@Star2236 me too! My husband…not so much… I’m adding welding to the wheelhouse this month. Now I will have lasers, glass/ceramics and molten metal at my disposal. Should yield some interesting results!
@Koolhandjoe Hmm vintage cameras eh? How would you like to buy a 1998 Olympus OM1 and a pile of lenses, some filters flashes, several different mirrors, cases for all… It all works however I suspect the foam seal needs replaced. Also there is a spec of dust you can see through the view finder.
@Koolhandjoe I would definitely be interested in that if you can get your hands on one and work your magic. She has Elmos from all over the world , but I’ll bet she doesn’t have one that has been monsterfied. In fact, any Elmo that would you could monsterfy would do.
State, park, and other different quarters since they started coming out. I used to keep them all (ended up with $800 in state quarters but still missing one state mintmark untill I specifically bought it). I don’t save any more state quarters (got multiple sets) except for Nevada (my home state) but do save all the newer ones still.
Copper pennies, 1981 and older. Bicentennial quarters, halves, and dollars.
The very occasional silver US coin I see in change. Got a bag of them in safety deposit box inherited or saved for decades.
Some Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) memorabilia and systems that can and do run VMS, the best commercial/scientific O/S ever.
@Star2236 I actually started out collecting pennies, and had a couple of collecting book/folders that were pretty full (missing the real rarities). It just became a habit, and when .gov changed to the shitty plated zinc pennies, I just started setting aside the copper ones I came across in change. I don’t go out of my way to find/buy them.
Many wheatback pennies have numismatic value (worth more than a few cents). Any copper penny has a metal melt value of about 2.9 cents apiece today, based on current copper prices. I do not plan to melt them down but in a way they are their own small store of value.
If you look at ebay for just bulk copper pennies (not even wheatback) they are often selling for 2x face value plus shipping (sometimes up to 3x or a little more).
Coincidentally nickels are 75% copper, 25% nickel, and currently worth about 5.9 cents each in metal value.
@duodec everyone’s talking about your coins, but wait, you have working VMS systems? Important part of my college and early work career; fond memories. When I listed my 280ZX for sale, I said $11,780 because the VAX 11/780 was the “hot VAX” at the time. I don’t think anybody got the meaning, but it must have been fun if I still chuckle about it 40 yrs later.
@pmarin yep. I have a VAXstation 3100m76, an Alphastation PWS600au, and an Alphaserver DS10 in functioning (though it has been a few years since I booted the VAXstation) condition. The PWS is licensed, the others are running the last of the HP Hobbyist licenses that expire at the end of the year.
@duodec@Star2236 Look at the 1943 and 1944 cents. In 1943, the made the steel cents (because of the war), but some 1943 cents that are copper and some 1944 cents that are steel, snuck through and are worth BIG bucks.
Actually, there are quite a few different varieties of pennies that are worth a bunch. You can find all kinds of info online, or follow collectors on YT.
Also, this year is the last year they will be making pennies, so keep your eye out for rolls of 2021’s. Some of them are selling for $30 -$40 bucks!!
Some stores, like Walmart or grocery stores, will give you rolls, as well, if they have them (large store like Walmart always have them). Those are actually great to go through because they haven’t been ‘picked’ through if you’re looking for error coins or rarities.
For new pennies, you can ask at stores, but you might have better luck at a bank. Most banks will just give you what they have. You can ask for new pennies, but don’t be surprised if they don’t give them to you. Just keep trying.
No. Not phasing them out, they are just going to stop minting them. There will be plenty in circulation for eons to come because of the volume already out there, but what’s out there is it.
Warning…if you get into coin/currency collecting, it’s addicting! There’s a lot to learn about it, but it can be very rewarding financially. It’s also very relaxing, challenging, interesting, and fulfilling. Every coin you receive as change is like a treasure hunt!
Right now I’m going through a box of 50 cent pieces. Cool!
If you have any questions, let me know!
Got interested in buying memorabilia from TV shows past and present. Got a couple of things from I Dream of Jeannie, Twilight Zone and Alf. But all the trinkets I got gathered dust and couldn’t be displayed properly.
Bought a couple of things from the “Americans” (license plates and FBI ID cards) and “Dexter”-door name plate.
Had these things mounted and framed-See below.
I have collected postcards since I was very young. I couple early ones are addressed to me as a 3-4 year old with the message to tell me not to bend them. Of course them are creased everywhere. I always liked having a picture with the little bit of information about it on the back from all over. I spent hours sorting and looking for new ones when I was young. It was a rule to send me a postcard when family went anywhere. I still look and purchase a few when I get out.
I have lots of Tom Clark gnomes. Planning to downsize them because space and I have some doubles.
A few other knickknacks type things just because I like them. Way too many things. This pile needs downsized too.
@compunaut E-bay sells them for $25 - $30, which is a bit steep for me. In my dream world, I’d like to pay $15 or so, but I know how it is.
No particular brand, but (back to my dream world), the Goodell-Pratt brand (eggbeater), the eggbeater made in Germany (don’t know the brand), and Miller’s Falls brand are supposed to be the best. The problem is making sure the teeth are in good shape and they engage well.
As for the brace bit, I’d prefer one with a short offset. They still make them, but I think a vintage one will be better built. I don’t know much about the brands of them. They sell, new, anywhere from $30 - $175. WAY too much for me.
I keep looking in pawn shops, etc., but haven’t found anything yet.
( I know far too much about this to be an old woman. lol)
Thanks for keeping an eye out for me! Let me know if you find something, please!
@Tadlem43 In my experience, pawn shops are better for power tools, and aren’t usually much of a bargain. I do better at estate sales & auctions for price; eBay is often a good resource due to the sheer volume available (also good for checking market value).
@speediedelivery@tinamarie1974 Don’t encourage her anymore. I told her last night when I got into bed I had posted a picture of her purse on Meh and I am sure she is going to want to see what people commented.
We went to an art exhibit earlier this week and while sitting around for it to open another women gave my wife a complement on the purse. I told that women the same thing-not to encourage her.
Running purse - that would be called a hip pack purse
Yard work purse - don’t need one if you are at your house, if you do that for a living you may need a backpack purse
rock climbing purse - at a minimum that is a chalk bag purse and depending on what you are doing rock climbing may include a drag kit purse (there are many kinds from day climb purses to if you are spending the night on the cliff face purse) , a climbing cam purse (you have many choices there from the minimalist carabiner clip to climbing harness purse to something far more fancy)…
Weigh lifting purse - that would be your purse you use to carry to and from the gym your change of clothes, gloves if you need them, water, etc.
And of course you can be fashion conscious with these as you can buy these purses to match your specialized shoes/clothes you’d use for these different activities.
Hmm… I’ll ponder this while I’m eating the pizza I have packed in my lunch purse.
Later, I’ll haul my work laptop home in my backpurse.
This weekend I hope to have a little time to remove my foot-purses and crack open a beer purse.
But right now I think my favorite purse is the large plastic one with a screw-off lid that I have under my desk. It is full of peanut M&Ms.
@Felton10@Limewater@speediedelivery@tinamarie1974 Ha! On river trips with adjudicated youth canoeing across the state of FL I got very good at eating my M&M’s (aka vitamin M when we talked about our stash around the kids) out of my 1 liter water bottle purse while I was in the stern of a canoe with a JD in the bow. Never got caught doing it.
I would like to collect irks, but since they have gone to 50 and 100 that collection isn’t going so well these days.
Actually used to collect dolls as a kid, ships in bottles as an adult (although limited the number to something far fewer than that elmo collection. Mine all fit on one shelf and no that shelf is not the length of a house or room). Someone would probably accuse me of collecting camping gear although all of it is old, but usable. Oh wait - that would be collecting vintage camping gear. Right? I used to have a fairly large collection of musical instruments including a number of tin whistles (I play everything I have) but I have sold off a lot of it and just kept the things I play the most. And I believe I have an inadvertent collection of cat toys, mostly stored under and behind furniture.
@Tadlem43 Hey, I have a cat collection too! Not deliberately but if they were worth money I’d be rich! All they are worth is keeping the mouse population low which is actually worth a lot when you live on a farm.
I have several collections… magnets from travels, decks of used playing cards from casinos I have stayed in Vegas, vintage cookbooks,
some antiques. But after spending the last few months trying to cull my mom’s house of over 60 years of collecting, I am seriously rethinking the whole collecting thing.
@ironcheftoni That does bring a new and unhappy perspective to things, doesn’t it. We had to let so much go when clearing our parents’ homes; it was just impossible to keep or ‘individually handle’ all of it.
@duodec she’s always had a problem with collecting but the last 20 years is bordering on obsession. First buying nearly every cooking related item on QVC; in multiples because for gifts you know. Then shopping local estate sales and garage sales. I’ve counted 10 cookware sets; one has never been used that my sister took. Hundreds of Lock & lock storage containers.
Countless pieces of depression glass. SEVENTEEN deviled egg plates. I know Marilyn Schwartz once wrote in A Southern Belle Primer that a deviled egg plate is an absolute must have in all Southern Women’s homes but I don’t think she meant to have 17 of them.
My folks have sold their business, they have talked about moving into a smaller place but the main issue is mom wants to keep everything.
@duodec@ironcheftoni My parents, but especially mom, had the ‘depression mentality’ and always had extra stuff stashed. She isn’t as bad as her mom was though. When she downsized it was easier to have her tell me the story of, for example, each piece of fabric she had - what she bought it for, who she was going to make something for, etc. Took a better part of the day to go through all her fabric but she found it less stressful and easier to part with stuff than my sister’s approach which was, “you have 5 seconds - which box - keep, donate, give to someone specific?”. Also taking photos of some stuff, keeping just the photos, helps too.
MeTV had a show (I think it has ceased production) called “The Collector’s Call” that spot-lighted people’s collections, and I think that Elmo collection looks to almost be at that size and scope.
@DrWorm Oh dang, I hope it’s not over for good! They had pandemic episodes and everything! I geniunely love that show.
Cool lady appraiser: I have brought what is essentially a gift for your collection and would like a token piece of garbage in return.
Collector: … No… No, I need the token piece of garbage. Everything is important.
Cool lady appraiser: Here it is anyway.
One thing I didn’t mention was when I was going though my “Breaking Bad” obsession period. I had seen an interview on Sunday morning with Bryan Cranston on CBS Sunday morning about his 6th and final season was about begin next week and it sounded interesting (had been watching Dexter which aired at the same time). So I bought the DVDs and watched all the previous episodes (approx 56 of them) in 8 days so I would be up-to-date and could start watching the new season in real time.
Tried to get some of the shows memorabilia but it was really expensive-got a small pack of the blue meh (rock candy actually) and a small piece of the tarp that they used to cover houses when they were cooking meh inside. But this was the best thing I got.
I’m a girl so I have a thing for purses and shoes. But as collections go I collect shot glass from city/state I’ve been or if someone goes somewhere I ask them to bring me back a shot glass. I also have a small collection of those glass paper weights with the flowers inside and really cool uniquely made wind chimes. Everything’s still packed away from moving I need to find a way to display everything. I’d like to hand all my wind chimes in one room. I also like to have something g hand made to display my shit glasses