I visited the DC Big Flea yesterday and was thrilled to see the number of vendors with pop culture collectibles in their booths was bigger than ever. I’ve been to this show many times and it just gets better and better for people like me who aren’t too interested in antique furniture but can’t get enough pop culture.
One of the reasons I love going to shows and events is that I can talk with the vendors about what they are selling and the collectibles business in general. I buy and sell plenty of stuff, and I learn a ton by seeing what’s out there and the prices that are being asked.
Every vendor I spoke with was happy to answer my questions and allowed me to take some pictures of their great treasures. Here are some of the highlights…
This display case of vintage Mego figures was on the bottom of a huge stack of display cases filled with action figures, G.I. Joes, and accessories. See something that would fill a gap in you Mego collection? Drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and Mary will take care of you.
The vendor with this great vintage Western memorabilia can be found on eBay under the seller name “Vintage Point.” They had a big selection of tin toy cars and military vehicles as well.
One of my favorite “regulars” at the Flea is Yesterday’s Toys, who can be found online at http://www.icollect247.com/yesterdaystoys. They consistently bring fantastic items and are always a great resource of information on what’s hot in the pop culture collecting universe.
I really wanted to bring these guys home with me and am still debating why I didn’t.
ICollect247.com vendors occupied a few booths at the show. It sounds like they might just give eBay a run for their money. Here are some great items you might find on the site (if they didn’t sell at the show). That wooden Superman figure was really cool, and something I have never seen.
If you have never been to an antique show or flea market, give it a shot. You might be surprised that “antique” can be a pretty broad term.