Heart’s Desire in Skippack sells beautiful reproduction, nostalgic toys, books, and games, among other gift items.
A BMW. A Ferrari. An oversized flat screen television. A yacht. A McMansion. Yawn. I am bored. Luxury has become so branded and commonplace in the 21st Century that it fails to stir the blood. For the sake of politeness, dear friend or neighbor, I pretend to admire your shiny perfect new luxury sports car, but my mind has already wandered far away, faster than your V-8 engine can spin those shiny Assanti Wheels.
However, there is one type of material object that still has the power to move my soul, even to make my heart cry out. It is, of all things, the nostalgic, reproduction toys, books and novelties, sold at Heart’s Desire in Skippack Village: Mechanical tin robots, rubber horseshoes, Mad Libs, wind-up chattering teeth, cartoon character lunch boxes, kazoos, locomotive whistles, paddle ball, vintage yo-yos, etch-a-sketch, magic drawing slates, and other such treasures. The paraphenalia of my childhood.
The Power of Innocence
Why do these silly toys and games move me so?
My neighbor and a mom to two little girls, Jen Mahoney (at right) with Catherine Green, the co-owner of Heart’s Desire in Skippack. Jen loves the simple toys from Heart’s Desire because they provide props for imaginative play.
We humans desire most that which is unattainable to us. And once our innocence is lost, dear reader, it is gone forever. Once we have gotten a real look at the potential for darkness outside of us and within us, there is no going back. We can be children no more.
And yet, and yet: These toys and games, so direct and simple, reproduced so lovingly, let us open the door just a bit and look back at the playroom: Yes, there was a time when I was so wide-eyed and innocent. Yes, that little boy was once me.
But I fear my mind is wandering and so is my writing. No doubt, whoever has read this far wants me to get on with it and tell about the toys and other gifts available for them and their children in Skippack Village this Christmas or Hanukkah.
So I will let the toys, games and books from Heart’s Desire speak for themselves. Scroll down and enjoy the photos below.
4006 Skippack Pike (Behind Mal’s Diner)
Open Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The past and the future unite in a simple plaything: Toy robots from Heart’s Desire in Skippack.
We are never really safe in this world, but a steel safe like this can give us an illusion of security. From Heart’s Desire in Skippack.
Everyone’s talking but is anyone actually saying anything? Wind-up chattering teeth from Heart’s Desire in Skippack.
Close counts in this game: Rubber Horse Shoes available at Heart’s Desire in Skippack.
Waiting for love: Stuffed animals at Heart’s Desire waiting for a child to adopt them.
Get ready for a power lunch: Detail from a Superman lunch box available at Heart’s Desire in Skippack.
Remembrance of things past. I remember waiting for the school bus. I had so much time back then. Wooden toy school bus available at Heat’s Desire in Skippack.
Let’s make some noise: Wildly Noisy Wooden Things from Heart’s Desire in Skippack.
Finger puppets: Wooden giraffes available from Heart’s Desire in Skippack.
A time of innocence: Curious George block puzzle and a rag doll.
Ready for take off: A tin toy airplane, ready to let some little boy’s or little girl’s or maybe even a grown-up’s imagination soar.
Inanimate object seeks love: a jack-in-the-box monkey with a big heart.
When I was a kid, how I love Mad Libs! They made me feel _________ (adjective).
Past the age of innocence: There is now an adult version of Mad Libs, available at Heart’s Desire in Skippack.
Green Tiger Press publishes beautiful reproductions of antique children’s books. I purchased three Green Tiger Press books so far from Heart’s Desire in Skippack. This illustration is reproduced from an old edition of the Night Before Christmas. “Goodnight and sweet dreams,” like my dad used to say to me, every night.
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