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Hobby Shops Are Cool

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One of the side benefits of being a boardgamer is that many "game stores" are actually hobby shops, with games being only a small part of what they sell. Going to the "game store" means you also get to browse around and look at all the other strange and interesting things the store carries. Eventually, you come to realize that you can name pretty much anything, and there is a group of people that are "into" it, and therefore some company somewhere manufacturing it, and you can probably find it at the hobby shop. 

In December we needed rare earth magnets small enough to fit in a sewing machine bobbin. I took the bobbin to the hobby shop. Walked up to the counter and asked. The sales clerk immediately pulled a small ziplock bag from behind the counter and said, "Try these."

This week the Spawn came home with a seemingly impossible task - build a model of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. "How am I going to make all those statues, and a chariot?" she whined.

I took a closer look at the picture in her hand. It looked like what she needed was a couple dozen spear carriers, some dudes on horses, a chariot drawn by four horses, some columns, and maybe a bunch of lions. Fortunately for her, her mom spends far to much time at the hobby shop, and knows that when it comes to anything regarding military history, there is someone who is into it. Although finding Persian dudes seemed like it might be a long shot, I assured the Spawn that we could certainly find some ancient looking little dudes at the hobby shop.

So today I go the hobby shop, expecting to come home with maybe some Roman dudes. I tell the clerk that I'm looking for Persian soldiers, expecting that he won't actually have any, but will possibly point me in the direction of some ancient type soldiers and chariots. 

The sales clerk responds, "Infantry or cavalry?"

"Both," I answer.

"Light or heavy cavalry?"

"Which looks cooler?"


"I'll take the heavy. I also need a chariot."

"Hmm. Looks like we are all out of chariots, except for one Egyptian."

"I'll take it. How's about lions."

"There's a lion in the zoo and the circus set." 

"I need like eight lions."

"You'd have to buy eight sets."

"I'll pass on that. How's about columns."

"No, but the cake decorating store has them."

"That's it I guess."

"Do you need glue?"

"Yeah. I do."

He hands me some glue.

"These are going to be put together by my 12 year old."

He reconsiders, and hands me a different tube.

"Just how much of a mess is this going to make," I ask?

Another shopper who has over heard our conversation answers, "Just put some on a post it note, and the little guy can apply it with a toothpick."

"Gal," the sales person says.

"Hmm?" says the shopper.

"She has a little gal, not a little guy," the clerk tells him.

"Not so little anymore," a different clerk adds, "Looked like she was taller than you last time you were here."

When the staff remember the gender and height of my Spawn, maybe it means I really do spend far too much time at the hobby shop. Or maybe it's just another cool thing about the local hobby shop, along with the strange stuff, and the friendly, helpful hobbyists who shop there.

There Will Be Games
Shellie "ubarose" Rose  (She/Her)
Managing Editor & Web Admin

Plays boardgames. Drinks bourbon. Writes code.

Articles by Shellie


Shellie "ubarose" Rose
Managing Editor & Web Admin

Articles by Shellie


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