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Updated: May 27, 2011

     


What a Great Weekend!

For the summer of 2010, the Fisher - Price Collectors Club decided to try to something different - we picked a new weekend to meet! And it worked great! We all got together on July 24, 2010 and once again, we held our Antique Toy Show and Sale, plus our annual dinner at night. We had a very nice turnout, and overall had a fun weekend catching up with our old friends (and meeting new ones!), gabbing about our toy collections, and just hanging out and enjoying the day!

Schedule Of Events:

Below are the events that took place in East Aurora on July 24, 2010. This weekend was chosen because there are events that weekend (Main Street's Sidewalk Festival and a big high school reunion group) in East Aurora that brought people to town. The traditional weekend the club always had (the last weekend in August) used to coincide with Toyfest, East Aurora's weekend-long festival celebrating toys. But with Toyfest cancelled (last year it was held was 2007), East Aurora is pretty dead during the end of August, making a toy sale very difficult. But this new weekend definitely brought in foot traffic and life to the town, helping make our sale a success!

July 24, 2010 Schedule of Events
TimeEvent Where
9:00 am to 3:00 pm Fisher-Price Collectors Club's Antique/Collectible Toy Show and Sale Immanuel Lutheran Church, 43 Pine Street, East Aurora
9:00 am to 4:30 pm East Aurora's Chamber of Commerce Sidewalk Sale & Street Festival Main Street, East Aurora NY
3:30 to 4:30ish Fisher-Price Collector Club Board Meeting (for those on the board, we will tell you where!) East Aurora
6:30 to 8:30ish Fisher-Price Collector Club Annual Dinner Village Kitchen Cafe, 40 Riley Street, East Aurora NY

So How Did It Go?

Awesome!! We had a great time! Many club members came to the events, including some we haven't seen in years. It was great to see many old friends. We even had our club founder join us this year, and had others members fly in from states like Arizona and Louisiana. And a couple of club members who worked at the Fisher-Price factory joined us as well. We had about 70 club members, including their families and friends, attend this weekend. We had some new members come for the first time, as well as some of us who have been coming for almost 20 years. Old and new alike, we all enjoy gabbing about our toys and collections!

Our 2010 Toy Show and Sale

The sale was held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, the same place where the Toyfest sale was held in 2007. We had about 12 vendors, selling all things Fisher-Price, plus some other line of toys as well! Parts and pieces, unopened boxes, pull toys from years past, they were there! As always, a majority of the toys being sold were the classic Fisher-Price Little People sets. And as always, I spent too much money and had to run out to an ATM to get more.

Our 2010 Dinner

Like the last few years, the club held our annual dinner at the Village Kitchen Cafe (located right behind Main Street at 40 Riley Street). We had about 35 people this year, with some new faces joining us. Dinner was served buffet-style, with beef, salmon, fruit, and a vegetable dish and something else (ok, I am blanking on the rest of the food). Dessert included, too! Our waitress worked incredibly hard to make it a great evening for us. Dinner was served at 6:30. After eating, we gave the Caring and Sharing Award to honor a long-time member, who was too ill to come. We also raffled off new Fisher-Price ornaments, which was won by a member who couldn't make it this year, but still sent in her tickets (yes, you don't have to be present to win!!).

To our delight, we had a guest speaker this year. Diane (Jacquie's daughter) presented a speech about the use of cloth in Fisher-Price's many lines of toys. Rumor has it that Jacquie forced Diane to be our speaker, but Diane assures us she enjoyed giving it and did it through her own free will. Yes, whatever you say, Diane ...! :)

After our awesome speaker finished up, it was time for the evening to come to a close. We said our bye's for now, and hopefully we'll see everyone again next summer. The club is very much hoping this new weekend in July will be our new "home" for our annual convention!


Photos of the 2010 Convention

This year's sale was held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church on Pine Street in East Aurora, NY. It was HOT HOT HOT and HUMID that day! Whew! Bring your water bottles. Follow the "Toy Sale" sign and come on in!

Many club members, plus a few other toy vendors, rent tables to sell their Fisher-Price toys. With the Sidewalk Street Sale/Fair going on outside on Main Street, getting foot traffic wasn't too much of a problem.

Toys for Sale: I see some Great Adventures toys, a Little People Goldilocks Playhouse, 2 Play Family Parking Garages, a Teddy Tooter, A Brown Tudor House #952 in the box, a Junior Circus. There are plenty more in there, too!

An oldie here - a Safety School Bus from the late 1950's; plus a Little People Camper, a Snorky Fire Truck, plus some collectible lunch boxes. You never know what you will find here.

Here are some Club members chatting away about their collections. And you got to see every table and see what everyone else brought!

More toys for sale - Fisher-Price parts, pieces, figures, and sets!

During the sale, club members take breaks to go see the Street and Sidewalk Sale taking place on Main Street. Main Street was closed off for a few blocks in each direction for the festivities. Lots of vendors selling food, funnel cakes, pizza, hotdogs. Many other booths selling all sorts of wares. Plus activities for the kids, like sidewalk chalk. Tons of people everywhere here. Fortunately the weather stayed dry, as thunderstorms held off until late afternoon.

More shopping! Check every table, and look in all the bins! You may find that missing Fisher-Price piece you been looking for.

Besides the classic Little People sets, there are plenty of other Fisher-Price toys for sale. This vendor is selling many wooden pull toys from the pre-1970's era. Plus some musical wind-up toys as well.

Around 2:30 - 3:00ish, the sale winds down for the day. People finish their shopping, and the sellers are overall very pleased with today's turnout. Now we pack up the toys, and put away the tables, and plan to re-meet at 6:30 for our annual dinner!

The club re-meets at 6:30 at the Village Kitchen Cafe, located one block off Main Street in East Aurora. The schedule for the evening is gabbing, dinner, gabbing, speaker, more gabbing, then saying our bye's until next year. Food is served buffet style - help yourselves! About 35 club members and their friends and family attended the dinner.

After the buffet dinner, dessert is served! YUM - cake and ice cream! Ice cream is very appreciated since it was so hot and humid during the day!

Diane is our guest speaker for this year, talking about the use of cloth in Fisher-Price toys. She promised to keep it short and sweet! Very interesting to see how Fisher-Price used cloth through the years.

For the presentation on Fisher-Price toys and their use of cloth, Diane brought some classic toys that used cloth. Maybe you recognize one? Had one as a child?

This Mandy doll was used in the presentation. I think a couple of club members offered Diane money on the spot for this mint-in-the-box Mandy doll!

So after the presentation, we all gather up our stuff, say our goodbyes, wishing everyone a wonderful year, and head on out of the restaurant and call it a day. Another Fisher-Price Collectors Club get-together comes to a close. We were all very pleased with the day, and hope to do it all again next summer!


So until next year, collectors!





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