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 Posted: Thu Jun 25th, 2020 11:04 pm
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Tyler Johnson
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I know local antique stores, facebook marketplace, ebay.  Are there any other good sources?

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 Posted: Fri Jun 26th, 2020 01:50 am
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Steve Stephens
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Fan Fair and other fan meets put on by members of the AFCA.  Some or much travel is usually required but fans are fun so the travel is worth it.

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 Posted: Fri Jun 26th, 2020 10:13 am
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Lane Shirey
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Steve is right! Meets are the best place, but as far as fans “in the wild”, there is no magic.  It’s pure persistence.  This question pops up every so often.  

I go to a local flea market nearly every week, and 99% of the time, there’s nothing worth buying. But every so often, you find a keeper.  Same is true with antique stores, etc.  


The biggest tip I can offer is to be polite to the vendors and pickers and pay them fairly for their fans.  Get to know them, and be friendly and maybe they’ll keep an eye out for you while they’re at an estate auction.  Sometimes you might have to pay up for the first few fans from them, but that’s the price of admission.  If you’re lucky, you’ll find a picker willing to send you pics while they’re at the auction, and then you can coach them what to pay at the auction, and what you’re willing to pay.  Many really good fans never hit the table at the flea market. They go right from the picker’s trunk, into the hands of a collector.  


As I said, persistence.  Best of luck in your hunt!

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 Posted: Fri Jun 26th, 2020 10:43 am
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James Pinette
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fan fair, is to me the best yes there are a few good antique stores around me but i haven't been to them in a while one of them was actually i believe a chevy dealer back in the day and i do look on ebay (don't get me started on fan lamps)

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 Posted: Fri Jun 26th, 2020 10:52 am
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It’s all about making contacts.  Always be polite even when they have a dime store fan.  You never know what shows up next.  I pass out cards and tell people to send me pictures if they aren’t sure about buying it.  I make an offer and if they can buy it and make money everyone wins.  

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 Posted: Fri Jun 26th, 2020 02:56 pm
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Very few of my nice fans were found in the wild. I usually buy from other collectors at meets or over the BST/ PMs. You pay more, but you know what you’re getting. I also have had some very fortunate instances of “right place, right time” on eBay (my Lundell being the prime example). I find eBay can actually be a very valuable way to acquire fans if it is checked almost religiously and there is strong contact with the seller.

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 Posted: Fri Jun 26th, 2020 03:59 pm
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try Craig's List in other cities where you have friends & relations - - they snag & you get it when you go or vice versa. Or have an AFCA member get it & meet them

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 Posted: Fri Jun 26th, 2020 04:24 pm
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Tyler Johnson wrote:Where are you guys finding fans in the wild?
Ya gotta flip olive 'em...  :thumbup





Last edited on Fri Jun 26th, 2020 04:45 pm by Jim Kovar

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One of my AFCA buddies told me the story of a guy who came into possession of TWO Crocker Wheeler fans and as a guest posted a question on the forum as to whether the two fans had any value! Can you imagine?? The story of the Emerson Meston posted recently is one of those amazing finds. I agree with everything above. Flea markets are hit or miss as are antique stores. I know a few pickers and I call them often to remind them that I’m a cash buyer. I can go months without hearing a peep then I’ll get a call. I got one of my Kidney oscillators for $200 from one such call.

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Well I got  my Jandus by searching Craigslist & my Emerson at an antique store I got  a few fans for members in here thru Craigslist ads.  Lately I see a lot more fans in Facebook Marketplace and I have posted a few in here The common theme I see here is thru members , Craigslist and Facebook
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 Posted: Sat Jun 27th, 2020 03:02 am
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Will Guidry
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Stop into OLD electric motor shops...most have a 'junk pile' of stuff customers abandoned....wear ratty/nappy clothes 😊

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 Posted: Tue Jun 30th, 2020 03:07 am
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Robbie Lawrence
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One of my greatest tactics: let everyone know you are a fan collector.

When I post about fans on FB, I seldom do so on the AFCA page, but rather, on my general timeline.

Sure, people may think you're weird at first, but guess what? I've acquired a slew of very nice fans (one of which will be gracing the cover of the next Fan Collector magazine) that way because regular people do not see the value of them nearly as much as you do and are willing to just GIVE THEM to you because they feel better than just tossing them in the garbage.

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