With a short staff today (we had just two openers and two closers, plus one person in a swing shift), I wasn't able to get too much done today, teamed with yesterday's shift at the Women Leaders conference. But I was able to receive some new gift items that were delivered this week. Our writer/philosopher plush rack is finally full, and that shipment also included our drinking writers shot glasses, which sold a bit quicker than I expected. A bit slower than expected came our Herman Melville finger puppets.
They were not just later than the finger puppet rack, but I actually had dreams for a Moby Dick/whale table display last fall, what with The Art of Fielding (which has a Moby Dick subplot), Moby Dick in Pictures, and Why Read Moby Dick all being released in the same season. Six months later, I not only got my Melville puppet, but an assortment of whale boxed cards and thank you notes. I am nothing if not timely!
Another shipment came in that left us back in stock with bending robots. There wasn't too much new from this vendor on my wish list--they still haven't increased the assortment of Squeek-a-boos they are importing from Great Britain. How mean to show a picture of the penguin in the display and then not stock it! But they did pick up a dinosaur thumb puppet that should sell thorugh pretty well.
With Easter only a week away, our holiday-themed stuff is selling quickly. We're down to one each of our mini rabbit plush and flip-over bunnies. The porcelain bunnies are also selling at a fast clip. So with no more bunnies to flip, it seemed time to put out our flip-over dogs. And yes, the video is sort of slanty sideways, but that just gives it a classic Batman quality. However the camera is tilted, the new dogs flip flip rather nicely.
Mr. Strycker has the ability to write about the worlds of man and fowl without simplifying either.... He thinks like a biologist but writes like a poet, and one of the small pleasures of The Thing With Feathers is watching him distill empirical research into lyrical imagery.... Part the palm fronds behind his sentences, and you can almost see the British naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough standing there in a pith helmet, smiling with amused approval at Mr. Strycker's off-center sensibility." – Wall Street Journal
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