Thursday, July 12, 2007

Toy Story

In my old life, I designed toys for fast food restaurants. (Btw, if your 4 year old weighs 200 pounds, it's not my fault.) I worked for many years with an old friend of mine that I've known since middle school. We did a lot of freelancing, but we've tapered off the last few years to do other things.

Brainstorming original toy ideas could get tough. Over the years, my friend and I collected a ginormous horde of toys, for inspiration and for reference. Lucky for me, they've been living at her house. I estimate we have at least 2000 toys stored in those big hefty Rubbermaid bins .

Today, we started sorting them to sell at our booth at the local antique mall, or maybe through Ebay.

Picture two grown women up to their knees in freebie toys from every major quick-serve restaurant - Mc Donalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, Carl's Jr., Jack in the Box, Arbys, Chick-fil-A, Hardees, and some I don't remember. There was also a sizable collection of retail toys. We sorted in her front driveway. I suspect people thought we were having a yard sale.

I think our collection alone will probably make the bottom fall out of the tiny toy market.

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