Anyone else felt sluggish after Christmas? I usually love coming in to work, but in that funny time of year between Christmas and New Year, I found it really hard to get moving, never mind thinking about hitting the ground running.

I think it’s the realisation that the Christmas hype is over, the decorations have to come down, at home and at the shop, and everywhere can look a bit sparse and forgotten.

Although I hang on to the tinsel for as long as I can at home, today I de-Christmassed the shop (I’ve kept my fairy lights for a while though). And although at first I thought, yes it looks gappy, within half an hour or so I’d had a move around, re-done both the windows, including giving them a good clean, and hey, I’m back and definitely ready to crack on!

Because despite this being a really quiet time after all the hustle and bustle of Christmas 2018, this is where the planning for Christmas 2019 starts.

It’s trade show season

I’m already booked into my first trade show later this month; Toy Fair, the biggest toy trade show in the UK. So, within a couple of weeks or so, I’ll have a pretty good idea of what I’ll be stocking for the rest of the year – including advent calendars and our top toys for Christmas 2019!

Trade show tickets, trains and hotel are all booked and I’m now planning who I will see at the show – from existing suppliers to new, exciting opportunities with new brands.

I can’t wait to get stuck in, and there are more changes on the way for the toy shop too.

Watch this space!

In with the new

To make space for all the new toys coming to Cheshire Toy Shop, I’m having the obligitory January sale. But, this is a genuine, make some space for new stock, sale, so all Christmas stock is reduced to half price online and in our Astbury shop.

And we have lots of 3 for 2 offers on all our pocket money toys and our beautiful Schleich figures and accessories (while stocks last). These are available from our Astbury shop only for now, where we are open from 11am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday (winter opening hours).

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I can’t wait to share all our brand new year, brand new news with you.

Happy New Year!

Jane x

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