Vintage toy shop arrives in Estacada
Upon stepping into one of Estacada's newest stores, you can spot memorabilia from movies like "Animal House" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street," a collection of vinyl records, and figurines from animated shows like "Gumby," "The Simpsons" and "Rick and Morty."
David Wrisley opened Toys in the Attic on Saturday, June 19, at 400 S.W. 2nd Ave. The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.
A longtime toy collector, Wrisley previously sold items at The Rag Refinery, next door to his current location.
He's been interested in having a toy store ever since he was a kid.
"People tell me to sell on eBay, but I wouldn't get the interaction like that," he said. "It's neat to watch what people focus on when they come in."
Wrisley is knowledgeable about the items he sells, and he also has gotten tidbits of information from the store's visitors. He has several figurines from "American McGee's Alice," and a teenager recently told him they were from a video game.
"I'd bought them 25 years ago," he said.
Wrisley appreciates collecting items and then sharing them with others.
"A big part of it for me is the hunt, and the interactions and connections with people," he said.
The items from Wrisley's collection available for purchase at Toys in the Attic will rotate every few months. In mid-August, the space will change "into two-thirds a Halloween store."
"I have a lot of masks," he said.
Along with toys and collectibles, one wall at Toys in the Attic is dedicated to work from local artists.
Wrisley moved to Estacada a year and a half ago and is happy to be part of the community.
"I've been coming through here since the 80s when I would go camping, and I fell in love with Estacada back then," he said.
He's appreciated meeting more people since opening Toys in the Attic.
"I've met some of the neatest people in the last few weeks. Kids to people in their 70s that geek out, and I can share that excitement with them," he said. "Especially with Highway 224 closed (at the Mt. Hood National Forest), I want to figure out a way to get people to visit Estacada. There's so much that this town has to offer."
If you go
What: Toys in the Attic
Where: 400 S.W. 2nd Ave., Estacada
Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday
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