Bannor Toys: Handmade Wooden Toys

Woods of the World Block Set

Our next Bannor Limited toy is live!  Get a set of these gorgeous blocks that include woods from America, Mexico, Brazil, and Africa.  All sanded smooth and finished with our organic beeswax and flax seed oil mixture, a set you'll be sure to love and pass down for generations!

In addition to Walnut, Cherry, and Maple we've included 4 exotic woods; padauk, purpleheart, sapele, and yellowheart.  

New Shape Sorter Hits the Store!

We've add a new toy to our permanent collection, the shape sorter!  

Made from solid Baltic Birch, this beautiful shape sorter is the perfect toy for promoting eye-hand coordination, teaching shapes, counting, and sorting!

  • Approximately 10" L x 7" H x 7" D
  • Adds a modern design element to any room  
  • Open sides design, kids can reach in from all 4 sides to get pieces
  • Tray underneath to catch and store pieces
  • Includes 8 shapes (2 cherry triangles, 2 cherry pentagons, 2 walnut squares, 2 walnut circles), all approximately 1.5"
  • One side has numbers 1-10, one side can be personalized with a name, and the top has the name of the shapes written out
  • Comes fully assembled
  • Safe for all ages, developmentally appropriate for ages 18 months and up.

Our 1st SEMI-ANNUAL SALE!!!

Don't miss out on our first ever semi-annual sale!  + Spend $20 or more and get a free Bannor Toys tumbler now through Monday June 5th!

Bannor Toys State of The Union Update

It has been a busy year here so far at Bannor Toys.  Stacey, Kim, and Emilie went down to Texas to take part at the Spring at the Silos event hosted by Joanna and Chip Gaines.  That was a super successful event and so much fun for them.  If you missed the pictures be sure to scroll through the month of March in our Instagram feed (@bannortoys).  Kim and Stacey also launched The Bannor Toys Collective, a Facebook group dedicated to moms, kids, toys, and everyday life.  I’m not allowed in, but I understand it gets fairly rowdy in there.  All the members of the group get fun exclusive sales and early notice on upcoming promotions.  If you’re interested, search for Bannor Toys Collective in Facebook.  I’m sure you already know that you should be following our FB and Instagram pages but make sure you are getting all of our posts, Kim is doing a lot of fun new giveaways.  She picks the best brands to work with and I’m guessing you will find a few new favorites.

 

Bannor Toys meets Magnolia

 

Bannor Limited is kicking off soon.  Basically it is a new exclusive toy launch every 2 weeks.  It is only available for 2 weeks or while supplies last and then it goes back into the Bannor Toys Vault for the rest of the year, some may never be launched again.  Make sure you get our newsletter if you want to know about each new toy and be reminded of the launch date so you don’t miss it.

 

Bannor LImited

 

Bannor Limited was something I thought up one night while I was playing around with some toy prototypes I had.  They were toys “waiting in the wing” so to speak.  Some toys are really great but they require so much hand work, or so many parts that they are impossible to scale up.  What I mean by that is that we would not be able to keep up with demand on an ongoing basis and we cannot automate any of the process so it would be a never ending battle to keep them in stock.  And sometimes they are just too expensive to offer all the time.  So all of these really fun toy ideas were sitting on a shelf and we had no way to get them to you.  Enter Bannor Limited- a way for us to set up shop for 2 weeks to do a special onetime run of some of these unique toys.  Stacey and I spent a long time getting everything just right for this new branch of the Bannor Toys brand, we really think and hope that you will love the new limited edition toys.

If you are in Nashville, TN or are planning a visit add the Magnolia Goods store to your list.  We have set up our first store within a store concept at Magnolia Goods and are super proud of it.  It is currently the only physical store where you can see almost our entire line of Bannor Toys in person.  We offer wholesale to lots of retails stores, but only one offers ALL OF IT.  We hope to eventually have roughly six of these stores around the country but we have no time table set up.  We will evaluate ideal cities and stores as time allows.  I can tell you that our first store in Magnolia Goods has been a great success up to this point and we are excited about the future.

 

Magnolia Goods Nashville

 

Stacey and Mardi have moved the shipping studio to temporary quarters for the next couple of months.  Mardi is kicking butt, getting your toys sent out so fast!  I will be doing a complete remodel and expansion of their space from the studs up.  To be honest, its long past due.  See, when we bought our current property, we had to move the shipping area from our previous location to our new location in just one weekend.  It’s the one part of our business that can’t go down for any length of time because we have to ship out inventory as you all order toys!  So we moved the shipping area into a small converted machine shop to operate while we set up our new home and new wood shop.  It wasn’t ideal for them, the lighting left a lot to be desired as did the particle board walls and ceiling.  But it got the job done for the year.  The wood shop was a priority because we had to get the insulation, HVAC, electric, and walls all set up and the machines running before inventory ran out.  So after dragging my feet through the cold months, here we are.  I will be doubling their space, adding a 2nd laser engraver so they can run two at a time, new doors that allow more light, new inventory shelving, cabinets and counter space, and nice finish work including dry wall, new lighting, paint, etc.  It should be a nice upgrade in both aesthetic, space, and function. 

The wood shop is not being ignored this year though, the entire exterior of the building is getting a fresh paint job this spring.  If you have seen any of Stacey’s pictures you know it is currently a worn out white with an orange/brownish color straight out of the 80’s.  The new paint on the metal building will be a gray roof and trim with fresh white walls.  I don’t have the skill or desire to go up that high or paint a building that big so we have contracted it out to a small local company.

On a more personal level Kim, our marketing director, finally made her way back to Iowa for a visit.  It was nice having her at the Bannor Homestead for a couple of hours and meeting with her husband and all her little ones.  She is super committed and doing a great job for us, give her a shout out on one of our Social Media pages.  We also brought a couple of goats to the homestead this spring.  You already know about our small flock of chickens from previous posts, we added two fainting goats to the family.  They are brother and sister and are inseparable.  They have home in the barn but they mostly enjoy following us around the yard eating our grass and dandelions.  We will be adding 2 more goats (pygmy goats) after the memorial day weekend.  The kids and us went to meet the new goats last weekend and when they fell asleep in Emilie’s arms we were pretty much hooked.

I think that is all I have for now.  We are only in April and already have so much on the calendar for this year.  I have such a sincere gratitude for all of you who buy our toys, follow our blog, comment on our posts, and send us your pictures.  It means so much for us to not only be able to support our family this way, but to see that our toys are becoming a part of your families.  It also allows us to help support other families like our employees, contractors, vendors, etc.  It’s all a giant circle and I’m humbled to be a part of it.  So thank you so very much for all that you do for Bannor Toys and our family, the support is overwhelming. 

Jesse Bannor

Executive Toy Maker / Goat Wrangler

Brotherhood with Kacie Case

You know her as Mama Case, but three of the world's cutest kids call her Mama.  Kacie Case joins us this week to chat about sibling love and just how amazing it is.  Disclaimer: Ray's cheeks will melt your heart.  For real.  You've been warned!

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Mothers are told, just before they have their second baby, "Don't worry. Your heart will just expand."

But we all doubt it. I looked at Eddy, 2 years old and with a fresh, heavy type 1 diabetes diagnosis, and was devastated at the thought of him having to share my attention. I reminded myself daily that I adore my own siblings and that life wouldn't be the same without them. I was over the moon to be giving Eddy a sibling and for our family to grow but I was wracked with guilt.
And then Rocky barreled into our lives. Quickly. I joked that his labor gave me whiplash. We thought that maybe it was a sign of his personality - like a little tornado. We learned almost immediately that rather it was a sign that he didn't want to make things harder. From the moment we knew him, we could see patience and kindness. He wasn't needy, just easy going and happy. It was as though he was telling us not to worry, no big deal, take care of Eddy and I'll be right here waiting. We were all enamored, Eddy included.  
We watched Eddy offer love to Rocky and were just floored. His love was immediate and so natural. Before long, neither of them wanted to be to far from each other. I loved Rocky the moment I met him, just as I did Eddy, but my heart blew wide open when I saw a love grow that existed independent of me.
How do you teach your kids to love? I don't even know the answer. The best I can figure out is to just love them, to show them how it feels and hope that it shows them how to give it to others.

Having faith in that unshakable sibling love, I didn't have the same worries before Ray was born. He came quietly in the middle of the night, the day before Christmas. His two big brothers woke up to the news and I was again able to witness the birth of new love. Eddy and Rocky met Ray for the first time with absolute wonder and adoration.
Ray falls asleep to the sound of his big brothers playing, he stops crying when they are near, and moves his legs and arms with all his might when he watches them run past. 
Motherhood is not without its bumps - 3 times the bumps now - but this brotherhood is giving me life. 
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What'd we tell ya?!  Cheeks for days and a whole lotta love between these three boys.  You can catch up with Kacie and her crew on her Instagram page here!