What is The Good Toy Group?
Mission: Our Mission is to unite the finest independent toy stores in America in a cooperative venture to market creative, culturally sensitive, constructive playthings that promote happy, healthy childhoods.
Moving into our 14th year in 2013, TGTG has grown to over 80 members, with over 1,000 years of collective experience in the toy industry. The company has evolved from being run by one executive director and a working board of retailers, to being fully staffed as of 2003. We have produced a holiday catalog each year in addition to 3 seasonal fliers. Our strength lies in the cooperation, dedication and inventiveness of our members. The structure of our LLC allows for interaction between members while maintaining a strong team of leaders. Our members have won many awards for their stores; they are leaders in our industry and in their community. Their personal efforts continue to bring good toys to children and promote healthy play.
With membership comes the advantage of full communication between members using our e-group email as the vehicle. Immediate interaction within a group of toy professionals gives access to a wide audience for discussion of new ideas, new product and nation-wide industry news.
Information and help is always just an email or telephone call away.
To bring your current customers into your specialty toy store by advertising imaginative, innovative, fun, and developmentally sound playthings for children.
Catalog Design: The design of the Holiday Catalog is meant to be innovative, informative, and produce sales for your store. We strive to have integrity in our copy, strength in our selection, and intelligence in our design. The catalog is approximately 8.5” by 10.5”, 40 pages including covers, in full color. The layout, graphics, and photography will be fresh each year, and will have a strong theme that reinforces the identity of your store.
Product Selection: The Product Director works with a committee of 4 member volunteers each year to select catalog product. Each committee member may serve two consecutive years. The selection process includes previewing product, intensive Toy Fair searching, member suggestions and vendor suggestions. By having a diverse group be the starting point for decisions, the final choices reflect a much stronger and broader view.
We ask members to participate all year by alerting the group when a new product hits and is a good seller and by contributing suggestions in February after Toy Fair for the first list of choices for catalog inclusion. At the product meeting in early March the compiled list from all members is the starting point for the current year. Members are strongly encouraged to make suggestions.
Catalog vendors: We work with our vendors to accomplish one thing: the best product at the best price. This interaction produces terms for catalog participants to help offset the cost of advertising, plus it makes a positive difference to the bottom line.