If you have a hobby, you are in the majority. It is estimated that 80 percent of Americans have one of more hobbies. A hobby can range from an activity to a sport, or maybe a collection of some type. Since there is typically an object or piece of equipment needed to take part in a hobby, a visit to a retail store or hobby shop is usually a regular occurrence. Hobby shops feature some of the most friendly people on earth, and there is no exception with the various hobby shops in and around Atlanta. So whether your hobby helps you pass the time or you are an enthusiast, here are some of the finest hobby shops around Atlanta.

A model train (Photo by Rick Limpert)

Atlanta Hobby
6100 Parkway North Drive
Cumming, GA 30040
(678) 513-4450
www.atlantahobby.com

Atlanta Hobby in Cumming carries a little of everything. Cliff, the owner, does a great job keeping up on the latest trends in hobbies as evidenced by his vast selection of drones and drone accessories. If you aren’t into drones, Atlanta Hobby still has a full line of radios, tools and toys to take a look at and pick up. Atlanta Hobby also has any number of products that are educational in nature and fun for the entire family. Atlanta Hobby also has a full line of “ready to fly” rockets that are always fun to launch come the spring.

Eddie’s Trick Shop
70 S. Park Square
Marietta, GA 30060
(800) 529-4314
www.eddiestrickshop.com

Just a mention of Eddie’s Trick Shop will bring a smile to the face of most Atlantans. What started as a magic shop has grown into a retailer with over 5000 products. At “Eddie’s,” you can get everything from books to puppets to hats and all sorts of novelty items. Eddie’s carries the unique and unusual items you won’t see anywhere else. A trip to Eddie’s can be an eye opener, but chances are you will find something for yourself or someone else with a hobby.

Gold And Coin Exchange
1185 N. Cobb Parkway N.W.
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 419-0292
www.goldandcoinexchange.com

If you are a coin collector, or collect anything gold as a hobby, you want to make frequent visits to Gold and Coin Exchange in Marietta. Gold and Coin Exchange is a licensed precious metals dealer with scales certified by the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture. Gold and Coin Exchange buys and sells jewelry, coins and watches, so they are the perfect place to get that rare piece. The staff here is very friendly and helpful, so come in and shop.

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On Deck Sportscards And Collectibles
875 Oak Road
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 985-1557
www.ondecksportscards.com

Once again, baseball and sportscard collecting is on the rise, and popular with sports fans of all ages. On Deck Sports Cards not only buys and sells cards and sports items, but they also have auctions, consignment items and onsite authentication from the good people at JSA. The new baseball card sets are on the way, so you might want to get with On Deck and make sure they will have what you need and want.

The Hobby Shop – Stockbridge
5725 N. Henry Blvd.
Stockbridge, GA 30281
(770) 389-0686
www.stockbridgehobbyshop.com

The Hobby Shop in Stockbridge is your one stop for everything RC, pine car, trains and more on the south side of town. Offering the community a big selection and more than fair prices, The Hobby Shop has been going strong since 1989. Open Monday through Saturday, it’s fun to just come in and look at all the model cars and airplanes. For model and train fanatics, The Hobby Shop has it all.

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Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything sports and tech-related. His work can be found at Examiner.com.