My grandmother would occasionally give my brother and I a small amount of pocket money when we’d come to visit.

We’d excitedly scoot down to the neighbourhood toy shop and get lost in a fabulous world of books, dolls, toy trucks and colour.

We only ever had the money to buy small items – most of the time I’d purchase a sheet of stickers and Matt would buy a bouncy rubber ball or a Matchbox car.

It didn’t matter that we walked out of the shop without the big-ticket items, half the excitement was standing in there in awe.

I can picture a mini Nat and Matt in Melbourne’s delightful Big Dreams, eyes widening at the floor-to-ceiling goodies, mentally writing our Christmas wishlists.

LuckyBoySunday doll and Uimi merino blankets
Heico fawn lamp










It’s such a lovely store, even as a grown-up I can happily while away my time finding little treasures for my little treasure.

Deers and rabbits in toy or lamp form peer from between the bath toys, knitted dolls and windmills.

Musical fairy jewellery box

Millie’s ‘woodland critters’ nursery is decked out with a mushroom night light and Maileg floppy bunny from Big Dreams. They are items I’ve bought her that she’ll be able to keep forever.

Shoppers are bound to find something here for their littlies that’s original, top quality and just perfect.

Big Dreams, Collingwood. PHOTO: Laura Hannan Photography

Big Dreams, with stores in Collingwood and Northcote, has just released its Winter Magazine. It’s a beautifully presented catalogue of new products, styled and photographed by Big Dreams staff.

It’s too nice to dog-ear the pages, but flicking through the edit of clothes, shoes, toys and gifts it is easy to covet one of everything.

I have just snapped up a Moover wooden doll’s pram, some unbelievably cute Minnetonka moccasin booties and some polka dot merino tights from Lamington. I still have plenty more on my shopping list for Millie (it’s her 1st birthday coming up…ok hubby?).

Goose takes a gander at the Big Dreams goodies

Visit one of the two shops to find Schleich figurines, Heico lamps, Hunter boots, Bajo wooden toys, a huge Bobux baby and children’s shoe range and colourful clothing and sleepwear from Minti, Bobo Choses, Mini Rodini, Petit Bateau, Hatley, Tutu du Monde and Oishi-M adorning the shelves. Most items are available to buy online too.

Aussie brands including Sapling Child, Oishi-M and Melbourne’s Fable Baby are popular

Big Dreams is at 336 Smith St, Collingwood and 269 High St, Nothcote, online and has profiles on Facebook and Instagram.
To download a copy of the new Big Dreams Winter Magazine, click here

Tutu cute

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