The ShopTalk online community allows you to ask questions, seek advice and gain insights from your peers on best practices and lessons learned. It's a free and exclusive resource for MSA members only, helping you to connect, learn, and do business together.

Guidelines for ShopTalk

ShopTalk is the general discussion forum for all MSA members to ask questions and interact with each other; it is not a place to advertise or do direct buying and selling of a product or service.

  • Please note that buyers may ask for product suggestions at any time, and that vendor members can reply to these requests if they have a product that fits, however, unsolicited product pitches from vendors are not allowed.

Buyer Vendor Forum (BVF)

The Buyer Vendor Forum (BVF) is meant to facilitate conversations between buyers and vendors.  

A popular weekly event on the BVF is “Product Pitch Friday” where vendors can pitch products according to a weekly theme. See weekly schedule below.   Please note that on ShopTalk, unsolicited product pitches from vendors are not allowed.

FAQ: Everything you need to know about Product Pitch Friday (PPF) on the Buyer Vendor Forum in ShopTalk (BVF) - 2022

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9/22/2023   PSL weather: welcome Fall with warm colors, golden glows, and anything Autumn

9/29/2023   BOO! Halloween is just a month away!

10/6/2023   World Mental Health - what may ease our minds, hearts, and spirits?

10/13/2023   Veterans Day is one month away - share your best Military finery

10/20/2023   United Nations Day - what do you have that may bring people together?

10/27/2023   Turkey time! Thanksgiving is around the corner! Show us your gobbler themed items

11/3/2023   Cooking up a storm - recipes, cookbooks, food gifts that can last a lifetime

11/10/2023   I "latke" this one a lot! Hanukkah starts in less than a month - 12/7

11/17/2023   Thanksgiving is next week - all BVF: what are you thankful for at MSA?

11/24/2023   Museum Store Sunday is this weekend! What's going on at your local museums?

12/1/2023   Bits & Baubles - Show us your Shiniest item: jewelry, silverware, anything shiny!

12/8/2023   Welcoming Winter - from soups to sweaters, all things that are warm and cozy!

12/15/2023   Surprise Holiday Hits - what made you sit up and take notice this holiday season?

12/22/2023   123123 - NYE is a special day by the numbers (12-31-23) Show us what makes you special and unique!

12/29/2023   Just for MUSEUMS this week: what was your #1 best-selling product this year?