Monthly Archives: March 2014

Winter 2014 Denver Mart Show, part 6 – Goofy Stuff

Goofy stuff is the norm at the Denver Mart. Don’t say that retailers and manufacturers have no sense of humor. Being different is being unique. You stand out. Customers remember you. Other retailers try to emulate you. After all, retailing is very similar to show business. You have to engage the customer, you have to own their attention, you have to convince them to buy from you and not from the guy down the street. It’s all about showmanship.

Imagine being accosted by a six-foot tall pink bunny hauking chocolate. It’s seasonally colored and seasonally flavored. Try some, please. Or being approached by a pair of lounge lizards, selling wildlife statuary. Be careful. Being involved in a conversation with a master showman could result in you placing an order for hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise you’re not sure you can sell. In fact, the merchandise will arrive and you’re not quite sure if you got it from the lizard or the bunny or the leprechaun. Or maybe it was the French maid. Or Colonel Mustard … in the Expo Hall, with a pen.

Easter Bunny at Denver Mart

Easter Bunny at Denver Mart

Lounge Lizards at Denver Mart

Lounge Lizards at Denver Mart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retailers are funny people. They know humor sells. Bears eating tourists is in this year. And here in Colorado this year is a great time to remind everyone that marijuana is now legal. The box looks like a Colorado license plate and comes with after-smoking mints. We never got to look at the back of the tin to see if there was a disclaimer, but it is illegal to smoke dope and drive.

More Tourists

More Tourists

Get High in Colorado

Get High in Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New this year was the guy who makes the dummies you find in old time stores. The fortuneteller, the old miner, the grim Indian, the creepy butler, the menacing werewolf. Some of them are animatronic and will interact with you. Some can be operated via remote control. They are perfect if you own a carnival or an antique store or are perhaps are looking at starting your own haunted house attraction. We should have gotten a picture of these, but somehow the opportunity was missed.

At least the cute animals are still in style. We understand cute animals.

Llama

Llama