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.