On Saturday, Feb. 7, Geppi’s Entertainment Auctions and Dan Morphy will host the 15th edition of the York Antique Toy, Doll, Holiday & Advertising Show at the Memorial Hall, York Fairgrounds, in York, Pa. The semiannual show has developed into a must-do event on collectors’ calendars. Approximately 75 to 100 top-notch dealers from North America and Europe are expected to participate in the upcoming show, which will feature more than 200 tables of select merchandise.
The popular specialty event features wide aisles, excellent food service and ample, close-in parking. Some exhibitors drive long distances to sell at Morphy’s show because it’s not a long, drawn-out affair – it’s a one-day event with a seven-hour early buying session the day before.
Early buyers initially enter the building at the same time as the dealers, at 10 a.m. on the day before the show (Friday, Feb. 6). The number of earlybirds paying $50 to enter at that time to get first pick has grown with each successive show. “Early buyers who come to my show are the serious collectors,” said Morphy. “I’ve never seen a single one of them walk out empty handed. They’re for real.”
The mix at the show is around 35 percent antique and vintage toys, 35 percent antique advertising, 15 percent dolls and 15 percent holiday. Many of the dealers offer a cross-selection from all four categories. A highlight of the Feb. 7 show is an advertising collection coming from Tennessee that is absolutely fresh to the market. “The dealer has taken a 40-foot booth, and this will be the first time a lot of it has been out,” said Morphy.
Dan Morphy’s Antique Toy, Doll, Holiday & Advertising Show will take place from 9-3 on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Memorial Hall, York Fairgrounds, 334 Carlisle Ave. in York, Pa. Admission: $7. Early buying is from 10-5 on Friday, Feb. 6 (early admission: $50). Parking is free on both days. For easy access to an exhibitor’s contract, log on to www.aagal.com.
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