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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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Trinkets at a Tasty Price: Toy Stores Try On Jewelry
July/August 2005
Every retailer knows that expanding one’s customer base is a good thing. If you carry items that will appeal to a variety of age groups, it can only mean increased traffic in your store, which in turn should bring increased sales as well. Jewelry is one category that spans several age bracket ... [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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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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