Greetings and a very warm welcome to the October 2023 edition of Hamptons Happenings!
In this issue we:
Regular visitors to our shop would have seen that our main man at the trade counter, Neil Noesgaard, has been running a series of monthly specials. Anyone who knows Neil knows that he loves a good deal, much to the chagrin of the boss here.
This month we’ve found out what he’s up to, and we thought this deal was too good not to share. On the counter here we have one King Tony Socket and wrench set, a whopping 96 pieces, for $239 (excluding GST). That’s a mere $1.44 a piece.
Neil would love to bend your ear about how good this set is, so our advice would be to get in quick and have a chat with Neil before it either gets sold, or the boss finds out.
What goes up sometimes comes down
Gloomy winter is over, as too is the doom and gloom of price increases. In fact, we have some good news on that front – we now have several suppliers decreasing their prices.
Foremost amongst these are the reinforcing steel suppliers, and one of the larger timber suppliers. We are also seeing prices holding in other areas and more potential drops on the horizon.
We are always working on getting better prices out of our suppliers and passing them onto our customers, so expect to see more of this good news as we get deeper into summer. The All Blacks may or may not win the World Cup, but at least you’ll have this to smile about.
The great Tom Petty once wrote, “If you’re not getting older, you’re dead.”
Two of our staff members here are very much alive and are this month celebrating their milestone birthday of 50 years.
Both Tracy Blair and Hamish Whitta reach this milestone within days of each other and are pleased to receive the wisdom of passing years.
A combined age of 100 years has to be worth something, and although it won’t be a telegram from the King, both are enjoying the prestige and respect that such an age brings from your peers. Not only do they have a combined age of 100 years, but they also have a combined 48 years of service to Hamptons between them.
That’s a lot of experience and knowledge (and a lot of Mondays!), and little wonder that sometimes their smiles are a tad weary at the edges. I hope you will all join us in wishing them a happy birthday, and another 30 years at Hamptons between them.
With the mornings lighter, now is the perfect time for a good trade breakfast and the ITM Tool Box top-up. As we always say – Grab yourself a feed and grab yourself a bargain as the major tool suppliers all join the party with a range of enticing offers. The date to mark on your calendar is October 25th (a Wednesday) starting at 7:00am. Swing on by on your way to work for a quick chat and a bargain, and be the envy of your co-workers with some shiny new tools.
Nobody wants to hear the C word, but I’m afraid we must. Every kid’s favourite day is now only 11 weeks away, which means deadlines are looming for every job.
We’re sure you’re all aware, but the window is rapidly closing to get your door orders in before the holidays, along with aluminium windows, frame and truss, and a host of other suppliers.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but consider this a friendly reminder to check those dates and make sure you don’t miss out on those spots before Santa arrives.
What did they call Bob the Builder when he retired?
October is a HUGE month here at Hamptons ITM and boy we are excited! Our Toolbox Top Up Sale is on from now until the end of November with a special event on October 25 where reps from the top 4 power tool companies plus a few other suppliers will be here showing their latest products. We’ll have lots of prizes and the account managers will be on the BBQ so you don’t want to miss this!
At Hamptons ITM, our team members aren’t simply proficient in constructing products; they’re also enthusiastic about a diverse array of hobbies and interests. To celebrate our staff’s unique talents, we will be featuring a personal area of expertise each month.
This month we are speaking with our foremost yardman and self-confessed blockhead, Brett Walsh. Brett has been collecting Lego for many years and has an extensive collection that has to be seen to be believed. We sent our number one reporter, Courtney (the voice of Hamptons) to sit down with him to discuss the finer points of his personal Lego collection. After an enlightening afternoon, this is Brett’s final thoughts on his top 5 Lego:
1. 42052Heavy Lift Helicopter
This is one of the nicer ones due to the opening cargo ramp and doors. It has other motorized functions, including contra-rotating rotors and a working winch.
2. 10303 + 10261 + 10246 + 10257 Fun Fair
All the fun of the fair, with two roller coasters and a carousel. Now these sets on their own are pretty cool but when you put them in a city together they are just amazing (these are my wife’s Legos, and one of the reasons I love her)
3. 60103Airport Air Show
The jet show is just amazing because of the biplane. It has some great details like winglets, a baggage conveyor belt and ATC control room. This plane is great for the wow play factor. A firm favourite in my collection.
4. 0335 + 60918 + 60336
Train Station + Freight Train
These three train sets are amazing and by putting them together in a city makes the sets even more amazing. Both trains are a part of the powered up series and are remote controlled. Fun to assemble and fun to play with once assembled.
5. 43230Walt Disney Tribute Camera
And finally, my latest build, the 43230. This is one of my favourites just because it’s well designed as well as the black and white Micky and Minnie Mouse film strip that comes with it. This one is definitely a collector’s item and looks nicely displayed.
Do you love lego? Come and chat with Brett next time you’re in the store!
David & Wendy, Don, Carolyn and the rest of the team at Hamptons ITM