I have not been able to go myself for 4 weeks because of Sciatica. I do miss it as I really enjoy being there and meeting the locals and tourists that visit.
During my absence my Sister has been going with either my Husband or Brother to man the shop.
My Brother seems ok with it, my Husband gets bored very quickly, but my Sister loves it and wants to come with me when I start back (hopefully next Sunday). She knits most of the clothes for my bears and has made a few dolls clothes to sell at the shop too.
The sales are not as high as I would have hoped but we are ticking over. I have had to think of bear related items as well as the collectors bears to encourage sales from non-bear collectors. Holidaymakers just want to buy a little keepsake sometimes and the keyrings and fridge magnets seem to be doing quite well in this respect.
The vintage bears are a good talking point in the shop, and I have sold one small dog, but these seem to have more interest on Etsy.
As for the vintage toys - I am currently trying to source more old dogs as they seem to be quite popular. At the moment I have a very good condition mohair Pekingese waiting for his makeover and a mohair Westie type with no nose yet to arrive.
He is still a lovely bear so he will go on Etsy at a reduced price to take into account that he has a broken music box.