Hope Wissel

Jumpin’ June at Thirty One

June is CRAZY busy….. end of the school year, graduations, Father’s Day, weddings, Christenings, baby showers, and of course birthdays and anniversaries.  Are you ready?  Do you have all of those gifts together?

In direct sales, June is one of those dreaded “J” months.  The story is “J” months are traditional bad for business.  Think about it – January is the month after Christmas so everyone is broke.  June is crazy busy who has time to shop.  In July, everyone is on vacation so the last thing they are thinking of is shopping or partying.  I am here to “debunk” the myth.  Over the years, June and July have been some of my best months.  Why?  Because Thirty One offers amazing specials.

So let’s see what is happening in June…..

#1 – Did you know you could make some extra money with just a little bit of work AND using some amazing products? Maybe you could pay off some bills? Or pay for the kids summer activities?  Maybe you just need some girl time?  Maybe you are looking for a career change?  Whatever your reason, I would love to help you reach your dream…For just $99, you get over $350 in FREE product.  You get to pick your print option to fit your mood or color palette. PLUS with $600 in orders, every month for the first 4 months, you get to pick ONE of these AWESOME bundles.  That is an additional $600 in FREE product during your first 4 months in our StartSwell program.

#2 – I get having a business is not on everyone’s to do list.  so why not host a girls get together? Sip some wine (or your favorite beverage), catch up with friends, shop and have fun.  When was the last time you hung out with the girls without the kids?  You supply the friends and I will do all of the work.

For just $200 in orders, YOU can have a qualified party. Did you know only 6 orders of $35 will get you a $200 party? I offer home, catalog/online, fundraisers, drinks at a local restaurant and 31-minute Facebook LIVE parties. Which one will fit into YOUR busy schedule

With a $400 party (yes, just $400 NOT $600), you get this AMAZING hostess special for just $35.  The cinch sac is the new thermal one, along with the All About the Benjamins Wallet and the Getaway Tote.  The wallet along is $48 and you are going to get the whole set for $35.

#3 –  I get it, you don’t need extra money and parties aren’t your thing.  BUT you just LOVE to shop? So here is the AMAZING Thirty One Customer Special for June…

All Thermals are 50% with a $35 purchase.  For each multiple of $35, you get to pick a thermal.  Thermals are so much more than just for keeping things hot or cold.

So, to sum things up…there are THREE opportunities with Thirty One this summer:

3 options

Which opportunity is for you? Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel

The Gift of Wine


How many times have you gone to a friends house for dinner and taken a bottle of wine?  Okay, I will admit I am the bearer of wine ALWAYS at my best friend’s house.  The truth is the gift of a bottle of wine can be so much more.

Wine is the perfect gift when having dinner with friends. It is a great housewarming gift.  A special anniversary gift for friends or family.  Whatever the occasion, buying a bottle of wine for someone else it not as easy as it sounds.  Buying a bottle of wine for a gift is a different shopping experience. Do you make your decision based on the label descriptions, expert recommendations, selecting a bottle you once enjoyed or as a last resort (and not always the best) by the appeal of the packaging.

Whatever your method, the gift of wine is always welcomed but selecting the ‘right’ wine for the occasion can be a challenge.  Whatever the occasion is a Christmas present, a birthday gift or a hostess thank you gift, there is a wonderful world of wines waiting to be discovered.

Here are some great tips to make it a little easier on yourself:

#1 Memories of a Special Trip – Wines bring the world to the dinner table. Pick a wine from a country the recipient has visited or longs to visit.  This could bring back memories of a trip, but it is also an opportunity to re-tell adventures or to share their dream of traveling to lands far away.

#2 Milestone Years – For graduate, a bottle from the year they started their diploma or degree is a fun way to mark a milestone.  A bottle of red wine is a better choice than a white wine as reds generally age better over time.

#3 – Wines to Grow Old With – This theme is ideal for a wedding gift, selecting wines from the year the couple first met, accompanied by a note suggesting a particular anniversary they could save it for.


#4 Past, Present and Future – Someone making a big change in their life? Moving to a new city? A new career? Celebrate with three bottles of wine or perhaps a red, white and a sparkling wine. Mark each as Past, Present and Future suggesting they can remember the past, consider the present and look forward with anticipation to what the future may hold when enjoying each bottle.

Did you know red wines tend to age better than whites?  Select a wine in a dark bottle. The colour of the bottle defracts the light and protects the wine. Wines in clear bottles are intended to be consumed immediately. Hmm, I am a definite white wine (Moscato) drinker. Light can dramatically alter the taste of the wine.  A dark bottle is a quick indicator the winemaker intends for the wine to age for a few years.

Splurge on a bottle of something different or special to mark an occasion. A sparkling wine always suggests a celebration. A port or icewine is the perfect ending to a perfect evening.

Add a personal touch to your wine selection by writing a message on each bottle mentioning the reason for choosing the wine, suggest an occasion to enjoy the wine or provide tasting notes and food pairing suggestions.

Packaged in a gift bag, box or basket, giving the gift of wine is as much fun creating the gift as it is receiving it.


Reusable wine totes, like Thirty One’s Picnic Thermal or Gather Together Bag, are definitely handy when it comes to safely and easily carrying bottles of wine, but they deliver more than just wine; they let the gift keep on giving.  It gives the receiver an opportunity to remember you each time they use the reusable bag.  

By picking a bag to compliment the gift of a bottle of wine, the receiver knows some thought went into the gift.  How often have you received a bottle of wine and for a moment  thought it was a “quick, non-thoughful gesture” by the giver.

The truth is the gift of a bottle of wine can be a thoughtful gift when you share more than just the bottle.  Tell a story, trigger a memory, share a dream… let the receiver know how much you mean to them.

Who will receive a bottle of wine on YOU shopping list?  Need some help check #Momsandwine

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


Hope Wissel

Let’s Talk Goodie Bags


What comes to mind when you think of “goodie bags”?  Do you have visions of cello bags filled with candy?  I remember growing up, every party had a goodie bag – something for the guests to take home to remember the fun they had at the party.  Or if you are in direct sales, maybe you think of the bags you give out to potential customers.

It seems like EVERYONE does a gift (or goodie bag) for every milestone – baby showers, bridal showers, Sweet 16 birthday parties, weddings, retirement, graduation and the list goes on, right?  We are always trying to figure out what to put in them especially in these days of food allergies and political correctness.  Why not reach out to your favorite direct sellers and ask them for samples?  Interesting thought right?

Almost every business has samples of some kind that they would love to share with your friends and family.  From samples of soap, nail decor, perfume, lipstick, candy, bookmarks, coloring sheets, etc.  Business people LOVE the free advertising and as “Hosts”, we love the opportunity to save money.  If you are in a business where samples are not available,you can print out bookmarks, recipe cards, candy wrappers, gift bag tags, shopping lists, chore charts, etc all with pretty designs on them along with your business card and a coupon.  Depending on the party or event, would determine what would be donated.


Why not make next gift this holiday season even more special by delivering it in these festive holiday bags by Thirty One! Available for a limited time only, each set includes one large pouch and one small pouch, each with a drawstring closure. Large Approx. 15 ¼”H x 13 ½”L Small Approx. 7 ¾”H x 6 ¾”L.

What is your next event that will call for a goodie bag?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!