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The Museum Store Stockroom: A Day in the Life

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Patrick Cleveland, Shipping/Receiving Dock Security

Merchandise in the Museum Store takes a long path before it ends up on the shelves.  Really the story begins when Mary Douthit, the Retail Operations Manager; and Pamela Conway, Assistant Manager and Senior Buyer, hit gift shows around the nation looking for what can sometimes be a needle in the haystack. But that’s a story for another day.  Today we’ll begin here at the loading dock where Patrick Cleveland, Shipping/Receiving Dock Security officer, keeps watch for all incoming shipments.

I’m sure there are lots of other goodies on the many incoming trucks bound for other departments, but if I were to venture a guess I’d say the bulk of the incoming packages are for us at the Store.

Grayson and boxes

Careful Grayson, this cart looks pretty full!

Grayson is our Stockroom Assistant.  Later today he’ll oversee these boxes as they are unpacked, the items counted and checked, and then labeled for placement on the floor.

unboxing merchandise And of course we can’t do it alone.  Our support comes from a team of dedicated volunteers.  Oftentimes it is they who unpack, count, and label the merchandise as it comes in.

We love to hear the oooh’s and aaaah’s as they open each box that contains the merchandise that will fill the store.

Here you see the aftermath of a hard day’s work.  Job well done!

stockingOnce unpacked and labeled, the Museum Store staff begin rolling the carts out and placing the items on the shelves.

And replenishing throughout the day.

cash wrap

In the end our guests are sure to find something they can take home to remember their visit to Crystal Bridges! The Museum Store stockroom is almost always a flurry of activity.  We’re always busy… but therein lies the fun.

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