Anyone Up for a Playdate?

I need a crown for this weekend.

Crowns are one of those things that are everywhere until you want one. Then they magically disappear.
The hunt for the Crown led me to Top Ten Toys in Greenwood. I was expecting a traditional toystore, but much to my delight I discover that they specialize in non-violent, kid-powered toys and anatomically feasible dolls. How Seattle is that?

I would have settled for any crown in sheer desperation, but luck would have it they not only had kingly crowns, but paper crowns and tiaras and fairy garlands and princess cone-hats! All were very reasonably priced, especially considering such things in a costume store would run upwards of fourteen to twenty clams.
I grabbed all crowns in sight and sampled the lot of them, finally settling on a purple tulle-wrapped flower garland to adorn my pate. I picked up a handful of paper crowns ( a la Burger King sans advertisement) for my compatriots and proceeded to browse the rest of the store.

If you can drown out the sounds of whining and begging tots with your own brain noise, you will find Top Ten Toys the perfect place to spend a couple of hours of exploration. Sample the musical instruments, play with the puppets, and explore every nook and cranny bound to be filled with someone’s perfect treasure.

I could not help but grab a box of explosive party favors. These are special – each confetti-filled tube also houses a cheap little toy. I’m hoping to get the clown’s nose.

This Halloween I will be back for the adhesive facial hair – at half the price I have found it elsewhere – and that chameleon puppet that begged to come home with me.
If anyone is game for hide-and-seek in the aisles, you can consider me your play date.

Top Ten Toys
104 N 85th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 782-0098

1 Comment so far

  1. V (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 2:34 pm

    Hey, if you liked that store, you might also really like to explore “Great Costumes” just south of I-405 in Renton. The first time I was ever in there (to purchase a dozen red clown noses–don’t ask) this guy comes rushing in and urgently states “Quick! Where are the pirate costumes?” The clerk, without even looking up from her cash register, boredly replies “second aisle, third of the way down” like an emergency need for pirate costumes was entirely routine! I loved it. I’ve been back several times since. They’ve got costumes for rental, costumes for purchase, lots of doo-dads and accessories and pieces from which to build your own creation.



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