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01/23/2022 at 9:53 am in reply to: Tons of stuff from a closed down military surplus store #94818
There’s a couple of British Tank Regiment badges in one of the cases. Gold-plated fantasy pieces- got to be worth tuppence of anybody’s spare change.
Yes, I was wrong about them being cut glass- they look moulded, like the Imperials. There’s also an intermediate category where cut glass is acid-washed to soften the cutting.
…and also well worth buying for 8 dollars! You’ve got a set of 8, not an odd number like 7 or 3, and they look very 19th century.
The device cut into the ruby panels on the dessert glasses is called “hobstar”. Don’t know if they’re Bohemian or American, but they look genuine.01/15/2022 at 12:37 pm in reply to: I started an Instagram Feed – Anyone use it to sell? #94710
Link worked this side of the pond. The guitarist who’s with the lady in the kaftan and the black cat is Jerry Garcia.01/15/2022 at 12:33 pm in reply to: Tons of stuff from a closed down military surplus store #94709
“My other car is a broom”. I laughed, and that’s when she turned me into a frog.01/14/2022 at 1:10 am in reply to: Tons of stuff from a closed down military surplus store #94694
Seeing those “Special Forces” bumper stickers reminds me- back in the 1990s bumper stickers and rear window stickers were really common (and annoying) in the UK. At some point they disappeared, like I suppose any other fashion. Even the dealer stickers seem to have disappeared.
The fold-out London Underground maps are worth looking out for; Tube map (wiki).
I had a copy of the 1908 map which went at auction on eBay for 200 dollars. The more modern 1980s-onwards ones are typically about 10 dollars.
Restaurant and Hotel Employees Union, which is probably the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union. Maybe the “I A” in the logo is “International Association”.01/07/2022 at 4:13 am in reply to: ebay Box Prices are really up, some are up 67% from 2018! #94597
Get ahead of the curve! The EU has banned single-use plastics, including bubble wrap; the alternative now is corrugated bubble wrap, made from recycled
“Plastic? We don’t need no steenkin’ plastic!”
Went to an antique fair on Saturday, in Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Plenty of vendors, boring and over-priced stock, hardly anything being sold.
Weird decisions as to stock- one stall had a selection of modern Polish ornamental glass displayed on rickety shelves, Another had two large Benin bronze head wastebaskets and a selection of really ugly modern African carved stone heads.
Thinking about it afterwards, apart from the general lack of commercial nous, I reckon the problem may be that the vendors don’t have the time to source or scavenge stock. Hence the boring stock.
Booked to do a fair at Lamport Hall at Easter- I learned some stuff yesterday! 🙂
Could be a formatting issue; I get that sometimes when a buyer’s address has the district underneath the city (e.g. London Hammersmith). Also, some carriers won’t ship to a PO box- I had to get an alternative address from a buyer in Australia because Hermes wouldn’t ship.
Happy New Year as well- I’ve been in 2022 for 18 hours now, and it’s not particularly different to the last one, except more fireworks.
@debitendcreits That reminds me- I’ve got eight jars of unpitted green olives in the larder.
it takes knowledge, patience and more than a little bit of luck to keep the sales steady over a long period of time
Which is (I think) why thrift shops may find it problematic moving their sales onto the internet. Here in the UK salaries in the charity-shop sector are low; Oxfam pays their shop managers £16,800 which is slightly above the minimum wage. There’s no spare money to pay someone with the skills to do successful online listing, so they rely on volunteers.
There’s a local thrift-shop-chain warehouse near me that’s open Thursday-Sunday, dealing mostly in furniture. Over the last year or two, it seems a lot of the furniture is sold before the warehouse opens, judging by the ‘sold’ stickers on stuff.
I reckon, wherever there’s an accumulation of second-hand or returned goods waiting to be sold, a back channel arises through which the more desirable items percolate. A friend works at a warehouse inspecting and re-packing catalogue returns; they are allowed to purchase items off the shop floor.