Neighborhood Toy Store Day

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Remember the magical feeling of shopping in your neighborhood toy store as a child'??strolling down the aisles, examining the exciting options, finally selecting the toy that promised days filled with discovery and adventure? Recapturing the wonder and the awe of your childhood is as easy as visiting your local toy store.Well we here at Momtrends hope to keep that magic alive by supporting Neighborhood Toy Store Day on November 13th.

In addition to celebrating small businesses, ASTRA also puts together a list of top toys chosen by over 500 local toy store owners across the country with a deep understanding of how kids play. ASTRA goes for toys like the gorgeous Corolle Dolls you can find at my neighborhood shop, Heights Kids in Brooklyn. Often the toys I find at these specialty retailers cannot be found on Amazon or big box retailers. That's why I'm participating--I want to see the little guys thrive and continue to inspire Momtrends.

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The idea was dreamed up by the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA). '??By setting aside the second Saturday in November as a special time for families to enjoy their local toy stores, we hope to launch the holiday season with some community-minded fun,'? said Kathleen McHugh, ASTRA'??s Executive Director. '??Neighborhood Toy Store Day will highlight the importance of independent toy stores not only to children and their families'??but to their local areas as well."

Shopping at neighborhood and independent retailers not only increases consumer choice, it also preserves jobs and local character. According to the 3/50 Project, for every $100 spent in local, independently-owned stores, $68 returns to the community in the form of taxes, salaries, charitable contributions and more--in contrast with only $43 dollars when consumers spend their money at a national chain.

What's your favorite local store? I hope you'll shop and support them this weekend.

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