Upscale Yard Sale on Sept. 9 to benefit Silver Spring cultural, artistic programing...

Sep 6, 2012

Orion’s Attic is teaming up with the nonprofit Silver Spring Town Center inc., to conduct an Upscale Yard Sale fundraiser this Sunday Sept. 9 from noon to 7 p.m. on Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring. (Address is 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring.) Proceeds benefit the organization, which is dedicated to providing arts and entertainment programming in the Silver Spring Civic Building and on Veterans Plaza. Highlights of this Sunday’s sale include antiques (chairs, 1960s wooden school desk from Vermont, opera glasses, French doors), art (high-end lithographs, signed prints, old photos and wall art) carved walking sticks, china, ceramics, porcelain, collectibles, glass, historical memorabilia, home décor, furniture, jewelry, lamps, mirrors, rare books and magazines, stemware, pottery, tools, vintage toys and a whole lot more. The sale will be hosted by Silver Spring’s own Orion’s...

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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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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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Christmas villages come to holiday market

Dec 5, 2011

  Mark Braden was working his way through the painful process of clearing out his father’s house after he passed away when he stumbled into something that connected him to his mother Alice Marie Braden … boxes full of Christmas village scenes that she hand painted decades earlier in their Milwaukee home. “Oh my God!,” Braden said to himself when he found the boxes. “She was extremely talented and made all kinds of things. She wanted to sell all of her work, to get it out there to people, so that’s what I’m doing. I’m taking her work to the market.” Braden made his first appearance at the Georgetown Flea Market on Dec. 4, where Orion’s Attic spotted him. We were down there doing some buying and recruiting more vendors for the Flower Avenue...

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Making a bride’s day in Haiti

May 6, 2011

I heard the man’s exasperation the moment he called us about the four wedding dresses we had for sale. He said he needed at least one or two by 1 p.m. the next day. The need for one I could understand. Maybe he was a groom who had somehow dropped the ball in historic fashion. The need for two? That was odd. We were selling them for cheap, though, figuring someone would buy them from us and turn around and re-sell them. I never question paying customers’ motives, though, so I told him to come on over. He was stunned by the quality of the dresses and took the first two without hesitation, agreeing to the $50 price for each. “I was just about to start driving around to every thrift shop and Goodwill store...

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End of the road for eBay?

Apr 23, 2011

Everyone knows that bad things happen to good people, but isn’t it also nice when you see bad things happen to people — and companies — that really have it coming? eBay’s latest assault on sellers has them howling mad, including newcomers like us. Although the Orion’s Attic eBay store is bringing in a few bucks, the “Fee-Bay” decision to start charging a commission on shipping means that many sellers’ already scarce profits will be much more likely to wind up on the endangered species list. The company is spinning the news as an effort to “help” sellers because it’s reducing the fees for listing items. If taking off a dollar on the front end of its fee structure only to take $2 or more on the back end is help, many will prefer...

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