K.M. asks from Missoula, MT on November 08, 2010
Cheap Wooden Toys
Right now my husband and I are graduate students and work. So, we are pretty poor but I don't want that to stop my son for having good quality, educational, beautiful toys! Is there anywhere can purchase wooden toys (blocks, cars, puzzles etc) without spending an arm and a leg?
L.S. answers from Spokane on November 08, 2010
IKEA has some fantasic toys and their prices are great :)
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S.B. answers from Dallas on November 08, 2010
You usually have to check in regularly, but I have found some fantastic wooden toys at Goodwill. Many are in new or like new condition. And they are always extremely reasonable. My son's alphabet blocks, several wooden puzzles, a pull string duck and some building block sets all came from Goodwill and I spent only a few dollars (or less on many items) on each item. I know NOTHING cost me over $5. It's on an errand route for me, so I just stop in when it's convenient. Some days we find a lot of terrific stuff and many days we walk out empty handed.
I also second IKEA. They have terrific toys at amazing prices!
M.C. answers from Tampa on November 08, 2010
I've found some of the Melissa and Doug wooden puzzles, blocks, etc at places like TJ Maxx and Burlington Coat factory for a lot less than what they are sold for at Toys - R- US. Also, I second IKEA, my son's wooden train set was $15 from IKEA and it is compatible with Thomas.
D.K. answers from State College on November 08, 2010
esty.com might have some
K.Z. answers from Cleveland on November 08, 2010
Yard sales and craft fairs sometimes have good stuff. You could also try ebay, and only buy if you can see a good picture showing the condition.
I think the site referenced in another post is etsy.com.
I think I have seen some wooden puzzles in Family Dollar or Big Lots (the kind where it has a handle for each piece; don't know if that is what you want, but worth a look).
If you have a 10,000 Villages store near you, you may find good stuff, not necessarily cheapest, but the purchase benefits the folks who made it in whatever third-world country it came from. We have a group that brings stuff from them in to our county for a 2-weekend sale in November.
Ask Grandparents, aunts/uncles to go in together on these.
If you don't find any cheap ones, decide what you most want him to have (eg blocks OR puzzles, OR cars) and spring for a good one this year, another type next year, etc. Really little ones don't compare how many toys they have with other kids. Quality vs. quantity--not a bad lesson to learn.
Good luck and enjoy your little guy--remember he thinks the best playthings are Mom and Dad!
J.S. answers from Dallas on November 08, 2010
Check the craigslist in your area.
E.W. answers from New York on November 08, 2010
Melissa and Doug have GREAT great toys that are hand made, wooden and educational. In addition to them being sold at Marshall's, TJMaxx and HomeGoods for cheaper than toys r us. Try Michael's or AC Moore. They have the toys there and every week they have a coupon for 40% off an item in the paper, or you can go on their website and print the coupons from there. And usually once a month they have a 50% off coupon. They sell a good selection of toys there including Thomas so I highly recommend.
S.S. answers from Denver on November 09, 2010
Back on the Rack in Denver is great. They consign clothes, toys. Baby equipment, etc.... I have found wooden puzzles, blocks, and even a wooden kitchen there. I have also seen a lot of the Plan Toy stuff come through. I believe they will call you if you are looking for something specific. Prices are great and if you join "Mommy Perks" online you get an
additional 15% off at checkout ( you have to mention your code). Best of luck!