NovaGold makes selling jewelry transparent and profitable

Mar 16, 2013

Selling quality gold, silver and jewelry can be a tricky, mysterious process that often leaves sellers uncertain about whether they received a fair deal. It can be tough even for people in the antiques and collectibles business like us. Start with precious metals. If you’re looking to sell gold or silver, you have two options. I’ll give you the hard one first. Call five jewelry shops or pawn shops and ask them this question: “What percentage of scrap value do you pay for gold and sterling silver?” My own experience has been that you will not get a straight answer from any of the five. The person on the other end of the phone will stumble and stammer, yapping vagaries about the constantly changing values for gold and silver. They’ll find other ways to...

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Hand-made wagon (goat cart) is hard to let go

Jan 2, 2013

Won-ok and I didn’t wake up on May 28, 2011 planning to have a life-affirming day that would still bring joy to our hearts a year and a half later. We didn’t plan to buy a hand-made wagon and fall so madly in love with it that we held on to it until 2013. (We put it up for sale today on our Web store.) It just sort of worked out that way. Our intention then was to simply show two new friends representing the Japan Bear and Forest Society a little slice of America before they returned home: That meant only one thing — minor league baseball. We picked up Tomoko and Kaz at a D.C. hotel and headed north. Bryce Harper and his Hagerstown Suns teammates weren’t slated to take on the Asheville...

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Huge estate sale set for Dec. 15-16 in Fort Washington MD

Dec 10, 2012

Looking for a tremendous treasure for your home or some amazing Christmas gifts? Head to our next big estate sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 15-16 at 12905 Heather Circle in Fort Washington, Maryland. The owner is an amazing man – a World War II veteran – with a home packed with items he and his wife obtained over the course of some 40 years. (Can’t blame him for wanting to move to a warmer place.) Several rooms of the house were designed by a decorator who did work for the White House. You’ll find everything from modern mid-century furniture to a workshop and garage full of tools. In between is everything from folk art and fine clothing to hand-assembled doll houses and grandfather clocks. We will also be baking cookies...

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OA expands at Queen City Flea Market in Cumberland MD

Nov 26, 2012

Queen City Flea Market on 1 Bennett Lane in Cumberland, Maryland may be one of the state’s best kept shopping secrets. Locals know it and love it. Serious antiques and collectibles buyers shop there. Still, the place doesn’t have a Web site and online map services like Google Maps can’t find Bennett Lane. (Head to Franklin Street between the railroad tracks and Columbia Avenue.) Its relative obscurity actually adds to its allure. Orion’s Attic found it by accident on a random day trip to Cumberland, feeling like we had just stepped through a corn field to find our own indoor, three-story field of dreams. The place was packed with all kinds of stuff and shoppers were buying it with gusto. We promptly chose to join the large roster of vendor selling in the market...

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