Antiquing is a beloved pastime for many. It reminds us of the “good ol days.” Holding a piece of history in your hands is a great way to transport yourself to another time and space. For some, a tangible item might conjure up great childhood memories. In fact, it may even present the opportunity to share these memories with your loved ones. Not only that, collecting is fun! It brings people from many different places and experiences together in an environment where they can share their passions and learn from each other.
For many, antique hunting is something that’s done in a mall, at a show, online, at an antique shop, etc. But, did you know that in addition to these common places, antique items can also be found outdoors and even underground? Believe it or not, there are actually many items including antique toys, kitchen items, jewelry antiques, and more that can still be found underground and in other locations like old home sites and former garbage dumps. While treasure hunting like this isn’t nearly as easy as heading to the antique shop to search for treasures, it is incredibly rewarding and really will take your antiquing experience to a whole new level.
Antiquing this way is made possible by time spent in libraries, town offices, and other centers of local history speaking with others and searching for information on places that would make good dig sites, as well as the use of relic hunting metal detectors. These types of metal detectors can find metal collectibles and antiques of all kinds. But, not only that, they’ll also lead you to treasure digging spots where you’ll come across non metallic types of antiques, such as thimbles and marbles, in addition to the metal ones the detector will alert you to.
Choosing the best machine for metal detecting relics and antiques is important. However, the “right one” will be different for each person. As a result, the best advice is to do your research. Some of the features that are important to consider when choosing a relic hunting metal detector include whether or not you’ll be near water, your height, weight, and level of physical fitness, technological preferences, and, of course, your budget. That said, a good entry level relic hunting metal detector would be the Bounty Hunter Platinum a mid level model would be either the Tesoro Tejon or Fisher F75 LTD and at the top of the line is the XP DEUS.
Whatever model you choose, antique hunting with a metal detector is very exciting. Just like the antique mall, you never know what you might find; you might leave with great treasures, or, you might walk home empty handed. But, unlike in the shops, when you are actually the first one to find and unearth a beautiful treasure, the feeling is like no other; and neither is the profit!
Enjoy antique hunting on a whole new level and head out on your own search. Not only will you have a fantastic time, but, you’ll be doing the antiquing community a favor by locating and sharing these rare finds that would otherwise remain deep underground.