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Re: Sharing hamfest booty images

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:59 pm
by Dan Knapp
Slim pickings, but still interesting. I finally had an opportunity to attend the legendary M.I.T. Flea Market, held monthly during the “warm” months in the Albany Street parking garage. Today was the first of this year’s series. A lot of stuff changed hands, but for my interests, it was a bit of a disappointment. The Raleigh Hamfest flea market was bigger. I came away with a couple of small pressure gauges for $1 each, and a big water cooled heat sink made for large semiconductor modules ($5). I was expecting a lot more current vintage high tech stuff. It was quite cold for someone from SC, and the lighting in the garage is pretty poor. As shown in the photo, knowledgeable regulars come with a flashlight. If I was local, I’d still attend each month, but I didn’t find it worth traveling to attend.

Re: Sharing hamfest booty images

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:04 pm
by Andrew Seltzman
I was just over there are the M.I.T. Flea Market as well, yes, it had pretty slim pickings. It probably has a bigger turn out in the summer.

Re: Sharing hamfest booty images

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:27 am
by Richard Hull
I have a friend who lives in Boston. Not to rain on any parades, but he says that the event is a shadow of its former self.

This is not to say there might not be a super killer deal awaiting the regular attendee who lives there. As the weather gets warmer keep reports coming on this event.

Most places have such events, (hamfests), only once each year. Thus, folks have time to store up, acquire, and resell more goodies in any geographic location.

Richard Hull

Re: Sharing hamfest booty images

Posted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:07 pm
by Dan Knapp
Stretching a bit to be fusor related, but I just scored a jewelers micro torch at the Porte des Vanves Saturday flea market in Paris for 20 Euro. It’s mostly antiques and some old tools, but I scored a German watchmakers lathe here a couple of years ago. One of my other interests is miniature books and fine bookbinding in miniature. I found some miniature books, a leather decorating tool, and a set of slightly corroded 8 point brass type for embossing letters in leather (for 15 Euro). I just saw a new set yesterday that they priced at 900 Euro! If you’re ever in Paris on a Saturday, it’s worth the subway ride. I think this one is much more interesting than the huge permanent “flea market” tourist attraction on the north edge of town.

Re: Sharing hamfest booty images

Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:59 am
by Richard Hull
A really nice old air-gas torch of yesteryear. Great find!

Richard Hull

Re: Sharing hamfest booty images

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:08 pm
by Andrew Robinson
Does it count as "sharing hamfest booty" if a lot of the pictures above are of stuff I sold you guys hahaha :)

Glad my new old stuff has found a new home. Especially the light stack and those CF's. They needed a good home.

Cheers!

Re: Sharing hamfest booty images

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:03 pm
by Dan Knapp
The light stack has a new home on our system rack. It glows red when the HV is on. I haven’t found a use for the green and yellow lights yet, but they still look nice.

Re: Sharing hamfest booty images

Posted: Fri May 11, 2018 2:25 am
by Andrew Robinson
Looks great! Glad I could help :)

Re: Sharing hamfest booty images

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 10:45 pm
by Andrew Seltzman
Today's (May 20) turnout MIT Flea Market was much bigger than last months, with easily 4x the number of sellers. There were tables all the way up to the top of the parking garage. I got a 22" new in box LCD display for $60 and two 1sccm mass flow controllers for $10 ea.

My haul
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Pictures of the MIT Flea Market
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Re: Sharing hamfest booty images

Posted: Mon May 21, 2018 6:38 am
by Richard Hull
Hamfests will help fill and supplement a true builder's junk box for future and current projects. My next big one is the Manassas fest in early June. I will both sell and hunt there. Always a good fest. It is usually hot and a hat and a canteen of water is nice to have. By 1PM, the shootin' match is just about shut down and all of the best stuff is already back at the homes of the early bird buyers who left the fest by 10AM. After 1PM, you are looking at vultures rooting through trash cans for loot discarded by folk who left, ditching stuff that did not sell, and worthless, penny-less, tire kickers handling your stuff and chatting you up about it, even though they don't have the money to buy.

Richard Hull