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Shopping at an Antique Mall This Season Makes Sense

With Thanksgiving already upon us and Christmas looming around the next bleak corner, many people, although probably not as many as last year, are looking forward to getting out on Black Friday to spend a little money on their loved ones.  The emphasis here being a “little money” because most Americans are watching their spending habits. 

Antiques Newsletter November 28, 2008

I had someone tell me the other day that they had already called their unusually generous mother-in-law and told her to expect just one present this year.  I told her that if it she was only going to give one gift and she wanted to spend less money than at the mall, she might visit an antique and collectible mall instead of the traditional malls that are usually packed around this time of year.

Here are a few good reasons for shopping at antique and collectible malls instead of traditional malls this year:

  1. They are a little less busy this time of year.  Parking and crowds should not be a problem.  The lines at the checkout are not as long and you deal with caring staff.
  2. You help the environment by recycling.  Many of the items at an antique and collectible item have had a long life and can continue to bring joy and happiness to others.
  3. You can find some unique and one of a kind gifts including beautiful estate jewelry, vintage art glass, pottery and ceramics and retro prints and artwork.
  4. You can get great bargain prices in addition to being able to haggle with the dealer for a better price; try that at the GAP and Macy’s.
  5. You are buying something that may appreciate in price in the future.  If the person that you gave it to gets tired of it after a few years, they can re-sell it for a profit.

Great Places to Buy Antiques & Collectibles This Weekend

Thirty five dealers from around the country and England will converge at the Williamsburg Kingsmill Marriott in Williamsburg, Virginia for the 27th Annual Holiday Antiques Show this Friday – Sunday, November 28-30, 2008.  Featuring 18th Century furniture and 19th Century art as well as country furniture, vintage lighting, estate jewelry and fine porcelain and ceramics, this show offers a way to avoid going to crowded malls on the busiest weekend of the year.


Upcoming Antique Shows & Flea Markets

NOVA-Antiques.com provides the most comprehensive antiques show and flea market calendar for the Mid Atlantic region.

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EBay DSR Ratings Unfair to Sellers (2008)

Many people are complaining as of late due to the unfair policies and rules that EBay has put in place within the last year.  As the online auction giant tries to generate more revenues for themselves, they have been trampling on seller’s rights.  Although increasing fees for auction style listings is a big issue, the bigger and broader issue is the change in the feedback process.  Sellers are no longer allowed to leave negative feedback for buyers.  Buyers however have free reign and can leave any type of feedback they want to with no repercussions for incorrect, slanderous or down right spitefulness.

One person recently wrote me about how EBay “suspended” their selling account because their DSR rating was low.  I did some research and DSR stands for Detailed Seller Rating, in which the buyer rates the seller on; item as described, communication, shipping and handling fees and shipping time.  If any of your averages in one of those categories falls under 4.3 EBay within a 30 day period, EBay will not allow you to sell on their site.  If you don’t have sales within the past 30 days, they revert back to the average of the past twelve months.  This means that if one buyer is vindictive they can ruin your chances to sell for at least a one month period, which is what happened to the person writing.


The seller had been in good standing for over seven years and very positive reviews for shipping and handling.  Which would be understandable since this year, the seller had been offering products with free shipping.  However, one vindictive buyer thought that shipping took a little too long and therefore scored the seller so low that their DSR for shipping time plummeted to 3.9. The seller now cannot list anything on EBay until the DSR improves.  The question then becomes, how can a seller improve their DSR if they cannot sell on EBay?  The answer is they can’t.

Like a hangover, the only thing that will cure a bad DSR average is time.  The seller has to wait until their average goes over 4.3 for a given 12 month period.  EBay however says that this is not a suspension of the seller’s account and in a way they are correct.  They are not suspending the seller from buying on their site; they are just taking away their right to sell.  This of course is good for EBay but bad for the seller.  Many long time EBay sellers, especially power sellers frustrated with the increasing fees and ridiculous policies have been jumping ship and going with alternative selling sites or opening their own websites.

Dumb Mikey 2008

It’s late at night and Mikey and his girlfriend are driving home from a party with a couple of open Budweisers when they spot a police road block.  “It’s a police road block,” says his buddy but Mikey is quick thinking.  He stops the car and tells his buddy, “quickly, finish up your beer, then peel off the label and place on your forehead.”  “What for?” says his buddy and Mikey tells him to be quite and just let him do the talking.  They finished their beers and continued driving up to the checkpoint.  The officer leans in the window and looks at Mikey and the label that’s plastered on his forehead and asks, “You guys been drinking tonight?”  To which Mikey proudly answers, “No siree, we’re on the patch.”


Honus Wagner Baseball Card Auction

This past week a rare T206 Honus Wagner baseball card sold for a record price of$791,000 at a Philip Weiss Auction.  The card, which is only one of handful that have survived, was released in the early 1900’s by the American Tobacco Company and had been in with the same family since it had been purchased originally.  These Honus Wagner baseball cards caused a bit of a controversy when they were released between 1909 and 1911 because Wagner was a non-smoker. 

Wagner did not want his image associated with the promotion of smoking.  He threatened to sue the company and as a result only about 200 cards made it into circulation, making them rare collectibles today.  Another T206 Honus Wagner card sold in August of this year for $1.62 million at an auction in Chicago.  The difference between the two cards was the condition of the cards.


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Alternatives to EBay (2008)

ETSY.com was founded in 2005 and is an online market place for buying and selling all things handmade. In addition to handmade items and crafting supplies, sellers may also sell vintage items that are at least 20 years old.  ETSY also features an online community with forums and a blog.  Their fees are reasonable, 20 cents per listing and 3.5 percent of the total sales price excluding shipping.

Bonanzle.com was founded in June 2008 and which is based on simplicity of use.  It allows you to import your listings from Craig’s List and EBay.  Selling on this site requires filling out just one screen of information. Since their inception in June, this site has been booming and more and more people are using it to find what they need.  A really nice feature of this site is that listing an item for sale is free and their rates for selling at the end are on a sliding scale.

iOffer.com was founded in 2002 and their mission is to foster relationships between buyers and sellers based on negotiations.  iOffer is not an auction site where people bid for an item, instead this site focuses on bringing the buyer and seller together like you would at a flea market.  What is really nice about this site, other than listing items is free, is that pictures are free and the items stay listed as long as you like.  Selling rates are on a sliding scale.

Upcoming Estate Sales

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