Hundreds peruse toys other collectibles at toy show and sale

first_imgFrom vintage toy trains to recently released video games, toy lovers made use of a vast selection Sunday in Vancouver.Vintage toys, pop culture items, dolls, trains and records were within grasp at the Vancouver Toy Junkies Vintage Toy Show and Sale at Warehouse ’23, 100 Columbia St., Suite 102. More than 140 vendors participated, said Mike McLaugherty, the show’s organizer.“For me, it’s all about bringing the community together,” McLaugherty said.In one room sat collectors of decades-old toys. Terry Parker, 69, of Portland, offered an array of Matchbox and windup cars, Tonkas and even a tricycle from the 1930s with a horse-shaped seat.“That’s kind of an unusual piece,” Parker said of the tricycle, which bobs up and down when ridden to mimic a horse ride. “That’s why I bought it.”The piece is worth about $380, Parker said. But the potential cash haul was not the highest priority for him.“Let’s put it this way: it’s a hobby that pays for itself. People say, ‘Do you sell this stuff?’ And I say, ‘Yeah, but I buy it for me first,” Parker said. “The really fun part about doing this is the hunt to find this stuff.”Parker has been collecting for more than 40 years. While he considers himself ahead of the “Star Wars generation,” all collectors feel a similar itch, he said.last_img read more