Friday, January 27, 2023

traditional toys, an alternative to commercial and with affordable prices

on the eve of three kings day Streets and Shops of Chilpancingo She used to dress up in barbie type dolls, remote control cars, pistols and plastic cars and cycles, there was a different point in the monotony of seeing these toys.

This is the place for wooden toys of strong and varied colors, many of them personalized, unlike plastic toys that say on the label “made in China,

This is Baltasar R. of Chilpancingo. Leva is a small stall located in Mancilla Market; It is the only one that offers traditional wooden toys made by the hands of Mexican artisans.

The spinning tops, yoyos, ball bearings, dollhouses and colorful wooden cars make it stand out from the rest.

On January 5, according to tradition, three wise men come from the east to leave toys for girls and boys who have behaved well during the year and who have sent their letters to Melchor, Gaspar and Balthazar.

Jesús Fernando visits a Central Market stall of traditional toys. He is a worker in that position and comments that “it’s a good day”, a day when his sales will be higher.

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Traditional toys are made of wood, made by hand, and tend to be more affordable than commercial plastic toys. They are an affordable, eco-friendly option that reinforces girls’ and Mexican people’s sense of identity and belonging.

A plastic dollhouse from a transnational toy brand costs around 2,000 and 3,000 pesos, depending on the size.

Juguetes Madera

On the other hand, the cost of a handmade wooden dollhouse ranges from 300 to 700 pesos.

“There are children who like wooden toys and there are parents who come to buy them,” says Jesus Fernando.

According to Jesús Fernando, the traditional toys that sell best are wooden kitchens, cars, tables, wooden beds and wooden houses.

Jesús Fernando’s position in the market is provisional, he will only be there for a few days for Three Kings Day, but the owners have a permanent location located in the city centre.

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The parking lot of the Chilpancingo Central Market is filled with toys on January 5th, 6th and 7th. According to what is read on the label, all the shops offer plastic toys made in China or Bangladesh.

They are toys made of materials that do not break down except after traveling hundreds or thousands of kilometers and have a serious impact on the environment and which have another serious impact on the environment due to the consumption of fuel.

Juguetes Madera Contra Comerciales

The stall run by Jesus Fernando is the only stall that provides traditional wooden toys to parents and the Three Wise Men.

For children there are tropical wooden cars, adapted to the Mexican context.

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