Friday, October 14, 2011

Top 20 Selling Antiques & Collectibles for September 2011 - according to Tias

Here are the top 20 selling antiques & collectibles for September 2011
1. China & Dinnerware - See:

2. Glass - See:

3. Vintage Sewing Items - See:

4. Vintage Jewelry - See:

5. Kitchen Collectibles - See:

6. Paper & Ephemera - See:

7. Vintage Clothing - See:

8. Coins & Currency - See:

9. Holiday & Seasonal - See:

10. Figurines - See:

11. Porcelain & Pottery - See:

12. Advertising - See:

13. Toys - See:

14. Furniture & Accessories - See:

15. Books - See:

16. Memorabilia - See:

17. Photographica - See:

18. Music Related - See:

19. Dolls - See:

20. Lamps & Lighting - See:

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Friday, July 22, 2011

My Brush with Antique Fame...

How fun!! Mike Wolf from American Pickers will be there....

Years ago one of the antique roadshow thingees stopped in Phila at the Art Museum - $5 appraisal per item. It was THIS time of the year and I was 6 mos pregnant - looked like a mama elephant and still wanted an appraisal of a chair (my son will be 30 in Nov.. LOL that's how long ago).

So you know those steps that Rocky runs up at the Art Museum (in the movie..) ...well the pregnant elephant put the chair in the car...drove down... carried the chair AROUND the whole blessed building (the Philadelphia Art Museum is HUGE!! REALLY HUGE!)... and then put it on her head like the best 3rd world tribeswoman...and walked up the steps.  I don't know which was funnier..the chair on my head.. legs up in the air..or the big belly going up the steps like Rocky!

For $5 I found out that the chair was 16th/17th century (1500-1600) English, Hickory, ladderback with a rush seat and only (ONLY??) worth $600.  My husband had bought it for $25 at an auction. So I put it back on my head...and walked back down the stairs..put it back in the car and drove it and him to Main Street in New Hope where I sold it to a dealer for $300 cash. LOL ...paid for my infant's delivery and his  first live Scream! and the pediatrician who made sure he screamed...
Had some good buys after that but not much that compared pricewise.

I'd love to go to the Pickers thing... tell whoever goes to take pictures for us and put them on Facebook!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I gave up

Ok, I admit it, following a schedule didn't work for me.... so I gave up. BUT the next few months will hopefully be less horrendous than the last few and I'll do this more regularly.

Frankly, it helps to get encouragement too. One of my mentors reamed me on content and said I was posting about the "wrong" things. So, what are the right things?? I think I'll just post about what I like, collecting wise and what I know about and let her figure her own life out. (at least I can spell).

Ok enough crankiness first thing in the AM.  I'll see you more often now that I gave up listening to other cranky people.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My Interview on Ask Janelle Radio

In the spring of 2009, I joined OSIROCKSTARS which is a "training" business site, run by Janelle Elms.  I'd be signing up for every free class Janelle did for years but I'd made a resolution to join the full site and get the "real deal" and I finally did.

It's been one darn thing after another since then. Janelle is a slave driver....Ok, well she's not really but she just knows so much and goes to such great lenghts to share it, that I'm constantly challenged to keep up.

THEN, on Jan 5, 2011 I was honored to be her guest on her ASK JANELLE Show on
and I am......................down link..

Part One



Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Why are you waiting for Paypal to tell you you have funds?/

I've been an eBay seller for 100 years...well ok 14 on March 3rd. I was an ebay seller before there was a Paypal when we had to use MULTIMATE to make our own invoices and email them to folks. And we waited by the mailbox for checks or money orders and sometimes Cash to arrive.

Then God invented Paypal so I wouldn't have to wait any more.

Now, in the beginning, (I wish you could here the heavenly choir singing that...) Paypal didn't send notices.  Now they do... in between sometimes they were supposed and it messed up.  Sometimes they forgot to push the button... but for me?? I didn't care. why?? BECAUSE, I went (and still do) every morning, as soon as I sat down here, and looked in my Paypal account (and my husband's and son's too...) and printed out the Payments.

Since Paypal invented Packing slips I print those ( for in the package and one for me on the outside of the package so I don't mess up and send your stuff to Canada or Canada's stuff to Japan..or Texas)

So please explain this to me?? WHY DON"T YOU DO THAT??  Twice lately, I've heard the excuse "I didn't know you'd paid" for folks who didn't ship stuff. One was from one friend to another (well one of them is still a friend...the reciever person - the non-sender person...not so much).  

And then the same week, a seller told ME that. I paid on Dec 18th for a vintage magazine..still not here...still not marked "shipped".   So I asked."where's my stuff, please?"  And I got the same mumbo jumbo.."oh I didn't notice you paid'.

REALLY?? You got $40 in your paypal account and figured it was a Christmas present from God?? no question asked?? If I find $.04 extra in my paypal account or my google checkout account, I get busy and figure out where it came from. I don't just spend it and go on like nothing's changed.

Ok so you overlooked that part. When you looked at your MY eBay page and the little $$ was filled in and you got a "Paid on December 18 with Paypal" as you moused over the $$$, that didn't trigger a  moment of remorse?? Oh hey, I guess I ought to ship that lady's magazine??

REALLY?? HOW's that?? And then when I ding your stars, you'll be all mystified and stupid and stuff and saying "I have NO clue why this bitch dinged my stars".

HERE are the rules:

You list.
I buy.
You bill me.
I pay within your time frame or even better, I pay faster!!
You  check paypal every morning and ship everything that's paid for.

END OF STORY - not stupid excuses like "Oh I didn't notice you paid".

Oh and when I ask you where my item is, three weeks after I paid you" please dont' give me guff about how it's Paypal's fault because they didn't notify you and their spotty history of notification. THEY didn't get my money, you did....

I have a left-handed cat

I have a "left-handed" and a "right-handed" cat... The lefty (below) is Max.  He actually adopted my son who, coincidentally is left handed. So when he sits on my son's lap, Mike rubs his head and pets him with his right hand as he (Mike) continues to mouse around the internet left-handed (aka NO loss of productivity).
See?? He sleeps on the left too.. here they are enjoying the electric blanket and NO, I didn't tuck them under there.  They be smart cats, don't need no help from annoying human moms..
Cosmos - the seal point Siamese, is a right hand cat.  He sits so he gets petted with your left hand...he sleeps on the right, exactly opposite of Max.

 They also check out "towel fluffiness" in the closet for the management. (max on the left..his left and Cos on the right...(brown)
And so, when Mike is not around and Mom is assigned to pet him, Max sits on my lap and demands to be petted with my right hand...thereby reducing my productivity to ZERO!! That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.  Hey loves you anyway!

Monday, January 3, 2011

I'm so not fashion-savvy..

And this is the proof - my friend, the eBay Queen who blogs under that name posted a Horse-hide coat as a "strange item of the week"on her blog.  And from that I drilled down and found these...

Expensive and "weird" mens jackets

So I have a couple of questions for my fashion-savvy friends?? Are we actually harvesting old Paint's hide to make a coat?? WHO does that?? I know that the French eat horsemeat or used to...way more than we ever do in this country. That's ok there are some places in the world where cats and dog are "fair game" but I'm having trouble conceiving of "Chuckie" the riding lesson horse, turning into "Chuckie" the leather jacket..or shoes??

AND what the heck is a vicuna??  These jackets and coats are vicuna... THANK GOD for Google images... VICUNA pictures..

Ok - time for me to go to work so I can buy my husband and son Vicuna jackets. (Yeah THAT's Happening..)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

150th Anniversary of the Start of the Civil War

Really...150 years. Whoddthunkit?

The political, economic and moral issues are all still raw for large swathes of the country. BUT we're not here today to rehash that. We're here to talk Civil War antiques. A subject I'm not really well versed on. I collect depression glass, remember?

But I figured, in a vain effort to catch up on the ULTIMATE BLOG Challenge, that I'd do a quick and dirty post and show you some "antiques" I have from around that era. They are only mine because my mom and her aunts, father and grandfather saved them. And some are only here because we have access to government records in our "beknighted" country. ( like the Wiki leaks guy does too..said with tonque firmly stuck out at the government)

So, forthwith..let me show you my gems of genealogy:

Did you know the government has census records back to like 1800?? This one is from 1870 - Wilmington De and my grandfather, a civil war veteran,and his family are listed on this exact page.  So I not only know he was alive in 1870, I know his wife was and so were some of his children.

I also have John Bradley's naturalization papers from 1850, and his muster roll from his enlistment in the 1st Delaware Infantry, as well as his discharge because he was blind in one eye, couldn't see out of the other eye and was hence unsuitable to be a solder. (NO SHIT SHERLOCK! No wonder you're a Lt. Colonel... )

Smart as I'm I forgot to take pictures for you so I'll add them later.

John ended up having something like 6 children. I know of 4 definitively. And  his oldest son was born in 1860 while he was serving in the Union Army.

There are still a lot of good Civil War Era antiques. Among those I've seen sold and traded are "dug buttons".  DUG refers to they were found in a battle field as opposed to "found in military stores" or supply depots.

Ok...tomorrow - pictures I promise.