The cost of raising kids keeps on going up and up and up. So it is no surprise that savvy parents keep an eye out for a good toy sale. Just as with clothes, kids outgrow their toys. At least most of their toys. There are always favourite toys that they will keep close to their hearts for most of their childhood and maybe even beyond childhood.
If you look at toys from the perspective of toy manufacturers, there is a constant need for them to create something new. Otherwise, children would not be motivated to want more toys and parents would not feel the need to get the latest game that has been created.
The problem with new toys is that it is hard to find these at toy sales. The sales often focus on classics or last year’s models. A Buzz Lightyear action figure or a Mickey Mouse designated toy continue to enchant boys and girls even if they are models from previous years.
When you are looking for something for your own child for a special day or for a friend’s child, there are two big favours you can do for yourself. One is to keep an ongoing list of popular clearance sales and the other is to bookmark a list of the great online toy sales that often pop up.
Something else that is worth considering — even the most exclusive toy boutique is apt to have a clearance section. Don’t be shy. Check it out for yourself. Of course, if you find that boutique toy sales are still out of your budget reach, at least you will see the range of prices being offered.
Don’t be surprised if you can find the same toy online for a cheaper price even when it is not on sale. Business people have to make a living and the markup is the way that they do it.
It makes common sense that toy sales around the seasonal holidays may not be the most economical ways to shop for your children’s diversions. I have even seen stores mark up items in October so that they can slash prices the first of December.
If you plan your strategy, you can search online and compare prices and then when you see a sale, you will be able to see immediately if it is a genuine toy sale or a game with price changing to make it look like a sale. This way you can pick up great bargains throughout the year and avoid that seasonal attack on your wallet. You can find great gifts that you can keep on hand for baby showers that pop up when you least expect them.
If your child has a doll collection or is into electronics, you already know what to order for their playing delight. This makes ordering online so much easier.
Online toy sales are the best because you have access to the entire world and something that is the rage in your town might be plentifully available elsewhere for a very reasonable rate, even if you add in the shipping costs. Just a side note here, before filling your shopping cart at a toy store on the internet, make sure that there is shipping available to your part of the world.
Another thing to watch out for is if you find great vintage cast iron figures, make sure that they meet current safety standards. A collectible toy may not be designed for children but for people who remember being a child. Yet, some toys are classics and you might like them, remembering your own Mattel toys from your childhood (for instance) but they may not have the same appeal to your little girl who yearns for jewellery or a plush character from her favourite television show.
Think of it this way – a good toy sale can allow you to buy twice as many toys for your children. And, even better, if you go online you can find everything from vintage to unique toys. Don’t overlook local outlet stores that offer outlet toys for children or toy tables at flea markets.