im sure many of us here go to flea markets and swap meets to fine some old toys and collectables but what do you usually keep an eye out for? like star trek related items or star ways, pokemon, certain movies theme toys ect
i usally just go and try to fine toys and collectables relating to either scifi theme or cartoon i grew up with
Last Edit: Oct 27, 2012 0:31:20 GMT -6 by 10incher
Post by countzackula on Jun 4, 2012 15:50:48 GMT -6
Rare, weirdo stuff...although, I never really find any...that's why I rarely bother going. Plus, I hate crowds...and lines...and traffic...and driving...and trying to find the flea markets using an old fashioned paper map since I'm too cheap to spring for a GPS since I'd rather spend the money on toys or comics, plus technology makes me curse endlessly.
yea i dont like going my self cause i need to wake up way to early but when i do i head to the local flea market thats always in the same place never realy know what i might i find since a lot of the sellers now aday get their inventory from purchasing storage leading to there could be anything from old broken toys to a whole collection of star trek toys and magazines and most sellers dont know the value of what they have so they either tent to give u a good price or completely over chagrining you and not wanting to go under that price even after u go on your phone and search ebay and point out that the same toy is worth half what they want
on good day i find stacks of comic books of around 50 and before i even ask how much the say $5 for the whole stack
Post by bowheadwhale on Jul 5, 2012 13:48:55 GMT -6
Crowds are indeed hard to stand, but hey, that is the price to pay to get the chance to find fun things for cheap! Old, retired unseen and barely known animals are my main target, of course: from such companies as AAA, Dor Mei, Funrise, Bullyland, Safari ltd, National Geographics, or simply "Made in Hong Kong/China. 1980's Imperial monsters or dragons would also be cool to find in flea markets. My AAA orang-utan couple (a male and a female) were found in the same flea market, about two years apart! What a good luck I had! So, if you wish to get a chance to be as lucky as I got, you'll have to fight your repulse for crowds! I'm telling you, it's worth it!
I am always looking for 1988 Mattel Food Fighters. For some reason that figure line was awesome to me. I always look for the figures, variants, vehicle and even loose limbs, helmets and weapons. Amazingly, I have found quite a bit of them while being out and about. Many people hated that line, but I friggin loved it.
One thing I normally look for are Universal Monster items. I bought some today at one. I got Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Mummy from Imperial's 1986 line for $20.00. I guess that's not too bad for all three loose. Dracula and Frankenstein's head hair and eyebrows are in need of a touch-up but besides that they are in reasonable shape.
Post by bowheadwhale on May 16, 2013 12:43:08 GMT -6
Do you know what I also love to find? Very, very small plastic animals. You know, the kind of miniature animals we find in tubes or bags in toy stores for a few bucks? I love those, because they are great tokens for board games. Lately, in winter, I made myself a "Zooloretthome" game with those ("Zooloretthome" being a home-made Zooloretto"). I made the little stores with bits of wood and the boards are painted canvas. The plastic animals are there to put in the enclosures.
I don't usually have much in mind. AT Joe and some old Mego stuff is what I used to look for. For a while it was wrestling figures. These days it's more Remco stuff and random odds and ends. I seem to go through phases of what I really like.
Every thing! LOL! but to be honest, since finding a Mego Robin at a fleamarket when I was 10, (long before the internet!) I always catch myself searching for Megos or vintage beater 12" Joes to restore... You know, toys with stories to tell.
for me it's definately the boxes of toys all jumbled up that the seller assumes they're practically worthless, usually priced as '50p Each', I've found some gems over the years including an Amanaman Staff, Lion-o's Sword of Omens, Daggit's tail, I even found a baggie with 3 of the SW Last 17 coins in! oh yes, love a good flea market!! In fact I'm off to another 1 t'moro!!!