One of the things I LOVE about being a retailer is that I get to choose all of the merchandise I put in my store. I get to do a ton of shopping and it never gets dull. One thing I’ve learned after 22 years of selecting products is that the more I love them the more other people love them to! You see, when people are out looking for gifts or things for their own home they are looking for things that make them happy. My husband and I often reflect on the fact that we don’t just sell things, we are giving away smiles. Smiles are awesome! Crew’s Quarters is a menagerie of fun things, so I’m going to share a few of them with you.
I’m just going to throw it out there: Who doesn’t want to be a mermaid? I have dedicated a section of my store to mermaids and other beachy awesomeness. I don’t know what the allure is entirely, but mermaids, mermaids tears (beach glass) jewelry and other mermaid things are just plain fun! They serve no purpose other than making us smile and that’s just fine by me!
I just love light boxes! Part of it is that I can customize the messages, and part of it is that they light up! The first time I saw these was at a friends house in their kitchen. It was love at first sight! The next time I saw them was at a gift show and it took me all of 2 seconds to ask them if I could carry them at my store. Let there be light!
We have a few movies in our house that we watch every single Christmas. “A Christmas Story”, “Christmas Family Vacation”, and yes, “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”. In retail you have to be careful with licensed merchandise: Sometimes it’s hot, sometimes it’s not. But come on! The Grinch?! You just have to understand!
Ohhhhhh how I love Unicorns! I don’t know why they grab my heart strings, but they do. This is my husband in the picture, and I don’t know how to break it to him, but he’s got nothing on the rainbow superstar he’s confronting. Rainbows, horns, magic. The unicorn wins, hands down. Sorry my love, please don’t make me choose.
I’m always on the hunt for something new. Do you have some ideas for products that make you smile all over? Leave your comments below and share in the fun!