot Dog & Sausage Council. Well, there is, and according
to those people, Americans eat 818 hot dogs each second (you read that
right) between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Let's take it in a little
more upscale direction with gourmet mustard for everyone from Concepts
Etc. Inc. (asi/46190). It's a fun idea for any company that
wants to "spice up" their business. Item #9725, an 8-oz. jar
of the condiment, starts at: Qty.-50; list price-$4.50; price code-P. Web
address: www.conceptsetc.com. The Bottom Line: This cuts the mustard.
Love It! The Pitch: I
want one of these, so Lanco, if you're
listening … item #ST2000 from Lanco Corporation (asi/66224) is
a patent-pending combo SPF 15 sunscreen in a skinny spray bottle on one
side, with peppermint lip balm on the other. Very cool for any outdoorsy
types or bathing beauties in general. And guys, the slim, 5/8-inch diameter
allows you to tuck it nicely into your Speedo. OK, now that I put that
imagery into everyone's heads, let's move on to pricing:
Qty.-250; list price-$2.99; price code-R. Web address: www.lancopromo.com. The Bottom Line: Apply, don't fry.
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