With the disappearance/demise of the Gamewerks locations as reported by WIFR, the city of Rockford has lost a large amount of their retro video games. While Gamewerks did not have the best prices, it was still possible to find a few good deals.
So without this well-known, advertised, go-to place, where else can someone find used games and, more importantly, retro games. I’m already discounting your standard retailers that may dabble in some pre-owned games, like Gamestop, and video rental stores selling old stock. These are simply places that sell used games.
1. Disc Replay, 6241 East State St.
I must start this list with Disc Replay. While it doesn’t always have the best selection of used games to accompany its music and movies, the prices are usually really good. You can expect to find common NES titles at $2 and just about every retro sports title is down to $1, where it should be. They even have a buy 5, get 1 free deal that you can take advantage of while buying in bulk.
2. Game Worlds, 1516 7th Street & 7830 North 2nd Street, Machesney Park
I can’t speak for the 7th Street location, but the North Main location had a decent selection and even a number of gaming guides as well. Prices seemed fairly standard. One thing I found annoying, though, was the inclusion of a display case full of NES games and accessories that aren’t for sale. At first I thought I had found some uncommon games that I had my eye out for, but that was not to be.
3. Alpine Flea Market, 3291 S Alpine Rd
Your standard indoor/outdoor flea market. None of the inside dealer ever seem to have any video games, but I did find one that had a stack of overpriced NES/SNES titles. The shifting nature of the outdoor deals help add an element of randomness to the search. I found a few common NES games at one point, but it has been mostly used newer games.
4. Sandy Hollow Flea Market, 3913 Sandy Hollow Road
This flea market is much smaller than the Alpine flea market, but there is usually a much greater selection of video games to be found. There’s some that I’d consider small resellers, but they don’t go around snatching up deals from other tables since games aren’t the only wares at their booth. Prices overall range from “You expect me to pay THAT?” to “Sure, let me pay $5 for your copy of Super Metroid.”
5. Goodwills, 4618 East State Street, Rockford, IL & 8010 N. 2nd Street, Machesney Park, IL
There are multiple Goodwills in the Rockford area. The one on East State Street has yielded nothing but sports titles, but that does include a Genesis retro game as well. The Machesney Park location had multiple kids games for older Windows systems and I was able to find Turok for the N64 there at one time. This location is also not far from one of the Game Worlds locations, so it would be easy to hit both of them up on a single jaunt.
6. Salvation Army, 4401 Charles Street, Rockford, IL
No luck finding games here yet, but then you never really know with thrift stores. Someone can always donate a box of games today.
Well, that’s a good start for this list. In checking the actual addresses for these places using Google I’ve found some additional leads for other resale shops that may potentially have some games for sale. I’ll update this list accordingly to continue to help out fellow retro gamers in finding new games to play and collect.