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Mark D Swartz
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  • Haymarket, VA
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Mark D Swartz replied to Tina Foulds's discussion Tiny goblet in the group Whadja Find Today
"  If you can take a photo of the hallmarks that alone would likely provide more information about the type of metal and possibly the maker."
Mark D Swartz replied to Tina Foulds's discussion Tiny goblet in the group Whadja Find Today
"  This is another one of my thrift store finds made by the same company.  I like the tasteful decorative boxes that their brass products were sold in.  As you can see this was labeled "Double Spiral of Life" and most people…"
Mark D Swartz replied to Tina Foulds's discussion Tiny goblet in the group Whadja Find Today
"  This is a Kiddush cup made by Alef Judaica that I purchased in a thrift store many years ago.  Most Kiddush cups have the same type of shape; this one is nicely decorated with many Jewish stars punched out on the outer Silver colored…"
Mark D Swartz replied to Tina Foulds's discussion Tiny goblet in the group Whadja Find Today
"Most clearly a Jewish star and likely a Kiddush cup for wine; unlikely the star would be used by a Masonic group.  These usually have a Hebrew word in addition to the 6 pointed star."

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I collect a variety of treasures from thrift stores and consignment shops, sell only a few of these on eBay and keep the nicer ones for my assorted collections. Things I collect: Swedish crystal esp. by Orrefors, all types of teak wood objects, vintage American pocket knives esp. by Imperial and Colonial, Metal Art in Pewter and Brass, Hand Made wood boxes, wood pepper mills, glass paperweights, etc. My eBay ID is smokyquartz11. The profile photo is of a Joe Zimmerman paperweight made with Greentown Glass fragments.
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My Childrens' Toy Musk Ox was Sold to Another Thrift Store Client

I yesterday went to a thrift store that I used to visit several years ago. The store was very busy with clients on a Sunday and I spent a long time looking thru lots of collectibles.  The only things I found were a very clean used childrens' Musk Ox toy that had a baby Ox on top and a Yamaha Baroque Alto recorder.  The Musk Ox was large and I asked the cashier to hold it for me.  I later walked to the cashier and went to pay for both when I sadly found out that they'd sold my Musk Ox to…


Posted on July 18, 2016 at 8:36am

Buying and Collecting Orrefors Swedish Art Glass

 My glass collection began surprisingly enough with an award offered by the Acura dealer where I used to work; our employees had a choice of 5-6 different items such as watches, a camera, a personal radio, jewelry and a Lancelot large crystal bowl from Orrefors.  Of the roughly 110 employees at the dealership I was the only one to select the Orrefors Lancelot bowl.  It is a magnificent and beautiful design by Erika Lagerbielke; over the years I've amassed a large collection of Orrefors…


Posted on December 13, 2013 at 8:55pm — 7 Comments

Are You a Collector or a Hoarder? How YouTube Videos Turned My Guilt Into Happiness

  I've always been a collector but began seriously collecting when I was in my 30's.  I am now 67 and have amassed a variety of collectibles.  When I was very young my parents would not let me own a knife; when I became an adult I truly enjoyed being able to buy any type of knife that I wished.  I now own a collection of antique knife-tool sets, mostly German and some American, a comprehensive collection of vintage Imperial and Colonial American knives and a small…


Posted on December 10, 2013 at 9:00pm

eBay Feedback Score Modification -- Help for Sellers with Negative Feedback

  I'd been on eBay for at least 9 years, had only one negative feedback from a buyer about a year ago; it took  me a full year to have my score move from 97 up to 98.9.  A member's eBay feedback score is supposed to be calculated based on the prior 12 month period, however 12 months had passed and the one negative feedback was still affecting my score.  I assumed that the one negative would automatically be deleted after a year however it remained in place.  I called eBay customer support…


Posted on December 4, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

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