Please your eyes at Potomac estate sale June 13-14

Jun 1, 2015

Our next big estate sale on June 13-14 at 9604 Sotweed Drive in Potomac, Maryland will provide all kinds of pleasure for your eyes – and chances to pump up your muscles, too. This humongous home is brimming with a wide array of fine art from oil on canvas paintings to art glass and countless other signed pieces of eye candy. It also houses an impressive home gym that compliments a collection of sports gear and memorabilia. Love Asian art? Potomac has it. Love Mid-Century Modern? Covered. Fine jewelry including gold, silver and high quality watches? Of course. And don’t forget the tools and hardware. There’s a mini Home Depot in the basement. Wrap that all up with a fascinating mix of collectibles, kitchenware, rugs, vintage cameras, clocks, books, records and a smattering of...

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Bon voyage on the S.S. Great Northern in 1916

Apr 27, 2015

Relive the glamour of old-fashioned steamship travel with this colorful passenger list from the S.S. Great Northern, a ship of the Great Northern Pacific Steamship Company. Now in our Orion’s Attic eBay store (Historical Memorabilia section), the passenger list unfolds into a panoramic view of luxury travel at its finest. Lounge in the sun or cut a rug on the dancing deck. Listen to sweet melodies in the music room. Spend an afternoon on the beach at Waikiki. This passenger list was for Voyage No. 4, which left Honolulu on February 4, 1916 and arrived in San Francisco on Feb. 9, 1916. What makes our latest piece of historical ephemera so great is the typed note that is hand-signed. It was written to Miss M. Miller in care of The City Hall, Kansas City, Missouri....

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Searching the streets of Civil War Boston for a woman I have never seen...

Apr 24, 2015

[Editor’s Note: Orion’s Attic obtained an exceptional group of rare books — three editions of the Boston Almanac for the years 1862, 1863 and 1880. I had no idea that they would take me on an emotional journey. Following is the story these three volumes have to tell. They are now available in the Books department of our eBay store, which you can always access at OrionsAttic.com.] I did some more time traveling this week, going back to Boston early in the Civil War and hanging out there through 1880. I even met a woman whose name I still do not know, a woman I can’t stop wondering about. Boston in 1862 was filled with tension. Business leaders like everyone else were frightened by the onset of what Boston Almanac for 1862 editor George...

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This Just In: Rainbow of carnival glass shines on our eBay store

Mar 6, 2015

We jumped at the chance to purchase this collection of vintage carnival glass from a client in Alexandria, Virginia, who won’t have space to display it in his new home. We picked up more than 40 pieces in all and began placing them for sale in our OrionsAttic eBay store on March 6, 2015. See the Decorative Glass section to soak it all in. We hope to have the whole collection up within a few more days, including some Depression glass that came with it. My personal favorite so far is the L.E. Smith teal green carnival glass bowl. I’m not quite sure why that one grabs me. Maybe the color reminds me of the day I spent in Florida with my sister Heather, when I confronted my life-long fear of water by attaching...

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A Wider Circle eradicates poverty one home at a time

Mar 4, 2015

It happens to Orion’s Attic all the time: We’re nearly done with a long day of picking up antique and modern furniture, driving it often long distances to retail stores and setting it up for display there. Won-ok and I are wiped out. The teenagers who work for us are wiped out. We then all get a second wind when we think about the one additional stop we’re making that day – heading to A Wider Circle with furniture for families in need. We’re often more excited by the true value of what we’re donating than by the profits we expect to make on the day. We love to see the excitement on the faces of the hard-working volunteers who help us unload our truck. We love hearing them point to a nice bed,...

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Pyramid Atlantic Art Center incubates great art

Mar 4, 2015

There are a lot of reasons to get excited about the work of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. If you’re an aspiring or accomplished artist interested in an array of fields, it is the perfect place to pursue printmaking, papermaking, and the book arts. It’s also a destination point for art aficionados who love viewing, buying and supporting the arts. “We believe that prints, handmade paper, and artist books are a source of inspiration,” executive director Jose Dominguez says, “that experimentation leads to discovery; that collaboration leads to accessibility; that creativity is the cornerstone of the learning process.” Pyramid Atlantic carries out its mission through our three core programs areas: artist development, arts education, and community engagement. These programs connect community to the arts via activities designed to spark a dialogue between...

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