When folks ask me what I do I usually pause a bit. I know that the simple response of I sell penguins will no doubt elicit a puzzled look, and then an onslaught of follow-up questions. It seems that over the years I’ve become use to such an exchange and I’ve learned that the term most people can wrap their minds around is “I sell penguin stuff.“ If you think about it it’s much more appropriate than I sell penguin toys, or gifts or even I sell everything to do with penguins. Everyone knows stuff, and I sell penguin stuff seems to do the trick for a starting point. 9 times out of 10 by saying “penguin stuff”, people almost immediately get it, and start ticking off the penguin sub-categories on their own in an attempt to find something that I don’t have (which may be a shorter list). They’ll ask with a grin if I carry socks, earrings, salt and pepper shakers, flags, hats, puzzles, night lights, wind ups, slippers…? Got it, got it, got it, I’ll reply. Finally, when they tire of their list of things I do have they’ll usually ask if I have a real penguin? Well, yes and no I say to their surprise. I do have a real one, but he’s no longer alive referring to the taxidermied Adelie that was willed to me by a long time customer and is in my P-Bay Section. So, with almost 800 different penguin items (new and used) at Penguin Place, I guess the best short answer to the age old busy body question of what I do is, I sell penguin stuff.