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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






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





FURNITURE

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







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






RETAILING TIPS

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




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 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


RETAILER SPOTLIGHT

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




















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ARTS & CRAFTS
Arts & Crafts Trends: Something Old, Something New  New Play Sets for 2004  Licensing, Colors & Functional Style are Popular in Youth Furnishings  Fairy Dust and Fairy Wings Bring Sparkles and Glitter to Everything  Time to Expand: Consulting & Business Planning Advice for Small Businesses  TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Lists: Exclusive Rankings for October 2004  Chaos: A World of Motion  Playground Kids Forever  It´s Arts & Crafts Time - Are You Prepared?  Have Mercy! Hand Painted Children´s Furniture  Toys to Talk About 

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