All to play for at Christmas

TOY shop owner Mike Mickes is getting ready for six weeks of madness as Christmas creeps ever closer this year.

The Bundy Kids owner, located on Bourbong Street, said during the last five festive seasons, and throughout the year, he has focused on stocking unusual board games and other toys.

“We're trying to carry products that (the other stores) don't carry,” Mr Mickes said.

“We're not into fads like movies and cartoons.

“We use our judgement as to what we think is appropriate for children (up to 12 years old).”

The toy shop owner said the big rush usually began about the middle of November and his best-selling stock were board games that did not take long to learn, but still needed strategic thinking to complete.

“But at Christmas time everything sells pretty well,” Mr Mickes said.

“We basically organise the shop in age groups and also departmentalise it.”

The business works with more than 100 suppliers and Mr Mickes said variety was also one of the key factors.

The owner had noticed customers were thinking carefully about their Christmas purchases.

“A lot of our stuff is durable, long-lasting and the interest lasts beyond the first day,” Mr Mickes said.

Toyworld store manager Shane Ramsay said the Christmas lay-bys were already beginning to pile up at his Takalvan Street store.

“We are fully stocked at the moment,” Mr Ramsay said.

“Generally it really kicks in November, but it's usually non-stop from late October.”

The manager said one of the biggest-selling items for the year, and what is expected to be snapped up during Christmas, is the scooter.

“We sell those by the hundreds,” Mr Ramsay said.

He said traditional products like Lego and Tonka trucks also sold well, but there was a variety of toys available for consumers this year.

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