Bring your inner child out for a day at the East Tennessee Toy Market Show and Sale Saturday, June 30, at the Grandview Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and help contribute to a local cause at the same time.
“We have 92 tables promised right now. Eight-foot tables. It’s a gymnasium full,” said Lynn Hall, who started the market 34 years ago.
Hall began collecting toys as an adult when he visited a friend’s house and saw he had a huge collection — three shelves full — of tractors and was hooked. He said he grew more into collecting when his son was born soon after.
“I was looking for somewhere I could go to to find farm toys near us, and I thought ‘why can't we have one here?’ ” Hall said.
The show will host a variety of vendors selling all kind of children's toys, like dolls, toy trains, cars, models, figurines, along with comic books, trading cards, “Star Wars” memorabilia and more.
The East Tennessee Toy market is also set up to help a good cause. While the market started at Washington College, it was later handed over to the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department for which it serves as a fundraiser.
Everything is done by donations at the event. There is no set price for vendors to set up or for admission. All proceeds go to the volunteer fire department and fire corps.
In addition to buying and selling, there will be vendors who also identify and restore old toys. Hall encouraged anyone who who has a toy they don’t know much about to bring it and pick their brains.
“Most of us are not just collectors, but we’re there to help other collectors, too,” said Hall.
Grandview Elementary School is located at 2891 U.S. Highway 11E in Limestone. The toy market is sponsored by the Washington County Ruritan Club, Limestone Volunteer Fire Department and the Limestone Volunteer Fire Corps.
“Theres a toy out there that interests everyone,” Hall said.