Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas 2013 at good goods

The first thing you'll notice when you come in the door is the scent of the perfect Christmas tree.  What smells fresher than that?
 Yet, none of our trees are fresh.  Or even real for that matter.
Yep, it's all done with mirrors...and candles and pinecones.  So you can take the fragrance home with you!
 A spin around the store will give you an idea how we're celebrating the season this year.

 He was an old one that found a new home during our Open House.

 Our best selling Flying Wish Papers.  Perfect for every get together or for someone that has "everything".

 I just get a kick out of our trees this year.  From the front, they appear to be an ordinary, although beautiful.  But take a look from the side....

...and they are narrow to fit in tight spaces.  I love the look without taking up space with a huge diameter.

Stop in soon for some cheer!!

Monday, November 4, 2013

The State of good goods

Will I really post this blog?
  Advice to the retail world states to never let on that you are struggling.  Everyone is doing fine, good, fantastic. Yes, there are retail giants, the behemoths chains.  The Wal-Marts and Amazons and Applebee's that continue to grow.
 Reports tell me that small business still accounts for over 75% of sales in the United States.
  But buying habits are different, I'm told.  The economy and confidence and internet have all impacted how and where and if money is exchanged. 
 It isn't good.  It isn't bad. It's just change.
 Mom and Pop establishments hated Sears, I'm sure, when they came up with their first mail order catalog!  It was only change
 and if you were to survive,
 you had to change..
And that is where I am perplexed. 
 How does good goods change to survive? 
Do I finally learn about Instagram?
Do I go online? And how do I import a "feeling" to the internet? 
 Without thousands of  dollars in my advertising budget, how do I reach the public in my vicinity?
I don't have the answers.  I'm hoping some of you do!