Classic Pleasures: Vinyl, Video Games, Comics

Classic pleasures never die. They just end up sitting in cool little stores, waiting for you to find them.

Vintage video games

Vinyl - Eclipse Records

Hymie’s, Cheapo, and Electric Fetus may have larger collections, but vinyl hunters in the know make regular trips to Eclipse Records in St. Paul. There, an eclectic, ever-evolving selection of classic and indie rock, R&B, jazz, blues, and new vinyl awaits in a store that’s just the right size for an hour or two of intense browsing.

381 N. Wabasha St., St. Paul, 651-224-2500, eclipse651.com


Video Games - Cedar Cliff Collectibles

Eager to fire up an old console and reminisce with some Blaster Master or Castlevania, or maybe go way back and dig into a little Zaxxon? There’s no guarantee you’ll find them at Cedar Cliff, but you’re bound to find something worth trying in this extensive selection of vintage video games for the storied consoles of yore. It has comics, cards, toys, graphic novels, and more.

1960 Cliff Lake Rd., Eagan, 651-454-3400, cedarcliffcollectibles.com


Comics - Comic Book College

If you’re serious about collecting comics—that is, really serious—you need to graduate to Comic Book College, where you’ll find thousands of issues of every comic imaginable from every publisher who ever inked a superhero. New comics arrive every Wednesday, and if you’re into new comics, it has those, too.

3145 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-822-2309, comicbookcollege.com


The Experts

When it comes to finding vintage gems and decorating with them, these locals know their stuff.

Vintage stores

Vintage

Quirky, independent stores chock full of interesting pieces, from furniture to barware. Go straight to the good stuff with our list of shops.

MidNorth Mercantile

Estate Sales

No time to sift through antique stores? Go straight to the source with our expert tips.

Antiques

Antiques

Mix periods and influences when you decorate by shopping at these carefully curated antique stores.

Pop-Ups and Events

Some of the best local vintage resources don’t even have a permanent address. Here’s how to find them.

Salvage

Some of the best salvage resources in the country are located in the Twin Cities.

Hunt & Gather

Make-a-Day-of-It: Shop By Neighborhood

Explore a different part of town—and find a wealth of antique stores—with our neighborhood guides.

At Home with Nate Berkus

The interior design guru explains how his Minnesota upbringing influences his global style—and shares his antiquing secrets.

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