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Mark D Swartz replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Two Brass Candleholders from Israel with Hidden Surprise in the group Antique Judaica
"A Hebrew star from the company Aleph Judaica; thrift store find only I would have purchased. A yarmulke my mother Selma knitted when I was going to Bar Mitzvah; I never really appreciated it but you can see her skill; she played piano and had…"
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Two Brass Candleholders from Israel with Hidden Surprise

  I found these two brass candleholders in the Salvation Army thrift store in Manassas Virginia last year.  They are decorated on the front and on the back and in addition there are two hinged doors (middle photo) which can be opened to display the Hebrew alphabet.…See More
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Pamela Davis replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Unusual 1970's Era Silver Metal Bolo Tie Decorated with Butterflies, Fern Leaves and More in the group Whadja Find Today
"Thank you. I appreciate your little note. short & sweet & packaged with care. ~p"
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tomsantiquesetcetera replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Unusual 1970's Era Silver Metal Bolo Tie Decorated with Butterflies, Fern Leaves and More in the group Whadja Find Today
"Pamela, I enjoyed reading your reply...it went by too quickly. Write more. Dianne doesn't care. I'm sorry about your loss; I know the feeling too."
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Betty Proper replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Unusual 1970's Era Silver Metal Bolo Tie Decorated with Butterflies, Fern Leaves and More in the group Whadja Find Today
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Mark D Swartz replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Unusual 1970's Era Silver Metal Bolo Tie Decorated with Butterflies, Fern Leaves and More in the group Whadja Find Today
"My relatives won't understand or really appreciate my huge collections and will likely either begin selling them or giving them away as it takes a special kind of person to appreciate the art and skill necessary to create and manufacture most…"
Feb 12
Betty Proper replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Unusual 1970's Era Silver Metal Bolo Tie Decorated with Butterflies, Fern Leaves and More in the group Whadja Find Today
"Does that mean that you have found a way to take the money with you that you will get from selling things? :-)"
Feb 12
Mark D Swartz replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Unusual 1970's Era Silver Metal Bolo Tie Decorated with Butterflies, Fern Leaves and More in the group Whadja Find Today
"  No problem about the length of your comment; what I've learned from being a collector is that one item of seemingly no value can mean the world to someone else.   I learned this from spending over 30 years browsing my local…"
Feb 12
Pamela Davis replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Unusual 1970's Era Silver Metal Bolo Tie Decorated with Butterflies, Fern Leaves and More in the group Whadja Find Today
"that is quite a collection of critters. it is really interesting that i have now seen another of that type of jewelry. in all all my years of hunting I have never seen another until yours. apologies for the length and content of my other email."
Feb 12
Mark D Swartz replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Unusual 1970's Era Silver Metal Bolo Tie Decorated with Butterflies, Fern Leaves and More in the group Whadja Find Today
"Thank you for the very informative comment; as mentioned I found this in one of the thrift stores or consignment stores which I used to haunt almost every weekend. I may have bought this in a local consignment shop where the owner always had a large…"
Feb 11
Pamela Davis replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Unusual 1970's Era Silver Metal Bolo Tie Decorated with Butterflies, Fern Leaves and More in the group Whadja Find Today
Feb 11
Pamela Davis replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Unusual 1970's Era Silver Metal Bolo Tie Decorated with Butterflies, Fern Leaves and More in the group Whadja Find Today
"Oh my! I know we say "to each his own" re: what someone deems attractive and then there's 'beauty's in the eye of the beholder'. So establishing that - this piece speaks to my spirit and I find it utterly…"
Feb 11
Mark D Swartz replied to Bonny Evans's discussion Anyone with knowledge of older oil paintings? in the group Whadja Find Today
Feb 4
Mark D Swartz replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Large Vintage or Antique Pink Colored Floral Etched Bowl in the group Whadja Find Today
"Thank you; although I collected a variety of items from thrift stores and consignment shops the only types of glass I really specialized in was from Orrefors and Kosta.  I became very familiar with all of their patterns and artists and have…"
Feb 3
vicki hufstetler replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Large Vintage or Antique Pink Colored Floral Etched Bowl in the group Whadja Find Today
"This is a depression glass console bowl. It's called a "Rolled edge" shape. It would have had two matching candlesticks to go on either side, and sometimes included a flower frog as well. They were mainly used on dining room tables or…"
Feb 3
Mark D Swartz replied to jim galbraith's discussion any ideas what this is from? in the group Whadja Find Today
"Any chance that is simply a fireplace cover rather than an auto part?"
Feb 3

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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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At 7:51pm on November 28, 2017, BikerBonnie said…

Thank you for the prompt reply, Mark.

Bonnie Owings

At 7:24pm on November 28, 2017, BikerBonnie said…

what can you tell me about my Orrefors, I bought several years, ago, second hand in a little shop.

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Welcome to our terrific site. I hope when you get comfortable here you will take the time to post some photos of your collection(s), join as many groups as you like (click on Groups at the top of your page) , make some friends, customize your profile page (easy templates provided), write an article, make an announcement on our main forum (main page) or post in any of the specialty group forums. Be sure to visit Whadja Find (tell others what you found) and also visit the Antique Market Place.(where you can sell antiques, collectibles, art.

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