This week Patty & I were lucky enough to hang-out at the Toy Industry Association’s  111th annual American International Toy Fair®  and now you get a front seat. It’s a trade-only show, so it’s not open to the public and it has over 1,000+ exhibitors from around the world.

How cool is this?!

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There are so many awesome events and here are three:

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The ultra elegant philanthropic ladies of the toy industry host a gorgeous dinner party at the Chelsea Piers in NYC.

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For the second year in a row WIT joined forces with Walmart to find the next great toy and bring it to market. The pitch panel featured tips from WIT members; Deb Sterling (Goldiblox), Julia Pimsleur (Little Pim)((both not pictured)) Rachael Taylor & Kelly Deimel (R.E. Baby Procucts), Jodi Norgaard (Dream Big Toy Co.) and MCing is Patti Becker (Becker & Assoc.):

 

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Who doesn’t love browsing through a neighborhood toy store?! Finding the perfect gift, discovering something new, gettin’ the scoop from specialists, and being a kid again! The ASTRA party is a perfect event to renew friendships, eat great food, and get to meet new inventors, no pictures from that though!! But back to the show where Deanna, Jessica, and Aliana your College Savings Dolls are a big hit!

See ya next year!!

TIA Website:

http://www2.toyassociation.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=TF_Home&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=520&ContentID=15399

Toy Fair brochure:

http://www2.toyassociation.org/AM/PDFs/ToyFair/TF13/brochures/english.pdf

WIT (Women in Toys):

http://womenintoys.com/

ASTRA (American Specialty Toys

https://www.astratoy.org/

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