Terri Bracken with Earth Explorer Toys in Zionsville returns to Indy Style to talk about Neighborhood Toy Store Day, a national initiative celebrated by more than 500 toy stores to promote shopping local just ahead of the holidays.
She brings with her some of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association's Best Toys for Kids 2013 to give parents some holiday shopping ideas. Popular this year are "retro" toys like Spirograph, arts & crafts items like the Rainbow Loom for making bracelets from colored rubber bands (all the rage right now!), and building toys.
Earth Explorer's will be celebrating Neighborhood Toy Store Day Nov. 9 with all day events, including a scavenger hunt, marines from Toys for Tots collecting donations, a Lego contest, games, the arrival of Santa's mailbox and more.
More of the dollars spent in local, independently-owned stores, stay in the community—25% percent more in contrast with national chains, according to the 3/50 Project. Promoting buying local is always a great reminder, especially as we head into the holiday season.
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