A lot of Toyworld businesses are still going strong, but many of the stores in Sydney suburbs and towns have closed up over the years. Including where I grew up.
It’s a curious fact that the tragic COVID-19 pandemic has triggered some tiny silver linings in unexpected areas of business. And one of those might be hobbies – and hobby stores.
There aren’t many old hobby shops around anymore. And visiting those stores used to be fun, especially if you were lucky enough to find old stock.
This month, Australia loses another “hobby” store when Dick Smith Electronics shuts it’s doors for good, after 48 years. I really enjoyed visiting DSE stores
A small toy shop chain from Queensland, Australia that is all but forgotten – “Toy & Novelty” had three locations in the mid 1980s. Here’s
Being a collector means riding a roller coaster of exciting highs and tragic lows. Some YouTube stars now make collectibles come to them – for free! While others (like me) still trudge across the barren wastelands of Fantasia (eBay) like Atreyu on a hero’s quest…
In the 1980s, Uncle Pete’s Toys was the toy shop that every kid who lived around Sydney wanted to visit. While a few smaller Uncle
Remember the days of the local Hobby Shop? Not only are there far fewer hobby shops around now, but it’s actually quite difficult to find
An icon of the Golden Era of Tamiya R/C modelling, almost unsurpassed in it’s appeal and popularity to this day.
Part two about the lost Sydney hobby shop “Yennora Hobbies”, with information from former owner and co-founder Brent Fox, who ran the store for 30 years.
The last Tandy stores were closed or rebranded quite recently in Australia. But many will remember Tandy as the place they got their first R/C car.
2016 marks the 30th Anniversary of the release of the Jet Hopper worldwide. Let’s enjoy some memories of the Jet Hopper as it was “Down Under”, in Australia.