Tuesday, October 9, 2012


It's happening! I am going to open a toy shop called Granny Fi's Toy Cupboard. It will begin as a Facebook shop and then next year it will have a real, geographical location in Uralla, a small town 15 minutes south of Armidale, NSW, Australia.
 
I will be taking over the running of my aunt's gallery, Chaucer on Bridge Street and adding my toy shop/gift shop. I'm hoping it will be a family business as there are lots of talented people I'm related to: painters, potters, writers, storytellers, textile artists and toy makers for example.
 
 
We, because I do want to include the family, will sell: handmade dolls and other toys, quirky toys, handmade gifts, jewellery, cards and prints and baby gifts. We'd also like to have a book nook, a snug corner in which to read books, surrounded by shelves with books by local writers,  my own books and glorious picture books. On Saturday mornings and throughout school holidays we will have story readings for children. At night, accompanied by wine and nibbles, we'd like to have book readings for adults. We shall host musical soirees and puppet shows, have regular exhibition openings and offer a range of workshops.
 
However, that part won't happen until February next year. Stay posted for the next exciting episode of Granny Fi's Toy Cupboard.

6 comments:

Fred Home said...

WOW! Honestly, I never heard this on facebook. Can't wait to see more updates with regards to the store.

Beth said...

Wow!! This is so exciting to hear, Fiona! A toy shop/gallery sounds like the perfect fit for you :-)

Beth

Pyziulka said...

YAY! Dreams do come true! I'm so happy for you :D

Arabella said...

Fiona, as everything that you do, this too will be a phantastic success!!

Gesa

Josie Wilton said...

Hello Fiona, I have stumbled on this blog by accident from my sister, Gerry McDonald's FB page. Remember me?? I will be sure to call in to Uralla on one of my trips to Armidale and check out the shop. It sounds fantastic, and I have a little grand daughter who will love it!!
Congratulations
Josie Wilton (Curran)

Josie Wilton said...

Hi Fiona, I stumbled across this blog through my sister, Gerry McDonald's FB page. Remember me? Your store looks fantastic and i will be sure to call in on my next trip through Uralla on my way to Armidale.