Tomfoolery Toys and Books in Meyerland weathers create problems as the holidays approach

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) – A Houston-area toy store is facing a unique holiday season as supply chain turmoil continues.

Carol Staley owns Tomfoolery Toys and Books in Maryland. As December approaches, its shelves are stocked.

Staley said: “In the past two weeks, we’ve seen quite a few orders we placed in June that were ‘immediate shipping,’ ie ‘I placed the order. Ship it today “and it’s just showing up now,” Staley said.

She said it was a daily task to make sure her shelves were stocked.

Staley is experiencing significant delays in getting products and prices are high. In some cases, it has seen price increases from manufacturers of up to 20% over the past year.

“A lot of manufacturers tried to keep it as low as possible,” Staley explained. “We’ve done that as well, rather than passing it on to the consumer. But it got to a point where, unfortunately, you can just take a lot and stay in business. And that’s what our manufacturers tell us as well.”

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Some games have gone up in prices at Tomfoolery but not as much as some major online retailers have seen.

A few customers commented on us, Staley said, ‘Did you know that’s worth another $9 on Amazon? “

It’s about shipping, according to Staley.

Tomfoolery charges online customers a flat rate for shipping, so they don’t factor that into the item price.

“Charging has gone up,” Staley said. “The product has gone up, so sometimes it’s an online way for them to cover free shipping, where you’ll pay more for the product.”

Even with the shipping charge, people from all over the country are shopping at the locally owned store in Meyerland more than ever. She said their online presence has grown exponentially during the pandemic.

Staley attributes this to the limited availability of products at other retailers with stock.

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“There is a shortage of workers, so some manufacturers are having problems getting things done to us,” Staley said. “Some of them, rather than selling it themselves, online directly from the manufacturer pay their goods to us, so I think that’s another reason why we’re seeing more out-of-state and online orders.”

Tomfoolery is now stocked but Staley is already concerned about 2022. Manufacturers have told Staley that there is a possibility that there will be a price increase early next year for the third time since the start of the pandemic.

“With the supply chain, we have been warned by our manufacturers to anticipate it possibly during next Christmas,” Staley said.

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