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The 2022 Flea Market Kickoff

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​ Well it’s finally here! Opening day of the 2022 flea market season! If you’ve been reading my blog long enough, you know that no matter what else I have going on in life, I never miss the first day. Sure I’ll miss 95% of the rest of the season because I’m too lazy and decided to sleep in after watching old Facts of Life reruns the night before, but never that first day! It’s always a good time whether I find stuff or not. Familiar vendors, new vendors, old stuff, new stuff and usually a lot of wild banter and takes about new movies, world events and collectibles I never would expect to hear. Everyone’s usually in a great mood after a long, depressing and tiring winter sucks the life out of us, so what better way to put winter behind us for good and finally get out of the house and through dirty bins of old records and dusty VHS tapes? Lots of wild stuff today. A lot of it I left behind only because I’m currently on a tight budget with two major conventions on the horizon so while, ye

The Return of The Village Gate Toy Show

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​It’s been just a little over 2 years since I (and many other collectors) have the had the pleasure of attending the famous Village Gate Toy Show here in Rochester, NY. But after some tragedy, trials and tribulations, it was finally time to head back, set up the tables, dig through those dusty bins and search for gold! Sadly, this show would be the very first without the longtime promoter, Tom, who ran it for many many years and maintained the Yankee Clipper collectibles store. Tom had sadly passed away last December, the day before what would’ve been his first show in 2 years. He was a great guy who took care of all his customers and this show, which was handled by a new promoter, wasn’t the same without him. That said, it was a fun show and a great time had by all and I hope Tom is proud that his great legacy is living on.  If you’ve been following me long enough, you know that I’ve been a vendor since 2014. This was my first show strictly as a buyer since then. While I love the hust

Alf Invades Burger King To Rock Out!

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I love Alf so much. He was a huge part of my childhood and a show I’d always look forward to watching. I even loved both Alf cartoons as well. Alf Tales could be a little much sometimes but hey…more Alf the better!    So that said, it be shocking to no one that I still have my Alf doll from my childhood. While it wasn’t the big talking Alf Coleco Doll that so many kids coveted, this one was just as cool to me. And all I had to do to get it was to eat a cheeseburger! Back in 1988 the good folks at Burger King offered 4 fun, high quality hand puppets featuring Alf participating in a number of activities: Surfing, cooking, playing baseball and a rocker. Now that’s pretty rad and something you’d want if you saw it in the toy section at KMart. But just to add some extra spice to the already enticing deal, every puppet came with a corresponding record featuring Alf singing a fun parody song corresponding with his motif.  So if you’re in the mood for a fun summer playlist addition, MelMac Gir

Turkey Time Finale: Parade Floats I Need To See!

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Today’s the big day!! Thanksgiving is here and I am very excited to enjoy the day as I hope you are as well. It’s been fun here on the blog and over at Twitter interacting and chatting about this very fun holiday but there’s one last thing I wanted to save for today. You guys know how much I love the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and everything involved but I got to thinking…what kinda floats could we have gotten that never happened? So thanks to the power of my awful, primitive photoshop skills and a little imagination, I present to you 4 Parade Floats I Wish We Had! My Pet Monster: This is an easy one. We’ve seen a lot of kid friendly properties represented in the Parade through the years and in my opinion, a giant My Pet Monster float would’ve been a perfect choice. Big, bright, colorful and lovable! I think we all would’ve been talking about this one for years. It’s not like it wouldn’t have been possible as costumes were created for in store appearances, so you can use your imagi

The 2021 DinoDrac Thanksgiving Funpack

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Just 48 hours away from the big day and I don’t think I need to tell you just how wildly excited I am! Thankfully finding a way to stay occupied and keeping my eyes on the stuffing filled prize has been fairly easy, as you can tell by the level of enthusiasm here on the blog and thanks to what I received in the mail, it’s gonna get to even higher level of excitement! Say hello to The DinosaurDracula November 2021 Funpack!!! Overwhelmingly filled with treasures that would bring out the Thanksgiving joy in anyone! I love these funpacks, I really think Matt pours his heart into them every single month and really tries to make them count. This one was no different.  And with the help of my very bossy and always curious assistant, Geoffrey Jellineck who never lets me get work done or even let’s me take a bite of a taco without racing over to investigate, it’s time to dive in and witness the fun together! Snacks! Delicious, fun, festive snacks! Inspired by the wild and crazy meal in A Charl