About a week ago, I was on Craigslist looking for some retro game lots, when I stumbled across an ad for a classic gaming booth at a flea market about 30 minutes from my apartment. With the absurd lack of local retro gaming stores in Atlanta compared to other major cities, I decided to see what the booth 216 at the Dixie 400 flea market had to offer.
So this past Saturday morning, I took the voyage and arrived at a seemingly dilapidated rec center next to an Exxon gas station. I parked on the mixture of dirt, grass, and gravel, then proceeded to make my way inside. Smelling like a combination of body order, dust, and dog, I walked to the booth that I had seen pictures of, and was pleasantly surprised.
What I saw was a plethora of games, for all different consoles. There was a shelf full of dreamcast, PS1, PS2, PS3, Gamecube, Wii, Xbox, and Xbox 360 games. Next to that, was another shelf that consisted of cartridges of N64, Genesis, SNES, NES, and Atari 2600 games. Most of them were crappy sports titles, but there were definitely a couple of gems like Sonic 2, NBA Jam, and a few others scattered within. There were also a few bins with original Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, and DS games as well, but again, nothing crazy spectacular. I did mark out when I saw Mario Golf though. I loved that game when I was a kid! The only problem with the cartridges was that they were very dirty and dusty, so prepare for a deep clean when you bring those suckers home.
Across from all of those games were bins that contained a bunch of controllers, power cords, joysticks, and AV cables for an assortment of consoles. Some first party stuff, but definitely more third party gear in the mix. The holy grail by far, was a table, full of systems. A single Dreamcast, N64, PS1, PS2, PS3, SNES, Genesis, Wii, and four platinum Gamecubes. It was totally awesome to see all those different systems in one place, only problem was that most of them needed cleaning, especially the SNES that was greatly suffering from some serious yellowing. The prices were very reasonable, and everything was guaranteed to work, with a TV in between the systems to try them out on just to make sure.
The guy running the booth also had a stack of about 200 classic gaming magazines, from EGM, to Nintendo Power, to Playstation Magazine. Now those were in exceptional condition, and anybody who’s a video game mag fanatic would have a field day checking out the good there. I can’t forget too mention, that as a vinyl collector, he also had about 125 records as well. He had Bowie, The Beatles, Hendrix, and they were in good to great condition, sans the dust and dirt that most older records have.
At the center of his area was a glass case with a lock on it, and that was where all his premium games were kept. To name a few, he had Star Fox Adventures, Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Pokemon Emerald. Needless to say, everything in that case was $20 and up.
Overall, I had an amazing time at the Dixie 400 flea market, and I’ll definitely be back periodically to see what’s there. If I lived in a city with a nice amount of retro game stores, like New York, San Diego, or Seattle, then I wouldn’t be in such awe, but despite the game selection being a tad weak, I quite enjoyed going out there. I recommend any hardcore gamer in the Atlanta, Alpharetta, or Cumming area, to give booth 216 at the Dixie 400 flea market a look.