Blue Turtle exclusively sells products catered to young children, and customers won’t find any electronics. Its shelves are filled with classic toys like Corolle dolls, the premium doll brand designed in France. There’s games that stimulate the minds of children, and classic Madame Alexandar dolls.
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Then there’s rarities like the Steiff Carousel from Germany. The collectible features a turn hand-crank and a music box. The fringed carousel top is adorned with striped flags. Meyer said the store doesn’t have the breadth of collectible products like it used to, as most toy aficionados go online to search for products now.
Overall, the National Retail Federation expects online sales to increase between 8 and 12 percent in 2017. In 2016, the toy market in the U.S. grew to more than $20 billion, a 5 percent increase over 2015, according to The NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service.
“The busiest store in this area is the UPS,” Meyer said. “People shipping here and shipping things back. It’s also very indicative of where shopping is going.”
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The owner said people are buying different toys and electronics for their children, and the store focuses on books, arts and crafts and even some products made by independent sellers. Still, residents are sad to see the time-honored shop shut its doors.
“People are sad,” Meyer said. “They want us to stay open, and I’m hopeful that will happen. It’s really a turnkey operation and someone could really step into it and continue it.”
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