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Shop Local for Neighborhood Toy Store Day
Did you know that shopping locally fosters a sense of community?
Shopping locally also offers a diverse product selection: many independent toy stores carry the unique toys that you may not see elsewhere plus there is a reduced environmental impact due to less travel, traffic and carbon usage for consumers. You will also find great customer service specialty brands that you can’t find at national chain stores.
Spending money in your local community contributes to economic stability by providing local jobs and tax dollars. There is also a sense of community and support for a friendly, thriving neighborhood.
The 4th annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013 to help kick off the holiday shopping season Neighborhood Toy Store Day introduces families to the fun of shopping locally and celebrates each toy store’s commitment to the community. Participating stores will host local in-store events for families such as face painting, craft projects, live performances and special discounts.
This is the Pulsar Powerball that my son made.
WANT TO JOIN IN?
Find a store near you by visiting the ASTRA Website
SHOP & WIN WITH ASTRA!
To celebrate the fun of shopping for toys at the local toy store, ASTRA is kicking off the “I Heart My Neighborhood Toy Store” campaign. Now through November 8, 2013, log onto www.yourneighborhoodtoystore.org to enter to win the following sweepstakes:
A Grand Prize Vacation Package! Thomas & Friends™ invites you on the family vacation of a lifetime at select all inclusive Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
Six individual winners will be selected to win one of the following featured prizes:
- One gift basket of Kidoozie products from International Playthings valued at $250
- One gift basket of Calico Critter products from International Playthings valued at $250
- One gift basket of earlyears products from International Playthings valued at $250
- Gift certificates for Playmobil products. Two winners will receive a $250 Playmobil gift certificate each to be redeemed at an ASTRA-affiliated retailer
- One gift basket of assorted Best Toys for Kids winning product from ASTRA valued at $250
YourNeighborhoodToyStore.org is an online resource for parents interested in learning more about the best toys on the market and where to find them
The website is a one-stop resource that connects parents with local toy stores, specialty toy makers and industry experts. Its mission? To help parents discover the “woohoo factor” – or the delight, the joy and the excitement – of finding and playing with today’s best toys!
The website content includes:
- Feature articles with expert advice on toys and play for children of all ages
- Up-to-date information on creative and educational play and toy trends
- Handy toy store locator with information on where to find the best toys in your neighborhood (Don’t forget: local, independent toy stores support the community and tend to offer many high-quality, specialty products not typically found at a big box store!)
- Calendar of local toy-related events
- Information on the benefits of shopping local
- Toy buying guide by age, including a section for children with disabilities
GET SOCIAL WITH ASTRA
Check out the ASTRA Website
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Tweet with ASTRA on Twitter with the hashtags: #toystoreday #IHeart