Remember Nova Fontana? It was a specialty store from way back that sold toys, books and other stuff. I remember scouring their stores for Dragonlance books, graphic novels, and other hard-to-find Dragonlance stuff. My husband remembers getting excited just walking into Nova Fontana. He used to buy Centurions toys, G.I. Joes, Dino Riders, Transformers; toys that were really popular in the ’80s.
Nova Fontana no longer exists. I remember being disheartened when I saw it close down at the old SM Carpark and at Shoppesville Greenhills. Last weekend though, my husband and I came upon two stores in Shoppesville that had so many old toys and old books. We went absolutely ga-ga. Old RPGs, Dragonlance, the toys he got when he was a kid, an old family computer, old Lisa Frank stuff, old toy planes… what a treasure trove! As it turns out, all the stock there were from Nova Fontana! We learned that the owner of Nova Fontana still had all these old toys and books, and had decided to hold a clearance sale.
Some of you may be interested. The sale started a few weeks ago and will continue to go on till all the stuff is gone. The prices are relatively low, the stuff relatively old but still in good condition. This will probably be a haven for collectors. The place is a bit cramped and dusty though so get ready to sweat and sneeze.
So far I’ve scored an old Dragonlance Atlas (for only P99), a 1985 Dragonlance calendar (for only P50), a Marvel Superheroes RPG kit (P99), and my husband got old GI Joe figures, Dino Riders, and an X19 Phantom Stealth Fighter Jet at good prices. There are a lot more things — old paint-by-number kits (I’m not sure about the paint’s quality though!), an old wooden dollhouse, lots of toy planes and jets, old figures and dolls whose names I don’t remember, board games (I saw a Dungeons and Dragons cartoon one for only P50), lots of old fantasy books and RPG, old posters…
It’d be best if you see it for yourself. Be prepared to say the following lines: “Oh my gosh!”, “Hey do you remember this…?”, “I had one like this before!” or “Uuuuuuuuuy!” (said in the tone of one hitting gold unexpectedly). One store is right behind Tropical Hut in Shoppesville, the other store at the area of the old Aristocrat, also of Shoppesville. There are no store signs, just a piece or two of bond paper with the words “Clearance Sale” taped to the glass windows. I’ll be there this weekend, and my husband definitely will be. We’ll probably be there next weekend again, if there are still supplies. Let’s see. And let’s see if we see each other there.
Read Nostalgia Manila’s memories of Nova Fontana. Thanks for helping me spread the word, NM!