Show review – Slobby’s World


While the show was first released on the streaming platform Netflix back in 2018, it is a great show to binge while in quarantine.

Spencer Cameron, Staff Writer

During this quarantine, we’re all a little bored being stuck at home. Even if some of us still work, we all like to come home, put our feet up and relax on the couch with a nice show to watch.

Luckily, Netflix has us covered with its original show, “Slobby’s World.” All about 80’s and 90’s vintage pop culture clothing and items, owner Robert Hall gives us an inside look at how he finds, barters and buys items and then flips them for profit.

Robert Hall, better known by his moniker “Slobby Robby” is the majority owner of the pop-culture store “Generation Cool.” Located on 4th Avenue in Tucson, Arizona, the store resides a few blocks from the University of Arizona.

Not only does the show give you an idea on how his business is run, but it is informative as well. Whenever they sell an item or use slang that may not be known to the average person, the producers made a point of having Robby educate the viewer on the specific item being sold.

This is shown in the first episode. A customer comes in to buy some vintage Jordan 1’s in the “banned” colorway. Robby gives a background as to why it was banned by the NBA, and why it’s worth so much. He does it again when he sells the famous Back to the Future sneakers, the Nike Air Mags. He gives a detailed background on the sneaker, and it’s just a quality of life addition to the show.

Generation Cool not only sells old items, but they also do customizations. Robby gives an in depth preview at how they customize shoes, shirts and toys for customers who are willing to pay for it.

Along with the shop’s ingenuity, Robby also barters with people who can fix items that were once very valuable, but had their value diminished due to being damaged. In a later episode, he negotiates a trade with two guys to fix and restore a bucket of vintage hats. While he has to trade away an expensive shirt, the profit he can make from the hats is astounding.

Robby also makes a point as to how one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. In one episode, he takes his crew to a huge thrift store and challenges them to find vintage items for cheap, so he can eventually resell for massive profit. Robby explains how to find vintage items from the 90’s, such as shirts that are single stitched compared to double stitched. This basically means that the shirt was made to be more durable, and it’s a symbol of what clothing was before mass production.

My personal favorite part of the show is when he goes to a private collectors house to buy band and concert shirts. Metallica, Tool, Slayer, Def Leppard are just some of the bands displayed in the collectors massive shirt collection. Once again, Robby educates the viewer on how much each shirt he is buying is worth. The results amazed me. Old, raggedy shirts that are worth hundreds.

This show is well worth the watch. Some parts do make you cringe quite a bit, but other than that it’s very informative and actually quite inspiring. It’ll make you dig through your closet to check what your old clothes might be worth. What might be one man’s trash could be another man’s treasure.