It’s not unusual to run into an unusual scenario when one is strolling through Times Square. As a matter of fact, meeting the unusual is quite the usual for New Yorkers and the people who love them. The other day I was walking in the theater district, hurrying to get past the Naked Singing Cowboy, the semi-nude painted ladies, and the always combative costumed characters (Spider-Man and Batman have actually had throw-down fistfights). As I was trying to perfect my nonchalant speedwalking, I actually stopped dead in my tracks. Now, for a person who grew up in Brooklyn to stop smack-dab in the middle of Midtown Manhattan, there had to be something worth seeing. There was: it was the opening of the Line Friends department store. And in the window of this centrally located business were some of the cutest, cuddliest, and largest stuffed animals I’d ever seen!
Antique World Shows Inc.
SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2014
8:00 am to 3:00 pm
KANE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, 525 South Randall Road, St. Charles IL 60174
$9.00 ADMISSION FREE PARKING UNDER 12 FREE
CONTACT PERSON: Herb Regan 847-800-3009
You haven’t seen a toy show until you’ve seen this one. Six buildings! Over six hundred exhibitors! Exclusively toys and dolls and children’s playthings on display everywhere! This is the show everyone always says they intend to visit, and now is the time to do just that. Collectors say the Chicago Toy Show really is the largest in the entire world. They are correct. Collectors say they find toys at this show that are never seen anywhere else. Correct again.
The Chicago Toy Show is a Sunday show that begins on Thursday and continues for four days. For forty-one years, our one-day show has actually run for four days because of the excitement in the hobby, the friendship of the exhibitors, and the time required to see and select between such an enormous assortment of toys.
(1) The free-admission weekend appetizer begins at the St Charles Holiday Inn with Room Trading on Thursday from 9:00am to 9:00pm.
(2) The room trading continues at the Holiday Inn on Friday from 9:00am to 2:00pm.
(3) The Swap Meet at the fairgrounds draws serious collectors for an admission of $50 (includes a spouse) and runs during the Saturday set-up from 9:00am to 4:00pm and continues on Sunday from 6:00am to 8:00am and into the show from 8:00am to 3:00pm.
(4) The Chicago Toy Show Main Event on Sunday charges $9.00 for adults (children are free) from 8:00am to 3:00pm. The Sunday show is a beautiful sight: exhibitors have finished unpacking and each booth looks it’s best, showcases are lit with rare items arranged just so, tablecloths are in place and covered with handsome collections, boxes are stored out of view, and rare treasures are displayed for everyone to enjoy. The show is a fabulous sight!
The most unusual, the most sought after, and the best of rate antique and collectible toys are at this show. G I Joes to Star Trek to Star Wars to the newest action figures, bisque dolls with leather bodies to Barbies, cast iron, tin and tin litho, pressed steel, steam, wind-ups, battery-op, die cast, paper mache, wood, and composition. It if was a toy, you can find it at this show. If you want to learn the history of a toy, how many were made, who manufactured them, or what the original price was, you need only to ask one of our exhibitors that carries the type of toy you collect – our exhibitors are walking encyclopedias of toy information that they love to share with enthusiasts.
Consider taking part in the room trading and the swap meet, but certainly join in the fun at the Kane County Fairgrounds on Sunday, April 27, from 8:00am to 3:00pm at 525 South Randall Road, St. Charles IL 60174. Food is served all day in the Atrium kitchen. Parking is free, admission is $9, and children under 12 are free. Discounted hotel rooms are available for exhibitors and customers. Go to www.chicagotoyshow.com for more details.
October’s Online Hallowe’en Artists Studio Trick or Treat show raised nearly $1,000 for Bat Conservation International (www.batcon.org), with almost 2,000 visitors going “door to door” to the 23 virtual studios and the Castle Hallowe’en Museum, among other stops available at www.halloweenstudiotour.com.
The virtual event was organized by Karen Waschinski, who said, “The artists offered incredible, many one of a kind, pieces all inspired by Hallowe’en mischief, colors and characters, like Pam Pontious’ ‘Pumpkin Spice’ and The Filigree’s ‘Devil.’ New this year, our silent auction had 12 p-lots and bidders walked away with some wonderfully thrilling deals! Our ‘Creaking Door Prize’ was won by Deborah Bernardoni in Colorado, who collected the letters to spell ‘White Nose Syndrome,’ the condition that’s devastating bat colonies in the eastern United States and Canada.
“Did you see something that you liked but forgot to get back to in time? Just like Hallowe’en candy, a number of artists still have items “left over”. Please visit the studio tour website to see a listing of artists with links to their websites, and don’t be afraid to knock!
“2012 will be our fourth year and I’m always looking for new artists! No matter what media you create in, if you make seasonal or Halloween-related pieces, please contact me at email@example.com. And see you all in October 2012!”