An idea not to be shelved.

While I’m given to complain at length about the meagre offerings of op-shops when it comes to retro gaming stuff, they remain a positively treasured resource for something related to the hobby; shelves! If you’re looking for a cheap way to add more shelf space for your beloved consoles, games or accessories, you can’t go past the local op-shop.

Almost all op-shops have a furniture section and you’ll find a lot of the stuff on offer consists of bookshelves or entertainment units, perfect for the storage and display of consoles. These units are also crazy cheap, you can walk away with mammoth sized shelves for only a few dollars.

While it might be nice in theory to imagine all your shelves the same size, shape and colour there is actually something to be said for the eclectic hodgepodge  feel of combining mismatched shelves from op-shops.  If you don’t believe me, take a look at some of the pics of my collection, the various different sizes and shapes of shelf lend perfectly to the vintage feel.  There’s something that little bit warmer about the whole display.  If you’re lucky, you might even happen upon those awesome 70s style cabinets that have the built in lighting, ready and waiting to be used to show off your treasured Famicom or Jaguar.


5 Responses to An idea not to be shelved.

  1. I never thought of hitting up op shops for storage… great idea though! My current setup inherits a handful of reliable Ikea “Billy” 40cm-wide bookcases and the old entertainment unit we used to use until we moved into our current place. New house = new furniture for the lounge (along with upgrading the old CRT, so that was also relegated for retro gaming), so all the old stuff went into the nerd room. Helped take care of the impending storage issue I was going to have with all the retro stuff, and my wife was happy she got to buy new furniture for the lounge. Everybody wins!

  2. Mick says:

    Totally agree with you on the poor offerings of retro gear in op-shops!

  3. Sean says:

    I love shelves. Just love ’em. The best of my Famicom collection is currently stored on dish drying racks jerry-rigged as a video game shelving unit. I love the eclectic look too.

    • amiga4eva says:

      Sean, I must admit your Famicom collection shelved is one of the most beautiful things I have ever laid eyes upon 🙂

      • I hadn’t found that post on Sean’s blog until it was mentioned here – they look fantastic, definitely better than my current dodgy “stack ’em” solution I’m currently employing 😛

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