Moments of Joy
Collecting toys is more than just a hobby to me, it’s more a life-long passion. I still remember the first tin toy I purchased at a local antique shop while weekend window shopping. It was a simple 1950’s pressed tin Izeta, made by the French toy company ‘Joustra’ and that was almost 20 years ago. Since then, the thrill of toy hunting has never waned as finding the next great bargain fuels to my toy addiction.
As a product designer, I appreciate the technology and clever engineering that went into most of these old toys. The amazing artwork and vibrant colors wrapped around each toy, make these toys very special as an object. To me, each one of them is a piece of art that is worth keeping and treasuring.
My other passion is restoring and fixing old toys in my spare time, for my own collection and for others. I believe they are worth saving, simply because they represent a bygone era that has historical and cultural value and are unique in origin. These toys often take us back to reminiscing about periods in our childhood that were happy and exciting, while having fond memories of the loved ones that give them to us.
By sharing this passion for toys, I hope to continue inspiring the younger generation to enjoy them just as much while encouraging an understanding of the importance of sustainability, responsibility and social interaction.
May 7th, 2015
Toy Box New Zealand
address: 6 Morningside Drive, Morningside, Auckland, New Zealand