Vintage toy show in Peterborough Sunday

  • Catherine Brouilette of Peterborough organized this Sunday's Vintage Holiday Toy Shop. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Catherine Brouilette of Peterborough organized this Sunday's Vintage Holiday Toy Shop. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Catherine Brouilette of Peterborough organized this Sunday's Vintage Holiday Toy Shop. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Catherine Brouilette of Peterborough organized this Sunday's Vintage Holiday Toy Shop. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Catherine Brouilette of Peterborough organized this Sunday's Vintage Holiday Toy Shop. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Catherine Brouilette of Peterborough organized this Sunday's Vintage Holiday Toy Shop. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Staff photo by Ben ConantA vintage superhero costume set for Sunday’s toy event. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 12/9/2021 10:42:39 AM
Modified: 12/9/2021 10:42:13 AM

Vintage toy collector and reseller Catherine Brouillette of Peterborough, along with 10 other vendors from around New England, will bring a treasure trove of collectibles to the Peterborough Community Center on Sunday for the inaugural Vintage Holiday Toy Shop.

Brouillette said she started as a “diehard Strawberry Shortcake collector;” her collection eventually became a career, and expanded to vintage toys of all sorts, which she sells through her online business Timeless Toy Box. A walkthrough of the Brouillettes’ home reveals countless figurines: Star Wars, GI Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and nearly anything the mind can conjure. Husband Steve joked that visitors, without fail, see a toy they had as a child and call out “I had that!”

“Everyone likes toys, and certainly at this time of year, people think about the toys that they had when they were younger,” Brouillette said. “Toys bring certain degrees of joy and nostalgia and bring back that happy moment from childhood.”

Brouillette recruited a team of 10 vendors, from Kari Lindstrom at Jaffrey’s Melamine Cup to stores in Keene and around New England, for Sunday’s shopping event, which promises to fill the community center with nostalgia-invoking items of all sizes, from a few dollars for a more common figuring to a few hundred for something like a rare Masters of the Universe Eternia Lion Base.

The Vintage Holiday Toy Shop, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, is planned to be a community event, with Santa expected to ride in on a fire truck at noon and Boy Scout Troop 8 on hand selling refreshments.

“I think this is a great way, while people are talking this fall about toy shortages, that people can come out and see what they had when they were younger,” Brouillette said. “Maybe they’re looking at something where they say ‘Oh, I used to play with that – maybe my child would like to play with it too.’ ”




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