About Us

Our goal at Buddies is to find the right toy for the right child. We consider it an honour to help you buy the toys for the kids in your life. We know there are many choices out there and our family thanks you for choosing Buddies!


Buddies Toys opened April 1, 1989, by Jane Powell and her sister Carol van Adrichem. Both living in Sidney, Jane had two children and Carol’s first was on the way. They spent long hours researching toys to find what customers were looking for, something made much easier today with the internet!

They made annual treks to the Toy Fairs in Toronto and more recently New York to find the best toys for their customers. After almost two decades, Carol left the business as an owner, but has since returned to manage the Sidney location.

Jane’s daughter, Lauren, has joined the family business and, when her young family allows her, she plans to take over when Jane relinquishes the reins. Buddies’ family also includes our many fabulous staff, who have willingly joined this family. We recently all got together to celebrate Buddies’ 25th anniversary and it was incredible to see how many great people have worked for us!

think-localThink Local First is the only registered non-profit society of locally owned, independent business that seek to promote the social and economic benefits of shopping local in the Greater Victoria Area.


For even more birthday fun, we are excited to bring you buddies toys birthday club! Come into Buddies up to two weeks before your party. Help your child select some awesome gift ideas that he/she would love to receive.

Put these fantastic ideas into a tub with your child’s name on it. Hand out your invitations with information about the birthday club. Your guests can shop at the store knowing that they will be buying a toy that will be loved by your child and you.

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