Trading Cards

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Some new random items in today, Star Wars trading cards, Pokemon starter kits, Garbage Pail Kids and more!  Our trading cards prices must be the best in town , even better than some big stores in town , so you have to come buy from us and support your local business.  We also have much more , like Hockey cards, Magic Cards , Pokemon Cards, Yugi-Oh Cards as well.

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Garbage Pail !!! Nostalgia much ?  I had a customer come in with her son and had to buy a pack just for old time sake.

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And our new pokemon trainer set.

Guitars At Good Prices

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Looking at this  dean vendetta  I wished that I can bring this in to re-sell at our store.   The price is good and it looks really decent and after reading its review , I think this is quite a decent guitar to start with for just about anyone.  If only , we had more space at the store , we can definitely re-sell this item easily.  I know of many people who would love to get their hands on a new guitar at a reasonable price but decent looking and decent in sounds.

POP FunKo

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 If you have been in our store recently , you will know that the boss aka my spouse had been going crazy about getting these PoP Funko.  Customers had asked why we are getting so many to re-sell and that’s because if we don’t get them when they are in stock or new arrivals , we most likely won’t be able to get them from our supplier, they actually get sold out very quickly.  So if we wanted to give our customers a variety to choose from , we would have to just order it as soon as we see them arrive.

We don’t make much money outta the PoP figurines but it is something the customers had wanted and asked for many times and we aimed to please as you all know.  Fortunately, these cute little thingie had been selling like hotcakes and we really , really carry the most PoP Funkos in town.  We have so many and every possible ones we can get our hands on.

Some customers had already collected more than 100 of them , so definitely an investment.  But I can’t complain if they want to buy and have them lined up in their bedroom or their kid’s bedroom.

Digital Pianos

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It would be nice to expand and carry some musical instruments at our store but because space is quite limited , we are unable to do so right now.  But once a month , we have people looking for drums , guitars , amps and pianos.  After reading some  digital piano reviews  I think we might want to carry digital pianos instead of regular ones because we bought one for our kid for her piano lessons and found that they are just as good as a regular piano.   So as we are planning and looking seriously for a bigger store , we are factoring in bringing these into our store for our customers.  We are truly hoping that it will work out but my wish is to own our own building.

More Inventory & Busier At The Store

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I’m sure you all know the dilemma we have at the store right?  we have too many inventory , overload and the store had been even more busy this year as far as I am concern.  I think it is an understatement to say that we are so ready to move but on the other hand, I don’t want to change a good thing when it isn’t broken.  It is not broken , but the boss definitely need more space to do the work he needs to do and also to display all the inventories that we already have upstairs , at the back of the store and in the basement of the store.

Inventory Flood

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It had been a crazy, crazy summer, we were very busy.  Besides the store, and the kid who was on summer break, you can imagine we had our hands full.  As you can see, the boss never stopped buying *arrrrghhhh*  , we have so much inventory , you wouldn’t believe it, we had to rent a warehouse !  Yes, like I’ve always said for the past year now, we need a bigger store but I loved this store so much.  This store is nothing but good for us and I hate to move and kill the good karma/mojo here.  So what do one do?  Love this store but need a bigger space for more inventory ?  yes, a real headache.  What is the best solution for it?

The buildings that are suitable are way too expensive and the ones that are affordable needs a lot of renovation work and in this town to find a good contractor who is willing to finish what they started and do it right the first time , can be really hard to find.  There is no win-win situation here and we don’t want to settle , if you know what I mean.

Drum Sets

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We used to sell drums at our store, not the expensive ones and high ends ones like the  premier acoustic  but more like the starter drum set at $500 a piece.  But we don’t have them anymore – why?  because every kid and every adult that comes into the store would play with the one on display and scratch the hell out of the drums.  Some even go as far as trying to be pros on the drum set and others would let their kids do just about anything to destroy our drum set.

Sure it wasn’t a very expensive drum set but being a small business like ours, we cannot afford to sell scratchy or old stuff.  We ended up selling the display drum set for much lesser than we paid for it because of its condition.  So when the drum sets got sold, we didn’t bring in more and then everyone is currently asking if we do have drum sets.

So we tell them where they can order it and also explained to them that we really have no space to house and display drum sets and plus this site that we purchase all our music instruments has just about everything you need in a drum set.

The Day The Raccoon Came To Visit Downtown

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We all know that the raccoons are never in town with loads of traffic and people, sure we see them dead on the highway when they are trying to cross the road but never in my 15 years here did I ever see one in town.  Much less one that doesn’t wanna move after many hours.

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So perch on one of the buildings next to our store, he had been there for at least 5 hours now.  What could the raccoon in town means ?  I wonder – good sign or bad omen?  Well, I found nothing online , but the raccoon seems mild and wasn’t out to terrorize anyone , so that’s good.

What Happened To The Shoplifter?

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Not much yet – to be honest because it took us 30 mins to find the names of the shoplifter and her accomplices after it went viral but 3 weeks to get ahold of the cop who was in charge of our case.  So the ball is in their court right now and we are just waiting to hear back from them.  But we all had a good laugh when the video went viral and till last week when we were in the city, someone stopped and asked if we caught the shoplifter.  It was definitely worth it – getting the shoplifter on camera.

Story Of My Life At The Store

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Groupon 90 Minutes Visit To Town

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So I read yesterday about the Nova Star Cruises Groupon offer and after much reading on CBC news as well as Facebook, I have mixed feelings about the promotion.    To me , the marketing department of Nova Star Cruises or the person who went on Groupon to do this promo, didn’t word this promo too well.   If you read carefully, on the itinerary on the promotion, this is what it said and I quote :

On arrival in port, at 8 a.m., all passengers will be required to briefly disembark and go through Canadian customs, before immediately returning to the ship for a 9:30 a.m. departure and the 10-hour return voyage back to Portland.

I think this really doesn’t sit well on the people on our end, if you asked me.  Many concerned asked what can you do in 90 mins and what is the targeted visitors here?  And I’m fully aware of their concerns and where they are coming from.  I’m 50 yrs old and I know I won’t be spending $600 for a family of 3 to sit on the boat for this long , just for a 90 mins stopover.  That’s way too short for me and my family (but I’m talking about my family only).

 So lets just say they are targetting the older retired couples or single folks – would they really want to spend 20 hours to and fro from Maine to Yarmouth and spend another 90 minutes in Yarmouth and then go right back home?  I can’t speak for them , so I will ask some older – retired folks before I can tell you the answer.

Now what the town people are concerned about is , what would the 90 minutes in town benefit them and why do businesses want to be opened any earlier , except for those right by the ferry terminal.  There are just too many cons in this marketing strategy but of course that’s only my opinion and what do I know right? being a small business owner for only 16 yrs.

We have never done tourists business but I feel really bad for those who are waiting for the boat to come back and for them to bring in the tourists.  I feel for them .

New Sign For The Store

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I’m thinking of making a new sign to hang around the store , telling shoplifters that we will embarrass the hell outta them if they are caught.  Gonna show it to my friends from home and get their input before printing them out.  What do you think?

Poking The Hell Outta My Pokemon Cards

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This is what i feel like doing to the parents of the kid who came into my store and poked the hell outta my new pokemon cards/boxes and not doing a thing about it.   Some parents need to be disciplined for not disciplining their kids.

Usually, I would say something but since both parents were in the store right next to her, I didn’t want to say a thing but I should have and should have given the parents a piece of my mind.   The little girl had asked if we had a washroom in the store and I said no.  Had it been a good girl, it would have been different but since the kid was so ignorant and obnoxious like her parents.  I ain’t got no time washing someone else’s poop after they use the toilet.  No freaking way !

Shitty Dog Owner/s

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So I went to get coffee and breakfast as soon as we opened the store and when I returned , guess what I saw somewhat near our store front?  DOG POOP  !!  yes !  all over the Main Street and had I not told a customer to be careful , he would have stepped on it and then bring it into our store.

Anyhow, the boss had to go out and picked up all the shitty poo because i can’t bend down to pick them up, but the above picture gave me the idea for this summer whereby a lot of shitty dog owners are gonna do the same thing, let their dogs poop everywhere on main street or wherever they want.  I hope that karma gets them , and they poop none stop till their butt hole feels like they have chilli padi on them constantly.

So chalk it is this summer, I shan’t pick up any poop and no one should , I will write a big sign like the above to warn ppl from stepping on it instead of picking them up for shitty dog owners.

PS3 Clean Up

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Holy Moly !  no wonder the PS3 doesn’t wanna work !  this belongs to a customer of course, he didn’t buy it from us, probably brought it from the yard sale and brought it to us to clean it out.  Some people just smoke and have dusty houses i guess.

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But the boss don’t feel iikeee about it and will clean it up for them for a mere $20 !!!!  I wouldn’t go near it – that’s for sure.

UpTown Or Downtown

cats2 buildings downtown to choose from and a proposal for a downtown building as well.  So where do we move?  do we want to own our own building or just continue to rent a bigger space.  Rent downtown or uptown?  so many choices and so many decisions one has to make.  What to do ?  what to do?

Merriest Christmas To All

The Merriest Christmas and Happy New Year to all.  This has been the busiest and happiest year thus far for us here at the store.  Why?  because we are sold out of a lot of things and more stock coming in during the new year and we also am at our highest sale of all the years we’ve been in business.

We opened on Boxing Day – the real one and today Saturday and it is still as busy as yesterday.  Last nite we closed at 10.30pm and people were still spending money.  Holy moly !  we are so blessed by the people of this town and the surrounding areas.  15 yrs in business, really puts us in the map.  But we will continue to strive and bring in more stuff for the people/customers.  Next year we have more in plan.  Plus we do have Jeff to help us this year, we are so blessed.  Jeff is very knowledgeable and also genuinely happy to help the customers and never grouchy at all, so nice for a change.

 

A Very Busy Month

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Yes, we had been very busy !  therefore, please excuse us for not updating as often as we would love to and telling you all the good stuff happening at the business and the store.

$2000 A PoP???!!??

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Really?  $2000 a pop?  for candy canes on downtown streets?  I sometimes wonder where they get their quotes from?  I checked with a supplier of ours in Canada and the highest end candy cane for this kind of project is like $500 – I was quoted.  The town seems to get the highest bids in everything they want to bring into town.  I wonder if they have checked with our local gift stores to get them to use their connections for stuff like that.  The people in charge really need to get in touch with the right people to get the right prices or learn to negotiate.

We Are Rebels This Year !

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 Yup! we are christmas rebels this Christmas !  hehe!!  we haven’t had our windows decorated at the store yet !  not because we don’t want to but because I had been sick and that kept me from doing what I want to do this year.  But not to worry, we will have the decor up by December 1st I promised.