From: Intuit QuickBooks – on November 10, 2014
Love the movie and the story behind the original house that is now a museum.
Sometimes, the quirkiest things can spark a novel business idea. Like a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a now-classic holiday film.
That lamp, along with an ill-fated turkey and other rib-tickling reminders of A Christmas Story, beckons tens of thousands of visitors a year to A Christmas Story House, tucked away on a side street in Cleveland, Ohio.
Spun from radio monologist Jean Shepherd’s memories of his Indiana boyhood, the 1983 movie in which the kitschy lamp appeared has become must-see TV each year for tens of millions of viewers who delight in the hijinks of Ralphie, The Old Man, and other quintessentially American characters.
“It was a hit right out of the gate for our family,” says Brian Jones, founder and owner of A Christmas Story House and several affiliated businesses.
When a failed vision test dashed Jones’s dreams of becoming a Navy pilot, his parents cheered him up with a homemade replica of The Old Man’s leg lamp, an oddball gift that got Jones’s entrepreneurial juices flowing.
Working out of his San Diego condo in 2003, Jones single-handedly assembled hundreds of lamps to sell on his website, RedRiderLegLamps.com, with his pickup truck serving as collateral for parts. When sales took off, he outsourced production to China. <READ MORE>