Picking Up Free Matchbooks

I went through an elegant bar in search of a restaurant where we were having a business dinner. When I saw a bowl of matches, I scooped up a few. They are hard to find nowadays, as fewer folks smoke, so I always pick up a couple of boxes and matchbooks where they are, to light candles and the pilot lights on my gas stove! (I can never get the striking match thing that my husband likes, to work!) Still have some from my last elegant party.

By pamphyila from Los Angeles

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February 8, 20070 found this helpful

You are right, matchbooks and matchboxes are harder and harder to find these days. When I first discovered ebay, 8 yrs ago I sold some matchbooks I'd picked up in Las Vegas. If you have any laying around from old casinos no longer there, you might do well selling them. I also sold some from Disney World and did quite well with those too.

You can still buy kitchen matches and fireplace matches if you just need them for lighting candles and such. I myself prefer to use one of those butane lighters....I think they are safer to light candles with. I've burned the end of my finger trying to light a candle with a match.

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February 10, 20070 found this helpful

So YOU'RE the ones stealing all of the matchbooks? And making a profit by selling them? for shame! lol

Do you also take ashtrays, flatware, and occasional

glassware when there's a name on it?

I know that this is a common "collectors" temptation and great loss to the owners of those places, but with the prices they charge, what can they expect from their patrons, integrity and the Golden Rule? Of

course, I say this "tongue and cheek". My suggestion is to collect things legally, not by stealing,

even if they are in a bowl for each patron to take one or two. It's common sense that they never intended to fund the world's collectors, don't you think? On the other hand, perhaps they love the

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February 21, 20070 found this helpful

Hey Lynda lighten up.....no I do not steal anything....I don't take ashtrays or glasses, etc. Taking a matchbook is not stealing....for one thing at the time, my husband smoked a pipe. I only took one at a time to be a little collection or freebie souvenir. After I had tired of them setting around I sold them. I feel I collected those matchbooks totally legally!

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February 22, 20070 found this helpful

i agree with you debbie .if they didn't want you to take them they wouldn't put them out.they would be packaged and marked for sale

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February 23, 20070 found this helpful

I came across this post and so happy I did - we have a 1 1/2 year old that just discovered a matchbox collection of my husbands. I was going to throw it away but he had a fit. Now I might stand a chance if I sold them on ebay and gave him $$ instead.

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July 30, 20070 found this helpful

The matchbooks are there to advertise the restaurant or for collectors. The restaurant doesnt care who takes them as long as they get their name out thats why they buy them. By the way I sell matchbooks to restaurants and bars. There are still plenty of buyers and it is a very good job

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