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Mark D Swartz
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Mark D Swartz added a discussion to the group Whadja Find Today
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Amazing Way to Restore a Faded Amber Pendant

  I've owned this beautiful Sterling Silver and Amber pendant necklace for at least 12 years; I purchased this in a consignment store in city where I live and love its' design.  A friend of the store's owner was then working the jewelry counter and she told me that she found this in England.  I was once attending the large Dulles Antiques Show in Virginia and an 80 year old woman antique collector saw this and told me that is was likely of Navajo origin.  I wear this every day and in the last…See More
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Jeff Guy replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Elephant Mother and her Brood; Thrift Store Find July 8, 2017 in the group Whadja Find Today
"You need to show the base, even if there is no mark. Usually you can tell what it is made of by examining the base. I have to assume this is wood; if so it is presumably one of the species of ebony wood from Africa, or could be other wood with ebony…"
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Mark D Swartz added a discussion to the group Whadja Find Today
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Elephant Mother and her Brood; Thrift Store Find July 8, 2017

I found this very heavy exquisite elephants figurine in my local Salvation Army store several weeks ago and it has a matching decorative circular base. It depicts an elephant mother with her family of young elephants gathered around her. I'm not certain about the material used to make this; there is no maker's mark on the base. This measures approximately 5" high including the base and the base itself measures 5" in diameter. Any thoughts? I'll likely spend some time browsing the Internet to…See More
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Mark D Swartz added a discussion to the group Whadja Find Today
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Turquoise Chips and Sterling Silver Necklace with 12 Sterling Beads and Maker's Mark

I purchased this exquisite well made necklace from one of the many local thrift shops and consignment stores in Northern Virginia; back then I didn't always write down the price that I'd paid for items like this but if I had to guess I'd say around $27.00.  As you can see this has a variety of beautiful polished turquoise chips with round turquoise spacers in between them; both clasps are nicely engraved "Sterling" with a maker's hallmark.  I believe that I likely searched for this mark and…See More
Jul 18
Mark D Swartz replied to John Jacobson's discussion Old cane handle (Ivory?) in the group Whadja Find Today
"So that others here know I was a member of another antiques group on FB and posted an almost identical post asking whether an African necklace might contain ivory beads.  I soon after saw 2 separate messages on my post from group members…"
Jul 12
Mark D Swartz replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Aztec Calendar = Stone or Composite Material, Thrift Store Find = 12 Lbs. of Beauty in the group Whadja Find Today
"  I'm aware that this item was a commercial enterprise likely manufactured as a decorative piece to be sold to someone who likes the design and/or someone who is impressed by the beauty of the art displayed on it.  Whomever made this…"
Jul 9
tomsantiquesetcetera replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Aztec Calendar = Stone or Composite Material, Thrift Store Find = 12 Lbs. of Beauty in the group Whadja Find Today
"I assume you know that there are 2 calendars, one is Mayan and the other, yours, is Aztec. Without pics I cannot comment on what you said except that as you know there are millions of Aztec and/or Mayan calendars, all of which are copies of the real…"
Jul 9
Mark D Swartz replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Aztec Calendar = Stone or Composite Material, Thrift Store Find = 12 Lbs. of Beauty in the group Whadja Find Today
"I don't plan to sell this unless I receive information that it's extremely valuable or specially made by a well known company; I've purchased many items on eBay for at least 20 years and I always consider the price of shipping before…"
Jul 9
tomsantiquesetcetera replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Aztec Calendar = Stone or Composite Material, Thrift Store Find = 12 Lbs. of Beauty in the group Whadja Find Today
"The Buyer pays S&H not you, so why  worry about it? Call your local Greyhound or Trailways bus lines and find out their shipping costs. They've always been cheapest and fastest for me."
Jul 9
Mark D Swartz added a discussion to the group Whadja Find Today
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Mayan Calendar = Stone or Composite Material, Thrift Store Find = 12 Lbs. of Beauty

I purchased this huge and very heavy Aztec Calendar wall plaque in my local Salvation Army store this morning; I'd seen it there previously and was at the time hesitant to spend the money shown on its' price tag. I went back to the same store this morning looking other new "finds" and spoke to one of their employees about this calendar who asked me to talk with their store manager. She was very gracious and since this had been for sale for a while offered me a small discount which clinched the…See More
Jul 8
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Jun 29
Mark D Swartz replied to David Enders's discussion Silver Necklace in the group Whadja Find Today
"  I was years ago handed this Sterling Silver necklace by a very nice young woman employee of a thrift store that I used to visit on a regular basis.  I had my magnifier in hand and instantly saw the tag with "Hecho en Mexico,…"
Jun 26
Mark D Swartz added a discussion to the group Whadja Find Today
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Today's Thrift Store Find: African Wood Mask with Patterned Carvings

  I'd decided to visit one of my favorite local thrift stores which I last went to about 7 or 8 months ago; it's a very small store and packed to the gills with all sorts of collectibles.  Most of the items I've seen there are worthless junk but sometimes I'll find a treasure of substantial value.  I'd been visiting thrift stores for at least 40 years and sometimes find thing that are very exotic, very valuable and worthy of admiration.  I today found this African wood mask and the more I…See More
Jun 24
Mark D Swartz commented on C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk's group Whadja Find Today
"Today's Thrift Store Find African Wood Mask"
Jun 24
tomsantiquesetcetera replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion The Seven Canon Falls South Cheyenne Falls Colorado Brass Souvenir in the group Whadja Find Today
"Mark, and Others:  If in doubt about a prior listing, or a listing you want to revisit, use IAO"s search engine inside the heavy black line at the top of ANY page. Type in key words and ENTER. Very good results. In the old days many…"
Jun 22
Mark D Swartz replied to House of Charm Antiques Southinc's discussion High End Estate in the group Whadja Find Today
"  There are so many different types of collectors and each has his own favorites: I really like the plate showing Napoleon and many of the Japanese figurines...also the small pewter item.  I personally would not purchase most of the other…"
Jun 22

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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