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December 2008 Blog Posts (22)

Auction Buying on a Small Scale for Selling on eBay

Since I retired from teaching, I found that attending auctions, then reselling on eBay is a source of pleasure and supplements my income.

The auctions are nothing auspicious like Christie's, not even close. Auctions I attend are usually stocked with items from humble estate sales or the liquidation of antique or gift shops. About the only similarity is that the buyers do respectfully bid with number cards. There is a thrill surrounding the presence of an item that just might bring… Continue

Added by annie on December 31, 2008 at 3:34pm — 3 Comments

Evaluating Your Online Business

I know a lot of on line shop owners are busy cleaning up their stores and setting goals for 2009. I just wanted to share where I am in the process of cleaning out the cobwebs at Back Home Again! On my blog today you'll find tips for evaluating your business.

Don't forget to drop in for my after Christmas SALE at Back Home Again. Still offering FREE domestic… Continue

Added by LuAnn Smith on December 29, 2008 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Cleaning Rust from Cast Iron Antiques

Just got this how to from a person off of ebay. Don't know if it works but I guess its worth a try!

Cleaning Cast Iron Rust.

Don't know if this will be consider helpful or not but since these tend to sell better in good condition I thought I'd offer a tip on getting it cleaned fairly easily. :o)

Use olive oil and a little pile of salt! Heat the pan, pour in the oil then dump in a small pile of salt. Turn the heat off once the pan is quite warm and use the salt to… Continue

Added by Big T on December 23, 2008 at 4:59pm — 4 Comments

Estate Sales

I have become addicted to estate sales over the past four years as a hobby that is hard to put aside. The thrill of finding something exciting is certainly compelling, and I find that the most appealing items are glass and china items plus old sheet music. Over this time, I have found a number of really nice items including depression glass, a set of Gone With the Wind plates, and an old Mae West piece of sheet music. To really do well in finding things at estate sales requires a lot of… Continue

Added by Jane Batson on December 21, 2008 at 6:18pm — 1 Comment

How I started to earn from rare coin collecting?

Rare coin collecting is indeed a great fun for me. I started to collect coins when I was in school. My uncle who was a passionate rare coin collector gave me a rare silver coin when I visited his home during a summer vacation. I was not aware of the value of that coin at that time. I just kept it in my cupboard and almost forgot it. After a few years, I came to know that one of my close friends was collecting rare coins as a hobby. He was the one who created a real passion in me for collecting… Continue

Added by ganesh on December 12, 2008 at 3:53pm — 1 Comment

Art glass

Glass Art is the greatest artistic medium in the whole wide world. When it's good, it's great, and when it's bad, it's just tacky. Creating glass art is a wonderful and rewarding hobby. You can create glass figurines for yourself, blow glass art to give away as gifts, or even sell your beautiful glass art creations.A style of glass that relies on color, texture, and form for its visual appeal. it is the use of glass as an artistic medium to produce sculptures or two-dimensional artworks.… Continue

Added by mala on December 11, 2008 at 10:42pm — 1 Comment

Recycling Vintage Quilts Part 3

Want to see an update on the vintage quilt I'm recycling? I updated my blog at Back Home Again...

Also, only 4 more days to shop at Back Home Again for this Holiday Season. Celebrate the Magic of a Handmade Holiday! Delight your family and friends with gifts that are handmade and full of vintage charm --- many under $20!

SALE… Continue

Added by LuAnn Smith on December 11, 2008 at 9:22am — No Comments


collection of life magazines mostly from the early sixties. 36 in collection. will sell all for 700.00 or make offer

Added by wallace r. whitten on December 10, 2008 at 4:33pm — 3 Comments

Share the Joy of a Vintage Christmas - With your memories!

J0427699 Do you collect vintage ornaments? Decorate your tree in a vintage style? Do you have one of those coveted vintage aluminum trees? We want to see them! Send your vintage Christmas "show offs" in all month long and share the joy! (please be sure your photos are clear)

Send them to our email Subject: Share the Joy.…


Added by Gabreial - Vintage Indie on December 8, 2008 at 10:03am — 1 Comment

SALE Lavender Sachets

Don't forget that your last day to shop at Back Home Again for this Holiday Season is December 14th...

Celebrate the Magic of a Handmade Holiday! Delight your family and friends with gifts that are handmade and full of vintage charm --- many under $20!

SALE Lavender Sachet Stacks now $10 and, yes, you still receive the FREE domestic… Continue

Added by LuAnn Smith on December 7, 2008 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Holiday Collections

It is the big weekend, the weekend when I bring up the plastic totes from the basement and start unpacking my Christmas things to decorate the house. I always wait until the first full weekend in Dec. or the 7th, which ever comes last.

I'll unpack the dozens of angels, most of which are from the 60's and early 70's, but some older. There are the ornaments that include some that are at least 50 years old and kitchsy ones from around 1973. And I'll carefully unwrap and put out of reach… Continue

Added by Annette and Josh on December 6, 2008 at 10:04am — No Comments

Recycling Vintage Quilts Part 2

I cut on my customer's vintage quilt yesterday and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I was able to salvage. For more info and tips on recycling your grandma's quilt visit my blog at the joy and comfort of being....Back Home Again.…


Added by LuAnn Smith on December 5, 2008 at 5:16pm — No Comments



(Pittsfield, Mass.) - Four auctions that will feature a galaxy of quality antiques, collectibles and vintage clocks are slated for the first half of 2009 by Fontaine's Auction Gallery. An antique estate sale will be held Saturday, Jan. 10; a cataloged antique auction will be held Saturday, Feb. 7; a cataloged antique auction will be conducted… Continue

Added by Bob Burke (Fontaine's Auction) on December 5, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Seeking info on how to sell a collection of barber shop items

I have a semi large (?) collection of Barber Shop related items that I would like to sell. My collection consists of some 70 plus shaving mugs, scuttles, and mustache cups in addition to several shaving brushes, straight razors, some with boxes, barber brushes, signs, single and double edge razors some with original boxes and blades. Also barber school book, and other various and sundry bottles and things. I have taken several photos of most items as… Continue

Added by MJ on December 4, 2008 at 8:54pm — 10 Comments

How to find the value of gold coins?

Rare gold coin is one of the most popular antiques. It is very interesting to collect gold coins. Gold coins have very good value in the antique’s market. How to value a gold coin? Many factors determine the value of rare gold coins. The important factors are rarity, quality of gold, quality of minting, number of coins minted originally, its present condition and its popularity.

Historians say that Egyptians minted the first gold coins. Some historians have the opinion that the… Continue

Added by hema latha on December 4, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

Bob Burke (Fontaine's Auction) Antique Multi Estate Auction 11:00am December 6th 2008 Fontaine's Antique Auction Gallery

Antique Multi Estate Auction

11:00am December 6th 2008

Fontaine's Antique Auction Gallery

1485 West Housatonic Street

Pittsfield MA 01201

United States

(413) 448-8922


Fax: (413) 442-1550

Email address: info@fontaineauction.com

This Auction Will Feature over 450 lots of Antique Furniture & Accessories, Mostly from Berkshire County Estates. You Must Be Present in the… Continue

Added by Bob Burke (Fontaine's Auction) on December 4, 2008 at 11:19am — No Comments

The old rare coins are most valuable coins

It is really a great fun to collect antiques. I started to collect old coins as a hobby when I was a student. Now this interesting hobby provides me a decent income. When get rewards for your hobby nothing will be better than that, is it not?

There are many types of old rare coins. However, most of the coins are made out of silver or gold. These old coins have some history behind them. These rare old coins may give us information about the culture and civilization existed during the… Continue

Added by uma on December 3, 2008 at 9:22am — 1 Comment

CLOSING Vintage Store

I just wanted to mention to my I Antique Online friends that I am going to be closing my vintage store, 300 N. Mulberry St, at the first of the year. I will continue to sell select vintage items at Back Home Again but I'm going to be scaling back on my online work load so something has to give. In the mean time, I have marked many items 50% off. You'll find vintage dinnerware: Homer Laughlin, Edwin Knowles, Mikasa, Metlox and Fire King just to name a… Continue

Added by LuAnn Smith on December 2, 2008 at 9:02pm — 1 Comment

Small Town Living

Another amazing issue of Small Town Living is out and you wont be disappointed. This month's issue is busting at the seams with great articles on living a more simple, conscious life. Something I think we are all looking for these days! For more information and a link, be sure to check out my blog at Back Home Again. You'll be glad you did!…


Added by LuAnn Smith on December 2, 2008 at 9:14am — 1 Comment

Advantages of using a under counter water filter

The most advanced micro active carbon is combined with ceramic prefiltration, heavy metal and ion exchange media to virtually eliminate MTBE's, VOC's, THM's, parasites, dirt, bad taste and odor, lead, plus many other toxic substances to safe levels in your drinking water. Under counter water filter system contains filters 99% of Chlorine, 99% Lead, 99% VOC`s, 99% THM`s, 99.99% Cysts, 99% Lindane, 99% Atrazine, 99% Alachlor, 99% Benzene, 93% MTBE and much more. Finally under counter water filter… Continue

Added by josephpraveenraj on December 1, 2008 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

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