They say that what you own owns you. If that’s the case then I sure do hope that whatever owns me comes from the 167 year old Hammacher Schlemmer catalog. Consider being owned by a batman golf cart that shoots flames out the back…I’d be okay with that. Or how about a personal submarine, that’s also a sports car? Not too shabby. Yep, thanks to people like today’s guest, Sarah Plovanich, Hammacher Schlemmer, 167 years after it’s creation, is still a hub for high quality, very unique gifts. Sarah is a buyer for the catalog where she does everything from evaluate invention submissions to travel the world in search of the next great products. She’ll tell us all about what it’s like to have the coolest job ever.
3:00 - Working for Hammacher Schlemmer.
5:40 - The average age of shoppers of Hammacher Schlemmer.
7:30 - The mail order business.
10:00 - The origins of Hammacher Schlemmer.
17:00 - The shifting business of Hammacher Schlemmer.
20:00 - Sarah’s background and her path to becoming a buyer.
29:00 - Sarah’s job at Hammacher Schlemmer.
38:30 - What do you look for when people submit inventions to the catalog?
41:00 - Data and trying to find trends.
45:00 - The craziest items that have ever been in the catalog.
51:00 - The travel schedule as a buyer.
58:30 - Using the products that are in the catalog.
1:01:15 - Sarah’s favorite items from the catalog.
1:10:00 - Advice.
THIS EPISODE WAS MADE WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Michelle & Jim Wortner