My elder sister is one of the most resourceful people I know so it was no surprise that when I was in New York City with her a couple of weeks ago and we were out shopping, she took us to all kinds of random and interesting NYC shopping spots (and she lives in Northern Louisiana).
One store she took us to that I loved was Enchanted Toys (at 1179 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10028, Google Maps). It’s a store with nothing but handmade toys in it — mostly hand-carved and hand-painted toys made of wood. From their website:
“What you won’t find: a single plastic action figure or action figure.”
My sister bought this toy for my 3 yr old daughter that she hasn’t stopped playing with (I’ll upload a photo of it tonight — it’s hard to describe). I highly recommend this place for anyone looking for creative and engaging toys for children.
Update: Here’s one of the toys that we bought at Enchanted Toys — you put a marble in the top bucket and its weight tips the bucket the marble falls into the bucket below it and so on and so forth.