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Since 1992, our 25th Year!

 

Hi folks,

We realized not too long ago that Plush in a Rush has been operating since 1992, making 2017 our 25th anniversary. Back then, the Internet as we know it didn’t exist, and Plush in a Rush mostly sold teddy bears and stuffed animals the old-fashioned way: writing orders by going door to door with samples. We also ran booths at popular trade shows throughout Texas and its neighboring states.

Since 2003, Plush in a Rush has maintained a popular website, and even though the technology changed, our approach to customer service hasn’t. We still answer the phone when you call, ship virtually all orders same or next business day, and offer low minimums for customers just starting out. We still ship out to customers in our hometown, and as far away as US bases in the Pacific!

Over the years, we’ve added new categories of plush toys. Our mascot heads have been a big hit for 20 years, great for homecoming mum makers and decorators. Our custom-printed items were the most asked for item before we started selling them. Our bread and butter has always been our Valentine’s Day line, with 2016/2017 being the first season where we offered a pre-sale event (it was a big hit).

If there’s anything in particular you need, please call or email us, and if you’re already a customer, we’d appreciate an honest review of our website either on Google or Facebook.

Thanks for reading and thanks for your patronage,
Todd Steinberg
Co-Owner and Chief Plushmonger at Plush in a Rush

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How to Make a Basic Homecoming Mum

NOTE: We appreciate all of our customers and we do not offer any further advice on mum making either through e-mail or phone. Keep in mind that the following instructions are not necessarily the best nor only way to create a basic homecoming mum as mastering the craft of homecoming mum making takes a lot of dedication, patience and creativity.

Materials Needed

Click here to see what items Plush in a Rush offers for mums

  • Standard incurve chrysanthemum bloom
  • Cardboard shield or backing
  • #9, #3, & #1 ribbon matching school colors
  • Accessories
  • Scissors
  • Hand stapler
  • Hot glue gun

Preparing Shield/Backing

  1. Cut 7 six-inch strips of #9 ribbon (Color A) and 7 six-inch strips of #3 ribbon (Color B)
  2. Cut 6 six-inch strips of #9 ribbon (Color B) and 6 six-inch strips of #3 ribbon (Color A)
  3. Lay a strip of #3 ribbon along a strip of #9 ribbon of the opposite color. The shiny side of both pieces should be facing up. Take the ends of the ribbons between the thumb and forefinger of each hand. Bring the ends together to form a point. Staple the ends together. Continue until all 13 points are made.

Preparing Shield/Backing – Part 2

  1. Staple the points onto a cardboard shield or backing.
  2. With Color A: Position the 7 identical points to form the outside row of points around the shield. Staple the first three points at the 12-, 9-, and 3-o’clock positions. Fill the remaining four points in between the three already positioned.
  3. With Color B: Position the 6 identical points to form the inside row of points around the shield. Fill these points between the points of the outside row.

Preparing Streamers

  1. Using #9 ribbon, cut 10 thirty-inch streamers. (This length can vary depending on the desires of the designer.) Make 5 of the streamers using color A and 5 using color B.
  2. If desired, put lettering on the streamers. Use pre-made letters or make them using glue and glitter.
  3. Cut another 30″ streamer of either color A or B. Lay this streamer shiny side up on the table.
  4. Working to the left and alternating colors, lay down 5 streamers. They should overlap at the top and fan out towards the bottom. Staple these together. Follow the same procedure for the remaining streamers. Staple all streamers together.
  5. Staple the streamers onto the shield.

Accessories

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Several accessories are available to add to the mum. They include miniature footballs, helmets, bells, etc.

  1. Tie or glue the accessories to strands of #1 ribbon. Vary the length of ribbon strands.
  2. Staple the strands to the backing.

Braided Chains

Braided love chains can be added to the football mum. Two popular types of chains are the two-stranded and three-stranded chains.

  1. Cut a 6’ section of ribbon from each of color A and color B. Use #3 ribbon.
  2. Staple the ends of the ribbon together to form an L. One strand should have the shiny side facing upward. The other side should have the dull side facing upward.

  1. Make a loop about 3/4″ with the dull strand.
  2. Make a loop of equal size with the shiny strand. Bring this loop through the loop of the dull strand.
  3. Make a loop again with the dull strand and bring it up through the loop of the shiny strand.
  4. Follow this procedure, keeping the strands tight. However do no pull the strands too tight or else the chain will begin bending in an arch.
  5. When completed, staple the ends of the two strands together.
  6. Make a small bow using #3 ribbon. Hot glue the bow onto one end of the chain.
  7. Attach to the streamers.

Making Streamers

  1. Cut 8 six-inch section of #3 ribbon (4 of each color). Staple these together in a radiating manner. Trim the ends on a slant. Hot glue to the top end of the streamers.
  2. Cut 4 twelve-inch sections of #3 ribbon (2 of each color). Staples these together and attach as directed above.

Attaching Flower to Shield

  1. Using a hot glue gun, spread hot glue over the exposed shield. Attach the flower to the shield.
  2. Apply slight pressure until glue has dried.

Making a Large Bow

  1. Using two strands of #3 ribbon (one of each color), make a large bow about the same width of the completed shield.
  2. Glue the bow onto the small streamers, beneath the flower.

Finishing the Backing

  1. Take a 3 1/2-inch section of #9 ribbon. Fold it in half and staple onto another shield. This is where the mum will be attached to the garment.
  2. Glue this second shield onto the back of the corsage shield to cover any staples or mechanics. Be sure to hide any exposed staples so they will not snag the garment of the wearer.

  Completing the Mum

  1. Trim streamer tails to make them all even. Notching them in a V-shape improves the overall appearance of the mum.
  2. If desired, lightly spray the entire mum with sparkling glitter.Good luck!  To see what others have done with our supplies, click here.
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Sales Tips: Purchasing Plush & Cross-selling

Avoid being the general for a teddy bear army

Nobody likes being stuck with a plush toy that can’t sell. We recommend you purchase small quantities of a newer item from your wholesale plush toy company if at all possible. Many plush companies will not break a case, but Plush in a Rush has reasonable minimums that allow you to test an item to see if your customers will buy it.

Also, be cautious with licensed products: the rule of thumb is to stay away from most except for the classics. Keep in mind that much licensed plush is sold by mass merchandisers, which diminish your chances of retail level sales in small to mid-size stores. Also, keep in mind that licensed items tend to be more gimmicky and are less likely to blend with your everyday plush toys.

Your plush teddy bear can sell your silver necklace

A teddy bear’s shape more closely resembles a human than it does a real bear, so as a seller, Plush in a Rush recommends you use your bears to sell other items in your store. You can put a necklace around the bear, or maybe place a small gift-wrapped box featuring gift wrap that you already sell. Display your plush on top of the handmade quilts you sell or use them in conjunction with a display that features higher end items used for in the bedroom. Often, well thought out displays will give customers ideas for their own homes, and if they see and idea that they like, they will purchase those items and run home with them.

Decorated Teddy Bear

Don’t forget

  • Use your plush for unique displays and to cross sell other items
  • Stock a variety of plush toys for maximum appeal
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Sales Tips: Unboxing & Maintaining Plush Animals

For over a hundred years, plush toys, especially teddy bears, have been bought and sold in almost every gift and floral shop throughout America. Knowing that plush toys are a gift-giving staple should underscore the fact that stuffed toys can be a major force in your add-on sales push. The Plush in a Rush team, with over 30 years of combined wholesale plush sales experience has put together some tips that will help maximize your sales potential.

Out of the box and onto the shelf

After making a wholesale plush purchase, the first thing you will want to do is inspect the merchandise. Often, the plush toys are packed tightly for shipping, which affects the way the plush animals look when initially taken out of the box. Plush in a Rush recommends that you use a wire comb to fluff out the plush, especially the really furry ones with hair covering the eyes.

Teddy Bear Before & After Brushing

It makes quite a difference in the appearance of your plush toys when their fur is fluffed out and combed in such a way so their eyes show nicely. Before your customers will squeeze your plush and give it a good hug, they’re going to look at it first. That’s why you should fluff out your plush so that you can capitalize on the “looks good/feels good” mentality of plush purchasers.

Exercise your Plush Daily

Sure teddy bears are supposed to have a round tummy, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get to move around. Naturally, your customers (and their kids) will hug your plush to see if it passes the softness test. And whether pass or fail, your plush toys might be tossed up rather haphazardly back onto the display shelf. That’s why you and the staff should make sure your plush toys are straightened out regularly so that they always have “hug me” written on their face.

Make sure that your display shelves aren’t too crowded. Plush sells best when there is a little breathing room on either side of the item. If you have a lot of stock, Plush in a Rush recommends you rotate it to allow particular items to stand out during different times of the year. If you really want to maximize on the inviting appeal of plush, use them as part of a window display or other arrangement.

Also, contrary to popular belief, teddy bears and their fellow plush animals actually like heights. Next time you see a teddy bear on the floor face down, ask him how he feels about it. Making sure your plush toys are off the floor sounds like common sense, but it’s often overlooked and your plush will wind up dirty if left down on the ground for too long.

Teddy bear on floor

This bear deserves better.

Don’t forget

Remember, plush toys have been around for over a hundred years and they aren’t going to leave us anytime soon. If you ensure that your wholesale plush stock is cute and cuddly, it will reward you with increased sales. Remember:

  • Comb out your wholesale stuffed animals once received
  • Rotate your stock and keep your plush toys off the floor and in the eyesight of customers
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History of the Teddy Bear

Who is Teddy? And where can you and I meet this most famous bear? Bears everywhere, even the reclusive panda, all pay homage to a bear named Teddy. The true story of the Teddy Bear is the stuff – or should we say “stuffed” – legends are made of.

The most common explanation for the wholesale use of the term of the “teddy bear” begins in November 1902, when President Roosevelt went out west to help settle a border dispute between two southern states. While on the trip, Roosevelt went hunting, but had little luck. His friends trapped a bear, which had fought with and killed one of the group’s dogs. When Roosevelt saw what had happened, he ordered his men to humanely put the bear down.

Teddy Roosevelt political cartoon

The cartoon that started it all.

He redrew the cartoon, changing the angry bear to a small, frightened-looking cub. The story changed too. The newly minted legend said that, after hunting all day and not finding a thing, Roosevelt was given the opportunity to shoot a cub that his friends had captured. Naturally, Roosevelt refused. This account of Roosevelt’s trip caught on at a wholesale level and soon the cub was appearing everywhere in cartoons.

A turn of the century antique teddy bear.

The small cub cartoons caught the interest of Morris Michtom, the owner of gift shop in Brooklyn, New York. Michtom’s wife stuffed herself some bears with a little sewing and imagination. When they sold out in a few hours, Michtom decided to send Roosevelt a bear and get his endorsement. Roosevelt agreed and Michtom, along with a large wholesale company, Butler Brothers, began to created stuffed teddy bears and sell them everywhere. Michtom probably didn’t know it, but he had created a new piece of American heritage. Now teddy bears are sold in gift shops, flower shops, used in gift baskets, and just about everywhere.

Now check out our wholesale teddy bears!