Big chain stores are great but we absolutely LOVE our neighborhood toy store. Why? They carry awesome products including those hard to find specialty or boutique items that we just can't seem to get anywhere else, hold in-store events and just have that friendly, homey feel that makes you not only feel welcome but keeps you coming back many times over.
We recently got the chance to try out one of those awesome products, the X-treme Sticker Maker Set (by Creativity for Kids/Faber-Castell USA Inc.) thanks to ASTRA. My girls adore stickers. They create stories with them, decorate their room and furniture, stick them on themselves, etc. So when I pulled the X-treme Sticker Maker Set out of the box, it was to cries of pure glee.
Neighborhood Toy Store Day is an annual event coordinated by ASTRA (the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association).
So, are you ready to show your neighborhood toy store some love? This weekend many stores are officially kicking off the "holiday" season. Can you believe it's that time already? I can't but it's true and what better way to make a dent in your holiday shopping than by supporting your favorite neighborhood toy store. OUr local store even hosts wish lists for kids for birthdays, holidays and other important events. What kid doesn't like creating a wish list?
Check with http://yourneighborhoodtoystore.org to see if your fave store is participating. Then show your love/support by shopping there on Saturday, November 9th.
If you can't get to a Neighborhood Toy Store you can still have some shopping fun by entering the first ever "I Heart My Neighborhood Toy Store" sweepstakes being hosted by ASTRA. You can enter to win some pretty cool prizes like -
- A grand prize vacation package to select all inclusive Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico and the Dominican Republic courtesy of Thomas & Friends™
- Featured prizes including gift baskets or gift certificates from Kidoozie, earlyyears, Calico Critters and Playmobil (retail value: $250 per prize)
- A gift basket of assorted Best Toys for Kids winning products from ASTRA (retail value: $250)
Doesn't that sound fab? I know! Go on - check it out & enter now!Special thanks to ASTRA for providing us with the above mentioned products for this review and for being dedicated to promoting creative and open-ended playtime for children.
Disclosure: We received the above mentioned products courtesy of ASTRA for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Your experience may differ.