Having Fun! Wish You Were Here !

No matter what you call it, Pickin’, Junkin’, Flipping, Rummaging, Antiquing— whether it is to re-sell an item to make a profit or simply fulfill a missing piece that will finish a cherished collection…. It is popular these days!

Of course I love Frank and Mike the American Pickers!!  However, I remember in the early part of the century a TV show on PBS from the BBC called Bargain Hunt.  It was a favorite of mine.  A pairs of people would team up with expert antique dealers/auctioneers/appraisers and set out with approximately $200 (equivalent to Pounds) to buy items that they think are valuable.  Those items, good or bad, would go to auction and see if there were interested parties who would buy it for more.  It was a simple show, informative, and fun.  I wish it were still on.

Recently, on regular TV there was a mid season filler show, called Buried Treasure with the Keno twins who went house to house to determine if families possessions were worth anything.  The idea was that after sitting on ‘buried treasure’ for so many years without knowing it, the sale of these items (those willing to part with them) would bring in enough revenue to make a difference in the families’ lives. 

I like to go to Antique Stores looking for treasures of my own.  Some places you can see are just selling old stuff that don’t really qualify for antiques, but it’s still worth it for sentimental value.  Many times my sister and I have jumped up and down when we found an old toy or board game from our childhood that we just had to have again in our adulthood.

Mostly I go looking for old baseball items, gloves, masks, etc., but not cards because its too easy to be ripped off when purchasing those.  I like general and local history items, naval or military objects to name a few.

My fellow travelers know that I’ve become attracted to buying all kinds of postcards from vacation destinations.  A word to the wise; don’t throw my postcards away !!  You can sell them at a profit of minimum $3.00 in 90 years from now !!

I went to an Antique Dealer’s show this weekend at theWaukeshaExpoCenter.  The majority of the booths had items that were far more expensive then I had anticipated paying.  That shows my naiveté of the business.  I really wanted an old stuffed handmade horse, but that was going for over $300.  Of course those were the only places taking credit cards, while the rest wanted cash only.

Checking the first thing off my list, I found a 1907 Case Tractor pin with the Eagle sitting on the orb.  It was a handmade pin that may have been worn by employees.  Case tractors had been a favorite of my sister’s for a long time so I purchased the pin as a gift to her.  A pin, the size of a quarter, going for $30, sold to me at a $5 discount (perhaps out of pity as I turned my pockets inside out looking for money). 

Next I found a mini two foot painted tapestry depicting World War I trench fighting called “Over the Top for Freedom.”  My sister has doubts on the age, despite the paint being cracked.  I like it regardless.  See I’m the type that isn’t concerned with the value.

Then I came upon a booth with boxes of old postcards.  I wouldn’t have spent the time looking through them, but the owners had them arranged in categories.  Although I would have liked to see a lot more, I chose to browse theMilwaukeepostcards.  Some of the artwork on the postcards is in color or black and white or photographic reproductions.  I picked out 27 of them before I started getting to some duplicates.  Mostly I picked them up because it struck me as resembling a picture that I had taken for my own collection.  That sparked a new project for me.  Now I have to go through my photo collection and see if I do indeed have a photo that matches the postcard and then I could frame them side by side. 

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Dates range from 1907-1918 on the postmark over the stamps.  Some I bought that weren’t even used, which makes it hard to determine the age, but I liked the picture.  It’s surprising to see the way they were addressed- for instance, Mr. Fred Oestruch,Marshfield,Wisconsin.  No street or house number at all.  Some took it literally when it said ‘this side for address only’ and then wrote their messages all over the front of the picture. 

The script writing is sometimes hard to read.  The majority were written by women, but I have a few from men.  What a difference, short and sweet.  And some are just too funny not to share!

May 27, 1909 To Meta from Theresa  “Received your postcard and was surprised to hear from you.  Thought you skipped the country- you are a dandy alright.  Just wait til I get to see you.  I caught a fine cold that night waiting for you and then you didn’t show up at all.  I’ll get even with you some day.”

July 10, 1908 From Nellie toLydia- Chicago,IL“Dear friend, I did not mean to be hard on you and you mist not feel offended. I was only joking and thought you would take it that way.  I know you are busy and it takes a lot of time to write.  It is to hot today.

I like this card because the picture is of my University- the red brick buildings Holton, Johnston and Merrill.  So it makes me wonder if this Edna had also gone away to school.   February 11, 1910 To Mrs. Lee Wittenmore from Edna “Got here all right but am rather lonesome.  I have been bumming around all day and am all tired out tonight.  Hope you will answer this card.  With love.



St.Josephat’s Basilica is on the front side of this one.   To Ella from N.M.A. December 12, 1911 “Hello Ella.  Well I suppose you did not feel like going to Eddie’s place did you tired out so?  But still you came.  Ha ha how did you enjoy Arthur Nasty?  Answer will you?  I will close.  Your friend.

 From Chas to Walter, August 30, 1911 “Hello, How are you.  I am now in No.McGregor.  Will leave in half an hour.”

The front of this card is City Hall.  To Edna from Dorothy Chicago, IL Jan 29, 1912 “Dear Edna,  How are you all? we are all ok.  Leap year is great, alright don’t you think?  So are you sick?  Please answer my last letter.  It is cold here.  Hope you had a happy season.”



2 thoughts on “Having Fun! Wish You Were Here !

    • Not exactly as cheap a chips were they now? I figure for something that was One hundred and three years old, I could spend three bucks on it. All the cards I bought ranged from $3-$4.50. It was quite an investment, but something I think I’d like to look for more of.


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