Happy 80th birthday, Eugene Toy & Hobby

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Eugene Toy & Hobby turns 80 this year. Five generations of the same family have worked there over the course of 80 years.

EUGENE, Ore. - Alan Agerter runs Eugene Toy and Hobby with his children, nephew and his brother Mark.

It's a family affair.

And it's been a family affair since 1933.

"We're not here trying to move on some place else," Agerter said. "We are here for the long run. We want to know our products, We want to know our customers and we want to contribute to the community."

The customers say toys are here to stay.

"I don't think toys will ever go out of business," said Ralph Najera. "We all love toys. I'm 43 years old, and I still love toys!"

"It brings out the kid in all of us," said Pat Sardell as she shopped for her grandson. "All those difficult times, toys give levity to it all."

Agerter called Eugene a "tremendous" town for supporting local business.

"Customers will come in and say: this is what's on our Christmas list, I don't care if you have it or not, get me something similar, I'd rather buy it from you than one of the larger mass merchants," he said.