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Flea Market finds

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Stich2442, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. Stich2442


    May 6, 2012
    The last few months I've been going to the big outdoor flea market to rescue old slipjoints, it's fun to treasure hunt for little gems and I feel like I have got some more than fair deals. Feel free to post your flea market, garage sales, or antique store finds.
    Here is what I have acquired so far:
    Kabar Peanut $8
    Schrade small stockman $10
    And today's finds a Hammer Brand USA with a tang stamp c. 1945-1955 $5
    And I think my best score yet Camillus TL-29 brand new c.1960-1976 $5
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  2. Humppa

    Humppa Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2010
    Hi Pete!

    Wow. Nice finds. All of these treasures are worth the money definitelly. That Schrade stockman and the TL-29 are really nice pieces :)

    Kind regards
  3. DrPenguin


    Mar 2, 2005
    I agree, that old Shrade is a real looker. Something about an old, well used and cared for knife with the long pulls on it just makes me smile. A real find. Kind of makes a man wonder what would have possessed a man to let a knife like that go doesn't it?

  4. gruntmedik

    gruntmedik Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2009
    Very nice! Seems that when I go hit the flea markets and yard sales, the best I can find is junk, overpriced, or both. There was one exception. I got a Red Vic Farmer for $14 or so.
  5. Doug Add

    Doug Add

    Jan 9, 2012
    My typical experience, too. Although one day I did find a couple old ones that I felt were worth bringing home: $14 for a Schrade 8OT and a Camillus 22 Pony Jack.


    I have since passed the Old Timer on to another, but the peanut sized Camillus is still with me.
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2012
  6. Stich2442


    May 6, 2012
    Thanks guys, I think people must get them at estate sales, the TL-29 was brand new had a thick coat of old sticky oil from when it was made, I have to sift through a lot of real junk, and you do get the shady guy that tries to rip you off, last Sunday I found a ulster stockman probably from the late 70's all three blades had play, fake plastic stag scales,thought it would make a good project to fix up, the seller was insisting it was made in Germany and said $65 is a fair price "I know my product", I obviously walked away from that one. The little Schrade is a gem when I got it the original owner used the blades so much they were round with no edge took a long time to bring it back to life but totally worth it. I'm really happy about the TL-29 brand new never used I've found a few that have had missing scales or totally rusted shut, or had serious blade play, I had already bought the Hammer Brand for $5, when I found it, I set a limit of $10 a week on one knife, so when I asked the seller how much and he said $5 I didn't even try and haggel over the price. Generally when they ask $12 or $15 I can get for $10, a lot of times the sellers just want to make a buck, the Schrade had no tag and was mint I thought it would be more, the old timer said give me $10 and it's yours, totally worth it, it's build like a tank. It's a lot of fun to get up early and walk around outside and look through about 200+ vendors, it's hit or miss, most of them get there at 4:30am and they pack up by noon, I can't wait for next Sunday to see what I can find.
    When I hit 524 post (married on 5/24/08 ) I will pay it forward with a giveaway, to share the wealth, something cool that I find at the flea market so stay tuned.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2012
  7. John G

    John G

    Jul 4, 2008
    Amazing finds! Every one is a gem, but I really love that Kabar. Congrats. :)
  8. Gevonovich


    Jan 17, 2011
    Half the fun is the journey!! I've already posted my finds so I won't post again. Great finds Pete!!
  9. Stich2442


    May 6, 2012
    I lost a Red Vic alox farmer in the early 90's it was my favorite, I could only hope it went to someone who enjoyed it as much as I did, and didn't end up in a landfill somewhere.
  10. gruntmedik

    gruntmedik Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2009

    I feel your pain. I have lost more knives than I care to remember when I was younger, and I was more worried about where and how the knife was being treated, than I was about not having it. I just can't stand the thought of a knife being mistreated.
  11. FarmKid


    Jun 7, 2012
    Great knives. I get most of my knives from the flea market. Yeah most of the people sellin old knives think they are worth a million bucks. I don't blame em tho, I think tha same of my knives too!
  12. rarreola


    Dec 4, 2010
    nice catch, great price.
  13. uchinanchukg


    Mar 30, 2009
    Great find Pete! I love that TL-29 what a great deal!
    I sounds like fun going to a flea market and finding hidden gems.

  14. Stich2442


    May 6, 2012
    I agree it's fun to search, two months 4 knives and a total of $28 dollars. I like getting them home and cleaning the up.

    And after a good cleaning fixed the bent tip, removal of rust and a new edge.

    The TL-29 just needed a cleaning of the old goopey oil, the edge is razor sharp still from the factory.

    My first TL-29, halfstops are great on it and the snap is extremely strong. Built like a tank.
  15. Gevonovich


    Jan 17, 2011
    Wow...they look brand new. This thread has stoked the flames...Its time for me to go on the hunt again!! A TL-29 has been on my want list for some time.
  16. Stich2442


    May 6, 2012
    Took me two years to find a good TL-29 but was worth it, I've been going to the flea market on and off for about 7-8 years, looking for musical instruments, resonators, dobros, mandolins, banjos, but all I ever find is junk. I have picked up hand tools on the cheap, chisels, linesmen's and dyke pliers, etc. very cheap a buck or two for five great for and work. If I find another good quality TL-29 I will use it for a giveaway.
  17. Gevonovich


    Jan 17, 2011
    I have been bitten by the antique hunting bug for a few years now myself. I really enjoy looking at all the old history. You just never know what you might come across. Its an inexpensive ways to have lots of fun and learn a lot along the way.

    I have really been into old books, lately. Especially, Louis Bromfield's books. One of the best authors of the century.
  18. Gevonovich


    Jan 17, 2011
  19. Stich2442


    May 6, 2012
    Thanks for sharing, what a great score, I'm gonna have to start looking in all the leather cases/ pouches. There was a Schrade leather sheath for a folder I didn't look in last Sunday, I'll check this weekend if it's still there.
  20. JerryIsAlive


    Jun 13, 2012
    Some real cool stuff in here. I have to take my car in for an oil change this weekend and a flea market is right up the street. Ill see if there are any hidden gems waiting for me

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