Packratt Trains and Toys brings many people from out of the area who are looking not only for trains and their many accessories but Matchbox cars, many of them first editions dating back to the 1990's along with Hot Wheels, still in their original plastic containers. Vintage items are displayed throughout the store which brings regular customers from the Bay Area, Sacramento, Grass Valley, Lodi, Redding and Placerville,
Plastic kit model planes and ships are aplenty but model cars are low in stock right now as owner Matt Padgett visits his off-site storage daily to bring more items to his Kentucky Street location. There are so many thousands of items on display at the store, it doesn't matter how many have sold, the store is always full as he is always looking for the smallest space to add more to the 1,200 sq. foot building. He even had to take over his back room to allow for more shelving to display items for sale.
Padgett is gathering his many friends who share the same passion with their own stores from here to the Bay Area and will join 20 of his friends (so far) at the North State Kiwi Fest June 2 at the Butte County Fairgrounds. It won't be necessary for Padgett to take any items from his store has he has plenty in storage to set up a full display and then some.
Padgett has many Star Wars memorabilia items for those who collect along with Animal Jams, marbles, vintage games and books on many subjects besides trains.
Collecting since 1976, Padgett received his second train set in 1974 and worked for UPS 25 years before retiring and moving to Gridley with his wife Sue and children. Packratt Trains opened in 2014 and has done very well when it comes to selling collectibles.
Train sizes range from G to Z and Padgett does buy trains and toys if it is something he doesn't already have.
Two different collectors came in the store in the short time i was there, both asking what was new/old.
Padgett is excited to be planning the first North State Train Show and knows many of his friends will spend the weekend hitting his friend's stores in Colusa and Yuba City along the way.
Be sure to mark June 1-3 for the Butte County Fair's North State Kiwi Fest and the Train and Toy Show which will be set up Saturday in Expo Hall.