Meet Vanessa Gammel!
She is the new owner of Tumbleweed Toys, Kamloops’ largest specialty toy and game store! Tumbleweed Toys is located in Sahali Mall.
My kids and I love to go and check it out. They are drawn in by the creative displays and fabulous toys out for them to test! They don’t want to leave!
Vanessa is putting together some fun new things for Tumbleweed Toys; she is dreaming of great things for the store, including a nursing-friendly area, comfy chairs to sit and rest, an enclosed play area and new fun displays to captivate! Vanessa, thanks for your commitment to children of all ages in Kamloops – it sounds great!
Currently, Vanessa is showcasing the fabulous Canadian-themed and Canadian-made products that she carries in the shop.
You can get 15% off selected Canadiana merchandise, while you shop at Tumbleweed Toys until July 4th, 2011.
Some of my favourite games and products from Tumbleweed Toys fall into the category of Canadian-made!
Vanessa says, “I have always been obsessed with high quality developmental toys for children and owning a toy store was a long time dream of mine – it has finally come to be a reality. I am an Early Childhood Educator and I have 3 children ages 10, 5 & 2. My background includes running a daycare, teaching preschool, working at a family resource program, inspecting daycare facilities, teaching some E.C.E. classes and being a stay-at-home mom for a few years too. You could say my area of expertise is child development and I am putting that to good use in selecting unique products for Tumbleweed Toys.
I am very passionate about providing families and children with safe, high quality products that encourage imaginative play and learning.”
If you haven’t yet been into Tumbleweed Toys, I would suggest that you check it out. There are always great things to look at and play with. As well, Vanessa offers special discounts to those that are supplying their classroom or childcare facility!
If you are wondering a little more about Tumbleweed Toys and the inspiration behind the store…. it is Safe, Sustainable and Inspired… just the way we want our kids to play!
Safe—the toys in the store meet government standards for safety. We source products that are free of BPA phalates, lead , PVC and other known toxins. We also strive to sell products that are high quality that won’t break easily and are safe to play with.
Sustainable—many of our products are made of recycled materials, wood and other natural materials such. We also support economic sustainability through the fair trade and local products we sell.
Inspired—the toys, games, puzzles, science kits and more are unique and interesting. We source products that require the user to be creative and imaginative. We strive to provide products that inspire.
You can also follow sales and events at Tumbleweed Toys on facebook.
Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.