TIPP CITY — While big box stores are clearing their shelves of high-tech toys like hoverboards and drones and virtual reality systems, Cairns Toys is focusing on timeless, tried-and-true toys like trains, dolls, musical instruments, and building blocks.
“We sell a lot of the classic toys and ones you can’t find other places,” said owner Melissa Cairns. “This time of year, we sell tons of the classic toys; people are wanting to get their children back to the basic types of play rather than just sticking them them in front of an iPad.
“We sell lots of things that don’t require batteries, which is different than the big box stores”
Cairns Toys, located at 31 E. Main St., Tipp City, is doing steady business for the holidays, with some of the hot toys including products by the German company Playmobil and Britain’s Wow Toys, which makes a popular line of push vehicles.
“I sell a lot of toys that are made both in the U.S. and Europe — like Italy and Germany — from several different countries,” Cairns said. “We sell a beautiful line of doll babies made by a French company called Corolle, that is popular.”
Other big sellers include name trains in which each box car is a different letter spelling out the child’s name; wooden blocks and jack-in-the-boxes; and dress-up outfits for imagination play, Cairns said.
In addition, the store has a vast storehouse of puzzles for ages ranging from under a year old to adults.
“We also have a lot of the usual preschool and school-age toys — Lincoln logs, hula hoops, kaleidoscopes, and lots of arts supplies so they can be creative,” she noted.
Books are also disappearing from the shelves, since “people like to give books as gifts because they want children to be read to or read themselves,” Cairns said.
Popular titles during the yuletide season include “Polar Express,” Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
“We also still sell the Golden Books that everyone grew up with,” Cairns added.
Cairns Toys is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call the store at (937) 667-7622 or visit their website at www.cairnstoys.com.
Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341