It’s a busy week at Growing Tree Toys. Why, you may ask? Because our buyers are at the ASTRA Marketplace in Providence, RI, searching out great new toys and preparing for the upcoming holiday season.
For those of you who don’t know what ASTRA is, it is the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, of which we have been a member for many years. Each year, they have a conference that offers educational sessions, as well as a “marketplace” of toy manufacturers from which we can purchase new toys, see our favorites, and get some of our orders in for the holidays.
It’s been a busy few days for us, and with one more day of the “marketplace” and one more day of sessions, we still have a lot to go! We have seen half of the exhibit floor, found some great new products, and are looking forward to what remains tomorrow. Be sure to be on the look out for all of the new additions that will be featuring on the website, some from current manufacturers and others from completely new companies that we may not have found if it wasn’t for this ASTRA show. In addition to finding new product, being able to catch up with other specialty retailers, share product information, and learn about what is popular in other stores is always interesting and fun!
While we don’t have specific toy information to share with you now, we will keep you informed of the newest toys we are getting in and the most exciting toys that we have seen at the ASTRA show. Stay tuned for updates soon! While this show is only 4 days long, we fill the days with the best in educational toys and informative sessions that make our business better. Stay tuned for more of the latest and greatest from Growing Tree Toys about ASTRA – and more!