A Winter’s Tale


We’re in the middle of a deep-freeze here in Ontario — the average temperature here is hovering in the -20C range (that’s about -4F for those of you not comfortable with the Celcius scale.) It’s cold. Very cold.

And it’s dark … the middle of a Canadian winter can take a toll on people, as they get up in the dark, and go to work or school in the dark, and come home in the dark. In the dark and the cold. Did I mention how it’s freezing here?

But there is one little ray of sunshine in all this. It’s at this time of year that we receive our 2009 catalogues from suppliers, showing us all the fabulous new toys and games on offer for the coming year. One or two catalogues generally arrive in each day’s mail (along with a load of bills, of course — some things never change) and we tear them open with little squeaks of delight, oooohing and aaahhhhing over each shiny new item.

Of course, the new price lists are also included in these catalogues, and sometimes those are not as exciting … sometimes those show price increases, for example (sometimes there are price decreases, too — but that is a rarity. We’re pretty happy if things just stay the same.)

We’ll be sharing our favourite new items with you as we discover them, this month and next. Most we won’t see until Toy Fair, the toy industry’s annual trade show that is coming up at the end of the month (we have to bring along a small wheeled carry-on bag to bring home all the catalogues we pick up at Toy Fair — it takes us weeks to get through them afterwards.)

Tomorrow: some new kits launching from one of our favourite craft suppliers, those zany people at Klutz Press.

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