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My Best Sellers: Club Tabby

Toysmith’s Garden Line Ushers in Springtime


At Club Tabby in Lake Charles, La., tween girls can be a princess for a day … and shop to their heart’s content. Co-owner Natalie Comeaux, who keeps an eye out for over-the-top, fun and whimsical items with lots of color, told TDmonthly Magazine what little princesses (and their parents) are buying up.



MSRP: $12.00
Age Range: 6 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Plush
Dolls
Interactive



Approximately 14”, this soft doll is cozy in a sweatshirt, boots and stylish shorts. She’s part of the Ty Girlz collection and comes with a code to an online world.
— Ty Girlz were popular items at My Club Tabby in Lake Charles, La., in spring 2010, Owner Natalie Comeaux told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27723      (added 3/25/2010)
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MSRP: $14.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Animal Figures
Interactive



The Webkinz Peace Puppy comes with a code allowing him to join his friends in the online  Webkinz World. This velvety soft pet is about 10” and is covered with peace signs. Launch date: March 2010.
— Webkinz continued to be popular items with tween girls into 2010, and My Club Tabby in Lake Charles, La., was no exception. The Peace Puppy was a best seller at My Club Tabby in spring 2010, Owner Natalie Comeaux told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27724      (added 3/25/2010)
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MSRP: $8.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Animal Figures



This Beanie plush line from Ty features 8” characters and includes such favorites as a penguin, a panda, a koala, a monkey, a frog, and a Husky dog.
— As of 05/13/2011 this product had 4.5 out of 5 stars from 8 reviews on Amazon.com. Cons: According to the user, the smile was crooked and the toy was taller and thinner than depicted, rendering it less adorable.
— Beanie Boos were popular sellers at My Club Tabby in Lake Charles, La., in March 2010, Owner Natalie Comeaux told TDmonthly.
— In a May 2012 survey, two out of 11 retailers said that TY Beanie Boos were their best sellers in the Plush and Puppets category. John Taylor, owner of O.P. Taylor's in Brevard, N.C., told TDmonthly that they sell 48 TY Beanie Boos each month.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27725      (added 3/25/2010)
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MSRP: $12.00
Age Range: 5 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Kits
Science & Nature
Arts & Crafts



Toysmith’s Paint a pot craft garden comes with everything a kid needs to grow a mini flower garden. Children can paint their own design on the pot, plant the seeds, and watch them grow. The set includes marigold seed mix, organic soil, six acrylic paints, two paintbrushes, a terra cotta planter, planting instructions, and a booklet with ideas for decorating.
— At My Club Tabby in Lake Charles, La., Owner Natalie Comeaux reported in March 2010 that spring items such as the Paint a Pot Craft Garden had been selling well for over a month since everyone was anticipating warmer weather.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27726      (added 3/25/2010)
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MSRP: $22.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Kits
Outdoor Fun
Science & Nature



This kit comes in various colors and includes a pair of jersey knit garden gloves, a trowel, a rake, a shovel and a metal watering can.
— Spring items were very popular in March 2010 at My Club Tabby in Lake Charles, La. Owner Natalie Comeaux reported that the kids watering can kit had been selling well for over a month.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27727      (added 3/25/2010)
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MSRP: $12.99
Age Range: 5 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Kits
Science & Nature
Outdoor Fun



Young bird watchers can get in on the fun with this kit for building and painting a birdhouse. No hardware is required, and the kit includes everything needed to create and paint a 5.5” x 7” x 7” birdhouse.
— With the eagerly anticipated arrival of spring around the corner, birdhouse kids were popular items at My Club Tabby in Lake Charles, La., in March 2010. Owner Natalie Comeaux reported that they had been selling well for over a month.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27728      (added 3/25/2010)
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MSRP: $15.00
Age Range: 5 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Kits
Outdoor Fun
Science & Nature



Mesh walls allow for close-up viewing of butterflies and insects. A sliding plastic door makes catching and releasing easy while avoiding pinched fingers, and a carrying handle makes it portable.
— With warmer weather approaching, these backyard exploration critter cases were on the top-10 best-seller list at My Club Tabby in Lake Charles, La., in spring of 2010. Owner Natalie Comeaux reported in March that the kits had been selling well for more than a month.
— June Hargrove, co-owner of Black Forest Books & Toys in Charlotte, N.C., told TDmonthly that they sell 24-30 of Toysmith's Critter collection each month.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27729      (added 3/25/2010)
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MSRP: $8.50
Age Range: 5 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Kits
Science & Nature
Outdoor Fun



This root growing kit can be fun for the whole family. It allows growers to observe the process from planting to harvest. The kit includes a wooden stand, three plastic root toobers, a growing medium, and enough seeds for several plantings of radishes, carrots and green onions. Instructions are also included.
— These garden root viewers were listed as a top-10 best seller at My Club Tabby in Lake Charles, La., by owner Natalie Comeaux in spring 2010. They had been selling well for over a month in March.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27730      (added 3/25/2010)
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MSRP: $10.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puppets
Wooden Toys
Novelties



These wooden party favors are 4.5” tall and come in a set of four in various colors. Kids can push on the base and watch the flower move.
— These little puppets were on the top-10 best-seller list at My Club Tabby in Lake Charles, La., in spring 2010, as reported by Owner Natalie Comeaux.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27731      (added 3/25/2010)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Kits



These 2” ceramic planters are filled with rye grass seeds and a growing medium. Kids can pose them on a stand, water them, and watch them grow. Their grass hair can then be trimmed into various styles. Choices include a duck, pig and frog.
— These little planter sets were popular in spring 2010 at My Club Tabby in Lake Charles, La., according to Owner Natalie Comeaux. Customers were looking forward to the arrival of spring, and the items had been selling well for over a month in March.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27732      (added 3/25/2010)
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Brenda RuggieroWriter's Bio: Brenda Ruggiero is a freelance writer from western Maryland. Read more articles by this author

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