They may not be made of precious metal and they certainly don’t sell flake or mackerel but for the many thousands of beaming, laughing and delighted customers who have passed through their doors for the last decade and a half, Elisa & Roel of Goldfish Toyshop are worth their weight in gold.
Well known amongst the Berry community, The Goldfish Toyshop's name sprung from the combined surnames of these two colourful characters. Elisa Doro - Italian for golden and Roel Visser - Dutch for fisherman. Combined they make Goldfish!
The toy odyssey began in 1989 when Elisa & Roel were traveling
through Indonesia on their way to work in the
far northern part of Italy near the Swiss border. In Bali, they designed a collection of colourful and original
children's mobiles that they had produced by a small
community. It was in Italy that they sold their first mobile.
Together they spent 6 months traveling through Europe selling their wonderful children's toys. From Italy to Holland, Germany and Belgium, they drove their old green VW from village to village bringing a colourful surprise to unsuspecting customers.
Upon returning to Australia, their van become a regular visitor to markets and fairs across Australia where Elisa and Roel would often find themselves sleeping in the back on top of the toys.
Finally in October 2000 they were able to realise a life-long dream of opening their very own toy paradise in the quaint town of Berry, NSW. With Elisa’s boundless energy and Roel’s limitless imagination and creativity they have created a magical toyshop.
So come and experience what this imaginative
couple have created for children of all ages. It is enchanting!
With extensive backgrounds in children’s education Elisa and her staff are able to provide detailed knowledge and expertise on a wide variety of educational, special needs, games and activities.
If required, we do offer private after hours appointments
for your school, daycare center, aged care facility, playgroup or toy library so we can give you our undivided attention and best advice for your needs and budget.
At Goldfish Toyshop we pride ourselves on finding the unique, the unusual, the high quality and the hard to source products for our store but if you still can't find what you are looking on our website please contact us and we will help you.
We love a challenge!
Elisa & Roel The Toyologists