Monday, September 28, 2009

Ye Olde Toy Shoppe

As I mentioned last week, I try to limit birthday presents. But my mother-in-law shows her love through gifting so I hate to limit that love. I made compromise this year with the help of Ye Olde Toy Shoppe in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. It is near my in-laws place and it is chock-full of resale toys. Traditionally a collector's paradise, it is perfect for us because it allows Tucker to enjoy new-to-him toys without hurting (maybe actually helping) the planet and supporting a local business woman.

The walls are lined and layered with toy treasures. So much so that Tucker had trouble deciding. And while each toy is different, they all have one thing in common, they have been used and loved before and they have already made their imprint on the planet. Now it's time for a few of them to make an imprint on yet another child.

Do you have a place like this by you? Have you looked? If not, the internet is great for allowing you to buy resale. Craigslist and Ebay are great places to look even if you won't get that same magical feeling of being surrounded by a history of laughter and fun.


Lucy Pursglove-Jones said...

What a fabulous place! We have a few local toy sales and a good one at the local primary school in November just in time for Christmas :) x

Megan said...

What a fun place!

I don't know if they are {or were} resale toys, but when I was growing up, there was a little toy store that I would walk to on a regular basis and in the back of the store there was a little nook that I'd sit in. I'd play with the toys back there for quite awhile. The store is still there, but it's not the same.