Neighborhood Toy Store Day 2012 #ShopLocal

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Dear Creatives, Neighborhood Toy Store Day is Saturday, Novermber 10th. This will be the 3rd annual NTS day! It is a great idea to support local shopping, stimulating income in your local areas & keeping small business alive! Participating stores will host local in-store events for families, such as activities, craft projects, live performances & / or special discounts all this is to help kick off the holiday shopping season and celebrate the joy of shopping for toys. This annual event is coordinated by the non-profit organization ASTRA, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association. ASTRA has a new website www.yourneighborhoodtoystore.org to help you locate your local stores & find high quality toys!

  • What is Yourneighborhoodstore.org? It is an online resource for parents interested in learning more about the best toys on the market & where to find them!
  • It’s mission? To help parents discover the “woohoo factor
  • The website features articles with expert advice on toys & play for children of all ages, a local toy store locator, toy buying guides & much more!
& of course their are other benefits from shopping local besides the economic value
  • community development
  • reduced environmental impact
  • diverse product selection
  • better customer service
  • high-quality, boutique & specialty products


You will find high quality toys & games for sale at your local toy stores! Some examples of the quality toys you’ll find in local toy stores are:


Loopdedoo was one of ASTRA’s Best Toys for Kids 2012 Award

For the ability to promote open-ended & creative play, its creative design features & exceptional safety standards 


  • Loopdedoo is a new spinning tool that uses ordinary embroidery floss to create fab and funky friendship bracelets in just minutes
  • You can also make necklaces, anklets, belts, zipper pulls and more
  • Each creation is unique, change the thickness, looping style, thread quantity and color combination to create one-of-a-kind accessories
  • Comes with 1 Loopdedoo spinning tool (complete with drawer for storing your gear), 18 different colored skeins of embroidery floss and detailed instructions
  • Kid-powered (no batteries, no electricity)
Tenzi was one of ASTRA’s Best Toys for Kids 2012 Award 
For the ability to promote open-ended & creative play….
  • Includes 40 dice – 10 from 4 different colors
  • Various versions of the game
  • World’s fastest dice game!
  • Great for parties & the entire family
  • Age 7 to 97

I know when I am selecting games & toys for Sammie I don’t look for quantity. I look for quality & educational value. Be sure to check out these great resources for top picks when it comes to toys for your kids!

What is your families favorite board game to play together?

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Disclosure: All opinions are 100% my own. I do support local shopping, along with supporting small business. I was able to participate in this Neighborhood Toy Store Campaign via Child’s Play Communications – Childsplayr.com I did receive two examples of local toy shop merchandise. I was not required to give a good review, nor did it sway my thoughts on the matter of shopping local & supporting small business including the Neighborhood Toy Store Day.

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