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Shopping for our shoppers - A view from the NEC Autumn Fair 2016

Posted by Patrick Bywater on

One of the things we at Liberty Trading we do on a regular basis is to seek out new products from existing suppliers and just as importantly to find new suppliers so that we can expand the range and find unique items for our customers.

When trying to find new suppliers, we search through the internet, we attend trade shows in the UK and overseas, we research popular products from other sellers to find the manufacturers and so on.  Very occasionally new suppliers approach us...  if it were so easy all the time!

Myself and Justin (e-commerce manager and head buyer) have just finished our second day at the NEC.  When I left home yesterday morning my wife and children all wished me well and hope that I have a good time.  I wished myself luck....

Day 1

We started in the the gift hall (Hall 5) this is the size of around 2 football pitches.  The hall has stalls set out in rows A to M, with a manufacturer / supplier place every 10 meters or so. 

We started in good spirits, chatting freely to some of our good and regular suppliers, Spike Wholesale, Ancestors of Dover, Sunlover, Nemisis Now, Whitehouse Leisure.

We also placed some new orders with new, potentially exciting suppliers that we will start to see product form this autumn in time for Christmas.  The Globe Company (they sell globes..  I like suppliers that make things easy for us!), Mayer Chess (our range of hand painted and unique chess pieces is going to increase, we are excited about that), Intelex group (some great snuggle products that can be warmed in a microwave), Spiral Direct (see the Zombie that attacked us!), and Gringo fairtrade.

At 6pm, the hall seemed very quiet, all of the other buyers had gone home, we trudged out and found an exciting supplier..

 

Day 2

After a full English breakfast, we continued from hall 4 onwards...  Our enthusiasm was a little dulled as out feet ached and our brains were not as sharp as the day before.  However, we founds some exciting new suppliers...  stock to be revealed  *air filled bed is a clue!").   We trudged, talked and found our way to hall 1...

Lets hope we have done our best by the Liberty Trading crew,,

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Shopping for our shoppers - A view from the NEC Autumn Fair 2016

Posted by Patrick Bywater on

One of the things we at Liberty Trading we do on a regular basis is to seek out new products from existing suppliers and just as importantly to find new suppliers so that we can expand the range and find unique items for our customers.

When trying to find new suppliers, we search through the internet, we attend trade shows in the UK and overseas, we research popular products from other sellers to find the manufacturers and so on.  Very occasionally new suppliers approach us...  if it were so easy all the time!

Myself and Justin (e-commerce manager and head buyer) have just finished our second day at the NEC.  When I left home yesterday morning my wife and children all wished me well and hope that I have a good time.  I wished myself luck....

Day 1

We started in the the gift hall (Hall 5) this is the size of around 2 football pitches.  The hall has stalls set out in rows A to M, with a manufacturer / supplier place every 10 meters or so. 

We started in good spirits, chatting freely to some of our good and regular suppliers, Spike Wholesale, Ancestors of Dover, Sunlover, Nemisis Now, Whitehouse Leisure.

We also placed some new orders with new, potentially exciting suppliers that we will start to see product form this autumn in time for Christmas.  The Globe Company (they sell globes..  I like suppliers that make things easy for us!), Mayer Chess (our range of hand painted and unique chess pieces is going to increase, we are excited about that), Intelex group (some great snuggle products that can be warmed in a microwave), Spiral Direct (see the Zombie that attacked us!), and Gringo fairtrade.

At 6pm, the hall seemed very quiet, all of the other buyers had gone home, we trudged out and found an exciting supplier..

 

Day 2

After a full English breakfast, we continued from hall 4 onwards...  Our enthusiasm was a little dulled as out feet ached and our brains were not as sharp as the day before.  However, we founds some exciting new suppliers...  stock to be revealed  *air filled bed is a clue!").   We trudged, talked and found our way to hall 1...

Lets hope we have done our best by the Liberty Trading crew,,

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Joggle Bopper Story from an American buyer

Posted by Patrick Bywater on

This is not a typical review, but because of something quite serious I might say on behalf of this product, I figured I should mention it here.

We live on a lot of acres in the Mountains of Northwestern NC, and most of it is wooded. Because of that, we get a lot of animals roaming around the house, including black bears. We are used to them, and they come in various shapes and sizes so we can usually tell which ones are out there. We count six that frequent this property in search of seeds we put out for birds.

Tonight, about a little over an hour ago, while a large black bear was above a stone wall about fifteen feet from our back door, where one of the feeders is, I had to head to a building back there because we have a freezer, another refrigerator, and other appliances and facilities in operation in that building. I needed a couple loaves of bread and had to go back there to get them, so even though the bear was out there, I took the chance.

Now, when we once tried to keep the bears away, we tried everything. We banged on pots and pans, shot some blasts from a very loud air horn, and even used the hose to hit them in the face, taking the risk of being out there with the bears, but none of those even concerned these bears. In fact, they just stared at us and acted as though we were more of an irritant than a threat to them.

After I got the two loaves of bread, I started to leave that building and head to the house. It's such a short distance, but long enough so that you would not have much of a chance in case you were being chased, but neither of us have ever been chased before. I was cool at that moment. My lady was at the back door, where I told her to wait because of the chance the bear might come down closer to the door and keep me blocked in. Well, as soon as I stepped out far enough to see the bear, which was just a couple of feet past the wall and just out of sight of me until I walked about two feet from the door of that building. Once I was there, I turned and looked at the bear, which had lifted itself higher and stared into my eyes, and then, without warning, it rushed at me. I charged right at me, but I was able to shoot back into the building and close the door.

Well, we know that bear will stay there for up to four hours at a stretch, eating sometimes one or two seeds at a time, and sometimes it will doze a little before it leaves. I told my lady friend that it looks like I'll be there for a long time, so she tried the air horn again. The bear, which I was watching while sticking my head and shoulders out of the door, was not phased. But then, out of the blue, I could see her leave through the windows of our enclosed side porch and then return with this toy, blue lights flashing, and she opened the back door and tossed it towards the bear. This little toy began making all kinds of noise and started tumbling all over the ground beneath where the bear was, and that bear stood up, appeared shocked, and started to trot back about twenty feet. Thinking quickly, I rushed across to the back door and got inside before the bear had the chance to realize all was OK, or before this little toy stopped doing its thing.

So, I thank this toy and its manufacturers for developing a toy we got for our little cocker spaniel, but which is a definite life savior when it comes to angry bears

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Joggle Bopper Story from an American buyer

Posted by Patrick Bywater on

This is not a typical review, but because of something quite serious I might say on behalf of this product, I figured I should mention it here.

We live on a lot of acres in the Mountains of Northwestern NC, and most of it is wooded. Because of that, we get a lot of animals roaming around the house, including black bears. We are used to them, and they come in various shapes and sizes so we can usually tell which ones are out there. We count six that frequent this property in search of seeds we put out for birds.

Tonight, about a little over an hour ago, while a large black bear was above a stone wall about fifteen feet from our back door, where one of the feeders is, I had to head to a building back there because we have a freezer, another refrigerator, and other appliances and facilities in operation in that building. I needed a couple loaves of bread and had to go back there to get them, so even though the bear was out there, I took the chance.

Now, when we once tried to keep the bears away, we tried everything. We banged on pots and pans, shot some blasts from a very loud air horn, and even used the hose to hit them in the face, taking the risk of being out there with the bears, but none of those even concerned these bears. In fact, they just stared at us and acted as though we were more of an irritant than a threat to them.

After I got the two loaves of bread, I started to leave that building and head to the house. It's such a short distance, but long enough so that you would not have much of a chance in case you were being chased, but neither of us have ever been chased before. I was cool at that moment. My lady was at the back door, where I told her to wait because of the chance the bear might come down closer to the door and keep me blocked in. Well, as soon as I stepped out far enough to see the bear, which was just a couple of feet past the wall and just out of sight of me until I walked about two feet from the door of that building. Once I was there, I turned and looked at the bear, which had lifted itself higher and stared into my eyes, and then, without warning, it rushed at me. I charged right at me, but I was able to shoot back into the building and close the door.

Well, we know that bear will stay there for up to four hours at a stretch, eating sometimes one or two seeds at a time, and sometimes it will doze a little before it leaves. I told my lady friend that it looks like I'll be there for a long time, so she tried the air horn again. The bear, which I was watching while sticking my head and shoulders out of the door, was not phased. But then, out of the blue, I could see her leave through the windows of our enclosed side porch and then return with this toy, blue lights flashing, and she opened the back door and tossed it towards the bear. This little toy began making all kinds of noise and started tumbling all over the ground beneath where the bear was, and that bear stood up, appeared shocked, and started to trot back about twenty feet. Thinking quickly, I rushed across to the back door and got inside before the bear had the chance to realize all was OK, or before this little toy stopped doing its thing.

So, I thank this toy and its manufacturers for developing a toy we got for our little cocker spaniel, but which is a definite life savior when it comes to angry bears

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Crazy Fun With The Jumping Joggle Bopper!

Posted by Leanne Fox on

 

For some crazy bank holiday fun, get your hands on the Jumping Joggle Bopper!

            


The Jumping Joggle Bopper is a sound sensitive, battery powered ball, that shakes and shudders across the room at random, all the while laughing like a maniac!   This wild and wacky ball is a real live-wire, it combines intense flashing light and undpredictable movement, with both joggling and bopping for a near sensory-overload, vibrating bouncy ball extravaganza! Get yours here!

 

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Crazy Fun With The Jumping Joggle Bopper!

Posted by Leanne Fox on

 

For some crazy bank holiday fun, get your hands on the Jumping Joggle Bopper!

            


The Jumping Joggle Bopper is a sound sensitive, battery powered ball, that shakes and shudders across the room at random, all the while laughing like a maniac!   This wild and wacky ball is a real live-wire, it combines intense flashing light and undpredictable movement, with both joggling and bopping for a near sensory-overload, vibrating bouncy ball extravaganza! Get yours here!

 

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