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Toys Made in Britain??

Toys Made in Britain??

The BBC Breakfast programme is featuring a family who are trying to buy only British made goods.  How good to see that idea back I thought as I watched, reminded of the We’re Backing Britain campaign of the late 60s.   Then I choked on my cornflakes when I reflected that, if they were looking to buy toys for the couple’s young children they might be hard pressed, remembering what we sell ourselves that is made in the UK which, I’m…

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Mulberry Bush Summer Catalogue now out!

Mulberry Bush Summer Catalogue now out!

The Mulberry Bush Spring and Summer catalogue of wooden toys and games is on its way.  If you are already a customer one should be arriving by post in the next few days.  If you would like one please enter your details on our catalogue request page and we’ll send you one and add you to our mailing list for future catalogues too. (UK only by post, but the whole range can be seen on the website) We have quite…

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Best Selling Christmas Toys for 2009

Best Selling Christmas Toys for 2009

What are our best selling toys this Christmas?   Some of the wooden toys we offer are best sellers year after year.  In pride of place has to be the fantastic Mini Cakes and Stand which has been immensely popular for a couple of years now, and not surprisingly.  The detail is incredible and with 12 mouth-watering wooden cakes plus wooden stand at £11.99 it’s incredible value too.   Another best seller this year and a consistent favourite for 2 or 3…

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Christmas toys panic – order early!

Christmas toys panic – order early!

There’s going to be a shortage of toys this Christmas –  so says BBC Breakfast today. Well for the must-have, toy-of-the-year Barbie Roller Girl or Transformers Movie Leader type of toy that may very well be true.  The big distributors have to place their orders in the Far East many months before Christmas, and at the beginning of this year with all the doom and gloom there was it was not surprising that many importers were cautious.  Bear in mind…

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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 to be Christmas best sellers

Wooden Toys to be Christmas best sellers

It may seem incredible to be thinking about Christmas in the middle of the summer (what summer ?!?) but that’s what we do every year at this time as we finalise our autumn & winter catalogue.  All the toy manufacturers and retailers will have been gearing up for the past few months as the Christmas season begins as soon as the summer holidays are over. We’re adding a couple more pages of wooden toys this year – which have always…

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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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No Longer Child’s Play?

No Longer Child’s Play?

Toy collecting, especially antique tin and wooden toys, as an investment is a relatively recent phenomenon. It started to get serious in the mid-60’s with prices and demand being driven largely by interest from the USA. By the mid-eighties the market really took off. Toy prices in the USA and around the world started going through the roof. In 1988 the sale of the contents of Leon J Perelman’s Toy Museum generated over $5 million in just 24 hours for…

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Top Ten Traditional Wooden Toys

Top Ten Traditional Wooden Toys

I’ve taken a close look at our recent sales statistics to compile this list of traditional wooden toys that continue to be immensely popular: Jacobs Ladder: This is a very popular traditional folk toy consisting of wooden blocks that are held together with ribbon. When the toy is held at one end the illusion of a block tumbling down the ladder is created. Fascinating fun. Junior Carpenter Set: This brilliant carpentry set continues to be extremely popular. It consists of…

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Marbles over the Millennia

Marbles over the Millennia

There’s a nicely written piece about traditional games on Time Magazine’s website with the author describing how he and his primary schoolmates played marbles in the playground in the 1970s.  No doubt he thinks that makes him sound old, but I could have written the same about my primary school in the 1950s and I reckon if I asked my father – now in his 80s – he could have done the same for the 1920s and ’30s.  But in…

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