What is the relationship between CTSS and OTSN?
Chicago Toy Soldier Show, Inc. (CTSS, Inc.) is the S-Corporation formed to purchase the Show from former owners, Old Toy Soldier Newsletter, Inc.
How much and where does CTSS advertise the Chicago Toy Soldier Show?
Advertising is the largest expenditure category in the CTSS annual budget; we have increased this budget category considerably from past years. We currently advertise in Old Toy Soldier Magazine, Toy Soldier and Model Figure Magazine, Antique Toy World Magazine, Playset Magazine, Plastic Warrior (UK), Zinnlaube Magazine (Germany), Euro-Figuren (France), and Military Trader Magazine. We advertise at toy soldier shows, at militaria shows, at many antique malls across the United States, and maintain a mailing list of over 1,000 collectors. During the weeks preceding the Show, we advertise in print and online in the Chicago and Northwest suburban media. We are always looking for additional opportunities to advertise the Show; please send us your suggestions.
Why did you raise the table rate for 2017?
To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, “there is nothing certain other than death, taxes, AND RATE INCREASES.” The cost of doing business continues to increase in our world; therefore, to maintain a status quo costs more. CTSS has done more than maintain a status quo; we have added innovations that make the Chicago Toy Soldier Show an easier, more pleasant experience for our vendors. We have also increased Show advertising. These value-added initiatives come at a cost. We ask our vendors to share that cost with us. Note that there has not been an increase in table rentals for a number of years.
Why did you raise the room sales rate for 2017?
We increased the room sales rate to create equity among our vendors. Very few of our vendors choose to sell solely from their rooms and not attend the Show on Sunday. Let us emphasize, very few. Vendors who only sell from their rooms have as much opportunity to make sales as those vendors who serve the public by participating in the Sunday Show. We promote the Show as a whole. We believe it is equitable that everyone share equally in that cost.
Why are half tables no longer an option in the Vendor Contract?
It is difficult for us to find compatible table mates for vendors wanting a half table. CTSS welcomes pairs of vendors that wish to share a table. We will be glad to list each vendor separately in our table directory, if you note your wishes on the contract. HOWEVER, we ask that vendors sharing a table find their own partner and DESIGNATE ONE VENDOR AS THE CONTRACTEE WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT.
Is the Show growing?
The Show is growing slightly. Each year we welcome new participants. New vendors and attendees are offset in number by those that are no longer active in the hobby or do not attend for health reasons. The average age in our hobby is increasing each year. CTSS is continually looking for new participants in our hobby. We welcome your suggestions. When our participants have a successful Show, we have a successful Show. Please help us to ensure that happens.
Do I have to pay Illinois Sales Tax?
Yes. See Benjamin Franklin’s quote paraphrased earlier. As stated in the contract, vendors are responsible for paying their Illinois Sales Tax. CTSS will provide the appropriate form to each vendor along with useful information and instruction.
Is the Show handicap accessible?
Absolutely so! The host hotel, Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, is ADA compliant, including exhibit areas and designated sleeping rooms. Please let the Hyatt or CTSS know your specific needs. We are anxious to accommodate you.
What is available for noncollectors to do during the Show?
Downtown Chicago with its many attractions and sites is accessible from Schaumburg, the site of the Chicago Toy Soldier Show. There are also many options for Show visitors in the immediate neighborhood of the Show site. Woodfield Mall and Streets of Woodfield are across Golf Road from the Hyatt. CTSS provides visitor information to contract holders in registration packets.
What will I see at the Chicago Toy Soldier Show?
You will see one of the widest representations of the toy-soldier-collecting hobby in the world. There are antique and vintage soldiers and related toys made of metal, plastic, composition paper, and other media. You will find exquisite model figures that are extremely detailed works of art. You will also find currently made toy figures and related toys. These may be original creations manufactured to be reminiscent of the old toys or, in some cases, produced from the molds that created the original toys. You will find a wide range of prices suitable for every budget. There are also related items such as books, artwork, and military antiques and artifacts.
What is the CTSS policy regarding vendors’ personal information?
The information provided to CTSS is used strictly by us to put on the Chicago Toy Soldier Show.
We do not sell or trade our mailing list or database. We assume that our vendors will allow CTSS to provide their contact information to customers and to recommend them to interested customers. CTSS also provides a list of participating vendors on its website. If vendors do not wish CTSS to make this information available, this preference can be noted on the Vendor Contract.