This Just In: World War II love letter from Army private in Heilbronn Germany...

Feb 22, 2015

U.S. Army Private First Class Bill McMullen wrote this passionate love letter to his wife on April 12, 1946 from Heilbronn, Germany as he was preparing to return home after World War II — a letter that is now in our Orion’s Attic eBay store. Heilbronn, of course, was home to the salt mines where the Nazis stored art and artifacts. In 1944, Allied bombing raids targeted the city — destroying much of it and killing some 6,500 residents. The U.S. Army occupied the city on April 12, 1945, a year to the day before McMullen wrote this letter. Presumably, he took part in the victorious effort. Either that or he arrived just afterward. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find any other letters, memorabilia or information when we found this letter. One of the...

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This Just In: Extraordinary book of poetry by Vermont poet Ella Warner Fisher in 1933...

Feb 22, 2015

“The New Sketch Book: An Anthology of Voices” by Vermont poet Ella Warner Fisher published by The Excelsior Press in Shelburne, Vermont is the next of a number of extraordinary books by Vermont authors in the first half of the 20th century that we discovered recently. See this book and others in our OrionsAttic eBay store and stay tuned for more. We were astonished not only to find the books here in Maryland but that the books are written with exceptional skill and are in equally excellent condition. We found the books in the bottom of a box we bought at an auction in Morganza, Maryland. We haven’t yet been able to learn much about Fisher, who also authored “Idylls of Champlain,” “Green Mountain Echoes,” and “Castles of Memory.” She identifies herself as a “Writer...

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This Just In: Antique oil on canvas paintings and prints

Feb 15, 2015

We’ve just added five great pieces of art to our new-look Orion’s Attic eBay store. Peruse a range of pieces from a harvest scene to a American Revolution navy battle. Highlights include: Harvest scene of woman calling out — oil on canvas, signed, late 1800s to early 1900s: We love this piece and have been lucky to find a number of excellent paintings lately. This one leaves us with more questions than answers, makes us want to transport ourselves into the scene to figure out with certainty what’s happening. There is so much drama in this petite work that measures 11.5 inches wide by 9.5 inches tall to the outside of the frame. At the most basic level, this painting features a harvest scene of a woman standing next to a wheat stack. She is...

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Orion’s Attic eBay store booming with wide range of collectibles

Feb 10, 2015

Our eBay store is getting bigger by the day with new listings posted almost every day. Visit our eBay store to shop for a tremendous range of antiques, collectibles, jewelry and more from the comfort of your home or phone. We don’t even know what we may list next because we run into such a fascinating variety of objects all the time. On any given day, we might run into a Teddy The Tugboat Art Glass collection, vintage to antique toys, antique photo albums, fine and costume jewelry including gold and sterling silver, great old books, records, gadgets, dolls, sports memorabilia, historic items, autographs, art, china, music boxes, grandma’s kitchen implements, Americana, decorative glass, oddities and more. Be sure to stop by our eBay shop in a frequent basis! Do you have great stuff...

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This Just In: Antiques, bedroom furniture, poker table, china

Feb 10, 2015

We sometimes amaze ourselves with how much we can stuff into our truck — and how great it looks at Copper Fox Antiques in Sperryville, Virginia. Check out the photos of this bounty, which doesn’t even cover the collection fully. Our latest load of treasures includes: Antique child’s doll cabinet, salmon colored chair with carved arms and feet, Lane dual-function piano bench and music container, dining table with lion claw feet, multiple bedroom items including modern black bedroom set, antique sleigh bed and canopy bed with leaf design and pine cone finials, antique vanities and dressers, three genuine leather chairs that will take you to dreamland in seconds, vintage poker table and folding chairs made in Chicago, all kinds of other chairs, wicker screen, mounds of china and glassware to add to the many...

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Trying to do a little good before Christmas

Dec 31, 2014

An old man who appeared to me to be homeless showed up at the end of an Upscale Yard Sale we were running at Pyramic Atlantic Art Center in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland before Christmas. He didn’t beg for money. He didn’t ask for anything. Something just spoke to me and told me to help the guy somehow. “I’m trying to get with a lady tonight,” Gregory said in a voice as gravelly as the edge of the parking lot we were working on. “I’d like to bring her a little something.” An idea struck me as I looked around at the antiques and collectibles my girlfriend Won-ok and I make a living selling. I saw a bunch of small, inexpensive items that I was about to pack up. “Would you like to make...

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