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Newspaper Editor Turns Vintage Toy Seller

10/05/2010 A top East Midlands local newspaper editor has decided to swap the bustling world of journalism for the more sedate sphere of traditional toys.

After a 37-year career, award-winning Worksop Guardian editor George Robinson will be moving from the newsroom to the virtual world of vintage toy auctions.

Mr Robinson has sat in the editor's chair at the newspaper for 18 years, but for the past decade has been buying and selling die cast model cars and lorries on eBay, along with his wife Karen - herself an ex-journalist - under the seller's name George's Good Stuff.

Speaking to journalism trade magazine Hold the Front Page, the 56-year-old revealed that the vintage toy selling business had weathered the current economic storm well, and was going from strength to strength.

Mr Robinson will be leaving the career which he began as a humble reporter in 1973 on June 4th, and admitted that he will "miss the camaraderie of the office - we have a great team of people - and the wit and banter that goes into journalism."

"There's a lot of fun in journalism and the buzz of when a big stories breaks. I've had my fair share as editor and it's time to make way for younger blood," he went on.

"I am lucky because I had a life plan to do something when I reached 55. The toy market has remained buoyant, vintage toys in particular. I'm not one for hanging around the garden all my life and I never thought I would be slogging it out as an editor until I was 65. I always wanted to take one last chance to do something else."

Mr Robinson is also lucky enough to have his son working part-time for his toy car business and George's Good Stuff eventually plans to buy and sell vintage toy figures as well as model cars - he is already selling Hornby model trains on the site. If all goes well, he may be breaking the bonds of eBay to launch his own website in the near future.

The market for vintage toy cars is a well-established and surprisingly lucrative one. Models can change hands for large sums, especially limited editions or models in perfect "box fresh" condition. Popular brands include Matchbox, Corgi, Dinky and even the chunky Tonka trucks.

There are numerous buyers and sellers' guides on the market, containing all the top tips when it comes to spotting the hidden gems among the heaps of old toy cars online, at car boot sales and at collectors' fairs.

 


 


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