SINCE 1933, AND 5 GENERATIONS OF THE AGERTER FAMILY, EUGENE TOY & HOBBY IS A EUGENE STAPLE.
Eugene Toy & Hobby’s history can be traced back through 5 generations of the Agerter family starting in 1933. Great-Grandfather Perry retired to Eugene in the late 1920s, and took over ownership of a simple gift shop and magazine stand. Not too long afterward, he realized that his “retirement project” was just too much of a job! At that point he sold the business to his son Byron who, with his wife Eva and young son Paul, moved to Eugene in 1933 and took over.
They immediately began adding to their inventory, expanding into the toys, model trains and airplanes that would later dominate their inventory.
Throughout the next 33 years the store continued to expand necessitating 4 moves, the most recent of which was in 1969 to our current location at 32 East 11th Ave.
Paul and his sons Mark and Alan became partners in 1981 when Byron and Eva officially retired.
With Paul’s retirement in 1991, Mark and Alan took over.
Pocket novels and used magazines were eliminated by 1988 when the building was remodeled and expanded to its current size, with large additions of inventory and specialty products.
Mark retired in early 2020, however he is still around now and then and focuses his time on our Collector’s Corner and Book Nook.
At present, one of Alan’s two children, Andrew manages the store with the goal of ensuring we remain your go-to toy and hobby store through the next generation and beyond.
Andrew’s children are big fans of the store, but they are focusing their time on Pre-School.