When John Keck looks at his stamp collection, he doesn't see just tiny paper squares that stick in the corners of envelopes. He remembers where he was when he laid his hands on a particular stamp and how it caught his fancy.
"I started collecting stamps because it was cheap," says Keck, president of the Riverhead Stamp Club. He's been at it more than 50 years, although he admits the stamps he saved in the beginning don't have any cash value now. "They may be worthless, but the memories aren't."
That kind of nostalgia also drives Mario Lunghi, of Massepequa to music memorabilia shows, where he can pad his collection of vintage records. "If I go to a show and see a record from The Beatles that came out when I was a kid, I'll buy it," says Lunghi, 53.
Whether you're a fanatic collector of old postcards or nurturing a newfound appreciation of rare books, here are some upcoming memorabilia shows where you can peruse table after table of vintage goods.
Long Island Music Lovers Fair
PRICES: While you may find something that costs thousands of dollars, many vinyl records sell for $5 to $10 each.
This flea market for music has vinyl records, CDs, posters, books, magazines and memorabilia from classical through current music - from rock, soul and jazz to pop, country, heavy metal and R&B.
Long Island Book and Ephemera Show
PRICES: Expect to see ephemera for as little as $2 to first-edition novels that usually go for thousands of dollars.
Expect lots of vintage, autographed and first-edition books. Among them: "Animal Farm" by George Orwell, an autographed "The Big Sleep" by Raymond Chandler, an autographed first-edition "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger and three first-edition F. Scott Fitzgerald titles, including "The Great Gatsby." Beyond books, there will be historical documents, vintage papers and postcards. Free appraisals from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
East Northport Postcard and Paper Show
WHEN | WHERE: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 30, Christ Lutheran Church, 189 Burr Rd., East Northport, 631-499-9330
PRICES: Some postcards can be had for 10 cents, but most start at around $1.
At least a dozen dealers will sell postcards, photographs and historical papers such as maps, abstracts, bills and other documents with origins that range from Long Island to around the world. There also will be dealers selling souvenir china and maps.