23rd February 2021
Hi all. Well it looks like we will eventually be back on Saturday 17th April. Cannot wait. The market traders federation is lobbying for outdoor markets to return a couple of weeks earlier. I will update you if I hear anything.
All traders will be wearing masks in the future, even the ones who received the vaccine. I received my vaccine 11 days ago. Not sure if it was because there are so few old toy soldier dealers left that we made the priority list or I was lucky enough to be near the vaccination centre at the end of a Friday night and received a call to attend within 2 hours. Probably the first explanation (HA Ha ).
Hopefully will see you all soon.
Latest news Portobello Road
07/01/2021. Looks like we will be out of the market until at least the start of March at the earliest. As I look after my Mother (vulnerable list) the Doctor has advised I isolate along with her. She is however receiving her first vaccine jab tomorrow and will hopefully have 90% protection in 3 weeks.
As a result I will not be going out for the rest of this month. I can still put aside your orders but will not take payment or post them until next month.
I do not envisage buying much this month, but if I do I will update it on this page.
Have just added a few new photos and comments on my collection page. Greek Evzones and a couple of novelty figures.
You may notice my face-mask with the toy soldier design so I should be easy to spot.
A rare version of the mask is also available with the oval based figures on it.???
Latest news. Website.
11th May 2020. Latest news website. Thank you all very much for your support and your
orders. I will get in contact with you all individually about payment and postage, but here is a rough guide to how this will work.
Payment will be via my iZettle machine. IZettle is owned by PayPal. The machine is normally used for transactions in the market, face to face but has a customer not present link. The sale amount is sent to you by sms from me. you then follow link instructions to proceed , enter your details and confirm. (you have a receipt option open to you at this time). I receive an sms saying sale has been confirmed. I at no time get to see any card details or pin numbers. This is important because if I did I would have to go through numerous forms and red tape to store peoples card details , which I do not wish to do.
I will pack, weigh postage and contact you with a final amount. I shall proceed to do all parcels via Royal Mail , recorded delivery to start with. The option to use DHL is also available.
don’t forget to supply me with wants lists. If I purchased collection I will check the wants lists out first before posting on the Internet.
Latest news people.
Harry spent 8 days in hospital and overcame the corona virus. He mentioned how he found the more simple foods the easiest to eat and was eating boiled eggs, something he had not had in a while. This is for you mate, boiled egg, bread soldiers and lead soldiers. Where to start.
Latest news, Portobello market.
10th April 2020. Latest news Portobello Road. Due to the corona virus the last day I attended Portobello Road was Saturday 7th March 2020. The Antique/collectors area of the market is closed.
See my review on bestbitsworldwide.com/ten-best-london-portobello-market-antiques
Rare figure sighted.
Rare sighting of a very unusual, certainly unique figure in Portobello road, March 2020. Although I have seen this figure before, not in this pose You normally see this figure in a much more multi coloured uniform. The figure comes with an original soundproof box. Awaiting reasonable or unreasonable offers.
Many thanks to Daniel for allowing me to put this post on . He is a true sport and
Latest news, Portobello Road.As mentioned on my homepage I am in the process of updating the site and organising asystem that I can can sell , via my site , on the internet. I have never done this before, neverbeen on EBay and do not even have a PayPal account. Up until recently I thought SEO was a rank in one of the armies from around the world.
I have spent the last month learning how to improve the website using articles and Seminars and finally have most of the stock on display. I have to balance how the descriptions in the site look between the serious collector (who would want more detail) and customers in Portobello or new collectors just starting (who would probably want less detail) In the near future figures that will appear will be the type serious collectors will be looking for.
It will take time for me to organise a system for payment, packaging a posting. This will be a gradual process as I want to get this right from the start, and as we are self isolating it may take a few weeks before this part will be up and running. Look forward to any comments via Email.
At this point I would sincerely like to thank Scott in Canada. I mentioned this to him the other day and he sent me a very long email , extremely informative with detailed points to consider for an internet business. This took time and I really appreciate it.
Thanks Scott and I note point 20 where I should link my site only to relevant toy figure sites. I will not link the site to shady gambling sites in Moldova (keep that separate for my
own use) 😳
Fun dealing in Chicago.
One of my holidays last year was a trip to the old toy soldier show in Schaumberg, Chicago
last September. My beautiful partner of 20 years, Claire (vegetarian) did not join me as she did not fancy spending days just looking and talking about toy figures 😥 I was therefore forced to spend the trip with really good friends looking at toy figures, eating steaks and
drinking beer 😀 .
Joe Saine is a good friend and dealer whom I have known for around 25 years. We were discussing some figures he had for sale but were a bit off on the price. He said that for the price i stated , I would have to come to his display room with a Mexican wrestlers mask and scare him to accept the price. Even the purchase of the T shirt was not enough.
I never give up. Scott Townsend (Cockney Scott) who was with me in Chicago, knew the situation and brought over a Mexican wrestlers mask from the USA for me. If Chicago is on this year and I can possibly make it. Watch out Joe, I am coming for you. Daniel is in the middle of the photo, I am the handsome one on the right.