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Thrifting for Tiki in the urban jungle
lucas vigor
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Posted: 2014-02-20 4:58 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-02-20 14:00, SandraDee wrote:
Why don't you read the title of this thread "Thrifting for Tiki in the Urban Jungle" and then get a clue.

Maybe the reason you start so many new threads is because you DON'T read or follow basic posting guidelines. Even unspoken/unwritten it seems EVERY other member but you can figure them out.


Your menu ain't no big score. If I wanted to I could have bought it off Etsy just like you did days before you did but I already have 2 of those menu in MUCH better condition so why would I? I didn't start a brand new thread on my menus when I found them because I care very little about paper finds. I just give them away or resell them. I am more into mugs.

You wonder why people don't contribute to your threads/get back to you about your collecting book..well hate to tell you but you come off like a dick and people who have been around on these boards for awhile--or heck even those considered "newbies" don't want to deal with more dickish behavior.


Uncle Trav and I have been forum friends for let's see 7 years just about (holy crap Trav!) and its people like him (not you) that make posting on the Collecting Tiki section fun....because they share stuff without rubbing anyone the wrong way.

Find stuff..post stuff..add your 2cents to threads that you can but READ and post in the correct places that things go..ain't that hard.

This isn't your personal blog..its a forum.


I really could care less but if you feel so inclined go ahead back to that "throwing tantrum" portion of your posting if you like. I am guessing you are a middle aged man stuck in a land locked state whose only tiki connection is Ebay and Etsy. Being "stuck" here in California within driving distance of 10+ tiki bars thriting at stores with shelves full of tiki swag I sympathize with your situation.

But hey thanks for tainting this fun thread here with more of your dickish behavior.

*Cyber high five* to you there guy!



Way out of line, Liz.

You see to have a particular problem with "middle aged men".....seeing how you called me "old man" in a PM not too long ago.
I find it ironic that you send your hate filled posts to people like me, ATP and now Tiki Tacky, calling some of us "sociopaths" here and in harassing posts on facebook....yet you fail to recognize your own part in things.


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SandraDee
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Posted: 2014-02-20 5:12 pm   Permalink

**YAWN**

Same old Lucas posting the same old shit.

Go troll someone else.

Actually let's go back to the Bahooka thread and talk about animals.

It's better that way.



 
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Big Kahuna
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Joined: Apr 11, 2007
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2014-02-21 5:05 pm   Permalink

Yeah, I do. The thrifts just seems to be my wasteland. I have great luck at antique malls & flea markets.
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On 2014-02-20 15:07, SandraDee wrote:
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On 2014-02-20 14:30, Big Kahuna wrote:
Jeepers, Trav! All I've ever found in the thrifts, around here, was a rocks glass from the Hukelau in Chicopee.



BK you do quite well with your finds. Sure you have your slim months but looking back on 2013 you found tons of great stuff!



 
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uncle trav
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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2014-02-22 04:52 am   Permalink

I may have mentioned this before. I go to many large antique malls in my area. I rotate which ones I hit during my rounds. Antique mall booth stock rotates much slower than thrift store stock so I give the malls some time to restock before I visit again. Spring in my area means that the dealers are out and fresh swag shows up in the mall booths. When you go to cash out at the mall ask the cashier if the dealer offers any discounts. Many many times the dealer has left a note offering ten to sometime twenty percent off. It never hurts to ask. Don't forget to ask the folks at the mall if any tiki items have come in lately. These folks know the dealers and the stock. Just thought I'd throw that out there based on my experience. It's the thrill of the hunt. Have fun!
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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2014-02-22 08:25 am   Permalink

I've got 4 "routes" I take when I go hunting. It really helps to get to know the dealers. My favorite multi-dealer shop has a spot reserved for my Tiki stuff. When I walk in, the first thing I do is check my spot. No Tiki stuff hits the floor without me seeing it first. Not only that, but 5 of the dealers pick with me in mind & know what to buy & what I'll pay for it. This is a huge benefit & they've found me some amazing stuff. I've also taken some stuff I wouldn't have, but we keep the lines of communication open & they rarely pick stuff I don't want.

 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2015-03-08 06:23 am   Permalink

Holy crap!!! It reached fifty degrees here yesterday with a sunny day. The big thaw is on. The first big outdoor antique show is just over a month away which also means spring cleaning in the northern climes. This is the time when some new finds start coming online. Hold on folks this cold can't last forever.
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uncle trav
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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2015-06-14 06:35 am   Permalink

Well I thought I would extend my search pattern into northern Ohio this weekend. Though technically not a thrift store my target was a 110,000 square foot antique mall. After a two and a half hour drive and half a day on the hunt I saw exactly one common bucket mug and a candle lantern shaped like a tiki. Believe me I took a very good look in every booth. Very discouraging. I have better luck in my home town. The mall was by no means a high end shop. When you see die cast NASCAR stuff you know that. I did pick up a good bottle of rum in Indiana and had a good time nonetheless. I'll still beat the bricks looking for that one good find.
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Thortiki
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From: Maryland (Land of Pleasant Tiki Living)
Posted: 2015-06-14 06:53 am   Permalink

uncle trav wrote:
Well I thought I would extend my search pattern into northern Ohio this weekend. Though technically not a thrift store my target was a 110,000 square foot antique mall. After a two and a half hour drive and half a day on the hunt I saw exactly one common bucket mug and a candle lantern shaped like a tiki. Believe me I took a very good look in every booth. Very discouraging. I have better luck in my home town. The mall was by no means a high end shop. When you see die cast NASCAR stuff you know that. I did pick up a good bottle of rum in Indiana and had a good time nonetheless. I'll still beat the bricks looking for that one good find


UTrav I feel for you, I've been doing this national/regional antique shop/mall/outdoor flea market etc. Tiki search for years & my failure rate has probably been 95%. When I see these things Bay Park Buzzy scores on a regular basis I say OMG!!! )-:


 
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Tiki Toli
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From: Canton Ohio
Posted: 2015-06-14 08:05 am   Permalink

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On 2015-06-14 06:35, uncle trav wrote:
Well I thought I would extend my search pattern into northern Ohio this weekend. Though technically not a thrift store my target was a 110,000 square foot antique mall. After a two and a half hour drive and half a day on the hunt I saw exactly one common bucket mug and a candle lantern shaped like a tiki. Believe me I took a very good look in every booth. Very discouraging. I have better luck in my home town. The mall was by no means a high end shop. When you see die cast NASCAR stuff you know that. I did pick up a good bottle of rum in Indiana and had a good time nonetheless. I'll still beat the bricks looking for that one good find.




Stuff is still out there, I found a Kahiki Idol's Cast yesterday at a Flea Market here in north east Ohio yesterday. I've actually been on a roll for the last 2 months finding some great items. However it's hit or miss. I had been on a drought of about a year for anything really good prior to this.


 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2015-06-14 8:39 pm   Permalink

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On 2015-06-14 06:53, Thortiki wrote:
uncle trav wrote:
When I see these things Bay Park Buzzy scores on a regular basis I say OMG!!! )-:



If it makes you feel any better, I came home empty handed this week. I know how it hurts to have it happen...

I figure I see so much stuff because I'm at the literal gateway to all these Pacific places of collector interest. Lots of general Polynesian interest for a long time out here, just because of out port seafaring history. Navy guys bringing home souvenirs stationed here are commonplace. Those "live in their boats at the bay harbors and travel the high seas" guys bring back a lot of cool stuff too. Not much room on a boat, so out it goes.
My senior class gradution travel opportunity was to New Zealand. part of the tour was a Maori village. A bunch of students who went bought 2-3 small carved tiki pieces there and brought them back. Every year, I can only imagine how many hundreds of student's travel gifts come back from all the other schools who do this through those specialized student travel companies. PNG stuff is common too, I assume because there are a couple guys in the county who import that stuff direct by the container every so often.

I usually do a quick lap at the swap meet before I vend at International Marketplace. This week I skipped it because crappy weather and I was tired. Sitting at my table vending I get a text from my swap meet pal with this picture:



He says in the text: "Old lady next to Asian lady seller(we have knicknames for sellers and areas of the swap meet) had this 2 x 3 ' framed tiki print today. $40. I didn't get it."

#$#^%$&! I asked if he was still there, no dice... Went and asked lady this morning about it and it was sold yesterday. Oh well! She usually shops for about an hour before she sets up, so I would have missed it anyway.

Buzzy Out!
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Tiki Toli
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Posted: 2015-06-15 06:20 am   Permalink

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On 2015-06-14 20:39, Bay Park Buzzy wrote:
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On 2015-06-14 06:53, Thortiki wrote:
uncle trav wrote:
When I see these things Bay Park Buzzy scores on a regular basis I say OMG!!! )-:



If it makes you feel any better, I came home empty handed this week. I know how it hurts to have it happen...

I figure I see so much stuff because I'm at the literal gateway to all these Pacific places of collector interest. Lots of general Polynesian interest for a long time out here, just because of out port seafaring history. Navy guys bringing home souvenirs stationed here are commonplace. Those "live in their boats at the bay harbors and travel the high seas" guys bring back a lot of cool stuff too. Not much room on a boat, so out it goes.
My senior class gradution travel opportunity was to New Zealand. part of the tour was a Maori village. A bunch of students who went bought 2-3 small carved tiki pieces there and brought them back. Every year, I can only imagine how many hundreds of student's travel gifts come back from all the other schools who do this through those specialized student travel companies. PNG stuff is common too, I assume because there are a couple guys in the county who import that stuff direct by the container every so often.

I usually do a quick lap at the swap meet before I vend at International Marketplace. This week I skipped it because crappy weather and I was tired. Sitting at my table vending I get a text from my swap meet pal with this picture:



He says in the text: "Old lady next to Asian lady seller(we have knicknames for sellers and areas of the swap meet) had this 2 x 3 ' framed tiki print today. $40. I didn't get it."

#$#^%$&! I asked if he was still there, no dice... Went and asked lady this morning about it and it was sold yesterday. Oh well! She usually shops for about an hour before she sets up, so I would have missed it anyway.

Buzzy Out!




Don't feel too bad, looks pretty beat up


 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2015-06-15 09:27 am   Permalink

Yup. I have been at this for many moons myself and always enjoy the hunt. I guess the rare finds that have turned up for me in the past have more than made up for all of the empty handed weekends. I guess I'm a bit jaded these days but not enough to keep me from looking in every nook and cranny for that next big find. Keep it fun folks!
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