Shuntai Toys and Snacks (順泰玩具食品行)

Two of my greatest passions are toys and old things. And if the toys/old things happen to be Taiwanese, then all the better. My brain nearly exploded when I found out about the existence of Shuntai Toys and Snacks (順泰玩具食品行) in Jingmei (景美). The owner, Kuan Ta-hsing (官大興), opened his shop in 1964. When kids started playing with video games and buying their candy at 7-Eleven and other convenience stores, he dug his feet in and continued to sell the same things even though his earnings plummeted. At some point in the 1990s, however, “old-fashioned” turned into “retro” and Shuntai Toys and Snacks gained a cult following.

Shuntai Toys and Snacks (順泰玩具食品行)
Kuan Ta-hsing and his wife/business partner Kuan Wu Hsiu-sheng (官吳秀勝)
Shuntai Toys and Snacks (順泰玩具食品行)
A 1960s wind-up toy from Mr. Kuan’s collection and a tin frog for sale at Shuntai

Shuntai Toys and Snacks (順泰玩具食品行)
Cap guns! Yay!

Shuntai Toys and Snacks (順泰玩具食品行)
Creepy crawlies.

Shuntai Toys and Snacks (順泰玩具食品行)
Toys stapled to old-fashioned card displays.

Shuntai Toys and Snacks (順泰玩具食品行)
Piggie banks and Chinese yo-yos.


The store itself is no frills and the front is stocked with more modern toys like model airplanes and Hello Kitty rice cookers. But the back is filled with the kind of treats, games and playthings that kids played with in the 1960s and 1970s.

Shuntai Toys and Snacks (順泰玩具食品行)
Raffle boards… each board has a bunch of numbers on tiny paper tabs that match up with the attached prizes. As you can see, prizes include candy and money, including NT$1,000 bills.

For more about Shuntai (and Mr. Kuan’s cool life story… anybody who likes toys and candy this much has got to be an interesting person), read my article (PDF link). If you can’t visit Shuntai in person, check out the store’s Web site.

Shuntai Toys and Snacks (順泰玩具食品行)
The Taiwanese Laurel and Hardy! The box contains chewy grape-flavored candy.
Shuntai Toys and Snacks (順泰玩具食品行)
Sugarrrrhhh…