It's wall to wall toys at a business in Loretto, Kentucky - WDRB 41 Louisville News

It's wall to wall toys at a business in Loretto, Kentucky

You've probably heard that the only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

In Bernson's Corner, Barry Bernson found a Kentuckian whose collection could be considered priceless -- because they're so full of memories.

Some say America's love affair with the automobile is over. And at Slick Nalley's junkyard in Loretto Kentucky, you might feel a pang of sadness seeing all this Detroit iron just rusting away in the rain.

But inside Slick's Auto Body Shop, speed, horsepower and mobility are still alive and well.  REALLY well.

Slick Nalley says "everything I got here is the way it was when I bought it -- I haven't fixed or repaired a thing on any of them."  Even Slick himself has no idea how many toy vehicles he's accumulated.  But it's in the thousands.  There are coupes and convertibles, sedans and S-U-V's, ambulances, fire engines and mini-vans.  And that's not counting the first toy Slick Nalley ever bought.

"Yeah, I was gatherin' junk up from a guy -- he had a little aluminum pedal tractor.  I was figuring on it for junk, aluminum?  Well, that started it all.  I traded him a 12-pack of beer for it.  And that got me started on the toy collection," Nalley says.

Toys line the shelves, fill the cabinets, occupy every available space, and Nalley says he even has more toys packed away in closets and storage space.

Nalley says he likes the old 1970s models, but he says it's difficult to find them at flea markets any more. "I used to be real good 'til the Internet came along and that slowed it down, people can sell on there."

Has there ever been an estimate of what the Slick Nalley collection is worth in dollars?

 "Don't have any idea.  It don't really matter.  'Cause I ain't a-gonna get rid of 'em, I don't think, I just had a knack for toys all my life. You just never grew up, is that it?  --I guess that's what you'd call it....that's what," he says.

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