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The staff at Royal Mail ask what’s in the parcels, because the Queen gets annoyed if she doesn’t know what her peasants are posting to each other. I sold a spanking paddle to a gentleman collector; told the postmistress it was a butter pat.02/15/2019 at 3:05 am in reply to: How can I get customers to read and look at pictures for this item? #57013
So… (something I never considered till now) the number of people with incomplete sets of IKEA Prykeware vastly outnumbers the people with incomplete sets of dishes from the 1970s/1980s. That’s why I’ve ended up eating gruel out of hand=painted Denby Greenwheat bowls.02/14/2019 at 12:42 am in reply to: How can I get customers to read and look at pictures for this item? #56952
Maybe write BEIGE on a piece of card and place it behind the bowls in a photo. And in another photo have a piece of card with “BEIGE IS A KIND OF BROWN”.
I didn’t know IKEA stuff was (re)saleable. The stores in the UK seem to have two kinds of stuff; cheapo and made in China, and expensive, also made in China.02/10/2019 at 1:38 am in reply to: Mid Century Canadian Pottery Mark, is anyone familiar? #56680
Sounds like the one at the top of this page, though of course it’s not identified.02/07/2019 at 3:44 pm in reply to: Art experts, MDC Galleries or others, please advise me on Wyeth print #56597
Blogger’s Steve Roden. Reason why all the artists’ names are in lower case is because he’s a composer of lowercase music 🙂
If the machine was made in 1927 and it only had one owner then the seller’s the world’s oldest internet user.
Machine made in 1927. Only one owner.
I’ve got a few bottles of Pledge Furniture Scratch and Colour Restorer that were sold cheap by a supermarket, loads of raw and boiled linseed oil. some French liquid polish for floors that’s got beeswax in it, Danish oil, teak oil, and some dried-up tins of wax polish. You know, the usual scavenger accumulation 🙂
From what I’ve read on the net, some people say that anything with silicone in it should be avoided, and linseed oil can be problematic sometimes. I think this is due to the difficulty of removing these finishes if they develop faults.
I’d definitely not clean the brass and bronze- those cleat hooks look like they’d take hours to clean the patina off. Maybe a bit of wax on the wood, and clean the glass.
@Inglewood- I drove past David Dickinson once- he was wearing a red suit to go with his complexion. Didn’t notice the hair!
I can give you a few “insights” into UK auctions, which might be applicable to US auctions.
Two bidders at a time, only. If you want to join in, wait till the bidding stalls.
Dealers tend to stand at the back of the room.
Auctions are about as exciting as waiting for a bus, running to a guesswork timetable, with no guarantee that the bus will actually pick you up.
Your palms will get sweaty as the lot you’re interested in is announced. If you see someone else getting twitchy and more alert… that’s the competition.
The person who keeps their arm/paddle in the air when bidding is the person who gets run up.
If Celebrity Antiques Road Trip turns up with film crew in tow, nothing is worth buying. Also the room will be filled with gongoozlers.
It’s true that you should keep your hands in your pockets if the auctioneer knows you and wants to take the pee (happened to me). Otherwise, just look bored (you will be).
Generally the auction house security is very good. It’s advisable not to approach or handle any small items while the sale is on (but there’s usually an announcement when the sale is on). Otherwise, if you’ve bought a job lot of camera lenses, and the valuable one is missing, you’re probably in Derby.
There’s a brand of work clothing in the UK, JCB (by J C Bamforth, manufacturers of diggers and tractors and suchlike). Bamforth’s been in the news recently for paying £10,000 to Boris Johnson to give a 40 minute pep talk to the workers re Brexit. I don’t think the kids are down with JCB!
I use Quorn quite a lot (basic chunks and mince). On offer it works out at about 3 to 4 USD a pound. The sausages are okay as well (haven’t tried all the other things like burgers and pies). I’m told it contains flour and maybe eggs- there are vegan versions appearing. I don’t know how available it is in the US at the moment.01/27/2019 at 2:43 am in reply to: 1970's? Brass TP like holder but not… need help Identifying #55947
Yep! So to fit it, a hole has to be broken out of the shower tiling to make a recess, which is why I didn’t think it was a soap holder. Also the combination of brass, soap, sweat, intricate detailing to hold the soap and sweat to the brass, and a hot humid atmosphere probably makes it look like it came out of the ‘Titanic’ after a few months.
I got into a long drawn-out discussion yesterday about why I sold a “Warners Safe Cure” bottle for £1 more than I paid for it (I made a mistake in buying it).
Now I have the Knoblock Rule to quote:
“Speed through your inventory; don’t squeeze it for every dollar”
(Walter Blake Knoblock’s video is linked in the “Atlantic” article)
I don’t think I’m going to try it, though. Knowing my luck, I’d end up with a pallet-full of knob locks without their keys.