Friday, November 28, 2008

London Bridge Tower Real Photo Postcard RPPC

For sale is a postally unused real photo postcard, "Tower Bridge, London".

There is some edge wear and corner blunting, but this is overall a very nice card showing the London Tower Bridge "bascules" open for a steamer to pass through.

Rating: Very Good

Click on the title (above) to see the postcard in my shop.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Started our sale today

I gave notice last Friday that we'd be moving from Cornerstone at the end of December. Deb took it well.

Today I made up a sign announcing "50% off on everything - furniture 20% off". I put the sign up and a lady was there at that moment. She bought about $20.00 worth of stuff at much more than 50%. I just don't want to bring a bunch of stuff home and was glad she bought what she did.

No, it's not sad yet. Just work to be gotten through. I hope we sell enough the rest of this month and December to pay the rent.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Paris France Eglise St-Paul-St-Louis UDB Postcard 100 Years Old FREE SHIPPING

For sale is an undivided back pre-1907 early 20th century postcard "Paris, Eglise St-Paul".

Black and white beautifully detailed architecture on this postcard! Enjoy the costumes of 100 years ago on the many people walking below on the street.

99 Rue St-Antoine
Paris, Ils-de-France 75004

This Jesuit church has something of interest for all of the traditional visitors of Paris: the history buff, the architecture aficionado, and the art lover. From the time that Louis XIII laid the first stone in 1627, until 1762 when the Jesuits were expelled from France, this church was a prominent symbol of the Jesuit influence. In the period of the Revolution, most of the church's treasures were taken; however some remain, most notably Delacroix's "Christ in the Garden of Olives." If artwork is not what you are in search of, the church's 195-ft dome (forerunner to those of the Invalides and the Sorbonne) should provide a sense of awe, and the Roman-style nave will certainly provide a unique connection with times of old.

Rating: Very Good. Some light corner bending and aging.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

NC Hendersonville Scene in Laurel Park Estates Cherry Blossoms White Border Postcard FREE SHIPPING

For sale is a white border postcard "Scene in Laurel Park Estates, Hendersonville, N. C."

Cherry blossoms bloom along the country lane with mountains and a lovely sunset in the background.

Makes you want to take a nice, long walk!

Rating: Very good. Slight discoloration on back due to aging.


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Monday, November 17, 2008

Mixed Lot 250 Standard Chrome Postcards - No Dupes

For sale is a mixed lot of 250 standard/chrome postcards. The vast majority, all but a couple, are USA views.

Subjects include: art, religious themes, plants, animals, historic buildings, boats, monuments, lakes, national parks, colleges, street scenes, beaches, mountains, rivers, interiors, restaurants, state maps & other subjects.

States represented: AZ, CA, DC, DE, FL, GA, ID, HI, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, UT, TN, VA, WA, WY

There are around 30 postmarked cards, with dates starting at 1950.

I tried to make sure there were no dupes in this group.

Click on the title to see the listing in our Ebid stop.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Shut it down?

We've had a brick-and-mortar presence in some form or another since August 2006 in Valdese, N. C.

First, we paid a huge amount of rent for this town and leased a store on our own for four months. We never came close to making the rent. It was our first business venture together, and we tested the waters. The waters were cold and chilly, and we got out ASAP.

Next we rented 1/2 booth at Myra's General Store for $35.00 a month. We always made that rent and then some. We leased a full booth in addition for $60.00 more and always made the $95.00 until sometime in spring 2008. We closed the full booth and kept the half for a while. Then, one month we only made $16.00 total and bye, bye Myra's.

In addition to the 1/2 booth at Myra's, we had a full booth at Valdese Antiques for $55.00 month. It was spotty - for four full months in 2007 we didn't make the rent, so we closed it down.

She lost the business and it became Cornerstone Antiques. In February 2008 we took a booth there for $85.00. When we closed down Myra's, we had 1 1/2 at Cornerstone for a month or two. We went back to only 1 booth in August. We've always made the rent and then some, until this month. So far, we've made $4.99 the last time I checked. And what's so bad about that is, we only paid $45.00 rent because I worked off $40.00 running the store now and then.

Now, I know all this is very small potatoes, but they're my potatoes so I keep a count of them. And when I face the thought that from now through May or so this little town has very few tourists, I am standing to lose $85 per month.

Now, I have about $1,500 in inventory in that one small booth, incredible as it sounds. And if I can't sell enough to pay $85.00 rent and then make something for myself over and above that, that means my inventory is not salable.

So, I've got to continue scouring garages sales, auctions, yard sales, flea markets, eBay, Etsy, etc. - continually on the look out for good, cheap, decent looking collectibles and antiques. Things I can buy low and sell high.

And, you know what? I don't like it anymore. The thrill is just plain gone after two years of scrabbling and bargaining and always feeling like to the old wolf is at the brick-and-mortar door.

So, me and the man have decided to pack it in at the end of December. If I can, I'll do some kind of 50% off sale in December to get the business in to sell what I can.

The rest will come home to be slowing given away, donated, Craiglist, Iwanna, eBay, Etsy - however else we can sell without being obligated to pay someone else rent again.

I guess the reaction will set in after it's all done and moved to our attic.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Original Pencil Sketch 1906 Sylvan Rest Cottage Pine Station PA Postcard

For sale is a postally used Postal Card postcard that is an original sketch of a cabin at the Sylvan Rest Cottages, Pine Station, Pa.
This is truly a one-of-a-kind object.

The artist made sketches labelled "Exterior" and "Interior" of the cabin where the family was staying. The Exterior has a label "Sans Souci" above the doorway. The interior sketch shoes a lot of little shoes below the beds and lots of socks hanging on the wall.

The writing on the bottom says (roughly):
"I am camping here with Succleys (?). It's loads of fun, fishing, boating, berries & Boys. C.M.R."

Postmarked Jul 30, 1906, Harrisburg & Erie RPO. This was a pre-paid card with a 1-cent stamp built in.

Rating: Good, some corner wear and light staining. There is light creasing on the card, but the card is intact.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

My kitchen table

My friends, Deborah, Matt and Jim were responsible for getting this table done.

I had picked out this old door from the front of Cornerstone Antiques in early summer. Deborah suggested it when I told her I was looking for a farmhouse table.

Her husband, Matt, was just too busy to finish it, but he did find the table legs.

Finally, about a month ago, Jim finished it off. He's done a beautiful job of skirting it and finishing it with a colored wax. It's super easy to clean - just a damp cloth to wipe it down.

The original door hinges are still there and the place where the knob went.

And the price - you'd never believe how cheap for a custom piece, so I won't tell.

All in all, the farm table I've always wanted.

Friday, November 7, 2008

NC-SC Sunset on Lake Lanier in Blue Ridge Mountains Linen Postcard

For sale is a postally unused linen postcard "Lake Lanier in the Blue Ridge Mountains, On the North-South Carolina State Line".

Beautiful Sunset on this Wonderfully Colored Postcard!

Rating: Very Good.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

"More Ammunition" Storiettes Great West Oren Arnold Linen Postcard

For sale is a postally unused linen postcard
Post Card Storiettes "More Ammunition! by Oren Arnold ... Dramatic TRUE Stories from the Great West No. 11".

"Sudden terror gripped Mrs. Lewis Stevens of Arizona when she glanced out the window on the morning of 1874 ..." Read the rest of this exciting adventure on the front of this card and the exciting conclusion on the back!

Rating: Very Good.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Greetings Beauty's Isle Embossed 1913 Early 20th Century Postcard

For sale is a postally used early 20th century postcard "Beauty's Isle" on inset and "Greetings and Good Wishes" stamped in gold on bottom. Printed in Germany.

Embossed and stamped in gold on highlights of the lake and mountains scene in the middle of the card.

Postmarked Jan 31, 1913, Utica, NY with a cancelled 1-cent stamp.

Rating: Fair. This is an old card and has staining around the edges. You could cut around this and use the middle or just leave as is for a nice momento. Priced to sell!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Our new Ebid Store

Click on the title "Our new Ebid Store" to see our newest Ritchie's Enterprises, LLC creation - our Ebid Store.

I looked at Alexa ratings last night and eBay has gone from 3 two months ago to 18. So, we decided to find some new venues.

Etsy has earned a respectable amount for us, but nowhere near what eBay has done. So, we're going to branch out to several other venues.

Ebid's no listing fee for a lifetime, plus very small final value fee (depending on options we buy for the auction) make it attractive.

It's hard setting up a new store again, but I'm zipping through it.

Wish us luck!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Santa Barbara Biltmore Hotel Secluded Guest Cottage White Border California Postcard

For sale is a white border postcard "One of the eighteen secluded cottages scattered through the twenty-one acre grounds of the Santa Barbara Biltmore Hotel, 'garden estate by the sea', Montecita, California".".

Created during the 1915-1930 timeframe, this postcard has lovely coloration.

Rating: Very Good.

Click on Title (above) to see the postcard in my shop.