Fidget spinners, the hit toy that spun out of nowhere, take over classrooms and cubicles

By JOSEPH PISANI - Associated Press
Tuesday, May 16th 2017, 18:41 pm EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stores can't keep them in stock. Parents are going crazy trying to find them.

The mania for fidget spinners — the 3-inch twirling gadgets — is unlike many other toy crazes. They're not made by a major company and are more easily found at a gas station or 7-Eleven than a big toy chain.

The craze exploded last month. Shannan Rowell, a sixth-grade special education teacher, says that after a weeklong break in late April more than half of her students suddenly had one.

Michigan toy store owner Tom Jones says the phone rings 20 to 30 times a day with people checking if they're in stock.

Toy expert Jim Silver expects the fad to last into the summer but fade as more of them flood into the market.


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