Every year around this time, at or near Thanksgiving, I get out my village collection of houses, churches, shops, and people to put on my mantle. This year when I was shopping at Walmart, I fell in love with a display of their Holiday Time Traditional Vintage Collection of miniature buildings, people and other accessories. The Holiday Time items are sold exclusively through Walmart.
One of the Holiday Time Traditional Vintage Collection items that I purchased is the “Toy Store”. This comes in a large green box, and while the picture on the box is detailed, you have to take this item out of the box to truly appreciate it!
The Holiday Time Traditional Vintage Collection Toy Store looks like an old victorian three story home, except it has a sign reading “Toy Shoppe”, and features two balconies. There is a small walkway with stairs leading to the front door, and the railing on the side is decorated with garland. There is a small flower pot on the front walkway.
In the center front of the porcelain Toy Shoppe is a bay window, revealing a Christmas tree with a teddy bear, rocking horse, candy cane, lollipops, a toy ball and wrapped presents. Also on the bottom floor is a side room with a winter sleigh filled with wrapped presents, and a ballerina bear. Unlike the bay window that is covered with a plastic pane, this one consists of small squares of window with no actual windows, so the light really shines through it nicely.
Going to the second floor, we have a balcony revealing three drummer boys, all decked out in marching apparel. A small round room is to the right, and above this is the upper balcony with three lighted Christmas trees.
The Holiday Time Traditional Vintage Collection retailed for only $15.00, but there is so much detail on this item that it amazed me the price was so cheap! There are Christmas wreaths and decorated garland hanging from the balconies and windows, and lights from the inside night light sized bulb shine through the many small and large windows. The Toy Shoppe looks like it is built from brick, and there are smalls portions of the building that sport patches of snow on the roof.
The item has a long cord, with a handy on/off switch, but we plug all of our toy homes, churches and buildings into a power strip, so we can easily turn all of them on and off with just one flip of a switch.
The box warns that the Holiday Time Traditional Vintage Collection Toy Store is not a toy, and it is meant for indoor decoration use only. It is part of the Holiday Time 2009 collection. It’s packed with thick pieces of styrofoam to keep it safe in storage during the off season.
Size wise, this is one of the bigger items, measuring 8 1/2″ tall and almost 7 1/2″ wide, but if you have room for it with your other miniature homes, it makes a most welcome addition! The Holiday Time Victorian Village Collection is wonderful, and you can purchase numerous decorative items to accent the collection.