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The Roosevelt Hotel

Glad you could drop in... 'This drink is on me'.

In New Orleans La. stands a proud building who has weathered many storms. Built by German immigrant Louis Grunewald. Named after him then called The Grunewald. Some people consider this hotel host to the very first night club in the United States. This night club was called 'The Cave".

The Grunewald opened it's doors for business in 1893. The hotel over the years went through many changes and expansions. When in 1923 a group of New… Continue

Posted on March 16, 2009 at 1:00am — 11 Comments

Ship It to Yourself....Don't forget to send it?

"Ship It to Yourself....Don't forget to send it?" Box it right ship it mean. You can send your items packaged to survive the trip. Arriving as your customers expected them to arrive, mean and lean ready to go. Over the many years in the logistics business and having to handle and deal with customers. There is one thing that you want to avoid , "un-happy customers". Give them the service that you would like to have given to you.

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Posted on February 20, 2009 at 12:00am

Why Collect Rare Collectibles?

Why Collect Rare Collectibles?

The Nature of Rare Collectibles.

As their name suggests, all rare collectibles are scarce, hard to find items. They can be antiques that are desirable because of their age, type of craftsmanship or some other unique feature that represents the past. Some rare collectibles are so old that they are considered to be antiquities - artifacts of an ancient civilization such as ancient Greek or ancient Chinese society. Alternatively, rare…


Posted on February 3, 2009 at 3:00pm

Tips on Budget Decorating

Home decorating on a budget is the ultimate adventure in decorating. It requires a little bit of planning, creativity, and patience. If you are like me, sometimes you wish you could be a genie and wiggle your nose and **poof** it's done. However, that takes away from all the fun! Follow these tips and you'll have a home that looks like a page out of your favorite magazine!

*Visit Furniture Showrooms

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Posted on January 25, 2009 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

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At 3:04pm on March 15, 2010, Barbara E. Mauzy said…
Welcome, welcome, James! I see you joined the Fire-King group and the Peanut Butter Glasses group! Hopefully you'll find the groups fun and informative! Barbara
At 10:31pm on March 20, 2009, Craig Phillips / B & C Emporium said…
yes I seen your topless one, guys usually will find the $$$ to get their tools, tho I have a couple of gals that know there stuff and what they want!
Craig Phillips
At 8:35pm on March 20, 2009, Craig Phillips / B & C Emporium said…
James, welcome to the antique tool group, welcome to a new bigger family
Craig Phillips
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At 1:52am on March 9, 2009, VinceJ said…
Actually James, 2000 is not a huge task.

We currently use a "new arrivals" page here, we snap a photo, minimal description, price and put it online.
We figure since we already do three quarters of the same work, we'll put it online to sell direct with paypal instead. Since there is no limit to number, or fees for selling, it seems a natural extension of our B&M store.

Have heard of Auctiva and others. Aren't they mostly used for auctions?
Dralle's fees aren't very high, she runs store (most items are like 3 cents/per item for store listing. she spends maybe $100/month plus percentage of sales. Actually online, and even ebay, are among the cheapest venues possible for retail sales. no other venue matches it. And the more you have up, the cheaper it actually is.

We went the other way, and are using the NING platform itself (same one iantiqueonline is set up on) to set the sales site up.
It has some limitations, but also many very unique benefits, especially for a more local customer base.
Of course, the occasional long-distance sale never hurts.

It took about 80 hours of learning, digging, experimenting, and programming, but it's now ready to go.
I figure we will be investing about 10 minutes per item to list, and that will be the only cost.
the only other cost is for credit card and paypal fees, but that only affects actual sales. (of course, doesn't include research into other shopping sites, sellng venues, etc, all which lead to this decision)
At 12:43am on March 9, 2009, VinceJ said…
Sorry, James. like I said "Soon".
We just finished database last night to prepare inputs.
We plan to put up about 2,000 items over the next year, and let it grow.
Experimental in nature, but also free, which is good.

check back in a few, days, or i'll send you a message.
I could even set them up for "members only" on that site -- another feature we are planning to use.
A member could get first crack at items recently listed.
If you'd like that. just let me know.
And, sorry, no blue, we looked hard and long for the red and blue , but nowhere to be found in the little dingy shop we encountered them in. (yes, they must pass through the car wash before being photographed,, argh)
Or do you prefer your grapes with an "aged" look (like from the old west?)

At 8:35pm on March 8, 2009, VinceJ said…
HI, James.
Just wanted to let you know, we've come across some really cool grapes latesly.
they are in clear glass, frosted green glass, and burgundy.
They are tied by brass wire, with a couple of little leaves attached.
Told they were from Brazil or Argentina, the grapes are not exactly round, they are shaped more like a fig, I think...

Anyways, thought you might be interested. They will be for sale very soon at greenspot.ning.com , our new social/store website
At 7:13pm on March 8, 2009, Frank Rostron said…
James I stopped by French Broad today nice place. I talked to a guy there about a booth he said one of the lighted booths where 55.00. He also offered me a 10 x 10 for 1.20 a square ft. I don't think I need something that big. I'm going to go by Bryants this week to see what they have, I don't have that much for sale I guess I'm going to have to buy a few more things ha ha ha!
At 9:30am on February 23, 2009, carolyn said…
Thank You for the comment James, I am going to sort thru my the childrens books I have been collecting(saving) to see if there is anything you could use..Of course this will take a while, but it is on my list of things to do.
At 10:57pm on February 19, 2009, Barb C said…
No way I would advise someone what price to set. I don't know myself half the time, it's all a game! BUT I do know that there have not been that many offered recently, as far as I can tell via research. So I would start the price at something I would be satisfied with and then see what happens from there.
I would only do a buy it now if there were others that have sold recently.

good luck and remember to pack it well when you do ship it! Just had a friend email me and tell me he is not going to buy anymore on ebay after getting three broken jars in the last two months.
At 10:53pm on February 18, 2009, MOD-CENTRAL.COM Carin Brown said…
Hey, feel free to use what ever you need. If you run across stuff like this and are not sure who made I would be happy to help. The house photos of my house and can get you close ups. Some of the other stuff are items I have sold over the years. Hope it all helps, Carin

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