tin robots!), and instead look for the
dusty corners for the real deals.
Return every month or so, because
the stock changes constantly.
Though perhaps obvious, it’s
worth repeating here: Garage sales
and thrift stores are ideal sources for
low-cost goodies. Just know that for
every 10 or 20 stops, you may find
only one gem. The condition may or
may not be great, but for a buck or
two you can sometimes find even rare
toys, magazines, or books discarded
by someone who didn’t know their
value. I once found a 35 mm trailer of
the movie Silent Running at a thrift
shop (technically these are not supposed to be resold, but you can often
find them on eBay and other sources).
I didn’t buy it at the time.
Unbelievable as it was, I didn’t
have the $2 in cash they were asking!
They wouldn’t take a credit card or a
check. The next day when I returned
with the cash, it had been sold. The
moral: Shop early, shop often, and
Finally, be on the lookout for
special sales events, like store closings,
estate sales (monitor the local
newspaper for these), school and
church rummage sales, and auctions.
Often, the best deals come from
sources you least expect.
UK-based online retailer of
collectable items, including tin toy
(as in robot) reproductions. Look in
the Tin Toy Robots and Retro Toys
Repro poster prints of magazine
(such as Amazing Stories) covers.
Most covers available in various sizes,
with different finishes for framing.
Motion Picture Arts Gallery
Original movie posters, lobby
cards, and other movie-related art.
Example offer: $125 for an original
“near-mint” condition one-sheet for
the 1972 movie Silent Running.
Online retailer specializing in
robot toys, robotics collectables,
videos, and books.
Nuts & Volts Webstore
Online retailing division from the
publisher of SERVO and Nuts & Volts
magazines. Offers the latest,
best-selling books on robotics —
Offers to buy, sell, and trade new
and used DVDs. Pretty strict policies
regarding scratches and blemishes on
the DVDs, so you can be assured of
getting a disc that will play.
New editions of vintage movies
and television programs on DVD.
Wicked Cool Stuff
Online novelty retailer, with the
occasional robot retro and sci-fi
themes. Among the several Web
retailers offering the life size Lost In
Space standee, for example.
Wound and Wound Toy Company
Small selection of reproduction tin
robot windup toys. SV
Robotoys.com has a large selection of robotic toys, books, and videos.
Here are some online sources for
finding collectable books, magazines,
videos, toys, and other robotic items.
Sellers of new books, videos,
posters, and other merchandise; also
provides seller-to-buyer services via
Autograph Movie Posters
Dealers in autographed posters
and related movie art. Can be very
expensive, so save up your nickels.
Online auction services for
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