Upcoming Toy and Hobby Show running 15 years strong

Matthew Lane • Sep 12, 2019 at 5:30 PM

GRAY — One hundred tables of comic books, action figures, vintage toys and vinyl records will be up for grabs Saturday at the Tri-Cities Toy and Hobby Show.

If you’re looking for that hard to find item or just enjoy browsing through the collectibles, then you need to come out to the show.

The one-day event, now in its 15th year, is returning to the Appalachian Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday in Building 1. Admission is $5 per person, with children12 and under admitted free. Proceeds from the event will benefit the local Isaiah 117 House, which provides support for children awaiting foster care placement.


Event organizer Michael Stevens said he’s got 36 vendors lined up for Saturday’s show, offering about 100 tables worth of merchandise for sale. Usual items include action figures, comic books, Barbie dolls, pop culture collectibles and sports memorabilia.

Nearly half of the tables will be full of comic books, and noteworthy this time around is a rather large assortment of vinyl records and some old, collectible magazines.

“One guy said he’s got a lot of 70s and 80s records, and I’m bringing about 500 records,” Stevens said. “I’ve also run across a collection of Heavy Metal magazines, some old Rolling Stones newspapers from the late 60s to early 70s. There’s going to be a lot of music stuff for sale.”

Hardcore and casual collectors will also find pins, key chains and artwork from some vendors, a few trading cards and plenty of Pop! Figures for sale.


For the most part, the twice-a-year show is about the same each time around with a loyal core of vendors who attend every event. Other vendors come and go. However, when you come on Saturday expect to see more tables set up outside the building than in previous years.

“It looks like, if the weather will permit, we’re going to set up tables outside. We sold out two months ago, and I’ve got people who are willing to buy a table outside,” Stevens said. “I’ll have those available right up until Thursday afternoon at the latest.”

At the March event, Stevens had about 600 folks through the door and raised nearly $3,000 for Good Samaritan Ministries. This Saturday, he’s hoping to raise a similar amount of money for Isaiah 117 House and bring in about 500 people.

For more information, visit Tri-Cities Toy and Hobby Show on Facebook or call (423) 538-0202.