Goldfish Toys - community building

The Goldfish Toyshop odyssey began in 1988 when owners, Elisa and Roel where backpacking through Bali on their way to Italy where they managed a small camping ground and cafe in a little known valley near Lago Maggiore in the far north.

It was then that they bought their first mobile from Ketut Nik - a softly spoken and rather shy Balinese man, who sold his mobiles from a little porch in front of his home. 

Little did they know that this humble mobile was to become the catalyst for Goldfish! 

Arriving in Italy, Ketut's mobile was hung as a pretty decoration near the cash register in the cafe Elisa managed where, over the following weeks she had many requests from guests to purchase it.

It was then that a light went on!!!! In a moment of inspiration and realising she still had his little card with an address, Elisa put some money in an envelope and sent a simple letter asking Ketut Nik if he could send some more of his mobiles to Italy. Hopefully there would be someone in Ketut's small village who could translate!

Over the next few months, more and more guests asked to buy the mobile, but still nothing had turned up.Then miraculously almost 4 months later, a card from the POSTA arrived. ..business could begin!!!!

Later that year upon their return to Australia via Bali, Elisa and Roel went to see Ketut but it was not until they tried to order more mobiles in different colours that they realised the difficulties Ketut had been working under.

Met with blank stares, they realised that Ketut had NO other colours….and he had only one brush!

So, marching across the road to a small hardware store and Elisa and Roel promptly purchased tins of paint, sandpaper, brushes, string, knives..everything he would need to make these beautiful mobiles!! 

Their efforts were repaid with the most wonderful smile and eventually, beautiful mobiles and a lasting friendship with both Ketut and his extended family Goldfish Toys was born.

From those humble beginnings both Elisa and Roel have striven to work ethically and equitably with all their craftspeople. With mutual respect, deep understanding and much humour Goldfish gifts developed and grew..supplying hundreds of stores with their beautiful handcrafted toys and mobiles.

In 2010, ITSA (The Independent Toy Specialists Association) awarded Elisa and Roel two national awards for their designs of the Art Boards and Balloon ball..unique colourful toys totally handmade in Bali. 

An organisation representing a select group of specialised toy-stores around Australia, ITSA is serious about toys and carefully selects toys based on outstanding features and play value. 

The Balloon ball won best new novelty toy for its innovative design with its brightly coloured fabric cover and balloon inside. Simply inflate the balloon and you have an instant ball which can be thrown, bounced, rolled and hit.

The Ballon Ball has become an extremely popular gift at the Goldfish Toyshop and being totally handmade in a Bali small village where little commercial production occurs, it has provided a much welcome income for many of the ladies.

Like the Ballon Balls, the Art Boards are also handmade by another small community in the north of Bali and come in a variety of colours and designs and brighten up any space and proudly show off your child's artworks.

For Elisa and Roel, these simple but attractive toys sum up the entire Goldfish Toyshop approach - a community based collaboration that both builds and supports the artisans who make these beautiful toys whilst providing much joy and delight to all who purchase them.



Mobile Balloon

Wooden Balloon Mobile

$32.95 $15.00

Mobile Pirate

Wooden Pirate Mobile

$39.95

Mobile Plane

Wooden plane mobile

$39.95

Mobile Rainbow

Handmade Wooden Mobile Rainbow

$29.95

Mobile Robot

Handmade Wooden Mobile

$35.00

Bright Balloon Ball

Handmade cotton Balloon Ball

$15.95

Beautiful little Bonnie Doll from spain

Meet Bonnie she is a beautiful mini baby, and loves eating ice cream she is 20cm Tall

$33.00

Beautiful little Alice doll from Spain

Little Alice is made in Spain and has recently traveled to Australia, she loves to be tickled and is 26cm tall

$46.00

Beautiful little Elsie doll from spain

Little Elsie has just arrived all the way from Spain, she has cute blonde pigtails and enjoys picnics, she is 26cm tall

$46.00

Beautiful little Gabby doll from spain

This is beautiful gabby she is a dark tone baby girl and is sad because she dropped her cookie, she measure 26cm tall

$33.00

Beautiful little Georgia doll from spain

Meet Georgia she is an adorable little baby girl who has just arrived from spain, she loves going on picnics and is 26cm tall

$33.00

Beautiful little Nora Doll from spain

This is little Nora she is a dark tone baby with beautiful tight curls, she loves going to the beach on a sunny day, she is 26cm tall

$46.00

Beautiful little Zoe doll From Spain

This is Zoe she is a beautiful little doll and has just landed from Spain. She has red hair and loves butterflies she is 26cm tall

$46.00

Cute little Kristy doll from spain

Meet Kristy she is a blonde Beauty who has just arrived to Australia from spain, she loves going to the park and playing on the slide, she is 26cm tall

$46.00

Handsome little Carlos boy doll from Spain

Meet baby Carlos, he is a dark tone boy all the way from spain he lovea rabbits so you will see him dressing up as one a lot, isn’t he divine, he measure 26cm tall

$46.00

Missy Doll

Made in Spain. Sweet little baby doll.

$39.00

Missy Doll

Funny little baby doll

$39.00

Missy Doll marita

Sweet smelling baby doll

$39.00

PRE ORDER 100 NATURAL WOODEN BLOCKS LSP

100pc Natural wooden LSP, made from untreated australian pine the tray measure 46x46cm, block sizes are as follows. 4.2cm x 36 blocks 8.4cm x 28 blocks 12.6cm x 20 blocks 16.8cm x 12 blocks 21cm x 4 blocks total net weight 10kg

$250.00