The Column Archives by Date 2007 June 6th, 2007
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Written by Rachel Shubin   
Gymboree News & Gossip Column

Published by Rachel Shubin
June 6th, 2007




Busy week over here! Anika gets the cast off of her arm tomorrow morning, which she's hugely excited about; Friday we're going over to my parents house for dinner and to see how their remodeling is going (they're getting ready to sell the house I grew up in. It will be weird to see what they've done); and then Saturday we're leaving for our church's Family Camp at the beach and won't return for a full week.

Needless to say, the rest of my week has been filled with exciting things like packing and planning the packing. I have this gigantic master packing list just for my Family Camp packing that I use every year. It's eight pages long (one page for miscellaneous stuff, one clothing page each for myself and all five of the kids, and one page for food).

I told Handsome Hubby yesterday that I printed off the list and was going to get started, and he couldn't figure out why it might take me so long and seemed shocked when I told him I had eight pages of packing lists. His packing consists of throwing a few things in a duffel bag. Hmph! He did sound sympathetic, however. I packed all the clothes last night and today, which is usually the most time consuming part of the job.

A couple years ago there was a tsunami warning while we were at camp, which apparently made a big impression on the kids. Yesterday they told me that they were going to leave their favorite toys at home so that if there was a tsunami, they wouldn't lose their toys. Georgie did decide to bring his new prized chess set though, explaining that if his got washed away he could always go to his Grandmother's house and borrow hers. Since we got bought it for him on sale for $4, I told him I thought we could probably buy him a new one if the ocean eats his first one (I didn't tell him how much we paid in the first place).

So, I started doing summer school with the kids last week. I swear that is going to be the cause of death listed in the coroner's report when they find me keeled over in two months.

"How did she die, Doctor?"
"Death due to educational poisoning, Detective."
"Don't see much of that anymore."
"No, now it's mostly educational deficiency; but that's more of a childhood disease than the poisoning, which mostly strikes teachers."

Somehow between the workbooks, music class, Bible class, and penmanship copy work (I sort of made up curriculum for those last three), we're doing a very solid two to three hours of school every morning from nine o' clock to around noon. Then it's lunch and after that it's at least another hour of Mommy this and Mommy that. By that time my ears usually hurt from all the racket and I'm about ready to lock myself in the bathroom (which works depressingly badly). They seem to be having a great time, but I've been utterly exhausted for two weeks now.

Overall I'm happy with what we're doing for summer work. It's keeping them occupied, and I have yet to hear the dreaded "I'm bored" complaint yet; however, that could be because when they do try that one out, I usually say something like "Oh goodie! I needed someone to go clean out all the toilets, sweep the floors, empty the trash bags, fold all the laundry, and vacuum." At that point they usually recant and run away as fast as they can. I think they've only been "bored" a couple of times.... Hehe.

That's it for around here. Oh! Did you get those neat Peel-A-Prize coupons in the mail from Gymboree? I got mine the other day. It's for 30% off. That's so cool! It's like having a second Circle of Friends, which is great because I was busy the weekend that the last one came around and didn't make it shopping.

Have a lovely next week and I'll be back the week following. Next week we will have an edition, but the News of the Day editorial will consist of something like, "I'm on vacation. See you next week..." :) Everything else will be as usual.

Rachel



Ask the Expert

By: Teresa Sprinkle, Contributing Editor ~ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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OUTLETS: Island fun, 4th of July, Dive Shop, Summer Bouquet, & Tropical Trek are the latest lines at the outlets. The next lines will be coming the first week of June

Gymboree is on a mission to open an outlet in every major city in the U.S. Here’s a partial list of the outlets still to open in 2007…

~ Johnson Creek, WI ~ Johnson Creek Premium Outlets ~ Opens Summer 2007

~ Orlando & St. Augustine, FL ~ Both due to open Summer 2007

~ Flemington, NJ ~ Liberty Village Premium Outlets ~ Opens Summer 2007

~ Vacaville, CA ~ Vacaville Premium Outlets ~ Opens Summer 2007

~ Leesburg, VA ~ Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets ~ Opens Fall 2007

~ Smithfield, NC ~ Carolina Premium Outlets ~ Opens September 2007

~ Central Valley, NY ~ Woodbury Common Premium Outlets ~ Opens Fall 2007

NEW MARKDOWNS (Online Now!):

  • Coral Reef, Summer Rodeo, Tiny Pond, Tropical Chic, & Mixed Doubles ~ 20% off

  • Candy Apple, Island Getaway, Jungle Preserve, Colorful Paradise, Surf Camp, Sports Star, Prairie Ranch, Fiesta Fiesta, & Tropical Oasis ~ 40% off

  • Everything older is 60% off or more!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Gymboree has just announced the concept of their newest clothing chain. “Crazy Eight” is a store for newborns through size 14 and is suppose to have pricing comparable to Old Navy. According to their sales report, their goal is to have every child, in every economic class, dressed in Gymboree company clothing. Pretty ambitious goal if you ask me, but more power to them! They are slated to open 10 stores in the next year and will be selling online as well within the next couple of months.

In an effort to expand their customer base, Gymboree is introducing a new tween/teen store called “Twirl”. The first one is due to open up in Houston, TX this fall with 6 more stores to follow before the end of the year!

ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT: Gymboree is looking for feedback. If you have something to say, go to www.gymboreelistens.com. Not only will your thoughts be heard, but you will also be entered into a monthly drawing for a $500 Gymbo gift card!

SHIPPING SPECIAL: $5.95 flat rate shipping special on any size order. Hopefully it will last forever!!!

GYMBOREE VISA NEWS: If you’ve been waiting for the “right” time to open a Gymbo Visa, here’s a little incentive! Gymboree is having a Visa drive starting this Thursday, the 31st and it goes through Monday June 4th. Just for applying, you get 25% off of your purchase. They send the applications in, so even if you’re not approved, you still get to take advantage of the 25% off…YAY!!!

SALES:

  • Gymbucks Earnings (May 24th – July 15th) ~ Time to start earning those Gymbucks again! There should be some fabulous sales coming up with plenty of chances to earn your Gymbucks!

  • Peel-a-Prize (June 7th–17th) ~ This sounds like a fun game! Visit your local Gymboree and pick up your Peel-a-Prize card. Open it up to reveal a coupon for 15%, 20%, 30%, or even 50% off of your entire purchase! There are also a couple of bigger prizes; a $1,000 Gymboree gift certificate and for the grand prize, a year’s college tuition ($20,000 scholarship!).

  • Plum Magazine 20% off Coupon (Now through November) ~ There’s another Plum coupon out and this one’s good until November! I think the people over at Plum realized that their magazine sales skyrocketed with the Gymbo coupon. I just wonder if they realize that no one is really reading the magazine, just purchasing it for that fabulous 20% off coupon??? You can still purchase them at www.plummagazine.com, but I’m hearing that it’s cheaper at some book stores.

  • Beach Buys are Back ~ The new lines are included in this week’s beach buys! For both boys & girls, tanks, tees, & shorts that are reg. $12.50 are now $8, and boys graphic tees that are reg. $14.50 are now $10.

  • Red Balloon Sale (Formerly the Red Hot Dot Sale) ~ This wonderful sale is coming in June. I haven’t heard an exact date yet, but I’m thinking that it might fall on Father’s Day weekend! This is the semi-annual clearance sale where price-points are $0.99, $3.99, $6.99, etc. I’ll let you know when I have confirmed a date…

NEW LINES (Online Now):

Girls “Savanna Sunset” ~ Deep purple, brown, orange, & cream in a safari theme. There’s a super cute cream-colored woven top with crocheted straps and a bunch of animals embroidered across the top that is bound to be one of the best selling items from this line…it’s simply adorable! They’ve paired it up with a pair of jeans shorts with more animals on them…looks like we’ll be buying this outfit ***My Gymbo Visa is cringing***. There’s a plush zebra purse (for those of you who re-sell Gymbo, these animal purses always sell out fast and later go for big bucks on ebay!), some camouflage skirts, capris, and a matching hat, and tons of double-strapped tanks that are part of the $8 Beach Buys.

Boys “Safari Trek” ~ Olive green, orange, & khaki in a safari theme. Haven’t we seen this line a million times??? Lions, zebras, giraffes, & elephants are all over the baby boy shirts and a bunch of camouflage for the kid boys.

Newborn “Monkey Island” ~ This line is super cute for both boys and girls (I’m a little bias though since I love anything with monkeys on it!). For the girls, it’s light & dark pink with monkeys and palm trees. There’s an adorable romper with 3 monkeys swinging on it and a few two-piece sets that are just TDF! The boys line has the same monkey theme, but is done in blue. Check out the back of the khaki overalls. There are 3 swinging monkeys that make the overalls just too cute!

Layette (7 lbs – 12-18m) “Jungle Gym” ~ Pink hippos for the girls, blue elephants for the boys, and yellow zebras for both.

UPCOMING LINES: The stores received their mini look-book for the first back-to-school line (this is 3 lines from now). For the girls, there are some pieces with pink hearts (instead of skulls) and crossbones. It’s supposed to be a kid-rocker theme. For the baby girls, there looks to be a purple princess capsule line with a full tutu and a white sweater with a tiara on it, etc. For the boys, it looks like brown and orange with bears and paw prints & “Off-Road Adventures” with jeeps and hunting-type gear like a camouflage vest.



Ask the Expert

By: Heather Kissel, Contributing Editor ~ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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QUESTION:

I want to start working on my back to school & fall auctions. I will be listing Gymboree in girl sizes 5-6 & boy sizes 12-24 months, when is the best time to list these? Also I was wondering if I should sell all my BTS & fall items as individual pieces, as 1 outfit or in a big lot of outifts?

ANSWER:

I separate my fall/winter items into two camps: back-to-school and everything else. I start selling items that can be worn for school right about the beginning of August. Some people begin back-to-school sales in July- I find this to be a bit early for me and I don't usually see my biggest numbers until the beginning of August. Everything else, such as holiday items and heavy winter gear, I start in September, ending most of my sales right around Halloween. If you have a store, start stashing these in there now- you'll be surprised at how many people buy winter items in the heat of summer.

As for grouping your items, you will see the largest profit off of individual pieces (unless they are very basic, and then you'll need to group them with something else). If you want to group your items together, outfits do better in the beginning of the selling season than the end. Finally, I would only recommend a large lot of items if you just want to be rid of them. The sizes you mentioned would do fine in a lot, but you will still make more money off of the items alone.

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QUESTION:

I saw in last week's newsletter that some of the top selling items were vintage Gymboree blankets. I have been saving my vintage blankets from 1996-2000 & waiting for a good time to list them. Is now a good time to list them since its summer or was it just a fluke the blankets had high prices? I have been watching them & most of them only close at $5-$10.

ANSWER:

In general, blankets do just ok; however, it really comes down to the line. And which line will be fetching those high prices is hard to predict. If your blankets are only getting $5 to $10 in the past 30 days, I wouldn't expect much more right now. I can't seem to find any pattern to what blanket will generate a bidding war, resulting in those great ending prices. I would keep an eye on your exact blankets and watch for some increase in price. If there are no others like yours up for sale, you could always start the bidding at a price you would be comfortable selling the blanket at. If it doesn't sell, then you'll know that the market isn't hot yet for your line.



The Policy Wonk

By: Heather Kissel, Contributing Editor ~ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Ebay has two new features to be released in the future that actually sound pretty good. It’s becoming a bit of rarity when I am enthused about a new feature, but here they are.

Bid Assistant

For those of you who use a third party bidding site (such as powersnipe or auctionsniper), and those who haven't found the love of an auction sniper, your lucky day has come. EBay will be rolling out a new feature in the future that will bid on various items, with various ending bids, in sequential order. This actually sounds pretty exciting and promising. I can see this as a win-win for both buyers and sellers. Buyers will now be able to bid on auctions when they aren't on the computer, without fear. In the past, bidders would have to bid on each auction up to their proxy in order to win the auction. Of course, if they were the winner on all of them, that would stink. For sellers, no longer will you have to fear that you have a bad ending time, nor should there be as many missed moments where bidders "watched" your item, but forgot to bid in the last moment.

I'm not half as eloquent (ok, as fired up) as eBay about this feature, so I'll let them explain: "Tired of losing auctions and having to search another item to bid on? Very soon we'll be launching a new bidding tool that manages your bids and makes winning items at the right price easier. Bid Assistant will place bids for you on a series of items from your Watch list - all in one simple step.

For instance, let's say you're shopping for a new Canon digital camera, and you have five that you like on your Watch list. Using Bid Assistant, you simply create a bid group from your Watch list and enter the maximum amount you want to pay. This amount could be the same for all five - or you could specify different amounts for each listing based on, say, the varying item condition. It's up to you.

Once set up, Bid Assistant will place your maximum bid on the item that's ending soonest. While the listing is active, our bidding system will automatically update your bid amount UP TO your maximum amount you gave to Bid Assistant, as necessary.

At the end of the listing, if you win, you get to celebrate your victory! The rest of your listings will not be bid on by Bid Assistant. But if you lose, Bid Assistant will automatically bid on the item ending next. This pattern continues until either you win one of the cameras (woo hoo!), or all five listings end."

To learn more, click here: http://pages.ebay.com/bidassistant/.

eBay To Go

EBay wants to encourage all the sales it can, so this feature is a no-brainer. They are going to release new software that will allow you to set up a virtual showcase of your eBay listings on your own personal website, blog, or social networking site (read: MySpace or the like). It's supposed to be very fast, easy, and free (always a good thing) to setup, and then you'll have a place to showcase your wares on your own sites. People who have their own websites that are even remotely connected to eBay will already have this embedded in their site, but for those who have personal spaces, this can be great exposure.

To learn more and to get started, click here: http://togo.ebay.com/.



Hot Sellers

By: Julie Rasco, Contributing Editor ~ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text64661 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //-->\n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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DAY ONE (as of Monday, June 4, 2007 11:30 p.m. CST)

ITEMS NOT AVAILABLE

Items Not Available are items that are part of a new line but are currently not available for purchase on gymboree.com They may be planned for introduction later than the other pieces of the line, they may be out of stock but will be replenished later, or have sold out. Any of these reasons could make these items attractive for resell.

MONKEY ISLAND - Newborn Girl & Newborn Boy
All items available

JUNGLE GYM - Newborn Girl & Newborn Boy
All items available

SAVANNA SUNSET - Baby Girl & Kid Girl
All items available

SAFARI TREK - Baby Boy & Kid Boy
All items available

SIZES NOT AVAILABLE

Sizes that are part of a new line but are not currently available for purchase from gymboree.com.

MONKEY ISLAND - Sizes 0-3 months to 18-24 months
All sizes available

JUNGLE GYM - Sizes up to 7 lbs. to 12-18 months
All sizes available

SAVANNA SUNSET - Sizes 3-6 months to 12 years
White Bow Sock: 6-12
Basic Sock - White: 24-3T
Basic Sock - Navy: 3-12, 12-24, 24-3T, S, M-L
Basic Sock - Khaki: 24-3T
1/4 Top White Sport Sock 3-Pack: 0-6, 6-12, 3-4, 8-10
White Pointelle Sock: M-L, XL-XXL
Ivory Pointelle Sock: XL-XXL
White Cami: 8-10

SAFARI TREK - Sizes 3-6 months to 10 years
Basic Sock - Navy: 3-12, 12-24, 24-3T, S, M-L
Basic Sock - Khaki: 24-3T
1/4 Top White Sport Sock 3-Pack: 0-6, 6-12, 3-4, 8-10
White 3-Pack Sport Sock: 0-6, 6-12, 3-4
Navy 3-Pack Sport Sock: 0-6, 6-12

LINE NOTES

JUNGLE GYM
All Hats: not available in 12-18 size
All Socks: not available in up to 7 lbs. size

SAVANNA SUNSET
All Sandals: not available in sizes 01 and 02
All Flip Flops: not available in sizes 01, 02 and 4
All Bloomers: not available in sizes 4T & 5T
Graphic Flower Bubble Dress: not available in sizes 4T & 5T
All Basic Socks: not available in sizes 4T & 5T
Butterfly Costume: not available in size 12
Butterfly Slide Sandal: not available in size 4
All Panties & Camis: not available in size 12
Camouflage Ruffle Skort: available in slim and plus sizes, online only
Frayed Bermuda Short: available in slim and plus sizes, online only
Flower Cargo Capri: available in slim and plus sizes, online only
Denim Clamdigger: available in slim and plus sizes, online only
Sequin Denim Short: available in slim and plus sizes, online only

SAFARI TREK
All Sandals/Flip Flops: not available in sizes 01 and 02
All One-Pieces/Overalls: not available in sizes 4T & 5T
Animal Safari Bodysuit: not available in size 3T
Safari Animal Tee: not available in 3-6, 6-12, 12-18 & 18-24 sizes
All Onesie: not available in 4T & 5T sizes
All Basic Socks: not available in sizes 4T & 5T
Undershirt Two-Pack: not available in size 10



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Report

By: Julie Rasco, Contributing Editor ~ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text66950 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //-->\n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Don't forget to email Julie if you have an auction on the top ten single item auction list. In your e-mail be sure to include which auction was yours, what merchandise you typically sell or currently have listed, any discounts you might be running and a link to your auctions. Our next featured seller could be you!


MAY 26 - JUNE 1, 2007 REPORT

Due to a listing special from the week before, the number of Gymboree NWT auctions with bids was up 8% this week and up 43% over this same time last year. On the flip side, as is often the case in a week with increased volume, the average auction price was down 11% to $11.80. This is the lowest the average auction price has been since I started tracking it at the beginning of 2005. Rather than selling summer items, now is a better time to be getting your fall items ready to list in July and August and to take a break from selling.

TOP SINGLE ITEM AUCTIONS

With blankets being the hot single item seller last week, only one made our top ten list this week - a boy's Newborn Necessities 2004 blue dog blanket that sold for $41. The top seller was a women's Tropical Paradise halter dress that sold for $45. Other adult items that were top sellers included two women's Parisian Rose skirts that sold for $41 and $33, and a men's Miami Vacation shirt that sold for $33.

The second highest selling single item was a Whale Watching dress that sold for $43. Two other dresses made the list: a Tea Garden kimono dress that sold for $35 and a Summer Safari blue animal parade dress for $35. Rounding out the list this week were two European Holiday items, a purple trench coat that sold for $42 and a purple shoes for $38, that were both sold and bought by Australian eBayers.

Rank
Line
Auction
Size
Bids
Start Price
Shipping
Final Price
1
TPD
8
8
$24.99
$6.50 
$45.00
2
WW
6
16
$4.99
$4.55 
$43.00
3
EH
8
1
AU $49.95
$11.89
$41.52
4 (tie)
NN
n/a
12
$10.00
$5.50 
$41.00
4 (tie)
PROSE
8
7
$29.95
$5.95 
$41.00
6
EH
 9-10
7
AU $24.95
$11.89
$37.57
7
TGD
3T
7
$5.00
Not specified
$35.01
8
SSF
4T
BIN
$35.00
$2.50
$35.00
9
MV
XL
4
$19.99
$5.00 
$32.99
10
PROSE
4
BIN
$32.95
$5.95 
$32.95

2007 SPRING/SUMMER SELLING SEASON RECAP (not including BIN auctions)

Since we have finished the spring and summer selling season, I thought we would review the sales data to determine the season's selling trends. The chart below shows all of the NWT Gymboree auctions with bids for this year. You can see how the number of auctions ramped up in January with the majority of the sales resulting in late January through March. By April, the number of auctions was on a sharp decline. There was an even further drop in May with volume being half of what it was during the peak months.

TOP SELLERS (not including BIN auctions)

For the second week in a row, the line with the most auctions for the week was Island Fun. It was followed by 2-Wish You Were Here, 3-Parisian Rose, 4-Summer Safari, 5-Sunflower Fields, 6-Fiesta Del Sol, 7-Tutti Fruity, 8-Love Is In The Air, 9-Palm Springs and 10-Pajamas. New to the list this week was Pajamas replacing Freshly Picked.

In terms of the average auction price, the top selling lines were 1-Country Picnic, 2-My Favorite Things, 3-Little Navigator, 4-Cute As A Button, 5-Newborn Necessities, 6-Bon Voyage, 7-Coral Reef, 8-Mixed Doubles, 9-Gone Fishing and 10-Fruit Punch.

Top auctions of the top lines included a Wish You Were Here blue swimsuit that sold for $27, a Summer Safari blue dress and curly loops for $51 and a men's shirt for $30, Sunflower Fields sandals for $25, and a Fiesta Del Sol top for $25.

The line with the most variety of auctions highlights this week was Cherry Pie. The individual item with the most auction highlights was the Summer Safari blue animal parade dress.

NEW LINES (not including BIN auctions)

Top auctions for the most recent lines included a Strawberry Farm blue top, blue bloomers, curly loops and sandals that sold for $49; an All American cheerleader outfit for $29; and a Coral Reef fish top, fish Bermuda shorts, plaid top and plaid capris for $57 and a top and plaid capris for $50.

AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS (not including BIN auctions)

Other auctions of interest this week included two Cherry Pie tops and jeans that sold for $40, a backpack and lunchbox for $40, red shoes for $26 and a red dress for $26; a Holiday Magic pink blanket for $32; a Little Lady sweater and jeans for $36; Park City Luxe boots for $30; a Peruvian Doll top, two sweaters and pants for $45 and boots for $26; Spring Fun capris for $25, Star Spangled flip flops for $30; a Turtle Crossing onesie for $25; a Tractor Company hoodie, onesie, overalls and one piece for $46; and a Tropical Paradise top and capris for $36.

You can view the full Gymboree NWT eBay Auction Report under the News category on the GNGC website. There you can find auction details on over 350 different Gymboree lines. If you have any questions or comments, please drop me a line at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Happy Selling!


HAVE A GREAT DAY!




 
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