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New London Farm Toy Show

   Warm weekend weather carries with it the promise of getting outside to wash my car – and I can’t wait. Weekly winter trips to the automated car wash are a fact of life here in the salt-spreading Midwest, where frigid temperatures halt any notions of drawing a soapy bucket of water, uncoiling the garden...

Atlantique City This Weekend

   From coast to coast, there are a lot of shows happening this weekend. The amazing Atlantique City is happening in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and that’s a must-see show if you’re into antique anything! The aisles are packed with everything from jewelry to furniture, to glassware, to pottery, to toys…you get the idea!    A...

Beecher, IL Farm Toy Show

   The cure for cabin fever has to be a toy show. Hands down, there’s nothing better than walking and talking your way through a show to chase the winter blues away. And when you attend a show as well-established as the Beecher farm toy show, you find a wonderful mix of veteran dealers who are...

Peotone Swap Meet

   I didn’t think it was cold last Sunday morning until we started walking the outdoor portion of the swap meet sponsored by the Peotone Car Club. Brrrrrr!!! Needless to say, the outdoor vendors are hearty folks!    We ran into a ton of car enthusiast friends, and stopped to get caught up with everyone. That’s...

Swap Meet in Peotone, IL

   Let’s face it, cabin fever has been tough this year—and I’m as desperate as everyone else to get out and enjoy my hobbies. When planning my weekend activities, I just had to find a toy show to attend, so I was very pleased to discover that the Beecher Farm Toy Show will happen tomorrow....

Farm Toy Show in Beecher, IL

   The 23rd Annual Beecher FFA Toy & Craft Show is this Saturday, March 15. The show is held in the gymnasium of Beecher High School, in the town of (you guessed it) Beecher, Illinois. With a name like Beecher, you might think it’s one of the towns nestled along Lake Michigan’s shores, but it’s...

Plastic Show in Wheaton, IL

   Plastic collectors will gather in force at the DuPage Co. Fairgrounds this Sunday for the 51st Illinois Plastic Kit & Toy Show. If you’re into model kits, promotional cars, ’50s and ’60s plastic toys (yes, those former dimestore toys are collectible, folks!), and anything else plastic, this is the show for you.    It’s a...

Model Car Contest, Anyone?

   Okay, if farm toys aren’t your cup of tea this weekend, how about a model car contest and toy show? The Southwest Wisconsin Auto Club is hosting its 17th annual event this Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Baymont Inn & Convention Center in Belmont, Wisconsin. (It’s on the way to Platteville.)      Check out...