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Toys on the Move

Mr. TOYDIRECTORY shows you size relation, dimensions and playability in the following 10 to 20-second videos. The Toys are sorted by categories....READ MORE


TDMONTHLY HOT TOPIC

THIS JUST IN: Conley Resigns From TIA, Flaxman Resigns From Uneeda

Tom Conley resigns from the TIA for "personal reasons," and Richard Flaxman steps down from the Uneeda Doll Company to form a consulting firm....READ MORE













ACTIVITY KITS AND PLAYSETS

Playing with Playsets

Playsets come and playsets go, but the category is evergreen. In the article “Ready, Set, Playset!” TDmonthly looks at future trends, but here we look at what’s selling Right Now....READ MORE





ARTS & CRAFTS

Crafts Kits Build Sales

Crafting kits have always been good boredom-busters. To keep the category fresh, these days some combine two or more traditional craft mediums, some are smaller than their originals and some use artists’ quality materials....READ MORE





FURNITURE

Blowing up Furniture

For kids who change their tastes more quickly than channel surfers hit the remote, inflatable furniture may be the answer....READ MORE






RETAILING TIPS

Word of Mouth Gives Mileage to Shoestring Budgets

So many advertising trends. So many new promotional technologies. So little budget? Struggling to compete against the advertising war chests of national chains and big box retailers is a challenge most mom-and-pops face daily. The good news for retailers advertising on a tight budget? With word of mouth, most don’t have to compete....READ MORE




TDMONTHLY POPULAR STORIES

Be the Monster

Classic monsters such as Frankenstein and the Wolfman are making a comeback, according to Luke Rook, owner of Lulubell: A Toy Bodega in Tucson, Ariz., who’s noticed that kids like them, too....READ MORE








TDMONTHLY TOY BUZZ

The Bead Shop Follows Fashion Trends

Bored with retail, Goldi and Mark Miller launched The Bead Shop to design and manufacture girls’ products. But the couple never shuttered their women’s apparel store in Milwaukee, which today functions as a living lab for a business that — after only seven years — boasts sales around the world....READ MORE








TDMONTHLY COOL COMPANY

Wild Planet Spies on the Future

Since the company´s inception in 1993, Wild Planet´s ability to tap into a thriving toy market with groundbreaking designs — such as Spy Gear — has brought them to the top....READ MORE


RETAILER SPOTLIGHT

The Staff in The Wizard’s Chest

How do you find a staff as committed to your store as you are? Who are willing to learn about new products and teach customers how to use them? The answer might be as close as your selling floor: at The Wizard’s Chest in Denver, Colo., several devoted employees started out as devoted customers....READ MORE


TDMONTHLY BRASS RING

Awesome Kids Thinks Inside the Box

Joan De Souza, Awesome Kids´ CEO and company founder, simply got fed up with stepping on her son´s toys. She wanted something moveable, packable and stackable. So, doing what any ordinary mom would do, she started her own company....READ MORE


TDMONTHLY MOM´S PERSPECTIVE

Get This Boy a Hat

My search for “dress-up” hats for my son has led me, rather reluctantly, to the Internet. Sadly, 2 year olds can´t get enthusiastic about choosing a new hat from photos the size of postage stamps on a computer screen....READ MORE




TDMONTHLY TOP-10 MOST-WANTED LISTS

TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted Glow-in-the-Dark Toys

Why should a kid have to stop playing with her toys just because it’s getting dark outside? That problem is happily solved by glow-in-the-dark toys, which provide illumination as well as entertainment....READ MORE







"PEEKS" OUR INTEREST

October Peeks

We feel the following products have what it takes to make it big in the real world....READ MORE


TDMONTHLY UPCOMING ISSUES

Homeschooled Kids Teach Toys How to Play

Is the growing and lucrative homeschooling market a perfect match for your store?...READ MORE








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TDMONTHLY TOY VIDEOS
Toys on the Move  THIS JUST IN: Conley Resigns From TIA, Flaxman Resigns From Uneeda  Playing with Playsets  Crafts Kits Build Sales  Blowing up Furniture  Word of Mouth Gives Mileage to Shoestring Budgets  Be the Monster  The Bead Shop Follows Fashion Trends  Wild Planet Spies on the Future  The Staff in The Wizard’s Chest  Awesome Kids Thinks Inside the Box  Get This Boy a Hat  TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted Glow-in-the-Dark Toys  October Peeks  Homeschooled Kids Teach Toys How to Play 

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