PRINCETON — A new business to the city is offering nostalgia for adults and new excitement for children.

The new addition to the Grassroots District on Mercer Street, 80's Toys of Princeton, has toys both vintage and modern. Of the selection of toys, guests can find wrestling figures, Transformers, and more.

"I've been a collector since I was little," owner Matt Collins, said, "I've been selling stuff online for a while and decided that I needed to get a storefront."

With the area lacking a store solely for toys, Collins seeks to offer children the full toy store experience. Along with the experience of a toy store, Collins also seeks to provide residents a small business option for toy shopping.

"There's nothing around here like when I was little to go shop. Now you go to Walmart and their shelves are empty. If they want a specific figure they can't find it," Collins said.

Having lived in Princeton his whole life, Collins has a strong desire to add to the local economy. He also seeks to offer an atmosphere where adults and children alike can find toys that they love.

"We have vintage toys, Transformers, Star Wars, Barbie, new toys, and we also have access to preorder new toys coming out. If a customer wants a specific item we do special orders and we do layaway year-round," Collins said.

The store had its official grand opening during this year's Autumnfest. To open the business and encourage visitors, the store hosted famous former WWE wrestler, Robert Remus, also known as Sgt. Slaughter.

"As a small business owner, we are the ones that contribute to all the local functions whether it be help with football teams or whatever the community needs. In big chains you don't get that personable customer service," Collins said, "It's neat because a lot of the people that come in and out I know. It's nice to have the ability to be a friendly face."

Along with selling toys, the business also buys toys. Toys brought in by customers will be evaluated for cash or store credit. Sellers will receive more store credit for their toys than cash.

At the moment the store is open from 9 to 6 on Saturday and 1 to 6 on Sunday. The store is also open by appointment which can be arranged by phone at 681-282-5433 on Facebook at @80stoysprincetonwv.

For more information on 80s Toys of Princeton, contact them at the aforementioned points of contact, Instagram, or Twitter, both @80stoysofprincetonwv.

— Contact Emily D. Coppola at ecoppola@bdtonline.com

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