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Retro Toy Collection

 I started this collection about 30 years ago when I found an E.T. figure in a Dumpster. Initially, I had a small shelf of "toys" in my first Ice cream shop in Fenwick Island Delaware. I noticed that people enjoyed the toys and would stand there and reminisce about their favorite Cartoons or Comics. So, I added more figures. ​There was a point in time where there were plenty of Yard Sales, Flea Markets, Craigslist sellers and the like, that there was a steady supply of characters to add, and affordably. I mention affordability, because the supply has since dried up and the prices , like everything, have risen. If I want something bad enough, I can usually find it on eBay, but it's going to cost twice as much. That kind of takes the fun out of collecting. They say the "fun" is in the hunt.
As far as inspiration goes, I have two. Growing up in West Hyattsville Maryland there was one little strip shopping center that was close enough to bike to. It had a Dry Cleaner, Drug Lane Pharmacy, Morton's 5 and dime, High's Dairy and a Hardware Store, Apple's Hardware. Apple's was an old school hardware store, had everything. When you walked out of the store and looked up, the wall was covered in Mr Apple's collection of Militaria (guns, swords, etc), a little gruesome, but very cool when you're 8 years old.
Second inspiration was from a restaurant in Naples Florida called the Bubble Room. There is showcase after showcase of toys and childhood memories  from the past 100 years. They even have some of Macy's early Holiday window displays. I don't remember if the food was any good, but I thought if I had the chance, I would try to do something similar. I like the idea of stirring people's memory, especially since most of the memories are from happier times. I have tried to cover all age groups and also have avoided a couple of sectors. There are only a few Super Hero, Wrestling and Funko characters. There are just too many pieces. I do have many Simpsons pieces.
Please enjoy our collection of nostalgic Retro TV, Movie, Comic and Cartoon Character Figures and Toys.
I do buy figures, if you have something for sale. I gladly accept donated pieces, or trade for Ice Cream.

We also usually have something retro on the Television, Currently showing Ed Sullivan's Favorite Animal Acts. Stop on by.

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