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Things to "collect" in a neighbourhood or place? Non-internet edition.

Aimless wandering is one of my preferred pastimes, and finding things locally blends well with this; I have a strong collecting impulse and it's a good way to know an area. But many recreational spins on this - geocaching, Ingress - are too internet-based for my tastes lately, and feel somewhat artificial. So what other things do you find it interesting/useful to go hunting for? All I can think of offhand is edible weeds/plant stands.
posted by solarion on Dec 7, 2016 - 35 answers

Beautiful complex mechanical puzzles, toys, and tools?

I'm looking for desk objets d'art of a particular kind - beautiful, highly complex mechanical objects. One great example would be a Curta mechanical calculator. Another would be [more inside]
posted by dmd on Dec 27, 2015 - 11 answers

How do we sort & value a construction toy collection?

How do we catalog & value a large die-cast construction toy collection for eventual sale? [more inside]
posted by Monster_Zero on Aug 10, 2015 - 5 answers

What's a good category of souvenirs to collect?

I'd like to start a collection of some kind of everyday items from different parts of the world... [more inside]
posted by ontheradio on Jun 25, 2015 - 56 answers

Used records in Amsterdam

My previous thread was a huge success, so I thought I'd give another go. We're talking vinyls, we're talking shops, only this time, we're talking Amsterdam! I'll be visiting Amsterdam for four days, and I will be on the hunt. Do you know any good places for vinyls in the city? Thanks!
posted by lipsum on Mar 22, 2015 - 5 answers

1999 alternative to the 1994 Prestige Proof Set

The state quarter sets are pretty cheap and boring, so is there something I'm not seeing that could provide a nice substitute? [more inside]
posted by rhizome on Dec 8, 2014 - 4 answers

archival storage and protection for laserjet/inkjet/xerox material?

Looking for acid-free non-plastic translucent or transparent sleeves or envelopes to fit folded printed paper PDF event tickets of various sizes and similar containers for digest-size and legal-digest (7 x 8.5 in ) xerox zines. Any leads? Details follow. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Oct 26, 2014 - 5 answers

Can you dig it? Can I?

Is there anywhere I'm welcome to go fossil hunting along the Connecticut River in MA? Greenfield's closest, but down toward Springfield isn't out of the question.
posted by Lou Stuells on Jul 1, 2014 - 1 answer

Collectable Collecting - what's going on?

There's been some discussion recently about what a bad investment Beanie Babies turned out to be - but what about other products sold as 'collectables'? Have there been any studies or articles on these products and those who buy them, or has anyone here done so? I'm curious as to whether people primarily collect them because they like them or because they see them as an investment. Is anybody getting rich from selling their old Franklin Mint plates or Ashton Drake porcelain dolls? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Oct 4, 2013 - 19 answers

Can you collect meteorite dust in your backyard? How?

I've been told recently that collecting micrometeorites is as easy, basically, as placing a clean surface outside and picking through the debris you collect because thousands of tons of space dust and debris fall to Earth every day. That can't be all there is to it, can it? How do you know whether you're looking at Earth dust or space dust? [more inside]
posted by Sleeper on Feb 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Point us towards some sweet matchy books

My sister and I like matchy books: works by a single author or in a thematic series in new, nice, editions. Preferably hardcover, preferably freshly typeset, preferably authoritative and not decorative. [more inside]
posted by silby on Dec 23, 2012 - 12 answers

As a non-hobbyist with not a lot of time, what's the best place to sell my old, rare Magic Cards and get a fair price?

As a non-hobbyist with not a lot of time, what's the best place to sell my old, rare Magic Cards and get a fair price? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit on Nov 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Philately is to Stamps as ____ is to Rocks.

Stamp collecting is philately. Coin collecting falls under numismatics (perhaps as a subdivision). Rock collecting is not really geology in the same way as the above terms are used. Is there a similar term for rock collecting?
posted by Jahaza on Nov 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Investing in art on a budget.

How can I find and buy art as an investment but without breaking the bank? [more inside]
posted by Talkie Toaster on Jun 30, 2012 - 13 answers

Russian Translation

I have several identical Bonds written entirely in ?Cyrillic/Russian and would much appreciate their headings translated for me. (No need for a full translation!) Here is a picture. [more inside]
posted by lungtaworld on Jun 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me collect on a default judgement win.

How do I collect on a default judgement in MA without an attorney? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on May 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me build up a Louis Wain art collection.

Help me build up a Louis Wain art collection. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jan 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Kinder Surprise Collector Callout!

Does anyone have information about collecting Kinder Surprise Toys in Canada or getting German goods into Canada affordably? [more inside]
posted by Count on Dec 2, 2011 - 6 answers

How to collect B&B guests' deposits online?

My hope is to find a secure and inexpensive method for collecting my client's B&B guest deposits online, but I am unsure how to proceed?! My newest client is an already existing B&B that wants to attract new guests, in return a portion of the stay rate (aka my commission) will be allotted for me and my services. Works for me in theory, but unsure how to go about collecting the funds... [more inside]
posted by jazzybelle on Nov 15, 2011 - 1 answer

Where can I find a replacement 3D 1937 maundy coin?

I have a 1937 King George V1 Specimen Coin set. The 3d maundy coin is missing (my grandma lost it). Where can I find a replacement? I expect the answer will be to contact a dealer, but which one or ones are best suited for this?
posted by misspony on Nov 8, 2011 - 2 answers

Fossil Collecting tips & tricks

Help me jump-start my fossil collection without getting scammed. [more inside]
posted by MangyCarface on Oct 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Tips on collecting after small claims court victory

Need tips on collecting small claims judgement in Texas. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Sep 14, 2011 - 2 answers

You spin me right round baby, right round, like a record baby

Looking for good record stores in chicago: my buddy is coming this weekend for Lollapalooza, and to make up for the fact that we didn't get tickets for all three days, I want to take him around to some record stores. I know about Reckless and Dusty Groove in Wicker Park, but what else is out there? I'm in Andersonville, and we'll be in Logan Square tomorrow for Kuma's, so anywhere in between is highly welcome.
posted by Oktober on Aug 3, 2011 - 10 answers

A Golden Coin from the Golden Age

I have a craaazy question about coin collecting in the 1950s. Help! [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jul 28, 2011 - 3 answers

unique ideas for collected bottle caps?

anyone have unique ideas for using collected bottle caps?? [more inside]
posted by peykron on Jun 16, 2011 - 18 answers

Fanboys are a cowardly and superstitous lot . . .

The comic book bug has bitten me again. What are some good ones currently being published that I should put on my pull list? (secret identity snowflakes revealed inside!) [more inside]
posted by KingEdRa on May 7, 2011 - 16 answers

Image monster wants images NOM NOM NOM

How can I easily save the images I find online for later viewing? [more inside]
posted by bkudria on Apr 19, 2011 - 14 answers

How do I collect on a law suit judgement?

How do I collect on this lawsuit? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Feb 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Oh, rare Germany-only EP with the misprinted insert, we have to talk...

Calling all collectors (particularly of music and DVDs, etc.)--let's talk about dismantling our collections. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2011 - 14 answers

Can anyone help me identify these four patches that I picked up traveling in Europe two decades ago?

Can anyone help me identify these four patches that I picked up traveling in Europe two decades ago? [more inside]
posted by el_lupino on Sep 4, 2010 - 10 answers

How much are my basketball cards worth?

Just came across a bunch of basketball cards, looking for tips on getting proper valuation and the best way to sell these cards. [more inside]
posted by mealticket on May 23, 2010 - 3 answers

Should I wait for Blu-ray TV show releases?

Will TV shows come out on Blu-ray? Which ones should I wait for, which shouldn't I? [more inside]
posted by battlebison on Apr 4, 2010 - 9 answers

Why is it so hard to find Philly mint quarters on the West Coast?

Why are State Quarters from the Philly mint so hard for me to find nowadays? [more inside]
posted by IvyMike on Mar 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Do I ask the publisher for a new copy or would that be stupid?

Book Collectors: Is my new signed collector's edition book more or less valuable with a cutting machine error? [more inside]
posted by trixare4kids on Nov 11, 2009 - 3 answers

Where to collect plant & animal specimens?

Where can I - legally - collect plant and insect specimens, in the southwest? [more inside]
posted by unmake on Jan 23, 2009 - 7 answers

Chant Box lowdown

On a whim I bought a cheap electronic Buddhist Chant Box off Ebay--Not FM3's Buddha Machine, but one of the myriad (so I'm led to understand) cheap boxes sold outside temples in China. [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Nov 11, 2008 - 4 answers

ID this rock, please.

Some years ago, a friend gave me this rock but we don't know what it's called. Can you ID it? [more inside]
posted by jamaro on Nov 8, 2008 - 11 answers

I can't seem to hang onto anything.

I am a purger. How do I stop throwing away so many things and start collecting? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Jul 27, 2008 - 12 answers

I crave age.

What's the oldest man-made thing I can buy for €1500-2000? [more inside]
posted by greytape on May 29, 2008 - 15 answers

How to sell parts of a valuable collection on eBay--without the feedback?

How do you begin to sell collectible or designer items on eBay that are easily counterfeited or faked without thousands of positive feedback? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Mar 17, 2008 - 15 answers

Where can I find an original Polish movie poster for "Dawn of the Dead" (1978)?

I'll be going to a convention next month with a number of "Dawn of the Dead" alumni in attendance and I'd like to have something unique for them to sign. I love the very unique style of Polish movie posters and want to get an original print of the 1978 "Dawn of the Dead" poster, but am having no luck. [more inside]
posted by laze on Feb 26, 2008 - 3 answers

I want to scan my comics, in a non-pirating way.

I would like to be able to scan in the bar codes on all the comics of my collection into a software that will track and allow me to manage my collection. Scanning being the main requirement. [more inside]
posted by Jonsnews on Jan 31, 2008 - 10 answers

Authoritative price guide for stamp collecting?

I'm looking for an authoritative price guide for postage stamps, primarily US stamps from prior to 1960, similar to the Overstreet guides printed for comic books. There are a number of such stamps I would like to look up. Online would be great, physical guides that need to be purchased would be fine too. Thanks in advance.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Nov 23, 2007 - 9 answers

So how do I get my money now?

I managed to sell a set of appliances without collecting the money on the spot, to someone I felt I could trust in this scenario. How do I get the money now? [more inside]
posted by paperclip on Oct 2, 2007 - 19 answers

Building a home library

Avid readers: In twenty years, am I going to regret the fact that I only checked books out of the library, rather than amassing my own collection? I read about a book or two a week, and my budget could stand buying 3-4 used books a month.
posted by footnote on May 18, 2007 - 57 answers

There's got to be more than two...

What objects gain value through use and time? [more inside]
posted by cubby on Feb 12, 2007 - 55 answers

What to do with an old coin collection?

Should I sell my COIN COLLECTION, and how would I go about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2006 - 8 answers

Matchbox, Hotwheels and Tonka: What's the difference?

Matchbox, Hotwheels, Tonka: What's the difference? [more inside]
posted by melixxa600 on Nov 27, 2005 - 11 answers

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