Last week we were on holiday in Teignmouth in South Devon, an area full of charity shops. Despite taking a bag full of toys with us, Edward did very well. He has just discovered tractors and I picked up a collection of Bob the Builder vehicles in perfect condition from a gem of a PDSA shop. Edward spent many happy hours lying on the floor pushing his new tractors around when the weather turned wet.
My favourite shop was a Cancer Research shop in Newton Abbot which specialised in second hand baby and children goods. The shop was beautifully presented and Edward practically leapt out of his pushchair towards a small table and chairs which were heaving under the weight of toys, colouring books and crayons. I just loved the shop as, not only did it sell highchairs and moses baskets, but also lots of lovely clothes; easily accessible by colour, gender and size, but also vintage and modern toys, also grouped by theme such as jungle, superheros or wooden toys.
I bought some lovely clothes for Edward who at 16 months is growing very tall. He wasn’t excited at the prospect of new clothes but I was and he looks very cute in his new cords! I couldn’t resist buying some of the toys although I can’t promise I will be letting him play with all of them just yet.
My favorite purchase was a wonderful ‘Look with Mother ABC book’. The pages are on thick board and each letter of the alphabet is illustrated. Times have obviously changed as Y was for Yellow Bunting which wasn’t the most obvious word which sprung to my mind!
I also picked up some Kiddicraft toys, a brand I hadn’t heard of before. Apparently Kiddicraft was founded by Hilary Page in 1932. After initially producing toys from wood, Page was an early adopter of experimenting with plastics, mainly for hygiene reasons. I have some lovely plastic toys, perfect for Edward, and unfortunately nameless until I can identify them. I have a bit of a thing for jigsaws so purchased this fab jigsaw – my husband has already made me promise not to suggest getting it framed for Edward’s room!