Tag Archive | Lost Hobby Shops

The era of the vintage hobby shop find

For many years, I used to go hunting for vintage R/C goodies at old Hobby Shops. Digging for leftover stock, and lost bits of memorabilia – both at stores in Australia, and sometimes overseas.

But as Hobby Shops suffer under the downturn of retail caused by online shopping, many of the oldest (and most interesting) stores have closed for good. So perhaps the time has come to reminisce not just about the R/C cars of the 1980s, but the joy of finding vintage R/C treasures in the years that followed…

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Photos of Hobby Shops in the 1980s

Model Engines Hobby Shop, Richmond, Melbourne, Australia in 1987

Horizon advertisement, USA, 1989Remember 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 photos of hobby shops from their heyday in the 1980s – or earlier. Nevertheless, here’s a selection that is sure to make you wish you could travel back in time.

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Lost Hobby Shops: Yennora Hobbies – Part 2

Yennora Hobbies

Yennora Hobbies

After my original article about the lost Sydney hobby shop “Yennora Hobbies”, R/C Memories was contacted by Yennora Hobbies’ former owner and co-founder Brent Fox, who ran the store for almost 30 years.

Brent kindly offered to share some of his memories and even some old photographs of the store.

So it’s been my pleasure to put together a little “part 2” of the Yennora Hobbies story…

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Lost Hobby Shops: ZIGZAG

Zig Zag

Zig Zag

ZIGZAG was a chain of toy stores that existed in Australia from sometime in the 1980s through until, well, probably sometime in the 1990s. Google them now and it’s like they never existed. Yet back in the day, they seemed to be great little toy shops.

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