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. Tarrah Clements says:

    Matt and his store has almost become like family over the years.
    His store is REALLY a place that kids and adults alike can have a serious amount of fun in!! He is the kind of guy that every kids grows up to be! WHAT could seriously be cooler than running a toy store like this?!

  2. love your store. always a great section of toys.

  3. Carl says:

    Toy Traders is an awesome store. Every time one of my kids has a ‘new favorite’ item, not only will I find it at Toy Traders, but for some reason they are always able to get more of it. It goes to show you that not only have they created a fantastic relationship with customers, they’re relationship with their suppliers must be amazing as well.

  4. kristan says:

    I love this store and so do my kids. Its one of our stops when we go to langley. My son would sit for hours and play on the thomas table!

  5. Jackie Viljoen says:

    Excellent store to go to. Not just is the service great but there is always something new to go look at every time you go.

    Definitely worth a visit if you’ve never been there!

  6. Jordan G says:

    I need to make it to Langley soon and see your store!

  7. Andrew Krahn says:

    I literally go there twice a week because its always changing and you never know what treasure you might find. by far the best toy store for kids young and old.

  8. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Thanks for the chance. Happy Holidays!

  9. Sarah Vandergugten says:

    I hate shopping in toy stores! But I love going to Toy Traders. They always have what our grandkids have on their wishlist! Thank you for being in our neighbourhood!

  10. Darcie Brown says:

    We love it that we can find an amazing selection of toys and support a local business by shopping at Toy Traders! Plus the service is outstanding.

  11. Ernie says:

    I have enjoyed Matthews store for some time. He is a great guy and always gives me a laugh! My kids love coming to his store to play and pick out toys. They really like the idea of bringing in toys and then purchasing new ones. My kids love the friendly atmosphere and they learn business at the same time ;) (trading that is) If your kids leave with a smile then that is priceless! I am proud of the landmark and honestly I am a kid at heart as well ;)

  12. Chelsey says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Toy Traders is a great store — you can always find something fun there!

  13. Stacey T says:

    Thank you for sharing!! I am so excited to go and check this store out, I’m sure it’s going to be one of the family favorites!

  14. Doug says:

    One of my favorite places in the universe. Unfortunately, I sometimes have to bring my kids ;)

  15. Glenn Conybeer says:

    My son and I love this store, we discover something new everytime we go.

  16. Jason Chrismas says:

    Toy traders is awesome. The staff is great and it beats any big box toy store any day. The displays alone are worth the visit!

  17. Rob Morris says:

    Toy traders is one of the best stores in Langley. I’ve never seen any of the staff ever get stumped by a question. And there is always something new and exciting in the store to check out. No matter what you’re interested in, they have something for you.

  18. Molly says:

    I love this place so much. I trade in stuff there and buy so much amazing stuff I’d think to only find online.

  19. Jason Woodall says:

    Toy Traders is a great place for collectibles and new toys, a gem in the fraser valley.

  20. heather says:

    This is the best toy store I have ever been in. Staff are awesome.

  21. Dot Huston says:

    Love Toy Traders – friendly staff, great products, awesome community involvement and support for non profit organizations! This is the only toy store I don’t mind taking my kids too!

  22. jay says:

    Best toy store I have ever been in, Matt and his crew are friendly knowlegable. It has been awile but I have brought them in coffee and doughnuts because I appreciate them and they get a feel for what type of collector, genre you are into!

  23. Erin says:

    Such a cool store!

  24. John says:

    My son and I love TOY TRADERS. They have so many cool things and the displays are awesome.

  25. Robin says:

    Toys traders is the best place on earth for toys! They have everything!

  26. Joan B says:

    oooh , a kid could go crazy in there

  27. Cheryl McIlroy says:

    Love your store have been trading stuff there for 8 yrs!

  28. Jeremy V says:

    great toy store

  29. Lisa says:

    Toy Traders is the best toy store I’ve ever been in…it’s definitely not just for kids!

  30. JT says:

    One of my favourite places in Langley! I’ve spent hours exploring and even brought my dad there to show him around.

  31. Rebecca says:

    Would love to check out your store!

  32. Caree Bray says:

    We are regulars there! Love it!

  33. Scott White says:

    I’ve always wanted to check out the store, but I can just imagine how much it would cost me to go through the door… all those toys…

  34. maria says:

    Looks like some amazing stuff!

  35. RayK says:

    Love the shop. Great finds on used DVDs too. Great job guys.

  36. Cherri says:

    Love your store! Great variety and selection.

  37. Jess says:

    Great article!!! WE LOVE TOY TRADERS…We drive out from Chilliwack just to shop there!!! Best toy store EVER!!!!

  38. Doris says:

    I’m in this store all the time, with and without my kids.

  39. Lee R. says:

    Love love love Toy Traders! It’s our fav destination for our whole family!

  40. lisa says:

    i absolutly love this store .. always interesting finds and great prices :o)

  41. Jinho Chang says:

    My friend introduced me to this new store almost a year ago and now I have grown to love it(for satisfying all my action figure needs) and loathe it for making me have no money left! You guys run a very friendly and awesome business, keep up the great work!

  42. ckhowling says:

    This is pretty much my favorite place on the planet.

  43. Drew says:

    A Beautiful Store. As a grown up kid, this store carries me back to the time when my mind had limitless power. I always leave feeling like the emperor of the universe again (atleast the one in my head).
    The toys are great for gifting wee ones, or decorating my Man Cave. The 80’s retro toys are like rare Jems… I never know what I’ll find, but I always know I’ll enjoy the hunt. I make a regular pilgrimage out to you from the far end of the valley – worth every KM.
    Bless You!

  44. Sandy says:

    Hey ToyTrader folks,

    since we have discovered your awesome store a few years ago, we have referred many of our friends who are now regular customers!
    Living fairly close by, we have made toy traders one of our frequent stops on weekends!
    Thanks for making my kids happy with all the toys that made us happy and more!

  45. Ben says:

    Love it! I was only introduced to the shop a few months back, but I’ve been hooked since my first visit.

  46. Lori says:

    I bought my dream car from Toy Traders – a hot wheels Karmann Ghia. Love it!

  47. EDDIE says:

    I love the store. The trade idea is the best. I can trade-up old toys for new toys. Great selection!

  48. Kim Juchnowski says:

    Great selection & great prices. Love the new & used toys in the same store. Keep up the good work!

  49. Andrea says:

    My kids and I LOVE this store. One of my favourite parts is hearing the retro theme music whenever we’re in.

  50. Vivian says:

    My 3 year old enjoys visits to Toy Traders, and so do we! The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. It’s one of our favorite places to go after dinner and look around, see what’s new, and take in all the amazing displays.

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