It has become harder and harder to find certain toys lately, what with
So, as with any intelligent animal, collecters are forced to reevaluate
Listed below is a compilation of interesting tactics collectors have
On the Job:
2. While at work, sometimes just a phone call to your favorite store is the way to go. If they have the item you seek, they will usually hold it for the day and you can pick it up on your way home.
Those Out-Of-The-Way Places:
2. If you happen to be in the market for older toys (mainly meaning loose and/or in fair to very good condition), thrift stores and yard sales are fantastic sources for such items. And the best part is that they can be found at ridiculously low prices! They are also invaluable for finding parts for older vehicles and playsets. You may not see what you want on your first visit, or even your second, but keep trying. Eventually, something that peaks your interest will pass through one of these sources.
Search and Seizure:
If you're tall enough, look between the tops of the boxes and the bottom of the shelf above. Your best vantage point to see what's on each of the shelves in the entire aisle is usually from either end-cap.
2. Some stores have bin-type areas between the pegs and top shelves. Keep an eye out for these storage compartments, because stores will try to disguise them as only areas to place advertising or mark the sections of the isle. In reality, usually the fronts of these so called "markers" can be lifted like a door to reveal a vast collection of stashed items or overstock.
3. At times, employees have been known to place items they personally want behind that which is stocked on the top (or highest) shelves. Since most shelves these days have a hole-pattern punched on them in some sort of way, it is occasionally easy to see what is stocked on these shelves from the floor.
You might think of carrying a pocket-sized flashlight to aid you when searching the dark undersides of these shelves. Once you've spotted an "in-store stow away", ask an employee to fetch it for you!
4. But wait, there's more! We've only begun to scratch the surface. To find out more tricks of the trade, hop on over to The Raving Toy Maniac page and be sure to check out Eric's Tips For Toy Hunters and How To Find Almost Any Toy for a great deal more information about collecting in general.
2. Use the internet. A plethora of toy related subjects can be found via your modem. Here are just a few: