Take a trip around the world without ever dusting off your passport at our March 8-9 2014 estate sale in McLean, Virginia from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The owners of the home spent much of their careers overseas collecting a dazzling array of exquisite furnishings, men’s and women’s jewelry and watches, china, decorative arts, sterling silver flatware, clocks, art, rugs, decorative glass and porcelain, figurines and so much more. You’ll find the handiwork of craftspeople from all over Asia, Europe and the Middle East, with hints of Africa and some good old fashioned U.S.A. Doors open sharply at 9 a.m. No early birds allowed but numbers will be handed out to early arrivers on a first-come, first-serve basis. [Address will be posted here on March 7.]
Stay tuned to this post for updated details as the week progresses but initial highlights include the following. See our Facebook photo album for more than 500 photos.
Jewelry: A bounty of men’s vintage jewelry including designer cufflinks (some sterling silver), tie pins, tie bars, watches; Women’s fine jewelry including gold, silver and gemstone such as emerald and ruby – and vintage costume jewelry including rhinestones, mother of pearl, and Siam jewelry (Thailand), featuring rings, necklaces, earrings, brooches, pendants and more; 14K ladies watch by Glycine; vintage Swiss-made wristwatches and pocket watches by American Waltham, Hamilton, Elgin, Omega, Movado, etc. There may also be a rare 150-year-old Vacheron Constantin pocket watch missing one jewel and key and needing repair (first day price of $1,300 if owner decides to include it in sale).
Decorative arts: Asian lacquered wood panels and screens, hand-carved antique ivory from the Congo, Japanese cork art, Lladro figurines.
Furniture: Vietnamese lacquer cabinet (signed), hand-carved chairs with mother of pearl inlay (Vietnam), Mid Century gate leg desk with sliding compartment top, American-made furniture including solid mahogany dining table and chairs, china cabinet, server, secretary desk, leather chair, camel stool, beds, end tables, coffee tables and couches
Lamps: Murano (Italy), Sherbinn (U.S.), and porcelain vase lamps with enamel.
Sterling silver dishes and flatware: Several makers and patterns from England including Towle (Tumbler Rose pattern), Sheffield, Fisher, Reed & Barton, Wallace & Sons, etc.
Coins: Gold coins from Austria, Iran, Italy, France, and U.S., Pottery: Delft (Holland), vases from Spain
Vintage Cameras: Olympus OM 4T, Yashica 44, Nettar, Kowa SET,
Clothing: Vintage handbags and clothes (size M), women’s traditional garments from Vietnam, Japan and other places
China/porcelain: Wedgwood (England), Haviland Limoges (France), Lenox, Empress Garden (Japan), Christian Dior Gaudron Malachite (Japan), Nippon, hand-painted goblet by Dresden (Germany), Aynsley (England) and several pieces of ‘Bleu De Hue’ china (Vietnam)
Glass/pottery: Waterford vase, Cloisonné with dragons (China), Pedros Alcobaca vase (Portugal), Murano Guerrieri trinket box, Delft
Books: Set of French-language books bound in Moroccan leather about subjects including culture and history of Vietnam, Buddhism and more; pair of leather-bound books from 1882 – “Illustrations of Dissections in a Series of Original Colored Plates, modern books on wide range of subjects.
Home décor: Carved figurines in faux ivory, bakelite, celluloid, and so on; French Ormolu Mantel Clock (circa 19c)
Rugs: Hand-made rugs in various sizes from multiple countries.
Vintage board games: Blacks and Whites by Psychology Today, Foil, and more.
Misc.: Vintage Christmas ornaments, de Uberti (Italy) cup, Kings Arms Trivet (1953), Vintage Steamer Trunk by National Vulcanized Fibre Company.
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The estate sale we’re hosting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. is packed with so many vintage treasures that you’d think Santa Claus himself stepped out of the 1960s and 70s to organize it. [Stay tuned to this post for the address the day before the event.] The sale will give you a chance to take a sneak peak at a 1970 Cadillac convertible and a 2005 Cadillac that will be for sale after title issues are handled. You will be able to go ahead and fill a sled or two with vintage items including the following. See more than 600 photos on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/orionsattic
Toys: Lionel post-war O-gauge (O scale) trains, mostly from 1950’s and 1960’s, including locomotive engines, boxcars, passenger cars, flat cars, cabooses – many with original boxes. Owner also built a large o-gauge train track layout (about 12 by 4 feet – refer to the photos), which is also for sale as a set including tracks and switches, transformers, controls, etc. ; 1960s Tonka vehicles with boxes; Buddy L fire trucks; Japanese tin toys; Rapco miniature soldier molds plus more than 70 metal soldiers; Magic Action Bulldozer; 1966 Bonneville Convertible model kit and 1962 Customizing kit; Hubley planes, pachinko machine, Vintage 1931 Rolls Royce AM radio car, Anson Diecast car Model 1932 Cadillac V16 Phaeton Convertible K, Danbury 1/24 Diecast Model 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Limited Edition, Road Legends 1949 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, Leadworks 1950′s Skyblue Cadillac Friction tin toy car made in Japan.
Political, historical and military memorabilia and ephemera: Signed John F. Kennedy photograph, JFK photos, magazines and campaign stickers; vice presidential autographs, B-2 gas ration card, countless official Navy photos of battleships from World War II.
Cameras & Video: Rolleiflex 3.5f Xenotar TLR Type 3 with accessories and literature; Polaroid SX-70; Wollensak 8 mm movie camera; Eumig Super 8 with boom microphone; Nikon N-70; Nikon Super Zoom 8; Rolleiflex 35 mm; Vivitar flashes, tripods, various telephoto lenses; Kodak Instamatic M 95; Kodak Carousel 750.
Advertising: Coke and Pepsi signs.
Art: Oil on canvas paintings, signed prints, black and white photos, posters of Star Trek, King Kong, Batman and Robin, Superman, Cheryl Tiegs).
Furniture: Mahogany dining table and chairs, china cabinet, couches, beds, dressers, nigh stands, end tables, coffee tables, chairs, office furniture.
Firefighter memorabilia: 14k gold pin, vintage Fire Department of New York City badges, pins and photos.
Books, old newspapers, magazines: Probably 1,000 or more books with emphasis on Jewish history, American history, cooking, foreign policy plus vintage editions of magazines such as Playboy, Photography, Life, National Geographic; AAA travel maps.
China: A number of high-end china dining sets and serving dishes, including Wedgwood, Noritake, Mikasa, Limoges, and Naaman-Israel.
Home Décor: All manner of items including decorative glass, art glass lamps, figurines including Lladro, crystal, pottery, marble bookends, decorative lamps.
Stamps: Wide range of stamps span from 1920s through 1980s including mint stamps, block of four, full sheet, first day covers and cancelled stamps.
More collectibles: License plates, restaurant menus, figurines, Cadillac memorable and box of parts for vintage Cadillacs, trophies.
Electronics & Audio: Sony flat screen TV, Bose speakers, Sennheiser earphones, Sony 350 Reel to Reel, Realistic Slim Dynamic Microphone, Onkyo CD player, Sony Stereo Cassette Deck, Technics Direct Drive Automatic Turntable System, records/CDs/Cassettes focused largely on classical music – including sheet music.
Costume jewelry: Heaping mounds of costume jewelry including earrings, necklaces, pins, bracelets, charms, and beads.
Men’s clothing: Big men’s delight at this house as owner was a tall man who wore pants sizes including 40, 42 and 44, shirt sizes X-Large and XX-Large and shoes 13-14. Closet full of Izod Lacoste shirts, Tuxedos, dress pants, dress shoes, dress shirts, sports jackets and suits. Makers include Haggar, Hart Schaffner Marx, Levis, Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Brothers.
Bar/glassware: Mid-century signed barware, all kinds of cocktail, wine & bar glasses.
Kitchenware: numerous Pyrex baking dishes, mixing bowls and measuring cups; kitchen aid stand mixer and other electronics; Hoffritz knife set; high quality cookware and utensils.
The house is all stuffed with all kinds of other things that are too numerous to list here including sporting goods (oversized Prince tennis racquets), tools, sewing machines, Royal and Coronet typewriters, office supplies, and all kinds of other surprises.
No early birds or pre-sales allowed. Numbers will be handed out to people who arrive early. Cash and credit cards only (3 percent fee on credit cards). Visit the Orion’s Attic home page to sign up for our e-newsletter to find out about future sales and special deals!
Testimonial from Howard and Melany Levenson. Orion’s Attic sprang into action to conduct an estate sale at their home in Potomac, Maryland. We condensed and two-week process into mere days to meet their urgent deadline.
We had the very good fortune to be referred to Chris and Won-ok from Orion’s Attic by a very good friend in the estate sale business. Initially, we had planned to use our friend to conduct the estate sale, but she had a family emergency and had to be out of town. We were in an incredible time crunch to get our home empty by the date of our walk-through, and Chris and Won-ok really stepped up to the plate at the 11th hour to conduct our estate sale on Memorial Day weekend 2013. They both did an absolutely incredible job, especially in light of the fact that they had only a few days to get everything organized and ready to go. In addition, our home in Potomac, was very large and EVERYTHING had to go! First of all, nobody has as much energy as these two. They are young, professional, fit, and focused! Believe me, if you have a deadline they will meet it, and if you have a problem they will fix it. They did a beautiful job getting our house emptied, and they continue to keep in touch with us … sending us checks for the items (that did not sell during our estate sale week-end) that they transferred to Orion’s Attic to sell to the general public. I recommend them highly as they are efficient, reliable, and trustworthy.
Orion’s Attic is proud to announce that Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers in Philadelphia will be selling our impressive autograph collection on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 starting at 10 a.m. You can bid in person or online through the Freeman’s web site. You’ll find a treasure trove of history that includes an autograph book signed by John F. Kennedy and other presidents, a letter written by Mother Teresa and many other pieces by presidents, Supreme Court justices, members of Congress and old Hollywood and entertainment legends. Go ahead and register to bid now and then bid on our items. They are lot numbers 380, 381, 382, 383, 386, 387, 389, 392, 395, 396, 398, 399, 400, 402, 419, 427, 428, and 435.
You can visit the Web link above to see what’s being sold in each Freeman’s grouping. All of these autographs came from one Washington D.C. man who managed a local theater and organized events at the White House.
We’ll soon write more about some of the pieces in this collection but here’s a quick set of links to each of our individual lots up for sale at Freeman’s on Sept. 26:
- 380: Typed letter signed by George Bush (3 pieces)
- 381: Typed letter signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower (1 piece)
- 382: Photograph signed and inscribed by Dwight D. Eisenhower (1 piece)
- 383: Typed letters signed by Gerald Ford (4 pieces)
- 386: Autograph material from Lyndon B. Johnson (2 pieces)
- 387: Autograph material by Lyndon B. Johnson (3 pieces plus 1 book)
- 389: Autographed guest book signed by presidents including John F. Kennedy and Dwight D. Eisenhower along with a great many other political figures (Bess Truman, among others), musicians (Nat King Cole), test pilots (Chuck Yeager), and more.
- 392: Typed letters signed by Richard Nixon (6 pieces)
- 395: Photograph signed and inscribed by Harry Truman (2 pieces)
- 396: Typed letters signed by Harry Truman (3 pieces)
- 398: Autographed material by Lady Bird Johnson
- 399: Lot of autographed material by American First Ladies including Bess Truman, and daughters
- 400: Typed letters signed by U.S. Supreme Court Justices (10 pieces)
- 402: Lot of autographed material, ephemera and photos, primarily relating to American political life in Washington D.C.
- 419: Autograph letter signed by Mother Teresa. This is beautiful, poignant and funny letter is one of the two most amazing pieces in this collection.
- 427: Typed letters signed by Irving Berlin (2 pieces)
- 428: Lot of autograph material from classical musicians and singers including Pablo Casals
- 435: Typed letter signed by Vivien Leigh
You can also find some additional photos on our Facebook photo album of these autographs.
Do you have great stuff that you need to sell? Maybe you have a whole house that needs an estate sale? Contact Chris by phone or email today.
Orion’s Attic is proud to announce that we will host our third annual Upscale Yard Sale fundraiser for Pyramid Atlantic Art Center on Saturday Aug. 31 and Sunday Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pyramid parking lot at 8230 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring MD. Think of it as an outdoor estate sale as this event is always packed with a stunning array of antiques, collectibles, mountains of costume jewelry (and a few pieces of gold and sterling silver jewelry), art, tons of furniture from modern to antique, home decor, lamps, a flat screen TV, books and so much more. The sale even features a five-foot-tall carved wooden eagle! Pyramid Atlantic expects to add a giant gumball machine to the sale in the next few days. Prices range from $1 to $2,500.
Check out more than 600 photos at www.facebook.com/orionsattic and support Pyramid Atlantic’s mission to build communities that give life to printmaking, papermaking and the book arts. Donations are still coming so many more items will be added to the sale by Labor Day weekend. Check the photo album throughout the week to see the latest additions to the sale. Also note that strong-bodied volunteers will be on hand to help people load heavy items into their vehicles.
Our company organizes this event every year as part of our work as social entrepreneurs. Because we’re an antiques and collectibles company that runs estate sales, we see to it that no junk is included in this sale. We don’t allow donations that fail to meet our standards. Pyramid Atlantic also has a great base of support, generating the kinds of estate sale quality pieces you see in these photos. Some donors have given entire apartments to this fundraiser. Learn more about Pyramid Atlantic at http://www.pyramidatlanticartcenter.org/
There are a lot of simple ways to save money at Orion’s Attic estate sales. We have compiled our favorite eight tips and share them with you here, one at a time. We’ll publish the list as a whole when we’re done so you can pin these reminders to your fridge and save some bucks the next time you join us at an estate sale. Drum roll please … here’s Tip No. 1.
1. Be kind. Think of every pearl of wisdom you’ve heard about the value of kindness: “You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar” and “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” They’re all true when it comes to shopping at estate sales. It actually pays to be nice at Orion’s Attic estate sales in Northern Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.
Despite the overwhelmingly obvious nature of the notion that it doesn’t serve a shopper’s interests to be rude to the people they’re trying to buy from, you would be shocked – shocked I say – by how many people fail to use the kill with kindness strategy.
Put yourself in our shoes for a moment. Estate sales are a ton of fun to operate but they involve huge crowds of people pouring through a house and calling for our staff from every direction. We’re running around trying to address every question and do everything we can to serve our client by emptying the contents of a home in two days. We’re carrying heavy furniture out the door, wrapping delicate items, making change, running credit card transactions, answering tons of questions, and trying to make shoppers the best deals we can within the confines of doing what’s right for our clients. Throwing a $1 item on the pay counter and saying “You have to give me this for fifty cents,” is not the way to endear yourself to us. We don’t “have” to do anything and we’re not fond of shoppers making demands rather than requests.
Conversely, a shopper who approaches us with a $200 Tiffany-style lamp and a smile is likely to have much greater success this way: “I really love this lamp. Would you consider $150 for it?” We also see a lot of people on the first day of a sale who recognize that prices on the second day will be discounted. They ask, “If this $1,000 table is still here tomorrow, would you accept $500? We’ll get our kids to carry it out so you don’t have to.” Our answer to that question is usually going to be “yes.” If it’s an item that we know is difficult to find a buyer for, we might accept that offer even on the first day.
We love working with nice people. We’ll either accept those offers or start a polite negotiation process. There have been many occasions in which people have treated us with such kindness that we have given them a discount they didn’t even ask for or thrown in a little something extra in their bundle (see rule No. 2). Happy shoppers make for loyal shoppers who are going to do business with us for a long time.
We have been very blessed to see that every sale we have run has largely been packed with friendly, considerate people. We’d like to think it’s just because we do all we can to provide, fun, up-tempo, service-oriented sales and because shoppers like Won-ok and me. Hopefully that’s the case, but maybe people are simply smart enough to use tip No. 1.
We can live with that!
There are a lot of simple ways to save money at Orion’s Attic estate sales. We have compiled our favorite eight tips and share them with you here, one at a time. We’ll publish the list as a whole when we’re done so you can pin these reminders to your fridge and save some bucks the next time you join us at an estate sale in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington D.C. Here’s Tip No. 2.
2. Bundle! Frank Fritz from the mega-hit TV show American Pickers may the most famous bundler in the country but do you know who could be the next great bundle king or queen? You!
Smart estate sale shoppers recognize the truth in the old adage that “the more you buy, the more you save.” Orion’s Attic loves to offer deals to people who buy multiple items but we love it even more when shoppers come up with their own offers. An increasing number of our loyal shoppers at estate sales are mastering the Frank Fritz discounting plan that he uses at Antique Archeology.
Say you’ve never tried your hand at putting multiple items together in a package deal? Don’t sweat it. One way to work with us is to show us several bigger ticket items you like and ask us what kind of price break we could give you if you bought them all. Another approach is for you to make an offer on the same.
Bundles have the potential to work out great for you and us. We get to move multiple items in one transaction, meaning there are fewer items left over at the end of a sale that we will have to transport to one of our stores, and you save some cash. The quickest way bundles will save you money is on quality, higher-end pieces but they can also work for groups of inexpensive pieces.
Our favorite bundler is actually a couple who comes to many of our sales. We have a great relationship with them and we respect how they shop. At our “Tool Time Sale” in Silver Spring, Maryland, they rolled a wheelbarrow full of miscellaneous tools and other items to the pay counter and made an offer for everything there, including the wheelbarrow. The price they gave sounded reasonable and saved us from a lengthy session with a calculator. We accepted the offer without even trying to negotiate for a higher price. They saved us time. We saved them money.
Bundle up, America!
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We’ve just added a batch of fun new pieces to our big booth at the Hancock Antique Mall, located at 266 North Pennsylvania Avenue in Hancock. We’ve added an array of costume jewelry, Hummel figurines, dog figurines, more vintage records (45s) and a gorgeous piece of Fenton glass. It’s a Fenton milk glass silvercrest espergne horn dish. Check out photos on our Facebook page album.
Ask for the Orion’s Attic booth in the back right corner of the main part of the store and you’ll see signs with our name on it. Everything in our space is 50-percent off the sticker prices. Not sure how much longer we’ll run the huge discount so gobble up the good stuff now!
Hancock Antique Mall is open every day of the week except Wednesday. The staff will be happy to point you to our Orion’s Attic section.
There are a lot of simple ways to save money at Orion’s Attic estate sales. We have compiled our favorite eight tips and share them with you here, one at a time. We’ll publish the list as a whole when we’re done so you can pin these reminders to your fridge and save some bucks the next time you join us at an estate sale in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington D.C. Here’s Tip No. 3.
3. Offer to move/pack items yourself. We bring a large staff to our events and have plenty of people on hand to help, but if you’re buying a 100-piece china set or something else that’s going to take us a very long time to pack, we’re often willing to shave a little off the price if you’re willing to do it. This is especially true on sales that involve large numbers of low-value items.
One of our regulars offered to do this at our “Tool Time” estate sale in Silver Spring, Maryland. We sold two entire tables full of clear glass dishes for $40 to get them out of the house. It would have taken us an hour to pack them. The shopper offered to do all the packing herself so we lowered the price for the lot even more – to just $20. We needed to get those tables cleared because they were taking up space that we needed for higher-end items.
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There are a lot of simple ways to save money at Orion’s Attic estate sales. We have compiled our favorite eight tips and share them with you here, one at a time. We’ll publish the list as a whole when we’re done so you can pin these reminders to your fridge and save some bucks the next time you join us at an estate sale in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington D.C. Here’s Tip No. 4 — the easiest one in the bunch.
4. Remind us that you’re on our newsletter list/follow us on Facebook/have been to our sales. We see and meet so many people in our work that it’s difficult for us to remember everyone’s names and faces. When you come to our events, remind us that you’re on our e-newsletter list or that you like us on Facebook. Double bonus if you tell us what or where was the last Orion’s Attic event you attended. If you happened to have spent a pile of greenbacks with us, drop us a reminder of what you bought, too. The more time and income you’ve invested in us, the more we want to do the best we can for you. We are grateful for your loyalty and support.
People take advantage of Tip 4 all the time, even pulling out their mobile phones to show us a recent email sitting in their in boxes.
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