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Thursday, June 28th: 11pm KT> Super Secure Trapdoor Toybox $1950


Tap, tap, tap. Tap, tap, tap. BANG!

"Uh, oh. What now?"
I think as I make my way up the street to the Curio Shop.
"What is Arte doing?"
I can see that he is attempting to nail a large piece of wood to a post in front of the shop.
The board is so big that it keeps slipping down and falling before he can get the first nail in.

Tap, tap, tap. BANG!
Arte yelps in pain.

"Hey Arte," I shout. "Let me give you a hand with that."
I run up and lift the huge piece of wood off of his paw.

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"Thanks Merthyn."
Arte sits down on the curb and starts rubbing his paw.
"That's the third time that's happened. This sign is drving me crazy."

"Sign? Are you doing some advertising for the shop?"
This seems silly to me, because I thought everyone in Webkinz World already knew about the Curio Shop, but I'm not about to say that to him.

"Nope. I don't need to advertise. This is set of rules for my customers."
Arte turns away from me and starts to examine his injured paw.
I look down at the sign and see, in enormous blue lettering:

* No loitering.
* No lingering
* No lurking.

And below that, in even larger letters is

* NO CAMPFIRES!

Totally puzzled, I turn to Arte and say, "Uh, Arte, what exactly is going on here?"
He looks up at me and I am finally able to see that he is one worn out puppy.
His fur is kind of matted, and it looks like he hasn't slept well in a while.

"Merthyn, I love my shop, but my customers are starting to make me crazy. They keep hanging around the front of my store, peeking in the windows, pacing, and constantly poking their heads in the door to see if I've changed over my merchandise. I hate that they're always blocking up the front of my shop, especially when they come in, look around, and don't even spend any money!" He sighs.

"OK, now the first part of the sign makes sense," I say, "but what's the deal with the campfires?"

He looks back up at me, "I had a group of ladies here the other day who were treating the front of my store like a coffee shop. They said they were 'camping out' for the lamp and the bed because they wanted to be sure to not miss them."
He sighs, "It was like a darn sewing circle out here. I had to keep chasing them away."

"I'm sorry that you're having a rough day, Arte, but you know, dealing with customers is a huge part of running a business. You don't have any choice but to put up with them."
At this point I'm trying to think fast on my feet and come up with something that will cheer him up. "Besides, I bet that most of the people who come in here are really nice and, remember, if it weren't for your customers, there wouldn't be anyone to bring money into your shop."

He appears to be mulling over my words and then he says, "I guess I just need a break from the customers for a little while. Here, you finish hangin' up the sign. I'm gonna go inside and take a cat nap. Keep an eye on the shop for me. I'll be back in an hour."
And, with that, he turns on his heel and limps off back into the shop, leaving me standing there holding the massive sign.

So, here's the list for tomorrow.
Hopefully you all can find something you want to buy.
Just remember, when you visit the shop, try to be nice to Arte.
He's been having a rough day.

Thursday, June 28th:
Wagon Wheel Sofa ($250 + 20%) at 1am!
Rice Paper Divider ($390 + 15%) at 2am!
Gladiator Helmet ($1200 + 10%) at 6am!
Hockey Chair ($120 - 5%) at 6am!
Hockey Desk Chair ($100) at 9am!
Wooden Chair ($95) at 9am!
Hockey Wallpaper ($100) at 10am!
Captain's Quarters Flooring ($390 - 10%) at 10am!
Loader Lounger ($950 + 10%) at 2pm!
Classic Gaming Room Flooring ($295 + 10%) at 4pm!
Hockey Study Desk ($275 + 15%) at 4pm!
Country Cabinet ($450 + 10%) at 5pm!
Thinking Chair ($1325 + 10%) at 7pm!
Medieval Flooring ($900 - 30%) at 7pm!
Below Decks Wallpaper ($200 + 10%) at 10pm!
Hockey Couch ($750 + 5%) at 10pm!
RARE: Super-Secure Trapdoor Toybox ($1950) at 11pm!

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