A late follow-up to a couple of articles I wrote a long time ago… I finally have a photo showing the R/C stock inside of one of my favourite, lost childhood hobby stores: Yennora Hobbies in Sydney.
Category: Hobby Shops
Lockdown… but an upturn for hobbies?
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.
Lost Hobby Shops: Toyworld
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.
The era of the vintage hobby shop find
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.
Lost Hobby Shops: Dick Smith Electronics
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
Christmas shopping at Tandy in the 1980s
Christmas shopping in Australia back in the 1980s meant summertime, heatwaves, flies, Westfield shopping centres, the hope that Santa had received my letter, and last
Lost Hobby Shops: Toy & Novelty
A small toy shop chain from Queensland, Australia that is all but forgotten – “Toy & Novelty” had three locations in the mid 1980s. Here’s
Photos of Hobby Shops in the 1980s
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
Lost Hobby Shops: Uncle Pete’s Toys
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
Lost Hobby Shops: Tandy Electronics at Christmas
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.
Lost Hobby Shops: Yennora Hobbies – Part 2
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.
Lost Hobby Shops: ZIGZAG
ZIGZAG was a chain of toy stores that existed in Australia from the 1980s through until sometime in the 1990s. They seemed to be great little toy shops.
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