Christmas is a time toys are given to the kids. But many of them are worn out before the year is over, but Mary Meyer Toys are made to last. Mary Meyer Toys is a manufacturer of plush stuffed toys in Townsend Vermont since Mary Lorang Meyer founding the business in 1933.
Mary Meyer Museum of Stuffed Toys has permanent and seasonal exhibits showing how the production process has evolved over the life of the business. It also tells the story of their toy business from its beginning in the 1930’s.
Mary Meyer Toys has produced quality stuffed toys, made with loving care. The Meyer family run business is made up of a family of workers with a mission of making ‘beautiful, safe, educational toys and collectibles from the best materials and finest designs.’
Mary Meyer Toys sell over 400 items including Cheery Cheeks, FlipFlops, Purse Switchables, Print Pizzazz, Taggies, and WubbaNub toys along with several Oppenheim Gold Seal Award winning plush toys.
Mary and Hans Meyer started their business producing tomato pincushions in 1933. That proved to be perceptive since pincushion filled an important need in those days. Every woman made clothes for themselves and their children. Sewing requires both pins and needles where safe storage is important. Mary was a skilled seamstress and Hans was a great salesman, making them an effective team to compete in the market place.
As time passed they realized the tomato pincushions were plain and needed embellishment to increase sales. Soon Mary created pincushions in animal shapes of cats, elephants, etc. Hans’s role required traveling by train to the major department stores and chain stores like Woolworths. This resulted in placement of orders for thousands of animal shaped pincushions. Their wholesale price was 30¢ apiece with a retail price of 49¢.
May 1-December 25
Daily 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Rest of year
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, open daily except Tuesday
Closed major holidays
Mary Meyer Toy Address
1 Teddy Bear Lane, P.O. Box 275, Route 30, Townshend, VT 05353
Townshend is a town of 1,149 named for the Townshend family who were a powerful force in British politics. The town is 17 miles north of Brattleboro, 143 miles south of Burlington, 52 miles east of Bennington, and 88 miles east of Albany NY. The movie ‘Funny Farm’ with Chevy Chase was filmed in Townshend.
Townshend VT is a 5 hour drive of 300 miles from Rochester NY. Drive I-90 east past Albany into Troy NY then route 7 east into Vermont changing to route 9. Exit onto route 100 north then nearing West Townshend drive east on route 30 to Townshend.
A visit to Mary Meyer Toys can be a worthwhile experience. In addition to seeing their interesting operation, Vermont is a great place to visit. It is beautiful with each season having its own place. West of Townshend is Green Mountain National Forest with campgrounds and places of natural beauty.