Do you remember the chain of Muppet Stuff stores that sold only Muppet related toys and collectables? Jim Henson founded the first store in New York during the 1970s and other locations soon opened across North America. Above is a photo of my visit to the Toronto Muppet Stuff store in 1988. I must have been 15 or 16 years old! I live in Ottawa and was on a family trip to Toronto when we stumbled across this store by chance, so I was quite surprised to see it. My mom snapped the photo. The store was located at 2588 Yonge Street at the corner of Albertus Ave. I was so excited about finding this store that I almost got hit by a car crossing the street to get there! :) Silly Me!
And here is a closer look at the Sesame Street items in the window display...
There are lunch boxes (with a small Snuffleupagus plush toy on top of one), place mats, two large plush Big Birds, a large plush cookie monster wearing a light blue shirt, some Snuffleupagus plush toys and Elmo from the Applause toy line, and a small Hasbro cookie monster plush toy wearing a red T-shirt. I can't make out much else, other than it looks like Big Bird is sitting on a children's slide. Later on in 1989 or 1990 a Muppet Stuff store opened at Bayshore Shopping Centre in Ottawa. I bought a good portion of my collection there!
It's hard to see the faded print, but this is my receipt from the Yonge Street Muppet Stuff store, dated 08/04/88. It confirms the address was 2588 Yonge St. The total shown is for $2.15 for an embroidered Muppet patch, shown below. I also kept the plastic Muppet Stuff store bags! I'll post them here eventually too. :)
This is the embroidered patch that I bought at the Muppet Stuff store in Toronto in 1988 that goes with the receipt shown above. The patch is 3.5 inches high by 4 inches wide.
This small Animal pin is dated 1985. I bought it at the Toronto store, but this was a separate transaction than the one shown on the above receipt. In the very first photo above, you can see a white T-shirt above Big Bird that has this same graphic of Animal.