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  • 25
    Jul

Succeeding in Your Business: Sourcing Merchandise for Sale on eBay

[caption id="attachment_2527426" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Cliff Ennico will be speaking at this week’s eBay Open Sellers Celebration in Las Vegas on some of the legal and tax issues involved in sourcing the merchandise that you want to sell on eBay.[/caption] Slowly but surely, eBay is making a big comeback. I am privileged to be giving a talk at this...

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  • 25
    Jul

Final African Elephant Ivory Ruling Could Effect 30,000 Americans

[caption id="attachment_2527421" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A display of seized ivory. In response to a growing poaching crisis that is rapidly pushing populations of African elephants, rhinos and other species to the brink of extinction, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service issued new regulations that will result in a near total ban on the domestic commercial trade of African elephant...

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  • 22
    Jul

The Great Restoration Debate: Steiff Teddy Bears and Stuffed Animals

[caption id="attachment_2527417" align="aligncenter" width="400"] This early post-World War Two mohair Steiff Teddy Baby doesn’t have any personal history or significant financial value, but his brilliant color and unusual arrangement of Steiff IDs make him quite rare. As a result, I had him cleaned, his felt foot paw pads recovered and his nose restitiched by a professional restorer.[/caption] Of...

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  • 21
    Jul

Rinker on Collectibles: Collectors Are Not Clutterers / Collections Are Not Clutter

[caption id="attachment_2527413" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Is this clutter? No, it is a collection, and the collector knows exactly where everything is.[/caption] Allan “Mr. Ice Cream” Mellis is a good friend with a subtle sense of humor. Recently, I received an email from Allan with the heading: “Would love to listen to a discussion between you and Marie Kondo.” Attached...

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  • 20
    Jul

Demographics, the Economy and the Dynamic Pricing of Today’s Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2527408" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A screenshot from a 2012 “Antiques Roadshow” episode showing that these Chinese rhinoceros horn cups from the 1700 were worth $1 to $1.5 million. These items, because they are true and rare antiques, will probably hold their value. But many of the other items shown on the show have gone down in value over...

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  • 19
    Jul

More Items Around the House You Can Sell—or Even Auction

[caption id="attachment_2527399" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Household items that have outlived their usefulness at your house still have value to others. One way to sell these items is through a Weekly Treasures-like auction, like the ones they hold at Quinn’s Auctions in Virginia.[/caption] Rocks, shells, quilts, ceramics, toys, carved chairs, paintings, coins in a jar, bags of jewelry and binders...

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  • 18
    Jul

Creative Solutions to Furniture Problems: Use What’s Available

In a fit of Spring cleaning, never mind what time of year it was, my wife decided to clean out her old cedar chest. When she got the chest emptied she realized that it didn’t smell like cedar anymore. This was not some cheap import chest with a fake aroma. This was solid cedar chest, circa 1925, that...

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  • 14
    Jul

Don’t Throw it Away! That’s Some Surprisingly Valuable Household Junk

[caption id="attachment_2527373" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This mixed lot of nondescript pens labelled as an “attic find, lifetime collection of pens” sold for $70 (plus $54 shipping).[/caption] There is gold in your drawers that you may not be aware of. Don’t feel bad. We Americans are accumulators. Consumerism drives our economy; when we see something we need (or want) we...

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  • 14
    Jul

Auction Report: Three-Ring Auction, Joan Rivers; Estate and a Trump Engagement Ring

[caption id="attachment_2527362" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World. 12-sheet color lithograph billboard (approx. 10 by 8 feet) from 1890, mounted on old linen as one unit, will open at $5,000 at Potter & Potter’s Three Ring Auction on July 23, 2016.[/caption] Welcome back... In our July report, auctions of...

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  • 12
    Jul

Is an Unknown Mount Vernon Document worth a Hefty Gamble?

[caption id="attachment_2527339" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A painting of George Washington and Lafayette at Mount Vernon, 1784 by Rossiter and Mignot, 1859. WorthPoint CEO Will Seippel found a document written in French at the Mount Vernon plantation in 1786. The document also makes numerous mention of George Washington. Is it worth anything? Will intends on finding out.[/caption] I am back...

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