How to start a trading post

1. Buy or Build a Box

There are lots on Etsy that are prebuilt. Our favorite is


2. Pick a theme

Choose something unique to you. Animal lover? Favorite color? Destination? Have fun with it!

Sample Ideas


Message us for more inspo!

3. Design it

Time to get your hands dirty!

Exterior paint is a must to weather the elements.

Stencils are great to add accents.

Transfer paper comes in clutch for those tricky designs.


Paint Pens help with the fine details.


Sealer will extend the life of your work!

Invite your friends & family to join in!

4. Installation

There are a lot of options, but we suggest the classic post & concrete combo

Quick concrete is surprisingly easy to use and cheap. You'll need to also purchase a 4"x4" post and dig a hole that is 18" deep and 18" wide.


(Click the image below for instructions)


5. Grand Opening

Celebrate your trading posts with friends. Encourage them to bring a puzzle to place inside!

6. Join our Community

Become a Puzzle Republic Ambassador and put your trading post on the map!

Fill out the form below and we will send you The Ambassador Guide that includes tips to having a successful trading post, sticker templates to use at your trading post, plus you will also get access to the private Facebook page just for Ambassadors. 


Once your trading post is open, we will add it to the map and feature it on our Instagram.

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