Canadian Toy Collectors Society               

Press Release - March 23, 2018                   

46th Annual Canada's Greatest Toy Collectors' Show & Sale

On Sunday, October 14th, 2018 thousands of toy collecting enthusiasts will gather at the Etobicoke Olympium, 590 Rathburn Rd, Etobicoke (Toronto) to buy, trade, chat, swap, and get terribly nostalgic about their cherished toys from the past. Most of these enthusiasts are not young in years, but are grown up children, yet still love the art of collecting. 'In over 45 years of participating in these shows there is always something surprising that turns up and often you just have to grab it' says Larry Stricker, Show Manager for the Canadian Toy Collectors' Society, a group, that while mainly Toronto based, attracts toy collectors from around the world to its membership.

Bouyed by the overwhelming success of their past shows, this year the Canadian Toy Collectors' Society is sponsoring "Canada's Greatest Collector's 46th Toy Show & Sale" in a familiar location. Enthusiasm from toy dealers and collectors alike for this Toronto area show location, a spot that is very easily accessed from all major Toronto Highways, Pearson (Toronto) airport and the Toronto Transit Commission's fleet of buses, ensured that the Canadian Toy Collectors' Society again returned to the Etobicoke Olympium after last years very successful show.

The CTCS show will have over 150 dealer tables and several booths which will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. The action actually starts in the afternoon of the preceeding day as toy dealers from across Canada, as well as from several international countries, gather on the Saturday afternoon, between the hours of 5:30 pm and 9:00 pm, to set up their tables and booths. Then again, between 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, setup continues. What is great news for avid toy collectors is the fact that early bird floor trading rights can be obtained for both setup sessions, enabling collectors to get a first look at the wares for sale and perhaps score that perfect addition to their own collection before the general public enters at 9 am Sunday morning. Real enthusiasts often purchase an early bird pass to gain entry & snap up those really sought after pieces. The show attracts collectors and dealers from Europe and across Canada and North America so it's worth the extra expense if you have come that far to be there.

Some collectors anxious to revisit their childhood spend in the thousands for rare pieces or collections. This is also the venue to find out about forgotten pieces that have been kept in the attic, dusted off and brought to the show, as here is the one place a year to find genuine authorities on the toys. Many shows have suffered in recent years with the popularity of eBay as a source for collecting, but the advantage of visiting specialized shows like Canada’s Greatest Collectors’ Toy Show is that you can handle the goods, see the condition for yourself, compare prices, haggle for a deal or even just window shop.

This is the place to find rare Canadian toys, and some years ago the executive of the Society set up a fund to purchase rare Canadian toys to prevent them from leaving the country. That collection now numbers over 800 pieces comprising dolls, games, trucks, die cast cars, tricycles, dolls houses, construction kits, and peddle cars. Many of these are in mint museum condition and in 2014 many were on public display at an exhibition of Canadian toys in the Malton Gallery at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario. There are plans in the works for it to go on display in the upcoming months in other communities throughout Ontario.

Show hours run from 9 am until 3 pm on October 14th, 2018, a fact appreciated by the dealers who can then pack up any remaining wares and get a start on returning to their homes towns / cities before it it too late in the day.

The C.T.C.S. show is Canada's premier collectors toy show, and has the reputation for being 'the friendly show'. Collectors anticipate "show day" as they look ahead to a truly exciting venue, and the opportunity to add that elusive piece to their collection. Dealers appreciate the support given by the CTCS show organizers, club members and other dealers who, collectively, make this show an exciting event to attend. If you want to experience this for yourself be sure to visit the Canada's Greatest Collectors' Toy Show & Sale at the Etobicoke Olympium on Sunday, October 14th, 2018 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and bring the family because there is something for everyone there.

For further details, please contact Larry Stricker at (905)-648-2506 (evenings) or email or

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