Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Toys! Toys! Toys!

Vintage toys are one thing I never really got into collecting. At least not valuable ones. All the real toy aficionados out there might turn their nose up at this post but I thought these were cool and worth sharing.

I took a quick trip to Indianapolis over the weekend and we spent a little time checking out the shops on Massachusetts Avenue, "Mass Ave", as its commonly referred to. First, we stopped in Stout's Shoe Store which claims to be the oldest shoe store in the United States. I'm sure my cohort, Joey, would have checked that claim, but I'm just an amateur so you can check the facts for yourself. I didn't see any shoes I had to have but I lov that they kept some reminders of the stores history.

Another shop we hit was Mass Ave Toys. Never mind that my group had no children with us, we were still instructed to play with all of the toys that were out of the box. A good amount of the toys here would be hard to find in big box stores. Most were also better than the toys you would find in those places. I spent more than my fair share of time playing with the great selection of toys. As fun as everything was, I really got excited when I made my way around to the retro shelf. There wasn't a giant selection, but I was really happy to see some old style tin cars, robots, and a ray gun. I don't remember seeing anything like these in KB Toys or Toys-R-Us when I was cruising the aisles in the 90's. Its was great to see that there still might be kids interested in this kind of stuff.

I ended up leaving the store with a couple of little monster looking finger puppets and a jaw harp. I almost pried open the wallet enough to buy one of those tin cars or robots but I thought I would save my money for important things, like pizza and whiskey.

I also saw this Marsh place while we were there. I don't know anything about it but I though the building was great so I snapped a couple pictures. Finally, we stopped in Greenup, IL for gas on the way home. This motel sign hit me like a ton of bricks so I couldn't end the blog entry without posting a picture of it.


  1. The "Marsh" building was a Sears Roebuck and Co. -- built in 1921.

    1. That's awesome. Thanks for the info!