Last weekend I flew up to Allentown, PA for my first big toy show. It was the Allentown Antique Toy Show at the Allentown Fair.
Here are my impressions:
1. I was the only guy under 50 in that place.
Seriously. I felt like I was surrounded by my grandparents. It wasn't a big deal, but unfortunately, this meant the collections and the items for sale weren't really directed toward my generation or my budget... and it smelled kind of weird.
2. I couldn't afford a damned thing.
Yeah, i know i should expect some price mark-up for old toys, but most of the pieces that caught my eye ended up being between $175-$400. I'm way out of my league here. I've been spoiled by finding great stuff at flea markets
3. I felt like I was walking through a toy museum.
The place was huge and filled with history. From original Disney toys to Sambo dolls to old Transformers. It was unbelievable how diverse these items were. These toys were from all over the world and most of it was in tip-top shape.
4. It was freakin' great!
I did manage to walk away with a handful of good finds, and I'll post them all soon. All-in-all, I had a good time. Just like any toy show, you can never predict what will be there. You just have to hope for the best.
Here are some random pics from the show. Most of the vendors didn't like my taking photos of their stuff, but I did manage to get a few toy shots (eat your hearts out Chris and Duane )