Hey! You might already be aware of this, but there's a reasonably new shop in Altona, Victoria that specialises in stimtoys! It's called "Sensory Oasis for Kids" (shame about the for kids bit but eh) The owner is really friendly. It sells spinners, chewable jewellery, weighted blankets and other cool stuff. Just thought this'd be cool knowledge for you and your Melbourne followers :)
I actually saw their site come up the other day! I was searching for something and bookmarked it in my “need to look at” folder, at which point it was promptly forgotten by everything else going on. But having a community member come forwards and say good things is so much better than my posting a link, so thank you! I really love talking about places where people have had good experiences!
Here’s the Chewables and Fidgets selection for anyone who wants to check it out. Folks should note that for things like Tangles, it’s pretty expensive ($10 AUD for everything I can get from Toyworld for $6 AUD) but prices on Chewigem pendants are the same as other online stores ($22 AUD). They also offer things that are only accessible online - Twiddles, chewables, wooden puzzles, spinners, various chain fidgets, Koosh Balls, at about the same price I’ve seen them offered elsewhere. I’d say they’re pretty fair.
(I’d love to look at the Chewigem skull pendants, Twiddles and spinners. I so want to get my hands on a Twiddle!)
They offer $9.95 AUD flat rate shipping (higher than one or two places, not as bad as some) but they’re one of the few stores that has any kind of storefront, opening hours and open invitations to come and check toys out. (Plus, they have this shipping info upfront and easy-to-access payment info. They’ve hit all my criteria for a good online seller.) Since this can save a bit or a lot of money for locals (or people who are in Mebourne on a semi-regular basis like myself) having the open storefront to check things out is pretty important. Most of the Melbourne-based OT/sensory/stim webstores I’ve looked at don’t have this option, sadly.
I’ll note that the owner lists Amaze on their links list (I hate Amaze so much) but this list has all the state autism organisations (so it may not mean that much) and she does use person-first language to refer to her sons and throws in a few occasional references to autistic adults. It’s not too terrible for a child-focused store, to be honest. I’ve seen a great deal worse.
Thank you so much for letting me know! New stimmy stores to check out in person are always the best.
( @ambiguouspieces: I can see several bus routes from Sunshine and/or Footscray stations, according to PTV. Want to get hopelessly lost going somewhere new when you’re next free? Having someone else along would stop me from having such a bad panic attack about getting off a bus at an unknown stop. Which would not be an issue if bus stops were numbered like tram stops so I didn’t have to trust the driver to tell me when to get off, so yes, I’m well aware that my panic is based solely in the system being ridiculous…)