Introduction: How to Spread the Love With the Toy Society

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Now. This is some good fun:

If you have a bit of time on your hands and some handmade softies that you can bear to give away, become a member of The Toy Society! It's like a secret society of crafty toymakers who "spread the love along the streets" around the world.

Check out Lola, the doll I "dropped" at

Step 1: Contact the Toy Society for Details.

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Check out The Toy Society to get all of the info you need. Once you receive your email, make a cool softie or doll to donate. I suggest using one of your best protoypes so as to not suffer from too much separation anxiety. Lola, here, is a prototype. I love her to pieces, but she's not the doll that I want to sell. Over time, I've generated a lot of almost-there dolls and am happy to find The Toy Society to lighten my load.

Step 2: Make the Necessary Tag and Letter...

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...and stuff your doll into a Ziploc bag. (This is the most morbid, but necessary step.)

Step 3: Take Your Shades to Turn Yourself Into the Incognito Observer.

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Because once you "drop" your toy, you'll want to hang around to see if you get any instant bites!

Step 4: Find a Busy Spot in Your City and "Drop" Your Doll.

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Step 5: Wait for Innocent Bystanders...

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...if you like, but please, please don't encourage them to pick up your doll. Remember The Toy Society is a secret society :D

Remember to take pictures and follow the steps of The Toy Society to see your sneaky work in action!


zolar1 (author)2010-10-09

Really great idea.. I have lots of unloved toys now because of the new ones that have taken their place and for the most part I take them to Goodwill or I will ask the social worker at our school if they know of anybody that could used some greatly loved but gently used toys!

leokinz95 (author)2009-10-23

thanks so much for posting this! when i was 6 I used to walk around my parents store giving away stuffed animals i won out to babies and little kids.(when i was 7) and now i can make the toys and do it secretly!

hippiefreak143 (author)2009-02-20

this is the cutest idea ever! (:
i really want to try this now!

Mr. Twist (author)2008-11-13

Do you live in Hawaii cuz that last pictures looks like downtown honolulu

tracidraw (author)Mr. Twist2008-11-14

Don't I wish! Austin has a nice lake though...

rc jedi (author)tracidraw2008-11-14

I used to live near northcross mall. A pic from my r/c plane over park near mopac loop 1

tracidraw (author)rc jedi2008-11-15

Cool! Austin's great!

Evil Bike (author)tracidraw2008-11-24

ma names austin

monaloka (author)2008-11-23

great ideas are so simple... just like this one!
absolutely brilliant!
thanks! =D

digitaltripper (author)2008-11-14

Wow how cool is this!! Great idea!!

tracidraw (author)digitaltripper2008-11-14

Thanks! It's good fun!

FreshPineSent (author)2008-11-14

I know where my kids' gifts are coming from this year.

rc jedi (author)2008-11-13

What about the tons of toys I have already? Can I leave rescue heroes, lego, dragons, Dora, etc?

tracidraw (author)rc jedi2008-11-14

Lol! I have a bin with the same problem! With The Toy Society, you would have to make a handmade toy or doll, but how cool would it be to make your own Take-This-Toy-I-Can't-Stand-To-Step-On-It-Anymore! society? ;)

devilwyrm (author)2008-11-02

sounds like the kind of thing the toysoldiers do.

it sort of a fan club for a guy named doctor steel who is a crazy toymaker.
he wants to build a playland utopia and bring childhood fun back with toys and games.

tracidraw (author)devilwyrm2008-11-03

That's kind of a cool, crazy thing! I like the missions...

devilwyrm (author)tracidraw2008-11-03

you should sign up and make the toy society a mission. people there love this kind of stuff.

tracidraw (author)devilwyrm2008-11-04

Cool. I'll send the word to the founder!

ve2vfd (author)2008-11-02

Good idea! Reminds me of the folks who spread used books around on

tracidraw (author)ve2vfd2008-11-02

Cool! I'm checking out that site right now!

jessyratfink (author)2008-11-02

This is a cute idea. Maybe when my winter boredom kicks in and I'm sewing a lot I should do something like this. :)

tracidraw (author)jessyratfink2008-11-02

Cool! It's just hard to let them go...

pocketlama (author)2008-11-01

Brilliant! I've got just the softies laying around looking for homes. Great idea...

tracidraw (author)pocketlama2008-11-01

It was a fun time!

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