SoCal’s All-American Collector’s Show marks 40 years with 200 dealers

by Paul Garson

GLENDALE, Calif. – If you’re a treasure hunter, a fan of vintage toys and memorabilia, or a history buff, you likely found your way to the Los Angeles area Glendale Civic Auditorium to celebrate and enjoy the 40th anniversary of The All-American Collector’s Show. Held Aug. 20-21, 2011, the weekend event acted as a magnet for some 200 dealers from all over the U.S. (as well as Sweden), to sell and trade tin wind-up toys, cast-iron toys, Disney memorabilia, dolls, Americana, arcade machines, movie memorabilia, vintage advertising and myriad “blasts from the past.”

Prices ranged from a dollar to $100,000. Some collectibles you could carry home in your pocket, such as an early 1900s toy soldier, while others required a moving van, like the giant cat on display.

“There is something for everyone and at every price range,” said Jeff Dukow, All-American Collector’s Show co-promoter. “It is virtually impossible to find this much merchandise and in such a wide category in any individual antique show or toy store in the entire United States. Here, it is all under one roof. Even those who are not collectors can have a great time strolling along looking at the displays.”

The next show is scheduled for Jan. 21-22, 2012.

Paul Garson lives in Los Angeles where as a freelance writer he has published over 2,000 magazine features on a variety of subjects as well as five books, both fiction and nonfiction.

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