Try Ashbourne First: #11 Lumbards – an old-fashioned toy shop with old-fashioned service


20121208_102438Lumbards is a great family-owned toy shop on Victoria Square. As I write this, Christmas is approaching and any right-minded parent will be dreading the trip into Derby en famille.

Try Ashbourne First is about challenging the idea and looking at what Ashbourne has to offer when you get behind the doors of some of our retailers and meet their owners.

Lumbards is stacked floor to ceiling with the current trends as well as some of the old favourites – whether you are looking for something for a toddler or something to occupy children a little older, they have something for everyone.

20121208_102426Right in the window of the shop currently is an offer on WOW Tip-it Toby model vehicles which beats on-line shopping. Inside there is a similar deal with massive reductions on Squinkies.

The shop has lots of stock but is a great local stockist for old favourites such as Lego, Top Trumps, jigsaws and models. The Lego selection includes kits associated with the new Hobbit film as well as Lord Of The Rings. If you are looking for something that may be hard to get – why not pop in and ask the question. When I had a look around I saw traditional bingo sets and scorebooks for Beetle Drives – are you sure you would know where to find them if you were looking for them elsewhere?

As with many of the shops in Ashbourne though, a big part of the proposition is the friendliness and knowledge of the staff. Lumbards are currently supporting the Ashbourne Traders’ Ashbourne Christmas Crawl where entrants can win vouchers by answering questions in independent retailers around 20121208_102259the town. See the Ashbourne News Telegraph’s coverage of this innovative scheme http://bit.ly/TL3GAh. Lumbards also have a saving scheme to spread the cost of purchasing and will put things aside while you save.

Whether it’s a stocking filler or a main present for the kids in your life Lumbards is worth a visit.

Hopefully this brief insight has dispelled one of the two myths about Ashbourne’s high street – that there is no choice. The other myth is that the shops are expensive. As ever, I tested Lumbards prices against the big retailers online:

Squinkies Skull Cavern playset – Lumbards £12.49, Amazon £14.11

WOW Tip-it Toby – Lumbards £12.99 for one, £19.50 for two, Amazon £10.99 for one, £21.98 for two.

Bin Weevils Character figure – Lumbards £2.99, Amazon £4.99

Gibson’s original Bingo – Lumbards £10.99, Amazon £10.99

Broadly Lumbard’s prices are competitive and, because they are a local independent trader you have the service to back it up and no worry about delivery times or petrol costs to drive into Derby.Squinkies

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About justaukcook

/kʊk/ Not a chef, not an epicure, not a foodie. Just one who likes to prepare food – What really happens in the kitchen and on the high street is what I write about. Follow me on Twitter @Justaukcook and on https://www.facebook.com/justaukcook
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