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Thought this B-10 parachute was pretty cool. Don't know much about prices on these. The guy was asking $1000. Anyone know if this was priced accordingly?

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Thought this B-10 parachute was pretty cool. Don't know much about prices on these. The guy was asking $1000. Anyone know if this was priced accordingly?

 

Seems high

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I think this was just a prop for this guys display. Pretty good idea especially if you are selling VN items

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Just got back home to WI, left the show at 3:30 got in at 1:00AM, was a white knuckled ice storm death ride through Indiana and IL, never made it up to more than 40mph or the loaded down brick of my van would start fishtailing.

 

It was GREAT to see all of the USMF forum members and put more faces to screen names. Everyone I spoke with seemed to find something! For myself I found one of the Wisconsin made fighting knives I collect, an Army/Navy E flag from Willys-Overland, a large son in service factory banner from Armor meats in MN, and a big single star service flag. ( and of course some smaller doo-dads)

 

I though the show was very good, there were certainly some bargains to be had, but you had to take the time and look for them, ask the dealers if they have something (we had 6 bins of stuff under the tables we could not fit out) There were a lot of US helmets, I saw a real D bail sell, several experimentals in various states, but all with significant prices, some great medal groupings, saw some great fighting knives, a Eureka-rebbeca AB signal thing, lots of AB jackets, a bunch of woman's stuff. Hundreds of Killer patches, several very nice A-2s. If you can't find what you are looking for, you are walking too fast down the seemingly endless aisles. It can be overwhelming. I thought attendance was good, with the added room the aisles don't clog up like before, but that's good, as too many people and no one can see, but every one seemed to have people in it. There is a lot of TR, but that is just the way it is, it is the cash cow. Our tables were about 50% TR, 40% US and 10% Japanese. Most dealers seemed to have a mix, unless they really specialized in something specific. There are fakes and questionable items, just as at any show, but I just try to look past those. It would be nice of everyone there was a USMF forum member and exhibited the knowledge and integrity that this forum is so well known for!

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I cut out at 4pm today and hit the road...arrived home at 2:45 am.The SOS lived up to its reputation as the best Military show anywhere...When you walk into that hall with almost 2000 tables of every imaginable collectible...it can overwhelming.I bought my share of items and sold half of what I bought at the show...sold items and quite a few trades...I will post some of my finds later.

I also met a crowd of forum members and the only problem was I was so busy, I could not spend as much time talking to everybody as I would have liked...once you open your tables for business...you will get little chance for anything else.

 

I congratulate the OVMS club for the upstanding job they do to provide the quality show the SOS is year to year.Thanks.Robert

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1944 dated US Army Roughouts. The only pair I have EVER seen.

 

Hey man, good chatting with you. Enjoy the boots and cheap nape straps!

 

I had a great show, but the 14hr icy drive back to MN was less than desirable!

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Got home early last evening. Show was fantastic as always. Sold much and bought much. The layout and the extra room allow for less congestion in the aisles which is great. If you slow down and really look at all the tables there are a great finds to be had. As stated in previous comments the prices can be a bit high but the quality is always good. Seen a number of forum members working the aisles.

 

This is always a bit of a social event for myself , great to walk around and say hello. If you have never been to the show you should try at least once to get their. One suggestion for the organizers, more food stalls inside the show. Or let the Kentucky Pork Producers inside the show with hot bags to sell sandwiches at the tables..

 

Now it is time to unload and decompress.

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Here are SOME of my finds/pictures. Highlight was the MINT Blue Enameled canteen WITH enameled cup and nice 1942 cover for $125!!!! Most of these things were upgrades, so I will be selling stuff soon....

 

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My Dad and I with 2nd Ranger George Klein. (We reenact 2nd rangers.) He LOVED our ballcaps and even signed them after this photo!!

 

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Took a $100 gamble on this "Airborne" shovel Everyone I have showed it too agrees its real.

 

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1944 dated US Army Roughouts. The only pair I have EVER seen.

 

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Nice finds! that enamel set is worth way more than $125 if you are going to sell it.

 

-Dave

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This was my first SOS in several years and it was everything I expected. I was able to find some of everything that I was looking for. However, due to the size of the show and time constraints I was unable to spend as much time talking to friends as much as I would have liked to. There was good attendance on Friday, but the show was set up nicely and it didn't feel so crowded that you couldn't walk or see anything.

 

I think TR was about 40-50 percent of the show. That's not my field of interest, but the show is so big I was able to skip those tables and it still took all day just to get through the show once.

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jbassmaster18

Hey man, good chatting with you. Enjoy the boots and cheap nape straps!

 

I had a great show, but the 14hr icy drive back to MN was less than desirable!

 

Hey great to talk to you too!! I'm glad I pulled the trigger on those boots and that crate!! I already used all but 1 nape strap. They worked out perfect!! Thanks for the deal!! Glad you made it home safe.

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jbassmaster18

 

Nice finds! that enamel set is worth way more than $125 if you are going to sell it.

 

-Dave

 

Yeah I know. I already had an enameled cup, but I had to pay $225 just for that!! I still cant believe the whole set was only $125. I was going to sell my other set, but my Dad wants it. I told him I'd trade for a WW2 USN helmet he has, but he doesnt want to let it go. We'll see if he bites the bullet.

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WWIIWaveGal

Dear all -

 

Well, another great Show of Shows for me :). I had an absolute blast in more ways than one. My dad and brother were able to get their picture taken with a wonderful veteran - Mr. George Klein 2nd Rangers Fox Company. I think he has already shared his pics. I have some to share, but they would be of what i found at the show. Kind of like a "show and tell". Don't know how many would be interested in seeing.

 

Sincerely,

Christine Albin

 

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RustyCanteen

Looks like a really nice show this year. Thanks for the show reports and photos.

 

RC

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Where the real SOS action occurs ....swapping medals in the hotel room.

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