Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Geroge Roman Auctioneers, Kiko Auctioneers, Byce Auctions, Baer Auctions, Boardman Auction Gallery, Jeff Anglin, Paul Bassinger...and more!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Five years ago she first expressed an interest in pursuing a degree in art from Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD). At first she had a lot of detractors. Was she crazy? Why go all the way to Columbus to get, of all things, a degree in art? Who needs a degree in art anyway? Can't anyone draw a stick man?
Well she wasn't crazy. In fact she was more than sane. I have to say with a great degree of pride that watching here grow in her chosen career has been simply, "a blast". Her determination and drive has just been amazing. Her accomplishments, far beyond expectations. Her skills phenomenal.
So, today I am officially taking a day off. Every parent out there wants to see their kids succeed. So far I am 6 for 6. I tell everyone that I see that there is no such thing as luck. I am going to stick to that...except on this one issue. I am truly lucky to have the kids that I have.
Rachel, great job, congratulations on accomplishing what at times probably seemed impossible. It is my greatest hope that whatever you choose to do good health, success and happiness follow your every step.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Woke up at 4:45am.
5:15 Ate breakfast.
5:45 Walked up the street for a newspaper.
6:10 Checked ebay, emails, blog, auction zip.
6:45 Mapped out garage sales after reading paper.
7:00 Left house for 1st garage sale.
7:15 Got to sale before anyone else...purchased nothing. Complete waste of time.
8:00 to 12:00 Went to 18 garage sales. Bad morning, spent a total of $20, probably should have spent $0.00!!
10:00 Took a phone call from local storage company who needed an auctioneer. Set up appt. to see them in late afternoon.
12:00 - 2:00 Listed on ebay, cut grass and washed van.
2:45 Bought flowers for Stephanie (Mothers Day! Don't forget.)
3:00 Filled car with gas. Giant Eagle (local supermarket) Get Go saved $1.60 a gallon.
3:30 Arrived at auction that began at 4:00
4:00 - 5:45 Spent $375 at auction. Great auction expect to make a few hundred dollars.
6:00 Met with storage unit people.
6:15 Came to agreement to sell the units.
6:30 Arrived back at auction to meet Stephanie. She came there after work to see me. Of course I wasn't there when she got there. She didn't mind and was happy that I got the auctioning job.
7:00 Spent another $125 and stayed to the end of the auction.
8:00 After loading purchases from the auction got back home.
9:00 Too tired to cook so we ate out at Olive Garden.
10:00 Sat down at home.
10:30 Went to Bed. Stayed there until 4:40 Friday.
Pretty much a typical day. There are times when I go out and just can't miss. Today however the garage sales were pretty lame. I didn't let it bother me. I approach bad moments with the attitude that the next place will present great opportunity. It almost always does.
Sometimes the key to success is persistence. At anytime during the day I could have stopped, gone home to watch t.v. and relaxed. I didn't. Looking for every chance to "make it" finally paid off when I least expected it. The auction and the agreement to sell the storage units were the good payoffs. The rest of the day as far as business goes pretty much sucked.
This business can be frustrating at times. You work and work and work with what seems at the time, no hope of a payoff. Then out of nowhere good things happen. I guess that life in general is that way. The antiques business just magnifies it because instead of the payoffs happening on Friday's with the receipt of a paycheck, the payoffs occur every time you make a good purchase.
In life (and the antiques business) never give up. Persistence and a willingness to do whatever is needed to obtain your goals will always pay off. Even if it doesn't happen when you expect it to.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Heubach is a German company that produced highly collectible bisque and ceramic items from the mid 1900's until the early 1900's. They were known primarily for producing bisque doll heads but also produced a line of bisque figurines. Piano babies were the most popular of these figurines.
You need to be alert to these highly collectible figures. Look for the markings on the bottom of the figures. The impressed mark looks like a rising sun. They are also sometimes marked Germany. As always condition is very important. Make sure that they are free of the three C's; chips, cracks and crazing. Don't be afraid to step up on excellent condition figures. Babies like the one pictured can sell for several hundred dollars.
Avon bottles were one of the items that really lost in the Internet age. These novelties were sold with a perfume that could make the best of us sneeze until our eyes fell out onto the ground. They show up just about anywhere many of them still in their original boxes with, of course, the wonderful perfume still contained within. No matter how cheap they seem to be don't be tempted to buy them. These fall into the trash it column. Supply is high and demand is very low. So unless you need a gag gift for Christmas time.....