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ARTS & CRAFTS
Arts & Crafts Trends: Something Old, Something New
A number of yesterday’s crafts are back in style - most with updated extras: sparkles, neon, glitter, or similar embellishments. ...READ MORE
Venerable Crafts Fuel Upsurge in Adult CraftersThe Craft & Hobby Association estimates 80% of American households have at least one member engaged in arts and crafts. Publishers have responded to the expanding popularity in arts and crafts by stepping up production of how-to books....
Fun After It´s DoneWith today’s arts and crafts and activity kits the fun doesn’t end when the project is completed. Instead of hanging a finished creation on the living room wall, children might play with it, eat it, or even wash with it. ...
ACTIVITY KITS AND PLAYSETS
New Play Sets for 2004
These play sets keep kids entertained for hours and are full-participation activities that are so fun, even adults will want to play...READ MORE
Activity Kits Worth Digging IntoYoungsters want to express themselves; parents want to keep kids entertained. The solution: A variety of new activity kits guaranteed to beat boredom...
Valtech: Magna-Tiles and the Triangle of LearningValenta came home, bought the product rights, re-packaged the toy and renamed it Magna-Tiles. Its slogan is: "where math, science and creativity meet."...
Licensing, Colors & Functional Style are Popular in Youth Furnishings
The children and teen’s categories continue to be the bright spot in retail home furnishings as one of the only growing segments, even in slower retail seasons. For specialty and toy stores, that paints a picture of opportunity...READ MORE
Delta Enterprise Brings the Magic HomeDelta Enterprise Corporation has built an imaginative world around its licensed characters. There´s a magical enthusiasm kids experience when they see Delta Enterprise´s licensed furniture. ...
What Dreams Are Made OfWho wouldn´t want to sleep in their own bedroom if it´s colorful and filled with wonder and magic...
Furniture for the Little PrincessFrom bedroom sets for your tween or a pretty bassinet for your newborn daughter, there is a piece a furniture that suits her bedroom, playroom, personality and style. As your little girl grows, so does her need for furniture, and the following are a few items to help her along the way...
Guidecraft: Wooden Art and Educational DesignWhen Jason Fein´s father started Guidecraft in 1964, the small woodworking company offered ten products designed for schools. Forty years later, the line has grown to over 160 toys and furnishings that appeal both to school supply and consumer markets...
TDMONTHLY TOY BUZZ
Fairy Dust and Fairy Wings Bring Sparkles and Glitter to Everything
Kids can transform into a fairy by making wings, a tiara and a sparkling wand. Little artists can create a magical, fantasy land on paper or on their bedroom wall...READ MORE
Hayes Specialty Corp.: Novelty Fun for All SeasonsWhether it’s a felt hat shaped like a beer mug, a set of casino chips, a Mardi Gras bracelet and matching tiara or a crucifix night light, Hayes Specialty Corporation is a novelty business mainstay and a players’ paradise, no matter what your game is ...
Time to Expand: Consulting & Business Planning Advice for Small Businesses
HJ Ventures International is a consulting firm that specializes in toy store startups. Howard Schwartz, the company´s managing director, has useful advice for entrepreneurs ready to take the risk of expansion....READ MORE
Maximizing Your 2004 Holiday SeasonFrom the rise, fall and rise again of department stores to the building of malls, the growth of Wal-Mart, the internet, and shopping clubs, the face of retail has changed dramatically. Through all this change one thing has remained constant: the holiday season can make or break a retailer’s entire year...
TDMONTHLY TOP-10 MOST-WANTED LISTS
TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Lists: Exclusive Rankings for October 2004
The rankings start here. At TDmonthly Magazine, our goal is to enhance your business. With that in mind, we prepared categorical retailer buying lists for the holiday season....READ MORE
TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Boys´ School GearBoys will be boys and recesses always takes precedent over fashion, but don´t think these little ones are non-chalant about their back-to-school attire. Media is the most significant influence on their marketplace and this trend is reflected in top products. Spongebob remains a top draw, and Spidey has been flying off the accessory shelves and the webbed hero has morphed into an array of lunchboxes, stationary and backpacks....
TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Girls´ School GearFor mini fashionistas, picking the right outfit on the first day of school is as stressful as finding a dress for the prom....
TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Plug & Play GamesMany 30-year olds have a fond memory of their eighties childhood, when Tang was the rage, leg warmers were in style and Atari was arguably the hottest system on the market. "Old school" or retro games are popular with this demographic and now, Gen-X parents are introducing their kids to the classics. “There is a nostalgia factor for mom, but they are new for kids today,” says Genna Goldberg, vice president of Corporate Communications for JAKKS Pacific....
TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Political ToysGet out to the polls and, while you’re at it, vote with your dollars for your favorite political toys. The presidential contest has been on everyone’s mind this year and will continue to generate interest as the election draws closer...
TDMONTHLY COOL COMPANY
Chaos: A World of Motion
Jim Rothbarth, designer of the Chaos kinetics system, has been an entrepreneur and inventor since college. Rothbarth learned from development and marketing that nothing is more important than quality. Flaws and reliability issues are never tolerated....READ MORE
TDMONTHLY BRASS RING
Playground Kids Forever
In 1999, three toy professionals who had worked together previously in developing and selling toys targeted at mass-market accounts, decided they were disillusioned with the direction of the toy industry, so they decided to alter it. Jeff Alward, Susan McDonnell and Jim Fink are the creators of Playground Enterprises...READ MORE
TDMONTHLY MOMīS PERSPECTIVE
It´s Arts & Crafts Time - Are You Prepared?
The sweetest words in the English language--next to "the IRS has decided not to prosecute"--is "I made this for you" falling from the lips of a small child. Of course getting from the beginning of the arts and crafts journey to this heartwarming place can feel like scene from "Return of the King"--strewn with horrific obstacles and a bit of a bloody mess ...READ MORE
Have Mercy! Hand Painted Children´s Furniture
Hillary James specializes in hand painted children´s furniture and considers herself self taught out of trial and error...READ MORE
TOYS TO TALK ABOUT
Toys to Talk About
"Toys to Talk About" features dozens of exciting companies and products! So, make sure you´re clued in and see what everyone´s talking about....READ MORE