I'm kind of the same way. You wouldn't know it from my somewhat blunt online persona, but I'm actually kind of shy around most complete strangers and I'm not the type to just spontaneously start up a conversation with somebody I don't know. I've done it, but it's not a regular occurrence at all. Justin and I just got to talking at the cash register that day, found we had some things in common and traded phone numbers. I've been one of his regular customers these past couple of years and when he gets a real scoop on some new STAR WARS or TREK item(not so much TREK, though...he doesn't get or see a whole lot when it comes to old or even new TREK toys) he'll give me a ring to see if I'm interested. It never hurts to get to know a toy store employee if you can break through the awkwardness/shyness barrier...you might even get a pretty decent friend out of the whole deal.