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by Christine Osborne, Wonder Works toy stores, Charleston

Need extra cash to buy new fixtures for your store, provide bonuses to your staff, or gain additional capital? Riding – or creating – a trend may be the best way to do that.
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It Takes a Village
by Jenn Bergin

As retailers from across the country head to New York City for Toy Fair, it may seem like the world of toys is at the core of the Big Apple. But it’s more than just Manhattan – New York State is home to dozens of independent toy stores, and these retailers are doing big business in smaller cities across the state. The Village Toy Shop, with two locations in central New York, may be hours away from the big city, but the stores can handle the hustle – and they sure have a lot of heart.
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Wooden Toys Branch Out
January/February 2003
Wooden toys have traditionally been a distinguishing feature separating specialty toy stores from their mass-market counterparts. While the big box competition offered plastic galore, independent retailers frequently favored the nostalgic look and feel of wood. Today, however, wooden toys are showin ... [click here to read more]

by Jenn Bergin

In the second installment of our tradeshow advice series, two specialty toy retailers offer tips to help you make powerful purchasing decisions at Toy Fair.
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by Kevin Fahy

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Animal Crackers

I have always been a fan of the Marx Brothers. When I was a teenager I tried to catch any appearance Groucho made on television talk shows or variety programs. He was still great at 80.
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