My wife and I wandered through that toy shop in slack-jawed wonder. First of all, it was a huge store, and it was packed clear to the ceiling with toys, some furniture, and bicycles. In fact, the bicycles were hanging from the roof, it was so crowded.
It was August, so the summer toys were on sale in the front of the store. There were sand toys, water toys that hooked to the sprinkler, and some life jackets. Presently there were baby swings you could add to an existing swing set, and games for the backyard. We kept moving, since summer was almost over.
The baby and child section was a little too young for our kids, but we poked around in there in any case. We were assaulted by toys made of lively colors, stacked up to the ceiling. The wooden toys shop held teething toys, toys that teach infants their colors, they made animal sounds, or they made music. We required good thing about every toy that had a “poke here to test it out” button, and soon we were serenaded by the sounds of drums, bleating sheep, and serene voices counting 1-2-3.
We relocated on the section for little girls. Of course, there was clearly a whole whole lot of pink going on inside. There were fairies, dolls, toy horses and little pink cars for the dolls to ride around in. Our girl still thinks she’s a boy, and all that pink was getting to me, so we kept moving on.
I was ultimately to the boys area of the toy shop, and we were ready to get serious about finding the perfect toy for our son. The particular problem was, we were just overwhelmed by the choices. There were virtually lots of choices in every category. Every kind of toy car track you could think of were there. Box after box packed with rescue vehicles, of structure site toys, of everything you could think of.
Ultimately, we left the store without buying anything. We were adults, and we were so overwhelmed we still left the toy shop without buying anything. Later that day, we visited a nearby department store and made a decision after quickly giving their limited stock a look over. If we had taken our child to that toy store, we would have spent all day inside. It still would have been almost impossible to pick away just one thing.
What can a toyshop do to promote community goodwill and public relations? If they simply donate toys, eventually everyone will ask them to donate more and then they will reach a point where they just cannot give any more and they will have to say number Stating no to community groupings is problematic but the store cannot give away all the inventory for free. After all these days toy stores must contend with Wal-Mart and others too.
One of the best public relations strategies for a Toy Shop is to but a package in the front of the store, which states donations for needy kids or Toys for Tots. Encourage your customers to either buy a toy in the toyshop or pull in toys and get a dollar trade in for their donation.