Heart Felt Play Store has unique and affordable stuff for your kids’ Christmas Stocking this year. Packing for a Pop Up event can be daunting…I could blame the disorganization on naughty elves or even the Grinch…but, it’s me…I needed a solution to an entrepreneurial problem.
I am absentmindedly messy… like most genius’– I had to find some solutions for taking my fun stuff for kids with an educational twist to local Pop Ups and keep organized to maintain.my eCommerce inventory…
…I’ve been failing miserably… not a pretty site some days.
I shine at window displays in a retail store- I stink at Pop Up table displays because I still need the tools- the display pieces…so I have struggled.
Why are party favor favor packages and stuff for Christmas stockings uniquely hard to display?
The No Non-cents Nanna buys fun stuff in bulk at wholesale then * repackages in combinations you won’t find any where else for her eCommerce HeartFeltPlayStore.com and local Pop Ups in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
…and the challenge is?…
It takes time…to repackage...I LOVE it.…I love little toys!…
1) The most expensive part of many toys is the packaging..not joking…that’s why I buy wholesale in bulk without out packages that cost as much or more than the party favor or stocking stuff-er.* My goal is to keep costs low as possible.
( I took off doing events for over a year… I’m just getting back to doing Pop Ups.**)
I actually prefer to have little dinosaurs or lady bug note pads in fish bowls jars…like I did when I owned Nancy’s Fancy back in the ’80’s when I had pre-school classes came by once a week to enjoy my window displays….but…
2)…when out at Pop Ups in the community versus a brick and mortar store crowds can get hectic…stuff disappears- accidentally or on purpose…yeah..shop lifting is every where and it kills the profit… and I go home with more of a mess then when I left home.
Buy inexpensive cello bags and Vista Print business cards.
Put the small toys in the cello bag – bundle the same theme of party favors – Staple you business card to the top of the package. Put only a sample on the table.
Shop lifters will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Pricegun.com made a graphic with shop lifting statistics that will shock you.
…more than 13 billion dollars of items are stolen from retailers each year.
2014 National Association of Shoplifting Prevention (NASP) study finds that 1 in 11 people in the US is a shoplifter. No solid “profile” exists… commit this crime equally.
…statistics prove shoplifting … a common occurrence, retailers and staff should be prepared to handle it when it happens…. put in writing your shoplifting policies and procedures:
Most professional craft makers and vendors have a car, a van a truck and cool displays build to display their merchandise…
Problem: I stopped driving because of vision issues – I take public transportation.
My other challenge to Pop Up shops is..I have an eCommerce store…
I let the Grinch
Recently I went over to the local hardware store looking for materials to build a display. I ended up buying an old peg board display for $40. Now I can punch a hole in the headers and hang a few up for a display.
The peg board stand, of course is too big to carry on a city bus, but narrow enough to slip into my friend’s car. ( Sorry- no image)
But, yes, vendors at Pop Ups, craft shows, and perpetual garage sales by law have to have permits and collect sales taxes and. All required permits must be read-allyvisible…keep reading how a messy person conquers that.
I grew up in a business. I owned a brick and mortar store…I was always running out o small change…so I changed one thing…
For example: back int he ’80 Iowa sales tax was a whopping 4 cents per dollar..I sold a lot of fun stuff for kids at around $1.
Ugh! $1.04! I priced many things for just 96 cents for quick and easy transactions. Sometimes I lost a few pennies in profit – but I got easy sales rather then slowing down the check out process counting pennies.
My next challenge is to NOT lose important tax permits and how to read the tax chart when in a hurry or you can’t read those little numbers. ( I have vision issues that are even more challenging when people are crowding around.)
For Heart Felt Play Store event prices my customers will save 10% to 15 % with cash and carry in long run.
As an example I sell my animal ears on-line for between $4.50 and $5 plus tax if my customers live in Colorado and pay by plastic via the payment portal. At my local events- cash and carry saves me a ton of fees…still have to collect city and state sales taxes…my solution…win-win..
I Heart Felt Play Store Pop Up prices include all the sales taxes. When the customer pays cash I dropped/ adjusted my price so when the tax is added in- the amount of cash is in increments of 25 cents or a dollar.
In my image with the Grinch you may or may not be able to see part of my tax permits in my 3 ring binder; Colorado Tax chart AND my hand written inventory list with the cash and carry price ( odd numbers.) with the final charge with sales tax coming out to a very quick and easy dollar amount.
When my customers get the idea that they already know what the cash & carry price with the taxes and that they will enjoy and discount. we all are happy campers at Pop Ups. And the sales tax secret shoppers knows I am doing business legally.
Does that make sense?
I love going out into the community to meet families who want a good deal on fun things for the kids at affordable prices…but, hauling things out is a challenge for me.
Who wants my review on how well my new organization worked or did not work?
I would rather enjoy engaging with my customers than counting pennies under stress.
Did you know that Heart Felt Play Store now drop ships the best toys EVER? Yes, our Heart Felt Play Store catalog has Melissa & Doug Toys sold here.
*No Non-cents Nanna can mix & match per YOUR request in a price range that fits your budget, for the number of party guest and your child’s favorite generic theme. ( We leave most of the registered characters to the big companies.)
Heart Felt Play Store is small- owned by a loving granny who really does care about each and every order for every child. I keep a small inventory in-house in Colorado that can be mailed USPS the same day. For inventory I may need to order- allow 2 to 3 weeks depending on how fast or slow the mail or UPS moves.
No time to list everything new toy or party favor on the eCommerce catalog. When Nanna does local Cash & Carry Pop Ups in Colorado Springs, Colorado, some stocking -stuff-ers may be hidden on the Heart Felt Play Store catalog.
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