Earlier this year I found out about the “Old Toy Show” in Bennington Vermont and made the 1.5 hour drive to see what was up and I was not disappointed!
So, I was watching my facebook feed like a hawk to see when the October show popped up. When I found out it was Oct 12th, I knew where I was going to be that fine Saturday. However, while it was still a great visit for diecast digging, there was only about 1/2 the vendors vs February. A couple of the vendors that I recognized from last time said that the Feb show usually has a bigger draw and lots of sellers are preparing for the Toy Show in New York that happens around Nov.
Still, I was not disappointed and got some great cars for my collection. Pics of the show:
On to the HAWL!
Thankfully the Tomica vendor from Albany was set up and most of my hard earned money went there! I did find a few other non-Tomica gems that came home with me.
It’s been ages since I picked up an old Mbx Lesney. This Commer pickup was just calling my name. Excellent little classic. There was a ton of Lesney cars to pick through at the show, but the Commer and I really felt a bond. <3
One of my favorite finds is this Impy Lone Star Lotus Europa. It’s in fantastic condition!
I have one of these Citroen wagons from my childhood fleet. But this minty one was tooooo good to pass up. Had to snag it!
Super minty Ford Cortina from the same seller.
As well as this pristine Renault Le Car <3 I love the yellow variant of this car complete with Le Car tampos and racing stripes. So much awesome.
Since the seller was doing a discount for purchases in pairs, I tossed in this Mbx Lambo.
Another fantastic find sitting all by itself on a table of Tonkas and large steel trucks was this Majorette Fiat Ritmo. It was lonely and lost and now has a warm loving home.
Tomica Pocket Cars Ferrari was an impulse grab. I’m not a Ferrari fanboy but I couldn’t resist.
One seller at the show had a small collection of RLC and $uper TH cars that were priced ok-ish. I’ve wanted the cruise bruiser Super for while so I bit the bullet and picked it up. The card and blister are pretty rough so this might get DLM’ed since I think the car is pretty badass.
Tomica seller was set up and had tons to choose from. This is really the main reason why I visit the show. His prices are decent on most cars and a bargain on some. Not quite JapanBooster level bargains, but good enough to warrant a splurge. Daihatsus galore!
The Cube is my favorite grab of the bunch. Priced waaaaay below eBay prices which made me super happy. Swift Rallycup car is mega cool.
After we were done at the show it was time to head back and catch some of the yard sales we passed on the way there.
We stopped at a junk shop that I have been to a few times. The fellow cleans out estates and has a decent pile of diecast cars (usually). I was surprised to find a substantial amount of near-mint Yatmings in the piles of truly playworn cars.
This NovaCar (aka Majorette) Nissan was an odd duck that needs a good scrubbing.
Yatmings for the masses!
Halfway between Bennington and Brattleboro we stopped at a garage sale not expecting much... But as we got closer there was a cardboard sign that read “Hotwheels Inside”... If you want to know how AP could possibly get killed by an Axe Murderer well it probably starts with a cardboard sign much like this.
Thankfully, no killers inside but a nice elderly couple that used to have a collectibles shop back in the day. The older fellow saw me getting excited about thumbing through the Hotwheels and we got into talking. He was an confessed “obsessive” diecast collector from the 90's to early 2000's. He said that he had to have at least 2 or 3 or more of each car and claims his collection ballooned to about 50,000 cars!!?!!. Head explode. He had only about a hundred or so pulled out for the garage sale and surprising quantity of early RLC cars all properly priced from research on eBay (DRAT!!) I did find four gems that I liked and he gave me a little discount because we had so much fun yakking about collecting little cars. :)
Overall, it was a mind blowing HAWL day. I will unbox some of these cool cars and some full reviews soon!