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PostHeaderIcon Upscale Yard Sale set for Saturday Aug. 25

Looking for a yard sale with great stuff instead of junk? Want to come to one that’s more like a must-see event with lemonade, snacks and rare finds? Head to our next wildly popular “Upscale Yard Sale” on Saturday Aug. 25, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 9515 Ocala Street in Silver Spring. (We’re the same people who used to throw these sales a few blocks away at East Melbourne Avenue.) Follow the bright yellow “Upscale Yard Sale” signs to the big event!

Most items in this sale came from an antiques and collectibles shop that went out of business and still contain their price tags. We’re offering the majority of those items (smalls, glass, art, etc.) at 50 percent off – and we’re open to offers.

Highlights of this Saturday’s sale:

  • Antiques – Victorian end table with floral inlay, French style circular table with classic hand-painted scenery inside glass, L.C. Smith typewriter from 1937, Brownie camera, mirrors, French fencing swords and more.
  • Art – Statuettes, busts, abstract art, limited edition prints, folk art, modern art, nude woman on alternative canvas (scrap aluminum), wildlife prints, wall art of all kinds
  • China/ceramics/porcelain – Decanters, steins, English pitchers, china
  • Collectibles – Hummels, plates (Lalique, Norman Rockwell, Royal Bayreuth), and many boxes of other collectibles
  • Curiosities –  Plaster crocodile head, old cigarette dispenser in the form of a donkey
  • Furniture — leather-topped seats, stools with hand-painted ocean scenes, shabby chic coffee tables
  • Glass – Fenton, Brilliant cut, decorative, Depression, etched
  • Historical memorabilia – Theodore Roosevelt signed document, photographs of Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, unused ticket for Johnson inauguration, and much more.
  • Home Décor – Bookends, jewelry boxes, hand-made blanket with leather backing, area rugs, runners, statuettes, steamer trunk, tapestries,
  • Jewelry – Costume jewelry, rosary collection
  • Lamps – Tiffany-style with butterflies, banquet lamps, floor lamps, desk lamps, antique leaded glass lamp with cat motif
  • Militaria – Navy uniforms, trench art
  • Pottery – Japanese vases, Keele Street collection and whatever else we can pull out
  • Native American – Decorative leather drum cover, bust
  • Silver – Sterling silver souvenir spoons from 1890s-1910, sterling silver flatware
  • Sports memorabilia – Extremely rare college football program signed by Bear Bryant, Joe Namath and all seniors from University of Alabama’s 1964 championship team (document includes autograph authentication papers), large photo signed by Ted Williams, baseball signed by Warren Spahn
  • Vintage toys –Stuffed animals, board games and more
  • Western – horse collar, mirror bound by leather horse collar

As always, we’ll be looking to do some social good while we’re out there — selling lemonade to raise money for House With A Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary and also donating a percentage of our sales to the organization.  We’ve raised a few thousand dollars for this great charity already and want to keep doing more to help. We will also be employing a few local teenagers for the day, adding to our summer investment in youth jobs.

PostHeaderIcon Kermit, blown glass, Christmas decor, school bake sale headline Dec. 17 Flower Ave. Holiday Market

Pose for photos with Kermit this Saturday!

An appearance by a human-sized Kermit the Frog, blown glass, and a school bake sale top the ticket at the Dec. 17 rendition of the Flower Avenue Holiday Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 8809 Flower Avenue on the huge parking lot at the corner of Flower Avenue and Arliss Street (near Piney Branch Road), this week’s market is brimming with holiday fun and all kinds of local vendors offering everything from vinyl snowflake window decorations and hand-painted Christmas villages to hand-made jewelry, crochet-wear and rare books. (See list below.)

Kermit the Frog, you say? Yes, he will be on site from 10 a.m. until noon — and he might come back after hopping back to the pond for a quick  lunch. Children and adults who would like to pose with the famous amphibian are welcome to make a small donation to IMPACT Silver Spring to support its community building work in the Long Branch neighborhood.

Sligo Creek Elementary School, meanwhile, will offer a huge variety of lip-smacking treats as part of its effort to raise money to send students on a French immersion trip to Quebec next year. Mindful Decluttering and Organizing is collecting hats, gloves, and scarves for Shepherd’s Table and a portion of all its sales will be donated to the charity. Read more about the social good the Flower Avenue Holiday Market is bringing to Long Branch.

Home Grown Glass Art will be on hand, too, dazzling shoppers with blown glass demonstrations

Home Grown Glass Art captivates shoppers every time.

and selling its creations. Visitors will also be able to listen to live music from performers including John Thayer, a.k.a., Nomad, savor the tastes of other local food vendors, and even get their faces painted.

Don’t forget about chances to shop for all kinds of great holiday gifts and decor. The vinyl snowflake decoration vendor is back by popular demand. So are countless other crowd pleasers.

Here’s a list of some of the vendors scheduled for the Flower Avenue Holiday Market on Dec. 17:

Antiques, Collectibles

Orion’s Attic: Antiques, art, collectibles, decorative glass, home décor. www.orionsattic.com

Barrera, Sonia: Antique/vintage, collectibles, furniture, home décor, pottery,

Art and Arts & Crafts

Christ-Life African Arts and Crafts: African arts and crafts including hand-carved wooden animals.

Home Grown Glass Art: Blown glass demonstrations and a wide-variety of glass. http://www.etsy.com/shop/ryaneicher

Huaman, Maria: Peruvian crafts and holiday things.

Kavango!, Kavango sells home accents handmade & fair trade primarily from Africa. Some items are from the Caribbean and from Laos and Vietnam. I work with these women’s cooperatives and select the pieces personally. Baskets, tablecloths, aprons and some jewelry, ornaments, cushion covers, masks

Mitchell, Ida: Original paintings on canvas and prints. Giclee/german etched reprints. http://www.art-ida.com/

Patterson, Keith: Block printed cards and watercolors

South African Bizarre: Beaded animals made by hand along with a neat variety of other crafts made by women in South Africa.

Thai Art: Thai Oil Painting on Black Velvet pictures.
Sizes from 4″x10″ to 28″x50″

Books

Old Book Guy: Wide variety of old and rare books, prints, and massive collection of Life magazines. www.oldbookguy.com

China

VintageValues: Vintage and contemporary holiday, collectible, and replacement china and glass for everyday use and gift giving.

Christmas/Holiday Decor

Braden, Mark: Hand-painted Christmas village scenes, home décor. See video: http://youtu.be/MfUh9UpGufc

Window Flakes: Static cling window decorations. http://www.etsy.com/shop/windowflakes

Clothing

Afrochet: Fashionable handmade crochet wear. www.aminataafrochet.etsy.com

Asunder By Ray: Custom-made cufflinks, Raymond Thomas links men with sophisticated taste to cufflinks that express their personal style. www.asunderbyray.com

Bold as love: Clothing, all tie dye hats, tapestries, shirts, socks and  pants. www.tie-dyedtots.com

Dorjebajra Tibet Shop: Felt bags, wool hats, gloves, statuary, Tibetian products. http://www.mytibetshop.com/

CHO-PI-CHA: Clothing, Ladies tops, Pants, Dresses, Scarves, Hats, skirts and Accessories.

Ferguson, Ann: Independent vendor selling women’s clothing and accessories. Hand crafted semi-precious gemstone jewelry. Women’s tops and sweaters (silk, cashmere, wool, rayon) shoes and boots (leather & suede heels, leather & suede flats) sneakers, leather gloves and travel & cosmetic bags

K Wear Designs: Leather belts and leather embellish bracelets, seashell pendants, ornaments for pants, provocative chokers, clay made pendants and etc

Curtains

Gebreeggziabaher, Zebenay: Hand-made curtains made by her and her brother.

Food

TofuDelights: Barbeque tofu, jerk tofu, steamed rice, green beans and more. http://www.tofudelights.com/

Hodge-Podge

Berman, Mara: Design your own earrings, landscape paintings, face painting.

Case-Ons: Transform old CD cases into decorative building blocks. http://case-ons.com/

go mama go!: Americana, Antique/Vintage, Books, Furniture, Vintage printed tablecloths, vintage kitchen gadgets, outdoor tables (teak and tile), cookbooks

Kiehne, Jacqueline: Books, clothing, collectibles, furniture, home décor, records, CDs, instruments, pottery, arts & crafts, clothing, lamps, and Christmas decorations

My Equisite Scentsy: Candle-warmers with moderns scents and aromas. https://myexquisite.scentsy.us/Home

Jewelry

Fun to Give, Fun to Get: Hand-worked sterling silver and precious metal clay with natural stones, glass beads and swarovsky crystals.

Jennifer’s Handcrafts: Arts/Crafts, Jewelry, Handmade and import Jewelry for kids and adult.

Lovely To Look At

Tibet Shop: Hand-made silver Jewelry, felt bags, wool hats, gloves, Statuary, Tibetan products. www.mytibetshop.com

Vargas, Mireya: Handmade necklaces of different semi-precious stones in sterling silver and also organic seeds.

Nonprofit Organizations

IMPACT Silver Spring: Dedicated to creating economic empowerment opportunities for communities including Long Branch. http://www.impactsilverspring.org/

Sligo Creek Elementary School: Selling tasty treats to raise money to send students to Quebec as part of French immersion program.

Service Providers

Mindful Decluttering and Organizing: Decluttering and organizing services, workshops and publications. www.clutterfreenow.com

Rossie’s Enterprises: translation service. www.rossiesenterprises.com

Sewing

Long Branch Women’s Sewing Circle: A group of Latin American micro-entrepreneurs sell a variety of sewn items and will take orders for more.

Skin care/Beauty Products

Canales, Yolanda: Perfume

Stiles, Marybeth: Mary Kay. Cosmetics plus table with baskets to display as well as the opportunity for visitors to enter a raffle to win a gift certificate and prizes. www.marykay.com/marybeth.stiles

Howard Roman's (right) tie-dye clothing for kids and adults is a magnet for shoppers in Silver Spring

 

 


 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon Rare books, Christmas village scenes highlight Dec. 10 Flower Avenue Holiday Market

Everyone is coming to the Flower Avenue Holiday Market!

Rare books, sports memorabilia and hand-painted Christmas villages highlight a packed Flower Avenue Holiday Market this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 8809 Flower Avenue on the huge parking lot at the corner of Flower Avenue and Arliss Street (near Piney Branch Road), this week’s market is reaching a sellout of vendor spaces. (See list below.)

Visitors will also be able to listen to live music from performers including John Thayer, a.k.a., Nomad, and savor the tastes of La Escudilla and Tofu Delights.

Shoppers can also find out about great nonprofits including IMPACT Silver Spring and the Audubon Naturalist Society and get more information on the Purple Line. Mindful Decluttering and Organizing, meanwhile, is collecting hats, gloves, and scarves for Shepherd’s Table and a portion of all its sales will be donated to the charity.

But that’s just the beginning of the social good the market is doing. Read more about the social good the Flower Avenue Holiday Market is bringing to Long Branch.

Here’s a list of some of the vendors scheduled for the Flower Avenue Holiday Market on Dec. 10:

Antiques, Collectibles

Orion’s Attic: Antiques, art, collectibles, decorative glass, home décor. www.orionsattic.com

Barrera, Sonia: Antique/vintage, collectibles, furniture, home décor, pottery,

Art and Arts & Crafts

Christ-Life African Arts and Crafts: African arts and crafts including hand-carved wooden animals.

Huaman, Maria: Peruvian crafts and holiday things.

Kavango!, Kavango sells home accents handmade & fair trade primarily from Africa. Some items are from the Caribbean and from Laos and Vietnam. I work with these women’s cooperatives and select the pieces personally. Baskets, tablecloths, aprons and some jewelry, ornaments, cushion covers, masks

South African Bizarre:

Thai Art: Thai Oil Painting on Black Velvet pictures.
Sizes from 4″x10″ to 28″x50″

Uniseacorns by Yoshabel: Create stuffed sea creatures out of upcycled and funky fabrics. I specialize in sea serpents and unicorn-seahorse hybrids of different sizes. They come with nametags and biographies. Also make duct tape wallets and fabric flowers.  www.uniseacorns.com

Books

Old Books Guy: Wide variety of old and rare books, prints, and massive collection of Life magazines. www.oldbookguy.com

China

VintageValues: Vintage and contemporary holiday, collectible, and replacement china and glass for everyday use and gift giving.

Christmas/Holiday Decor

Braden, Mark: Hand-painted Christmas village scenes, home décor. See video: http://youtu.be/MfUh9UpGufc

Clothing

Afrochet: Fashionable handmade crochet wear. www.aminataafrochet.etsy.com

Asunder By Ray: Custom-made cufflinks, Raymond Thomas links men with sophisticated taste to cufflinks that express their personal style. www.asunderbyray.com

Bold as love: Clothing, all tie dye hats, tapestries, shirts, socks and  pants. www.tie-dyedtots.com

CHO-PI-CHA: Clothing, Ladies tops, Pants, Dresses, Scarves, Hats, skirts and Accessories.

Ferguson, Ann: Independent vendor selling women’s clothing and accessories. Hand crafted semi-precious gemstone jewelry. Women’s tops and sweaters (silk, cashmere, wool, rayon) shoes and boots (leather & suede heels, leather & suede flats) sneakers, leather gloves and travel & cosmetic bags

K Wear Designs: Leather belts and leather embellish bracelets, seashell pendants, ornaments for pants, provocative chokers, clay made pendants and etc

Curtains

Gebreeggziabaher, Zebenay: Hand-made curtains made by her and her brother.

Hodge-Podge

go mama go!: Americana, Antique/Vintage, Books, Furniture, Vintage printed tablecloths, vintage kitchen gadgets, outdoor tables (teak and tile), cookbooks

Kiehne, Jacqueline: Books, clothing, collectibles, furniture, home décor, records, CDs, instruments, pottery, arts & crafts, clothing, lamps, and Christmas decorations

Jewelry

Tibet Shop: Hand-made silver Jewelry, felt bags, wool hats, gloves, Statuary, Tibetan products. www.mytibetshop.com

Jennifer’s Handcrafts: Arts/Crafts, Jewelry, Handmade and import Jewelry for kids and adult.

Nonprofit Organizations

Audubon Naturalist Society: The Audubon Naturalist Society inspires residents of the greater Washington DC region to appreciate, understand and protect their natural environment through outdoor experiences, education and advocacy. www.anshome.org

IMPACT Silver Spring: Dedicated to creating economic empowerment opportunities for communities including Long Branch. http://www.impactsilverspring.org/

Purple Line: To connect communities in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, the Maryland Transit Administration is studying a new east-west high capacity transit line. http://purplelinemd.com/

Service Providers

Mindful Decluttering and Organizing: Decluttering and organizing services, workshops and publications. www.clutterfreenow.com

Rossie’s Enterprises: translation service. www.rossiesenterprises.com

Skin care/Beauty Products

Canales, Yolanda: Perfume

Stiles, Marybeth: Mary Kay. Cosmetics plus table with baskets to display as well as the opportunity for visitors to enter a raffle to win a gift certificate and prizes.

www.marykay.com/marybeth.stiles

Sports Memorabilia

Gudelsky, Barry: Wide range of autographed sports items, photos and more. Saturday highlights include baseball signed by Ted Williams, photo signed by Brooks Robinson and more.

Brooks Robinson autographed photo on sale Saturday

 


 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon Flower Avenue Holiday Market Springs to Life on Saturdays

Hand-carved animals will be on the loose in Silver Spring

We’re excited to report that our up-and-coming home-based business has launched the Flower Avenue Holiday Market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through December 24. Located at the corner of Flower Avenue and Arliss Street in Silver Spring, Maryland, the market is designed to achieve several short-term and longer-term goals that center around the idea of linking community with commerce.

For the holidays, we want to create a new destination in our own neighborhood for people to shop locally and for entrepreneurs to generate income. Along with a number of our vendors, we live within minutes of the Holiday Market. We hope everyone in Montgomery County and beyond comes out to peruse antiques, art, books, collectibles, furniture, hand-made clothing and accessories, holiday baskets, jewelry, and all kinds of other treasures.

This is just the beginning.

There is tremendous entrepreneurial and artistic talent in the Long Branch community. We want

A host of great vendors sell hand-made jewelry at the market.

to celebrate it, show it off, and nurture it – while giving residents a great shopping experience.  We are already exploring options to keep this momentum going at this same site in 2012 thanks to the support of Flower Avenue Shopping Center owner Greg Fernebok, whose enthusiasm and generosity is making this operation possible. He is allowing us to donate the rent we’re paying for the space to IMPACT Silver Spring. We are partnering with IMPACT – a nonprofit organization dedicated to economic empowerment — to give a few new entrepreneurs a chance to sell their products at a market for the first time. One from El Salvador sells cosmetics by Mary Kay, another from Ethiopia makes beautiful curtains.

We are also creating space for local service providers to promote themselves … like the “Tutor Table” of foreign language translators and tutors who will soon make their debut.  A great local restaurant, La Escudilla, will fill the air with the tantalizing scent of its cuisine. We are also working with the Long Branch Business League to create and distribute a coupon booklet to encourage market shoppers to explore nearby businesses.

Orion’s Attic is itself a local business run by Won-ok Kim and me. The mission of our home-based antique and high-end flea enterprise is to enable people to “buy good stuff, do great things.” We partner with and serve great nonprofits in everything we do, from donating a percentage of our profits to conducting fundraisers for them. We are open by appointment, sell online through our Web site and other venues, provide estate sale services, and throw huge “Upscale Yard Sales” like the ones we do at our home and the fundraiser we did for Pyramid Atlantic in downtown Silver Spring last October.

Antiques and art abound at Flower Avenue Holiday Market

Our effort to create a Saturday market in Long Branch  is the next stage of our evolution and it is already making an impact. Vendors are generating sales. We’re putting local teenagers to work and we are spending money at Silver Spring businesses that are printing our signs and providing our supplies. We even bought an old truck that was parked about 100 feet from the market site. The seller himself is an industrious young entrepreneur who is seeking to buy a bigger truck he can use to make deliveries for companies needing his help.

We hope everyone in the area can make plans to visit the Flower Avenue Holiday Market each Saturday. There will be additional vendors (including a rare books dealer on Dec. 10) and other attractions each week. We’re also grateful for anything you can do to help us spread the word through social media and word of mouth. We’ve got a few thousand flyers to distribute, too.

Let’s celebrate Long Branch together. Hope to see you Saturday!

Chris

P.S. The media coverage has been great! Check out these articles in the Silver Spring Gazette, Just Up The Pike, DC Event Junkie and Silver Spring Patch.

 

PostHeaderIcon End of the road for eBay?

Everyone knows that bad things happen to good people, but isn’t it also nice when you see bad things happen to people — and companies — that really have it coming? eBay’s latest assault on sellers has them howling mad, including newcomers like us.

Although the Orion’s Attic eBay store is bringing in a few bucks, the “Fee-Bay” decision to start charging a commission on shipping means that many sellers’ already scarce profits will be much more likely to wind up on the endangered species list. The company is spinning the news as an effort to “help” sellers because it’s reducing the fees for listing items. If taking off a dollar on the front end of its fee structure only to take $2 or more on the back end is help, many will prefer to live without such assistance.

In an Antique Trader magazine letter to the editor we published, we called for eBay to go to the dustbin of corporate history where it belongs. You’ll see that other sellers inundated the magazine with similar letters.  The difference between this eBay outrage and the litany that came before them, however, is that an apparent critical mass of sellers are now mad enough to actively seek other options.

Better yet, a variety of alternatives are emerging. A lot of small sellers like us are creating our own Web sites.  (Check out orionsattic.com.) Many more are turning to the increasing number of viable alternatives that buyers like to shop with and that are more seller friendly. Services including Esty.com, Collect.com, Webstore.com are just three of many great places where people who love to buy and collect can snag great finds at prices that are often lower than what they would find on eBay.

We’re going to start experimenting with other services, too, with what little time we have to spend and we’ll let you know how it goes. Meanwhile, if you’re someone who loves buying or collecting things and you use a service that you like better than eBay, leave a comment here and share your experience. The same goes for our fellow sellers.

If we all start working together to find other resources for buying and selling the items that mean so much to us, Fee-Bay will change its ways or face the fate it deserves.

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