I was pleasantly surprised by this small independent toy store.

Only at specialty small toy shops can you get a truly unique and magical experience when shopping around for your child’s next favorite toy. Many stores also feature a number of unique experiences that you cannot get in your average large-scale toy retailer, such as:

A small toy store in Victoria is out $2100 and now the owners want to warn other businesses so that they don’t fall victim to the same scam.

But there is a survivor. Even with Toys R Us or Wal-Mart moving to town, small toy stores still attract crowds who come for unique toys and superb service.

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“It's a small-town toy store,” she said. “I had one growing up. There's a lot of toys you can't get at Target or wherever.” Several people in the South Bay suggested that I check out Pop Monster in Torrance. This art-minded toy store is perfect for toy-loving adults on your gift list. Pop Monster specializes in designer toys and has shelves of items from well-known artists, including Luke Chueh, Gary Baseman, Junko Mizuno and many more. Tokidoki fans will be happy to find a large selection of items from the L.A. brand here. When I stopped by on a recent Saturday, it even had the Tokidoki Kittypatra figure, which envisions Hello Kitty in ancient Egypt. There is a small collection of unusual piggy banks, like a Godzilla one where the monster grabs your money, as well as other unusual finds. The selection of anime toys is heavy on Studio Ghibli–related items, like a figure of No-Face from and a Totoro music box. It also has a healthy selection of unusual and merchandise. Many of the items here are limited editions, so it is the sort of store where you will need to snatch up stuff when you see it.

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Thanks to a recommendation from my cousin, I headed down PCH to check out Child's Play Toys, a small store in a very large Redondo Beach shopping center. My first reaction was "Stickers!" There are loads of sticker books here in a variety of styles that certainly deserve a place on your kid's school binder. The stationery selection is great too, with brightly colored pens and scented erasers galore. Head to the back of the shop to check out the art supplies, such as paint-by-numbers kits based on famous works of art. For environmentally conscious families, check out Green Toys, which are made in the United States from recycled materials. There's also a nice selection of plush animals here, including stackable toys (similar to Disney's Tsum Tsum line) and cuddly hand puppets. At Child's Play, shoppers can help bring gifts to other children as well; when I stopped by on a recent Saturday, it was also taking toy donations.

Oct 1, 2014 - Hamley's in London, England

But they still hold tremendous influence in the toy industry. Look at the Beanie Baby craze, which was born at specialty stores, and Spin Master Toys' Air Hogs, a quiet best seller in small stores that's now caught the eye of the giant toy chains.Salesmen at small shops know almost every item they sell, sometimes even inviting toymakers to their stores for demonstrations. They encourage shoppers to ask questions and play with toys they are interested in buying.