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Antique Toy and Doll Buying Show comes to Asheville

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If you have any antique dolls or toys laying around, they might be worth some cash.

The Antique Toy & Doll Buying Show is underway at the DoubleTree Hotel in Biltmore at 115 Hendersonville Road in Asheville.

It runs from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. through Monday, July 23. Parking and admission are free.

"Our last few Antique Toy & Doll Buying shows saw a number of people get more than $1,000 for their toys," said Bruce Zalkin, one of the country's leading authorities on vintage toys and dolls. "The show is interested in old toys and dolls from the mid-1970s and earlier. This is an opportunity for people to clean out their closets and discover toy treasures."

"We buy huge collections," he said. "No collection is too large."

Zalkin said he is especially interested in buying "1960s and older Barbie-related dolls and clothing, antique French and German bisque dolls, Lenci, Mattel, Madame Alexander (pre-1965), Shirley Temple, Ginny and most dolls before the 1960s."

In addition to dolls, Zalkin said he is interested in toys, including pre-1970 Hot Wheels, cap guns, plastic models, tin wind-up toys, battery-operated toys and robots, super hero figures, cars and trucks, Tonka, Buddy L, Cast Iron, slot cars, PEZ dispensers (no feet) and Lionel and Flyer electric trains.

Frankly, there are so many types of toys we can't list them all.

"Bring any mid-1970s or older toys," he said, adding that LEGOs and toys related to Star Wars and Transformers (pre-1990) are especially popular.

People can also bring Tiffany items, sterling silver, old costume jewelry, advertising items and signs and other unusual antiques.

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