My wife and I took a little road trip up to Door County, WI this weekend (left the little one with my sister for the first time). I was excited to hit all the antique and junk shops looking for old diecasts. Alas, most of them were closed (still too early for most of the tourist traps to be open), but I still managed to get some good stuff.
I picked this tray of 12 up for $6.00 at a consignment shop. I was after these:
Up front is a beat-up Yatming Chevy stepside. The tailgate works. I was actually most excited for this one, because I had two of these in my childhood collection that are long gone, and I had no idea who made them. This condition is similar to the ones mine were in, but now that I know what it is, I can look for something a bit better looking to go with it.
The back row has more amazing finds. From left to right, is a Majorette Toyota Pick-up, complete w/ a bunk of lumber in the bed. A MBX Chevy van and a Countach (for the life of me I can't figure out how I, a child of the 80's that had not one, but TWO Countach posters on the wall, never had a Countach diecast). Finally, a Lensley Ford wrecker that needs a little love to get rolling, but is all there.
These are available for sale or trade. If nobody wants them, I'll just put them in my kid's play bin.
At another resale shop, I spotted this cool little wooden concrete truck.
Imagine my surprise, when I flipped it over, and saw who manufactured it.
I also hit the local Walmart and Shopko. The purple Cuda and Stingray will go in my daughter's Easter basket. The Archie Supervans were on clearance for $2.50. I will either customize them, or they will donate their wheels, not sure yet. The Cool Classics I would consider trading, but I'll happily keep them, if nobody has anything more interesting to offer.
I also had a couple packages waiting when we got home. The first is from ebay. The Bywayman on real riders will be combined with the one with a plow, along with some other stuff I have up my sleeve, to make a custom version of the truck my dad had when I was a kid. The other two were pretty much mint, cheap, and from the same seller, so I couldn't resist.
Finally I had a package from our own Craig Oesterling. He was cool enough to pick up another of the JL/Ertl/Tomy Jeep Wagoneers that he found at Tractor Supply for me.
I'm a sucker for a 1:64 diecast with a working tailgate :)
After this weekend's mega-haul, I better focus on selling some more of the cars I'm done with!