I went on Sunday with my two-year-old daughter and boyfriend to the Samko and Miko Toy Sale at the Ernst and Young Centre on Uplands Drive.
I was not looking for anything in particular, except for toddler puzzles and Look and Find books. The first thing I took note of was the $7 parking fee. I suppose this isn’t the Sale’s fault, but that sure is quite steep for a toy sale. Mind you, there was also a Pet Expo and Mega Shoe Sale going on in the same building. Either way, the price of parking made me double think going at all.
Going with a toddler to a toy sale can be hectic. Thankfully, my daughter was well-behaved and I managed to keep her in her stroller without her having a meltdown. However, I’ve been several years in a row to this toy sale, and I’ve always thought that shopping carts would be handy. All you get is a huge, red plastic bag and that is what you have to use to carry all your finds. It can get a bit awkward and heavy after a while.
Let’s move on to the items. I’ve noticed that their craft and colouring items are often well-priced. They have a lot of Crayola items and a fair amount of other craft kits. I was looking for puzzles for toddlers and did find a fairly impressive selection, but they were very similar to ones I bought at the dollar store and were slightly more expensive.
Each year, they seem to sell several different models of Thomas the Tank Engine sets, Little People and the Weebles. They also sell a ton of Ottawa Senators baby paraphernalia, but to be honest, that stuff always seemed kind of cheap there.
I’m always quite impressed with their selection of books. They have both English and French books and for various ages. My daughter was very excited about the wide range of books featuring Disney characters and Thomas. The book prices are quite affordable and I had to rein myself in from not buying too many. I also noticed that they sell a lot of baby gear there too – swings, bouncy chairs and booster seats.
Overall, I always manage to find a couple of neat items at a good price which is why I have gone three years in a row. Next year, I may not go as I did find less this year than other years.
For more information, please visit: http://www.samkoandmikotoywarehouse.com/Samko-and-Miko-Toy-Sale-Locations-and-Dates.