Well, I had fun on Saturday morning…
I always search Craigslist for nearby yard sales and this week one particular listing caught my eye. It mentioned lots of video game swag. Well, I love swag! So, I targeted that house first, and I’m glad I did. The seller was a really nice guy who used to own a Game Crazy store that is no longer in business, and he had a ton of promotional items and some older video game gear that got my heart rate going.
I arrived at 8:00am and had the place to myself but by 8:10 it was swarming with people, probably 20 other people showed up, but I had first dibs, and I cherry picked as fast as I could. I found some pretty sweet items, such as these posters for $2 each…
…and these Sega CD games still in their original shrinkwrap. They were $10 each, but I will never pass up vintage items that are still sealed. (Plus, it’s Dragon’s Lair for crying out loud!)
I also got this neat vintage Nintendo Donkey Kong Hockey handheld game for $10.
And look, LEGO Batman minifig keychains! A great deal for a buck.
This guy (I wish I could remember his name) had some fun items. I told him that going through his boxes was like looking in my bedroom closet back in 1985. He sold me these Britains soldiers for $2 and I was very tempted by a leather Poison jacket he had custom made back in the day, but what would I do with that? (Man, why didn’t I get that jacket! LOL.)
After blowing my wad at the first stop, I hit a bunch of other sales and found some more fun stuff, including a Teddy Ruxpin doll which I only bought because I just listened to the Retroist podcast on the Teddy Ruxpin mythos last week. It was $5 and came with three tapes so I should be able to make a little profit on it.
Okay, who’s up for some shots out of Freddy Krueger’s head? Seriously, the first person who wants them gets them (Add a comment below). Those things give me the creeps. I found a few Takara GoBots, a bendable Hulk Hogan, a GI Joe figure, and a Fisher Price alien figure…
… and then I found this cute fellow. At first I thought it was a cave troll from the Lord of the Rings but it’s actually Jabba’s Rancor beast from Star Wars. This guy is big, and ugly–two of my favorite qualities in a toy, and he was mine for $5.
Anyone want to identify this transforming dragon robot, or that purple guy in the back? Hey look, I found another King Kong, and it roars!
Here’s a Darth Vader playset and a mug along with a Cap’n Crunch cereal promo toy (you have to look through all those boxes, kids! There’s gold at the bottom.)
This was an incredibly fun day for me. As you may know, I collect movie posters, so finding all those video game posters was pretty great. They’re not too hot of a commodity these days, but I’m willing to store these and wait to see if they become a “collectible of tomorrow.”
So, that’s how I did. How did you do this weekend? And who wants to do some shots?