Orion’s Attic Launches Elvis Presley Collection Sale Today! The King Through My Mother’s Eyes...

Oct 19, 2018

I still remember the first time that I heard my mother cry. I was nine years old. We were in a hotel room while on vacation in Panama City, Florida. A newsman interrupted whatever was on TV that August day in 1977 and announced that someone named Elvis Presley had died of a heart attack in Memphis, Tennessee. My mom burst into tears, sobbing uncontrollably. The same sound began bellowing from every room. I got scared. What was happening? Why was there so much heartbreak in our hotel? Who was this Elvis guy? My dim concept of him was only that he was just some fat singer who liked to wear capes. Why were grown men and women crying so hard? An eerie silence followed the crescendo of tears. Fellow tourists emerged from their...

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Antique inkwell, vintage fountain pens pay homage to hand-written letters...

Oct 12, 2018

I may be the last of a dying breed — one of the few remaining people on Earth who still sometimes writes letters to people by hand. There is a ritual involved for me, a chance to unwind and connect with someone I care about and to do so in an old-fashioned way. I turn off all things electronic. I sit at my desk in my home library, look out the windows and watch birds and squirrels flutter and dart around my vegetable garden. Time slows down. I reach into an antique inkwell, one of many that I own, and pull out just the writing instrument the particular letter calls for. It’s usually an actual quill pen. Yes, I write with a feather. Sometimes I use a fountain pen. I think very carefully about what...

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Dallas Cowboys Memorabilia and Baseball Treasures Hit Home

Oct 1, 2018

As is true for so many middle-aged men, I grew up idolizing Roger Staubach, Tom Landry and the 1970s Dallas Cowboys. I made scrapbooks when the Cowboys won Super Bowls. My heart leaped out of my chest on the occasions Dallas came to Georgia to play my home-town Falcons and I got to watch two of my favorite teams play in person at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. I cried when Staubach walked off the field for the last time. I had cried even harder years earlier when my mom miraculously managed to get me a personally inscribed photo from him. I couldn’t believe that my hero would take the time to sign a photo for me — a scrawny kid with some physical challenges and a complete lack of self confidence. The photo still hangs...

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Client says Orion’s Attic solved stress with estate liquidation service...

Aug 1, 2018

Testimonial from Naomi Judith, executor for a family home in Silver Spring, Maryland. Orion’s Attic provided a full estate liquidation service and home cleanout. We sold three British vintage cars and related vintage auto parts filling a garage and shed, sold the home’s quality collectibles and other items, donated furniture to needy families and cleaned out the house. Aug. 1, 2018 To anyone considering using Orion’s Attic for estate liquidation and home clean-out services: My realtor recommended that I turn to Orion’s Attic to handle my very complicated estate liquidation and home cleanout project for a family home in Silver Spring, Maryland. Even though I used to be a realtor myself, this project was daunting. I needed a company to tackle a number of tasks with a very high degree of difficulty, starting with...

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Join Orion’s Attic and Elvis at The DC Big Flea July 21-22, 2018

Jul 19, 2018

Get “all shook up” with Orion’s Attic this weekend as we bring Elvis and a bunch of great collectibles to The DC Big Flea on July 21-22, 2018. Our Elvis bust is actually entering the building at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Find us at booth 492 South from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Elvis bust isn’t our only item that will be making its public debut this weekend. We’re putting together a fun array of collectibles (see Facebook photo album) that include: A rare, vintage “over the bell” Pennzoil five-gallon can Other petroliana including more oil cans, vintage Gulf ash trays and ice scrapers from an old Kasin’s Gulf dealership in Baltimore, Handy oil and other lubrication cans by Esso,...

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Vintage Mobilgas Pegasus Sign Flies to Auction Blocks

Jan 18, 2018

My hunt for the mythical creature had been unsuccessful for years. I knew one had to be out there somewhere with my name on it but month after month, year after year, I simply could not find the famous flying horse. The equally famous “American Pickers” seem to be magnets for them on TV but not me. House after house, outbuilding after outbuilding, storage unit after storage unit, I remained unfulfilled — our Maryland/Virginia/DC estate liquidation company’s resume seemingly incomplete. Then the phone rang last week. A friend told me that he had spotted my quarry in a most unexpected place — a white-glove-clean new Virginia home. He sent photos confirming his vision was not a mirage. My heart raced but I fought the urge to let my hopes soar to the heavens. That’s...

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