Orion’s Attic surprises seller with $2,000 bonus!

Oct 20, 2015

Won-ok Kim and I knocked on the door of a very sweet woman from whom we had purchased countless pieces of costume jewelry and a few knickknacks a few weeks earlier. She was surprised to see Orion’s Attic back at her front door. But not nearly as surprised as she would be moments later. What she didn’t know was that an unexpected treasure had turned up in our bulk buy. We didn’t think anything of the piece at the time as we only saw it for a few seconds while filling up a box with all the stuff we were buying. It was just a vintage cigarette box and a matching lighter that we figured we’d sell for maybe $40 – a needle in a haystack of items we bought that day. There’s simply...

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Just In: USS Rochester ship newspaper 1930-1933

Aug 13, 2015

We found an extraordinary five-volume bound set of the official newspaper of the United States Ship “The Rochester” that span from Aug. 23, 1930 to March 25, 1933. The collection was originally compiled by the ship newspaper’s editor, W.H. Humphrey, whose family we have been working with. There are three volumes of “The Rocky” bound in green boards and two in brown. Some issues are duplicates but the set of five tells the full story of the lives of the men and the mission of the ship. This is truly an exceptional find that should be of tremendous interest to military collectors, historians, descendants of the U.S.S. Rochester and anyone with a love for the U.S. Navy. We have thoroughly enjoyed reading the set and are now making them available for others to love....

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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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This Just In: Antique Medicine Bottles

Mar 20, 2015

Got a headache? Suffering from adrenal problems? Your teeth causing you pain? Got a cough that just won’t go away? Have a body part that needs disinfecting or powdering? Regardless of what ails you, Orion’s Attic has a hint of the solution … if you lived in the 1800s. Thanks to our latest find — a mini estate liquidation we did in Silver Spring, Maryland — we just created a virtual 19th century apothecary in our eBay store. We have already listed more than 20 great antique medicine bottles and have a whole crate full still to go. Many date back more than a century while others are from the mid- 1900s. The group also includes bottles that contained alcohol, ink and food additives. We’ve placed them in the Bottles department in our eBay...

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This just in: Sparky’s Volksmarch medal collection from Germany and U.S....

Mar 12, 2015

Dr. John “Sparky” Breeskin, make that Lieutenant Colonel Breeskin, was a U.S. Air Force psychologist stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany in the mid-1970s when he was introduced to the German hiking tradition of the Volksmarch — “the people’s walk.” The idea, he learned, was to join folks from small villages and go for organized, non-competitive walks that included food and friendship. Many walks also commemorated important people and events in local, national or even global history. “I joined a walk that weekend and I never looked back,” says Breeskin, a Takoma Park, Maryland, resident whose sentences flow as gently and lyrically as his long white beard. He bears an uncanny resemblance to poet Walt Whitman, a portrait of whom hangs in his dining room. “I started going every weekend. Volksmarching took me all over Germany.”...

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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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