I’ve often thought about loading the kids into the family Truckster wagon and hitting the road in an attempt to visit some of the great vintage toy shops and flea markets I read about online. The problem is that I just don’t know where they are! Sure, the big ones are on my radar, but I don’t really have a concept of their physical locations, so I thought we might be able to crowdsource a map to make the ultimate pop culture road trip a reality.
I’ve put together a Google map starting with the locations around me, here in the D.C. area, and I also included many of the links from the League of Extraordinary Bloggers’ road trip stopping points. This is just the beginning of what I hope will become a valuable resource for all of us.
If you have a favorite local comic book shop or toy store — not the big box stores, but the smaller mom and pop kind — I’d love to hear about them and add them to the map. Here’s both the map and a form where you can send me the info. (I considered opening this up so that everyone could add locations on their own, but then I realized where that might lead, so opted against it.)
If you want to access the map easily, I’ve added a handy link in the menu bar at the top of the site. Just click on “DESTINATIONS” and you’ll get there, and if you run a website, you can even embed the map right on your site!
Please help me spread the word and let’s see if we can make this an awesome resource for us collectors!