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I found that I am always on the lookout for various supplies for my magic addiction.
Some of the places I visit are:

Home Depot / Lowes - toolboxes, tools, various needs.
Thrift Shop - cases, scarves, wallets, glasses, etc.
Fabric Store
Coin shop - Centavos, English pennies, magnetic coins, etc
Local Bank - half dollar coins, $2 bills, sequential bills, etc.
Craft stores - Hobby Lobby, Michaels, AC Moore, etc
Staples - rubber bands, paper, glue, etc.
Antique stores - Looking for surprises.
Auction houses
Walmart -

Sometimes I know what I am looking for and other times I just browse and find surprises.

Did I miss anything?
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Oh yes. A Dollar Store.
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I would add Ebay--lots of fun toys, some vintage!

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Amazon, you can find just about anything.....
Dick Oslund
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St. Vincent de Paul THRIFT SHOPS

I've found RICE silks, a "like new" Morrissey Double Load Dove Pan (worth about $60.00) I paid $1.00, an Abbott "Tubes of Buddha" (value, well over $100.00) I paid $1.00, a MAK Magic Phantom Tube (worth about$50.00) I paid $1.00, RICE SILK Streamer (worth about $25.00) I paid %1.00, and, MANY "like new" polyester "silks" (good for the "Slydini Knots") I paid $1.00 to $2.00.

Also, I've found various GOOD MAGIC BOOKS (worth as much as $30 to $40.00)for a dollar or two. e.g. TARBELL VOLUME ONE with dust jacket (worth about $20.00) I paid $2.00.

Waiters' Tray Stands, chrome plated, "Catalog" cases, salesmen's sample cases, etc. for a buck or two.
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On Feb 4, 2017, Dick Oslund wrote:
St. Vincent de Paul THRIFT SHOPS

I've found RICE silks, a "like new" Morrissey Double Load Dove Pan (worth about $60.00) I paid $1.00, an Abbott "Tubes of Buddha" (value, well over $100.00) I paid $1.00, a MAK Magic Phantom Tube (worth about$50.00) I paid $1.00, RICE SILK Streamer (worth about $25.00) I paid %1.00, and, MANY "like new" polyester "silks" (good for the "Slydini Knots") I paid $1.00 to $2.00.


I am guessing that this was at thrift stores around the country as you were performing, or did you find these treasures at your local thrift stores?
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Hi Tim!

Yup! It does help to be a roadie!

I found a few items here in my home town, where I'm happily retired, but, all over the USA, I would check out the "locals". I was partial to stores that were associated with churches. (I felt my money was going to good causes.) I collect fictional books with magic in the plot (also carnival and circus novels and historical books related to carnival, and circus. Of course, props were always of interest. In California, I picked up an antique wooden mortar & pestle, used for the watch in the loaf of bread, or other impossible place. My pal Jim Jayes, found a complete Welsh Rarebit pan (in the "housewares department".)

Jay Marshall and I had a "route" of thrift shops in Chicago1
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P.S.!

I sold the dove pan, and phantom tube, gave away the Tubes of Buddha, and many of the "Silkini" silks. (The joy is in the hunting!)

I remember that, at one time, I owned (thanks to thrift shops) a suitcase full of Dan Mannix's "Step Right Up", a bunch of Paul Gallico's "The Man Who Was Magic" and "Too Many Ghosts", and Sid Fleischman's "Mr. Mysterious & Co.".
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A coin shop is a good resource for picking up certain items.
I was once a coin collector and visited the coin shop I used to frequent many years ago.
He gave me some Centavos and English pennies, gratis.
I bought some plastic coin tubes (web spinner) and miniature coins and steel coins.

Also I go to my local bank every week. They save Kennedy Half dollar coins for me.
The cool thing is that sometimes I find silver Kennedys.
Some of the others I try to match years and condition so it looks the same. Then I spend the rest.
It's also a good place to get $2 bills and sequential singles.

Next to my bank there's a thrift shop the size of a large supermarket. A treasure trove.
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Estate sales. Also have craigslist alerts set up for magic items in the towns I travel to.
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