Raise your hand if you can (or do) spend hours roaming the aisles of toy and/or collectibles stores. 🖐
There’s something to be said for perusing shelf after shelf for that coveted item or something totally new that will knock your socks off.
Chances are there’s such a place nearby that you frequent often. A place where you can eschew the madness of big box stores and slip deep into your fandom.
We’re talking about trading card stores, Funko consignment depots and more. Mom and Pop shops, to be exact.
Check out our visit with our friends at “Out The Box” in Thornton, Colorado.
Mom and Pop shops are vital to the collecting industry and are responsible for the start of so many collections and passions.
So which shop can you Pop! until you drop? We want to know your favorite Mom & Pop! shops so that we can highlight them on the hobbyDB blog.
Better yet, do you own a Mom & Pop shop? We’d love to hear from you! If you’d like to be showcased, message us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll start you off with our questionnaire!
My first shop that I found when I started collecting Funko Pops is The Collector’s Cave at Bellevue Beer! They’re a great Pop shop (that also sells Pokemon Cards) in the back of a Beer Distributor in Pittsburgh, PA. To my knowledge, they’re still the only independent shop (not a chain like Target/Hot Topic/Gamestop) in the area that has a contract with Funko, so they’re always getting new stuff in! They also have a loyalty program that offers discounts and other benefits for customers! If you’re in the area, you should definitely look them up!
Thanks Chris! Will definitely give them a look! Beer and Pops!? What’s not to love?
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