My friend Paul O’Mahony, @Omaniblog, in Ireland shared the above picture on Twitter. “Best little toy store – must put this on @listly #Joyces #princesstreet #cork_ireland #toys #games #fun #shop #toystore @macolgan”
I replied: “I want to go there. I love toy stores : ) MT @Omaniblog: Best little toy store – http://t.co/ApY1U3B9”
Paul asked: “@DianeBrogan What would make a trip to that little toy store “irresistible” to you? – I wonder”
I told him if he sent me a copy of the picture to go along with the post, I would tell him why I would like to go to that little toy store. So here is the story.
First of all, just look at it. Bright pink wood framing windows full of delightful treasures and a charming Dalmatian dog to greet visitors. I immediately knew it was a place I would like to visit. It has personality. It has promise. It is welcoming. It is a storybook place. The owners should be proud to know they have stirred so many emotions within me and I haven’t even entered the store yet.
Check out that left window. There are all sorts of doll houses waiting to be explored. Notice the white Siberian Tiger standing guard. There are lots of other stuffed animals that would be interesting to meet and maybe give a cuddle.
Look at the shelves behind the Dalmatian. I just know there are amazing things there I haven’t ever seen before in this life time. Toy stores are also full of little things, simple things, and unusual things the spark the imagination.
Check out the right hand window. Another doll house. Little people furniture. There are games, stuffed animals and a horse for riding. Did you see the giraffe. I am always attracted to giraffes. They are such fun.
Maybe this toy store created so much emotion in me because it reminds me of the toy store in Amesbury, MA. Although not as colorful, the one in Amesbury has windows full of treasures and delivers everything it promises.
Toy stores are just special. They are created by adults, but they cater to children. They are designed to spark that magic in children that make an item a must have.
Maybe I just enjoy magic. Do you like toy stores?
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