Monday, November 19, 2007
Our Holiday Deals are Here Now!
We've reduced prices by 20-40% on hundreds of items throughout our store! Selected toys, clothes, books, decor and more are on sale.
CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE DEALS
Shop Now - We're Ready for You!
Thursday, November 08, 2007
At Oliebollen.com, we use great care in choosing the toys we sell. Quality, safety, play-value, design, innovation, and goofiness are all key factors in our decision to carry any individual toy.
Ideally, we would love to carry only 100% organic toys made with zero environmental impact, produced by labor paid a living wage under working conditions that provide a decent quality of life. And we are always seeking new suppliers who are working toward such goals.
However, as most concerned parents are fully aware, few toy makers in the market today are anywhere near fulfilling these goals. Current tastes, market conditions, and a host of other factors allow cheap, mass-produced toys to reign. So what can we do?
At Oliebollen.com, we believe the best approach to this problem is to find and support companies we trust. So before we even consider a toy, we take a good look at the company behind it.
Like most consumers, we feel most comfortable with toys made in the USA and Europe because we are familiar with the labor and product safety laws and enforcement practices in these countries. However, we understand that it is companies who make the toys, not countries. It is the companies who are responsible for adhering to our U.S. safety standards and inspecting their products prior to delivery. The fact that a supplier manufactures toys in Asia does not necessarily mean they produce a lesser product.
So we ask suppliers to tell us not only where the toys are made, but how they are made.
Companies who readily supply this information and offer us their safety and environmental policies in writing rate the highest in our book. The ability to have direct communication with management of a toy company is key to this relationship. Accordingly, all of our suppliers are smaller, independent, specialty toy makers. And because they make toys in batches of hundreds or thousands – not millions, they are better able to monitor manufacturing and prevent distribution should a problem occur.
To assist consumers, we have compiled a document that lists of our main toy suppliers and what we know about them. We plan to update this document with new information as it becomes available. We encourage consumers to contact us with any additional information or questions, or to share personal experiences with a company's products or management.
Click here to see information about individual toy companies.
Thank you very much for your interest in our products.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
At first glance, the retro illustrations on this baby romper from Gold Rush Outfitters are as sweet and innocent as can be.
The idea that grandpa has an apron full of old fashioned baby supplies is a little unusual. But what the heck, why not?
He's got everything handy ... diapers, a baby bottle, a pacifier... and oh my! Is that really a Playboy magazine in Grandpa's apron?
What were we thinking when we bought this?
What could the designers have been thinking?
Would anybody want their baby to wear this?
For our part, I'm sure we just didn't notice. Can you blame us if we never considered that Grandpa might have a dirty mind! For the designers part, the fact that this romper comes from a Japanese company explains a lot. Gold Rush clothes are intended to look like vintage American jeans, tees and athletic wear. But the main draw for us at Oliebollen is their distinctly Japanese point of view.
The Japanese are famous for their disinterest in the meaning of the Americana they use to market products. For example, Poccari Sweat (a sports drink) and Mother Stick (a candy bar) are some of the most popular brands in Japan.
There is just something satisfyingly wierd about seeing another culture's take on our own. It is often hilarious too. Except, I guess, when they take our beloved Gramps to be a perv!
What do you think of this romper? Is it funny, offensive, or just strange.
Should we sell it? Send us your comments!
Monday, July 16, 2007
This Fall our harvest is packed with gorgeous pieces for girls and their Mama's
(Just between you & me . . . keep your eye out for: Calypso (for you and her), TOCCA (for you and her), Orla Kiely(for you!)
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Just look at that little brown owl - he's such a smartie - we love him!
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
What You Need to Know:
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2007 --- ONE DAY ONLY!
Time: 9 am - 3 pm (Doors will not open till 9am)
Location: 101 Parkland Plaza Ann Arbor, MI 48103
CLICK HERE FOR A MAP.Phone: 734-668-1887
Notes and Disclaimers for this Sale:We accept cash and check only. No credit cards accepted. All sales are final. No returns or exchanges. Sale items are not currently available on our web site and sale does not apply to any products available on our website.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
The empire that is paul frank industries, inc. has finally bestowed upon us the full range of their awesome products. So now we can outfit the whole family in silly-cool stuff. Use this handy reference guide to make your way through the bounty:
- For Dad, we have Paul Frank clothes and accessories, including watches.
- For Mom, we have Paul Frank and character tees by Julius and Friends.
- For kids, we have all manner of things to wear from small paul frank.
- For everyone, we have Julius and Friends toys, bags and furnishings.
Confused? Okay let's review.
Paul Frank goods are hip things from paul frank industries for adults.
The Julius & Friends label offers clothing and goods sporting the
many characters (aka friends) of Paul Frank.
The clothes in this line are sized for teens, women and adults.
(No kids stuff here because kids have their own label!)
Lastest and smallest, is small paul, the complete line of stuff made just for kids.
The small paul label offers Julius & Friends character gear all year round,
plus seasonal collections of hard-rocking duds for little hipsters.
Fits boys and girls in sizes 2T-6X/7.
Monday, January 08, 2007
Click here to see all sale items!