We wound up putting this display in the place of our Polish wooden boxes. I'm not sure exactly what happened here. One day I got an email about a big backorder to release and a month later there was no shipment. Once I have a moment to breathe, I'll investigate.
And it's not just following up on things that haven't shipped. I remembered that I put away our Schylling sock monkey umbrellas since they come in the winter. Now it's spring and time for umbrellas, and we finally dug them out and hung our sample up. We still have a few other animals, including a frog, a fish, and maybe a ladybug.
I had an everything old is new again moment this week. I went back for some David Kirk items from Melissa and Doug after rotating through a few other vendors in 2012 and everyone who'd been at the store less than two years went crazy for the Bibi Bee watering can and a few other items. I'm hoping that we also have customers who weren't shopping here regularly two years ago, who will similarly fall in love.
I've had conversations with other bookstores on this vendor and folks are split into two camps. Some stores seem to carry no other kids' gift items while others worry about the product being overexposed. They are surely featured on a lot of mass merchant websites, but so far, our sales have not been affected too much. We'll keep a watch.