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The manufacturer did “a really good job,” she added, of creating a reinforced opening “so kids could take the babies in and out.”
Then she launched a $30,000 all-or-nothing online Kickstarter campaign to get the first batch of 1,200 goats and babies made.
“Margo, the toy goat,” she explained on her cheery Kickstarter site, “gives birth to her two kids the same way Margo the real goat did. This gentle, authentic birth process helps children learn the real facts of life as they’re having fun helping Margo with her kidding.”
Allosso, who put in her own money, was tremendously grateful for the more than 100 supporters, including a father in Spain who ordered a goat-book set.
But others didn’t want to get near her idea, including toy vendors “who were just not going to take a chance.”
“You have to develop a thick skin, and try not to take negative remarks too personally,” she said.
With just over $6,000 raised, a disappointed Allosso abandoned the idea — mostly.
Her book, “Are You Kidding?” was co-authored with Vivi and is available on Amazon.com.
She is learning to make cheese.
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