One product that is a constant in our offerings at flea markets and in all the venues we sell at are telephones. From candle to cradle to wall and to princess, phones are always collectible. I have lamented the loss of my first cellphone, a big clunker in a bag, labeled to attract loyal Wisconsin Badger fans with the Bucky logo.
Recently, I went from just having a small cell phone to owning a clunker again: the iPhone. But in its larger case, I have so much more than just a cell, and I’m still in my infancy with all it can do for me. I mastered the phone part, that was easy, because it still has a key pad. (The rotary dial version is still on the drawing boards at Apple.) It has a camera, and I started with a point and shoot Kodak so I’m good there too. Email is a breeze, and checking the net for daily sales or to find comparable prices while out shopping is easy on this smaller version of my Mac.
But it’s the applications (apps) I’m learning about that has piqued my interest. First, it was the GPS app, used to find a route to a distant sale. Then, the traffic warning app that advises of congestion on the road ahead. But even better is a new one from Antique Week. Since the iPhone has the ability to define your current location, the new app will identify antique stores within a settable distance from your location, up to a twenty-five mile radius. That gives you a view of streets or off ramps to new adventures as you’re searching for the back roads for your next great find. The site provides the location and the phone number to insure your jaunt or change in direction will not be a wasted effort. Even a savings button for shop discounts is provided. I’m one that loves to travel and find new locations and this is just such a great tool for us ardent collectors.