Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Local television station 27, WKBN invited Brian Orfin and myself to appraise antiques and collectibles brought in by the morning shows hosts.  If your super bored this is your chance to see our clips.  Click on the links below and with any luck you will be dazzled by our ability to assess the values of Beanie Babies.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Mahoning Valley Home and Garden Show

Bring your antiques and collectibles out for a free appraisal at the Mahoning Valley Home and Garden Show.  Appraisals will be given live on stage from 1:00 to 3:00 this Saturday and Sunday, February 16-17.

The home and garden show is being held at the Eastwood Expo Center in Niles, Ohio.

Fostoria American Pedestal Cake Stand

For many years glass and china ruled in the "smalls" category of the antiques and collectibles business.  Many people feel that that is no longer true, they complain about the poor sales of glassware and how its just not worth toting around anymore.  Unfortunately for them its not a matter of glassware not selling, its a matter of the sellers did not keep up with the times.

Dealers, appraisers and collectors sometimes forget that the antiques and collectibles business is in fact a business.  A business that like any other is effected by supply and demand.  Take a common collectible glass like Fostoria's American Pattern.  Fostoria American has been around since the 1930's.  The problem with the value in today's market is simple, Supply and Demand.  The largest collectors from the last 50 years are now approaching their "golden years" and are divesting themselves of their collections.  There are still avid collectors of the glassware but the availability of American glass has outpaced the demand.  When 500 people are selling and 400 are buying the prices will drop.

Conversely, when demand is high and supply is low the exact opposite is true. Anyone with a boxful of scrap sterling silver will tell you that they could not believe how much they received for their metal.  In recent month's investors have created so much excess demand for precious metals that prices have skyrocketed.  Two years ago you could buy scrap silver for $5-7 per troy ounce, today it is over $30 per ounce.

One thing for sure about the antiques and collectibles business is it is always changing and if you don't pay attention you will loose out. Spare time should be spent scouring the internet to find the next collectible sensation.  Oh yeah, this excellent condition ROUND cake stand is worth $50-60. At one time it sold for more than $200!!

Saturday, November 17, 2012


News Flash!
Twinkie the Kid Found Dead!
President has hand in demise.

Twinkie the Kids twin brother Billy.  Former gunfighter. Saddened
by the loss of his brother.  "All he ever wanted was to spread his cream filled joy
to everyone in America." 


Twinkie the kid was found dead this morning, presumably at the hands of our President Obama.  Obama care and......
.....were found to blame.

Conservatives were quick to blame the president for the demise of the world famous cream filled cake stating......
.......and his wife Michelle and her healthy kids crap, really pushed him into it."

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney stated, "I could have saved Twinkie the Kid by simply......
.......on day ONE!

Profiteers abound.  Local antiques and collectible dealers are buying up the remaining cupcakes at a near record pace.  One dealer who would only refer to himself using his eBay handle "Dream Cream" commented "that at over $100 per box....
......he would fill himself with cream"

Ridicules, why in the world would people react with such stupidity over a box of cupcakes, that ironically enough, are absolutely horrible for you.  The announcement of the demise of the Hostess brand has created a new business, selling boxes of Twinkies on eBay for astronomical prices. 

Asking prices for a box of Twinkies is as high as $8,000! As a society are we really this stupid?  The answer is yes.  It seems that anytime something tragic, such as the death of a high profile celebrity, or the demise of a tasty treat, the American public goes crazy. For those of you that absolutely cannot live without one, I am sure that someone will either buy out the Twinkie brand or will come up with something equally as tasty. 

In any event, if your a seller and have access to Twinkies go out and buy them immediately.  Even though Twinkies can survive a nuclear holocaust the timeline for selling them at a premium price will be short lived.  If you a buyer of Twinkies online, your an idiot and should be locked away in some Russian managed asylum.

By the way, the chocolate filled Twinkies (ughh) sell for even more and some very interesting photo's come up when you google twinkie. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Dog plays with antique toy!





Notice how not a dog toy is missing its wooden feet. It seems that what we humans deem to be dog chewable and what small dog deems as chewable are not in agreement.

Don't leave $200 schuco windup human toys were non human inhabitants can get to them.

For sale...cute boston terrier. $200 OBO

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Online Auction Time!

I've been an auctioneer for over eight years and live auctions have always been my forte. But times are changing. This is actually the third time that I've had an all online auction, but it's the first with collectibles only.

So, if any of you have a strong desire to purchase a Longaberger basket or a Christmas Barbie the go to ;

44512 zip code
And follow the bouncing ball to my auction listing.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Best of craigslist

i could use some paint, indoor, outdoor both. most colors would work. have any lying around?? would trade for black walnuts, red raspberries. call 222-xxxx
Location: salem

I regularly check Craigslist. I do it because you never know what will turn up. This is a classic Craigslist posting...I suspect that the author lacks teeth, is married to his sister and his truck has yellow license plates.

Doesn't it make you wonder what the non-working colors are? Is he (she) an artist painting a mural on the kitchen wall? And how about the offer for a trade, mm mmmm good.

Anyways, if tins got a bunch a ol paint liyun aroundt gimme a holler.

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