How The Charleston Toy Box Came To Be

Many people have asked “How did you come up with the idea of creating the Charleston Toy Box?” Great question!  The answer goes back a few decades and reflects our love of cars.

When I was 16 my dad and I bought a 1966 Ford Thunderbird for $35.00. It had been in an accident and the front end was all smashed in and my father said, “we’re going to spend the summer rebuilding this and then you;’ll now so much about cars that you’ll never have to pay anyone to work on yours in your lifetime”.  Guess neither of us saw the age of computerization in engines coming.  We spent the summer tearing down the engine, rebuilding the front end, rewiring everything and painting it candy apple red. painting.  It was the summer to make dreams come true. I for one fell in love with that car and to this day remember fondly the time I spent with my father, even the cursing and broken knuckles from engine work.

1966 Thunderbird

My wife, partner and co-founder of the Toy Box started her car loving experience with a 1966 Dodge Coronet. She had the option of choosing between the Coronet and a Lincoln Continental with suicide doors.  Her father told here the electric windows in the Lincoln would probably break down and so she went for the Dodge.  She bought the Coronet for $150 and her aunt still had the factory plastic warp on the back seat! SUSIE STORY HERE…….

Throughout both our lives we had an affinity for classic cars, owned a few, traveled to many shows, shared and heard many stories and currently own a 1963 Corvair (the first car Susie ever drove) and we’re rebuilding a 1979 International Harvester Scout II.  We have 2 other BMW daily drivers and our garage is not quite big enough to hold everything. So, we started looking into storage for vehicles and decided that renting storage would be a huge waste of money.  All cash laid out monthly for no return and a guarantee that rates would rise with the economy or at the landlords whim.