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Mark D Swartz replied to Charlotte's discussion Sarah's Attic - Granny's Favorites in the group Whadja Find Today
"  fyi I'd years ago bought a book about well known glass artists on eBay and had never opened it and read it.   When I finally took a look at this book about 6 months ago I found that 3 of the book's chapters had been autographed…"
14 hours ago
Mark D Swartz replied to Charlotte's discussion Sarah's Attic - Granny's Favorites in the group Whadja Find Today
"  I assume that you're not an eBay member; there are 381 current eBay listings for Sarah's Attic items and the prices vary starting with auctions for perhaps $5.99 and up.  As an eBay member I can click on "completed…"
15 hours ago
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
22 hours ago
Mark D Swartz commented on C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk's group Whadja Find Today
"Today's Thrift Store Find African Wood Mask"
22 hours ago
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…"
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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…"
Thursday
Mark D Swartz replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion The Seven Canon Falls South Cheyenne Falls Colorado Brass Souvenir in the group Whadja Find Today
"  I'd e-mailed someone at the Pikes Peak Cog railway and he indicated it likely was a donkey because they used to keep them as mascots."
Thursday
Mark D Swartz replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Large Brass Cat on a Hot Wood Base = Worth More than Money in the group Whadja Find Today
"  I've been selling and buying on eBay for at least 20 years or more;  I'm surprised at the asking price of this cat figurine and also wondering why the manufacturer didn't engrave their name on this work.  I don't…"
Thursday
Mark D Swartz replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion The Seven Canon Falls South Cheyenne Falls Colorado Brass Souvenir in the group Whadja Find Today
"   I'd traced the name of the foundry years ago when I first found this, thanks for looking at it.  It seemed strange to see this type of animal on a souvenir for the Falls."
Wednesday
tomsantiquesetcetera replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Large Brass Cat on a Hot Wood Base = Worth More than Money in the group Whadja Find Today
"I feed 5 alley cats; trapped them 3-4 years ago and had them fixed.  Had one just like "Tawny" unfortunately she died. I have a pure black cat, gray cat, white cat, dwarf white cat and a gray striped cat. I've had as many as 9…"
Wednesday
tomsantiquesetcetera replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion The Seven Canon Falls South Cheyenne Falls Colorado Brass Souvenir in the group Whadja Find Today
"Looks like a donkey, burro, or small mule. I don't remember a prior post. Wild donkeys most likely found in that area of Colorado.  Many strayed during gold rush days, formed herds, just like mustangs (horses). No info on foundry."
Wednesday
Mark D Swartz added a discussion to the group Whadja Find Today
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The Seven Canon Falls South Cheyenne Falls Colorado Brass Souvenir

  I'd collected hundreds of items from a group of thrift stores around Northern Virginia for at least 40 years; sometimes I knew exactly what I'd found and later sold these on eBay.  Other times I spent a few minutes researching a specific item, put it away in a box and never again looked at it.  I've had this small metal souvenir sitting on the desk next to my computer for at least 20 or so years and had forgotten about it but thought  that someone might recognize the animal shown here.  It…See More
Wednesday
Mark D Swartz replied to Gregor Rasmussen's discussion Giovanni Schoemann in the group Whadja Find Today
"I'm guessing that you came across this information on the sculptor: http://www.roomscape.net/giovanni-schoeman-biography_10111#.WUm3rWjyu1s"
Wednesday
Michael replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Large Brass Cat on a Hot Wood Base = Worth More than Money in the group Whadja Find Today
"Found this one on eBay which looks exactly like yours. Price US $34.95"
Tuesday
Mark D Swartz replied to Thomas Saletta's discussion Valley Star Kerosene Heater in the group Whadja Find Today
"  This is the eBay listing with the description of this heater and at least 10 photos of this item; I've sold on eBay for at least 20 years but don't think you need to be a member to view this listing.  The seller described this…"
Jun 19
Mark D Swartz replied to Thomas Saletta's discussion Valley Star Kerosene Heater in the group Whadja Find Today
"  These are 3 Kerosene heaters which had been listed on eBay.  The first one was made by Valley Star (the same company as yours) and is a 3 burner heater which sold on eBay in April 2017. for $275.00.  the second one described as made…"
Jun 19

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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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