Saturday, 27 September 2014

Guest Blogger ~ No Batteries Required

My name is gary I’m 44 years old and I live in Streatham  south London 
I work as a wire man  in my day job
and make and run my shop at night.

cat brooch  wood washing jewellery scroll saw

How did you decide on the name for your shop?
I wanted a name that was easy to remember  
and one that was good for basic toys and gifts 
so no batteries required  seemed appropriate as in this high tech world 
where everything has batteries and a 100 page manual to use it. 
I think it’s good to get back to basic toys and gifts.

wood toy car  kids waldorf

How long has your shop been open and why did you start it? 
I opened my shop on 7 -8- 2011 I started it as a way of selling 
some of my items that I have made  as I was making items  
and not sure what to do with them  
and you can only give away so many as gifts  
but as the sales started to come in I began to take it a bit more seriously 
and has just got better and better but you really do have to put the time 
into setting up and running your shop.  

toy car hot rod wood push toy

What is your favourite item/s in your shop at the moment? 
Can I have 2?
  The zoo safari and the wood truck  
saying that I have to say I like most of the items in my shop
zoo safari wood toy set animal waldorf

wood toy  truck luber lorry  push toy

Where do you get your inspiration from?
I like to think of toys that I had as a kid as back then most toys were simple toys  
but you played  with them for hours.  
I do find that I spend quick a bit of time looking on the inter net at pics of old toys  
and games and some times old time home ware items 
also my nan was a painter and my granddad was always making some for the home 
I remember watching him for hours some times working down the shed. 

toy tank wood  toy  pull toy scroll saw

What other things do you like to do in your spare time?
Ham radio playing around with electronic projects some times they even work 1st time.

dinosaur wood toy triceratops waldorf

What would be the one piece of advice would you give to a person setting up their own shop?
Keep at it it takes a lot of time and hard work to get going 
and to keep it going when you 1st start your shop
 You might not get a sale for weeks it really does take a lot of time so don’t give up and keep at it.

robot fridge magnet wood maple scroll saw

Where can you be found on Social Media?

toy shark wood push toy  animal pull toys

1 comment:

  1. I am actually thinking of using some of them while teaching my own kids.

    kids learning and fun