Having worked with children since the age of 16, I attended Mohawk College, where I graduated from the Child & Youth Worker Program. While working in group homes and the school boards full time in that field for 20 years, somewhere along the line, I knew I had wanted to open up a collectors style store that would be, like the circus, of interest to children of all ages. That dream became reality when in September of 1998, I opened up with a business partner, what was then called Pak Ratz Toyz. That partnership lasted 2 years. It was then I decided to maintain the store full time on my own and attempt to come up with another catchy name. After many customers had come into the store, the main phrase from most of them was "You have a lot of cool stuff here!". It didn't take long to think of what the new name would be and so 'Kool Stuff Toys' was born.
It has grown from it's somewhat small and humble beginnings at the original location into a store just 1 block away from where it all started, with about 3 times the space and with room to grow. In addition to Buy, Sell and Trade, we now also offer consignment, as well as display cases that can be rented for a monthly fee, plus %. Not only do I do business
as a store front but in the past, I have also sold many items on
eBay through their auctions. My eBay user name
is koolstuffcanada and when I had time, I used
try to have as many as 20 items up for auction
at any given time. Most likely in the near future, you will be able to once again click on the eBay button in
the upper left side margin to see my current auction
listings, but for now, I won't have anything listed.
Along with items
that I buy, sell, trade, auction and consign, some of my most favourite
childhood collections and other items that I have
a keen interest in are on display throughout my
store. These are the only items in my store that
are not for sale.
I do my best to keep
things simple at Kool Stuff. My bottom line is
to continuously provide trustworthy, friendly
service to my customers and to conduct business
in a manner that benifits us both.
My service is reliable
and has gained a reputation for being prompt and
When I was growing up, my all time favorite toyline
was the Mego "Planet of the Apes" figures
(I still have mine from when I was 11 years old
when I would use them to capture my sister Kim's Barbies).
One of my favourite eBay purchases (so far) includes a screen-worn
Gorilla soldier outfit which an extra used from "Beneath The
Planet of The Apes" (this is on a mannequin
display, that I've named "Heston", in
My other great catch was finally
getting the 1970's Aurora Glow Mummy Model Kit
built-up to join all the others from my childhood.
Next came my love for anything
and everything "Star Wars". While
in California in 1996, we went
to just about every place that was Star Wars related
- we even got to the front gates of the Skywalker
My third favorite toyline is "Indiana
Jones". Until just recently, locating Indiana Jones figures was pretty tough, even with eBay. Back in the 80's, they just didn't make enough
stuff based on those great movies. This inspired
me to create new figures for all of my favorite
toylines (custom figures of characters that weren't
made back then) and occasionally, I would
auction some of them off on eBay. Something that given more time, I will most likely get into doing again.
Well, thanks for taking the time
to read this and hopefully you didn't drop off
to sleep (more than once).