via @whollycraft

Your Columbus Toy Shopping Guide

Sure, there’s Amazon, and all those big box retailers out there when it comes to finding toys. But in Columbus, there is a great collection of toy-makers and quirky toy shops that have items you’ll never find at those other places. Read on a guide to the unique places you can find great toys in this city!

Big Fun, in the Short North Arts District, is a relative newcomer to Columbus. Since opening last spring, Big Fun has filled its shelves with hard-to-find vintage toys and gag-gifts. If there’s a toy from your childhood that you’re longing to get your hands back on, Big Fun can help you out. Budget at least an hour to peruse this shop full of fun finds.

big funWholly Craft north along High Street in Clintonville, is another eclectic shop, but rather than vintage goods, they’re focused on the handmade. A large children’s section includes whimsical art, clothing and a great selection of hand-made toys. Stuffed animals and wooden toys are usually in stock.

Larson’s Toys and Games on Lane Avenue specializes in educational toys. If you’re tired of TV show tie-ins, action figures and Disney princesses, this is the place for you! Whether it’s yo-yos, train sets or science kits, the kids in your life will love these toys.


via @littlealouette

Finally, Little Alouette is an online business with products in several retail locations in Columbus, including Whole Foods. This husband and wife team specialized in wooden baby toys, including teethers, rattles, wooden animals and blocks. No paints, dyes or finishes other than flax-seed oil are applied to these toys, making them incredibly safe and durable.

Where do you like to shop for toys in Columbus?

  • Virginia Beecher

    The Toyville store in Worthington is cram-full of toys for all ages, including a great selection for infants.

    679 High St
    (614) 824-8187

  • disqus_d3rRt2PPGU

    Definitely overlooked one place if you are focusing on a unique place and toys not found elsewhere…

    1200 N. High St.
    Columbus, OH 43201

  • Taylor Hart

    Wow! How exciting! One of my old Cbus buddies showed this to me. Thanks for showing my work on the bloggy! I make the crochet taxidermy heads for Wholly Craft. You can also find me on Etsy and I have a little blog of my very own.