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.