Couple sell imported toys
A business named UAT, Inc. might not sound as though it could carry something as fun as toy doll houses, castles and cottages for children, but it does.
Owner Bonnie Sullivan, an Indiana native who has lived all over the world, imports the large wooden toy structures factory-direct from Southeast Asia, where she and husband Robert spent four years with his engineer consulting business.
Sullivan decided to sell the toys in Gardnerville partly as a result of a frustrating toy search.
“One year ago, I was looking for a toy for a 3-year-old and it was hard,” she said. “I finally settled on some beads, and they were supposed to be for a 3-year-old, but a minute into this little girl’s hands, she had them in her mouth.”
The toys at UAT are large and made of wood and rubber. The wood is rubber wood, from replenishable rubber trees which no longer produce latex, Sullivan said. All the toys comply with the American Safety Standard ASTM, with no sharp edges and only non-toxic paint and varnish.
Most of the toys are geared toward children aged 3 to 12. Carry cottages and castles sell for $80, and $120 with furniture. Prices of the doll houses vary. Dolls and accessories are sold separately. Carry cottages and dragon puppets are also available.
n Come to the open house. To see the toys, Sullivan is having an open house this weekend, Nov. 7-8. Refreshments and pinwheels will be free, and every customer who purchases a castle will receive a free pewter dragon. Open house hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.
“These are real quality toys,” Sullivan said. “They should last from 3 years old on up and help the child with play-acting, imagination and understanding the world around them.”
Universal Articles Transported is located at 1199 Service Dr., Gardnerville. Regular store hours are Tuesday and Friday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 9 p.m.
By the way, UAT stands for Universal Articles Transported. For more information, call 782-6595 or fax 782-1245.
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