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RAM Collectible Toys Owner Mark Priestley can’t wait to share his new collection with vintage fans
One of Herne Bay’s specialist shops is RAM Collectible Toys. It’s a rare treasure trove for toy collectors young and old and Mark Priestley’s love for classic toys is evident across his social media platforms. His vintage shop adds to the tapestry that makes up Herne Bay’s collection of independent traders – we find out what he has been up to during lockdown.
Tell us a little bit about your business
At RAM Collectible Toys, we deal in 'hard to find' collectable and vintage toys. They come with our best childhood memories and there's nothing quite so magical than reclaiming that most treasured toy in our adult lives.
Why did you choose Herne Bay to open your business?_
Herne Bay is the perfect seaside town for my shop. We have a fine selection of vintage, established and 'Good Feel' shops here, that are the draw of shoppers for miles around.
What has kept you busy over lockdown?
I have been re-organising RAM Collectible Toys, so it looks fresh and welcoming ready for re-opening. I've also been buying toy collections, so there's a whole range of toys previously not seen before, that I'm sure will delight our customers, as much as they delight us.
What are you looking forward to most after lockdown?
Once restrictions are lifted, I'll personally be looking forward to a lunch time at the Wallflower cafe, and will celebrate an evening at the Kavanagh Cinema.
I'm looking forward to welcoming all my customers back. It's been an age since we've heard their enthusiasm and laughter, and I know they're excited to come back.
How will you keep your customers safe on their return?_
We're able to offer a safe environment for our customers, with safe distancing arrangements in place, and sanitiser at the door. Because the shop is small and enclosed, mask wearing is mandatory to ensure the safe protection of all our customers. We offer masks to those who don't have one on their person, for a 50p donation towards the Herne Bay Christmas Lights fund.
How can customers support you right now?
RAM Collectible Toys offers a Click 'n' Collect service throughout the lock down period, and our customers have been making good use of this service. Our customers can also follow us on Facebook; RAM Collectible Toys, Twitter; @RAM_Toys and Instagram; RAM Collectible Toys, so they keep right up to date on all our new toy postings.