Palumba

Palumba specializes in carefully crafted organic, natural baby toys and children's playthings to inspire creativity, imagination and joy.

Awareness of this craft is especially important right now as the craft itself is under fire. According to Palumba:

Also, are you aware that most safe, natural toys made or imported by small US companies will disappear next year? This is due to expensive compliance requirements required by the new children's products safety law. Please learn more and help us save the natural/specialty toy industry at www.handmadetoyalliance.org


Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
Before the birth of my first daughter I crafted a rattle from cherry wood. Inspired by organic design the rattle took some notoriety when other people started to notice and request rattles for their babies. From there it was a whirlwind of toy making activity. We formed a cooperative where many people benefit from creative work.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I love being with my family - everyone here feels the same way. When I am with them it really does not matter where we are or what we are doing it is just the act of being in their presence. Although, I do have to say that our story telling times are REALLY fun!

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Keeping up with demand and stocking inventory. I am a teacher/artist. I love the design and creation part. It is the bookkeeping and management that drives me crazy.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I would LOVE the rolling pins!

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A vet because my love of animals.

What other shops out there do you love?
etsy.com
theatlantic.com
&
Children of the Andes Foundation

What does your future hold?
I don't know what the future for the business is, however for me personally there is a farm in our families future.


You can find the full catalog of Palumba's offerings at their main store where you can receive free Shipping on orders over $100 and for a limited time they are offering a coupon code for 5% by typing in winter08 at checkout. You can also find Palumba's fine products for sale on Etsy.