BJ's Country Corner, Villa Park. IL. Longshot...anyone remember it?
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So nostalgia gripped me, and when I was a kid I lived in the Chicago Suburbs, a town called Villa Park.

 

There was a place called BJ's Country Corner. It was mostly antiques, bric-a-brac, but he did stock new release comics, and had a wall of short boxes with mostly Bronze age books. This would be early to mid 1980's. I remember the smell of old paper, and he would price the back of the comics in pencil (most stuff was under 65 cents for Bronze Comics that were 35 cent cover price and below). He had another section in back where he kept the X-Men, because at they were the hot book at the time, and he did have some Silver Age X-Men in there. But again, mostly Bronze Age comics. I do know at one time he told me he had a X-Men #1 he was willing to sell for $500. At that time $500 was a lot of money for an early teenager. Should have save my First Communion money.

 

Question- Has anybody on these boards ever frequented the place? I think it was on Ardmore Ave. There is nothing online I can find about it. It was an old shop, run by a guy in his 60's. Probably closed pre internet days.

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BJ's Country Corner was, indeed, on Ardmore in Villa Park. The owner was Hank (something) and BJ was Hank's wife's name so he named the place after her. He was a good guy who ran a Saturday con a few times a year in the late 70s / early 80s. I believe it was nicknamed Relax-a-Con because it was so laid back.

 

I bought a Red Raven 1 from Hank for a decent price. He didn't pay much for back issues and liked making a quick profit when he got something good.

 

Nice memories.

 

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Yes, it was the first place I ever bought old comics. I loved that place. It closed in 1990 if I am remembering right, I still have the flyer for their going out of business sale when they had everything 50 percent off or more. I got a bunch of comics there then for cheap. I think they moved to Arizona and opened a store there.

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I guess it was 1989, not 1990 that they closed. I still miss that place and miss that smell of old paper it had, some of the comics I bought there still have that great smell lol

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There was a place called BJ's Country Corner. I think it was on Ardmore Ave.

Is this it?

 

 

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On 2/6/2017 at 2:15 AM, Domo Arigato said:

Is this it?

 

 

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That's it. It was painted red back when it was BJ's. I drive by it ever once and awhile when I am in that area, such nostalgia.

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Looks like a cool store! 

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Wow thanks everybody.  Yes that looks very familiar, especially the front windows, and you are correct Catman, it was red (and what a great flyer artifact).   Such a big part of my early 1980's childhood.  I used to walk down there from Church on Sundays, then walk home, about a 1 1/2 miles .    I was into GI Joe, and Moon Knight back then.   I also picked up many Iron Man Bronze age issues there, and my first Silver Age purchase ever, an X-Men #47.   Unfortunately, those books are long gone, and I have to rebuild those particular runs.   Thanks again! 

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Yep, I remember it well, having grown up in Villa Park (on the most southern side, so it was actually a long bike ride as a kid to B.J's!). It was on Ardmore and it was red brick back in the day. I started going there when there were no comic boxes and all the comics were stacked in grocery bags trimmed to about one foot high; plus, there were still some grocery items. Over the years I bought comics, paperbacks, postcards, etc. there. I attended many of the "Relax-a-cons" and probably at least half my comics were purchased at these cons!

I have some flyers and at least one newspaper article that I'll scan at some point and post here.

p.s. the owner's name was Hank Franklin.

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Please do PopKulture, and yes, Hank sounds familiar.   They had baseball cards too, but those were pretty much picked over.  I had a friend with two older brothers who cleaned out his Hall of Famers from the 1950's/1960's. 

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On 2/10/2017 at 8:59 AM, PopKulture said:

Yep, I remember it well, having grown up in Villa Park (on the most southern side, so it was actually a long bike ride as a kid to B.J's!). It was on Ardmore and it was red brick back in the day. I started going there when there were no comic boxes and all the comics were stacked in grocery bags trimmed to about one foot high; plus, there were still some grocery items. Over the years I bought comics, paperbacks, postcards, etc. there. I attended many of the "Relax-a-cons" and probably at least half my comics were purchased at these cons!

I have some flyers and at least one newspaper article that I'll scan at some point and post here.

p.s. the owner's name was Hank Franklin.

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I never visited the store, but I do remembering buying books from them at the Chicago Minicons in the '80s.

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On 2/12/2017 at 10:32 AM, 143ksk1 said:

I never visited the store, but I do remembering buying books from them at the Chicago Minicons in the '80s.

Cool!  

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