|Covered Bridge Festival|
Parke County, Indiana.
Of course, I enjoy it a lot more now that I have something to look for. I'm always looking to add to my odd collection of Masonic memorabilia. You just never know what you're going to find, and some of these festivals and flea markets are treasure troves full of Masonic treasures--or trash and trinkets as my wife calls them. As I've said before, one person's trash is anothers treasure.
|Not my door knob, but similar|
I've found all kinds of neat things over the years at these festivals. It's not hard to find the usual items, like tie tacks, cuff links, lapel pins, etc., but I'm always looking for the more unique items. One of the stranger things I've found was an old brass doorknob a few years ago.
It's surprising the range of Masonic items that are out there, from Knight's Templar swords, to pocket watches, to Past Master whiskey decanters. I even found an old meerschaum pipe a few years ago. Once you find these things, don't let them go. I still regret not buying that bronze monkey statue in Savannah several years ago (it was wearing a fez). I cheaped out, and now I'll probably never find another one like that.
I'll share one trick with you. When you go to these festivals and flea markets, they are often in small towns--don't forget to check out all the permanent shops (especially the antique shops) while you're there. And always go through the stacks. I found a really interesting old postcard of the Medinah Shrine in Chicago in a stack of old letters a few years ago. Very often, these antique shops will be a little more generous in negotiating price with you since they're competing against a huge flea market.
|Masonic Jim Beam whisky decanter|
So for those of you, like me, that look at the fall festival season as the beginning of your hunting season for unique collectibles, happy hunting (and if you don't collect, and you happen to stumble on something you think I'd like, remember that Christmas is just around the corner.)
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