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Open Your Own Toy Store
How to Open an Independent Toy Store, Specialty Toy Shop, or Hobby Shop
Imagine having a fun and rewarding career as the owner of a neighborhood toy store, getting paid to select and sell high quality toys to promote play and learning.
When you open a neighborhood toy store (also known as an independent toy store, specialty toy shop, or hobby shop), you have the freedom to choose the types of toys you want to sell.

Instead of the mass market merchandise sold at chain stores, you can offer specialty toys to foster physical, intellectual, and social growth in children. Or you can sell toys, games, or kits that inspire creativity in adults and children. As a toy store owner, you could choose to sell:

  • Action figures
  • Arts and crafts
  • Baby toys

  • Books
  • Brainteasers
  • Building sets
  • Counting toys
  • Dolls
  • Games
  • Puzzles
  • Model-building kits
  • Musical toys
  • Science kits
  • Sports toys
  • Plush toys such as stuffed animals
  • Toy cars and vehicles
  • Other types of toys
When you open a neighborhood toy store, you can give people the shopping experience they crave, but so rarely find in big chain stores.

You can attract smart shoppers who want to avoid long lines, empty shelves, messy stores, and hard-to-find sales staff. A specialty toy store offers what the big stores do not: unique merchandise, quality products, good selection, and knowledgeable customer service in a friendly environment. 

As the owner of your own toy store, you can become an important part of your community, selling toys to people who value your knowledge and expert advice

Your customers won't come to you for the lowest toy prices; they'll come to you for the specialty products and service that make your toy store a fun and welcoming place to shop and to linger awhile.

If owning a toy store sounds like the career of your dreams, the FabJob Guide to Become a Toy Store Owner is for you! In this e-book you will discover how you can get started and succeed in the specialty toy store business.

The experts who share insider advice in this powerful how-to guide include Steveanne Auerbach, a renowned child specialist and toy expert who is known as Dr. Toy, scientist-turned-toy store owner Dr. Marilyn Walker, owner of PlayFair Toy, and other successful toy store owners.

The guide covers topics of vital importance to anyone who wants to open a toy store in the United States or Canada, plus helpful advice for opening a toy store in any country. It includes:

How to Start a Toy Store Business

  • How to create a business plan for your toy store (includes a sample toy store business plan)
  • Deciding what kind of toy store to open
  • An overview of options for your toy store business:
    • Buying an existing toy store (including how to find toy stores for sale) 
    • Buying a toy store or hobby shop franchise 
    • Opening a new toy store 
  • Tips on choosing a name and signage for your toy store 
  • Where to get start-up financing for your toy store business (includes sample start-up budgets)
  • How much space (square footage) you need to open your toy store
  • What to consider when choosing a location for your toy shop, including information about permits and leases
  • Interior design of your toy store with tips on how to display items to increase sales
  • Equipment and supplies you need to open a toy shop (e.g. shelves and display fixtures, shopping bags, cash registers, etc.) and where to get them
  • How to get inventory for your toy store including information on:
    • Where to find wholesalers of toy products
    • The best toy trade shows and toy reports
    • Tips on negotiating the best terms with suppliers
Managing Your Toy Store
  • How to develop effective systems for operating your toy store on a daily basis (including opening and closing duties, and sales procedures)
  • How to find and hire great toy store employees
  • How to organize inventory in your toy store
  • Setting your prices 
  • Computer software that can help you manage your toy inventory
  • Accepting payments from customers
  • How to deal with unsold items
  • Creating a website to sell items locally and online
  • Ways to attract customers to your toy shop through advertising and free publicity
  • Increasing sales with effective customer relations, including how to get repeat business
Plus you will find even more resources and advice, including:
  • Links to the best free resources for starting your toy store business
  • An overview of toy product categories by type, age, purpose or theme, and specialty
  • Valuable samples and checklists for starting your toy store, including: 
    • Sample business plan for a specialty toy store
    • Sample toy store floor plan
    • Sample lease agreement
    • Sample consignment agreement
    • Sample budgets for a toy store
    • Sample press release
    • Supplies checklist
    • Checklist to evaluate competing stores
    • Checklist for finding the perfect location for your toy store
    • Checklist for toy store operations
  • And more! (including free updates)
You can have all this and more for an incredible price. It can cost hundreds of dollars to take courses on starting a business, and chances are they will not include specific information about how to open a toy store. The FabJob Guide to Become a Toy Store Owner contains some of the best business advice you could get from other sources, plus much more. 

It can save you many hours of research, help you avoid some costly mistakes, and give you information you need to open your own toy store.

This guide has been selling for up to $39.95 U.S. for an e-book alone. SPECIAL OFFER: If you buy the guide today, Friday, November 28, 2014 you can have this valuable insider information for the incredible price of only $29.97. You can earn back the price of the guide your very first day in business. Plus this guide can help you open a toy store much more quickly and profitably.

If you believe you deserve to have the career of your dreams, this guide is for you. It gives you what you need to know to open a toy store.

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"If you've dreamed of exchanging your current workday for your own business running a toy store, the FabJob Guide to Become a Toy Store Owner is for you. Each chapter is full of important information, helpful advice from experts, and valuable resources. It takes you step-by-step through what you need to know to open and operate your own successful toy store."
—Brenna Pearce, Editor


"Service plays a big role because most employees at a box store know very little about the products they sell. It is a huge advantage to have employees who are well versed in what you offer."
—Melissa Palermo-Spero, owner, The Fun-est Toy Store Ever!, Pennsylvania

"Some merchandise is standard. Customers know they will always be able to find it at our store. This helps develop customer loyalty. We add a seasonal mix every quarter. We also constantly look for new and creative toys to add to the mix."
—Bonnie Brown, owner, Gepetto’s Workshop, Wisconsin

Melissa and Bonnie are two of the toy store owners and experts who give advice in this FabJob guide.
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Learn how to open a toy store or toy and hobby shop. The FabJob Guide to Become a Toy Store Owner is a step-by-step guide which will show you how to open a neighborhood toy store, start an independent toy store, open a specialty toy shop, or open a hobby shop.