Third Earth geeks out

The Coast - - SHOPTALK -

Dave Mullins wasn’t about to let the film tax credit take him away from Hal­i­fax. Af­ter a decade of work­ing as an edi­tor, he—like many oth­ers—had to re­think his path af­ter a lay­off, and it turned out geek gear was the an­swer. “I’ve had col­leagues move away to Toronto and Al­berta, and we thought about it,” he says. “We wanted to stay in Nova Sco­tia, we didn’t like the idea of leav­ing, it’s our home. We thought, ‘what can we do as a fam­ily that com­bined our ex­per­tise and pas­sion?’ We are col­lec­tors, we have a knowl­edge of th­ese things, it’s a cul­ture we love.” That’s when Mullins and his wife Glenna teamed up to bring Third Earth Col­lectibles to the north end, 5576 Corn­wal­lis to be ex­act (it shares a space with Oc­topi Com­put­ers). “We wanted to be a lit­tle more niche, so we didn’t want to go too far down the comic road, we wanted to cater to the same de­mo­graphic, but in­clude not just geek comic cul­ture, but pop cul­ture too,” says Mullins. Cur­rently the shop is stock­ing things like ac­tion fig­ures, buy-and-sell toys, ac­ces­sories and apparel that aren’t just all about your reg­u­lar su­per­heroes, but your favourite TV shows and movies, too, tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from Amer­i­can chain, ThinkGeek. “It’s a busi­ness, but it’s also fun. We’re pas­sion­ate about it, we care deeply about it,” says Mullins. “Eight-hun­dred pieces showed up at the store and I said to my wife, it feels like Christ­mas day. I get to open up all th­ese boxes and look at the toys, I just don’t get to keep them.”

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