Filled to the brim with gifts, Nancy Petley’s mini toy store is a treat for all to behold children’s bedrooms. I wanted the kids’ rooms to look like ours growing upâ”littered with toys. I found cars, trucks, dolls, and Play-Doh. I discovered that many buttons and beads, along with earrings and charms, made great miniature toys. Z-scale (1:220; the smallest model railroad scale) animals and people were a great fit also. I was searching one day for miniature teddy bears and came across the marbles. The vial contained about 300, all hand-blown glass, each one different. I put some in mini jars, and others I fastened a teeny mesh drawstring pouch for.
I don’t know why I was so fascinated with those marbles. I barely made a dent in the vial and thought to myself that it would be fun to build a toy store someday and include a display with packages of those marbles.
Building a miniature toy store remained at the back of my mind for a while.