Caption: Gary Neil, 63, of Quechee, Vt., plays in his office with a pair of Space Patrol binoculars he found at a thrift store the week before. Neil began scouring flea markets and thrift stores in the 70's, and was drawn to finding as many different toys as he could. In 1999, he shared most of this collection with the public by creating the free-admission Vermont Toy Museum inside the Quechee Gorge Village, which he owns. With the help of visitor feedback, Neil is constantly adding to the collection, which gives him an excuse to continue to go thrifting for toys. "You never know what you might find, the next time you go out looking. It's kind of like treasure hunting, searching like you might find something, a discovery, the holy grail of toys," Neil said
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