Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Etsy Around the World: McCoys Toys

Our next shop on our world wide shopping spree is very close to home. McCoy Toys makes toys like we used to play with at my grandmother's house. If you are looking for a local handmade gift for a child, this is your shop.

Who are you?

John & Emily of McCoyToys

Where are you located?
Asheboro, North Carolina

What do you create?
Hand crafted wooden toys, games & puzzles.

What is your favorite place to visit in your hometown?
We enjoyed our recent visit to a new gallery in Asheboro, Circa Gallery. Our toys will be featured in the gallery before Christmas.

What inspires you?
We enjoy making toys that will put a smile on the face of a child or an adult and we are content using our God given gifts/talents.

Why did you choose your company name?
Our last name is McCoy; therefore we chose to name our company The Real McCoy, Inc. and we chose McCoyToys as our etsy shop name. With our motto being: No Batteries Required - Just Imagination.

What is your favorite place to sell your items?
We enjoy selling online, but nothing beats being able to “show & tell” children and adults about the toys. We love to see the expressions of joy, surprise & fascination on the faces of children of all ages.

Do you have any advice to share on how you have made your business grow?
We attended small business courses at the Randolph County Community College, these are sponsored by the NC REAL program (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning). We learned much about starting a business as well as how to target & attract your market share. Our business was also one of those chosen to be featured in the NC REAL publication to be printed later this year (2008).

What types of things do you do to turn first time buyers into repeat clients?
Our toys, games and puzzles are made one at a time, and we strive for & take pride in quality. We ask our customers to let us know if they have a problem with an item & ask anyone who has made a purchase in the past if the toy is still working and if they had any problems with it we want to know!

We are members of the ACE Team (Amazing Carolina Etsians) and we have a team blog too. We are also members of The Handmade Network.


  1. Yeah, McCoy Toys.....
    There isn't any better handmade toys out there than the McCoys toys. Great interview.

  2. I'm am trying to decide if my child is too old for some of these. But I really want that top for myself. ;)

  3. These are some adorable toys! I'm trying to keep the plastic, made-in-China stuff to a minimum at our house, but it is so hard. It's nice to see that there are still well-made, creative, fun options out there!