Tuesday, March 22, 2011

South of Seattle Vintage Electronic Hunt

Here is a list of a few places where you can go to find vintage consoles and computers in South Seattle.

the Southern one (and my favorite) is Re-PC.

Re-PC is a well known Seattle firm specialized in older PC parts. if you ever want to find a SoundBlaster or an AGP video card, go there, you'll get one, cheap.  They get their stuff from people and companies recycling their old bits, and sometimes it is more than an isa SCSII card, it is an old computer that is useless for work, but great for collectors. Out of their 2 shops (See below for the other one), the Southcenter one is the best one for older machines (I got my Commodore 1702 monitor there one day).  Here what I saw today:

this Geek's Heaven

They have a small museum of computers that they received and (I bet) are not willing to sell, nothing too fancy here
IBM 5150, the first IBM PC

TRS 80, not sure which model (someone ?)

Original MAC circa 1984

Atari 800 XL
On the shelves, I saw:
Commodore PET 8032 for $99

Bunch of monitors for your old computers. Tandy, Commodore  $15-$35

Another Commodore PET 8032 for $99

Ti 99 4/A  beige

Ti 99 4/A Silver

Commodore PET 8032 for 200 (??) and a 2001 for $99

Playstations for $3.....

Heat Computer System machine

There machines marked as as-Is are typically functioning, but they just don't want you to come back with it an try to use any type of warranty.

Typically they keep the really valuable pieces and sell them on eBay, so you will never find a truly unique machine there, but it is nonetheless a very fun shop to browse.

Back in Seattle, you can stop by the big Seattle Goodwill shop
1400 South Lane Street, Seattle -(206) 860-5711

As often you find very common things at Goodwill. Many of them.

Half yellowed Super NES, almost becoming interesting with this crap color

Playstations, many of them

16 bits glory

Original controller next to this crap Flashback 2 machine

Nice patchwork or a Dreamcast, a genesis, a N64 and a GameCube. All common machines are always available at this Goodwill.

Sign that Guitar Hero is getting outdated......

Next stop was the Seattle Re-PC, sister shop of the first one
1565 6th Ave S, Seattle, Washington - (206) 623-9151
This Re-PC is smaller with less vintage machines, except in their very cool museum:
"museum' entrance

As it says on the box, IMSAI 8080

Atari 2600 and a very nice Mattel Aquarius with tape recorder and printer (?)

Amiga 1000, original Mac, Lisa .... to name a few

Silver Ti 99 4/a with expansion box, tape recorder, voice module and a noisy printer

Atari 800 and an Apple II (with an Apple III monitor)

ADM-3A terminal

Jan 1975 edition of Popular Electronics

Sinclair ZX80 & ZX 81  European machines and not their Timex counterparts
last, at Re-PC, THE place where I would love to get into is the 'only for employee' backroom where they stock all their machines. I bet you can find some very cool stuff there
More machines

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