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Display case heavenDisplay case heaven

Tiamat26Tiamat263 meses atrásDiary
Most times I see a thread about alternative to Detolfs from Ikea and I think to myself what else is there out there. Now I have found many a display case out there but not that really take into consideration displaying tall items. Most times you are limited by the height in-between each shelf. Detolfs are decent height wise when you consider all of the alternatives out there.

When I first started to collect I bought a Klingsbo and thought that it looked really cool, it had 5 shelves and was a little smaller height wise then a Detolf. The plus side to this was that it already had its own 4 legs so there was no need to buy yet another piece of furniture to raise the display case.

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I was wrong when it comes to Klingsbo's unless you mostly favor Nendo's, Figma's and certain 1/8 scale there is not much you can set up in one of those stands. The height in-between each shelf is not all that high. We are talking about just under 10 3/4' clearance between each shelf. By comparison the Detolf have about 15 3/4 ' clearance between shelves so you can bit a lot taller figurines in those shelves.

This brings me to a company that I knew nothing about SO|SHOWCASES. I bet everyone here has walked into a department store and seen one of these.

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Anyone in Canada can go into the postal office and this is the company they use to show off the pieces from the Royal Canadian Mint. So I looked into them to see what exactly they were and just how much a show case from them could be worth.

I little bit of back story first. I was in a shopping mall a month or so ago and I noticed this place was closing their secondary outlet for cloths and other things. I saw this display case in that shop and decided to ask if it was for sale. I knew nothing about it other then it looked cool and I knew with some restoration I could make an awesome figurine display case. The proprietor said no it was not for sale because she wanted to possibly use it in another location. That is when i grabbed the name of the case and looked at them online.

The closest I could find that was on the site was this one

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1055/9364/products/V0-LK_Satin_Anodized_large.JPG.

I also found this one in their rental section It looks closer to the one at the store I was at.

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1055/9364/files/rental-T1-S.jpg

This the first little puppy which is shorter than the one in the picture has no center column and none adjustable shelves and was a whopping $ 1355 US. I looked at other sites for these and saw some go all the way up to $4500 US that were the same size as the one in the picture.

Let's just say I gave up on the ideal of buying one outright. With those prices I would rather get an army of Detolfs and spend more on the figurines themselves. About a week ago I had to make a trip to the department store where I had seen the display case. I walked in and it was in it's new location and being used. I was dissapointed of course to see this and I uttered to the clerk at the counter

" Oh great you found a place for the display case. "

She quickly responded that they had just made this space for it as it was for sale for the last 3 weeks but no one had offered a decent amount of money. I turned around and said

" WHAT "

" I had asked to buy this a month or so ago and was told it was not for sale. "

A week passed and that feeling in the pit of my stomach was not right. I was not happy to know that they had tried to sell it and that I had offered to buy it. By this time I knew the pricing of these and was not sure what the owner was going to say if she was going to sell it to me.

I made my way to the store a week after I found out that the case was at one point being sold. I talked to the proprietor and asked if she was still selling the case as her sister said it was being sold a week before. Long story short I took out every skill I had from doing sales for 30 years and basically asked her what she was offered. It was ridiculous what people were offering her. 15 bucks 20 bucks 60 buck. I asked her what she wanted to get out of it and she said $ 150.00 but that she was not sure that she wanted to sell it as it was now being used in the store. I asked


Would $ 200 buy it?


She called the owner and we struck a deal at $200 CDN That was a week ago. Today was the big day I hired movers to get the case from the store and bring it over to my place. It won't fit downstairs at the moment ad it is too tall but I will customize it so it can go in the basement with the rest of the Detolfs and the Klingsbo.

So after deliver fees of $ 140 (inc tip) I now have this huge display case that I can't wait to get fixed up and get into the basement.

Here are some pics for you. It goes to show that if you want something just keep trying to get it. I know you have to be at the right place at the right time but it can happen just like it happened to me.

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I will make a new blog when it will come time to customize the case. Hope that you enjoyed the blog and I hope to see comments below. Show off your own display cases please be my guest.

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Tia
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Tiamat26 (3 meses atrás) #28559838The point being is that it is worth that and more but I did not pay that much for it. I only paid $ 200.00.

I Understand what u are trying to say :D I'm always interested in the
glass cabinet at Canada Post office or at some optician store wondering where i could get those. Now i know its crazy expensive :O
3 meses atrás
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HentaiXXX (3 meses atrás) #28509948I think ill stick with IKEA's DETOL Glass cabinet for now. 1400 for a glass cabinet is wayy too expensive for me.

The point being is that it is worth that and more but I did not pay that much for it. I only paid $ 200.00. That is still more expensive then Detolfs but it does have a different look to it.

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Tia
3 meses atrás
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Tiamat26 (3 meses atrás) #28505267Would love to see pics of that one .
Do you have any?
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Tia


Oh it's nothing special. I just used some scrap mahogany from the person I know's work to redo the shelving. Before it was liable to crack in half from the weight.
3 meses atrás
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I think ill stick with IKEA's DETOL Glass cabinet for now. 1400 for a glass cabinet is wayy too expensive for me.
3 meses atrás
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When I first went looking for display cases the first thing my parents said was "check craigslist and sometimes stores close and sell them." I'm keeping this in mind when we buy a house come April and I can invest the money in a "real" case. Congrats on getting yours!
3 meses atrás
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Rejean235 Give her a weapon
I like my Billy because the height is adjustable and number of figures they can hold. Detolfs are nice and having glass all around is certainly a plus. I'll see your acquisition next time I visit your place.
3 meses atrás
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Tiamat26 (3 meses atrás) #28505200I am in the finishing touches of a reno I did that started in the summer time. The pocket door you see was never there. I completely gutted the laundry room and re-built it from scratch. Once all the red paint is done with ( takes like a zillion coats ) I will take off the plastic that covers all the windows.
That is why I cant start on this cabinet. I have to finish one project before I start another.
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Tia
OOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH
Fam, that makes so much sense lol
3 meses atrás
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Tiamat26 (3 meses atrás) #28505200I am in the finishing touches of a reno I did that started in the summer time. The pocket door you see was never there. I completely gutted the laundry room and re-built it from scratch. Once all the red paint is done with ( takes like a zillion coats ) I will take off the plastic that covers all the windows.
That is why I cant start on this cabinet. I have to finish one project before I start another.
= )
Tia
OOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH
Fam, that makes so much sense lol
3 meses atrás
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CollectorCrazy (3 meses atrás) #28493106I almost bought a really nice used display case. I ended up going with a cheaper, smaller one I customized using mahogany.

Would love to see pics of that one .

Do you have any?

= )

Tia
3 meses atrás
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DYRL (3 meses atrás) #28491612Can I ask for the story behind that door?

I am in the finishing touches of a reno I did that started in the summer time. The pocket door you see was never there. I completely gutted the laundry room and re-built it from scratch. Once all the red paint is done with ( takes like a zillion coats ) I will take off the plastic that covers all the windows.

That is why I cant start on this cabinet. I have to finish one project before I start another.

= )

Tia
3 meses atrás
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