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PostSubject: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:56 am

Hi everyone, we're after a bit of input.

We are in the process of deciding what to stock in our campsite shop, firstly for the rest of October while we are still open for camping (including the Brazibays in Somerset meet on the 21st) and secondly in advance of opening up again next Easter.

What do you like to see and buy from campsite shops?

I'll start with some basics:

Bread
Milk
Bacon
Sausages

Tent pegs
Blow up bed
Camping gaz canisters (various sizes)

Firepit consumables (logs, kindling, firelighters, marshmallows etc)
Chemical toilet consumables (pink and blue)


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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:58 am

Bacon beer Smile
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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:24 am

Tinned food basics, (long shelf life).
Tin opener/bottle opener/corkscrew (someone always forgets to bring one)
Freezer for ice cubes and ice cream for the hot weather, and you can get brownie points for letting customers freeze their picnic bag blocks.
Kitchen roll and de-gradeable loo roll for chemical toilets.
Bin liners and dog poo bags.
Washing up essentials, liquid, sponges and scrubbers (the wire wool variety, not the ladies of ill repute).
I'm sure there will be many more suggestions coming  Smile
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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:35 am

Tins of Beans or Tomatoes
Crisps and Sweets

Think if you can get a alcohol licence in the future, reasonably priced Beer , Cider and Wine will always sell Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:56 am

@beakyboy wrote:
Tins of Beans or Tomatoes
Crisps and Sweets

Think if you can get a alcohol licence in the future, reasonably priced  Beer , Cider and Wine will always sell Very Happy

We're looking into the alcohol license to see if it will be cost effective. For one off events we might be able to sell expensive plastic pint glasses that come with a free beer/cider!!

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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:58 am

Along with the tent pegs mentioned . . .

Hammer
Peg Puller
Guy Ropes
Water proofing sprays

Batteries
Wind up torches
Head torches

Leaflets about local attractions

Fresh bread/rolls etc. daily - locally sourced?

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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:17 am

All good suggestions, keep 'em coming!

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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:34 am

first aid kits or something similar... flower
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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:36 am

Solar lights - the sort you plant in the ground and are about 12" tall.

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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:44 am

plus you need to borrow Tim's sound system... bounce
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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:52 am

@Monty verde wrote:
plus you need to borrow Tim's sound system... bounce

The one from the Sleepover? A lot of that is mine anyway!!!

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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:34 am

I always think it's a good idea to stock things to keep the kids happy so how about balls, kites, games, art and craft kits etc...

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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:46 am

@Monty verde wrote:
plus you need to borrow Tim's sound system... bounce

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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:16 pm

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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:02 pm

@harryhornet wrote:
I always think it's a good idea to stock things to keep the kids happy so how about balls, kites, games, art and craft kits etc...


Mrs Tallulah is poised with the laminator and has lots of ideas for ways to make more use of the woodland. There's a nice big notice board that is begging to be backed with some colour and made much better!

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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:11 pm

eggs, frozen veggie alternatives to sausages etc (frozen cos of lower turnover).
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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:33 pm

Has dog food been mentioned?!!

I think an led lighting section would go down a treat too eh?! Cool

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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:54 pm

@TimV wrote:
Has dog food been mentioned?!!  

Yeeaaagghh!!!   Laughing


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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:54 pm

The only stuff we usually tend to buy on site is;

Local alcohol, cider etc.
Unless you have firepits then marshmallows and fire wood!

Otherwise we tend to come pretty prepared. Although essentials people forget like lighters, kitchen roll, etc are always good.

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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:23 pm

It depends on how close the campsite is to local shops etc. If no other shops are within walking distance then.....

Bread - preferably sourced from a local baker as it makes us feel more holidayish! Even if you have to put an order in the day before.
Milk
Tinned goods- soup, beans etc
Uncle Bens (or brands are available) ready to heat rice/risotto
A wee selection of toiletries that are always fogotten, e.g. shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste etc
Dog poo bags
Icecream/lollies

Think about where you've been that made you feel like they did that wee bit extra for you, e.g. Anita's sold breakfast pastries which were fab as saved you having dirty dishes on your final morning. A site at St Davids had a thai takeaway van on site 2 nights a week. Loch Ness Shores has an airstream kitchen run by a local cook/chef and they have ready made chilli and sticky toffee pudding from a local butcher and bakers which can be heated using their free microwave. Flossies at Clachtoll can get fresh langoustines with 24 hrs notice. Clachtoll Beach Campsite has a fresh fish van twice a week. Eskdale has a toaster and lets face it a hot slice of toast can solve a lot of issues for a soggy camper. Dingwall has 10% discount vouchers for local pub meals and the chinese takeaway will deliver to your pitch!

Always good to have local recommendations for things to do and see.

We plan on offering cake on arrival and free poo bags for your dog when we eventually get a campsite Very Happy  We will, of course, expect a cut of your future millions if you decide to go with the cake and poo bag idea!  Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:57 am

Hmmm I think for me it’s the things you don’t always/usually take.

The fresh bread. Nice jams/pickles/chutneys. Local cider/gin. Fire pit goodies.
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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:06 am

My favourite camp site shop (and one of my favourite camp sites) is at Pitton Cross on The Gower. Here's a pic of their shop from their web site:



What you can't see in the pic is the ice cream/ice cube freezer, beach stuff, local postcards guides and maps, fresh bread. And the back wall has loads of emergency repair items: when a screw clamp broke off the leg of my awning I was able to fashion a repair from what they had.

Locally-produced things are always nice when you are away. Also first aid items: aftersun, insect bite cream, plasters & bandages.

A page or two written by the owners is always useful: nearest corner shop, nearest supermarket, best local pubs, nearest fish & chip shop, best local beaches etc.
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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:24 pm

spare fancy dress outfits..for those who come unprepared, so no excuses.. flower
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PostSubject: Re: What is stocked in the ideal campsite shop?   Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:56 pm

@Monty verde wrote:
spare fancy dress outfits..for those who come unprepared, so no excuses.. flower

Why would people come un-prepared - everyone loves dressing up don't they - just doo not understand!!!! Laughing jocolor

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