Silly Billy’s Toy Shop is Twenty Years Old Today

Bill Deakin founded Silly Billy’s Toy Shop as an Independent Toy Shop Twenty Years ago in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
Despite a great deal of significant change in UK Toy Retail and several floods in Hebden Bridge, Silly Billy’s has managed to stay afloat.

This is no mean feat when you consider that twenty years ago there were far more Independent Toy Shops around and now sadly many have closed down or been amalgamated into the ToyMaster Group.  Silly Billy’s is still trading after 20 years because of both it’s location and also it’s tenacity. To find out more about what was popular in the Toy Trade twenty years ago then read this article.

Some of the Top Toys of 1997 were the TeleTubbies, Tamagotchi and Buzz Lightyear. Most of which Silly Billy’s Toy Shop have never stocked! We have seen trends and crazes come and go in the last twenty years and the latest Fidget Spinners craze is really turning the tables. Hebden Bridge is an anomaly in the general Toy industry in that popular Toys UK wide can often flop in Hebden Bridge and Bill has learnt many lessons over the past two decades as to what will, and will not, be successful.
Silly Billy’s has faced many challenges over the years and Bill has hung on through thick and thin, the Floods of Boxing Day 2015 almost seeing the business close and without the help of many local people and CFFC we may well have done just that. However, Silly Billy’s managed to continue trading and even relocate to brand new premises in Hebden Bridge.

Bill is not having a Twentieth Birthday party at the shop though he does say that he will have one for the Silver Anniversary of Silly Billy’s in 2022.
We would like to thank all our customers for their continued support, without which we would have closed down, like so many of the other Independent Toy Shops in the UK.

We are happy to be trading from our new location of Old Gate House next door to the Amazing Homely at Hebden, a great shop for Annie Sloan chalkpaint supplies or home furnishings and inspirational ideas. Did you know that they also run Courses on how best to use Chalk Paint?

If you would like to give us anything on our 20th Birthday then all we ask is that perhaps you take the time to review us on Facebook or follow one of our Social Media Profiles:
Silly Billy’s on Pinterest
Silly Billy’s on Twitter
Silly Billy’s Facebook

 

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One Year on and a Hexbug Competition

Competition Time is here Again – Hexbug Competition

To celebrate Silly Billy’s being in it’s new location for just over one year now and also to review how the past year has been for us we have decided to have a competition on Facebook where you can win our demo HexBug Track, all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is to interact on Facebook with the Post below, simply like it, share it or comment on it. Any one of those actions will guarantee you entry into the competition and we will send the HexBug Track and accompanying Hexbug Nano V2 to anywhere in the world for free. Simply like, share or comment on the Facebook post below.

It is a real help to small businesses like ours if you like and follow our Social Media profiles, Silly Billy’s Toy Shop is active on Twitter and Pinterest as well as Facebook simply search for us there.

This competition will end at Midnight on Wednesday 31st May 2017

So what can we say about the last year.

It has been great, we are reaally enjoying our new location and new Toy Shop, it is similar in size to the old shop and we have changed some of our product ranges and brought in some new and exciting products like Jamie Raven’s Magic Sets and Ballon Bijoux Jewellery.
We still have all the major lines that we carried at our old location and we find that our top sellers are still Lego, Playmobil, Sylvanians and TY; with Orchard Toys and Schleich bringing up the rear. We have introduced a range of bath toys and we have done our best to vary our stock over the past year and have some exciting new products like Fidget Spinners.

As we have some outdoor space at our new shop we have a regularly changing human-size Playmobil figure, presently a Knight that we have named Arthur. We have also put our footballs (£4.66 / £2.50), fishing nets (£1), umbrellas (£3.99), hula-hoops (£1.99) and windmills (£1) outside, giving us more room to stock the inside of the shop with all our exciting new and innovative products.

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Fidget Spinners – You asked for them?

Fidget Spinners – You asked for them?

Thanks to my chiildren in the first instance for drawing our attention to Fidget Spinners, it has taken a while for us to source some high quality Fidget Spinners also known as Finger Fidgets or Finger Spinners.

Could Fidget Spinenrs be as big as the last massive craze at Silly Billy’s which was Loom Bands. Loom Bands took off like the proverbial forest fire in the Summer of 2014 and we could not literally keep up with demand.
Our Phone has been ringing already this morning with enquires about Fidget Spinners and whether we have them in stock and yes we certainly do and they are priced very competitively at only £3.99 each.
We have high quality fidget spinners with decnt bearings  priced at only £3.99, when comparing this to the ones I bought at a major online retailer ten days ago for my teenage children at £7.99 I now feel relatively ripped off by the online retailer in question. (Begins with an A)
Fidget Spinners

“What are Fidget Spinners ?” I hear you ask

At the most basic a fidget spinner is very easy to use. It is, as you can likely guess, a little widget that spins. Usually the mechanism for this is a single bearing with a bigger balanced structure that extends out around the outside of that bearing. So, when you put the bearing on your finger, you can spin it freely- this is all stabilized with help from the gyroscopic action. Obviously if you want to keep things simple, just pinch the bearing and spin with ease. It keeps your hands hectic, and it’s fantastic if you are of a fiddly disposition. My teenage son reckons that having a fidget spinner helps him with the non-biting of his nails.

Fidget Spinners have taken off in production and they range in price from the quite absurd versions made of Titanium like the Rotablade Stubby (also doubles as a cigar stand!) which retails at around £110 to cheaper plastic versions. We have one such high quality plastic version here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop at the excellent price of only £3.99 and available in blue, red and black colours.
Finger SpinnerFidget Spinners and some feet !

More history on Fidget Spinners

So you may not know that this craze is stems from a Kickstarter project which had aimed to raise a realtively small amount of capital for a Fidget cube project for adult use in the office and has now raised $6,465,690 with 154,926 backers pledged!! For more details about this project take a look here:
www.kickstarter.com/projects/antsylabs/fidget-cube-a-vinyl-desk-toy

Some Other things you can do with Fidget Spinners

 

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