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Quadrabyke – the ultimately versatile bike for children

Quadrabyke – the ultimately versatile bike for children

This is a chid’s bike that starts as a 4 wheeler, then can quickly and easily be changed to a trike by removing one front wheel and repositioning the other by means of the clever axle system.  Then when your child is ready the rear wheels are changed in the same way converting the same frame into a first pedalled two-wheeler bike.  This is such a fantastic idea we thought it well worth putting on the front cover of our…

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New Mulberry Bush Toy Catalogue out now!

New Mulberry Bush Toy Catalogue out now!

What a relief!  After several months of hard work our new autumn / winter catalogue of children’s toys is not only printed but is now in the post to our customers.  We think it’s the best yet, but we are a bit biased! We’re very pleased to have found loads of new toys which we think you’ll like, and certainly the initial orders received this week seem to show that our new range has the seal of approval from parents…

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Wooden Toys | Too many eggs in the Chinese basket?

Wooden Toys | Too many eggs in the Chinese basket?

It really does seem that the Chinese are beginning to find that manufacturing is not all beer and skittles In April 2008 I wrote that there were signs of slowing in the Chinese economy, and pondered whether it might not have been time for British toy manufacturing to re-emerge.  Now it seems the Chinese themselves are concerned at the rapid shrinking of their toy manufacturing sector, to the extent that they are seeking approval – presumably from their Government –…

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Toys for Expatriates

Toys for Expatriates

We regularly receive orders for toys and games from overseas, or to be sent overseas, but calculating the Postage & Packing cost is frequently difficult.  The cost depends on the weight and size of the parcel, where it is to be sent, what service is to be used etc.  Given the number of countries, we have been asked to send to the permutations are enormous. We tell our customers that we will advise the actual cost of delivery, (plus a…

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Perfume Laboratory – a craft kit that makes scents

Perfume Laboratory – a craft kit that makes scents

We’re told by the manufacturers of the Perfume Laboratory that it’s going to be advertised on TV over Easter.  Leaving aside the contentious question of whether children’s products should be pushed at them in this way, I can tell you this was a very popular science kit prior to Christmas.  With its links to the National Curriculum it’s one you can buy in the knowledge that it’s educational and fun at the same time. So – if you find yourself…

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Mulberry Bush Blog Best in Explorer 7 or Firefox

Mulberry Bush Blog Best in Explorer 7 or Firefox

I’ve just discovered our blog doesn’t look right in Internet Explorer 6.  On our screens its missing all the right side, navigation etc.   If, like me, you’re a bit slow to adopt new software I can only suggest you upgrade to IE7 or Firefox at your earliest convenience.  You’re probably missing all sorts of stuff on other sites too, without realising!

Toys for Grandchildren

Toys for Grandchildren

When my wife and I started Mulberry Bush twelve years ago our aim was to build a collection of traditional toys and games that Grandparents would want to buy for their grandchildren.  Lots of wooden toys, not too much plastic, nothing to do with computers, and none of those character or film related toys that are the “must have” one Christmas and gone the next.  The only slight snag was that we weren’t grandparents ourselves, nor indeed did we have…

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Rising prices in deflationary times

Rising prices in deflationary times

January and February are the months in which we go to the Toy Trade Fairs, sourcing new toys and games for our autumn catalogue.  Always a bit depressing to be thinking about next Christmas when we’ve hardly recovered from the last one.  This year we knew there would be added uncertainty because of the likelihood of significantly increased prices, resulting from the weakness of Sterling. In fact we were not as unsettled as we had feared.  Some of our suppliers…

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New Mulberry Bush toy catalogue now out!

New Mulberry Bush toy catalogue now out!

We’ve just received from the printers our great new catalogue of toys gifts and games for children.  There are lots of new toys and a focus on outdoor and summer.  Perfect for birthdays and summer holidays.  We don’t believe many of our competitors will be mailing a catalogue this spring, so we’re doing our bit to lift the doom and gloom! If you’ve bought from us  recently there should be a copy coming to you in the post very soon….

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VAT Price Reductions on Popular Toys

VAT Price Reductions on Popular Toys

Just what we needed in the frantic few weeks before Christmas.  A little bit of extra work, courtesy of the Chancellor.  We can’t knock his motives however and are all in favour of anything that gets the flagging economy going again.  This bulletin explains what we at Mulberry Bush are doing in response. We are a small business and whilst we hold a lot of stock of our wooden and traditional toys (too much says our accountant) we do not…

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