The Fisher-Price Collectors Club first formed in 1993, as a way to
bring together people who love the toys of the Fisher-Price Company.
This page tells a little about the club -
our history, who's in the club, and our mission and goals.
Who's In The Club
What We Do
|We are the Fisher-Price Collectors Club!
|Club History: The Fisher-Price Collectors Club first began in the year
1993. The club was started by our founder, Jeanne, who had a vision to connect together people who
shared a love for Fisher-Price toys. The club is a not-for-profit entity, and
we have official permission from the Fisher-Price toy company to exist and use the Fisher-Price
name. Since 1993, the club has grown considerably from the early days! Our club's activities have
included newsletters (sent 3 times a year), plus online activities (chat sessions and Facebook), plus
a yearly event to get together in person (our convention). Our convention always centered around
East Aurora, NY. Why East Aurora? It's the home of the Fisher-Price Company, of course!
Check any older (1980's or before) toy made by Fisher-Price, and
you almost always could find "East Aurora, NY" displayed on it somewhere!
Our convention has changed over the years. Up until 2007, our convention coincided with an annual
event called Toyfest, which took place during the last full weekend in August in East Aurora, NY.
Toyfest was a weekend-long festival that celebrated the town's toy history.
Toyfest had everything a
town-wide fair would have: carnival rides; a parade; races; antique car show; food and vendors;
activities for kids; special Fisher-Price replica toys made just for the event; and our favorite -
an antique toy show and sale! Having the convention during Toyfest made it a great weekend for
Well sadly, primarily due to financial reasons, East Aurora discontinued Toyfest entirely.
2007 was the last year, and there are absolutely no plans for it to return. This left
the club's convention and toy sale in limbo. In 2010, the club decided to plan the convention
during a different weekend in East Aurora, called Reunion Weekend. This weekend is usually the
last full weekend in July, and it brings many
people to East Aurora for reunions. There is also a Street Fair and Sale on Main Street,
which brings lots of people to town. So as of this writing (2011), the club hopes this
new weekend will be the "home" for our convention for the forseeable future.
|Who's in the Club: Our club has many members, and has grown
since the early days after forming in 1993. We have members who have huge collections of
Fisher-Price toys, and some who just have a few favorites. We have members who have every
single Fisher-Price Little People set in the original box; we have other members who have entire
barns filled with toys! (Yes we all know who that is!!). We have people who have displays in rooms in their houses, and others
who decorate rooms with the toys. We have members who only collect certain lines of toys (like
wind-up musical ones), and some who love every Fisher-Price toy under the sun.
We have quite a few members ("our core") who have been in the
club since the beginning, and have stayed very involved over the years. Age-wise,
we span the generations in the club; we have many members who are now grandparents that grew up
with the wooden pull toys of the 1930's and 1940's. We have quite a few members who
grew up playing with the Little People toys in the 1970's and 1980's, who
want to own again their favorite toys and pass them down to
their own children. We have others who didn't even grow up with Fisher-Price toys, but now enjoy them
as adults with their kids and grandkids. We have members who like using the Little People toys
for crafting. We even have members who worked at the Fisher-Price factory and actually help create the
toys we love. We have other members who enjoy the "business" end
of these collectible toys; finding them (at rummage sales, flea markets, yard sales), and then
selling them (since some are very valuable). Probably just about everyone in the club has an Ebay ID!
The club has pretty similar numbers of men and women, since we have many married couples.
Geographically, our club members are from all over the USA and Canada, too! Quite a few members
live in upstate NY, close to East Aurora and Fisher-Price toys.
We have many members on the West Coast and in the Southwest. A few club members
live in Canada in areas not far from
Buffalo, which makes getting to East Aurora easy for them! We have some members in
the South, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, making the drive to the convention every year.
We have other members who always come to the convention in their RV, seeing the country as they go.
We even had some international
members, keeping their membership even when leaving the USA. You certainly don't have to live near
East Aurora to be a part of the club!
Club members can get involved in as little or as much as they like. We have some members who
live far from East Aurora who can never make the conventions, but enjoy supporting the club and
the works we do. We have others who never miss a convention and it's their once-a-year opportunity
to see their friends! We have club members who have known each other for 20 plus years; and we
have newer members who bring the family and make coming to the convention part of their
summer road trip. We have some members who only got to attend a convention once; the rest of the club
always cherishes the fact we could meet them at least one time and put a face to the name!
The club has a Board, which consists of roughly 8-9 members. We also have a president, a
vice-president, a treasurer, and a recording secretary. These people get together online for
meetings, and in person once-a-year at the convention.
|Mission, Goals, and What We Do:
The Fisher-Price Collectors Club is a non-profit club organized for the caring and
sharing of Fisher-Price toys. We aim to give our members a venue to meet and talk with
others who enjoy Fisher-Price toys; we are not just some online Facebook or Yahoo groups which seem
to fizzle in and out of existence - we
are real people who get together in real life! Besides our club activities (newsletters, convention),
we also raise money and use proceeds from toy donations to support
various children charities. One charity is Hunter's Hope,
which is raising
awareness and looking for a cure for Crabbe's Disease, which took the life of Hunter, the son of
the Buffalo Bill's quarterback Jim Kelly. We also have donated to "make a wish" organizations, to
grant wishes to terminally ill children.|
Our official mission statement, much of which was listed in
Brad Cassity's Fisher-Price book,
is listed below:
The Fisher-Price Collectors Club is a non-profit club
organized for the caring and sharing of Fisher-Price toys.
We were organized in 1993 and incorporated in Arizona in
1994. We received notification from the Internal Revenue
Service that effective since 1994, The Fisher-Price Collectors
Club is recognized as a not-for-profit company under the
Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). As such,
contributions made to the Fisher-Price Collectors Club are
deductible as charitable contributions. Membership fees
are not charitable contributions.
Members elect the Board of Directors.
The purpose of the corporation is to study, research,
discuss, and write about Fisher-Price toys; to preserve
and promote the collection of Fisher-Price toys and
related items; and to contribute to those activities
for which the purposes are charitable, scientific,
literary, or educational. The club holds an annual
convention in East Aurora, NY, home of Fisher-Price.
The Gabby Goose newsletter is published three times
a year by the club. There is usually a fall/winter issue;
a spring issue; and a summer issue (usually July) which contains
the convention information. Materials and ads must be submitted
one month before the issue date. Ads are free up to 40 words.
To join the Fisher-Price Collectors Club,
|Well, there you have it!
Hope this sums up what the club is all about. I got to add some more photos to
decorate this page better!