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Please forgive me for being slightly off-topic, but this is one of only 3 boards I've found on the Internet where you can get reliable info from people in the know re:Y2K. This is a very crass question: does anyone know of any unusual stores in the real world, that sell fun/cool/weird Y2K related merchandise? I'm looking for stores in all the usual silicon metro areas, trying to find one top market for each area that carries gift items such as we sell on our website. I won't mention the URL here, because I don't want to be accused of trying to hawk our products, but please, any info or ideas anyone might have would be greatly appreciated. We're trying to earn enough money to get out of the city and stock a safe place in the Blue Ridge. Thanks!
-- Claudia O'Keefe (CDOKeefe@aol.com), July 29, 1999
I sell handmade sock monkeys.
-- Carol (email@example.com), July 29, 1999.
Claudia, IYO what are the other two boards?
-- Carlos (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 29, 1999.
Carlos, I was about to suggest the TimeBomb Prep Board, but realized it's really another part of this board. I've found that Karen Anderson's Board has a low troll factor, and that people there try to be as reliable as they can with their info. Just because it's a women's board doesn't mean there isn't good stuff there. One of the newsgroups, comp.software.year-2000, has some good posts, but you have to follow it long enough to sift through the crud, and it's getting worse the closer we get to the rollover. I used to contribute to AOL's Millennium Bug boards, until they turned into Flamer Central. If you keep things in perspective, and don't stray too far into X-files Land, Gary North's forums provide help. The rest on my list, and I have about 20, are either half-dead, or have a Nostradamus Complex. IN ALL HONESTY, THIS BOARD IS THE BEST.
-- Claudia O'Keefe (CDOKeefe@aol.com), July 29, 1999.
I don't know of anyplace that specificly carries such things, but most malls have some science or nature store that sells cool gifts.
Or how about Brookstone or The Sharper Image? Or Borders ? Or Spencers ? They are chains though, and they may not be allowed to sell anything not approved by the corporate headquarters, so I'd try the nature stores first.. Of course if you could get a chain to sell your stuff you would get more sales. Depends on whether you are comfortable dealing with the 'suits'.
-- biker (email@example.com), July 29, 1999.
Thank you, biker. I appreciate that suggestion. I love Natural Wonders. Maybe that is a way to go. I hadn't thought about them before, but I can imagine one of our items in that store. You're right. I hate dealing with the suits. My years working for the corporate machine still make me shudder.
-- Claudia (CDOKeefe@aol.com), July 29, 1999.
Consider identifying the Educational station in the market (stick to the top 50) and try to see if they have a store like WVIZ has at South Park Mall in the Cleveland area.
-- Chuck, a night driver (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 29, 1999.