Nostalgia draws collectors to show

By Geoff Lee

March 14, 2018 2:04 PM

Lloydminster’s Gerald Wells, right, attracted a crowd at the Border City Collectors’ Show and Sale with this remote controlled tractor and cultivator set that he machine made from 1972 to 2009 with 860 parts. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

About 2,000 visitors took a stroll down memory lane at this year’s Border City Collectors’ Show and Sale that offered something for everyone.
The show, held at the Lloydminster Stockade Convention Centre this past weekend, was chock full of collectables from antiques and farm toys to memorabilia and dolls for sale and display.
“This is one of our fullest shows that we’ve ever had and we’ve got an amazing selection of things,” said Brad Bogucky, event chair on the opening day.
“The show is awesome, we are getting a lot of good reviews.”
One of the new attractions was an imaginative theme park that Lloydminster resident Chris Oliver created from more than 25,000 Lego blocks.
“I started in August and I have been working on it right up to—I moved it here today—so about six months,” he said.
The model included a couple of set pieces such as a Disney style castle and a Ferris wheel, but Oliver said about 75 per cent of it is custom built.
The 30 year-old noted he has been making stuff with Lego since he was about three or four years old and explained his fascination with it.
“You can build anything you want out of it; as soon as you have something built, rip it apart,” he said.
“You can add new stuff to it; you can build what you want out of it.”
Oliver was also selling Lego kits at the show.
This was the 26th annual show that Bogucky says owes its continued success to having vendors like Oliver create special displays that draw a crowd.
“What you see is what you get—all the vendors, all the people coming through the day, that’s what keeps it going,” he said.
“There’s a lot of old nostalgic things that people had years ago and there’s a lot of up and coming antiques that are up and about too—things that people didn’t realize were collectable.”
This year there were about a dozen new exhibitors, including people who are downsizing their possessions or estates.
“Every year, we see more of those people coming in—if someone wants to downsize some of their collectables, this is the place to do it,” said Bogucky.
One such a person who is not ready to give up his collection of 200 to 300 Oliver Farm Equipment toys is retired Lloydminster area farmer Ron Person.
He can’t bring himself to sell a single piece yet, although some of them have a book value of up to $2,000.
“I’m not ready to sell, but some of my other relatives say you’ve got to get rid of them,” said Person, who started collecting them in 1978.
Person also enjoys fixing the real ones and estimates he probably owns 50-60 full size tractors, not all of them Oliver.
His favourite real and toy Oliver is the 1960 550 tractor.
“It was my dad’s first tractor and that’s what I learned to farm with,” said Person.
He said the nice thing about displaying his collection at the show is just talking to people.
“It’s what my doctor told me— ‘keep doing what you’re doing,’” he said.
The show is also good medicine for hobbyists like Gerald Wells from Lloydminster.
He drew a large crowd with demos of his remote controlled 4WD tractor and farm implements that took him more than 35 years to machine.
Every which way you looked, there was something to catch your eye, including antique rings, jewelry and coins.
“We’ve got something for everyone; if you’re a rock collector, a stamp collector; if you’re a coin collector,  a doll collector, there’s Lego, there’s everything,” said Bogucky.
Proceeds from the show go to the Barr Colony Museum Foundation and other local charities.

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