Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Let's sing and dance!

We just received this new display from Tune A Fish Recordings.

It is so much fun! You can push a button on the play system and 

browse through all the songs on a CD.  I think my favorite one is

Dan Zanes and Friends', "Catch That Train".  Come by and 

hear some new songs!  

Saturday, August 9, 2008

We now sell individual 
wooden blocks! 
BEKA blocks- 
Made in 
St. Paul, MN
from solid maple.

Gentle on the planet. 
Gentle on the children.

Sales Reps...our 'behind the scenes' heroes!

This is me & Don Carswell, one of my favorite reps.  He has been selling toys to us, and lots of other stores and toy catalog groups, for over 12 years! (Are we really that old, Don?).  Three to four times a year, Don drives down from Richmond, where he lives with his wife and 2 beautiful daughters, and spends most of the day with us.  

He represents 24 different toy companies, so we have a lot of catalogs to look through. Believe it or not, it is exhausting!  I think it is easier, sometimes, to unload boxes and be on my feet all day.  Sitting, looking at catalogs and trying to decide which toys to buy (spending all that money) is hard work, but I LOVE it.  It is so much fun trying to find the perfect toys that the children will play with for a long, long time.  I do worry about picking things kids won't like, or choosing something that won't sell, and then we're stuck with it. (No sending it back to the company!)  It's a challenge buying just the right playthings that our customers will love, that also are safe, fun and educational.  

There are many, many choices to make, and all of our wonderful sales representatives help so much.  They can give us advice about what they have seen other stores order, and let us know when something is not selling well.  They inform us about toy safety, company specials, shipping issues and new toys that we MUST have.  So, the next time you come in and see me sitting at the front table with someone, it's probably a rep.- just have a seat and help me pick out a few things! 

I want to say 'Thanks, Don' and thank you to all my other fantastic sales reps., it would be much harder without you!!