Toy Traders – Pulse Spotlight – 12.11.11

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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. 

For an extra chance to win, please post the following on Twitter: “I entered to win $50 to @toytraders from @FVPulse – you should enter, too!”

Toy Traders
19888 Langley Bypass, Langley
Ring: 604.532.9516 

Contributor: Chrissy Lambert

Chrissy Lambert is a freelance Makeup Artist and owner of Makeup Infusion. She is a proud Auntie of two adorable nieces and loves a night out “on the town” as much as a quiet night at home.

77 Responses to “Toy Traders – Pulse Spotlight – 12.11.11”

  1. Katrina says:

    We’ve been frequent customers for over six years. We love it and will be coming back for years to come! With four kids, I also really appreciate the staff’s patience and kindness!

  2. Jesse says:

    This is the finest independent toy store I have ever been to.

  3. Sandra says:

    Best toy store in the Fraser valley. You can count on them having the best selection and lowest prices.

  4. Troy says:

    Toy Traders is by far my favourite toy store !!!! Matt and his crew have excellent knowledge and great customer service. I still am in awe every time I visit the store. No question, I’ll be going to Toy Traders for a long time !!!

  5. Kevin says:

    I love all aspects of Toy Traders. Huge selection of toys my girls love, the trade in centre, and the collectors area and huge displays. Also, the staff is fantastic. Fan-tas-tic. I tell everyone I know about the store.

  6. Trinity Moe says:

    I only found out about toy traders a little over a year ago, and ever since I’ve been hooked! honestly my favorite part is bringing other collectors there who have never been and watching their faces as they see all the amazing thing from literally floor to ceiling. it’s a magical place for both children and adults.

  7. Jenny says:

    Amazing toy store! Great staff, great selection, good value for new and used!

  8. Duncan says:

    looks like the ultimate toy store!

  9. Melody says:

    I was at Toy Traders for the first time a couple of weeks ago, getting Christmas gifts for my daughters. This is the best toy store I have ever seen!! My husband and I will definitely be back many times!!! Thanks Matthew for creating the perfect toy store, I think we need one in North Vancouver ; ) !

  10. steven says:

    i love toy traders, best store in langley, hands down.

  11. Stacey McKay says:

    I just love the variety and the staff are awesome and very helpful :)

  12. Sheryl says:

    The most amazing toy store there is.. Found things here that I could not no where!

  13. Christine says:

    Toy Traders is Awesome! You want it, they will more than likely Have It!

  14. Sam says:

    best toy store i have ever been too!

  15. Lance says:

    I just love the atmosphere and friendly staff in the store and can’t help but stop by regularly. You never know what neat new items and old gems you will find in the store. It is a lot of fun and relaxing to walk through the store in the evenings and check everything out. The problem is, I can never seem to make it out of the store without buying something! ;)

  16. Zelma MacDonald says:

    Lots of toys for my grandchildren – and very helpful staff.

  17. Mark says:

    Cant express how much this store means to me, countless of hours and dollars spent at this place and I still want more. Obviously this store has some sort of black magic that i cannot comprehend!

  18. Jake says:

    Great store, great article, great everything! keep up the good work guys :D

  19. Katrina says:

    I love checking out Toy Traders! I always walk out of the store with something and its a really great place to just check out when your in town too.

  20. Robyn Maltais says:

    This is a super cool store, I have been shopping there for years. Plus have done a little bit of trading too!

  21. Jordan says:

    Toy Traders is my home away from home. I could spend my entire life there and be completely happy.

  22. Glenn says:

    The best toy/collectibles store i have ever been in. If you have seen it someplace they probably have it and for a better price

  23. Kathryn says:

    If you have never been.. you have to go… best toy store ever! My kids and I go just to wander and look at all the displays. Lots of toys that take you back… love this place

  24. Christopher says:

    Best place in B.C.

    They give you the best trade value. Very happy customer here ;)

  25. Jacquie says:

    My son and I often frequent the place and never leave without something. It is the Disneyland of toy stores, we loose ourselves in there. Great toys, great prices (always doing sales!), and great staff. We have also had great success in the trading dept. Keep up the good work!

  26. shannon says:

    I just found this article from looking on Toy Traders facebook. My husband Niel was the guy who actually made ALL the dioramas at Toy Traders. It is too bad he wasn’t mentioned in this article. We are so proud of how talented he is!!!

  27. Mike Benterud says:

    I personally can vouch for Matt he is the greatest in the toy business and he is the greatest guy I’ve ever known. I’ve known him since 1997 and hes been the best friend I’ve ever had. I am so glad you’ve done so well Matt. I knew you would have the greatest toy store not just in western Canada but the world.

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