Vintage Games & NerdCon - 255

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An interview with Mike, owner of Vintage Games and Junque. We are talking about the upcoming Steel City NerdCon being held this July 2 at the Bushplane Museum in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Mike and his wife Beth have been in the pop culture business for about 7 years. Approximately 5 years ago they decided the town needed some excitement. They organized the first NerdCon and held it in the back of their building. It was a huge success. With the exception of Covid, there has been an event every year since. Vendors come from all over Ontario to sell their items. This year there are people coming from Quebec. The event gets bigger and better each year.

Usually NerdCon is held in September or October. To try something new, the Vintage Games crew decided to try a summer event. They don't know how it's going to go over, especially because it's the Canada Day long weekend. However, the event is occurring at the same time as Poutine Fest. Multiple poutine vendors will be selling their delicious food only a block from the NerdCon space. Cross promotion is on everyone's mind.

Also in this little chat, Mike talks about his store. Vintage Games and Junque started out in a 400 square foot space. They next year they expanded into an 800 square foot location. For the past 5 years they have been at their current 3500 square foot building at 165 Queen Street East.

Mike describes the shop as a really expensive thrift store. Yet, walking in, it does not have that thrift store feel. You can see how everything is curated and placed with care. Items range from antiques, video games and comics to classic toys, comic books, signs and so much more.

Find Mike and Vintage games on all the social media sites by searching Vintage Games and Junque.

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