Inside Winkie’s Toys and Variety

Let’s Have SNOW Much fun!

Sleds & brick makers!

It’s time to embrace Wisconsin weather! What’s more fun than strapping on several layers of wool socks, shirts and pants, covering them with wind resistant layers on top of that and wrapping a mask around your face and jumping in a pile of fresh white freeze cold snow? We can’t think of anything!

We’re constantly ordering the latest sleds on the market, double sleds, blow up sleds, saucer sleds, you name it… swing down to Winkie’s Toys & Variety and get your sleds!

Don’t forget we also carry hats, gloves, mittens and masks! What else do you need?

Oh perhaps a pocket full of your favorite candy and gum?

Then, how about coming home to warm up with some hot cocoa and a brand new jigsaw puzzle and not leaving the house for the rest of the day? We have some fun new puzzles in stock!

Sweet treats…and family traditions

One of our favorite things to sell during the holiday season is our popular holiday treat tins! These are a long standing staple at our variety store and an incredible tradition for so many families. What does it mean when new tins are going out the door? It means some one is baking with love. It means someone is spending time in their kitchen recreating a smell, memory and taste from their past!

What are your favorite holiday cookies and treats? Are they magic cookie bars? Spritz cookies? Chex Mix? Snowball cookies? It means someone is getting creative – and maybe making a mess!

So speaking of messages, maybe when you stop in to get your holiday tins, pick up some cleaning supplies, too! 😉

Holiday Spirit!

The joy and positive spirit of our neighborhood customers in Whitefish Bay and from surrounding areas is uplifting! We love your smiling eyes as you are popping downstairs, shopping local, asking questions and finding the silver lining in what could be (and is for so many!) a very stressful time!

What are our favorites on the shelves this holiday season? Come see! In the meantime, have a sneak peek!

Let’s Play Trucks!

It’s always an exciting day when we get a great shipment of Bruder Toys trucks delivered! Our shelf is stocked with all of the best trucks – cement mixers, Winter Service plow, emergency vehicles and so many more! These will be a huge hit this holiday season.

Why do we love Bruder Toys? These toys are quality – they last forever! Plus, these trucks have more bells, whistles and details than the trucks we bought our kids in the 1970s and 1980s! We know your truck-loving kiddos get so excited when the plow comes down your Midwest streets to clean up that powdery good stuff from the night before so people can head to work. Now they can watch the local plow cruise down the street with their own plow to play with! The perfect combo! Be sure to grab these while they are in stock and remember – always free gift wrapping downstairs at Winkie’s Toys & Variety!

Getting a taste of the holidays

We know it’s a long standing argument on when is TOO EARLY to turn on holiday music? When is TOO EARLY to jingle your bells?! Some folks say absolutely NOT until after Halloween.. while some folks say you should wait until further into November…

But we know this year is like no other, right? We got a jump start on the holiday cheer and sent out our holiday gift guide already, did you get yours? Of course it has your favorite coupons in it, but also doesn’t it feel awesome opening the mailbox and seeing that your favorite local toy store has some FUN ideas for gift giving or family game playing this year!

And yes, the LEGO Santa display is up filled with new LEGO sets that are going to be so popular this year!

So is it too early? Or are you a teeny bitty bit excited… like us!!??

Making a fun Halloween, no matter what!

These are crazy days! We are all looking around to find great joy in our lives in new and different days. In some homes, it’s being outside in nature – fresh air! Safe, socially distant walks! In some homes, it’s hunkering down with puzzles, crafts and family game nights.

Milwaukee has done an incredible job decorating for Halloween. Does anyone else feel like the orange lights and spooky blow up character game is really off the charts this year? People have stepped up their skills! It certainly makes Fall walks much more fun! No matter what the weather.

Don’t lose out on the fun, even without the trick or treating this year, ok?

Here are some ideas on how to upkeep Halloween fun even with these new-ever-changing days:

  • Have a pumpkin carving contest in your neighborhood! Drop off flyers for your neighbors inviting people to play along! Families can walk around on the side walks (or street, depending upon what neighborhood you live in) and vote for their favorites – or simply enjoy the decor!
  • Drop off BOO BAGS of candy and treats to neighbors – of any age! Remember, everyone could use a smile and treat these days! Include some candy, a fun small toy or a little craft!
  • Kick up your decorating game at your own home! Can you make a ghost out of an old sheet or pillow case? Need string? Googly eyes? Swing in your local favorite store for a few items to help you out!
  • Go for a walk and enjoy your neighbor’s creativity! Don’t forget to bring a flashlight or headlamp to keep yourself safe! Remember, Winkie’s Toys & Variety always has extra batteries you need.
  • Decorate your car for Halloween and go for a drive through haunted house or car wash in the area! Those window markers/paints can be for more than just birthdays!

Happy Fall and Halloween, friends!

Falling in love with Wisconsin weather (in Autumn!)

What’s more beautiful than a cool breeze on an Autumn day, walking the tree lined streets of your neighborhood, watching children play in their yard, waving hello to neighbors? It’s picture perfect, right? Well in Wisconsin, we get a little of that… then it starts to hail. Then the sun comes out. Then, the temp drops 20 degrees and we dig in our basements or storage closets for last year’s hats and gloves praying for a match or two!

We have been stocking hats and gloves and mittens and the adorable little clips to keep kids (or adults) from losing their gloves/mittens for as long as we can remember! Why would our little variety store keep these items on hand? Because we know we all need them, that’s why! Our shelves are stocked and today may be sunny and 55, but in an hour we could fighting some wind and sleet. Yes, we have umbrellas too. And for those of you who want to just stay inside, we have some fun puzzles you haven’t seen before. Swing downstairs at Winkie’s Toys & Variety at 629 Silver Spring Drive – the corner of Silver Spring Drive and Lake Drive in Whitefish Bay today. Open Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 3:00pm.

Winkie’s Toys & Variety Can Help Make Things Easier

Oh Magic 8 Ball, how can I make this time easier?

Some kids and teachers are going back in the classroom. Some are setting up work stations at home! Some will be doing a little bit of both. Some folks are working from home… some are in their work places day after day! BUT, how can we all work together to make this time easier for each other?

Be Kind!

You’ll hear about decisions school official and work places are making. You’re hearing about fears, excitement, uncertainty, longing, apprehension… let’s be kind to one another! You do what makes you feel comfortable for the moment, and let your neighbor do the same. Also, you have the right to change your mind! That’s OK!

Set up a helpful space!

What do you need to help make this time more fun or comfortable for you in your WFH (work from home space) or for your child’s SFH (school from home) space? Your favorite pens, markers, homemade signs of encouragement, construction paper, cute sticky notes? We have those things!

How about your whole school supply list? We can do that, too! Bring it in, we’ll fill it and voila! You’re ready!

Miss your office mates? How about a photoframe filled with pictures from last year’s holiday party?

Miss your teacher and classmates? How about a bulletin board tacked with your friends’ school pictures?

Take Brain Breaks!

If you’re virtually learning or WFH, take a break now and again! Play catch in the yard, toss a frisbee, get creative with an art project, bake something delicious, keep that intense game of Monopoly going!

Go back and visit that big ole’ jigsaw puzzle that’s on your dining room table! Winkie’s can help! We can help fill those times you need to walk away! Pop in and ask us what we recommend based on your hobbies, passions or age!

Keep your spirits up!

One of the best ways to fight the pandemic blues is to connect with those you like and love! Send a homemade letter in the mail. Drop off some balloons or a gift to someone you care about! Plus, don’t forget to do things for you: do a crossword puzzle, a fun quiz book or play a card game!

If the Magic 8 Ball doesn’t give you the answers, perhaps we can…. let us know how we can help!

You are a part of our family with your dedication to local, family businesses – reach out!

Coming soon! Online shopping!

Yes, that’s right – our online store is almost done and we’re going to be ready to bring puzzles, balloons, games, crafts and gifts and more right to your computer or smart phone! Online shopping is coming to your favorite local toy store – soon!

We can’t wait to share it with you! Stay tuned! In the meantime, we’re open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm and Sunday 10am-3pm!