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Old 12-13-2012, 08:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default I love this Hobby for many reasons.....finally I will have my shop! Life is Good!

I have been collecting cards since I was 6 (1985) and now on January 2nd I am going to own a card shop!!!!!
I currently work at Fedex Express as a courier working very long days and this life change has me as happy as can be!!!! I give major props to my wife for allowing me to do this!!! I had to sell 95% of my collection to put a down payment on this card shop. It was tough letting some of the cards I worked so hard to get go.... The card shop is in Vermont and as been in business since 1988. There is a lot of inventory and I plan to share my love of the hobby and inventory with you guys on blowout when I get things sorted out......
I understand owning a card shop is a tough income, but I do plan to still work mornings at Fedex for some stability. I have a monthly payment I have to pay on top of the normal business cost..... but I feel my positive energy for this hobby is going to lead to success.... I have a very good background doing shows across the country and a very strong knowledge on this hobby.... I do think its going to take more then that...... My plan is to focus on why I got into cards when I was a kid and attempt to get more kids back into the hobby....No young kid is going to leave my shop without some cards in their hand!!!!! I also plan to make thousands of starter kits for kids and donate them to little league, hockey, football and basketball tournaments.... Id love suggestions on the starter kits, but right now im thinking a 200ct box (with my stamped address on top) with a pack of cards, couple inserts/refractors in top loaders and some star cards in soft sleeves.... then a mix of older-newer mixed sport commons and randomly throw in few jersey and autos in.... I plan to put random coupons for % off next purchase all the way to a free boxes of cards..... Has anyone every done anything like this?????

Id love to have a thread going with all and any ideas you guys have for my shop... when I get in there I will post pics and plan to do all kinds of giveaways on blowout!!!!!
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Good luck!!!
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Boy I'm jealous! Congrats!
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congrats..good luck! .... A couple of ideas... Have a "trade night", were people bring in their cards and trade with each other, have a few raffle prizes to encourage them to attend. They will prob purchase store items too... Do a consignment auction every 1-2 months. Youu get a % of what you sell for others, plus you can sell your stuff. Have a live feed on blogtv for it so onliners can bid too. Its all about getting bodies in the store.
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Congrats, can't wait until the day I can open a store of my own!
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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congrats..good luck! .... A couple of ideas... Have a "trade night", were people bring in their cards and trade with each other, have a few raffle prizes to encourage them to attend. They will prob purchase store items too... Do a consignment auction every 1-2 months. Youu get a % of what you sell for others, plus you can sell your stuff. Have a live feed on blogtv for it so onliners can bid too. Its all about getting bodies in the store.
yeah I plan to have a trade day and have consignments on ebay store and straight auctions.....plan to do live group breaks and online group breaks with new creative ideas.... I also plan to have fun contest posted on facebook like first person to come in and pull a Tom Brady card will win this box or card...... etc..... also plan to use facebook to advertise all my new products and specials to customers who follow me..... I working on more ideas....I dont plan to get rich off this.. just have fun and enjoy my job
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I wish you the best of luck. I hope your shop becomes a booming success!
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Best of luck to you! Congrats!
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That's very exciting!
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very jealous person right here!!! congratulations on your purchase!!!!!
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I have been collecting cards since I was 6 (1985) and now on January 2nd I am going to own a card shop!!!!!
I currently work at Fedex Express as a courier working very long days and this life change has me as happy as can be!!!! I give major props to my wife for allowing me to do this!!! I had to sell 95% of my collection to put a down payment on this card shop. It was tough letting some of the cards I worked so hard to get go.... The card shop is in Vermont and as been in business since 1988. There is a lot of inventory and I plan to share my love of the hobby and inventory with you guys on blowout when I get things sorted out......
I understand owning a card shop is a tough income, but I do plan to still work mornings at Fedex for some stability. I have a monthly payment I have to pay on top of the normal business cost..... but I feel my positive energy for this hobby is going to lead to success.... I have a very good background doing shows across the country and a very strong knowledge on this hobby.... I do think its going to take more then that...... My plan is to focus on why I got into cards when I was a kid and attempt to get more kids back into the hobby....No young kid is going to leave my shop without some cards in their hand!!!!! I also plan to make thousands of starter kits for kids and donate them to little league, hockey, football and basketball tournaments.... Id love suggestions on the starter kits, but right now im thinking a 200ct box (with my stamped address on top) with a pack of cards, couple inserts/refractors in top loaders and some star cards in soft sleeves.... then a mix of older-newer mixed sport commons and randomly throw in few jersey and autos in.... I plan to put random coupons for % off next purchase all the way to a free boxes of cards..... Has anyone every done anything like this?????

Id love to have a thread going with all and any ideas you guys have for my shop... when I get in there I will post pics and plan to do all kinds of giveaways on blowout!!!!!

Where in Vermont big guy? Might be near me.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:02 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Congrats on the new store! I wish you were in ATL so I could visit, Vermont is just a bit too far best wishes!
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congrats...dont forget the game type cards...Magic and so on...they seem to be a big thing for most shops.

PS: save all the Bradshaw stuff for me! lol.
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A dream that most of us would love to fulfill. Congrats and make sure to diverisfy to survive!
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congrats...dont forget the game type cards...Magic and so on...they seem to be a big thing for most shops.

PS: save all the Bradshaw stuff for me! lol.
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That is awesome, congrats and more importantly, best of luck.

As one already asked - where in VT?

The golden rule of thumb when owning a card shop: DO NOT rip your inventory. You will crash and burn and never make it back.

Definitely post some pics/updates and let us know how things are going!
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congrats, wish ya the best of luck
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That is awesome, congrats and more importantly, best of luck.

As one already asked - where in VT?

The golden rule of thumb when owning a card shop: DO NOT rip your inventory. You will crash and burn and never make it back.

Definitely post some pics/updates and let us know how things are going!
I might have a problem there when I get my own shop
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There is no doubt that running a hobby shop is a challenge in todays economy. Best of luck!
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There is no doubt that running a hobby shop is a challenge in todays economy. Best of luck!

A man can dream can't he? I would love to be in his shoes regardless to the challenges that may be ahead of him.
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Cut deals to new customers. Also, sell local favorites cards (red sox?)
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Congrats and good luck!
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