Someone recently asked me where we find our toys. I have several places I look to first.
1) Etsy: I love buying handmade and supporting other moms. I would prefer to make them myself. But–um, that prospect is not quite manifesting as I’d hoped. Check out this gnome furniture and the autumn gnome that might sit to sup.
2) Oompa and Three Sisters Toys: my favorite online sites for toys. No electronic noises and no batteries required. Three Sisters may be pricey but they have an “under 10.00” toy category and they offer 5.00 flat rate shipping. Oompa offers free shipping over 65.00. Last year I ordered all my Christmas gifts for kids from Oompa so that I received free shipping. I didn’t have to stand in a single toy store line.
3) Amazon makes it easy to create wish lists and to find used books for a fraction of the cost. And Amazon does offer HABA and Plan Toys. Now they also have a “Green Toys” category.
4) If I need a toy in a hurry, I usually go to O.P. Taylors. They carry a good selection of Plan Toys and Melissa and Doug.
And again, lest you think I live some ideal life and have no plastic toys…as I write this post, Norah is playing in the tub: “Mama, did you know Nemo likes warm milk?” I glance over to find her “nursing” a plastic clownfish swaddled in a wash cloth.
I like Landbridge Toys. Small company, personalized service and great selection.
On the other hand, you could buy your child no toys and wait to see what bright and loud monstrosities other people dump onto out of pity for your toy-less child. If I get one more hand-me-down that plays music and flashes light . . .