In this piece, I boldly suggested that boys age 10 or so should collect antiques. I believe this was a hobby of mine for about five minutes back then. I sent it to the Hobby Hows column of Boy's Life and I'm pretty sure my main goal was to get the $5 they paid:
An interesting and rewarding hobby is collecting antique items. You can find inexpensive ones at many garage sales and flea markets. I bought a chess set for $3 at a garage sale and later found out from some antique dealers that it was worth $75. It is interesting to track down an antique's origin and see how things were made long ago. -- $5 to Aaron DaMommio, Arlington, Tex.
I know I was quite earnest about it at the time, but now the only thing about this paragraph that rings true is the phrase "I bought a chess set for $3 at a garage sale." I didn't stick with "antique" collecting, I'm not at all sure that chess set was an antique, I certainly never realized $75 from it, and now I think that most of the "antiques" you'd find like this are not particularly old.
I'd still recommend that kids do their shopping at garage sales, though. My kids get a lot of their toys that way.