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Aug 2001

Can anyone tell me where to order one of those shelving units with colored bins that are sort of like drawers for toy storage? I need something that holds 6-9 bins of different colors, and would love for the unit itself to be wood, but can be flexible. I'm not in the Berkeley area right now, so need either a place to order it or a big chain store. Thanks! Ann


Lakeshore Learning, a teacher supply center has great storage bins/cabinets. They are pricey for home use, but very sturdy. They have a store in Walnut Creek (worth the drive) and you can also order from their catalog. Carol
I have seen shelves with colorful removable bins at Target (specifically the one in Richmond, off I-80 at Fitzgerald Ave, but I think the merchandise is usually the same at most stores). Heather
Target sells a shelf with colorful plastic storage bins in their kids bedroom accessories area (I have personally seen it at the Walnut Creek store). Also, Kids Furniture/Lullaby Lane in San Bruno sells a bookcase that accomodates clear-with-white-lid containers on 3 shelves (costs around $150 if I remember correctly--you could call and ask). Christina
we got ours through the sensational beginnings catalog -- it has two rows of colored bins, plus one shelf for books. i have a friend who got a very similar one a target -- but it has three rows of the bins, no shelf for books. much cheaper, too ($50, i think, compared to about $80 for ours). good luck! Dmeasham
Try Target. They tend to have such things, although you may not be able to find them unless they happen to be advertised during a particular week. Check their ads in the Sunday paper. Robbie
I bought one at Target a few months ago for about $50. It has a wooden frame and colored plastic bins in two sizes. Amy
Sept 1999

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good furniture unit and a store which carries it, to hold a lot of books and toys? I saw a well designed unit in a 1997 issue of "Child" magazine, featuring three adjustable shelves perfect for small and tall books, two shelves with a total of 10 cubbies for toys underneath, and a shelf top for placing stuffed animals or whatever. Unfortunately, it was a total misprint. Childcraft was not the manufacturer as listed, and the 800 number printed belonged to some vitamin wholesale. So, I'm kind of stuck in my research, but would like to hear from other parents what they found useful in terms of organized but easy access to books and toys in a small room. Thanks! Heike


I was just a friend's house who had a unit from "Hold Everything." It had 6-8 large baskets that fit into a larger peice, sort of like drawers. She had puzzles in one, blocks in another, etc. It was nice because you could just remove one basket, put it down for hte kids to play with the contents, and then just slide the baskets back in place, and everything is self contained. It was also very attractive (their living room was their play area, and this was a very nice peice of furniture that added to the living room). She said it did cost a small fortune, but I don't know exactly what that means. Hold Everything has both stores, and catalogues. they may also carry something like what you described. Suzanne
I created my own by purchasing open storage boxes at Target. I bought various sizes and have added rectangular plastic baskets to put the small toys in. We have labelled the baskets with pictures so my son knows which basket holds what type of toy. The storage boxes I purchased are white pressboard which were purchased as a quick-fix to storage problems and have held up amazingly well. We have moved three times and have only experienced one breakage. They clean up really well and are amazing strong. My son has two boxes that hold his library and the weight of the books has not been an issue. There are a few drawbacks, one you have to but them together (put for the reduced price it was worth it) and two they have pretty sharp corners which were an issue when my son was smaller.

Another option is IKEA. They are opening a new store in Emeryville next spring, but you can order a catalog on-line if you can't wait that long. They usually have a number of nifty storage ideas. Ann


In response to Heike 9/99. I think the unit she saw is available through www.learnandplay.com 1-800-247-6106. It is Item number 21149 Giant Storage Unit for $ 199.95 and set of 10 primar y color boxes is item number 21414 for $ 49.95. I have been seeking the exact same thing and this is what I came up with. Good luck! Gina
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