When I hit the yard sales and antique shops, I don’t really have a specific list of items I’m hoping to find, but I do have specific categories. Granted, I tend to stray from that list fairly often, but when it comes to things I really want to add to my collection, they tend to fall into the following categories…
Vintage Super Heroes
I focus mainly on collecting iconic characters — Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, and the Hulk. The variety of items that were created for these characters is endless, so I try to limit myself to buying items that were produced before the mid-80’s. This makes the hunt a little more difficult and keeps me from having a boatload of 1989 Batman merchandise clogging the shelves (though I do love those toys!).
Anything with a bubble-headed astronaut is going to catch my eye and, like with most things I collect, the older, the better. I don’t have a huge collection of space toys, mainly because they can be really expensive, but I am always happy when I stumble across something from the days of the great space race.
Damn Dirty Apes
There’s nothing better than an ape toy. Whether it’s King Kong, or Planet of the Apes, a good monkey is always going to catch my eye.
Pop Culture Hot Wheels
These are one of my newer obsessions. I’ve never been a huge diecast fan, but when you make a car that is based on a movie or TV show, I want it. I still don’t know what I’m going to do with these things but I think a large diorama would be pretty great. The added advantage of these cars is that they are one of the few items I can find on store shelves today.
Consider this the “short list,” because I always seem to find things that don’t fit into these categories. I’m not the only one with a list though. Be sure to check out the rest of the League of Extraordinary Bloggers this week to find out what they’re looking for, and maybe you can even make a trade!