August 13, 2015
Kirsty Morey admits the big boys often have trouble tearing themselves away from the miniature headers, tractors, balers and air seeders at her Green Goat mobile toy van.
Kirsty, of Henty, sells the Siku range of die cast John Deere, Case IH, Claas, Massey Ferguson, New Holland, Deutz-Fahr and Krone farm machinery and says the toys are just as popular with adults as they are with children.
“They are extremely popular – the big boys will get on their hands and knees to play with the toys on the carpet with their children,’’ she said.
Just as popular with little girls are the collector’s range of fantasy Schleich figurines such as unicorns, elves and fairies.
Kirsty and her husband established their mobile toy business two years ago and will have their mobile van overflowing with toys at the field days this year.
Her aim was to provide quality, well made boutique toys not generally available as a mass produced item, in a mobile environment and on-line.
A trained early childhood teacher, Kirsty purchased the on-line business and expanded it into a mobile store.
Kirsty has sourced children’s products from some of the world’s leading toy producers as well as handmade toys from regional crafts people.
These include custom made wooden names and peg name puzzles.
Kirsty also like to sstock a range of eco-toys, including brands like Plan Toys, EverEarth and I’m Toy, made from certified sustainably managed forests.
The van is brimming with traditional toys like spinning tops, Ravensburger puzzles, vintage metal tea sets, classic pinball machines, babushka dolls and musical instruments.
These sit alongside the popular Sylvanian Families, the latest craze from the US for younger children.
When choosing toys, Kirsty always look to see if they are dishwasher safe, robust and of good quality.
The Green Goat toy van was previously used as a mobile concert stage, which Kirsty converted into a mobile store.
It has a fold down wall which transforms into a play area where children can interact with an array of toys available for purchase.
“I love taking the van out to families who often don’t get a chance to see such boutique, quality toys,’’ Kirsty said.
“I specialise in providing a range of toys to suit children up to about 12 years of age. This year I will stock remote controlled helicopters, science kits and challenging games for the older children.
“Last year was our second Henty Machinery Field Days and it was crazy busy – the three of us were run off our feet.
“The children love playing with the beautiful wooden Musical Station and the little ones are fascinated by the activity Lock Box containing keys, latches and locks.’’
Kirsty has recently added a Christian range of cards and gifts for special occasions such as baptisms and birthdays.
“Besides Henty Machinery Field Days, we offer a fundraising program for schools, preschools, childcare centres and other early childhood groups where organisations can receive free toys.
“Our mobile store has travelled to many regional areas and made fundraising efforts easy for a variety of schools.’’
For more information visit www.greengoat.com.au