|September 5, 2014||Posted by aidanstoytrove under Model Horse, Uncategorized|
My BreyerFest model inventory was running low and quite honestly, it was probably a good thing. I went a bit overboard this year and purchased several tent special run tickets. I scored some nice horses but no Silver Charms. And then, last month, Breyer offered the BreyerFest Tent Special Run leftover models to ticket purchasers through their website. I caved and bought, erm, more than I should have. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I thought what I saw was a pink nose showing through the bubble wrap of my Kodiak and Denali. Was that?? Naw, it couldn’t be!
I might have squealed, but only maybe… The next bag that I pulled out of my Breyer box of goodies was a Gossamer. Through the wrapping he looked oddly solid in color. I was still giddy over the Silver Charm bears. I had just unwrapped 2 glossy Gossamers and I was hoping for a matte version. For a little variation ya know… And this is what was what I discovered!
There are rumors floating around about the “open bags” these left over tent special runs are packaged in. They made me roll my eyes more than a little. Folks, both the Silver Charm Bears and the Silver Charm Gossamer that I received were in light blue bags that were taped shut. They were not heat sealed. Are you debating about purchasing some BreyerFest leftovers?? Dooo it! I’m doing my best to resist the urge to buy more. I don’t need any more horses, truly!
|June 11, 2014||Posted by aidanstoytrove under Uncategorized|
Summer has always been a busy time of year. I have attended BreyerFest since it first started as a regional event. I have been fortunate enough to attend almost every single year. This year is the 25th Anniversary of BreyerFest and looks like it will be a great event. I have a lot of organizing and packing to do for the live show and it is only a month away, yikes! Last weekend was a busy one. We drove up to Eugene, Oregon to pick up a small collection of 50 NIB Breyers. We then continued on up to Portland to pickup another collection. We couldn’t fit all of the horses in the car and rented a UHaul to bring them all home.
I haven’t done an exact count on the number of horses but my rough estimate is approximately 450. There aren’t any really rare Breyers in the lot but there are definitely some nice ones. Guess what is coming soon to an Ebay near you? =D
|April 7, 2014||Posted by aidanstoytrove under Model Horse, Uncategorized|
|April 2, 2014||Posted by aidanstoytrove under Uncategorized|
It’s alive! The Trove is alive! I have been slowly stocking the website store for Aidan’s Toy Trove 🙂 It can be accessed from the Trove link on the menu above. Most of our Breyer inventory has been listed. The Trove is set to take payment securely using Paypal (just like our Ebay store) but I hope to move some of the sales from Ebay to the website. We will be implementing coupons and a customer loyalty program. I’m very excited about it! Any purchases made now will be retro added to the loyalty program when it goes live. Our shopping cart has been tested and appears to be working but I would love to process some orders and work out any kinks that will undoubtedly surface. As most of what is ready for purchase right now is Breyer related, I am offering a free Breyer Gift with any Breyer purchase. I have a bunch of Stablemates and plushies and tack and catalogs and tons of other neat stuff that will be given away as free gifts.
The Skylander inventory is up and ready for purchase 🙂 For now, everything for sale in the Trove is being offered with free shipping. For you wonderful international buyers, the shopping cart is unfortunately not yet configured for that. However, I will happily invoice you with Paypal if you would like to make a purchase and I will gladly ship at a discounted combined shipping rate. Please inquire email@example.com Multiple Breyer & Skylander purchases will receive a partial refund through Paypal to account for combined shipping as well.
Let’s get this website officially rolling. If you see a Breyer you like, buy it here and receive free Breyer loot. Pretty cool huh?
|February 24, 2014||Posted by aidanstoytrove under Model Horse, Uncategorized|
Shipping costs have sky rocketed. I have found one of the most economical ways to ship Breyer horses is by Priority Mail. 1 unboxed Traditional Breyer horse ships at a rate of 2 pounds. One of the gotcha’s is that Priority Mail is calculated by pounds only. A package weight of 1 pound and 1 ounce ships at a rate of 2 pounds, ouch! If you ship direct from the Post Office the cost looks something like this:
1 unboxed loose Traditional Scale Breyer Horse = 2 pound
From California to New York via Priority Mail = $11.25
1 boxed Traditional Scale Breyer Horse = 3 pounds
From California to New York via Priority Mail = $15.10
Ouch! Right? But the cost doesn’t stop here! Don’t forget packing. I buy my boxes in bulk from ULine. My favorite sized horse box is S – 4892. The dimensions are 16 x 14 x 6. This is the MAX allowable size of 36″ or 1 cubic foot for Priority Mail before incurring huge dimensional surcharges. The cost for such a box is $1.22 with a minimum order of 25. This does not include shipping which is quite hefty so let’s say $2 a box with shipping and tax delivered to your door.
And then there is the actual packaging like bubble wrap and popcorn and tape. The cost of (1) 7cu ft. bag of popcorn from ULine is $19 unshipped. The cost of (1) 12″ x 750′ roll of bubble wrap is $54 a roll unshipped. The tape is only a couple bucks a roll but all this really adds up. And that doesn’t even include the paper or the ink for printing labels and invoices.
I have found buyers like shipping to be rolled into the price of the horse. I try to do this with around half of my listings but can you see how hard this can be with oh say, the cost of shipping?! I do my best to cut the cost of shipping both for myself and for my customers. Firstly, I print my labels myself and this gives a bit of a discounted rate. Anyone can do this from the website usps.com. Secondly, I horde boxes and packing. Because of this, I no longer have a usable garage. Really! Honest, it’s stuffed full of horses and boxes. Third, I have begun to take advantage of the FREE Priority boxes that you can get from the post office. I used to steer away from these boxes. I found them to be horrible sizes for Breyers. The Priority Box 7 is 12″ x 12″ x 8″ and was too short in length for anything but standing horses. The Priority Box 1095 is 15.25″ x 12″ x 3″ and was too thin in width to accommodate anything but the skinniest of horses, Khemosabi anyone?! But you know what I learned? You can reshape Priority boxes as long as you still ship them by Priority Mail.
Sooo…the Priority Box 1095 has become my new best friend. It can be reshaped to fit a variety of boxed and unboxed Breyer horses. Dear hubby has been resizing these boxes to help me with my Ebay shipments but I found that I needed one tonight and he was working. I present to you, my very first, made by myself, FRANKEN BOX!