In the quest to increase my 1970’s stamp collection, I visited a local stamp dealer. Actually, local is just a term I use to denote a stamp dealer I can get to. The truth is that there are no local stamp dealers. A big stamp auction house is located in my town, but they do not do any retail operations. In this case, this one was located in Toronto and was within walking distance of the subway.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked in. I figured that the store would be set up somewhat like their booth is at a stamp show. I have seen their booth, and even talked to them at the show. The store was a little more chaotic…in a fun way. Basically, they had a lot of different stuff in all manner of places. It kind of reminded me of American Pickers. There was organization, but I would need a guide.
The owners are a husband and wife team, but only the wife was there at that time. She was quite helpful in guiding me around the store, but there were a couple of times when the layout seemed to exasperate her as well. I had fun poking around, but I am trying to avoid becoming a collector of piles of stuff. There were lots of commemorative stuff, but nothing jumped out at me.
Sadly, I was really off my game. After not finding what I was looking for, I started looking at some stamps from Laos. Having not brought my own numbers, I quickly checked the catalogues they had lying around the store. I researched the numbers, but didn’t compare the catalogue images to the stamps I picked out. I confused the semi-postal Scott numbers with the regular postal numbers. Now I have Laos stamps from 1961 instead of 1970. It just goes to show you that you need to be prepared.
Looking to put a positive spin on things, I must say that the stamps look rather beautiful.