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About our toy and gift Shop

We are a small friendly traditional curiosity shop situated in a gorgeous 500 year old building with its own running stream in our cellar on North Hill in the lovely old town of Colchester, Essex.   In here you will find a aladdins cave of traditional, wood and tin toys along with many handmade and quirky gifts.


We have a fantastic range of wooden, classic and must have toys, vintage and traditional game boards and quirky gifts and gorgeous handbags, there really is something for everyone;you will be suprised to see what this little shop can provide for you, you really do not have to shop elsewhere.


Please note: As we are a bricks and mortar shop that pays rent and taxes, we provide more lines in the shop than online, please pop in for all ranges.


Our opening hours are:

April - November : Tuesday - Saturday 10.30am- 5.00pm

Winter Shop hours (Jan-March) shop hours are 11-4 pm, 5 pm on Saturday

During December we lift to being open every day. Normally 10-30 to 5.30 and Sunday 11-3. Please check our Facebook page: Pirates and princesses, the traditional  toy, gift and curiosity page for up to date information. 

Our website is open 24/7

Please make sure any next day orders are placed before 12 midday to aid carrier collection, otherwise it will go out on the next available working day. Please note any orders placed on Saturday will be despatched on Tuesday. All Royal Mail deliveries are not recorded and untracked.