Tag Archives: Made in the USA

Ice Queen Dress from A Wish Come True

I am really, really excited about this dress!

I love A Wish Come True’s dress-ups — they’re made in the USA out of the most deluxe materials, with lots of sequins and sparkles. Here in Staunton we have a world-famous Shakespeare theater (the American Shakespeare Center) and one of the costumers there (who happens to shop at our store), once told us how wonderfully made this line of dress-ups is. That is a big compliment from a professional costumer!

A Wish Come True Elsa dress

Shop for the Ice Queen dress on our website.

Limited-edition Christmas Thinking Putty! Holiday Lights

We were lucky enough to snag some of the coveted, limited-edition 2013 Christmas Thinking Putty from Crazy Aaron’s. There are two colors: Holiday Lights and Candy Cane.

I’ll blog about Candy Cane tomorrow, but first a look at Holiday Lights. It’s a translucent green putty that glows in the dark. And it’s FULL of glitter. Green, red, and even some holographic gold glitter. Texture-wise it’s a little grittier than most other Thinking Putty, but for me that glitter punch makes it well worth it. SO SPARKLY.

You can buy it on our website here, while supplies last!

Holiday Lights Thinking Putty is packed with green, red and gold glitter. And it glows in the dark!

Holiday Lights Thinking Putty is packed with green, red and gold glitter. And it glows in the dark!

Holiday Lights Thinking Putty comes in a limited-edition tin.

Holiday Lights Thinking Putty comes in a limited-edition tin.

PS — Thinking Putty is made in the USA!

American-made baby toys from Earnest Efforts: Safe, non-toxic, beautiful rattles

If you know me, you might know I’m a little bit of a snob when it comes to woodworking.¬† (I blame it up on my upbringing. My dad built furniture at the Anthony Hay shop at Colonial Williamsburg when I was a kid, and now he builds pipe organs at Taylor and Boody near Staunton.)

That’s why I tend to be super picky when it comes to wooden toys, and I really scrutinize ones made by small woodworking shops. If we’re going to sell them, they need to be good. And these hardwood teether/rattles from Earnest Efforts are good. They’re sanded silky-smooth and the glue joints are essentially¬† invisible. They’re a great size for teething babies to hold and gnaw on, and the rattle sound is excellent (nicer than similar rattles I’ve tested). And the wood selection is cool — they offer familiar options like maple and cherry, plus madrone (a hardwood that grows on the Pacific coast. We don’t see it here on the East Coast very much, so it’s kind of fun!).

If you’re looking for a safe, beautiful, American-made rattle option, these are a fantastic choice! Local customers can find the rattles in our Staunton, Virginia store now, and our online customers can find them here.

Earnest Efforts teething rattles

Earnest Efforts teething rattles in walnut, Madrone, cherry and maple

New: all-natural paints from Glob are made in the USA

Glob all-natural art materials are made in the USA

Yesterday we unpacked a very exciting box — all-natural paints from Glob! They’re made in the USA and they’re earth friendly and beautiful. Check ’em out on our website here.

Or, visit the store and see them in person!

Glob paints at Pufferbellies

American-made toys at Pufferbellies: A Wish Come True dress-ups

We were at a toy show in Baltimore a few weeks ago, and it was the end of the last day. We were tired and sort of dazed, and we wandered into the A Wish Come True booth … it was like wandering into fairyland. All our resistance fell away, and we had to get one of everything. Well, almost everything

Now that they’re here in the store, we are even MORE ¬†head-over-heels for these gorgeous dress-ups. AND, they’re made right here in the USA — Bristol, Pennsylvania, to be exact. They have enough poof, sparkle and shine to satisfy pretty much any little princess-wannabe. Plus, they’re beautifully made. Amazing materials, flawless construction, the works. We just know you’re going to love them.

A Wish Come True dress-ups

A rack full of puffy, sparkly goodness from A Wish Come True at Pufferbellies

Baby Department “World Tour”

I was looking around our baby department today, and realized that we have LOADS of different parts of the world represented in our product selection. I snapped pics of some of my favorite baby items from around the world:

wet bags from BABY by danish - made in the USA

Wet bags from BABY by danish – made in the USA

"Chubbies" vehicles by Viking - made in Thailand

“Chubbies” vehicles by Viking – made in Thailand

Rainbow babies and towel dolls by Kathe Kruse - made in Germany

Rainbow babies and towel dolls by Kathe Kruse – made in Germany

The Sophie So'Pure collection - made in France

The Sophie So’Pure collection – made in France

Stacking and sorting toys from HABA - made in Germany

Stacking and sorting toys from HABA – made in Germany

Playmobil 123 play sets - made in Germany and Malta

Playmobil 123 play sets – made in Germany and Malta

Tug boats and cool clear buckets - made in Denmark

Tug boats and cool clear buckets – made in Denmark

The original rubber duck - made in Spain

The original rubber duck – made in Spain

Starbright Baby teething giraffes - made in the USA

Starbright Baby teething giraffes – made in the USA

Pacifier clips by HABA - made in Germany

Pacifier clips by HABA – made in Germany

Resnackit reusable snack and sandwich bags - made in the USA

Resnackit reusable snack and sandwich bags – made in the USA

Stuffed elephants from Kathe Kruse - made in Germany

Stuffed elephants from Kathe Kruse – made in Germany

Messy Baby bibs from Mimi the Sardine - made in the USA

Messy Baby bibs from Mimi the Sardine – made in the USA

Maya Wrap - made in Guatemala

Maya Wrap – made in Guatemala

Wooden rattles and teethers from HABA - made in Germany

Wooden rattles and teethers from HABA – made in Germany

Sweater balls - made in the USA

Sweater balls – made in the USA

Knitted dolls - made in the Philippines

Knitted dolls – made in the Philippines

Busy Boat and Rainbow People Mover - made in the USA

Busy Boat and Rainbow People Mover – made in the USA

The Nosefrida - made in Sweden

The Nosefrida – made in Sweden

Kathe Kruse stuffed bunnies - made in Germany

Kathe Kruse stuffed bunnies – made in Germany

Lifefactory bottles - made in the USA and France

Lifefactory bottles – made in the USA and France

Crocheted links - made in Canada

Crocheted links – made in Canada

American-made toys at Pufferbellies: classic wooden sailboats

OK, I am in love. These wooden sailboats by Tweet Toys in Oregon are completely classic, but with a fantastic modern vibe thanks to the updated fabrics they use for the sails. I’m totally getting one for my adventures this summer! Or maybe just to float around the tub …

Classic wooden sailboats by Tweet Toys at Pufferbellies