December 2017 Shop Update
Hey there, it's Corey again! I know it has been a few months since I posted here, but it was all for a good reason. I wanted to take some time to upgrade Trains in the Valley and how I presented my business.
I realized that you aren't looking for just another big company that has low prices. You want someone in the model train industry that is visible, helpful, and a friend. That is who I am as a person. I am very human, you could say. However, I was dressing up my company to be a big new player on the scene and hiding behind it a little bit. After some changes, I have received excellent praise... and that feels good!
Anyways, let's talk about the shop!
I'm happy to say that November was our best month in every regard. More sales at the shop, more online sales, I made new customers, and I got to help out lots of people with their railroads! These results are incredible to see at a time when a lot of hobby shops are struggling.
A Crawling Locomotive
Here's a moment of reflection. My model train shop is like a crawling locomotive or even a turtle. I'm moving ahead at a safe and slow speed. I don't buy inventory on credit, and I only expand when I can. This business plan will ensure that I will be around for a long time!
I started with used trains and moved into new products. I started the year with stocking a lot of Bowser cars. Then, I added Bachmann cars and DC locos. Then when customers wanted to add some structures, I stocked the entire 2017 Plasticville line and got every ho scale figure that I could. Next, I got grass mats and more EZ-Track.
In 2018, I plan to stock DCC Bachmann Locos and DCC Bowser Locos. I have found that more people are making the switch, and not looking back. So, I will be moving forward with stocking new locos that are DCC-ready. Most of these locos will have a fallback to DC anyway, so it isn't too extreme of a move.
I am getting a head start on this, with a big order coming in next week.
I will also be filling up my wall space with Kadee Products. They make quality couplers of course, but I have also found that their tools are very beneficial in the world of model railroading.
Finally, I also am making a calendar. I am only printing 100 copies, so grab yours while you still can!
Thank you for supporting me! It means so much. I have so many exciting things planned for next year, I can't wait to share more plans soon.
See you next time!
Corey is the owner of Trains in the Valley and enjoys helping people build bigger and better model railroads. He enjoys going on railfan adventures with his wife, Victoria. When not chasing trains, Corey is designing websites, composing music, or writing fictional stories for Mytron Studios, his creative full-time business.