Thursday, March 03, 2011

a magical toy shop in berlin

back in september in berlin, just a couple of doors down from the apartment where we stayed, there was a magical little toy shop.  it was stuffed from floor to ceiling with toys new and old. in the back was a bearded man who sat in a lair repairing toys. he was surrounded by drawers of supplies - eyes, little screws, small wheels, any bit or bob that a toy might need. did you get that? someone was repairing toys? instead of throwing them away! isn't that magical?


the proprietor was a real toy geek. he was intense in that way that only a geek who really burns for his particular geekdom can be. he was such a geek in fact, that i suspect he lived in the back of the shop. and he seemed harmless enough, tho' when he tried to usher us into the basement through an alice-sized tiny door to ostensibly see his collection of east german toys, he did seem slightly less harmless.  we declined.


my favorite bit was his wide selection of little tin replicas of the old-fashioned mechanical toys. i bought several robots and this magical little ferris wheel. it has a key that you wind and then it turns around.


it was the kind of store that gives you hope for the world. hope that it won't all be taken over by the giants - toys r us, wal-mart and the like - hope that there is a place still left in the world for magic. and wonder. and a bit of geekiness. and where they repair toys instead of throwing them out. but maybe that's just berlin.

11 comments:

Karen said...

What an awesome place! I would love to visit a shop like this...

Dyche Designs said...

Wow, what a neat looking store. So much fun.

KLo said...

There is something so magical about a toy store (not a Toys R Us kind of toy store, but a REAL toy store). It's the same thing with bookstores ... and sometimes I wonder why so-called "progress" has led us so far from that magic ...

M.M.E. said...

I'm not a toy fan by any means and I was skeptical about the shop until I saw the ferris wheel. It's gorgeous! I hope that little place of magic can stay open until I can get a ticket to Berlin. Thank you so much for sharing!

Sammi said...

Oooh, what a surprising post to see. I loved that little store when we were there. It was magic :)

heidikins said...

Oh goodness, I just swooned.

xox

Bee said...

I'm thinking that maybe we should have ventured through the Alice door.

An enjoyable reminder --

mrs mediocrity said...

I wish that they still made things that could be repaired. I love that there are still people that will fix things and people that want to buy the things they fix.

Lisa-Marie said...

That shop looks like a dream! Love the aeroplanes!

kristina - no penny for them said...

oh, i remember that visit. it was a lovely day!

julochka said...

i've had lots of requests for the address of this magical place...you can find it here: choriner strasse 35 and it's called "onkel philipp's spielzeugwerkstatt"