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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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Plate Blockhead
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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nigelc
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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.

Londonbus1

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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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Linus
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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.

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.
Lincoln Stamp and Coin, 372 Chandler St., Suite LL1, Worcester, MA 01602-3314; www.lincolnstampandcoin.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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jbaxter5256
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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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Linus
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02 Sep 2019
11:05:39pm
re: Actual Stamp Stores

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

Tad

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Tom in Exton, PA
05 Sep 2019
07:10:09pm

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Quote:

"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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ikeyPikey
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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,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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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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