Toy Stitchers Biennial Convention

October 19 – 21, 2018
Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza
One East 45th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
U.S.A.

We have rooms set aside from October 19 – 21 at the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza for you. Reservations can be made beginning November 2017, so please pencil that into your year-end calendar now! Be sure to request Toy Stitchers when you call the hotel at (816) 753-7400.

TO ATTEND YOU MUST BE A MEMBER OF TSII. Please see our membership page for more information on how to join our organization and participate in this exciting event.

The Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza Kansas City is located on the world-famous Country Club Plaza, the Midwest’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment district. The hotel provides complimentary Wi-Fi, garage parking, local calls and shuttle service within a 3 mile radius, including historic Westport, Crown Center, Power and Light and The Sprint Center. The hotel also offers a fitness room along with the largest outdoor hotel pool in the city.

Meet fellow collectors

The conventions hosted by Toy Stitchers International create the link for sharing valuable knowledge and excitement about collecting toy sewing machines. More importantly, our organization provides an opportunity to meet fellow toy sewing machine collectors, which often results in the development of lifelong friendships. Attending the convention is a great opportunity to continue to learn, visit with friends, and meet the new members of our organization.

Toy sewing machine trends

Many toy sewing machine collections have grown and improved in quality, desirability, and value. Thanks to the Internet and particularly eBay, the market exploded over the past 15 to 20 years. This trend allows us to view and buy many toy sewing machines we would have otherwise never had the opportunity to even encounter!

Market Changes

Yes, the market has changed drastically, and we have learned a great deal along the way. One good example is how much we now know about which of those toy sewing machines are exceptionally rare and valuable, and those which were thought to be rare but are not.

Toy Stitchers turns 27

Toy Stitchers turns 27 this year. Claire Toschi started it all on September 1, 1990, and as she says, “with 15 toy sewing machine collectors, one typewriter, and a bottle of correction fluid.” Our deepest gratitude and thank you to Claire Toschi.

Past Conventions

2016 – Nashville, Tennessee
2014 – Austin, Texas
2012 – Lake Barkey, Kentucky
2010 – Tulsa, Oklahoma
2008 – Walnut, Ohio
2006 – Seattle, Washington
2004 – Houston, Texas
2002 – Las Vegas, Nevada (Reorganization)
2000 – Nashville, Tennessee
1998 – Millbrae, California
1995 – Branson, Missouri

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