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Updated: February 1, 2013
     
Collectors, What an Awesome Weekend!

The Fisher-Price Collectors Club's annual convention was held on

Friday July 26th, 2013 and
Saturday July 27th, 2013

in East Aurora, NY. This was the club's 20th anniversary and we had a very nice turnout this year!



Hello club members! Convention 2013 was held over the weekend of July 26 - 27, 2013. This was the 20th anniversary of the Fisher - Price Collectors Club - yes, it's been 20 years since our founder Jeanne first formed the club, bringing together people who collect Fisher-Price toys. On Friday we had a social hour at the Lutheran Church on Pine Street which included 6 new club members and their families who came for the first time! Many of us met online so it was great to finally meet in person. And cookies and juice for all!

After the social hour, we had our annual dinner at the Village Cafe. 35 people were able to attend, including our founder Jeanne. The dinner was buffet-style with roast beef, vegetable medley, a vegetarian dish, fruit, bread and rolls, and good old mashed potatoes and gravy. To celebrate the 20th anniversary, we bought a huge cake and had Jeanne cut the first piece. After eating, we had door prizes and our sharing and caring award and general announcements. And then we had the highlight of the evening - a game of Little People Bingo! Yes, one of our club members (who is a teacher) created the game and brought prizes for the first 12 winners! Of course, a couple of our pull-toy collectors were worried and said they don't know anything about Little People, but their tablemates helped them play along! Prizes included FP catalogs from the 90's, and FP ornaments from the 80's. Overall it was quite a fun night - the collectors know how to party (especially that table in the back on the left - yes you know who you are!!)

The sale was held on Saturday at the church, as part of the sidewalk festival going on outside on Main Street. This year we had slightly less vendors at 8, but they brought lots of stuff! Right around opening we had 20 people lined up to come in. The initial rush was quite busy - lots of Little People collectors looking for those missing pieces they always wanted! The sale had plenty of Little People parts and pieces and boxed sets, wooden pull toys from the 60's and before, plus plenty of other older FP toys. Even some Chunkies and Huskys and Adventure People. Lots to see! After the initial rush of diehard FP fans, we had steady stream of people all day until closing, many people coming from the street sale outside. We had quite a few parents come with their young children, wanting to buy "real" toys that were made in the USA (and these parents were thrilled to point out to their kids "Hey, I had that when I was little!"). And the club members who came chatted all day about their toys and collections, as usual! It was a fun sale as always, and the sellers were happy with how much they sold. Afterwards the club members all said their byes for this year, and hope to see you all again next year. Many of us chat on Facebook, so it's far easier to stay connected through the year now!


If you want see the map of Convention 2013's events in East Aurora, click here.



Schedule for Convention 2013:

TimeEventWhere
Friday July 26, 2013
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Social Hour - come and gab about toys, anything and everything! For Club Members and their friends and family. Hopefully the powers-to-be will bring cookies and lemonade again! Immanuel Lutheran Church on Pine Street, East Aurora NY
Friday July 26, 2013
4:00ish - 4:30ish pm
Meeting of the Board (Only board members and officers are attending - the rest of the club doesn't have to worry about this!) Immanuel Lutheran Church on Pine Street, East Aurora NY
Friday July 26, 2013
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Annual Dinner - Dinner is for club members and their friends/family; reservations required (mailed to Jacquie in the envelope mailed out to club members in late June). Dinner is $22 a person this year; raffle prize is a Pebbles the Camel Toyfest toy. Dress is casual - if you want to dress up you can, or just come as you are! Food is served buffet-style, and we are having a 20th anniversary cake this year! Come and chat! Village Kitchen Cafe
Riley Street, East Aurora NY
Saturday July 27, 2013
9:00 - 4:00 pm
East Aurora's Chamber of Commerce's Street and Sidewalk Sale - lots of food and festivities for the kids! (The festival is taking place right across the parking lot from the club's toy sale.) Main Street from around Pine Street down towards Maple Street.
Saturday July 27, 2013
9:00 - 2:30ish pm
Fisher-Price Collectors Club's Toy Show and sale - Open to everyone! Rain or Shine! Many antique and collectible toys for sale! Come and see your favorite toys from childhood! Vendors accept cash, and ATM machines are nearby on Main Street. We usually have about 8 - 12 vendors. For sale are vintage Fisher-Price Little People parts and pieces as well as complete sets in boxes; possibly some newer Little People and sets; vintage wooden pull toys; other older Fisher-Price toys like wind-ups; plus other vintage collectibles. You never know what you may see! See photos from Convention 2012's Sale to get an idea on how big the sale is, and to get a general idea of what is being sold. Also see The Toy Sale Page for more details. Immanuel Lutheran Church on Pine Street, East Aurora NY


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