Mike and Marianne Francis rave about Orion’s Attic estate sale

Jul 24, 2012

Testimonial from Mike and Marianne Francis, McLean VA, on use of Orion’s Attic estate sale services: After living in Northern Virginia for 40 years, my wife and I decided to spend our “Golden Years” in the beautiful Green Mountain state of Vermont where I was born and where our daughter, son-in-law and two little granddaughters reside. As many people do upon retirement, we decided to downsize and divest ourselves of many of our belongings. We contracted with Chris Lancette and Won-ok Kim, proprietors of Orion’s Attic, to conduct our estate sale. They came to our home twice and, with great patience and sensitivity, explained the process and assisted us in coming up with a list of what we wanted to include in the sale. They worked professionally as a team — first making an...

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Kidnapped by Miss Daisy?

Jun 28, 2012

A woman pushing 80 years old extended her arms with her palms facing outward as Won-ok and I passed by on a downtown Hagerstown, Maryland sidewalk yesterday. Wearing a flowered hat and matching dress as if she just came from a church social, she was not gingerly asking us to stop. Her gesture was forceful, like a policewoman commanding us to halt. The woman hooked her left arm into mine so quickly that I didn’t even realize what she was doing until she said to my girlfriend and business partner, “You have a man! Can we share him?” The woman began pulling me. Hard. Like a tugboat. I couldn’t believe how much strength that old bird had. I actually had to lean the other way and pull to unlock myself from her as she...

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Procrastinators unite at Flower Ave. Holiday Market on Dec. 24

Dec 22, 2011

If you’re not all set for Christmas, there’s still one more Saturday to shop local at the Flower Avenue Holiday Market on Dec. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Yet more new vendors will be there, too! Located at 8809 Flower Avenue on the parking lot at the corner of Flower Avenue and Arliss Street (near Piney Branch Road), the last day of the holiday market features some of our most popular vendors selling hand-made clothing, jewelry, men’s cufflinks, antiques, vintage toys, hand-carved animals from Africa, hand-painted Christmas villages, candles, cosmetics and more. The Long Branch Women’s Sewing Circle also returns, selling shopping bags and taking orders for more. New this week are vendors offering hand-made bookmarks, leather belts and bracelets, and phone accessories. The dollars you spend support local entrepreneurs and re-circulate...

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

Dec 15, 2011

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...

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