Welcome, Internet traveler, to This Yard Has Saled, the column where I discuss the adventures and difficulties associated with my long-time hobby of videogame collecting!
Yes, that’s right. In addition to playing them, living them, loving them, and needing them, I threw the gloves off ten years ago and entered the difficult and expensive world of collecting videogames. Many collectors have their preferences, and I like to imagine that I have mine as well; it just so happens that my preferences sound more like the words “anything videogame-related” than I care to admit.
In this column, while I intend to showcase some of the places I’ve been, interesting things I’ve come across, and people I’ve met while collecting, this doesn’t guarantee that I’ll always be talking about the namesake of this column: yard sales. I absolutely visit yard and estate sales as much as the next crazy collector, and you will absolutely be hearing about them, but sometimes circumstances prevent my attendance, like weather, sickness, or a lack of sales in my area. But that won’t stop me from looking for deals in the wild! There are still buy/sell/trade groups on social media (of which I heavily take advantage), friends and family who either give or sell me things, flea markets and antique stores, and (when I’ve really hit rock bottom) secondhand retail stores—so the influx of games never ends!
Moving forward, I want this column to be up-to-date; I intend to catalog pickups month by month, which I already do with plenty of profanity on my YouTube channel, although without going into much detail; instead I focus on the pickups themselves rather than my thoughts, the adventures, the people, and the discussions. If you’ve ever watched an episode of The Game Chasers, you can expect this column to be a readable version of a show in the same vein, and I also intend to supplement each story and recollection with plenty of photos, videos, and dumb antics.
Along the way, expect to become good friends with my best buds and collecting companions, Joe and Dustin, who usually accompany me on my adventures, and who make getting up early on a Saturday morning thirty thousand times more worth it.
To hold you over until the premier November 2018 installment, here are some highlights from my hobby up until now. All people photographed, videotaped, or mentioned by name have given me their permission to do so.
Getting a selfie taken of me by Game Dave at RetroWorld Expo 2018.
Getting to meet Super Thrash Bros. at the Long Island Retro Gaming Expo 2018.
Not to sound like an old-timey radio announcer, but stay tuned into GameCola for more pickups and adventures, with real details and stories! It’s coming incredibly (and I do mean incredibly) soon! You have my word!