Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Don't Buy Toys, Borrow Them! Toy Borrowing Options In Vancouver

If you are like most people in the city of Vancouver, you probably live in an apartment.  City living is awesome, and apartments can be pretty rad, but there isn't a lot of space for all the toys your kids may like to have.  Even if you are lucky enough to live in a huge apartment, or even a house, you may not want to have stacks and stacks of toys around.  Maybe your kids get bored easily, or you want to try toys before committing to buy them, or you want to save some money.  If this sounds like you, you may want to consider toy lending/borrowing instead of buying, or to complement the toys you have purchased. 

Here are a few places in the city of Vancouver for you to check out if you want to give toy lending/borrowing a try.  Please let me know if you know of any others and I'll add them. 

The West Coast Child Care Resource Center Lending Library
Where is it:  The West Coast Child Care Resource Center, 2772 East Broadway, Vancouver 
How much does it cost: $5 a year

The logistics:  Anyone from Vancouver can borrow from this library.  The hours of the library are:

SUN, MON, TUES: closed
WED: 12 - 8pm
THURS, FRI: 10am - 5pm
SAT: 10am - 3pm

You must pick up what you borrow and you must drop off.  The number of  materials you can borrow at a given time depends on the type of material and this information is listed on their website.

The scoop:  This is a huge and amazing resource.  There are children's toys, books, games, curriculum sets, etc.  You can check out their catalogue here:

The Robert Lee YMCA Toy Lending Library
Where is it:  The Robert Lee YMCA, 955 Burrard Street

How much does it cost: $13 a month; however, your child also gets a children's membership to the YMCA with this fee, which also includes 10 guest passes that adults can use, etc.

The logistics: Your child must be a member of the YMCA to borrow from this library.  The hours of the library are:

Monday and Tuesday, 9:30am-1pm and 5pm-8pm
Wednesday - Friday, 9:30am-1pm

You must pick up what you borrow and you must drop off. 

The scoop: This library is a bit small, but the quality of the materials are excellent.  You can view their catalogue of materials here:

Aboo Toy Rentals
Where is it: Aboo Toy rentals is located in the West End but the library is accessed online here:

How much does it cost: The packages vary and are based on how long you wish to borrow the toys and how many toys you wish to borrow at a time

The logistics:  You can order online 24 hours a day.  The toys are delivered to you at your home at no additional charge. They will also pick the toys up at the end of your borrowing period.  Aboo services most of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, including Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Delta, Port Moody, Surrey, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby.

The scoop: Aboo is a local family run business that offers hundreds of toys in their selection.  Right now there is a 14 day risk free trial being offered, so go check it out while you can... I'm going to be trying it out in July and will be writing a review!  You can check out their catalogue here:

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