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A Must-Read Book ‘Killer Stuff And Tons Of Money’

Flea markets, vending, antiques, and collectibles are not everyone’s interest, but it is a way of life for many.

By Dave WettlauferPublished 4 months ago 7 min read
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A Fun Read For The Antique And Collectable Community.

So much doom and gloom these days, it almost drags the most sane down, so, I thought I would try something different. I pulled this interesting soft copy-book from my library and said, yup … this will do fine.

This book in question is called "Killer Stuff And Tons Of Money" by Maureen Stanton and it's about buying and selling antiques. The characters in the book travel the circuit of hard-working vendors across the country, sometimes ending up at the world-famous Brimfield Flea Market in Massachusetts.

The idea behind the book was simple: follow her friend around buying and selling antiquities, go to a few shows, and meet a few people. "Simple enough really." Then write a book about the adventures of this antique dealer.

*** However, it sounds like it wasn’t as easy a task as she thought. ***

Enjoy my take on these two gypsies or antique vendors crisscrossing the country. Maureen Stanton’s " soft copy book.

Killer Stuff And Tons Of Money" is a must-read.

It starts with a fictional hard-working character named Curt Avery. Even though it is not his real name, the stories that are told could be real.

P/S ... ‘To date, I have read this book a dozen times, and, being my concentration span is short, that should tell you that this book is an interesting read.

Photo By Author and St Jacobs Antique Market

Even though Curt Avery is a fictional character, trust me when I say this,’ explaining buying, selling, and antiques are real-life adventures, I‘ve been down that road and I could have written this story with my name as a real live testament to the character. I would like to also say right off by reading this book could have inspired me to go down this road of writing about the ‘Killer Stuff’ book or, being an antique vendor myself.

But sadly not, I was selling ‘make believe flowers’ at farmers market for extra pocket change at the age of 10, so, it’s also in my DNA.

The "Killer Stuff And Tons Of Money" starts off with a one-liner. ‘One man's trash is another man's treasure.”

I have to admit right off, automotive swap meets is more my forte. Fate turned me from selling artificial make-believe flowers to antiques and now into a car (boot) swap meet vendor. But buying and selling anything is still so much alive in me as if I was when I was 10 again.

Having said that, I’m not ruling out the wonderful world of collecting antiques and shows. Multitasking …” No, that’s not the word”… ‘DEXTEROUS’ is the word I’m good for, that’s me.

Did you know that before we had local garbage picked up, all the daily refuse would be buried along the property line? Farmers were famous for tree lines dividing fields back in the day and that’s where they would dig a hole to bury their daily garbage.

Now that sounds gross to many and sure not appealing to digging through garbage. But if you were into ‘Snake Oil Bottles’ medicine bottles that’s where you would find them.

Many people…well like the character in the book started this way as a hobby and selling them at local fairs or markets.

Rare old bottles with the original labels still glued on them are the most wanted today. My career started when I sold flowers at the local farmers' market. That is what hooked me. And, if I only knew about the bottles, I too would have been dumpster diving.

But alas, today you would be hard-pressed to find a farmer tree line never the less the bottles.

The "Killer Stuff And Tons Of Money" story continues with a little mix of my thoughts thrown in.

This part of the book starts with this person who buys and sells antiquities at the flea market. He is a vendor traveling the countryside hitting antique shows but, mostly outdoor events. His companion is the author of the book who’s trying to keep up with Averie's enthusiasm, and as she explains she is here to learn and keep up with this hard-changing world of antiques.

But I have to admit again, that these two characters in the book are in a different category than a static farmers market and the flea markets I attend. These people took selling priceless articles to a far higher level than I ever could.

For those who have never experienced the fun or hardship of making an honest dollar as a vendor at a flea market then this fun read is for you.

Even though it starting to sound like I’m coming across as a book critic or advertising the sale of this book. ‘I’m not.’ I'm only pointing out that this is a good read for anyone wanting to experience the lifestyle of a professional antique collector, dealer, and seller. ... What it’s like to start your day on the road from 4 am to dusk or, how to or even the vendor he looks for when buying and selling...

"Killer Stuff And Tons Of Money" A Must Read to the antique enthusiast.

Little extra information that ‘You Will Not’ find in this book, but you should be aware of.

Flea Market bit of information By Terry Seymour

If I had to pick one place where the most shrewd people ply their trade it would be a flea market. Don't let the bib overalls and the nice old granny look fool you. They’ll cut your heart out and feed it to you on a platter.

Simply put, these people know what they're doing. I have the highest respect for these hard-working people. Don’t let the ‘aw, shucks’ demeanor throw you off.

... It’s there by design...

That’s not to say good bargains can’t be had, but in the down-and-dirty arena of flea markets, only the strong survive.

Some things To Know; Reproduction and reproductions. Most are bought and sold here at antique flea markets than in China where most are made. I’ve seen brand-new cast iron toys soaked in salt and lye for days and then baked in the sun until done. The reused finished product looks a hundred years old except for the ‘Dead giveaway’ Phillips heads screws and the rough casting.

… This is a well-written book that could have only been told by a person experiencing that lifestyle…

More fun information I’ll bet you didn’t know;

Blue Monday; Did you know the first colonists washed their clothes every Monday of the week, the laundry day became known as…Blue Monday. Who would have thunk.

Snake Oil; Liquozone was a snake oil potion sold in the late 1800s as advertised as a cure-all for ailments from a head full of dandruff to cancer treatment. Also claiming if that doesn’t work it's also good for, diarrhea, piles to swollen lymph nodes. And if all else fails, try it on your hands. Of course, I added that even though some advertisements state exactly such a thing. Snake oil at its finest.

What is snake oil? Snake oil is a term used to describe deceptive marketing, health care fraud, or a scam. Similarly, snake oil salesman is a common label used to describe someone who sells, promotes, or is a general proponent of some valueless or fraudulent cure, remedy, or solution

Photo from the author's Bottle collection

Overview

Even though Curt Avery is a fictional character, trust me when I say this,’ explaining buying, selling, and antiques are real-life adventures, I‘ve been down that road and I could have written this story with my name as a real live testament to the character.

I would like to say right off by reading this book could have inspired me to go down this road of writing about the ‘Killer Stuff’ book or, being an antique vendor myself. But sadly not, I was selling ‘make believe flowers’ at farmers market for extra change at the age of 10, so, it’s also in my DNA.

If you’ve never experienced that lifestyle adventure, this book explains it perfectly and goes one step better, what to expect on the road. P/S This book is packed with helpful information, what to look for, or where to go to make your deals.

… Surprising enough, he mentions in the book, another dealer is the better place to buy…

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Dave Wettlaufer

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