Our Journey to opening The Toy Store

Welcome to our store! As a family, we have been in the retail world since 2001, building our Home Decor brand from the bottom up, pouring candles in our basement. In 2009 we moved to Northland Mall in Sterling, IL, and continued to build our Bushel Basket Candle Co brand, and bring the best home decor we could find to our community.  

Fast forward to 2022, and we jumped into an opportunity to bring an Independent Family Owned Toy Store to our community! After all, playing and creativity are the building blocks to life, no matter your age!

We started planning and putting together our plan to stock a family toy store, and are working hard every day to check all the boxes! The first order of business was to bring in Learning Toys, and our partnership with Fat Brain Toys has been awesome! So many high quality options for skill building and learning, and durable to stand the test of time. 

Tomy is another line that we love, with favorite selections from Ertl, John Deere, and Lamaze toys that include a wide variety of name brand quality toys. Timber Tots are nostalgic and durable at the same, and the expanded line is just so appealing! And the John Deere brand speaks for itself, in construction, quality, and durability. 

Puzzles and Games were a definitely box to check on our list for family fun and rainy day activities. Smart Games, Fun In Motion Toys, and so many more great brands that bring a wide selection for every age group! And our puzzles start with 2 piece matching puzzle games up to 1000 piece puzzles in every category!

But if it's bricks you're looking for?  Oh my goodness! We have a fantastic selection from Sluban bricks, with so kits to entertain the imagination of every boy and girl of every age. Completely Lego compatible, durable, recyclable, and afforadable!

Plush. Oh boy, now there's a topic for discussion! We carry Viahart, Bearington, Slumberkins, Warmies, Tomy, Squishable, and more! If it's a new squishy friend you're looking for, we have a great selection! 

Crafting Kits, Stem Kits, DIY and all of the fun get your hands dirty kinda things, we have those too! Slime kits, Hey Clay!, roller coaster experiments, Trestle Tracks, robots, we have an entire category of everything you can think of! 

At the end of the day, we are here to help you find something to keep you busy, to make you think, to puzzle it out, or get outside and get dirty! 

We are the team at The Toy Store

2900 E Lincolnway

Northland Mall, Sterling IL 61081


Open Tuesday 10am - 6pm

Wednesday 10am - 6pm

Thursday 10am - 6pm

Friday 10am - 7pm

Saturday 10am - 4pm

Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Can't wait to see you!