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WHAT DO I GET IF I WIN?
If you are our grand prize winner - and let's face it, why wouldn't you be? - you'll receive $500 cash (Ok it's a check, but you get the idea) and a vendor contract at UncommonGoods. You'll work with our Children & Leisure buyer, Melissa, to decide how your product will be sold based on your production capacity. Your design will be shown on UncommonGoods.com, in our marketing emails, and possibly in the catalog. You also reserve the right for a judgment-free victory dance.
WHAT IF I DON'T WIN?
This question bums us out, but all runners-up will receive a critique of their work from the guest judges, UncommonGoods' marketing team will provide tips for marketing and growing their businesses, and may still be considered for entrance into our collection.
WHAT CAN I SUBMIT?
We want to see your original game or toy design. Really, the sky is the limit so it might be easier to tell you what you shouldn't submit: as a company that is animal-friendly, designs made of leather, suede, bones, and antlers won't be sold on our site. If yours is a product that is intended to be used by children, we also look for products with certification from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
WHAT ARE BUYERS LOOKING FOR?
Our buyers especially love games and toys that help build experiences-whether they are sentimental or educational. We take the term "uncommon" pretty seriously around here and are on the hunt for truly unique products. Our buyers love anything that has an exciting story so tell us about it in your entry. Where does your inspiration come from? What hurdles have you jumped to get to your beautiful finished product? Lastly, we love a product made from unique, unexpected materials, and we love it even more if those materials are reclaimed. Not a requirement, but it would make us smile.
I STILL HAVE A QUESTION!
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Laurie is President and Chief Toy Officer of Adventure Publishing, the leading publisher of magazines servicing the toy and licensing industries since 1983. Laurie provides toy advice to parents via the Toy Insider Mom blog and Facebook page. She is a contributing editor at Woman's Day, where she serves as the resident toy expert and is the contributing toy editor to Grandparents.com.
Amanda is the Director of Operations for Uncle Goose, America's premier wooden block company. Running the day-to-day operations at Uncle Goose requires Amanda to wear many hats. Beyond managing schedules and finances, she is heavily involved in the creative process and new product development.
Melissa is a buyer at UncommonGoods. She is a California native, and a recent New York transplant. Always on the lookout for great new products, Melissa spends time scouring blogs, shops, craft fairs, and of course, the occasional trade show.