Photo 14-06-13 11 47 34 AM

Latest treasures and a big clean out


Had a big clean out of items that have been sitting around gathering dust, or that I collected on my trip with the family up to Byron Bay in May. We found many good op shops, tip shops, junk shops and even a whole town garage sale in Dunoon NSW which was amazing.

I hope there is something here you like, all items are currently for sale in the Ebay store

Photo 22-03-13 10 19 40 AM

Latest Retro Finds and Sales


Hi All,

Just a quick update on some of the items that I have found and sold over the past month. I have had some chance to do some op shop and garage sale hunting and turned up a few interesting items.  The 1980′s Ninja turtles curtains were unexpected, as were the vintage Game of Life and Squatter board games.

Sadly the Sanyo Hair Curler system does not work.  Its all about honing your hunting skills and looking for those rare peices that others have overlooked.



Used Video Games – Great Playstation 2 Deals


I was lucky enough to score myself a Playstation 2 at Bondi Rd St Vinnies while on holiday up in Sydney. I have had my eye on a Playstation 2 for quite a while, having never owned one when they were new in the stores. I looked on Gumtree and Ebay but never quite got to the right deal on time. This one was at a very good price, and they even gave me a limited warranty if it didn’t work.

I was after a Playstation 2 as they are at that point of the secondhand curve where they are just obsolete, so people think that they are worthless. This is the time to buy up big (no matter what you are collecting). In this period, you can pick up games for $1 or $2 at op shops and garage sales, and pay low prices for large bulk lots. Everyone needs to free up space for their PS3 or WiiU game collections, and the PS2 games are donated or given away for a low price.


I just wish that I had the foresight for this when the Nintendo 64 went through this phase (the gamecube is still in it for some items). Once items go through this discard phase, they start to become rare and collectable. They are “retro games” (or fashion / music / toys depending on what you are collecting) and the prices start to increase over time dependent on the rarity and condition of the item.


So right now is the time to hunt around second hand places for PS2 games. As they are CD based they might not become as collectable as the cartridge based systems, but they are still great games.


Having come from the Wii, the graphics of the games are fantastic and the controller is novel and brings me back to my N64 days. I really think that although technology is pushing gaming further, there have been so many games released for a system like the PS2 that you could play an almost inexhaustible supply of them and not run out of games to play. People should not get stuck in the cycle of always having the newest things, and look at the resources that have already been created to fill all of their needs, including entertainment. Being caught up on “having to have the latest thing” makes you an easy target for commercialisation, no matter what your interest or taste.



I don’t spend anywhere near enough time gaming to warrant me spending $80 on the newest game title. Families with kids as well should look at getting second hand systems like this, as it is a great way to have an instant collection of games that they will love, and not have you forking out dollars to get the newest game.


Some of this weeks finds


I have recently become aware of how collectable certain “clamshell” case VHS tapes are.

These are generally the tapes that you found at the video store, and they are made of thin plastic which snaps together and seals the cassette inside.
In later years, harder plastic cases were introduced.

Today I had some nice finds, an original Mad Max clamshell case in good condition, a Sleeping Beauty in fair condition and a few cool Sci Fi novels, one by Robert Heinlein and another by Poul Anderson, who wrote some great pulp Sci Fi (with cool covers).



Dino-Riders Figures – Ebay Market Watch


As I have studied the completed items listing on Ebay over the last few weeks, one category of toys has really stood out for me in terms of high selling price combined with overall coolness. These toys are Dino Riders, and come from the 1988  animated series by Tyco and Croner of which there were 3 seasons in total

I myself did not have any of the toys or shows, and they had fallen off my radar until recently as they are quite rare toys to find at garage sales etc. here in Australia.

A VHS of the first season did come my way a few weeks back, and I am currently selling this on ebay

I think it was a show that only had limited showing here in Australia on commercial tv at the tome ( maybe very early Saturday morning on Channel 9) so that may have limited the number of kids that were into it, and as a result the number of toys sold here in Australia. This factor has made them quite collectable, in addition to the unique figures / vehicles and dinosaur combinations.

Currently the double packs of Figurines (The bad guys are caled the Rulons the good guys were called the Valorians) are selling for around $15. Most of the sellers are in the US, although there are more Austalian sellers coming onto the market as the sale prices are increasing.

Having futuristic  weapons and other gear mounted to dinosaurs was and still is unique, so these toys are sort after. Dino Riders are also one category of toys where you see a large number of MIB (mint in box) listings on EBay. I suspect this was due to them being high priced items ( the toys are large and motorised) and a lot of them were not sold to kids, but instead picked up by collectors at a reduced price on sale.

Mint in Box models of figures such as Edmontonia and Saurolophas selling in excess fo $300 consistantly

Welcome To Cool Finds


Welcome to Cool Finds, my blog and place to share the retro finds that I uncover on my travels.

I am an avid collector and enthusiast of wide variety of things, and can be found scouring the op shops, garage sales, second-hand stores and the occasional hard rubbish pile in order to find my next piece of dusty gold. I live in the Dandenong Ranges, near Melbourne with my beautiful wife and family.

Some of my biggest areas of interest are.


  • Vintage guitar gear – pedals, fender guitars
  • retro gaming equipment – Nintendo – Sega – Intellivision – 80′s PC Games
  • Hand held games – Nintendo game and watch, namco
  • 80′s horror movie gear – VHS, posters
  • Deco and retro furniture
  • Cool and Well designed electronics – Tv’s, radios, computers
  • All types of music collectables – “grunge” era, Australian, progressive rock, synth music
  • Action figures & toys
  • Marvel Comics
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy Novels and Art – Phillip K Dick, Piers Anthony, Terry Pratchett
  • Old Horror Fiction – Richard Layman – 70′s Pulp – Stephen King
  • Role Playing Games – Rifts / Palladium, D&D rule sets and modules
  • Boardgames – Talisman, Shogun, Risk, Large Scale Wargames, Dungeonquest, Space Hulk, Heroquest


I am constantly amazed at the items I find in the most unlikely places. Cool gear such as Nintendo Entertainment Systems from the mid 80′s on hard rubbish. I will have the Cool Finds online store setup soon in order to share with you some of the unique items that I come across and are selling.

Go to Top