Sunday, August 19, 2012
Mansfield flea market
I scored a decent bunch of antique lures/decoys/reels today. Aside from my usual fly fishing O.C.D. I have quite an extensive collection of antique fishing tackle. Every weekend (besides fishing) the yard-sales are combed for tackle. Today was an exceptional score.. There were so many lures, I had to pick thru many vendors offerings for colors I didn't have, or lures I have not yet added. Some today had glass eyes, or beat-in character. For some reason, to me, the shiny, untouched vintage lures aren't as appealing as the used, chipped, missing hook- clunkers. The older, used, beat on ones seem to tell me more of a story about their past. I know that it had been used for what it was designed for. Today also landed me a native Connecticut made Union Sunnybrook fly reel c.1900-1909.. My second one of that make, but this one in a silver colored finish. Another similar reel (in box) was unmarked, but just s cool. and finally... 3 decoys.. my favorite collectable. these 3 matched decoys are obviously used, handmade, lead paint folk/Americana pieces... totally sweet.