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My name is Ron, I am a Christmas nut always have been always will be. I am first and foremost a stay at home dad that has an evening job at a retail/grocery establishment. After my second son was born I stepped down from my management position, so my wife and I don't have to pay for daycare. My wife is a teacher in the town we live, so people recognize us everywhere in our little town.
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Posted 05-03-2011 at 08:38 PM by xmas365

As I am starting to go over what will be needed to open and run a Christmas store, I have thought of some things that I hope that will keep the customers coming in throughout the year, as it is a very niche idea of a few hardcore Christmas nuts I will need to keep it in the minds of the community 365 days. I have my notes that I have for myself that I will not be sharing yet, but I would like to share some of the ideas I have come up with to try to draw people in throughout the whole year.

1. Pinpointed sales-Special days throughout the year to drive more people in. Things like Rudolph Day sales, Clearance sales in Jan. & Feb. Christmas in July sales etc...

2. Team up with other local businesses, i.e. Chamber of Commerce, coupons for other businesses if you buy so many $ worth of merchandise.

3. Stock what people want. Obvious one, stock items that are collectible, Byer's Choice Carolers, Fabriche Santa Claus, villages, and hard to find lights. Maybe select Christmas CD's and DVD's

4. Displays to draw attention, set up windows that make people notice, and change often.

5. Make it warm and cozy with Christmas music playing at all times.

There are a few of my ideas, I would like to hear feedback if you think those are some good ideas or bad ideas. I am in the very early phases and all feedback would be appreciated I want to get this right, and who is better to ask than my fellow Christmas nuts.
Thank you.
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    gabulldawg's Avatar
    Sounds great ron!
    Posted 05-04-2011 at 04:00 AM by gabulldawg gabulldawg is offline
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    MerryCarey's Avatar
    Your ideas sound great!

    How about an in-house Santa one Saturday every month year-round, in addition to Saturdays during the Christmas season?

    A special Christmas in July open house with eggnog or some other seasonal treat, plus carollers?

    Maybe a suggestion box for customers to suggest merchandise that they don't find.
    Posted 05-04-2011 at 07:10 AM by MerryCarey MerryCarey is offline
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    [B]I LOVE your ideas !!!!!! I am so excited about this !! I hope there will be, maybe one or two Christmas polar bear items for sale ??!! I am so looking forward to this - you will be FANTASTIC as a Christmas store owner !!![/B]
    Posted 05-04-2011 at 11:32 AM by caninemom3 caninemom3 is offline
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    elf bazaar's Avatar
    hey I have a year round christmas shop and there is not one single day when I don`t love my little shop
    Posted 05-04-2011 at 12:58 PM by elf bazaar elf bazaar is offline
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    something i`d really like is an annex to my shop with a christmas style coffee shop i have the name (the fuzzy reindeer) but not the money or the premises!!!
    Posted 05-04-2011 at 01:08 PM by elf bazaar elf bazaar is offline
 
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