BECOMING A PARENT
The moment I discovered I was going to have my first baby, I wanted to be more aware of my world and become a more educated consumer and parent. Thus, began my journey into finding out more about what I wanted my children to be playing with, consuming and their overall well being. I started sourcing toys that were safe, environmentally friendly, non-carcinogenic and fun. The adventure soon lead me to realize all the dangerous materials being used, the over packaging of toys and the constant outsourcing and recalls by some of the biggest toy manufacturers.
I tried to make a concerted effort to refrain from buying into the poorly manufactured and hazardous toys, but found that it was really difficult and at times impossible to not give in, to the mass consumption of corporate advertising. Superheroes, die-cast cars and various other basics of childhood which were all being manufactured with very little concern of materials & labour practices or quality.
My kids are been raised, knowing that they cannot have certain toys because the toys had 'bad plastics' or 'bad paint'
I felt like I had some control over what my kids were exposed to, and then realized that I needed to know more and started to read and find out more about Phthalates, BPA, lead poisoning etc..
Years ago, the dirty secret of BPA was just starting to emerge and this really was very alarming. I started to look into more of the alternatives out there and found a whole world of other like minded parents who were also feeling like they wanted to know more and see a change.
I’m the mother of three gregarious children. Like most mothers, I was juggling both the corporate world and being mum. After my second child was born, I decided that I would quit the corporate world to be employed full time by my three children.
When my youngest entered JK, I felt the need to do something for myself. The lure back to corporate life, was just not enticing enough for me. I wanted to be close to home and still be there for my children.
Starting my own business had been a lurking desire for a long time, so I contemplated the idea, for another two years.
The inspiration behind this store has been my children. Their opinions, suggestions and creative input has been and continues to be infallible. Their feedback and enthusiasm has been very encouraging. My wonderful husband has & is my constant cheerleader, critic and sounding board along the journey.
Through the entire process of the 'light bulb' going off in my head, to the inception of the store, we have made the entire process a family journey.
This is my journey and I'm having a lot of fun exploring and discovering the toy world.
My hope is, for everyone walking into Hodge Podge Toys to feel the genuine nature of the store and to leave feeling happy.
Thank you, for taking the time to read about how we got started.