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Retro Toy Joy at the Vermont Country Store, Weston, Vt.

Retro table hockey game at the Vermont Country Store in Weston, Vt.

Old school table hockey game at the Vermont Country Store in Weston, Vt. (photo by Eric)


The thing about the toy department at the Vermont Country Store in Weston, Vt., is that the adults seemed to be having as much fun as the kids on a recent visit.

Full of retro toys popular before the technology age changed everything, kids of all ages not only enjoyed browsing but also playing with the basic but fun toys. Whether the table hockey game with levers attached to plastic hockey players, the old-time chess game, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots battling to “knock each other’s block off,” sock monkeys, joy buzzers, classic board games, Gumby and Pokey bendables, jack-in-the-boxes, Silly Putty, red rubber balls or building blocks, the scene brought about childhood toy memories to warmly recall, as opposed to new generation toys that often seem to be recalled. Kids — not aware of the toys’ histories but instead rightfully just enjoying the moment — appeared mesmerized by these toys that they could command rather than the new generation electronic devices that seem to command them.

One daughter strongly encouraged her dad to sit down on a whoopie cushion. He did, the sound resonated with authenticity, and everyone turned around. OK, it was me, but really the whole Vermont Country Store toy department experience was a gas, anyway!

We could actually go on and on about the “family owned and operated since 1946” Weston Vermont Country Store’s “purveyors of practical and hard-to-find products” in the thousands. You could spend a whole afternoon here in the charmingly rustic store but for bandwidth considerations, we have just focused on the toys here. Following the budget-friendly travel theme of our site, most of these vintage toys are quite affordable. Coupled with seemingly virtually every toy and game available that mattered as a kid, the Vermont Country Store toy department experience indeed makes for a great toy story for your instant family travel memories.

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Hand Buzzer from the Vermont Country Store, Weston, Vt. (photo by Eric)

Gumby and Pokey bendables from the Vermont Country Store Weston Vermont.

Gumby and Pokey bendables from the Vermont Country Store Weston, Vt. (photo by Eric)

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots at the Vermont Country Store, Weston Vermont

Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots at the Vermont Country Store, Weston, Vt. (photo by Eric)

On your way out, take some time to sit on the front porch, take in the quintessential, quaint feel of a small, classic Vermont town, feel the vibe of a authentic New England country store… and then resume playing with the toys you bought, maybe at the adjacent Weston Town Common (pictured below)!

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Inviting front porch, rocking chairs at the Vermont Country Store in Weston, Vt. (photo by Eric)

Vermont Country Store celebrate 70 years in Weston VT

Vermont Country Store, Weston Vt. (photo by Eric)

Carriage and bandstand at Weston Town Common, Weston Vermont

Weston Town Common, Weston, Vt. (photo by Eric)

The Vermont Country Store is located at 657 Main St., Weston VT. Tel. (802) 824-3184.

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