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Amsterdam — By Marianne on April 6, 2010 at 8:28 am
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Amsterdam: Toy Beast Collectors’ Shop

The bulbous-eyed frog wanted to leap up, but couldn’ t. It was attached to a grass-green rubber boot. A plastic sheep pushed a dinosaur aside and a spotted cow tumbled to the floor. Finger puppets looked longingly at customers’ hands. The Beestenwinkel, Toy Beast Collectors’ Shop, is a store turned animal house.

“I can’ t believe this,” said a greying man shuffling along the jam-packed shelves.
“What?” I asked.
“A cigarette lighter in a toy shop, what a disgrace.”

The Beestenwinkel is not a toy shop but a gift shop for collectors of all things animal. The store is crammed with cuddly Teddy bears, plastic farm animals, furry cheetahs and animal emblazoned clothes, mugs, clocks and backpacks.

This unique shop carries a whimsical variety of beastly presents in all shapes, sizes and prices. The bat on wheels is the perfect gift for your bat collecting friend. The glow-in-the-dark rubber duck will brighten up your bathroom.

Age is of no importance,  you will walk out of the Beestenwinkel with a smile on your face and a cuddly armadillo tucked under your arm.

WHAT: De Beestenwinkel Centrum
WHERE: Staalstraat 26 (map)
Opening hours:
Monday: 12.00 – 18.00
Tuesday – Friday: 10.00 – 18.00
Saturday: 10.00 – 17.30
Sunday: 12.00 – 17.30

WHAT: De Beestenwinkel IJburg
WHERE: IJburglaan 675-569 (map)
Opening hours:
Monday: closed
Tuesday – Friday: 09.00 – 18.00
Saturday: 09.00 – 17.00
Sunday: closed

photo credit: personal collection

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