Bobzbay is a secondhand store located on Main Street in Bloomington that sells books, media, electronics and other merchandise. “The only things we don’t sell are guns or weapons,” owner Shane Vogeo said. The store started four years ago with Vogeo and his friend and has had all kinds of items come in since then. The store buys and sells merchandise with the majority of those items being books, but video games are also on high demand. Customers can also find DVDs, VHS tapes and even records. Additionally, there are older stereo systems and instruments, such as guitars, for sale. Jewelry, toys, figurines and clothes are also up-for-grabs at Bobzbay. A person could find literally anything in this store.
Gryfalia’s Aerie is the only game store in town, according to the owner Ken Roth. It offers card games, board games and role-playing games, mainly with fantasy themes. The most popular game sold is Magic the Gathering. Tournaments for this game and others are held throughout the week. Other popular games include Settlers of Catan and Warhammer. Dungeons & Dragons Encounters can also be played inside the store. The games range from $10 to $150. Located on Main Street in Downtown Bloomington, Gryfalia’s Aerie is a great place for avid gamers to compete or just play for fun. Visit the store’s website at gryfaliasaerie.com for more information.
Collectible Corner buys, sells and trades different sports and gaming cards. The most popular card game is Magic the Gathering, but there is a high demand for baseball cards as well. Sales are fairly uncommon due to the regular deals that are offered. Cards can cost anywhere from 10 cents to several hundred dollars for older or autographed cards. Aside from cards, Collectible Corner also sells sports- and game-themed memorabilia. It also features an eBay website to help make shopping easier. The store, located on Susan Drive near Meijer in Normal, opened over a year ago and has seen a lot of business since then. People are encouraged to come in, trade their cards and take a look at what else Collectible Corner has to offer.
Acme Comics is a wacky store found in Uptown Normal. It features a mannequin sitting outside and one waiting to greet customers as they walk in. The store offers all types of comics, books, games and pop culture kitsch. Most of the comics and merchandise are superhero-related, which seems to be the theme of the store. There is a big sale of back stock at the end of the year where customers can purchase older issues of comics for 50 percent off. Customers can find board games, older game systems and video games, posters and action figures as well. Acme Comics opened 20 years ago at the same location and is now solely owned by Jim Schifeling. Visit its website at acmecomics.net.