Toy rental and toy co-op businesses
have been gaining popularity within the past five or six years. Essentially,
toys can be rented by a family for a set period of time, usually one month.
Rental varies depending on the type and original purchase of the toys.
A toy rental business will
usually have a few larger or more expensive toys, such as a Power Wheels-type
vehicle, a My Size Barbie House or Little Tikes play equipment. These
usually get rented out on a per week basis, so they can be rented to coordinate
with a particular event, such as a birthday party, or visiting kids or
You can take a deposit up front,
or charge a membership fee to cover damage to any toys. Normal wear and
tear is considered normal.
A toy rental business provides
low income families with toys they might not be able to otherwise afford,
as well as keep a good variety of ever-changing toys in a child's toy
box. It also can give parents a chance to give a toy a trial run before
spending the money on purchasing it themselves.