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Vail Valley Bizwatch: My Busy Bucket, kids toy rental

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Vail, CO, Colorado

Business name: My Busy Bucket.

Date opened: July, 2009.

Owners: Elizabeth Baumgarten and Audrey Zardkoohi.

Contact info:, or 303-710-0573.

What goods or services do you provide? My Busy Bucket is a toy rental service and more. My Busy Bucket is “Improving the Way Kids Play” with innovative, imaginative, and educational-themed buckets of activities and fun for boys and girls birth through 6 years of age.

Each month your child will receive a themed bucket of his/her/your choice of toys delivered right to your door. All you have to do is choose from our list of themes, pick your appropriate aged bucket, and then let the fun and learning begin.

All of our buckets are carefully created and include more than $200 worth of multi-sensory activities that will provide hours of creativity and enjoyment. Most buckets will be comprised of high-quality toys, games, books, puzzles, DVD’s, CD’s, and a craft (when age appropriate).

Renting a bucket of toys from My Busy Bucket is perfect for your vacation needs, a visit to grandma’s house, or just to fight kids’ boredom.

What’s new or exciting at your place? Our business is brand new this month and we are excited to share it with families in Colorado and beyond.

What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? Our business is different from other toy rental services because our buckets of toys are centered around a specific theme (puppets, dinosaurs, cooking, princesses, community workers, and more) and each contain books, CDs, DVDs, toys, games and puzzles.-

Some of our buckets even include crafts to keep and unique dress-up costumes.- Each bucket is carefully put together with unique items (many of the toys are wooden) and has a retail value of over $200 for as low as $37.99 a month.

What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? My Busy Bucket customers are our number one priority. After all, we are catering to young children so we take sanitation and safety very seriously. We also want to make life as simple as possible for our customers by providing free shipping directly to your door or vacation destination.

Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: Audrey is the mother of Ava (4) and Maddox (1). Originally from Orange County, California, she currently lives in Aurora with her children and husband, Mack. Audrey earned a master’s degree in social work from UCLA and has an extensive background in child welfare and development as well as child therapy. She worked as a social worker for several years before deciding to become a stay at home mother to her children.

Elizabeth is the mother of Alex (5) and Shawn (2). She and her husband, Jason, are both from Tampa, Fla., and now live in Centennial. Elizabeth earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and worked in the sports and entertainment industry for several years before deciding to go to graduate school to become an educator. After completing her master’s degree from the University of South Florida, she taught elementary school before becoming a stay at home mother to her sons.

What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? The most humorous thing so far is having to find creative ways to smuggle tons and tons of toys past our own children and hiding them!

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