Bring Good Home with thrifter’s vintage toys from childhood

Jerry Melvin’s basement is a testament to his love of vintage toys.

With everything from posters of Transformers to Pac-Man characters, the glass cases and bookshelves are filled from top to bottom with the collectible toys that are carefully displayed and lovingly cared for.

It’s all a tribute to his childhood and the happy memories he had playing with these favorites.

Many of the vintage toys the Rothschild dad has found at Goodwill, like Skeletor, the classic Saturday morning villain from Masters of the Universe. The cartoon character was the stuff his summer days and weekends were made of.

“When I was a child, this was my favorite toy. I had misplaced it over the years and recently shopping at Goodwill, I saw it and I was 8 years old all over again.”

About Goodwill: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2017 helped improve the lives of more than 70,000 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. Goodwill NCW is one of four companies in the nation to be honored with a Platinum Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America, which recognizes our commitment to wellness in the workplace. The organization includes 27 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, 24 human services programs, a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store, plus online shopping at, a women’s apparel website, and It offers four Donation Express sites and 10 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Cities. Goodwill NCW is a Platinum Level member of, the world’s largest source of nonprofit organization information. Visit


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