They may not be made of precious metal and they certainly don’t sell
flake or mackerel but for the many thousands of delighted customers who have passed through their doors for
the past decade and a half, Elisa & Roel
are worth their weight in gold.
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
far northern part of Italy. In Bali, they designed a collection of colourful and original
children's mobiles that they had produced by a small
community. They bundled them up and 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 the country where Elisa and Roel would often find themselves sleeping in the back on top of the toys at the end of a busy day.
Finally in October 2000 they were able to realise a life-long dream of opening their very own bricks and mortar toy paradise in the quaint town of Berry, NSW. With Elisa’s boundless energy, Roel’s limitless imagination and creativity they have created a magical toyshop.
So come and experience what this eclectic
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 for any query.
We offer private after hours appointments
for schools, daycare centers, aged care facilities, playgroups and toy libraries. If this is something that would by ideal for you, please don't hesitate to contact us.
At Goldfish Toyshop we pride ourselves on finding the unique, the unusual, the high quality and the hard to source products 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