Farm Toys – Precision Toys For the Serious Collector
The precision toys are the attraction at toy shows that holds the most attention. Designed to the smallest detail, they are for display – they’re not your sandbox toys. Every brand – color – make of tractors and impliments can be found at the shows. It takes a long time to find the perfect tractor and then to look around to find the best price.
After a little haggling, the toy is bagged up in most likely a used Walmart plastic bag and taken home to add to a collection. People look for toys they had when they were young or toys that are replicas of machinery they used or sometimes the tractors their grand-parents used.
The value of collector toys has held up and increased. Farm toy collecting is growing. Before you consider buying farm toys, it’s a good idea to purchase a price guide. Also, Toy Farmer is a magazine with information about toy shows and dealers. You’ll meet dealers and collectors and see photos of miniature farm displays. And there are always people who build custom toys.
As a dealer at toy shows, I have always enjoyed watching people go through the displays. It’s a fair mixture of grandfathers with their sons and grandsons, young families with babies in strollers, and mid aged couples.
It’s important to us to have the small, inexpensive 1/64 toys for children to handle and buy with their own money. Soon, with a little creativity, they set up their own farms. One grandmother even inquired about a farm quilt for her grandson to set up a farm on the floor in the living room.
Besides first learning the value of toys there is one more caution. Collecting farm toys is addictive. I suggested that my husband become a dealer because the house was getting crowded. But somehow he always seems to buy more than he sells. If you are looking for a specific toy, he most likely has it. He knows the value and he’s always fair. We’ve shipped all over the world, so it’s no problem shipping.
Enjoy your hobby but try to stay out of trouble. Wives really don’t really want toy tractors in the china cabinet or the headboard.