I am a work-from-home mom & social worker and attended the Sacramento Waldorf School as a child. When my daughter was 2, she asked me to sew an apron for her just like mine! Then she wanted a tablecloth & cloth napkins, then beans bags, & a puppet theater. I started sewing for her, her friends, and then started selling to families around Northern California. My husband is key in supporting the technical/computer (and moving heavy boxes) side of the business. My children are now 15 and 12 and attend the Sacramento Waldorf School. A few other wonderful Elves (especially Betsy) help us out on and off throughout the year and especially during busy times. I couldn't do it without them!
For 12 years, I have offered an extensive selection of mostly hand-made toys made by me, friends in Northern California, around the United States, and around the world. Whenever possible, I purchase directly from the artisans. In general, these toys are made from wood, cotton, wool, silk, and other natural and high-quality materials and are open-ended, leaving lots of room for the child to develop and use his/her own imagination and imitation skills. A few items are just plain fun and I couldn't resist offering them to you. I also buy from a few larger manufacturers that have strong ethical and safety policies whether manufacturing in Germany, USA, Thailand, Canada, China, or elsewhere.
I hope you will enjoy the ease of shopping from home! I always welcome your questions, suggestions and leads on new products, feedback, testimonials, special orders/inquiries, and thoughts! Since I am constantly searching the world for more unique and wholesome toys and gifts, check back frequently to see my new offerings.
Happy Playing, Sonya
PS A Note about our "carbon footprint". Whenever possible we reuse bags, packing materials, and supplies. What we can't reuse, we recycle. I am a frequent dumpster diver for packing boxes and rarely leave any store without several "already-been-used-once" empty boxes to bring home and use to ship out orders. I also have many friends who frequently drop boxes and packing materials off on my doorstep to reuse! (Thank you to all my Box Fairies!) Our basement warehouse is made of concrete and SIPS panels, this new technology allows us to work all year (partially underground) without using any heat or air conditioning. We think shopping online saves you from running around town and the letter carrier was going to come to your house anyway.
We honestly don't think you could find our selection in any one town in the US or elsewhere online, so grab a cup of tea, sit back, and enjoy shopping!