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TDMONTHLY MUST READS
TDmonthly's June Staff Picks
From baby shoes with crazy attitude to cute comics for little kids, there are plenty of exciting new releases to keep your eye on as you sail through the summer and prepare for autumn...READ MORE
In This IssueTDmonthly Magazine has more Holiday Preview articles for you this month, including new launches of dolls, plush and construction toys. Additionally, there's a Shop Talk story on Melody’s Choices...
Toys in the News: 6-26-09The Canadian Toy Association has announced that its annual toy and hobby trade show will now be held alongside the Canadian Gift and Tableware Association's Show at the Toronto International Centre each January/February....
TDMONTHLY TOY VIDEOS
Watch Magical June Videos
June's videos are full of magic and surprises: rocks that melt into toys, wishes that fly through the air and fairytales that kids make up themselves...READ MORE
TDMONTHLY SHOP TALK
TDmonthly Goes Inside … Puzzle Zoo, Santa Monica, Calif.
Since 1993, Puzzle Zoo has been tempting pedestrians on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade to release their inner children and buy something cool....READ MORE
TDmonthly Goes Inside ... Giant Robot, Los AngelesNot many toy stores start out as a fanzine, but Giant Robot doesn't follow rules...
Retailer Spotlight: Melody’s ChoicesWhen Steve Melody got into the specialty toy business, he was no stranger to the retail world, having owned a gift and collectible store in Fayetteville, Ark., for 39 years....
My Best Sellers: Melody’s ChoicesSteve Melody, owner of Melody’s Choices in Fayetteville, Ark., shared with TDmonthly Magazine which companies are responsible for the top sellers in his store....
Retailing Tips: Ordering What Customers WantAll retailers are faced with an inventory dilemma. Spend a lot of money now to have fully stocked shelves and a great product selection, with no guarantee that customers are going to want what was purchased, or go with products known to sell and take customer requests, possibly driving away shoppers...
Regional Reports: What's Selling … And WhereMagformers by Rainbow Products are hot sellers for Mike DiAndrea of Hardware Centre Inc. in Paoli, Pa. He noted that between the brick-and-mortar store and the website, they sell about 100 to 150 sets per month. “I’m reordering every three weeks,” he told TDmonthly Magazine....
TDMONTHLY SPECIALTY TOYS REPORT
Submissions Open for 2009 TDmonthly Awards
TDmonthly Magazine is excited to announce open submissions for its annual awards program, which recognizes superior products in the toy industry via TDmonthly’s Top Toy, Top Seller, Classic, Innovations and In the Lab awards!...READ MORE
TDMONTHLY CHARITABLE KID CONTEST
Will YOUR Customer Give Away 100 Schoenhut Pianos?
Schoenhut Piano Co. Inc. has generously agreed to donate 100 25-key My First Piano IIs to be given to needy children by a child who wins the TDmonthly Charitable Kid Contest!...READ MORE
TDMONTHLY HOLIDAY PREVIEW
Kids' Gifts for the Holidays
Last month in TDmonthly Magazine’s Holiday Preview, you got a glimpse of some eco-friendly art projects, exciting books and costumes fit for a princess. See this month’s featured categories...READ MORE
TDMONTHLY TOP-10 MOST-WANTED LISTS
Top-10 Most-Wanted Construction Toys
In April 2009, TDmonthly Magazine surveyed 49 specialty retailers about their sales of construction toys for children. This foundational category continues to provide strong sales in independent stores...READ MORE
Top-10 Most-Wanted Activity Kits and PlaysetsIn April 2009, TDmonthly Magazine surveyed 49 retailers around the country about their sales of activity kits and playsets....
Top-10 Most-Wanted Licensed ToysIn April 2009, TDmonthly surveyed specialty toy retailers around the country about their sales of licensed product. Here are the top-10 best-selling licensed toys...
TDMONTHLY TOY REVIEWS
TDmonthly’s Book Expert
This month, TDmonthly Magazine’s Book Expert followed a pirate on a search for his peg leg, watched as the whimsical kiss of a mother blew around the world, and learned that imaginary gardens can be as inspirational as the real thing....READ MORE
TDMONTHLY NEW TOYS
Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...READ MORE
Notable and New Toys by Category — AllSee all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...
TDMONTHLY POPULAR STORIES
From the Big Screen to the Toy Aisle
Just as a movie starring an A-list celebrity will bring in big bucks opening weekend, toys tied to famous licenses can also have smashing premieres. Experts warn, however, that it’s important to be smart when buying...READ MORE
HDS Technology: Alternative for Lead Testing ToysThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently reconfirmed use of ICP-OES as the gold standard for determining lead content in paint and painted surfaces, approving the paint-scrape and chemical analysis method for laboratory testing of toys and other children’s products...
Blog Entry Leads to Buy-Local BlitzCinda Baxter calls the 3/50 Project a “happy accident” that started with a March 11 blog she wrote for her AlwaysUpward.com website. In the entry, she asks readers to pick three of their favorite independent retailers and spend a total of $50 a month among those stores....
LeapFrog Stumbles and V.Smile FrownsThere are mounting signs that the Electronic Learning Products toy category is undergoing a structural change — and not for the better....
TDMONTHLY MANUFACTURER'S CORNER
Event Marketing Guru's Corner: Selling to Qualified Prospects
Eighty percent of your competition spends exhaustive and futile time presenting to prospects that are never going to buy, yielding extremely poor "return on objectives" (ROO) by spending exhibit time inefficiently....READ MORE
TDMONTHLY TOY BUZZ
Bigfoot & Pickle Face Creations Stamp For Fun
Developing a product that encourages creativity and can grow with a child presented an exciting challenge for Cheryl Marchek, owner and founder of Bigfoot & Pickle Face Creations....READ MORE
Just Jump It Offers Perfect Twist of Fun & SafetyIn 1992, 17 years after the founding of Cressline Rope Works, a sales rep for the bulk-rope purveyor suggested to Owner Darrel Cresswell that the company create a jump rope. Darrel and his partner at the time, Don Meeker, jumped at the opportunity to give it a try....
TDMONTHLY UPCOMING ISSUES
How to Increase Your Website's Visibility
How much of an edge does your online toy store have over all the others out there in cyberspace? How well is your brand-building web page really working? And how crucial is that SEO thing...READ MORE
TDmonthly Goes Inside ... The Elegant ChildTDmonthly's video crew recently paid a visit to Beverly Hills baby and early childhood store The Elegant Child, which carries Kaloo plush and Vulli's Sophie the Giraffe, along with a variety of custom specialty items...