It seems like ages ago that I was again in Mexico. Missouri for the 2013 Wild Bird Expo. Mel and the entire Goldcrest crew outdid themselves yet again for a great time. I had a few favorite new items. First, though, here are the winners of the various contests – voted on by store owners like you:
Best New Product: Wild Flour Bakery‘s Bird Seed Brittle (also gets very high marks from me – yum!) – call them directly for wholesale pricing and to order
Runner up: Sapphire Labs – 4 oz. Hummingbird Feeder Fresh
Best Booth: Couronne Company
Runner Up: Heartwood
Share Night Retailer Awards: Retail stores were asked to bring along samples of their promotions:
Best Advertisement: Wild Bird Habitat, Lincoln, NE
Best Direct Mail: Birds Eye View, Seneca, SC
Best Display: Tucson Audubon Society, Tucson, AZ
Best Specials or Promotions: Fairway Seed, Armour, SD
Congratulations to all the winners!
A few of My Product Picks
Couronne Company – Jim and I first found this company at their showroom in Atlanta. They were not carrying things specifically for the wild bird market at that time, but we loved their glassware and are excited to see the addition of hummingbird feeders and other items. The feeders are in the realm of those from Parasol, and I, for one, am happy to see some lovely competition. These items are also stocked by Goldcrest, and will be up on their website soon.
Heartwood – these folks have long been good friends with great product. They use good quality materials and always think outside the box in terms of design. Please call them directly for wholesale information.
Sapphire Labs – Sapphire Labs first came out with Feeder Fresh a few years ago. Their new product, Hummingbird Feeder Fresh Nectar Defender, will, I think, be even better. An all-natural product that protects the freshness of hummingbird nectar and stops spoilage, it is bird-safe, and works using a micronutrient naturally consumed by hummingbirds in their diet of nectar and insects. Feeder Fresh ND will protect your nectar for weeks, and hummingbirds will enjoy fresh nectar every time they visit your feeder. Simply add a small amount to your current nectar. One bottle lasts an entire season. Contains no artificial preservatives or dyes. Once you try Feeder Fresh ND, you will never want to feed hummingbirds without it.
Aspects HummBlossom(tm) Feeder – This item stood out as an adorable take on an old idea. I have to apologize to those in the Western part of the United States – I know that you have a preference for larger hummingbird feeders (and rightly so – just know that us Easterners are jealous!). This little feeder holds just 4 ounces of nectar, but it is well designed and, well, really cute!
Holiday tip: Pair the HummBlossom(tm) with a bottle of the new Nectar Defender in a lovely cello bag with a red ribbon. A ready gift for every bird lover on the list!
Window Alert – Two new products include a UV liquid and a spray that is invisible on the window to us humans, buts is visible to birds and eleiminates the bird’s window reflection. Both are available through Goldcrest, along with other WindowAlert products.
Pauls Metal Petals – These are wonderful “spoon art” dragonflies as garden whimsy. Artfully called “Drunken Dragonflies”, Pual Boyum does beautiful work. They are available as a single or double. Please contact him directly for wholesale pricing and information. (Goldcrest may stock these in the future)
If you are opening a new store, or just need some ideas for your existing store, give me a call. We can put together an opening inventory for your store tailored to your specific needs.