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Vendor Spotlight: D and Me Wooden Toys by Kitty Robertson Morse, Heirloom Wooden Toys

May 27, 2011

One of my favorite aspects of running Heirloom Wooden Toys is the amazing variety of companies we’ve found over the years that make wooden toys and furniture.  D and Me, run by Don and Mary Hurley in Montana, is one of our smaller vendors still making toys the old-fashioned way: one at a time, in a local workshop with local materials.  Here’s their story:

“Our cottage industry began in the early 1970’s when our children were small and needed toys that were built to last and yet provide hours of play time. We had just finished remodeling our kitchen and had leftover lumber.  Don bought a how-to book and made some toys.  Our children loved the toys, which were shared with the neighbor children.  Their parents began asking for some of these classic toys for their children, too.  About this same time, art and craft shows were beginning and we found an additional venue for selling our toys.  We continue to market our classic wood toys and handmade quilts at art and craft shows, in gift shops throughout the USA and now, thanks to the internet, in several European countries. In 1999, the internet and e-commerce became our new venue and we began selling from our on-line store.  We also now have a drop ship program for those businesses that are on-line.

The Rustic Handmade Wooden Doll Cradle

 The “second generation” of toys were made for our grandchildren, who even played with the originals, which we had saved for this very reason. Our children and our grandchildren were our test market – if the toys held up for their use, we added them to our line. Now our grandchildren are grown and we will continue to use their input on products and wait for the great grandchildren.

The Classic Wooden Fire Engine

 Don (“D”) uses mixed hardwoods with a natural (child safe) oiled finish in the construction of these classic wood toys. The colored pieces on the wood toys are done with a non-toxic toy enamel, which is also child safe. Each piece is hand sanded, finished, and detailed. The handcrafted wood toys, which have a classic look, are meant to be used and played with. We regularly sell to day care centers, pre-schools and medical offices.

The Flip Flop Pull Toy Antique Reproduction

 Mary (“ME”) has been sewing since age 5 and quilting since 1965. Most of her quilted pieces have a traditional country look with just a hint of the contemporary. All have 100% cotton fabrics for the front and back with either polyester or cotton batting inside. Quilt sizes range from minis to king bed size, including wall hangings, table runners and table covers. The quilts are made “tough” (with hand guided electric needle quilting) so they can hold up to lots of snuggles and cuddles.  These quilted pieces can be used and abused.  Custom ordering is available so the exact size, colors, and fabrics will fit with your decorating scheme.”

This company is home-grown, as you can see.  The handcrafts of woodworking and quilting are still being practiced in the heart of the USA and Heirloom Wooden Toys is proud to carry their wonderful wooden cars, trucks and toys in our store.

If you are looking to buy a gift or toy for your child or grandchild, think of Heirloom Wooden Toys where we provide sustainable, safe wooden toys, games and furniture that will last for generations to come.  You can shop by Age, Price, Brand, or just browse hundreds of products for all kinds of kids.  Many of our products are Made in the USA so you can support businesses that are keeping jobs at home.  Looking for custom products?  We have a large selection of items that can be personalized or engraved with your name or message.  Free Shipping on orders over $99!  Contact Kitty Robertson Morse at kitty@heirloomwoodentoys.com or (866) 202-8073.

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