Good Sources for Finding Vintage Toys

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In search of unique gifts for kids? Consider going vintage. Not only is it a green way to buy, but with dealers becoming more web-savy, finding vintage online has never been easier. Gift a little one with a cool, one-of-a-kind vintage toy and it may just end up being something they'll want to hold onto throughout life.

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This specialty dealer in Brooklyn, NY stocks a tailored selection of unique vintage items. Amongst the nice collection of reclaimed furniture and lighting you will find fun trinkets and toys, like beat-up toy trucks and toy soldiers.

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In addition to housewares and decor, this online store stocks vintage furniture and toys for kids, all of it selected by the discerning eye of owners Janet Morales and Stu Eli.

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If you've got a kid who's into robots, planes, cars, circus animals, or spacemen you'll definitely want to check out Tin Toy Arcade. Based out of Georgia, this online shop carries classic wind-up and tin toys, along with some new lines, including Ugly Dolls.

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Alphaville is a unique little shop populated by toys and movie posters from the '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s. It stands as a paean to an era long before video games, splatter films and throwaway-ism. Shown: An item from their extensive selection of Space Toys.

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All of the toys and stuff you remember your parents using when you were a child, products that seemed to mysteriously disappear by the time you were a teenager, are to be found at this online shop.

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Over just 5 years, it's managed to become one of the largest online retailers of vintage goods, including toys. With thousands of toy sellers, there's a good chance you can find what you're looking for.

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Stuffed to the ceiling with kitschy toys, posters, games, and books, this Chicago store is exactly where to go when you're looking for hula hoops, Wooly Willies, or vintage bobble-head dolls. Their inventory is ever-changing, and it's not posted online — you have to shop in person.

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Based out of New York, this online shop has a mix of new, vintage, and vintage-style toys. Everything is beautiful and well crafted, and you might even find something for yourself while shopping for a kid.

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This shop describes itself as an "online emporium of vintage and artisan crafted curiosities for children." Toys are classic and well made — expect to find wooden toys and distinctive stuffed animals.

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