Everything we were doing this week (and in the past few weeks) was in the lead up to cracking the big glass door open Black Friday morning in anticipation of a very active day in our fine establishment.
We always stay busy with our online sales but that’s not the same as having real life people in front of us, wheeling and dealing, buying and selling, and just running a busy brick and mortar, in person business. We got a taste of that late last week.
To say Friday was a busy day would be a massive understatement. We walked into over 300 online orders we hustled to ship (see below). We had about ten to 15 people waiting at the door Friday morning in the minutes leading up to our opening. That may not seem like a lot to some bigger shops but for the amount of help we have, it’s plenty.
Once we let the folks inside, it was pretty much what I expected. I called some of our in-store Black Friday sales numbers almost on the nose. We had that nice initial rush with the vast majority of people buying cards as many of our repacks sold pretty well right out of the gate. We sold other packs, boxes and a few singles here and there. It was fun being so busy as soon as we opened the doors. Again, that’s not always the case.
We offered a nice wrapped gift box/present to the first 20 customers who blessed us with a $20 minimum purchase, and many of the people were pleasantly surprised with how much was found in those boxes. We included packs of cards, binders, albums, figures, holiday related items, and much more. It really is one of the best values we have throughout the year and a great way to thank our customers for spending even a few bucks with us on Black Friday. We appreciate it all, big and small.
We had a pretty substantial day of receiving, which included a number of new Super 7 action figures, cases of new cards and endless boxes of other new products.
It’s also a fun week and time of the year in the sense that some of the stuff that’s been collecting dust around the shop starts to sell in store and online. Every so often, we get an eyebrow raising sale where we chuckle about how long a certain item had been sitting in the shop. Again, we are happy someone found what they were looking for, even if I’ve been looking at it for months.
One new baseball card released that definitely wasn’t collecting any dust was 2023 Topps Museum Collection. This beautiful product has sold really well for us with a price tag of $350-$400.
People don’t seem to care if it’s perceived as a higher end price point. It’s been a product with great results from boxes so far.
One of our online customers definitely wasn’t in the holiday spirit this week. Apparently he bought something from us online and the post office was holding it for some reason (no fault of our own). Store owner Jason sent me a screenshot of a message he received from the gentleman that said we were “dweebs” and he was going to find out where our shop was and come and “smack” us.
Don’t threaten me with a good time. I told Jason to give him the store address and ask for me when he got there.
To actually write a threat on eBay over a $15 action figure, well, form your own opinion on that man and mindset.
Although I haven’t wrapped any presents yet, that wraps up this week’s Shop Talk. Let’s try to spread peace, love and happiness throughout the rest of the holiday season.