Orion’s Attic surprises seller with $2,000 bonus!

Oct 20, 2015

Won-ok Kim and I knocked on the door of a very sweet woman from whom we had purchased countless pieces of costume jewelry and a few knickknacks a few weeks earlier. She was surprised to see Orion’s Attic back at her front door. But not nearly as surprised as she would be moments later. What she didn’t know was that an unexpected treasure had turned up in our bulk buy. We didn’t think anything of the piece at the time as we only saw it for a few seconds while filling up a box with all the stuff we were buying. It was just a vintage cigarette box and a matching lighter that we figured we’d sell for maybe $40 – a needle in a haystack of items we bought that day. There’s simply...

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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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The joy of being wrong — you never know what’s behind the next door...

Mar 15, 2014

I hit the ground running on a recent morning, knocking out a little marketing from the ol’ home office and then dashing across the Maryland line to a moving sale in Northwest, D.C. I was excited, my picking engines roaring and my pockets full of cash. The family running the sale had announced it on a neighborhood list serve — hyped it up good and said only people from the neighborhood would be allowed in on the first day. Awesome. The fact that I am almost always wrong about what I think I’ll find on a buying run — how good or bad it will be — had already faded from my mind. This had to be a good sale, right? I make it through the door first. The place was a mess. It...

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No high-five for you at Potomac estate sale, little girls tells me

May 30, 2013

A precious little girl walked up to Won-ok at the pay counter of the latest Orion’s Attic estate sale in Potomac, Maryland carrying a figurine worth $5-$10. The redhead said there was no price on it and that she would like to know how much it was. I saw Won-ok’s smile as I was standing behind the girl. We appreciate polite kids and always try to make them a special deal when they express interest in an item for themselves. “For you, fifty cents,” Won-ok said, giving her at least 90 percent off the true value of the piece. The little girl had other ideas. “How about twenty-five cents?” she countered, flatly, drawing a thunderous crack of laughter from everyone around her. I was so impressed that I stepped in front of the girl...

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Gas leak, flood and stray dog can’t stop Falls Church estate sale...

May 7, 2013

The second day of our latest Falls Church estate sale opened with a rush of shoppers seizing Sunday bargains. The house was packed with Orion’s Attic fans. People were calling for help from all directions. One voice, though, was louder and more stern than the others. “Excuse me,” he said. “I think you have a gas leak in the kitchen.” I raced to the kitchen and caught a nose hair-turning whiff of gas coming from the stove area. I wheeled around 360 degrees to make sure no one in the vicinity was smoking, called 9-1-1 and gave the dispatcher the low-down. She told me to evacuate everyone from the home immediately and close all the windows and doors to make it easier for the fire company to detect and stop the source of the...

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Glenn Dale “Fun House” sale a hit — if only we had taken pictures...

Apr 11, 2013

We billed our April 6-7, 2013 estate sale in Glenn Dale, Maryland as the “Fun House” sale. Turned out to be exactly that. Won-ok and I love hosting these events because they’re not just about selling things and making money; they’re about helping clients eliminate headaches while connecting people with treasures they’ll love. The Glenn Dale sale created many great moments that put big smiles on the faces of shoppers and sellers alike. We only wish we had taken pictures of the sale while it was taking place. Take the eight-year-old boy who approached the pay counter and asked about the price of a toy figurine that had lost its tag. “Sir,” the youngster began, “How much is this?” I was so stunned by the fact that he was so polite that I knew I...

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