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As a kid, the thought of having your own toy store meant freedom to play with any and every toy you could imagine, all day long. That dream, in the mind of just about any kid, would be pure bliss. Imagine the fun and thrill of having every toy you could ever want, within reach, at any given time. While there may only be a few of us who turned that dream into reality, Matthew Purdy, the Owner of Toy Traders in Langley, is one of them.
This Yukon born man moved to BC to attend high school in Abbotsford and has been in business in Langley since 1995. What started mainly as a toy trading business has now evolved into BC’s largest independent toy store. As a former toy collector himself, Matthew is a great example of someone who enjoys what he does and who turned his passion for toys into a successful business.
The store is composed of three major elements and caters to a wide range of customer, from the wide-eyed little ones who go crazy with excitement to the not-so-little ones who still delight in nostalgic toys and collectible items. Regardless of which one you are, it’s a magical place to be.
The first element of the store is it’s Trade Centre, which accepts toys and collectibles from customers. Your trade-ins are valuated while you wait. The staff in the Trade Centre are knowledgeable on the current toy markets as well as recalls issued and will give you a fair value based on the toy’s condition and re-sell value. Any amounts you earn for the trade-in is provided to you in Trader Bucks, which never expire and are tax-free. They can be used on any item in the store, new or used (used items will have a green price sticker on them).
The second element of the store is its brand new toy section, which comprises 80% of the store. Toy Traders carries brands such as Lego and Playmobil, Melissa & Doug and Calico Critters, and many, many more. They also carry the entire line of Schleich’s hand-painted animals and Smurfs and boasts popular items such as Angry Birds and Vamplets.
The last element of the store is for the collectors. Collectible items, from new to nostalgic, are widespread from GI Joe to Transformers, DC and Marvel Comics, as well as movie collectibles for Star Wars, Terminator and more. If you’re a collector and you haven’t been to Toy Traders yet, you are missing out! They are Canada’s largest collectible store.
If the toy selection isn’t enough to intrigue you, you will be blown away by the displays in and around the store. These dioramas (or models representing a scene with 3-D characters) are detailed, full scale and intensely creative. From life size figures to re-enacted scenes from popular cartoons and movies, you’ll need to take your time to take it all in. And guess who’s responsible for these? Not a movie production crew. Matthew and his staff.
Toy Traders does their “leg work” in checking other flyer and sale prices, and displays comparative pricing on their shelves. They have weekly specials and new items coming in often, which you can learn of through their newsletter. Their well-informed staff take pride in their work, are great with kids and look forward to making your visit an enjoyable one. Just prepare yourself. When you walk in, someone will go bananas with delight, and it might not be your kids.
Toy Traders is gifting two of our readers $50 Trader Bucks each! Please leave a note below to be entered to win. Winners will be chosen at random on December 16, 2011.
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19888 Langley Bypass, Langley