Remember back to the archaic time 10 years ago when we could only buy the toys that were available in toy stores?
How did we ever survive?
My love of internet toy shopping really kicked it into high gear on my 1-year dating anniversary with my future husband. He got me a stuffed blue merle Australian shepherd that looks almost exactly like our dog Lumpy (I use my girls’ middle names on this blog, but I assure you that is my dog’s real name!).
Although I’m not a big stuffed animal person, I LOVED this stuffed dog. We named him “Little Lumpy”, because we are incredibly original.
When Lily was born, we put Little Lumpy in her nursery. When she was old enough to start sleeping with a stuffed animal, I sacrificed Little Lumpy to the cause. He is wholly hers now and she sleeps with him every single night.
So when Rose was born, I knew she needed her very own Little Lumpy. The original living Lumpy is still around and I knew she would love him and be jealous of Ari’s toy. So, for her very first Hanukkah I hit up google for “Australian shepherd stuffed animals”. I had planned to just get a second Little Lumpy. I mean, how many stuffed animal Australian shepherds could there be? I have never ever seen one in a store.
The answer is a TON. There are tons and tons of different Australian shepherd stuffed animals on the internet. We got Rose her very own Lumpy clone, aptly named “Lumpy Jr.” and he is completely different than Little Lumpy, yet he’s still nearly identical to our fantastic real life Lumpy.
Back in the days before the internet, I never would have been able to find Little Lumpy or a Lumpy Jr. In fact, I’ll bet there wouldn’t have been enough demand locally for anyone to make them anywhere. But since the internet makes for an international market for Australian shepherd stuffed animals, it creates enough demand for more than one model to be available and that is a beautiful thing.
In short, I love the internet for countless reasons, but for toy blog I especially love it for bringing me the toys I’d otherwise not be able to find.