I wish I had taken advantage of hamfest when the boatanchors were just about given away so the owner didn't have to take it back home and unload them.
There was, and maybe still is, some bargains out there but they are getting scarce.
Look at tube testers now on the E site. They are almost like owning a piece of gold.
I helped run the GCARC hamfest in south Jersey, and Valiants and other similar typers disappeared if they were in any kind of decent condition. I know exactly what you mean.