So, here’s one of those stories that’s just too amazing to make up. The other day, someone made an offer on one of my vintage G.I. Joe items that I had in my eBay store. It was a little lower than I wanted, but their user name looked like the name of someone I know. And when I looked at the zipcode they were from and it was the same as mine, I knew it had to be him. So, I accepted the offer. He’s the son of a family friend and a fellow skateboarder after all.
After receiving the payment, I reached out on Facebook and I arranged to deliver the items, since he literally lived really close by. (For anybody taking notes, the item that I sold was the Cobra Hydrofoil with the original box.) So, yesterday morning, I headed to his house with the box containing parts of my childhood. As we haven’t seen each other in years, we got talking about all sorts of things, including toys, our families, and of course, skateboarding.
He was a regular at the same skateshop that I was sponsored by in the late 90’s. A couple of times while we were talking, he mentioned that he had some old skateboards and I should check them out. I was really busy yesterday, so I told him that I’d come back another time. But as we talked a little more, he encouraged me to check out his collection again and so I gave in. And all I can say is HOLY. FREAKIN’. CRAP!
This dude didn’t just have “some old skateboards.” He had one of the most insane 1980’s-90’s skateboard and merchandise collections that I’ve ever seen. This photo is just some of it. And it didn’t just stop with skateboarding. He had toys, games, cars, signs, a Nintendo NES in the box, an unopened box of Elvis trading cards, you name it. And that bike I’m sitting on? It’s almost the exact same one that I had growing up in the 80’s! It was ridiculous!
This was like one of those stories that you read about in magazines or see on TV, where somebody stumbles upon a goldmine of a comic book or baseball card collection. But this one was about toys and skateboards. And this story happened to me!
What I really appreciated about the situation is that this wasn’t just stuff that he bought new and saved for years. These were items from yard sales, thrift stores, eBay, but most of the items were found in houses where he was doing renovation work. And a lot of that stuff was just going to be tossed out. So, instead of just seeing it go to the landfill, he’s keeping it for people to see, as he has it all nicely displayed and not just hording it all in a basement.
Well, I’m still recovering from my excitement shock, but I’m hoping that this is the beginning of a new friendship. Not only do I want to go back and gawk at all of his stuff, but we realized how much we share a passion for keeping things alive. Oh, and one more thing. He’s an art teacher at a local school, so the plans are already in the works for me to come in and lead a reuse workshop. Yep.
Well, all I can say is, man am I glad I accepted his low offer! Haha.
Have a good one..