One of my favorite aspects of being a parent is that we get to relive our own childhoods. Toys galore! While I don't exactly get the excuse to shop for Barbies (darnit!), I get a kick out of checking out the newest releases in the toy aisles. You should see how Pat and I get when new Star Wars Lego sets come out! The downside? We can't buy everything. Toys are expensive, man. I've got good news though. Something incredible is about to change the game of playtime.
The Brodster loves Legos. An obsessive kind of love, really. Ever since he watched The Lego Movie, he has been a self-proclaimed master builder. Everyday, he is trying to earn money to save up for his next set. While we encourage his desire to earn his toys, there are quite a few sets that get built and then collect dust. They take up space on the shelves, his Lego table, my studio, and storage boxes. I'm convinced we have thousands of dollars worth of Legos that have only been bought to be built. Usually a set is chosen for the mini-figures that come with it. And that's just the Legos! All his other toys are cluttering up his closet and bedroom floor!
Anybody else in the same boat?
Enter Pley.com. A few weeks ago, Pley approached me to try out their toy service. With this subscription service, we are able to rent out one toy at a time, play with it for as long as we want, and ship it back when we are done. Then they ship us another one to play with. It is basically the "Netflix" of toys! Talk about a lifesaver. Let me tell you why I love Pley:
Saves us money
With a set monthly fee, we can rent and play with as many toys are we would like. The monthly fee is already less than most Lego sets so that's easily a win!
Less clutter at home
A set is built and the Brodster is done playing with it. Now what? Another toy stored in a box? Nope! Now it can be sent back for another kid to play with and we don't have to deal with the mess. Yee!! Can you see me doing a jig? I rock the jig.
Teaches my kids responsibility
Let's be real, I didn't take care of my toys as a kid, so I can't be too upset that my kids are the same. They aren't disastrous, but they are careless. With this service, we start playtime making it clear that this toy will be going to another kid after they are done.
"You wouldn't want a toy to arrive with missing pieces, would you?"
"No way!" says the Brodster.
He was meticulous with his first set. BOOM - teaching manners.
Not only that, but renting toys is actually environmentally friendly! According to the site, "The savings in plastic alone from reduced purchases amounts to at least 240lbs fewer C02 emissions per annum per Pley member." Boys, we're helping save the planet!
You can keep the toys you love
Let's say this toy is too cool for the Brodster to part with. He loves it too much to send it back. You can buy it! Just purchase it via the site and the toy is yours.
The toys are awesome
Did I mention they have Lego sets? They also have Disney toys, American Girl, Leap Frog and more. I just saw that they added the BB-8 unit. Yes, THAT BB-8 toy. I mean, come on. This is straight up legit.
Want even more of an incentive? If you try out the service and love it, Pley encourages you to share with your friends. For every friend that signs up, YOU get a free month!
Well, I've gushed enough already. Ready to check it out for yourself? Click the button below and get ready for some serious PLEYtime!
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