Area toy stores see spike in sale of outdoor toys to keep kids entertained at home

Written by on June 9, 2020

Area toy stores see spike in sale of outdoor toys to keep kids entertained at home

By Brittany Sweeney

June 9, 2020

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Many parks, pools, and camps are closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak and while that may be bad for some businesses, others are thriving. WLVR’s Brittany Sweeney takes a closer look at a surge in outdoor toy sales.

Caution tape still hangs on playgrounds, but the sound of children playing hasn’t faded.

Tiffany Burton’s girls, Emma and Jordyn, haven’t been out of school for months because of the coronavirus,  leaving mom  and dad as the sole providers of entertainment.

“I’ve been trying to look for even more stuff for them to do outside so they don’t get bored and it’s sold out with everything,” Burton.

The Montgomery County family is not alone, which is why toy stores are seeing a surge in sales.

The owner of Learning Express of Collegeville, Caroline Brant, says right when schools closed business picked up.

“In the beginning puzzles. We have never sold so many puzzles as we have during this pandemic, but then when the weather shifted they shifted to outdoor, it became in the beginning scooters and ride on toys and now that it’s getting warmer, it’s water water slides,” said  Brant

The toy store has been conducting business online, and now that stay at home restrictions have eased, she’s offering shopping by appointment only.

Play sets are in demand as well. Online, some larger retailers are sold out — while others are not offering in-store pickup — just delivery that takes a week or longer.


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