Davey, who has a high-stress job as a nurse, caring for palliative and disabled patients at Barwon Health during the COVID-19 pandemic, says collecting toys is a great stress reliever.
When he comes home from work, “I often have a toy parcel waiting at the door,” he says. “Izzy and I sat there, opened it together, walked past it and chatted about it.”
Davey also runs the Toys ‘R Aus collectors’ Facebook page, which has 16,000 members.
Why did he collect? “I just love it,” he said. “Life is short. Doing what makes you happy. Maybe for nostalgia. The world is a pretty rough place right now.
“Do I watch the news and hear about people getting into car accidents or children dying, or wars, or do I read comic books and talk to friends about toys? That gives me a good frame of mind, I guess. ”
Vintage and Modern Toy Fair co-founder Will McGowan says the internet almost shut down toy fairs in the early 2000s, but many shoppers now prefer to make sure the toys aren’t fake or damaged.
And at fairs, merchants can avoid the cost of selling and posting online. He said the children of the 90s who previously only traded online are now one of the backbones of the exhibition’s success.
McGowan said the exhibition was a community, offering an opportunity for online friends to meet in real life.
He said this year’s hot items include Funko Pop vinyl figures based on series like Stranger Things; art toys — limited edition resin figures from artists such as Cipta Croft-Cusworth; and staples like Lego, Barbie and Hot Wheels cars.
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