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View Poll Results: Is it too early for retailers to be rolling out Halloween merchandise?
Yes. 8 30.77%
It seems to get earlier every year. 10 38.46%
No. 4 15.38%
I wish they'd do it sooner. 7 26.92%
No opinion/other (please elaborate). 7 26.92%
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Old 08-18-2015, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Halloween is coming.

Last week, my store recruited several employees from other regional stores to construct our large Halloween display (all new product).

For those of you who don't know, I work in one of the world's most reputable thrift stores. I'm part of our back room team, but I spend more time on the salesfloor than the rest of the team. I make sure there's a place for everything, and everything is in its place (with the exception of housewares, furniture, media, and other non-cloth items).

We finished the setup before our neighboring seasonal competitor (Halloween City) was set to open their own doors.

Since I'm technically part of the customer service atmosphere, it's part of my responsibility to wear costumes or weird accessories.

Spoiler for Here's what I'm up to this year:
I'm putting together a historically accurate 1950s young girl costume, complete with pink poodle skirt, petticoat, stockings, ballerina flats, gaudy earrings, winged eyeliner, cat-eye glasses (which I normally wear anyway) and even an era-appropriate watch. I might only wear the whole thing a few times this year, as weekends are a necessity, but one of my best friends is in charge of the whole thing this year so I'm going out of my way to be a vision of perfection to drive sales.

Furthermore, if we double-bonus (beat projected sales goals twofold) it's an extra $300 in my pocket, so yeah.


I'm seeing a lot of Halloween decorations in many other places, almost as if most retailers have completely skipped over the whole "back to school" thing and flew right into Halloween.

It's only the middle of August, though. What do you think? Is it too early for Halloween?
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Old 08-18-2015, 06:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is the only time of year I get to buy home decor without paying outrageous novelty prices... so I'm a happy camper. Bed Bath and Beyond has some ****ing SOLID, high quality horror **** in the autumn season.
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Old 08-18-2015, 06:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is the only time of year I get to buy home decor without paying outrageous novelty prices... so I'm a happy camper. Bed Bath and Beyond has some ****ing SOLID, high quality horror **** in the autumn season.
Can't forget the novelty jewelry. I've been lowkey looking for something outrageous while I'm out and about.

Another great thing about the Halloween season: some of us could pass for corpses if we don't feel like wearing makeup.
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Old 08-18-2015, 06:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I guess it's too early for those who dislike it. Not for those who enjoy it.

We don't really do Halloween in the UK.
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Old 08-18-2015, 06:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I guess it's too early for those who dislike it. Not for those who enjoy it.

We don't really do Halloween in the UK.
The way I understand it, corporations keep things on the downlow over there, whereas American corporations are gonna do and overdo everything, all the time.
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Ahhhmmm what was wrong with Thriller from last year...
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And uhh Halloween City is my off shoot company. They are party ****ty....I have to set my store and then go set a Halloween City. My store made 1.5 mill last year, just my store....sooo uhh ya ain't topping me. I've been hanging rotting torsos since the end of July, girl. :p
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And uhh Halloween City is my off shoot company. They are party ****ty....I have to set my store and then go set a Halloween City. My store made 1.5 mill last year, just my store....sooo uhh ya ain't topping me. I've been hanging rotting torsos since the end of July, girl. :p
I actually spent some time with Halloween City in late August/early September 2013 - I came a little later than most people who were helping with the setup and was consistently hit with come-ons from the young assistant manager. Business was surprisingly slow well into September (which was when I left and started my job at the place I'm at now). It was a temp gig (obviously) so I was really only into it for a little while to save myself from homelessness.

One of my fondest memories was watching a violent argument between a man and his wife after he spent over $500 in non-returnable merchandise.
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