Last fall, we published a list of 10 indie toy stores we thought you’d love. Not just for holiday shopping, but just in general! Because who doesn’t prefer buying from a small business, an independent retailer that needs your support to keep offering their amazing products?
Well, our list of incredible independent retailers includes a lot more than just 10. So we thought today would be a good time to share 10 MORE independent retailers you have to check out. Now more than ever, these stores need your patronage. So when you need a gift or educational and engaging way to entertain your kids, think about supporting one of these indie toy stores!
If you haven’t checked out Uncommon Goods, do yourself a favor. They’re quickly becoming one of the best independent sources for unique products online. They believe in supporting makers, creativity, and using business as a force for good (Yay-B Corps!).
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More than just toys, Kids Stuff (now includes Perfectly Safe & Natural Baby Home) is a source for helpful information about every aspect of raising happy and healthy kids.
Lakeshore Learning Materials
With stores in 30 states (and curbside pickup!), Lakeshore Learning offers the best in educational toys and games. Also, check out their free lessons, activities, and craft resources here.
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Learning Express Toys
Offering toys and accessories for parents and kids, Learning Express works to capture the joy every parent has while shopping for their children. With over 100 stores in the nation, they also provide in-store pick-up!
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Beyond the Blackboard
– Colorado –
As the name implies, Beyond the Blackboard takes education out of the classroom and strives to make learning fun! They also provide resources for parents and teachers on their blog.
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– Los Altos, CA –
Founded in education, Adventure Toys offers fun specialty toys and creative products perfect for your kids.
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– Buffalo, NY –
Featuring toys from the classics to the newest, The TreeHouse has something your kids will love.
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– Michigan –
Built on the ‘power of play,’ Toyology Toys provides a personalized shopping experience with the best fun and educational toys for kids of all ages.
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– Stowe, VT –
Specializing in family fun and adventure, Yellow Turtle has toys, accessories, and sustainable clothing for the whole family.
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– Bedford, Iowa –
With a focus on books, Hedgie’s online store is broken out by age groups to ensure you can easily find the right books and toys for your kids.
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When you think about shopping for your kids, we encourage you to consider an independent retailer. The products you choose to buy matter and opting to support a local, or even non-local, independent retailer really does make a difference.
If you’ve got a favorite store, either around the corner or on the web, where you buy your kid’s toys, books, or educational materials, please share it with us in the comments below!
Paul is the Senior Copywriter at Lulu, writing weekly blog posts and helping guide content for the company’s marketing. When he’s not deeply entrenched in the publishing and print-on-demand world, he likes to hike the scenic North Carolina landscape, read, sample the fanciest micro-brewed beer, and collect fountain pens. Paul is a dog person, but considers himself cat tolerant.