Hi! I'm Stacey.
Why launch Ode to Toy? For your wallet. For the environment. For their joy.
I'll explain a bit further.
When I had my beautiful baby girl in 2019, I quickly became overwhelmed by toys and books.
They were so expensive! Sure, I could scour Kijiji and Facebook Marketplace for deals, but let's be real, who has time for that as a new parent? And to go all the way to pickup, and get there, and learn the quality wasn't what I wanted?
They were so terrible for the environment! I sucked it up and bought some stuff. They came in packaging. Wrapped in packaging. In another layer of packaging. Urgh.
They were quickly discarded! Does my daughter have the attention span of a flea? Yes. Is that developmentally appropriate at this point? Also yes.
The stores throw out returns! Did you know that many big box stores throw out returned toys? What a waste – perfectly good toys, often in NEW condition, going to the landfill!
So here I was, stuck with a bunch of costly, environmentally burdensome toys that were played with for a few minutes (ok months). I could sell them once she tired of them, but again, new parent - who has time for that? I prefer to use my "spare" time sleeping and eating.
I knew I wasn't the only one with these issues.
What if I could give these toys a second life? What if I could ensure that you're not mortgaging your firstborn for Magformers? What if I could assure you that the quality is there: puzzles have all their pieces, games are complete, and dolls have all of their limbs. What if you could get your toys dropped off directly? What if you could sell with almost no effort on your part - picked up from you (for free!) when your little has outgrown their current interests. What if we could save BRAND NEW items that were about to be trashed from a landfill?
Well, that's exactly what Ode to Toy is going to do. We will bring your little ones joy, as all toys and books do (well, at least temporarily). But we’re also going to bring YOU joy. You’ll save your hard earned cash (nothing is over $99.99), do our part for the environment, and get that old stuff out of your house quickly and easily.
We will all play it forward.
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Have a wonderful day,
Stacey and Family