About Artful Toys and Antiques
Our Service PledgeOur goal is to make your buying experience pleasurable. We want you to be happy with your purchase, and will work with you to make that happen.
We, Phil Lepley and Barbara Bureker, have been collectors for many years. Phil primarily collects vintage and antique tin wind-up toys, penny toys, tin still banks and vintage yo-yos, while Barbara is most interested in inkwells and other desk accessories. During our years together, we’ve found a great deal of pleasure in other antiques as well, such as art glass, porcelain, miniature portraits and various sewing utensils.
This shop was started as a way for us to share our love of history and antiques with others. As well as being collectors, we love researching and learning. We also keep our knowledge current through collectors' organizations. Phil is a member of the Still Bank Collectors Club of America and also the on-line Area 51 Yo-yo club. Barbara belongs to the Society of Inkwell Collectors, and was the editor of the Society’s quarterly journal, The Stained Finger, for six years.
We both look forward to helping you find the perfect item to add to your collection, or perhaps giving you a reason to begin a new collection!
We now have a Facebook page where we will be sharing research about the kinds of items we carry, as well as letting you know when we add new items. When you are in Facebook, do a search for Artful Toys and Antiques and "Like" us!
"I received my cruet today, and I must say, even the photo didn't do it justice! It is a very beautiful piece of craftsmanship, and I am so pleased. I have it prominently displayed in my living room and will enjoy it always.
"To my pleasure the vase is PERFECT. I am very happy. It will be the nicest piece of Tiffany glass in my collection. I would like to thank you for excellent packing and service!!!!!!!! Words can't describe your professional approach and kindness." A.L.
"I received the toy. I have only one word - AWESOME! Thanks so much." P.B.
"You have outdone yourselves once again. Both of the inkwells from my recent transaction are beautiful. They were packaged very well and the shipping was extremely fast. I always know when I purchase an item from you that it is going to be better than described. I'll look forward to doing future business with you and thank you for supplying quality collectibles at a very reasonable price."
"I received the items today. They arrived safely and were definitely carefully packaged as well as shipped promptly. Thank you so much for being such professionals. I am very pleased with your service and the items received. Absolute thumbs up for you."
"The pen is beautiful! Thank you for the excellent service as well."
"WONDERFUL inkwell! I love it. Your narrative was perfect. Thanks so much!"
"The inkwell arrived in today's mail, safe and sound, in perfect condition. Thank you very much! It is a beautiful object, and I am very glad I was able to work with you to purchase it. I look forward to possible future acquisitions..."
"I received the space ship today and it is very nice! Thank You! That was very fast shipping. I appreciate you letting me place it on layaway. I will keep you in my favorites list for sure. Thanks so much, it's been a pleasure doing business with you both!!"
"Thank you so much, beautifully packaged! It's a pleasure doing business with you."