Today, I had time to ponder a question. What do you want your hobby store to be?
Do you want to find it in your shopping mall, in a dark corner of a subway concourse, in a suburban strip mall, or tucked away in an industrial section of town. I can find hobby shops in all of these places in the metropolitan Toronto area. Prices seem to be cheaper in the industrial area, but less convenient to get to, and somewhat dark.
Do you want it to cover the full diversity of hobbies, or do you want it specialized? I prefer the specialized stores, even though they tend to be somewhat overwhelming in nature. I think I just prefer the directness of the advice rather than the some general knowledge.
What made me ponder this question. Today I went to a hobby store that I hadn’t been to in many years. They have moved shop from a bigger location or they shrunk from two stores to one. I am not sure and I don’t want to speculate. They have a lot of stuff crammed into the one store and it got me thinking.
They had trains (HO and N) model kits (gundam, cars, military) RC (boats, planes, and cars in multiple scales). and rocket kits. Of course they had paint, glue, tools, fuel, spare parts, balsa wood, and even a few jigsaw puzzles. Really, a lot of stuff…just nothing I was looking for today except some paint.
It was still fun to wander around the aisles and ponder what I could do next…if I didn’t have so many projects and hobbies to do next.