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Tried and true at the museum store
Ordering for gift shops is well underway. With the economy the way it is, we must be even more prudent about what we bring into our gift shops. I'm curious about what companies area museums use for their wholesale goods. Currently we use Ohio Wholesale, Kennedy's Country, NMN, KIPP, Historical Folk Toys, Homestead Folk Toys, and Your True Nature (3 of these are new orders). Your True Nature is a very green company and their products look fantastic, so I am taking a chance on them. Can you share what sells best in your gift shop and who your wholesaler is? It is expensive to try new product lines and I personally would feel more comfortable about bringing in 'tried and true' products over guessing!
Chippewa County Historical Society