The yearly Lethbridge Antique & Toy Show & Sale recently held its six event, with a larger attendance than ever before.
The Main Pavilion of Lethbridge’s Exhibition Park was packed full of children and older members of the community, some of whom were looking for “lost treasure from their youth”.
More than 70 vendors packed the exhibition hall in Alberta, selling antiques and collectibles of various kinds. A display of a model train was also provided by the Southern Alberta Railway Operators.
According to Dick Groenheide, the organiser of the show, more people have attended than the previous year, with many of them arriving early to get the first glimpse of the antique toys available. He added that for many, it was an opportunity to rekindle childhood memories. Groenheide added that each year the turnout seemed to increase, commenting:
“Everybody likes toys, even old people. Just about everybody is looking for a toy they had when they were a little kid.”
The organiser admitted that he collected Hot Wheels, although only for display purposes. An attendee at the show, Diane Bates, discovered a Betty Boop doll and bought it for her husband, who at the time was negotiating a price for a Pokey figurine, which came from the US television programme “Gumby and Pokey” during the 1950s and ‘60s.
Many of the antique toys would make interesting conversational pieces if displayed on antique bedroom furniture. Lancashire antiques dealers have a number of fine pieces on display, with many items often purchased as they conjure up memories of childhood for collectors.
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