Col­lec­tor's par­adise


Some peo­ple never throw their toys out of the cot.

They keep them or trade them as col­lectibles.

Brenda and Bernie Brady are ex­actly those sort of peo­ple.

Mem­bers of the Manawatu Diecast Mod­els Club, the Palmer­ston North cou­ple will be among the col­lec­tors dis­play­ing and sell­ing mod­els at the an­nual toy fair on Sun­day.

This is where col­lec­tors pass on mod­els that are sur­plus - or hav­ing ex­hausted other av­enues in­clud­ing on­line, turn up in the hope of find­ing a miss­ing part for their collection.

Col­lect­ing is catchy but there is one car­di­nal rule.

‘‘To be a col­lec­tor you’ve got to know when to stop,’’ Brenda Brady said.

She used to ac­cu­mu­late porce­lain dolls but had sold that collection and was look­ing to start some­thing new.

‘‘When you go to toy fairs, there’s al­ways some­thing to catch your eye,’’ she said.

‘‘I of­ten think ‘I never thought any­one would col­lect that’. But they do.’’

Brady said older peo­ple should be aware that toys they may have kept for grand­chil­dren are of­ten valu­able to col­lec­tors, and they should ex­am­ine them be­fore they pass them on to grand or great­grand­chil­dren.

She said Tonka toys, for ex­am­ple, both large and small, can be worth quite a bit.

The less scratched and bat­tered, of course, the bet­ter.

Among other things, her hus­band Bernie collects model V-8 se­ries race­cars, clas­sic Cor­gis, Match­box Mod­els of Yes­ter­year, scale gro­cery ve­hi­cles and minia­ture N-gauge trains.

‘‘It’s quite hard to find N-gauge pieces now,’’ Brady said.

The fair has 52 ta­bles, with col­lec­tors com­ing from Welling­ton, Tau­ranga, Thames and Bris­bane, Dan­nevirke’s Dave’s Den with Dad and Dave’s from Bulls, as well as a Me­canno display.

It will be held at the Com­mu­nity Leisure Cen­tre on Fer­gu­son St. En­try is $3, with un­der 15s free. Each year, pro­ceeds from the fair are do­nated to a Manawatu char­ity.

Last year, pro­ceeds went to the Trevor Smith Re­nal Fund to­wards buy­ing Lazy Boy chairs for pa­tients on home dial­y­sis.

This year, the club wanted to con­trib­ute $500 to Foster Care.


Toy col­lec­tor Brenda Brady with a cou­ple of 1950 model cars.

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