Boogie to the Left

Roller skating, a once popular past time of the 70s, has once again hit its stride. A trip down to the local rink guarantees memories of fast paced good times, cheezels and slushies for not only kids but adults too. Gliding around the rink, in what I guaranteed my parents would by the best 7th birthday present ever, a new pair of roller skates with customized pink laces, the exhilaration of the moment was everything I’d always wanted and was for the next 12 years of my life.

Original roller skates
The history of skating however started with a Belgium musician John Merlin in the 1760s. Merlin’s plan for the night was to enter the masquerade party wearing his new metal-wheeled skates whilst playing the violin. As exuberant as his plan was, Merlin unfortunately crashed into a large mirror and suffered serious physical injuries, although his pride may have been the most hurt thing of the night.



Flash forward to the disco age of up and down beat music, roller skating literally took off around the globe. With clips such as Roller Boogie, Patrick Swayze in Skatetown and Cher’s Hell on Wheels, skating became a popular sport and social activity among all ages, with dance movements, roller hockey and the now extremely popular roller derby. 



Roller Boogie (1979) - roller disco 


At Shorties we have in two different pairs of skates, one black with blue wheels, red laces and a cool LED thunder bolt on the side and the other white pair with fun rainbow laces and funky pink wheels. These skates are perfect for starting out on the rink. Comfortable and stable the wheels are made from a high quality urethane, not plastic, so they last longer and keep you moving at your fastest between limbo and bull rush with the other roller skaters. 

So if you feel like lacing up your own or your kids boots there's still a few places left in greater Sydney where you can.

Check them out in store!
RollerFitRobyn Webster Sports Centre, Tempe / Ph: (02) 9335 2299
Skatel Penrith120 Russell St, Emu Plains / Ph: (02) 4735 6699
Maximum Skating75 Anderson Rd, Smeaton Grange / Ph: (02) 4624 9500

uimi

Want to get cosy in the Winter months with an ethical home decor label? Look at these 70s inspired textures, prints and tones from uimi.
These soft natural fibres of extra fine Merino Wool and Baby Alpaca are perfect to cuddle up in through the coming colder months.
The unique knitwear brings together vibrant colours, bold patterns, beautiful textures and the highest quality renewable natural fibres; from fine Australian merino wool to luxurious Egyptian and organic cotton.
Every uimi product is designed and manufactured in our studio and knitting mill in Melbourne, Australia.



Miva Wooden Toys - Since 1946

These beautiful European toys and have been lovingly handmade in Czech Republic by Miva Vacov since 1946. They have stood the test of time, as loved now in the 21st Century as they were 70 years ago.
Ethically made, each toy is crafted using beech and maple wood which is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified and sourced from the mountain regions of Central Europe. All of their paints and finishes are 100% non toxic and water based. All other materials used are also 100% non toxic and all of their toys comply with both Australian and European safety standards.




Easter Colouring In Competition


Happy Easter everyone! To celebrate Shorties is having a colouring in competition! Print out the image below or pick up a copy in store, and read the details to find out how to enter. 



The Adventure of Herbert and Valerie

The Adventures Of Herbert And Valerie are a series of books that teach meaningful stories and environmental messages to young children. Each book has an accompanying song to sing along to as your child reads.



Created by design and music duo couple Robyn and Justin, the wanted to teach lighthearted stories that both parents and children will love to explore!

 

"On our adventures we combine music & fun with healthy social & environmental messages for a new generation of children and parents!"






Now online and instore!

Honeybee Wax Wraps

Honeybee Wax Wraps are an excellent alternative to plastic when it comes to storing food and keeping it fresh! Handmade on a farm in Byron Bay, they contain HoneyBee wrap is made from 100% organic cotton fabric, natural beeswax, jojoba oil,coconut oil and tree resin. The resulting flexible wrap can be used multiple times. Simply mould the honeybee wrap to the top of the dish by using the warmth and pressure of your hands to create a seal. Use the same method for wrapping vegetables, cheeses, sandwiches and snacks.  To reuse, simply wash in cool water with a mild dish soap, then air dry. These wraps can last up to a year! 

Use the wraps across multiple products

There are heaps of amazing prints to choose from in our range online and in store.


They also come in a range of sizes; Small 16cm x 22cm, Medium 34cm x 26cm, Large 35cm x 35cm, Extra Large 42cm x 47cm.
A great range of colours and sizes to choose from
http://www.shorties.com.au/products/copy-of-beeswax-wrap-3pk-wheat-birds-floral


Shorties Christmas Catalogue 2015

Hello to all our Shorties Members,

Welcome to our Christmas Catalogue for 2015!

It shows a small selection of what we offer in store and online, we hope you enjoy looking through it!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5MDSeyu36JZbEhMSmk5UWhhLXc/view?usp=sharing

We also have two special treats to gift you in this season of giving:

 1   We are offering FREE* shipping Australia wide for orders over $100 during November and December
*Some weights and locations may incur additional costs and be excluded from this special offer

 2   During December all VIP members will earn DOUBLE* club member points in-store, as well as when you select the “Pick Up In Store” option at our online checkout.
* Valid until Christmas Eve, excludes sale items

The cut off date for shipping is the last Friday before Christmas: December the 18th

Please check online for constant re-stocking or let us know if something you are interested in has sold out. We’ll try to update it as fast as possible!

Himalayan Journey: Felt Fairies



Shorties has just received an entirely new range of Felt Fairies from Himalayan Journey!
These beautiful creatures are hand crafted in the Himalayas by local communities. The company preaches fair trade and ensures all working conditions and products are held to high ethical standards.

They're eco friendly, fair trade, natural, and use 100% Australian Wool.

Each fairy and elf can now be purchased online and in store, and to add to this beautiful set we also have the Mushroom House and Strawberry House available from the same series! These make the perfect gift with a good conscience.



eeBoo




With Summer just around the corner it's time walk down memory lane and play some nostalgic games that the whole family can enjoy! A new range eeboo has just landed at Shorties online and in store, check it out!

They're a boutique toy manufacturer, specialising in beautifully crafted educational games and gifts. Their items are 100% original, with commissioned artwork from a range of well loved children's book illustrators. Their contemporary twist to old fashioned favourites adds a whimsical feel to these games.

Literacy, story telling, drawing, imaginative play, and basic math are all skills fostered by play time with the Oppenheim Best Toy award winning series.

Many of the products feature 90% recycled materials, and are printed with soy or plant based inks. Keep scrolling below to see what products we're featuring online at the moment!




Sidewalk Games




eeBoo Puzzle 42 Pieces - Boat Ride




eeBoo Puzzle 64 Pieces - Fairies By The Pond






eeBoo Puzzle 100 Piece - Natural Science



eeBoo Puzzle 208 Pieces - Wildlife of Africa 

Puzzle Pairs - Baby Animals



Lacing Cards - Life on Earth


Tot Tower - Life on Earth

Farg&Form

MOLN available in Black / Green / Grey / Pink / Red / Navy

Farg&Form are a Swedish based design house, producing a distinctly Scandinavian aesthetic across all their pieces. Here at Shorties we champion their bright block colours and bold cloud patterns across wearable items, as well as a range of their plush toys, blankets, books, and baby accessories.

The creator of this cloud pattern, Gunila Axen, is a renowned textile designer. The MOLN (clouds) pattern was made in 1967, and is the celebrated feature of our Farg&Form collection. It has become one of the most celebrated and long lived textile designs in Sweden, and we are so excited to bring it to you in Australia!


Available in 7 colours, this range is a beautiful Scandanavian addition to your child's wardrobe. Have a look at our in stock range of Farg&Form online and instore!


Green Music Box / Pram Toy / Red Music Box

Red Blanket / Red Body Suit / Red Nappy Cover


History of Monchhichi

“A whole bunch of smiles. A whole bunch of fun. Monchhichi means happiness for everyone.”



Monchhichi was the toy that took over the world in the 70’s and 80’s, and continues to be one of the cutest toys available.

Monchhichi’s were born in Japan on the 25th January 1974, fathered by Koichi Sekiguchi. He was inspired to spread a message of “beauty and love” to children through these monkey like plush dolls.

By 1976 Boutique Monchhichi had been introduced to meet popular demand the world over. This allowed the many hordes of children (and adults) obsessed with this adorable creature to dress and customise their dolls. Furniture, watches, clothes, and stationary were all created to compliment Monchhichi, and are now highly sought after collectable items.

The cult following that formed around these plush dolls spawned a television show, Futago no Monchhichi. This 1980’s anime personified the dolls and follows the two protagonists on adventures through space with themes of family, friendship and love.

We are loving this retro ad from Mattel featuring the Monchhichi dolls:




We have absolutely fallen for these creatures, who are inhabiting our store right now! Visit us on King St to meet them and adopt one of your own to take home, or check them out online.


Monchhichi Love


Bobux Shoes

Bobux is an amazing New Zealand brand of shoe made for your child's first steps and early years of walking. Made from a soft leather, the shoe offers fantastic comfort for the foot and is fantastic for breathability, especially in those hot summer months. A soft flex sole has a unique bend shape, creating a lightweight shoe that moves with the foot, without compromising support. The enclosed heel is perfect for those who have the tendency to pronate inwards.

Wear a light sock with the shoe for the first week, and the leather will break in that much faster!

We now have the Jack and Jill Sandal style in stock in Red, Navy, White, and Chocolate. Featuring a double velcro strap it is incredibly easy to put on and off, and a fantastic way to introduce your toddler to shoes. It leaves your child free to play, free to learn, and free to develop a health foot and walk.

Check out the Jack and Jill style below!


Jack and Jill Sandal - Chocolate

Jack and Jill Sandal - Navy




Jack and Jill Sandal - White
Jack and Jill Sandal - Red

Soft Flex Sole unique to Bobux

Haptic Lab Kites

Haptic Lab are a sustainably conscious design team residing in Brooklyn, New York. Emily Fischer is the company founder and architect, with a vision of creating tactile items that combine modern technologies and traditional techniques in all the products she produces.

Here at Shorties we have absolutely fallen in love with the range of kites Haptic Lab have made! Their vibrant colours and unique shapes are a whimsical addition to any summer afternoon at the park or beach. One can imagine the sailing ship kites floating along the clouds as they would the waves of the ocean.

Have a look below to see the styles we currently have in stock


Indigo Ship Kite 
White Ship Kite

Pink Ship Kite
Flying Dutchman 
Diamond Kuma 




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