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.



Bee Mobile

Handmade Wooden Bee Mobile

$30.00

Circus Mobile

Handmade Wooden Circus Mobile

$30.00

Handmade Wooden Farm Puzzle

Handmade wooden farm puzzle

$35.00

Mobile 5 Butterfly

Handmade Butterfly 5 piece mobile

$30.00 $15.00

Mobile 5 Owl

Handmade Owl 5 piece mobile

$30.00 $15.00

Mobile 5 Tree

Handmade Wooden 5 piece mobile

$30.00 $15.00

Mobile Balloon

Wooden Balloon Mobile

$32.95

Mobile Bird/Tree

Handmade Wooden Mobile

$24.00

Mobile Butterfly

Handmade Wooden Mobile

$39.95

Mobile Dino’s

Handmade Wooden Mobile

$24.00

Mobile Farm

Wooden farm Mobile

$39.95

Mobile Lady Bug

Wooden Ladybug Mobile

$34.95

Mobile Natural Garden

Handmade Wooden Mobile Garden

$29.95

Mobile Noah’s Ark

Handmade Wooden Mobile

$39.95

Mobile Ozi

Wooden Ozi Mobile

$39.95

Mobile Pink Owl

Wooden Pink Owl Mobile

$39.95

Mobile Pirate

Wooden Pirate Mobile

$39.95

Mobile Plane

Wooden plane mobile

$39.95

Mobile Rainbow

Handmade Wooden Mobile Rainbow

$29.95

Mobile Red Bird

Handmade Wooden Mobile

$39.95

Mobile Robot

Handmade Wooden Mobile

$35.00

Mobile Rocket

Handmade Wooden Mobile

$39.95

Mobile Shark

Handmade Wooden Mobile

$29.95

Mobile Sheep

Handmade Wooden Mobile

$24.00

Rainbow Fish Mobile

Handmade Wooden Rainbow Fish Mobile

$35.00

Bugs Mobile

Handmade Wooden Bugs Mobile

$30.00

Bright Balloon Ball

Handmade cotton Balloon Ball

$9.95 $9.95

Baby Doll Lucinda

A sweet Baby doll

$35.00

Baby Doll Oliver

Baby doll Oliver

$35.00

Baby doll Clothilde

Sweet Clothilde

$35.00

Elf Doll Peppermint

He's cheeky, he's sweet and nice

$35.00

Elf Doll Cosmo

Cosmo the elf doll

$35.00

Elf doll Jazzy

Jazzy is just great

$35.00

Art Board - Zebra

Display your art

$20.00

Art Board - Cow

Display your art

$20.00

Art Board - Owl

Display your art

$20.00

Dancing Ribbon

Dancing Ribbon

$14.95 $9.95

Peeps..rainbow

Set of 12 rainbow PEEPS..

$48.00

Wooden Tool Set

Handmade wooden tool set

$29.95