Giving toys with lasting joy
Want to give your grandchildren a Christmas present they can pass on to their descendants?
Look no further - the South Auckland Woodturners Guild's annual sale has a range of toys that can handle just about anything the years throw at them.
Wooden rattles, carousels and trains are among the many toys for toddlers, and older kids are catered for with games such as quoits, marble solitaire and cribbage.
Guild treasurer David Jones says old-school wooden toys and games are rare because there's so much plastic around these days.
"But people here like to make the wooden stuff that will last forever."
The 2000 wooden pieces on sale include bowls, vases, candlesticks, clocks, pens and kitchen knick-knacks, most of which are reasonably priced.
And if you can't find what you're looking for, a guild member might even be able to fashion a customised piece.
The 140-strong guild is New Zealand's largest but is always on the lookout for new members.
The shop is open from 9am till 6pm weekdays and until 3pm on weekends until Christmas Eve at 126 Great South Rd, opposite the Queen St traffic lights.
Eftpos is available and there's plenty of parking behind the building.
Call Bruce Wood on 626 3803 or go to sawg.org.nz to find out more.