I always loved going to thrift shops (second-hand shops as we call them in Australia). I used to go hunting quite a bit and stopped as I wasn’t having any luck finding cool items. However lately my luck has changed.
Recently I decided to go on the hunt again in hopes to come across a few old video games. I never have luck when it comes to games because so many people now go out looking for retro items and the stores now know that these items are worth quite a bit so if they do get some donated, they put the prices up. However my luck changed when I stumbled across the first Sonic the Hedgehog and Altered Beast for the Sega Megadrive for $5 each. I never owned a Sega Megadrive nor played one in my life so it was cool to find these. We did however purchase the mini HD Sega Megadrive last year and that has the capability to play original cartridges. My boyfriend grew up with a Sega Megadrive so it was also nice to give him a piece of nostalgia.
The same day I stumbled across these amazing pieces. I am a HUGE Winnie the Pooh fan and have been since as long as I can remember. I was browsing through the bookshelves in a local “Salvos” store (Salvation Army second-hand store) when found this gorgeous 1929, Eighth Edition of A.A. Milne’s “Winnie the Pooh”. Next to it I found a 1965 paperback edition of the same story. These pieces are so antique and so beautiful and I honestly couldn’t believe my luck. They have some minor wear and tear but considering how old they are, they are both in such good condition. For someone like me who has loved Pooh Bear for many, many years, it was really special to me to have found these books. I paid $3.50 AUD for the green 1929 version and 50cents for the paperback version – extremely cheap!
A week later I decided to go to another big local second-hand store called “Savers” in hopes to find some retro Pokémon items. I took my little brother along with me. I didn’t think I would find much since Pokémon has such a massive fan base and retro items of such always sell very fast. However, the moment we set foot in the door and walked down to the book section, we stumbled across a bunch of old school 90’s Pokémon VHS tapes for $2.50 AUD each (SO CHEAP!!!!). I was ecstatic because I had never seen these before – my parents never bought Pokémon movies and toys for me so it was amazing to see some VHS tapes in person.
The tapes I found were:
- Pokémon: The First Movie
- Pokémon 2000
- Pokémon Episode 1 – I Choose You! Pikachu
- Pokémon Episode 6 – Seaside Pikachu
- Pokémon Episode 8 – Primeape Problems
- Pokémon Episode 10 – Fighting Tournament
- Pokémon Episode 16 – Totally Togepi
Once we found the tapes, we kept walking to the children’s book section where we searched through the hundreds of books and found some Pokémon children’s story books and an old game guide for Heart Gold and Soul Silver on DS – which I was so shocked to see. The books were $2.50 AUD each. It was a successful hunting day.
Fast forward another week to today when I decided again to go to the same “Savers” store. To my luck I found more old school books which included an old Sonic the Hedgehog book, 2 Digimon books, an old Powerpuff Girls book (I am a huge PPG fan as well so this was a nice little find), a Simpsons comic book and a Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas novel. All these books were $2.50 AUD each. Over in the toy section hidden behind a bunch of silly toys was a little bag containing this old Pikachu plush and a Pansage plush for $3.00 AUD. I am not sure how old these plushies are but Pikachu in particular looks to be of a possible early 2000’s age. Again, a decent find so I was pretty happy.
After my success in finding these items, it has made me want to continue my hunting again. I love coming across old retro/pop culture items because a lot of the stuff I find is stuff I enjoy now that I am older and stuff I didn’t have as a child. These items are nice to have sit on my shelf and hopefully I can hand down to my children one day.
Collecting is like an addiction – it’s very hard to stop.