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General Philatelic/Gen. Discussion : Actual Stamp Stores

 

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PhilatelyForFun

16 Aug 2019
11:58:04am
I've heard stories about people going to an actual stamp store.

Since I can't find one close to me, please tell me everything you remember.

-What was the setup of the store?

-Did you know the owners? What were they like?

-What's your favorite memory?

-Do you have a prized possession from the store?

Photos hereby (politely) demanded. Rolling On The Floor Laughing

Please and thank you!

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Neddie Seagoon from The Telegoons

16 Aug 2019
03:57:47pm

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This is a current stamp shop in Edinburgh, Scotland.

There are more photos on their website. Just Google stamp-shop.com

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I must admit that the photo of "Bob" was not taken yesterday or the day before or even five years ago!! However the shop has not changed much over the intervening years. They hold an auction every couple of months which is well attended and lots vary from £10 to £500 with the occasional lot at £2000.00.

There was another stamp shop in Edinburgh until last year (Tom Brown's Stamp Shop). Their landlord would not renew their lease but they are currently looking for premises.
The owner runs an auction every few months. He runs his business his way. He is not looking to make a fast buck or increase his business by 100 fold. He is just happy with what he does.





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17 Aug 2019
12:04:30pm
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Even back in the day (say, the 1980's through 2000) most stamp stores in my part of the country also sold coins. And even then, the emphasis seemed to be on coins. But they usually had a "stamp guy" working, a good selection of supplies and albums, and usually a nice selection of stamps in glass cases. This is one of the stores in Louisville, Kentucky that is still around, albeit just selling coins now.

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17 Aug 2019
04:38:50pm
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It's great to see Robert Murray's shop still going strong. Happy

I remember it well from when I was a student in Edinburgh many years ago.

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18 Aug 2019
11:34:03am
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There's still 10 stamp shops in Tel Aviv if you are ever over this way. They do not all open every day, all day but it's quite easy to spend a whole day popping from one to the other for a browse or buy.
I was in TA last week and noticed one had closed. It was one of those typical old-fashioned shops with 'stuff' everywhere and everything made from wood with little room to sit. Loved that place. So 11 is now 10.
There were 13 stamp shops when I first arrived here in 1991. They are all within walking distance of each other too !!

As a transplanted Brit, it's sad to see the demise of Stamp shops in London. But there are still some good ones around the UK including the one shown by Brechinite. The newest Stamp Shop is Postal Pursuits in the arcade at Letchworth, Herts.

Experiences in all of these and others was mostly good.

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Neddie Seagoon from The Telegoons

18 Aug 2019
02:05:51pm

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I will be off to Robert Murrays Stamp Auction a week tomorrow. The catalogue arrived on Saturday.

If you wish to have a peek at the catalogue go to stamp-shop.com on Tuesday afternoon. Bob lets his good customers have the catalogue a few days before he posts it online!!




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Tom in Exton, PA

19 Aug 2019
12:13:30pm
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Monmouth Coin and Stamp shop in Red Bank, NJ is still there! At least it was a month ago when I drove by. I have made a mental note to go there next time I'm in the town.

Since you asked about memories, when I was 14 or 15, they had a huge box of old covers to sort through. That became the basis for my New Jersey postmark collection.

I live less than an hour from The Stamp Center (Dutch Country Auctions) in Delaware. I am ashamed to say I haven't been there yet, but have passed it many times on Route 202 headed to other locations.


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19 Aug 2019
08:13:49pm
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Collector's Corner in Lowell, Michigan is a stamp/coin/gold/jewelry dealer.

Owner Roger Ackerson is a former Postmaster.


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The Stamp King in Chicago, ILL is another longstanding storefront dealer.

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jkc1999

19 Aug 2019
08:19:32pm
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Kappy's Stamps and Coins in Norwood, MA is another long time dealer with a storefront who also is an ebay dealer.

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02 Sep 2019
01:14:22pm
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United States Stamp Stores

ARIZONA
A to Z Stamps, 430 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282; www.worldwidestamps.com.
B.J.'s Stamps and Coins, 6342 W Bell Road, Glendale, AZ 85308 Phone:623-878-2080

CALIFORNIA
Coast Philatelics, 1113 Baker St., Suite D, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
The Stamp Gallery, 2678 N. Main St., Walnut Creek CA 94597; www.stampgallerywc.com.
Treasure Island Stamps and Coins, 3703 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306; www.treasureislandstampsandcoins.com.

DELAWARE
Dutch Country Auctions-The Stamp Center, Talleyville Shopping Center, 4115 Concord Pike, 2nd Floor, Wilmington DE 19803; www.dutchcountryauctions.com. (302) 478-8740

FLORIDA
All Florida Coin and Stamp, 1339 N. University Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32211.
Browse House Stamps, 1501 Ridgewood Ave., Suite 108, Holly Hill, FL 32117.
Suncoast Stamp Co., 8520 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34238.
Tropical Stamp and Coin, 5170 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308; www.tropicalstamps.com.

ILLINOIS
Stamp King, 7139 W. Higgins Ave., Chicago, IL 60656.

IOWA
Coins Stamps ‘n’ Stuff, 8190 Hickman Road, Clive, IA 50325; www.coinsstampsnstuffllc.com.

INDIANA
The Stamp Shop, 614 Massachusetts Ave., No. 102, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
Village Stamp and Coin, 115 N. Main St., Zionsville, IN 46077.

MARYLAND
Coins of the Realm, 1331 Rockville Pike, Suite F, Rockville, MD 20852; www.coinrealm.com.
Geezer’s Tweezers, 1726 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD 21208; www.geezerstweezers.com.
Maryland Stamps and Coins; 4803 Saint Elmo Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814; www.marylandstamps.com.

MASSACHUSETTS
Falmouth Stamp and Coin, 11 Town Hall Square, Falmouth, MA 02540; www.coinsandstamps.com.
Kappy's Coins & Stamps, 534 Washington St, Norwood, MA 02062 www.kappyscoins.com


MICHIGAN
America’s Stamp Stop, 3860 12 Mile Road, Berkley, MI 48072.
Collectors Korner, 218 W. Main St., Lowell, MI 49331.
Honor Stamp and Coin, 4001 U.S. 31 South, Suite D, Traverse City, MI 49685; www.honorcoinandstamp.com.
Sterling Stamps, 455 E. Grand River, Suite 103, Brighton, MI 48116; www.sterlingstamps.com.

MISSOURI
David Semsrott Stamps and Vintage Collectibles, Ephemera, 11239 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122; www.davidsemsrott.com.
Main Street Philatelics Inc., 105 S. Commercial St., Branson, MO 65616; www.mainstreet-philatelics.com.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Brunelle Stamps and Coins, 25 E Broadway No. 1, Derry, NH 03038.

NEW JERSEY
Bergen Stamps and Collectables, 306 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, NJ, 07666.
Charles Stamp Shop, 47 Old Post Road, Edison, NJ 08817.
Golden Triangle Stamps and Coins, 141 E. Main St., Ramsey, NJ 07446.
Monmouth Stamp and Coin Shop, 39 Monmouth St., Red Bank, NJ 07701; www.monmouthstampandcoinshop.com.
Newark Stamp and Coin Exchange, 1067 Springfield Ave., Irvington, NJ 07111.
Trenton Stamp and Coin, 1800 Highway 33, Hamilton Square, NJ, 08690.

NEW MEXICO
ABC Coin and Stamp Co., 3401 San Mateo Blvd. N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87110.

NEW YORK
Champion Stamp Co., 432 W. 54th St., New York, NY 10019; www.championstamp.com.
Jamestown Stamp Co., 117 Cheney St., Jamestown, NY 14701; www.stamp-co.com.
Suburban Stamps and Coins, 120 Kreischer Road, Syracuse, NY 13212.

OKLAHOMA
The Alexanders, 2818 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73107.
Sooner Stamps and Hummels, 5937 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK 74105.

OREGON
Uptown Stamp Shop in Portland, Oregon
Brookman Stamp Company/Michael Jaffe Stamps in Portland, Oregon

PENNSYLVANIA
American Philatelic Society, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823; www.stamps.org.
Richard Friedberg Stamps, 310 Chestnut St., Meadville, PA 16335; www.friedbergstamps.com.
Subway Stamp Shop, 2121 Beale Ave., Altoona, PA 16601; www.subwaystamp.com.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Stamp Shop, 3921 Augusta Road, West Columbia, SC 29170.

TENNESSEE
Foothills Coins and Stamps, 200 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville, TN 37804.

TEXAS
Sam Houston Philatelics, 14780 Memorial Drive, Suite 110, Houston, TX 77079; www.shduck.com, www.shpauctions.com.

VIRGINIA
Emerald Ventures LLC; 5315 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228; www.evstamps.com.
Packard’s Stamp and Rock Shop, 13131 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113

WASHINGTON
Aurora Stamps, 21016 76th St., Edmonds, WA 98026; www.aurorastamps.com.
Bel-kirk Stamps, Coins, and Comics in Kirkland, Washington.

WISCONSIN
JadeCo Stamp and Hobby, 927 Main St., Stevens Point, WI 54481; www.jadecostampandhobby.com.
William B. Robinson Co., 1566 W. Mason St., Green Bay, WI 54303; www.stampbuyer-wisconsin.com.

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02 Sep 2019
09:48:52pm
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Here are some additions for the list:

Uptown Stamp Shop in Portland, Oregon
Brookman Stamp Company/Michael Jaffe Stamps in Portland, Oregon
Bel-kirk Stamps, Coins, and Comics in Kirkland, Washington.

All are very active going concerns with storefront operations.

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02 Sep 2019
11:05:39pm
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Thanks Jerrel. I added your information on Oregon and Washington stamp shops to the list above.


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jkc1999

03 Sep 2019
06:49:05am
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Here's Kappy's information: Kappy's Coins & Stamps, 534 Washington St, Norwood, MA 02062 www.kappyscoins.com

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04 Sep 2019
11:15:29pm
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B.J.'s Stamps and Coins
4.336 Google reviews
Stamp shop in Glendale, Arizona
Address: 6342 W Bell Rd, Glendale, AZ 85308
Hours: ? Opens 9AM Thu

Phone: (623) 878-2080

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Tom in Exton, PA

05 Sep 2019
07:10:09pm
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"Bel-kirk Stamps, Coins, and Comics in Kirkland, Washington."



I'll have to check it out next time I'm out on business. I spend about a week a month working in Redmond and I stay in Kirkland.
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15 Sep 2019
09:03:52am
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Linn's 190828 A surprising number of stamp stores still dot the United States

Cheers,

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15 Sep 2019
09:14:23am
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"Surprising number"?? The article mentions 45. That's surprisingly low to me. Not even one per state on average.

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15 Sep 2019
09:17:46am
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"A surprising number of stamp stores still dot the United States'

68 stores across 50 states is indeed a surprising number, but not in a good way.

The US is over 3,500,000 square miles in size. With 68 stamp shops that comes to an average of one stamp shop every 51,000 square miles.
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Neddie Seagoon from The Telegoons

16 Sep 2019
10:16:34am

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Of course 3 million miles of the area is mountains, trees, sheep and cattle. Not a stamp collector among them.......Rolling On The Floor LaughingRolling On The Floor LaughingRolling On The Floor Laughing





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16 Sep 2019
11:44:15am
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I also find the word "surprising" interesting. I wonder what the writer of that comment was thinking the actual number was. North Carolina does not have any listed but an Internet search shows a couple. A few years back I wanted some glassines and contacted one.

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16 Sep 2019
10:22:39pm
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Stamp shop in Delaware is missing from your list, Linus.

Dutch Country Auctions-The Stamp Center
Talleyville Shopping Center
4115 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803
(302) 478-8740
dutchcountryauctions.com

Bought a new set of tongs there a few weeks ago!

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17 Sep 2019
12:54:40am
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Updated the list with Delaware, pigdoc. That sounds like a good stamp shop. What do they have there, and what was it like?

My list was cut and pasted from the Linns link that ikeyPikey referenced above, which has been recently updated since I made my post.

If you look at the list, most of these have some other business endeavor. The majority are also coin shops, or sell comic books, ball cards, or rocks. The one listed in Iowa is Coins, Stamps 'n' Stuff in the suburbs of Des Moines. In the old days, it was a true stamp shop and was just called Stamps 'n' Stuff. Now, it is mainly a coin shop, with the stamp section shrinking smaller each time I go in there. The "Stuff" in the front of the store used to be antiques, then it was postcards and covers, now it is rocks. There used to be a stamp shop called Tuva in Omaha, Nebraska, which is not on my list. The last time I was there, they had tubs and tubs of ball cards stacked up everywhere. If you say you were there a couple years ago, or even a few months ago, there's no guarantee they are still in business today selling stamps.

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17 Sep 2019
03:14:23am
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Here's another UK stamp shop. It's on the main street in Apsley, just south of Hemel Hempstead. It's called Stamps, Coins and Gifts. The elderly chap who runs it told me he collects forgeries.

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17 Sep 2019
10:33:28am
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Dutch Country down in Wilmington, Delaware has been around for a long time. Wasn't long after I moved to the area in 1985 that I found the place. Much of my US Classics collection was gathered there back then, from the monthly Bid Board. It was always a rowdy scene the Saturday that the Bid Board came down...

When I was there recently, I asked if Keith had retired yet. He's still active in the business, but I think their formerly bustling auction schedule has slowed down a bit. I'm sure the rise of eBay didn't help that situation much...

While I was there, I happened to overhear a familiar conversation between one of the managers and a customer:
C: I'd like to sell these old stamps, how much are they worth?
M: Well, you see, back in the 1940s, when these stamps were in use, the most common postage rate was 3c. So, what you have here are mostly very common stamps.
C: Oh,..I see....thanks.

Some things never change...Happy
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17 Sep 2019
06:55:11pm
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All of these actual stamp shops would have that conversation daily, with somebody.

While at my local stamp shop, I dug through the pile of used black Vario pages, and found a few "keepers." I bought a couple packs of new clear Vario 2-pocket pages for postcards and registered covers that I need to see both sides displayed in my albums. I looked through the red boxes and the bookcase of albums/collections. They have two large plastic tubs of loose stamps, one USA and one foreign, at 5 cents per stamp. I noticed some used blocks in the foreign tub, so I dug through it for over an hour, never got to the bottom, just a mish-mash of old approvals and all kinds of "stuff" in that tub. It was fun. I sat at a long table with 3 other men, one looking at stamps and the other two were looking through a large, heavy, cloth bag of buffalo nickels. They said they were just volunteering to help the owner look for readable dates on these old nickels, but most of them were worn down beyond the point of being considered "collectable." There were many more bags to look through, as the owner had bought a huge horde of buffalo nickels. I asked, "What was he going to do with the worn down buffalo nickels?" The owner was just going to give them away, to other local businesses in the area. They, in turn, could offer their customers a free buffalo nickel and his business card, hoping to stimulate interest in the coin-collecting hobby, and bring traffic to his shop. I thought it was a good idea. Do you think it would work?

Linus

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18 Sep 2019
12:29:35am
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I dunno .. we went to the local junk shop today and one of the things we noticed was a coin holder for buffalo nickels and we both wondered what happened to the contents...Day Dreaming

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18 Sep 2019
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Noticed you had nothing listed for Georgia which up until a month ago I assumed was true. I was looking for a local store and discovered this on the web about a month ago - not that close to me but next time in that area I plan to check it out !

Northlake Stamp & Coin
4800 Briarcliff Rd NE #2040, Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone: (770) 939-7842

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18 Sep 2019
11:21:04am
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Re the reference to Tuva in Omaha, I was there a week or so ago and your description is right on. They used to carry cards, coins and stamps. Now it seems mostly cards. I suspect the owner who is getting up in years, may be getting ready to cash in. Sort of sad but unsurprising.

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18 Sep 2019
01:45:25pm
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"... Of course 3 million miles of the area is mountains, trees, sheep and cattle ..."



In a parallel universe, one of the arguments defending Real Meat vs Fake Meat is that the land used to graze cattle is of little use for anything else, whereas growing the plant proteins etc required for plant-based meat substitutes takes place on intensively farmed land, creating agricultural waste & pollutants much closer to human populations, and drawing down fresh water from the North American aquifer, and and and.

If only cattle could graze on CTOs ...

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28 Oct 2019
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I'm just kind of curious if anyone knows if any stores have OPENED in the last 5 or 10 years?

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28 Oct 2019
10:07:28am

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Here in Scotland a new stamp shop opened in Kinross about 3 years ago.

Richard the owner sold for several years on ebay and decided to open the shop. He still sells on ebay as well.



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30 Oct 2019
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My wife and I recently took a fall vacation to Branson, Missouri, USA. While she shopped the stores on Main Street, I spent a couple hours enjoying Main Street Philatelics, an actual old-fashioned stamp shop. It was like stepping back in time, loaded with stuff to look through, lots of stamps, and shelves full of philatelic literature and books. Due to an ongoing health condition, the owner could only be open from 10am to 2pm. As I looked through boxes of stamps on 107 cards, I chatted with the owner. He said he was going to a stamp show in Joplin, but he no longer had the strength to load his stock into his vehicle himself. He now paid a man $50 to load it, then at the show $50 to unload it, then after the show $50 to reload it, and back to his shop, another $50 to unload it again. He was still determined to do stamp shows, bless his soul. I looked at all kinds of covers, collections, and lots. Two hours time flew by in a flash.

I settled up with him for my purchases, and as I headed for the door, he excitedly had to show me something. It was an old metal box. He opened it up, and he handed me a hammer. It was an old U.S. post office cancellation device. I had never handled one before, but the wood handle was worn as smooth as glass, and the head was a steel duplex cancel from a small post office that I just cannot recall the town name. Feeling the weight in my hand, I realized the job of an old postal clerk was physically like that of an old carpenter, both swinging a similar-style hammer all day.

I highly recommend a stop at Main Street Philatelics if you ever make the trip to Branson, and enjoy the experience of an actual stamp stop while you still can.

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31 Oct 2019
11:21:04am
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Linus,

My three daughters and I make an annual trek to Branson the week after Christmas for a couple days. Last year, I stared longingly through the glass in front, but he was not open while I was there.

Hopefully this year!

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04 Nov 2019
08:43:44pm
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Okay, I just added Branson Missouri to my bucket list,
replacing retiring to Samoa as that seems to be out of
the question now.

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04 Nov 2019
10:02:23pm
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The Branson stamp shop owner is taking experimental treatments, so he is subject to good days and bad days of daily health. The store being open is rather hit or miss.

I learned on another forum that Lincoln Stamp and Coin in Worchester, Massachusetts has closed November 1, 2019. I will remove it from the list above. See link below...

Linus

https://www.telegram.com/news/20191002/lincoln-stamp-and-coin-store-in-worcester-is-closing?fbclid=IwAR2nuFUl4G_IO1QE9nfkZYYpTmTYKrM6VCrYXInccIpjbbm470pNgZRpZqM

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07 Nov 2019
12:13:03am
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If you take the time to read the story, the truth is that the change is social interaction. Instead of a group of acquaintances meeting for an auction and a chat, we have the internet - a dubious form of communication at the best of times. This is not to knock the internet. Without it stamp collectors in particular would be a much more isolated group. That being said, typing into a screen is a weak substitute. I regret the passing of these elders, mostly gentlemen, it is true, but I regret their passing and salute them for their efforts.

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30 Dec 2019
10:51:18pm
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Stopped at Main Street Philatelics in Branson Saturday. Still kicking!

The owner, Mr. Bernstein was a delight to chat with, and made me a good deal on some merchandise. He indicated he's going to try to get back to doing some shows. It sounded like his treatments - not sure what ailed him - were over.

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31 Dec 2019
12:32:46am
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Good news, and thanks for the update! I told my wife I would go back to Branson anytime she wants to go. He has so much stuff to look through, I could easily spend hours there.

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01 Jan 2020
12:03:00pm
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I'm from Nova Scotia and can remember several stamp stores over the years, all of them closed now. I know there are a couple of you in SOR that are from NS. Do any of you know of any actual stamp stores in the province, not people selling out of their homes but one with an actual store front. There was one in Dartmouth that closed a couple years ago, maybe called Lighthouse Stamps, but I'm not sure. I believe the owner of Moody Blue Stamps died recently, but he dealt from his house. I know a couple coin shops sell a few stamps but are there any real stamp stores left?

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01 Jan 2020
07:14:57pm
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Here are David Giles (me) and Chris Green of Chris Green Stamps, celebrating our fifth year in business. A real "bricks and mortar" stamp shop, open five days each week. We are located at:

151-D Second Ave.,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


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04 Jan 2020
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Amazingly in my city, we do have a tiny little hole-in-the-wall bricks and mortar stamp shop. There is no stamp club within 50 miles, but we have this little shop that has been here for decades. An individual fellow owns and runs it. I asked him today if he gets much business, as I myself have only been there twice and have not seen other customers, (and I've noticed there's not much variety in his merchandise). He said he is happy if he makes enough each month just to cover the rent. He is retired and he said it's a way for him to get out of the house and not drive his wife crazy -- he putters with his stamps all day and helps the occasional customer.

So basically, he's running it as a hobby, and not as a profitable business.

We were chatting about how difficult it is to get many people interested in the hobby these days, and he mentioned that a fellow stopped in last week for some regular postage stamps - thinking that's what the shop was for - he sold him some commemoratives and the fellow thought they were so interesting, he started a collection on the spot.

I'm thinking of asking him if I can create and post an interest list for customers to see, and maybe we can get a local club started. We'll see....


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04 Jan 2020
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I was going to mention that wonderful shop in Ottawa, but I was beaten to it by the proprietors!

I've been there twice now, and am planning a trip black in the near future, but when the weather is nice for a long drive. Get there at 10, have lunch at Pints and Quarts, then back for more stamping, then home.

Here a couple photos in the shop...
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04 Jan 2020
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Treasure Coast stamps in nearby Fort Pierce, Florida REOPENED in a new location! Now that's a real rarity - a NEW stamp store! I really MUST get up there asap and shop to support the business.

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Linn's List of U.S. brick-and-mortar stamp stores grows to 84 in 32 states

The updated list is here.

Cheers,

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Have not seen this one on any of the lists:
AZUSA Collectibles, 258 Ushers Rd, Clifton Park, NY
azusacollectibles.com
Tom Auletta has been in the business for 40+ years first on Long Island and now in his upstate location.

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"... updates to this list be sent by email at jbigalke@amosmedia.com or write to my attention at Linn’s Stamp News, Box 4129, Sidney, OH 45365 ..."



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" .... Clifton Park, NY ...."

There was an "AZUSA Stamps" on long Island on Rte 112 (?)just south of my shop years ago. I bought some neat things there. I think I still have some of his glassines in a file drawer. Clifton Park is North of Albany
How many years, well we lived in Florida for 30 years before moving to Texas
Americans are a mobile population.

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Pretty sure that's him. He's got a little history on his website.

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I've found another UK stamp and coin shop. It's the Coin and Stamp Centre, at 35a High Street, Hungerford, in Berkshire. Nigel Montgomery, the owner, told he's just opened the shop. His website is philatelicheritage.co.uk. Lots of stamps and stuff.

As well as lots of stamps, he had about a dozen fat looseleaf albums, Scott and Minkus and others, some really full of stamps. He said they're £35 each. I didn't buy any - I couldn't handle a massive load of stamps from countries I don't collect! But I did buy a ring binder full of empty Prinz pages - loads of them - for a printzly £15.

I'm sure he'd filletted the collections for the good items, but this would be a great start for beginning a ww collection.

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" .... filletted the collections .... "

I love that phrase, although it did
make my spell check sputter and choke,
a much more descriptive visual than;
"stripped," or "creamed,"
both of which could be misinterpreted.

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Bernie down in Branson is a great person -- I've known him for years as he would be at all the stamp shows here in St. Louis. He has a huge library of philatelic literature -- if there's something you're looking for, he just may have it. Several years ago at show he had set aside some material for me to look at, and I picked up a great Danish West Indies #4 with a numeral cancel from Lubeck, which is a toughie!

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I just returned from a nice vacation to Branson, Missouri. Sadly, I must report that Bernie's stamp shop has been torn down, and there is just a vacant lot there now. I am not sure what happened to Bernie, but I hope he is OK. If anybody sees him at a stamp show, please report back on what happened to his shop.

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Also, AZUSA in Clifton Park, NY mentioned above, has just closed down after 49 years on Long Island and upstate NY. He reports that he will increase his on line listing and still attend local shows, but no more browsing through the stock books and free cookies.

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@Linus, I see that Bernie is still listed for a couple of shows in St. Louis in 2023, so hopefully all is well with him. I'm going to reach out to him this week...

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Not sure if this was mentioned before but Ann Arbor (Michigan) Stamps and Coins is still going strong.

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We are still missing a classic stamp shop here in the Twin Cities as far as I am aware.

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16 Aug 2019
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I've heard stories about people going to an actual stamp store.

Since I can't find one close to me, please tell me everything you remember.

-What was the setup of the store?

-Did you know the owners? What were they like?

-What's your favorite memory?

-Do you have a prized possession from the store?

Photos hereby (politely) demanded. Rolling On The Floor Laughing

Please and thank you!

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This is a current stamp shop in Edinburgh, Scotland.

There are more photos on their website. Just Google stamp-shop.com

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I must admit that the photo of "Bob" was not taken yesterday or the day before or even five years ago!! However the shop has not changed much over the intervening years. They hold an auction every couple of months which is well attended and lots vary from £10 to £500 with the occasional lot at £2000.00.

There was another stamp shop in Edinburgh until last year (Tom Brown's Stamp Shop). Their landlord would not renew their lease but they are currently looking for premises.
The owner runs an auction every few months. He runs his business his way. He is not looking to make a fast buck or increase his business by 100 fold. He is just happy with what he does.





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Even back in the day (say, the 1980's through 2000) most stamp stores in my part of the country also sold coins. And even then, the emphasis seemed to be on coins. But they usually had a "stamp guy" working, a good selection of supplies and albums, and usually a nice selection of stamps in glass cases. This is one of the stores in Louisville, Kentucky that is still around, albeit just selling coins now.

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It's great to see Robert Murray's shop still going strong. Happy

I remember it well from when I was a student in Edinburgh many years ago.

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18 Aug 2019
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There's still 10 stamp shops in Tel Aviv if you are ever over this way. They do not all open every day, all day but it's quite easy to spend a whole day popping from one to the other for a browse or buy.
I was in TA last week and noticed one had closed. It was one of those typical old-fashioned shops with 'stuff' everywhere and everything made from wood with little room to sit. Loved that place. So 11 is now 10.
There were 13 stamp shops when I first arrived here in 1991. They are all within walking distance of each other too !!

As a transplanted Brit, it's sad to see the demise of Stamp shops in London. But there are still some good ones around the UK including the one shown by Brechinite. The newest Stamp Shop is Postal Pursuits in the arcade at Letchworth, Herts.

Experiences in all of these and others was mostly good.

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I will be off to Robert Murrays Stamp Auction a week tomorrow. The catalogue arrived on Saturday.

If you wish to have a peek at the catalogue go to stamp-shop.com on Tuesday afternoon. Bob lets his good customers have the catalogue a few days before he posts it online!!




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19 Aug 2019
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Monmouth Coin and Stamp shop in Red Bank, NJ is still there! At least it was a month ago when I drove by. I have made a mental note to go there next time I'm in the town.

Since you asked about memories, when I was 14 or 15, they had a huge box of old covers to sort through. That became the basis for my New Jersey postmark collection.

I live less than an hour from The Stamp Center (Dutch Country Auctions) in Delaware. I am ashamed to say I haven't been there yet, but have passed it many times on Route 202 headed to other locations.


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19 Aug 2019
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Collector's Corner in Lowell, Michigan is a stamp/coin/gold/jewelry dealer.

Owner Roger Ackerson is a former Postmaster.


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The Stamp King in Chicago, ILL is another longstanding storefront dealer.

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19 Aug 2019
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Kappy's Stamps and Coins in Norwood, MA is another long time dealer with a storefront who also is an ebay dealer.

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United States Stamp Stores

ARIZONA
A to Z Stamps, 430 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282; www.worldwidestamps.com.
B.J.'s Stamps and Coins, 6342 W Bell Road, Glendale, AZ 85308 Phone:623-878-2080

CALIFORNIA
Coast Philatelics, 1113 Baker St., Suite D, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
The Stamp Gallery, 2678 N. Main St., Walnut Creek CA 94597; www.stampgallerywc.com.
Treasure Island Stamps and Coins, 3703 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306; www.treasureislandstampsandcoins.com.

DELAWARE
Dutch Country Auctions-The Stamp Center, Talleyville Shopping Center, 4115 Concord Pike, 2nd Floor, Wilmington DE 19803; www.dutchcountryauctions.com. (302) 478-8740

FLORIDA
All Florida Coin and Stamp, 1339 N. University Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32211.
Browse House Stamps, 1501 Ridgewood Ave., Suite 108, Holly Hill, FL 32117.
Suncoast Stamp Co., 8520 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34238.
Tropical Stamp and Coin, 5170 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308; www.tropicalstamps.com.

ILLINOIS
Stamp King, 7139 W. Higgins Ave., Chicago, IL 60656.

IOWA
Coins Stamps ‘n’ Stuff, 8190 Hickman Road, Clive, IA 50325; www.coinsstampsnstuffllc.com.

INDIANA
The Stamp Shop, 614 Massachusetts Ave., No. 102, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
Village Stamp and Coin, 115 N. Main St., Zionsville, IN 46077.

MARYLAND
Coins of the Realm, 1331 Rockville Pike, Suite F, Rockville, MD 20852; www.coinrealm.com.
Geezer’s Tweezers, 1726 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD 21208; www.geezerstweezers.com.
Maryland Stamps and Coins; 4803 Saint Elmo Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814; www.marylandstamps.com.

MASSACHUSETTS
Falmouth Stamp and Coin, 11 Town Hall Square, Falmouth, MA 02540; www.coinsandstamps.com.
Kappy's Coins & Stamps, 534 Washington St, Norwood, MA 02062 www.kappyscoins.com


MICHIGAN
America’s Stamp Stop, 3860 12 Mile Road, Berkley, MI 48072.
Collectors Korner, 218 W. Main St., Lowell, MI 49331.
Honor Stamp and Coin, 4001 U.S. 31 South, Suite D, Traverse City, MI 49685; www.honorcoinandstamp.com.
Sterling Stamps, 455 E. Grand River, Suite 103, Brighton, MI 48116; www.sterlingstamps.com.

MISSOURI
David Semsrott Stamps and Vintage Collectibles, Ephemera, 11239 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122; www.davidsemsrott.com.
Main Street Philatelics Inc., 105 S. Commercial St., Branson, MO 65616; www.mainstreet-philatelics.com.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Brunelle Stamps and Coins, 25 E Broadway No. 1, Derry, NH 03038.

NEW JERSEY
Bergen Stamps and Collectables, 306 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, NJ, 07666.
Charles Stamp Shop, 47 Old Post Road, Edison, NJ 08817.
Golden Triangle Stamps and Coins, 141 E. Main St., Ramsey, NJ 07446.
Monmouth Stamp and Coin Shop, 39 Monmouth St., Red Bank, NJ 07701; www.monmouthstampandcoinshop.com.
Newark Stamp and Coin Exchange, 1067 Springfield Ave., Irvington, NJ 07111.
Trenton Stamp and Coin, 1800 Highway 33, Hamilton Square, NJ, 08690.

NEW MEXICO
ABC Coin and Stamp Co., 3401 San Mateo Blvd. N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87110.

NEW YORK
Champion Stamp Co., 432 W. 54th St., New York, NY 10019; www.championstamp.com.
Jamestown Stamp Co., 117 Cheney St., Jamestown, NY 14701; www.stamp-co.com.
Suburban Stamps and Coins, 120 Kreischer Road, Syracuse, NY 13212.

OKLAHOMA
The Alexanders, 2818 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73107.
Sooner Stamps and Hummels, 5937 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK 74105.

OREGON
Uptown Stamp Shop in Portland, Oregon
Brookman Stamp Company/Michael Jaffe Stamps in Portland, Oregon

PENNSYLVANIA
American Philatelic Society, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823; www.stamps.org.
Richard Friedberg Stamps, 310 Chestnut St., Meadville, PA 16335; www.friedbergstamps.com.
Subway Stamp Shop, 2121 Beale Ave., Altoona, PA 16601; www.subwaystamp.com.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Stamp Shop, 3921 Augusta Road, West Columbia, SC 29170.

TENNESSEE
Foothills Coins and Stamps, 200 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville, TN 37804.

TEXAS
Sam Houston Philatelics, 14780 Memorial Drive, Suite 110, Houston, TX 77079; www.shduck.com, www.shpauctions.com.

VIRGINIA
Emerald Ventures LLC; 5315 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228; www.evstamps.com.
Packard’s Stamp and Rock Shop, 13131 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113

WASHINGTON
Aurora Stamps, 21016 76th St., Edmonds, WA 98026; www.aurorastamps.com.
Bel-kirk Stamps, Coins, and Comics in Kirkland, Washington.

WISCONSIN
JadeCo Stamp and Hobby, 927 Main St., Stevens Point, WI 54481; www.jadecostampandhobby.com.
William B. Robinson Co., 1566 W. Mason St., Green Bay, WI 54303; www.stampbuyer-wisconsin.com.

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02 Sep 2019
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Here are some additions for the list:

Uptown Stamp Shop in Portland, Oregon
Brookman Stamp Company/Michael Jaffe Stamps in Portland, Oregon
Bel-kirk Stamps, Coins, and Comics in Kirkland, Washington.

All are very active going concerns with storefront operations.

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02 Sep 2019
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Thanks Jerrel. I added your information on Oregon and Washington stamp shops to the list above.


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03 Sep 2019
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Here's Kappy's information: Kappy's Coins & Stamps, 534 Washington St, Norwood, MA 02062 www.kappyscoins.com

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04 Sep 2019
11:15:29pm

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B.J.'s Stamps and Coins
4.336 Google reviews
Stamp shop in Glendale, Arizona
Address: 6342 W Bell Rd, Glendale, AZ 85308
Hours: ? Opens 9AM Thu

Phone: (623) 878-2080

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05 Sep 2019
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"Bel-kirk Stamps, Coins, and Comics in Kirkland, Washington."



I'll have to check it out next time I'm out on business. I spend about a week a month working in Redmond and I stay in Kirkland.
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Linn's 190828 A surprising number of stamp stores still dot the United States

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15 Sep 2019
09:14:23am

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"Surprising number"?? The article mentions 45. That's surprisingly low to me. Not even one per state on average.

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"A surprising number of stamp stores still dot the United States'

68 stores across 50 states is indeed a surprising number, but not in a good way.

The US is over 3,500,000 square miles in size. With 68 stamp shops that comes to an average of one stamp shop every 51,000 square miles.
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Of course 3 million miles of the area is mountains, trees, sheep and cattle. Not a stamp collector among them.......Rolling On The Floor LaughingRolling On The Floor LaughingRolling On The Floor Laughing





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16 Sep 2019
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I also find the word "surprising" interesting. I wonder what the writer of that comment was thinking the actual number was. North Carolina does not have any listed but an Internet search shows a couple. A few years back I wanted some glassines and contacted one.

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16 Sep 2019
10:22:39pm

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Stamp shop in Delaware is missing from your list, Linus.

Dutch Country Auctions-The Stamp Center
Talleyville Shopping Center
4115 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803
(302) 478-8740
dutchcountryauctions.com

Bought a new set of tongs there a few weeks ago!

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17 Sep 2019
12:54:40am

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Updated the list with Delaware, pigdoc. That sounds like a good stamp shop. What do they have there, and what was it like?

My list was cut and pasted from the Linns link that ikeyPikey referenced above, which has been recently updated since I made my post.

If you look at the list, most of these have some other business endeavor. The majority are also coin shops, or sell comic books, ball cards, or rocks. The one listed in Iowa is Coins, Stamps 'n' Stuff in the suburbs of Des Moines. In the old days, it was a true stamp shop and was just called Stamps 'n' Stuff. Now, it is mainly a coin shop, with the stamp section shrinking smaller each time I go in there. The "Stuff" in the front of the store used to be antiques, then it was postcards and covers, now it is rocks. There used to be a stamp shop called Tuva in Omaha, Nebraska, which is not on my list. The last time I was there, they had tubs and tubs of ball cards stacked up everywhere. If you say you were there a couple years ago, or even a few months ago, there's no guarantee they are still in business today selling stamps.

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17 Sep 2019
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Here's another UK stamp shop. It's on the main street in Apsley, just south of Hemel Hempstead. It's called Stamps, Coins and Gifts. The elderly chap who runs it told me he collects forgeries.

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Dutch Country down in Wilmington, Delaware has been around for a long time. Wasn't long after I moved to the area in 1985 that I found the place. Much of my US Classics collection was gathered there back then, from the monthly Bid Board. It was always a rowdy scene the Saturday that the Bid Board came down...

When I was there recently, I asked if Keith had retired yet. He's still active in the business, but I think their formerly bustling auction schedule has slowed down a bit. I'm sure the rise of eBay didn't help that situation much...

While I was there, I happened to overhear a familiar conversation between one of the managers and a customer:
C: I'd like to sell these old stamps, how much are they worth?
M: Well, you see, back in the 1940s, when these stamps were in use, the most common postage rate was 3c. So, what you have here are mostly very common stamps.
C: Oh,..I see....thanks.

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17 Sep 2019
06:55:11pm

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All of these actual stamp shops would have that conversation daily, with somebody.

While at my local stamp shop, I dug through the pile of used black Vario pages, and found a few "keepers." I bought a couple packs of new clear Vario 2-pocket pages for postcards and registered covers that I need to see both sides displayed in my albums. I looked through the red boxes and the bookcase of albums/collections. They have two large plastic tubs of loose stamps, one USA and one foreign, at 5 cents per stamp. I noticed some used blocks in the foreign tub, so I dug through it for over an hour, never got to the bottom, just a mish-mash of old approvals and all kinds of "stuff" in that tub. It was fun. I sat at a long table with 3 other men, one looking at stamps and the other two were looking through a large, heavy, cloth bag of buffalo nickels. They said they were just volunteering to help the owner look for readable dates on these old nickels, but most of them were worn down beyond the point of being considered "collectable." There were many more bags to look through, as the owner had bought a huge horde of buffalo nickels. I asked, "What was he going to do with the worn down buffalo nickels?" The owner was just going to give them away, to other local businesses in the area. They, in turn, could offer their customers a free buffalo nickel and his business card, hoping to stimulate interest in the coin-collecting hobby, and bring traffic to his shop. I thought it was a good idea. Do you think it would work?

Linus

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18 Sep 2019
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I dunno .. we went to the local junk shop today and one of the things we noticed was a coin holder for buffalo nickels and we both wondered what happened to the contents...Day Dreaming

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18 Sep 2019
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Noticed you had nothing listed for Georgia which up until a month ago I assumed was true. I was looking for a local store and discovered this on the web about a month ago - not that close to me but next time in that area I plan to check it out !

Northlake Stamp & Coin
4800 Briarcliff Rd NE #2040, Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone: (770) 939-7842

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Re the reference to Tuva in Omaha, I was there a week or so ago and your description is right on. They used to carry cards, coins and stamps. Now it seems mostly cards. I suspect the owner who is getting up in years, may be getting ready to cash in. Sort of sad but unsurprising.

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"... Of course 3 million miles of the area is mountains, trees, sheep and cattle ..."



In a parallel universe, one of the arguments defending Real Meat vs Fake Meat is that the land used to graze cattle is of little use for anything else, whereas growing the plant proteins etc required for plant-based meat substitutes takes place on intensively farmed land, creating agricultural waste & pollutants much closer to human populations, and drawing down fresh water from the North American aquifer, and and and.

If only cattle could graze on CTOs ...

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28 Oct 2019
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I'm just kind of curious if anyone knows if any stores have OPENED in the last 5 or 10 years?

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28 Oct 2019
10:07:28am

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Here in Scotland a new stamp shop opened in Kinross about 3 years ago.

Richard the owner sold for several years on ebay and decided to open the shop. He still sells on ebay as well.



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30 Oct 2019
09:06:05pm

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My wife and I recently took a fall vacation to Branson, Missouri, USA. While she shopped the stores on Main Street, I spent a couple hours enjoying Main Street Philatelics, an actual old-fashioned stamp shop. It was like stepping back in time, loaded with stuff to look through, lots of stamps, and shelves full of philatelic literature and books. Due to an ongoing health condition, the owner could only be open from 10am to 2pm. As I looked through boxes of stamps on 107 cards, I chatted with the owner. He said he was going to a stamp show in Joplin, but he no longer had the strength to load his stock into his vehicle himself. He now paid a man $50 to load it, then at the show $50 to unload it, then after the show $50 to reload it, and back to his shop, another $50 to unload it again. He was still determined to do stamp shows, bless his soul. I looked at all kinds of covers, collections, and lots. Two hours time flew by in a flash.

I settled up with him for my purchases, and as I headed for the door, he excitedly had to show me something. It was an old metal box. He opened it up, and he handed me a hammer. It was an old U.S. post office cancellation device. I had never handled one before, but the wood handle was worn as smooth as glass, and the head was a steel duplex cancel from a small post office that I just cannot recall the town name. Feeling the weight in my hand, I realized the job of an old postal clerk was physically like that of an old carpenter, both swinging a similar-style hammer all day.

I highly recommend a stop at Main Street Philatelics if you ever make the trip to Branson, and enjoy the experience of an actual stamp stop while you still can.

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31 Oct 2019
11:21:04am

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Linus,

My three daughters and I make an annual trek to Branson the week after Christmas for a couple days. Last year, I stared longingly through the glass in front, but he was not open while I was there.

Hopefully this year!

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04 Nov 2019
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Okay, I just added Branson Missouri to my bucket list,
replacing retiring to Samoa as that seems to be out of
the question now.

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04 Nov 2019
10:02:23pm

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The Branson stamp shop owner is taking experimental treatments, so he is subject to good days and bad days of daily health. The store being open is rather hit or miss.

I learned on another forum that Lincoln Stamp and Coin in Worchester, Massachusetts has closed November 1, 2019. I will remove it from the list above. See link below...

Linus

https://www.telegram.com/news/20191002/lincoln-stamp-and-coin-store-in-worcester-is-closing?fbclid=IwAR2nuFUl4G_IO1QE9nfkZYYpTmTYKrM6VCrYXInccIpjbbm470pNgZRpZqM

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07 Nov 2019
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If you take the time to read the story, the truth is that the change is social interaction. Instead of a group of acquaintances meeting for an auction and a chat, we have the internet - a dubious form of communication at the best of times. This is not to knock the internet. Without it stamp collectors in particular would be a much more isolated group. That being said, typing into a screen is a weak substitute. I regret the passing of these elders, mostly gentlemen, it is true, but I regret their passing and salute them for their efforts.

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Stopped at Main Street Philatelics in Branson Saturday. Still kicking!

The owner, Mr. Bernstein was a delight to chat with, and made me a good deal on some merchandise. He indicated he's going to try to get back to doing some shows. It sounded like his treatments - not sure what ailed him - were over.

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31 Dec 2019
12:32:46am

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Good news, and thanks for the update! I told my wife I would go back to Branson anytime she wants to go. He has so much stuff to look through, I could easily spend hours there.

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01 Jan 2020
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I'm from Nova Scotia and can remember several stamp stores over the years, all of them closed now. I know there are a couple of you in SOR that are from NS. Do any of you know of any actual stamp stores in the province, not people selling out of their homes but one with an actual store front. There was one in Dartmouth that closed a couple years ago, maybe called Lighthouse Stamps, but I'm not sure. I believe the owner of Moody Blue Stamps died recently, but he dealt from his house. I know a couple coin shops sell a few stamps but are there any real stamp stores left?

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Here are David Giles (me) and Chris Green of Chris Green Stamps, celebrating our fifth year in business. A real "bricks and mortar" stamp shop, open five days each week. We are located at:

151-D Second Ave.,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


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04 Jan 2020
01:48:41am

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Amazingly in my city, we do have a tiny little hole-in-the-wall bricks and mortar stamp shop. There is no stamp club within 50 miles, but we have this little shop that has been here for decades. An individual fellow owns and runs it. I asked him today if he gets much business, as I myself have only been there twice and have not seen other customers, (and I've noticed there's not much variety in his merchandise). He said he is happy if he makes enough each month just to cover the rent. He is retired and he said it's a way for him to get out of the house and not drive his wife crazy -- he putters with his stamps all day and helps the occasional customer.

So basically, he's running it as a hobby, and not as a profitable business.

We were chatting about how difficult it is to get many people interested in the hobby these days, and he mentioned that a fellow stopped in last week for some regular postage stamps - thinking that's what the shop was for - he sold him some commemoratives and the fellow thought they were so interesting, he started a collection on the spot.

I'm thinking of asking him if I can create and post an interest list for customers to see, and maybe we can get a local club started. We'll see....


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04 Jan 2020
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I was going to mention that wonderful shop in Ottawa, but I was beaten to it by the proprietors!

I've been there twice now, and am planning a trip black in the near future, but when the weather is nice for a long drive. Get there at 10, have lunch at Pints and Quarts, then back for more stamping, then home.

Here a couple photos in the shop...
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04 Jan 2020
12:06:18pm

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Treasure Coast stamps in nearby Fort Pierce, Florida REOPENED in a new location! Now that's a real rarity - a NEW stamp store! I really MUST get up there asap and shop to support the business.

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09 Jan 2020
09:11:44am

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Linn's List of U.S. brick-and-mortar stamp stores grows to 84 in 32 states

The updated list is here.

Cheers,

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09 Jan 2020
02:53:34pm

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Have not seen this one on any of the lists:
AZUSA Collectibles, 258 Ushers Rd, Clifton Park, NY
azusacollectibles.com
Tom Auletta has been in the business for 40+ years first on Long Island and now in his upstate location.

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"... updates to this list be sent by email at jbigalke@amosmedia.com or write to my attention at Linn’s Stamp News, Box 4129, Sidney, OH 45365 ..."



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10 Jan 2020
01:53:10pm

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Done

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" .... Clifton Park, NY ...."

There was an "AZUSA Stamps" on long Island on Rte 112 (?)just south of my shop years ago. I bought some neat things there. I think I still have some of his glassines in a file drawer. Clifton Park is North of Albany
How many years, well we lived in Florida for 30 years before moving to Texas
Americans are a mobile population.

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10 Jan 2020
11:32:39pm

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Pretty sure that's him. He's got a little history on his website.

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14 Jan 2020
12:25:59pm

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I've found another UK stamp and coin shop. It's the Coin and Stamp Centre, at 35a High Street, Hungerford, in Berkshire. Nigel Montgomery, the owner, told he's just opened the shop. His website is philatelicheritage.co.uk. Lots of stamps and stuff.

As well as lots of stamps, he had about a dozen fat looseleaf albums, Scott and Minkus and others, some really full of stamps. He said they're £35 each. I didn't buy any - I couldn't handle a massive load of stamps from countries I don't collect! But I did buy a ring binder full of empty Prinz pages - loads of them - for a printzly £15.

I'm sure he'd filletted the collections for the good items, but this would be a great start for beginning a ww collection.

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17 Jan 2020
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" .... filletted the collections .... "

I love that phrase, although it did
make my spell check sputter and choke,
a much more descriptive visual than;
"stripped," or "creamed,"
both of which could be misinterpreted.

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21 Apr 2020
01:47:25am

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Bernie down in Branson is a great person -- I've known him for years as he would be at all the stamp shows here in St. Louis. He has a huge library of philatelic literature -- if there's something you're looking for, he just may have it. Several years ago at show he had set aside some material for me to look at, and I picked up a great Danish West Indies #4 with a numeral cancel from Lubeck, which is a toughie!

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20 Nov 2022
04:09:29pm

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I just returned from a nice vacation to Branson, Missouri. Sadly, I must report that Bernie's stamp shop has been torn down, and there is just a vacant lot there now. I am not sure what happened to Bernie, but I hope he is OK. If anybody sees him at a stamp show, please report back on what happened to his shop.

Linus

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21 Nov 2022
12:22:27am

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Also, AZUSA in Clifton Park, NY mentioned above, has just closed down after 49 years on Long Island and upstate NY. He reports that he will increase his on line listing and still attend local shows, but no more browsing through the stock books and free cookies.

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22 Nov 2022
01:38:32am

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@Linus, I see that Bernie is still listed for a couple of shows in St. Louis in 2023, so hopefully all is well with him. I'm going to reach out to him this week...

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22 Nov 2022
08:29:31am

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Not sure if this was mentioned before but Ann Arbor (Michigan) Stamps and Coins is still going strong.

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22 Nov 2022
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We are still missing a classic stamp shop here in the Twin Cities as far as I am aware.

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