Barry Skelly had a childhood most children would only dream of: His dad owned a toy store.

Skelly's passion for toys started growing when he was a kid, and it hasn't stopped. On Sunday, he'll hold the 31st Annual Greater York Toy Extravaganza from 9 a.m. to

3 p.m. at the York Expo Center in West Manchester Township.

The show features more than 800 tables filled with thousands of toys, old and new, ranging from cars to trains to dolls. In its first year, the show had 50 tables.

Skelly said vendors from 15 states plan to attend and that the show usually draws about 3,000 people.

"It's just a good time of year for something like this," he said.

Skelly, who's also a collector, travels the toy-show circuit throughout the year to buy and sell merchandise. He most recently went to shows in Allentown, Chicago and Rochester, N.Y. He said his show is one of the largest in the U.S.

Vendors will sell toys from the 1930s through 1990s. Manufacturers include Mattel, Aurora, Revell, Hubley, Buddy L, Tonka, Lionel and more. Skelly said he's most passionate about the history of toys and that toy manufacturing gained momentum after World War II.

"They just made so many neat things that probably couldn't be duplicated today because of the way they were made," he said.

Skelly said his show offers collectors and other shoppers a hands-on experience, versus online shopping. When buying toys that were made years ago, that's important.

"People can look at an item, feel an item and hassle with the buyer," he said.

Skelly said his show - originally called the Greater York Toy-Train-Doll Show - appeals to people of all ages.

"You get a lot of young kids who start collecting Hot Wheels and action figures to guys in their 80s," he said. "It's amazing just to see all the stuff."

- LEIGH ZALESKI,
FlipSide staff
IF you go

WHAT: 31st Annual Greater York Toy Extravaganza

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Memorial Hall East and West, York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave., West Manchester Township

COST: $5 admission; children 12 and younger admitted free

DETAILS: Visit www.yorkexpo.com or call 717-848-2596