Whether ordering products to restock a retail store or placing a company’s first inventory order, it is always important to ask a wholesaler/vendor for their list of the “Top 10”. This list gives retailers an instant look into the current trends of that particular industry. Purchasing inventory that moves is vital to the survival of any business, and it is even more crucial for new businesses with limited resources.
Once the top 10 list has been obtained, review it with the area representative and ask for their advice. They have a vested interest in a company’s immediate and future success. They know area trends and can assist retailers with placing orders.
Below is a Top 10 list from Kheops International, one of the world’s foremost wholesale suppliers of metaphysical, New Age and spiritual gifts. Descriptions have been added to show how the products are used and which items are trending hot this season in the mystical sector and in other retail areas.
#1) Smudging Feathers: For centuries feathers have been used to spread sacred smoke from rituals and prayer ceremonies. The smoke is fanned around a room or person for purification. Smudging feathers are a must have for any New Age shop.
#2) Himalayan Salt Lamps: Salt lamps are known throughout the world for their ability to purify the air. Many believe these natural air purifiers work when lit by emitting negative ions into the air. Salt lamps aren’t just trending in metaphysical stores; they are popping up in smoke shops, garden centers and gift stores across the country.
#3) Rough Salt T-Light Holders: Salt holders emit an exotic soft glow and are known to cleanse the air of dust and pollen with negative ions. Current trends are finding these naturally beautiful T-Light holders in spiritual and candle stores, gift shops, general stores and smoke shops.
#4) Suede Medicine Bags: Medicine bags have long been a staple in many New Age stores. Small medicine bags are symbolic of personal power and protection. They hold the customized sacred medicine of the owner. It is tradition for the bag to contain mineral, plant and animal elements and an items from the owner’s life.
#5) Large White Sage Smudge Sticks: Sage is one of the most popular Smudge sticks available. It is used to bless, cleanse and purify a person or object. Many cultures use it including those of Wiccan and Pagan traditions. Sage smudge sticks are another must have for any new age retailer.
#6) Abalone Shells: Abalone shells are another quintessential item found in most spirituality shops. But, these colorful shells have crossover appeal and can be found in many gift shops and jewelry stores. Abalone shells can be used with smudging sticks to catch ash, as incense burners, jewelry plates or as colorful decorations.
#7) Seven Chakras Chip Stone Elastic Bracelet: The colors of this chip stone bracelet correspond to the colors of the chakras, making it a fundamental piece for all metaphysical stores. Multi-colored chip stone bracelets have experienced an increase in popularity in recent years. They have been seen in growing numbers on Hollywood’s elite and on fashion runways around the globe. This makes them an excellent inventory piece with broad appeal.
#8) Mini Iceberg White Selenite T-Light Holder: These stunning T-Light burners have experienced growth outside of the New Age market. Homeowners are seeking natural organic ways to decorate their homes and love the fiber-optic effect these mini white selenite t-light holder have when lit.
#9) Palo Santo Wood Sticks: Palo Santo wood has been used for thousands of years in healing rituals and ceremonies by Shamans and Healers among the Inca population.This wood is an essential item for New Age and metaphysical stores.
#10) Soy Herbal Filled Votive Love: Candles are a fundamental item in most esoteric shops. They have uses in many traditions, including those of Wiccan Pagan, Buddhism and Hinduism. Votive candles have mass appeal and are an extremely popular item in a large number of venues.
Top 10 lists are a retailer’s best friend and should be incorporated as much as possible into a company’s ordering process. The list, coupled with the advice of a great representative, forms the foundation for success.