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Welcome to Le Petit Toyshop!

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At Le Petit Toyshop we sell exceptional, high quality children’s toys, games, jigsaws and craft activities. We are a family run business set up by myself, Sarah and my husband, Matthew and run with the help of our two young sons. We sell all of our fantastic toys in the Post Office that we run in the pretty village of Shrivenham, Oxfordshire. Customers in our Post Office tell us that they love our range of toys which are colourful, fun and unusual.

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We are totally passionate about the quality toys that we sell, but we haven’t always been selling toys. I’ve had a varied and interesting career, but at last my work has led me to do something that I love and which I’m able to combine with our busy family life.

I have always loved France and all things French. I read Law and French at Bristol University and then worked as a commercial property solicitor in London and Paris for over 7 years.

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We left our busy city lifestyle after having our first son and moved further west to be nearer our families in Wales. I then worked part time as a solicitor for The National Trust. I really enjoyed my job, but during my time there my husband, Matthew, was slowly becoming frustrated with his career. For over 10 years he’d worked as a store manager for a national stationery retailer in various stores around the country. But he wanted to do something different. So we decided to have a complete change of plan.

I went back to work full time and Matthew gave up his career to be a stay at home Dad. Everything was great for a short time, but then the property market collapsed and I was unexpectedly made redundant in February 2009.

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We were suddenly both out of work and the job market was bleak. Life became hard for a short time, but nine months later, a new opportunity came along. Through a chance conversation, we discovered that the Post Office in the pretty village of Shrivenham, Oxfordshire was going to be put up for sale. We’d always wanted to run our own business, using Matthew’s experience in retail, and my legal background as a starting point.

We took over Shrivenham Post Office in September 2009 and Matthew is the Subpostmaster. It’s been a steep learning curve but we have wonderful, supportive customers and we love being part of the village community. In the small shop at the front of Shrivenham Post Office we sell our range of unusual, interesting, quality toys. We enjoy spending a long time sourcing our toys. Many of them come from companies overseas, particularly France (hence our name!).

You may wonder how we are able to be so competitive with our prices. Well, as we are a small family run business we have very few overheads. The fact that we are able to post most of our website orders at the Post Office which we run, also enables us to keep prices low.

The fantastic brands that we sell include: 

Djeco                              Papo                              HappyHorse                                Janod                              Melissa & Doug               Sevi   Siku                                 Rubbabu

Hexbug                            Brio                               Nanoblock

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We sell toys with a difference and with a certain "je ne sais quoi". The toys that we sell are really popular with our customers who like the fact that they can buy unusual toys, which are not widely available on the high street. They are toys that we would be thrilled for our children to receive, or which we are pleased to give to our family and friends. We hope you'll agree.

Sarah & Matthew

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