WATCH: Closed Holywell toy store reveals treasure trove of old toys and games


From Star Wars figures to Action Man and Barbie, a treasure trove of old toys and games has been discovered in a North Wales store that has been closed for years.

The Frank Beech Toy Shop opened over 70 years ago and was well known in Holywell for its wide range of toys and popular storefronts.

But in 2009, it closed to the public, ending several decades of service since its opening by Frank Beech in the 1940s.

Surprisingly, the contents of the store have remained intact and an auction house has now salvaged 120 pallets of toys from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

These include Boxes of Star Wars Figures, Action Man and Accessories, Trains, Dinky Cars, Timpo Toys and British Soldiers, Dolls, Tin and Plastic, Airfix and many board games.

A shipment of toys was recovered from the store in Holywell, Flintshire.

All of the items should appeal to collectors across the country when they go on sale later this month at Vectis Auctions in Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees.

Despite moisture that entered the store and damaged some boxes, the company said the items remained in great condition.

A spokesperson for the auction house said: “The items are likely to appeal to collectors and dealers alike as the toys have been in the shop that has been closed for many years.

“Our specialists work on the collection one palette at a time, so we may find many hidden treasures as the sale is discovered.”

Last month a collection of 3,000 toy cars, trucks and trains went up for sale at the toy auction house and fetched a total of £ 227,000.

And in February, £ 18,000 was paid there for a blank Star Wars Boba Fett figure.


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