Seattle >Shopping > Gary's Games & Hobbies
8539 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810347.691649 -122.355463
Neighborhoods: Greenwood, Northwest, Northwest Seattle
Great game store! – I've been going to Gary's for years now, and I will be the first to admit, it isn't a perfect 'cookie cutter' mall board game shop. But, what it lacks in fancy shelves, paint and carpet, it makes up for in character, uniqueness and employees who know their business.
This store is an older business that has been part of the Greenwood community for over 20 years. They have a great variety of hobby and game supplies including all of the best board games, war games, RPGs, model cars, model rockets, miniatures and almost anything you might need to enjoy whatever hobby you like.
Gary's is also the only store I know of to carry an amazing selection of used board games and RPGs--there is always something new coming in and its worth checking every few weeks for some gem that you can't find anywhere else for a comparable price.
Finally, the employees at Gary's know their business. They have both been working there for years and they know their games. I have often heard them help a customer figure out the name of a game they enjoyed years ago and just can't remember except for a few details. I'm not sure what the other reviewer experienced with bad customer service. I've seen the employees get consumed trying to teach games to customers, or getting pulled into a corner to answer someones hobby supply questions, but I have NEVER seen them ignore a customer intentionally.
Don't pass this place up in favor of newer stores--you'll be missing out!
Great Selection, rubbish staff. – The Good: A great selection of games here... i am sick of game stores that cary only WoTC and White Wolf games, and this place has some rare gems indeed.
The Bad: I know this is a game store, and i prefer lax staff to the hard sell types... but when i am standing at the counter for 15 minutes and the clerk is too busy gaming with his buddies to take my money, i walk out. i should never have to beg some counter-jockey to PLEASE come take my money, and i say this as a former long-term counter jockey myself. Also, when i come up to you and ask abotu the seemingly high price of a used copy of an outdated edition of an obscure game... Try maybe being polite? Something like "I'm sorry, store policy prohibits price haggling on our used game stock." or SOMETHING. Don't get all in a huff and act rude to the point of trying to make me feel like an idiot for daring to ask about it.
Bottom Line: I HATE ordering things online and paying shipping and handling and waiting for a week or more to get any product, but i'll gladly do that before stepping foot in this establishment again.
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