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#1 of 7 Old 01-11-2004, 12:59 PM - Thread Starter
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I am looking for some good prices on toys and toy ideas for my dd who is 16 months old........any ideas and sources are GREATLY appreciated!! I am working full time and so is dad (we do opposite shifts) and we have very limited time to surf for ideas and sources for things to get my dd and I dont want to spend my free time on the computer and not with her.............

Dont worry, I am not working full time so I can buy stuff for dd.......I just dont get her much in the way of toys and would like to add some soon for her to play with. I like interactive things and that are multi-purpose toys when possible........Price does matter because we are trying to get out of debt so I can be home more...........................TIA!!!!
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I try, try, try to get most of Aya's toys second hand. I try to borrow nice toys from friends or arrange a swap with other kids. We allow plastic toys (like the giant plastic car park [URG!] that I got at the flea marked this weekend), which I usually insist come secondhand. When we were in the US we found lots of nice toys at the consignment store, or a Salvation Army type shop. I have found the nicest toys at garage sales or flea markets.

For new toys I try to support some of the smaller toy shops in my town. There are really nice ones but the prices are really high.

At 16 months, my daughter was just getting into pretend play with her dolls. She also loved balls, anatomically correct naked baby dolls and large stuffed animals. One of her favorite toys was a small buggy for her dolls and little pillows and blankets (bean bags and wash cloths worked great!)

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There's a national chain called Once Upon a Child. Check your local listings to see if you have one. I've found really great stuff there.

Also, I love Discount School Supply. They have a website, will email you about their sales and will send you a catalog as well. If you scan the sales, you can find some great stuff for just a few dollars.

Also, try to connect with other parents in your area. I've shared a number of toys/clothes/etc. among friends and we've all been able to stretch things a bit further than we thought we'd be able to!

Good luck!

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I admit it, I am a toy fanatic!! I get toys everywhere - secondhand alot, from yard sales and consignment. But I have also found VERY good toys at places like Marshals, Ross, or Tuesday morning.

My best recommendation is anything by Chicco. My dd is 15 mo and we just got her a magic treehouse which is really fantastic. The Chicco bear village is the best designed toy I have ever seen. Really creative and versatile. But they are expensive, so I look for them cheap.
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i second the discount stores like tjmaxx, ross and tuesday morning. you can often find wooden toys there. i love wooden toys. oh if you have a plow & hearth outlet they usually have toys from companies like magic cabin and hearthsong.

i also am a regular at the parent/teacher store. here it is called TAPS and when i lived in the northwest it was called Learning Express i believe. they have neat Lauri puzzles and wooden toys, books etc

as a last resort i buy from catalogs like magic cabin but when they have free shipping type of deals and only if it is something that i can't find elsewhere.
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I do a lot of science teaching so I head to science stores or science equipment catalogs for exciting, open ended toys.

We have a thread on cool toys in the Dads section of this BB that includes a few links and many suggestions. Maybe stop by have have a read.


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