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    Toy Store Sticker Shock

    Thursday, July 1, 2010

    Due to the limitations on what we could bring with us in our bags to Tokyo, as well as what we could send in our air shipment, most of the wee one's toys had to be put into our sea shipment.

    This means he won't see his beloved toys until sometime in August.

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    He has several small items which he plays with now, his books are here as well. But we felt badly that there wasn't more for him to play with in our new home.

    Boxes have been great distractors. Taking long strolls through the city have provided us all with tons of entertainment. A few of the wee one's DVD's and general play with us have been good for him. And how could we possibly leave out the pots and pans? They've also been great sources of play.

    Not necessarily for our neighbors, of course, but I'd like to think if there is anyone living below they'd forgive us.

    Still...the scallywag really needed some things of his own.

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    After locating several toy stores in the Roppongi and Roppongi Hills areas, eldest and I took the wee one down to see them.

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    We decided to get him some new playthings to tide him over until the others arrive. Some would be different from the ones in the States, but wouldn't that be half the fun? We were so excited to see what we could find!

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    Everything in the stores were so beautifully arranged. Shelves were neatly organized, displays artfully created, the colors running throughout just made you feel happy.

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    It did an self-proclaimed OCD soul like myself good.

    But then we saw the prices.

    Parents, friends of parents, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents-hear me well. Never again will you have to feel badly about how much you spend on a toy-or 10-for your precious little ones. Because I guarantee it's no where as much as what the toys cost here.

    A small ball about the size of a baseball cost $9.00.

    Nine dollars for a yellow rubber ball!

    It didn't even bounce that well.

    Le sigh.

    This was the first case of sticker shock I'd experienced since arriving in Tokyo. Everything else has been more or less what I expected.

    Clothes from familiar American stores are roughly the same prices, groceries are a bit more than we're used to, but until that moment, nothing really made me blink and re-check the price tag several times. Never had I been convinced that I was reading the numbers incorrectly.

    Switching gears, we changed our plans and stuck to browsing. Eldest and I took in items that the wee one would enjoy, mentally putting them aside for future purchases and special occasions.

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    The toys are exceptionally made and simply beautiful. I'm sure that's where the bulk of the cost lies. For most of the toys, the manufacturers use recycled materials, green paints and products, and for that I commend them.

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    It's fantastic. I applaud their efforts. It's just made toy shopping a bit more challenging.

    This is fine. We've adjusted, and have enjoyed the simple joys of looking and planning.

    Even the wee one enjoyed our browsing-and wouldn't you know it? We had a little bit of luck after all.

    This adorable little guy was on sale!

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    The wee one loved it and now has his new alligator friend in his bedroom.

    Much as he's enjoyed it, I now think that it's better he found one toy he loved, as opposed to us buying things he may not have.

    Things certainly do have a way of working out.

    And speaking of...it's worked out that Husband has a three day weekend!! Not for the Fourth of July, of course, but for a Japanese holiday.

    So what is he doing? He's getting up bright and early tomorrow morning with eldest and they're going to the happiest place on Earth.

    Disney Land watch out! The Quon's are coming for some good family fun!

    I'll be sure to tell y'all all about it next week. A safe and happy 4th to you all!!!

    4 Responses to “
    Toy Store Sticker Shock

    Ruth said...

    I know they will have fun.

    KKMThornton said...

    I love your blog Elizabeth!

    KKMThornton said...

    I love your blog Elizabeth!
    -Katherine

    Sarah - La Jeune Marie said...

    Just thought I would say "hello"! I'm back from my blog-cation and hope your doing well!

    XOXO,
    S