August 3, 2011

Clover Toy Store

I recently discovered Clover, a little gem of a toy store in Ballard, which is a picturesque neighborhood within Seattle. If you ever make it to Seattle, I highly encourage you to make a field trip to Ballard – great shops, great BOOKSTORES, an amazing Farmers’ Market that is open year round and considered to be one of the best in the nation.

Now, by now you all know I get pretty hyper about things I’m excited about. There was much jumping up and down, squealing and frenzied chatter emanating forth from me ALL AT THE SAME TIME when this store caught my eye. I pretty much screamed, “Andrew! (That’s my husband.) Watch Julia!” and then dashed inside at the speed of light. Or rather, the speed of Melissa. Which actually can be speedy when I see something extraordinary. Or a yummy treat. You get the gist.

I can’t believe I had never been to this store before. Imagine stumbling into a cute (Not scary.) attic which is somewhat dimly lit. You look around and discover that every nook and cranny is filled with the coolest and most delightful toys, games and books you have EVER SEEN. Yep, that is this store.

It’s the type of place that is so filled to the brim with amazing things that I had to seriously do some thinking as to what I was going to look at first. The picture above is their equivalent to Target’s dollar bin. Except this stuff was $3. And waaaaaaaay cooler. (No offense Target, you are still my favorite store.)

Look! It’s Feed the Kitty! We talked about that game not too long ago, remember? And check out this cookbook below – I almost never see this one actually in a store. Fanny is the real life daughter of food legend Alice Waters. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this cookbook for ages! I was too excited to get it though. I snapped a picture and dashed on.

How cool is that Birds of a Feather notecard set and the Make Your Own Comics to Go book? You can find them here and here.

If you’re local, you have to seek out this store. If you are visiting out of town, you should still seek out this store! I feel like there’s a bit of a theme running through this paragraph. . . .

I leave you today with this shot of Julia, rocking her cool unicorn glitter tattoo. Her spontaneous little groove dance was the icing on the cake of a Very Fun Outing.

(Actually, the start of this outing was to the Ballard Farmers’ Market. Julia complained and moaned the entire time. But after we saw the toy store, got a tattoo and an ice cream cone, much of the moaning/whining/complaining had ceased. Yahoo!)


  1. I love Julia's tattoo dance! So cute.

    This is off topic, but does Julia like to listen to audio books? There's a great site called Mouse Vinyl ( that boasts a huge catalog of old Disney See-Hear-Read style stories. All you have to do is browse the catalog, click on the link and you can listen to one of the old stories. My kids love listening to them - we don't even bother with the scanned pictures.

  2. Ok I OWE YOU! I owe you SO BIG! We checked it out, oh my goodness she loooooooooves it! What an awesome find! So awesome that I'm going to write about it on Friday and tell everyone how clever you are!! Thank you thank you, yes J loves audiobooks, it's her major new thing! xo, Melissa

  3. Oh you are too sweet! I'm so glad you and Julia liked it!!! My daughter listens to some of the stories at least once a day. It's a great way to get some stories in during snack time. :)

  4. What I wish is, that all those story book thingies that used to come with records that I used to listen to every day of my childhood -- would get re-issued as CD's. But with the big flat picture books. Seems like most story CD's only have tiny size books that come with. Or that don't always give you the turn-page prompts, you know? ~M

  5. I agree! My mom saved most of my childhood books on cassette (and even a few vinyl, but I don't own a record player) and we gave them to my daughter for her third birthday. Afterward, I looked around quite a bit for the modern version, but nobody seems to make them anymore. I guess book sellers figure modern kids wouldn't enjoy them. It's too bad, really, because I'd definitely pick some up if they were available and affordable.

  6. I just clicked on this post (thanks, LinkWithin!) and my jaw dropped. I want to go to there. Right now.

    1. It's AWESOME!!! You come visit and we'll go! There's also another AMAZING Seattle toy store called Once Upon a's in a HOUSE.