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09/22/2018 at 9:18 am in reply to: Hi from the UK, my latest boot sale find – a bargain for 4 quid but what is it ? #49020
Sorry, I did add a link, but it hasn’t appeared in the post.
This waffle crimp
My thinking is that it’s designed to hold something flat and relatively light in a source of heat, e.g. a sheet of glass. But… I’ve no idea what “16th century waffle texture” is doing on a sheet of glass! Maybe it’s a early prototype of frosted glass.09/22/2018 at 3:17 am in reply to: Hi from the UK, my latest boot sale find – a bargain for 4 quid but what is it ? #49013
You mean I, as a seller in the UK selling to the US have to pay a US tax? Well, no taxation without representation. I’ll be over to vote in 2020.
Re totommyto’s remark on having parcels opened and repackaged, does this happen? The way I pack things, from scavenged materials and hot glue, there’s no way once re-opened that the packing can be re-used. I get feedback on “a well-packaged item” etc., so the customers seem happy (some of the cardbox boxes are from medical suppliers- I take care to remove the labels; don’t want the customers to have to explain to their significant others that they didn’t order a gross of assorted prophylatics).
There’s an extra expense in the UK where the Post Office tacks on a charge of £8 if the customs fees aren’t paid upfront before collection (i.e. you have to pay the extra when you go to collect the parcel). Customs duty is also paid on the postage. Presumably GSP avoids UK buyers being taxed the £8.
I’m not sure what the situation is regarding “printed paper” and GSP. My view is that if it’s paper it’s printed paper. I’ve had discussions with postmasters whether photographs are that, and thus duty free.
Cheapest coffee in Leicester is 40 pence (about 50c), but it’s out of a machine, in the foyer of a crematorium. Nice selection of handmade urns on sale as well.
Split bamboo on a black lacquer base? I did find a short video from MOMA on Japanese bamboo art which showed boxes with the same kind of woven material. Not sure about the sushi bit- they don’t look like they could easily be cleaned of bits of raw fish.
I did search “Nippon craft”- one of the primary results led me to search “needle felting dog head”. Umm…09/09/2018 at 11:31 am in reply to: Pottery – Identification – UNMARKED is NOT a bad thing. #48526
Yes, according to Collector’s Weekly.The Wikipedia article doesn’t say, but it appears not to have been updated since 2008!09/09/2018 at 9:15 am in reply to: Pottery – Identification – UNMARKED is NOT a bad thing. #48521
Had a look at some listings of Fulper, as they’re unknown in the UK. They seem to occupy a similar position in the market as Ruskin- basically vases decorated simply with striking glazes. Ruskin tends to be marked; the pieces seem to be either high-priced or (cough) undesirable- the last piece I saw come up at live auction was a bowl in blue and orange matt glaze which failed to make its reserve of £80.
Other undesirables in the UK market include Wedgwood jasper ware, Torquay motto ware, Mason ironstone, most Poole and Denby and those blooming Royal Crown Derby paperweights. I see examples of Flow Blue occasionally (which I gather was a big thing in the US a few years back). It’s where the printed blue transfer is intentionally made fuzzy. Almost as horrible as anything clobbered with black glaze.
If someone could tell me an item that would sell all the time, was easy to source, and could guarantee me a $5 profit on each sale….I’d be there in a heartbeat.
Okay, now I know there isn’t! I can stop looking.08/31/2018 at 2:29 am in reply to: Question on the Hassle Free returns and Supporting Photos on a Return #48216
I’ve only got limited knowledge of Chinese antiques myself- you might want to ramp the price up to something like 700 USD, say it’s got a Qianlong Emperor seal script mark and see what happens. Maybe nothing! The carving appears excellent.
I went down a metaphorical rabbit hole trying to sell a Chinese cloisonné cup. The cup was in bronze rather than brass, and a one-piece casting rather than built up from sheet, but the background colour was black instead of the usual blue or yellow. Sold it as a 19th century piece, but I think the unusual colour made it a bit questionable in buyer’s eyes, hence it went at a lower price than I was hoping to fetch. Never did find out when black cloisonné was in style, but I did find out that Ming cloisonné sells at a discount at auction on eBay UK compared with the same at brick-and-mortar auctions. Ming’s got bubbles in the glass, and the wires are different than Qing.08/30/2018 at 4:12 pm in reply to: Question on the Hassle Free returns and Supporting Photos on a Return #48199
A bit off-topic, but your “Asian Bowl Carved Relief Embossed Surface” has a Emperor Qianlong seal mark on the base (though the characters are a bit mixed up). The carving looks very good. Usually Chinese lacquer is cinnabar-red; I don’t know what the yellow colour signifies. Could be Imperial yellow.
Great for mailing stuffed animals? If that’s their side hustle, they’re pretty good at it. Those cats look really lifelike.08/26/2018 at 3:58 pm in reply to: No one reads descriptions. Just have to accept it! #48004
Executive Summary and Acquisition Rationale
Dornoch Capital Advisors, LLC is pleased to present this opportunity for you to purchase the Tranmere Rovers Football Club including its 16,587 all-seater grounds/stadiam (Prenton Park). Our firm, through its exclusive financial advisory relationship with the club and its involvement with management, believe that the acquisition of the club presents a unique opportunity for a wealthy sports enthusiast at this time due to the following:
Historic brand and fan base in FA football dating back over 100 years;
Strong capitalization of the club with zero indebtedness in a period when English Football is in the process of de-gearing/de-leveraging;
Low cost of entry for club with significant potential for promotion to the second division or potentially the Premiership;
Demographics and location in Merseyside with Liverpool being the European Center of Culture in 2008 and the Open Championship being played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in 2007 make this 1.3 million population region quite attractive to sports owners;
The ability of the acquirer to institute industry best practice (U.S. style sports management and merchandising) to upgrade the fan experience in food/beverage, on-pitch performance, and match day entertainment thus driving additional revenues, earnings, promotions and cup titles;
The potential to pay for a portion of the acquisition through subsequent divestitures of excess/ non-income producing real estate with NO financial risk to the common shareholders;
Ability to generate pro-forma double digit returns on for the new investors;
Purchasing a Championship League caliber club at less than League One metrics;
FA Football represents the only worldwide sports brand which continues to grow at double-digit sponsorship and television media revenue growth; and
A current owner who will continue to capitalize the club through his preferred equity ownership interest and if desired by the new owners, an emeritus chairmanship/directorship.
TRFC finished only one point away from a playoff spot for promotion to the Coca Cola Championships league during their 2008/2009 campaign
Listed for a starting bid of $10,000,000 on eBay in 2009.
Item location: Pinehurst, NC, United States
Ships to: United States
Payments: PayPal, Pay on pickup
“[Owner Peter] Johnson had hired Dornoch Capital, a specialist in selling sports franchises, to sell his shareholding. The listing was removed immediately following a public outcry.” (from Wikipedia) Apparently the club’s still for sale- make an offer, it’s been on the market since 2002.08/26/2018 at 7:53 am in reply to: No one reads descriptions. Just have to accept it! #47975
There’s a series on BBC Radio 4 by Aleks Krotoski- “The Digital Human”. One episode mentioned how an Oxfam thrift shop had increased sales by about 30% by encouraging donors to write little stories about the items they were donating.
“I bought this Luis Vuitton handbag on a rainy Sunday afternoon in November in South Wigston. I took it to the disco that night where it looked resplendent on top of the pile of handbags we were dancing round.”
I’ve never tried this, ‘cos “I found this in a thrift shop, and paid a quid for it” doesn’t have quite the same appeal.