As Marty Wheeler slowly opened the door to the shed, a sign labeled “Marty’s Toys” hung, giving a hint to what was about to be seen.
There in clear view for all to see, hundreds of toys either resting in organized rows on the shelves, hung from the ceiling or carefully arranged on the floor.
Wheeler has carefully restored many pedal cars, wagons and metal toy cars over the years and displays them in his shed at his home in Mineral.
“I enjoy restoring the old toys and making them new again,” Wheeler said. “I purchase most of the toys looking beat up and rusty. Then I fix them up looking brand new.”
Wheeler has been collecting toys for as long as he can remember, but seriously started investing and collecting after he met his wife, Tamara Wheeler, over 25 years ago.
“Marty is amazing with his hands and fixes everything,” Tamara said. “He has always fixed things. Marty was always fixing up the cars at his father’s repair shop.”
Wheeler’s collections consist of antique toys, metal and plastic cars, pedal cars, wagons, figurines, popular toys through the 1900’s, antique tractors, antique lawn mowers, bicycles and many other antique collectibles.
To read the entire story, see the July 18 edition of The Central Virginian.