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Who doesn't want the biggest, best, coolest train track layout? You don't have to break the bank to create an exciting set-up, though! Here are a few tips to help get you started: Swap out pieces.You can jazz up a straight-away by using a selection of specialty pieces. For example, a 6” straight can…
Updated: December 16, 2022 After a tumultuous 2021 holiday season, we're happy to say that the 2022 holidays are looking much better! Check out what we have going on below: "Will I get it in time for Christmas?" With a heavy load of last minute orders, any orders placed now cannot be guaranteed…
As consumers become increasingly conscious about the environmental impacts of their purchases, the scope often extends to the product’s packaging, too. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, product packaging and containers made up 82.2 million tons of waste in 2018 and, while some of…
All of us in business have been stressed over the last couple of years, dealing with supply chains, transportation, product shortages, higher prices, and workforce challenges. The balance of all these issues is a little different depending on the details of the enterprise. Last year, a retailer asked…
Open-ended play is an oft-used buzz term to describe the benefit of a toy but what does "open-ended play" actually mean and why is it important? Let's break it down. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines open-ended as “not rigorously fixed: such as (a) adaptable to the developing needs of a situation;…
In this carbon-concerned world, imagine three trillion contraptions that remove carbon from the environment and retain it as a useful substance. Sounds like science fiction. Not really, they are something we see all around us - trees. Armchair activists look at this and come to a hasty conclusion, “For…
December 27, 2021 With a record year in 2021 and a great holiday season, our inventories are at an unprecedentedly low level. We succeeded in meeting our Christmas promises and now there is a large backlog of “unpromised” orders to ship. All of this is a way of saying that it is still going to be weeks,…
As a woodshop that produces thousands of items each year, we simultaneously produce a substantial amount of sawdust and scrap wood. If you've ever done a home woodworking project, imagine that but on a much larger scale. That said, we are always mindful of our scrap and what to do with it, taking steps…
One of the frequently asked questions we get at Maple Landmark is “Where do your ideas come from?” Great question - the simple answer is “We come up with them!” Allow us to explain: We have a product development committee that meets every week. Committee members come from various areas of the company,…
The telltale signs of spring are popping up all around us – longer days, warmer weather, budding flowers, mud, and, of course, birds. Our feathered friends journeyed back to Vermont from their wintering grounds and the skies are filled with their flight and song once more. A popular subject here at Maple…