Don’t Become A Storage Unit Sucker

Mar 3, 2019

If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, the steamrollers almost certainly go through storage units. There is no more costly or easier mistake for a homeowner or estate executor to make than falling for the trap of renting a storage unit. We see it all the time in our work with Orion’s Attic: People with the very best of intentions choose to put heaps of stuff in storage units instead of dealing with the problem beforehand. Our advice to you? Don’t let yourself become a storage unit sucker — and someone who ends up needing to hire the services of storage unit clean-out companies. We have seen people rack up many thousands of dollars in storage fees before they even know what hit them. Putting stuff in storage units is like going...

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This Just In: Extraordinary book of poetry by Vermont poet Ella Warner Fisher in 1933...

Feb 22, 2015

“The New Sketch Book: An Anthology of Voices” by Vermont poet Ella Warner Fisher published by The Excelsior Press in Shelburne, Vermont is the next of a number of extraordinary books by Vermont authors in the first half of the 20th century that we discovered recently. See this book and others in our OrionsAttic eBay store and stay tuned for more. We were astonished not only to find the books here in Maryland but that the books are written with exceptional skill and are in equally excellent condition. We found the books in the bottom of a box we bought at an auction in Morganza, Maryland. We haven’t yet been able to learn much about Fisher, who also authored “Idylls of Champlain,” “Green Mountain Echoes,” and “Castles of Memory.” She identifies herself as a “Writer...

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Just Opened: New Space at Emporium Antiques in Frederick MD

May 5, 2014

We just got back from stuffing our brand spanking new booth space at Emporium Antiques in downtown Frederick, Maryland with tons of vintage toys, dolls and blue glass. We’ve got vintage and modern tin litho wind-up toys, a railroad yard full of Lionel and Tyco trains and accessories, dolls and some blue glass. Many of the toys and dolls come with their original boxes! Some are very rare pieces. Most of this stuff minus the glass and some of the dolls is making its public debut! Our space is in the middle building along the edge of South Carroll Street. Ask for vendor code “ORI” if you have trouble finding us. See more than 90 photos from our first batch on our Emporium Antiques photo album on Facebook. Emporium Antiques is open seven days...

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Potomac MD estate sale brims with fine furniture, antiques, jewelry

May 21, 2013

Looking to have some fun and find some great bargains this holiday weekend? Take advantage of some serious deals at our May 25-26 estate sale in an upscale Potomac, Maryland home from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Address is 7501 Masters Drive.) This house is brimming with gorgeous fine furniture, antiques, jewelry, books, pool table, a large art collection (paintings, prints) and more. Owners are moving out of state and leaving most of their great treasures behind. (See the first batch of photos on our Facebook page.) Furniture includes a beautiful dining set with table, chairs, and china cabinet. There are also leather couches, upholstered couches, bureaus, bedroom sets, home office furniture and more. An old, beautiful desk highlights the antiques collection. Home decor include a grandfather’s clock. You’ll find a pool table, patio...

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Live edge furniture craftsman makes public debut May 4 at Falls Church estate sale...

Apr 26, 2013

Orion’s Attic is adding a twist to the Falls Church estate sale featured above: We’re inviting Washington D.C. furniture maker James Navarro, Jr., of Live Edge Studio to make his public debut. Navarro makes handcrafted furniture with natural — or “live” — edges on a private commission basis but will offer several pieces to the general public for the first time at the Attic’s May 4-5, 2013 estate sale in Falls Church, Virginia (1918 Pimmit Drive). Navarro will be on hand Saturday May 4.) “I like to build organic, live edge furniture,” Navarro says. “I used to work in the environmental community and spent a lot of time fighting for healthy forests. Sustainable forestry is near and dear to my heart. I enjoy using local, reclaimed woods like elm, walnut, cherry, hickory and pine. My...

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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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