Retro Ronnie Fairs was founded by Tim Pearson and Ronnie Davies with the launch of their first Toy & Train Collectors’ Fair in Cirencester’s Bingham Hall in January 2014.
Tim and Ronnie are both long-established toy dealers and they understand their market. They recognised that there simply weren’t enough fairs to cater for the growing interest from collectors in vintage toys, or to offer dealers sufficient outlets for their stock. If nobody else was going to organise suitable events, then they’d do it themselves.
The inaugural Fair was a resounding success and helped to establish the event’s reputation for being one of the brightest and most exciting new fairs on the circuit. Not only did it attract a diverse cross section of dealers, but it also hit the right note with the collecting public as well, who arrived in their hundreds to browse through the thousands of items arrayed across the many stalls.
Initially the fairs were punctuated by an early-afternoon “Bring & Sell” auction, offering collectors an opportunity to raise a bit of money, but this proved to be far less popular than the Valuation Roadshow. A team of experts is on hand throughout the day to appraise and value toys and collectables brought to the event by visitors — and some real treasures have been uncovered as a result. The Roadshow is now a regular feature of every Retro Ronnie toyfair.
Such was the enthusiastic reaction to the Cirencester Toy & Train Collector’s Fair that Tim and Ronnie were persuaded to repeat the exercise a little further east, and in the Summer of 2015, the Didcot & Oxfordshire Toy Fair was launched. Close to the M4 corridor, just down the road from the famous Railway Centre, and within a few miles of the Pendon Model Railway Museum, Didcot seemed to be the perfect venue.
At the start of 2017 Tim and Ronnie took over the long-established Bristol Toy Fair, which they now stage four times annually in the Abbeywood Community School in Stoke Gifford, close to Bristol Parkway station. However, this is not the end of their aspirations, and in 2018 they have plans to launch a brand new toyfair at a major venue close to the M4 London-West Country corridor – more details here soon!
Tim and Ronnie would be delighted to welcome you to one of their Toyfairs, and if you’d like to be kept up to date on the toyfair scene, don’t forget to subscribe to the Newsletter!