CONWAY SC (WBTW) – Experts urge children to make their Christmas lists as soon as possible.
Delays in deliveries and a lack of manpower are behind a toy shortage that is likely to occur this holiday season.
This Christmas will be Small Town Toys’ first Christmas after opening in July. The shelves were full on Tuesday, but as the holiday season approaches, the owner is working overtime to keep treats in stock.
âWell of course we got the Fisher-Price. All of this stuff is Fisher-Price, so it’s big, âsaid Morgan Harmer, owner of Small Town Toys in Downtown Conway.
Harmer expects Hot Wheels, Pokemon Cards, and Choppy Toys to be on many children’s Christmas wishlists this year. âEvery small town needs a toy store,â said Harmer, determined to overcome any challenges the pandemic has thrown at it.
âYou know, I just did it with everything that’s going on, but I just got ahead of the game and started ordering stuff,â Harmer said.
However, some orders are pending with no expected delivery date. Harmer told News13 she started ordering additional toys when it first opened, anticipating what experts are calling a crisis.
âSome toy manufacturers are grappling with some very tough decisions this holiday season,â said Adrienne Appell of the Toy Association. Appell said the potential shortage stems from the pandemic shutdowns.
âHaving boats where they need to be. There aren’t enough containers where they need to be. Then when the ships arrive at the port, they cannot unload because there is a shortage of truckers, âsaid Appell.
All of this has resulted in an increase in prices. If shoppers plan to fully pad the socks this year, experts say now is the time to shop.
Experts say the anticipated shortage could make way for counterfeit toys sold online that do not meet US safety standards.
Experts are encouraging families to shop at local retailers to keep children happy and safe this holiday season.