Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Where are we going to put all of our new arrivals?

We here at Landis' Labyrinth are getting ready to celebrate the opening of our second location on Larchmont Blvd.  In case you haven't heard the news, in just a few weeks' time, the name Landis' Labyrinth will be above both 140 AND 144 N. Larchmont Blvd.  We are very excited at all of the new orders that have some in already, and are both anticipating and dreading the ones coming in the next two weeks.  Anticipating because it's great stuff (lots of new and restock) and we want a full store when we open, but dreading, because where are we going to put it all in the meantime?!?  But we'll manage :)

So, what do we have cramming our shelves already? Zippers!  Well, Zip-Itz, Hip Zip, and Clump-o-Lumps, which all have the humble zipper as its main feature.  I won't go into too much detail about Clump-o-Lumps, since we've had this line for a while now and there's a whole post on it in the blog, but we do have our bestselling squid back in.  Zip-Itz is the awesome new toy that we found at the NY Toy Fair back in February.  They are colorful plush dolls with zippers for their mouths and stomachs and as weird as that sound, they're actually incredibly cute.  Hip Zip is the hottest new accessory on the east coast, something one of our customers tipped us off on and we have to say, they are pretty snazzy.  For boys or girls, these bracelets are available with and without charms, and look great layered together or separate.   

Another new favorite is Pacifica.  Not a toy, but something that when our rep told us about it, we got excited because we've been looking to expand our tween/teen section and I, as a lady, always gave my friends gifts of perfumes, lotions, and little trinkets once I hit that age.  Pacifica is a perfume line found at high-end retailers, and the line we got in was the roll-on purse-sized perfumes.  No mess, no spraying, and with delicious scents, Pacifica is a great line for both teens and adults.  One of our employees at the shop turned out to be a long-time customer of this line, and couldn't stop raving about how much she loves it.  As for me, I'm allergic to almost all perfumes, and I can wear this without getting sick.  It's also free from animal testing, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, benzene, GMOs, mineral oil, peanut oil, and triclosan!  Pretty sweet, right?

Sculpey clay is another product we've been wanting to carry, and now have a whole assortment of colors and tools available.  Sculpey is a type of clay that is extremely pliable and once you create something worth saving, just bake it in the oven for the recommended amount of time and it hardens.  You can make tiny sculptures with it, diorama-friendly people/animals, or even pieces for jewelry such as beads or flat cabochons (I had one friend who made ornaments for our friends out of Sculpey every Christmas as a gift).  What we love about it is that it is much easier to work with than regular clay, and you can make your creations permanent.  So check it out!

That's enough for today.  But believe me, we have so much more.  Stay tuned for Faber Castell recommendations and classic toys!

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