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Your favorite Antique/Flea market finds

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Love reading through the stories of big, wall, barn, back shelf finds. How about Antique/Flea Market finds, where you were wandering through to kill time and almost spit out your coffee, prompting your best "poker face" to inquire about that rusty can with the sellers who where not collectors. Wanted to relate my favorite. Love to hear and see your favorite.

Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA, 1983. The McDonalds had 25 cent burgers on Sunday, the same day as the flea market in the adjacent parking lot. My fraternity would head their and get about 16 each and head back. I stayed to wander the flea market. Came upon an older couple that were artists. The gentleman had 8 Stegmaier Quart cones as well as a Park Beer for sale. $5 each. They were rebuilt and touched up as he was an artist and not a collector. Bought them all. If you have a Steg Quart cone with a silver painted seam, it is most likely from this find.

Regarding the Park. Showed it to Art. L and he said to share it with the RB as there was discussion on whether or not this brand was commercially sold. The mint ones came from the brewery. Here is the dumper, so it was sold. This came from the F&S brewery in Shamokin, PA (Cedar and South Harrison street, by the Reading railroad tracks) You can bet I will attend any flea markets in that town.
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Re: Your favorite Antique/Flea market finds

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Over the years I have found several good cans at flea markets Most of which are still on the shelf, however here is the best $5 I ever spent for a can at one

Actually it was a friend of mine that found this one day. Knowing I collected cans and having seen my collection numerous times thru the years he knew the brand was not familiar to him and he figured for $5 what the heck!!

I’ll say what the heck!!!!

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So cool - a dream find. And the seller may think, what a sucker $5. But then again, whats in our attic that we might throw out. How about the prices on Lionel and American Flyer trains.

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I grew up near the Shipshewana flea market in Northern Indiana. Much of my childhood collection can be attributed to that flea market. Things were pretty simple back then. I had a cardboard suitcase that was leftover from a Boy Scouts fundraiser. I would fill it up with cans and walk around the flea market looking for people who had cans. There was a guy with a red beard who often showed up with a bread truck full of cans. He would look through my traders and tell me which ones he wanted. I would then pick an even number of cans from what he had and we would trade even up (5 tabs for 5 tabs, 5 flats for 5 flats, etc.).

Unfortunately, I no longer remember my best deal from that flea market but I always came home happy.
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