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Offline Dan

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Happy Father's Day Flea Market Find!!!
« on: June 20, 2010, 12:43:22 PM »
My wife and I went to our monthly "flea-tique " show in Kentucky today and we got there around 9:30. (it opened to early birds at 6 AM) I walked the whole show looking for phones and anything else old and at 11:00 we were on our way out and I saw a phone out the corner of my eye that I somehow missed earlier. I felt my heart beating in my chest as I walked over. The price tag was flipped over so it wasn't visible and I thought to myself , "Please God, let this be affordable."












 
As  I picked it up he said he could do better on it so I got it for $40 :o :o ;D. All original, cords crimps are 12-56 and the rest is 1-57. The voice element and earpiece thing (sorry I do not know the real names) are 1980?!!!.

It was amazing this phone was there from 6-11AM and I asked the seller where he got it and he said he picked things up all over and he couldn't remember. He had a squared off based stromberg carlson (black) also for $45

 There are deals out there people. We just have to get lucky I guess.!!!
"Imagine how weird telephones would look if our ears weren't so close to our mouths." - Steven Wright

Offline Jim Stettler

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Re: Happy Father's Day Flea Market Find!!!
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2010, 12:49:18 PM »
Great find Dan. As a guess, you could probably sell this phone for $1,000+

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Offline JorgeAmely

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Re: Happy Father's Day Flea Market Find!!!
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2010, 01:05:46 PM »
Dan:

I am very happy to see that you got a WE500 in Mediterranean Blue color ...

... with the mushroom lamp in matching color (the P model)
... with a gray curly cord
... with a gray mounting cord
... all for $40.

I have attached my picture after I read your post.

PS: Just joking, and enjoy your great Father's Day present.
Jorge

Offline Jim Stettler

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Re: Happy Father's Day Flea Market Find!!!
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2010, 01:16:35 PM »
I don't think Jorge is joking.  :)

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Re: Happy Father's Day Flea Market Find!!!
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2010, 01:31:20 PM »
I've really been in a phone slump, this re-inspired me.
I am a lineman for the county and I drive the main roads. Searchin' in the sun for another overload.  I hear you singin' in the wires, I can hear you through the whine, and the Witchita Lineman is still on the line.

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Re: Happy Father's Day Flea Market Find!!!
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2010, 02:20:58 PM »
Dan, as the kids today would say.........

D U D E !!!!

What an incredible find!  I'm still laughing out loud at Jorge's photo!  Dan, you are going to have to kiss a LOT of frogs to top this find!

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Re: Happy Father's Day Flea Market Find!!!
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2010, 02:28:58 PM »
Dennis, I thought about your $45 medit. blue  at a flea market  find a few years back, it it was VERY ironic the price on this was $45. (and blue too!)

I really appreciate the kind words guys. I have hooked up a 2012 C transformer to it and after moving one wire it lit up like a Christmas tree!!

Don't worry Jorge, from the looks of your picture, you're a young fella and you'll have more time to find phones on this earth than me ;)
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Offline JorgeAmely

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Re: Happy Father's Day Flea Market Find!!!
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2010, 02:35:37 PM »
Dan:

It is a very nice phone. It you were to sell it (which I think you won't) it would be worth around $800.
Jorge

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Re: Happy Father's Day Flea Market Find!!!
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2010, 02:41:37 PM »
beautiful & lucky find, dan. you should play the lotto today, too.  ;) after you spied this one, did you then wonder how many other  'finds" you missed. :o ???

btw...HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL DADS! hope you are all able to enjoy a day with your kids. :)
donna

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Re: Happy Father's Day Flea Market Find!!!
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2010, 02:43:48 PM »
Dan:

What were you doing so far south of your territory (the Mason-Dixie line)? Aren't you invading other collector's grounds?   ;D ;D ;D ;D
Jorge

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Re: Happy Father's Day Flea Market Find!!!
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2010, 03:11:54 PM »
Great find, Dan!  That should fill in all your 500 colors, now--if you include the gray two-tone.
Stephen

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Re: Happy Father's Day Flea Market Find!!!
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2010, 04:13:49 PM »
Jorge, I'm a tristate (Ind-KY-Oh) collector. I'll be hitting the south in two weeks.
Where are your stomping grounds again?


Jester-- thanks. I can't believe I am that close to getting the colours done. I need the oxford grey (I don't count the two-tone). Nice meeting you the other day!
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Re: Happy Father's Day Flea Market Find!!!
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2010, 04:47:08 PM »
Dan:

It is a very nice phone. It you were to sell it (which I think you won't) it would be worth around $800.

I am still betting at $1,000+. Dan could you do a 10 day auction on Ebay to decide this. ;D

Jim
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Re: Happy Father's Day Flea Market Find!!!
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2010, 04:51:34 PM »
I got my girls to clean and polish my phone booth as a fathers day request. I also got the oldest to clean up a SS TT payphone I bought last Wed. ($20.00) it was green and someone painted it black. It is now in the booth and wired  up. I still need to run a line to it. I did test the phone and it does work. I might swap the top w/pare rotary top I have.
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Re: Happy Father's Day Flea Market Find!!!
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2010, 05:05:39 PM »
Dan...outstanding find!!  They are out there....congrats....Doug
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