America’s Youngest Picker Takes on Estate Sales…

Connor McCrory…Stages his First Estate Sale…

Okay, so Connor had a little help from the likes of William Seippel of WorthPoint – Martin Willis of Antique Auction Forum and Martin and Valetta Codina of Fine Estate, and lets not forget his wonderful parents – Aime and Steve.

Still, Connor McCrory conducted his first estate sale with aplomb, charm and more savvy than any other 8 year old could ever have done so…

What made this difficult estate sales process proceed smoothly for Connor, it’s simple. He had help.

Always, always, always, find someone you can trust to help you set up and stage your estate sale…never undertake the process alone…get information…and wisely use the information that you get…

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It’s A Contest! Why Did Someone Paint This Dog Red?

…Perhaps they thought it was a Great Idea…

Make Up A Story About Why Anyone Would Paint

This Hubley Boston Terrier Red

And Win!

$75.00 First Prize $50.00 Second Prize $25.00 Third Prize

Here Are The Rules:

  1. Make up a story, devise a theory or if you are the person who painted this poor dog red, tell us why you did it.
  2. Your story could go on and on or be as short as a few sentences.
  3. Extra points are given for wacky, zany, different or just bizarre.
  4. Your entry must be posted here as a comment to win…
  5. As an alternative to rule number one, you could tell us what we should do with the little doggy now that someone painted the poor thing red.
  6. Deadline for contest entry is:  September 15, 2011.
…By the Way Here’s…

What a Hubley Boston Terrier Should Look Like!

Antique Celebrity Judge: Karen Knapstein Of Antique Trader Magazine

Good Luck,

Martin Codina
CEO Fine Estate Sales

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Hoarders – Their Homes – Ways Families Might Cope

Are you, or is a family member or friend a Hoarder…?

There is a collecting instinct in all of us. A way that we are natural gatherers. A biological imperative that directs us to gather the many materials needed to sustain our lives. It’s as if somewhere in our DNA, there is a rule that we must find and store extra stuff, and store that stuff close at hand – in case one day there should be famine or war, or some other time of grave shortage.

All of us have this…

A Hoarder has this same Collecting Impulse…

Here’s a side note: We, for whatever reason have to slow down and check out the accident on the side of the freeway…craning our necks as we pass…whispering to ourselves..there by the grace of god go I – gathering information as we pass, that we hope will enable us to avoid the catastrophe of duplicating the accident we are passing…

We have a morbid curiosity: So we watch Hoarders on T.V. We shake our heads, we eye the mounds of junk in someones living room with disgust, passing a tub of popcorn between us, and we distance ourselves from the hoarders experience…commenting…”How can anyone let things get so bad…”

We Might Think Hoarding Happens To Others

But we are wrong…hoarding happens in families…in almost everyone’s direct family, or certainly in the families of some of our closest friends…Hoarding is the collecting impulse disfigured by the emotional need to feel safe in a world – all around a hoarder, that feels so very out of control…it is a buffer…a way to distance oneself from the pain of not being connected enough to other more useful strategies of actually connecting with others…

If you are a friend of a hoarder, or one of your family members has heaps and piles of debris that they must pass through on their way to a small place of comfort on a bed, piled high on all sides with the detritus of their collecting impulse gone astray – you might remember, you can help them now…aid them in having a better more connected life, or you can do nothing, and with the high note of your disgust, you can empty their homes into debris boxes once they pass…

At Some Point All Hoarders Must Be Dwelt With…

My vote is for doing something about it now…

But first, here are some ways to better approach hoarding and hoarders…

Suspend your Judgement.

Remember, this Person is Human.

Avoid Reiterations of Past Conflicts and Disappointments.

Add Love to a healthy and robust strategy of taking things in small measurable steps.

Take Care,

Martin Codina

CEO Fine Estate Sales

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Is There A Mania To Collecting?

Is There A Mania To Collecting?

Back in the early 90′s when I was a regular dealer on the Long Island baseball card show scene I’d see the same faces week to week. Sometimes I’d see the same faces multiple times per week. I had my favorites and then there were those I’d hope passed my table by.

One of my favorite faces, earning that title as a regular paying customer, of course, was a gentleman with whom my conversation typically never went beyond my naming my price and telling him thank you after he handed me the money. No, he wasn’t a favorite simply because he was regularly paying me. Despite the lack of any conversation he was quite the personality.

He was a little fellow, a bit past middle-age, unlike many who made their weekend ventures a father-son bonding session, he was always alone. I suspect he went home to an empty house as well, but that’s just my own projection. For all I know he was Mr. Personality off the card show floor, though I doubt it.

What especially interested me about this quiet shopper was the little notebook he always carried. It contained his lists. He hovered over my boxes of cards sorting through 1950′s and 60′s Topps commons for hours on end looking for those last few numbers he needed to complete his baseball card sets. When he’d find something he’d make a small mark in his book, a mark I always assumed would be emboldened upon his arriving home to mix his new found treasures into his existing collection.

More then a decade earlier when I’d collected my first baseball card set, 1979 Topps, I recall a weekend Summer afternoon spent on the back porch with my father sorting through my stacks of cards. Youth rendered condition irrelevant and so Dad carefully marked off the ’79 Topps pink checklists with a super sharp pencil tip just like he’d done decades before with his own favorite sets, the 1956 and ’59 Topps issues.

On the weekends Dad would work the card shows with me he slowly but surely put those 1950′s sets back together. This time he didn’t mark the checklists, the 56′s went for a couple hundred bucks each at the time, but he crossed the card numbers off his own list handwritten on a pad of paper.

As a full time dealer today I don’t really collect cards in the physical sense anymore. Everything that comes in is meant to be moved out. Most of my best baseball cards are long gone, though I still have my original box of ’79′s, the ones with the scuffs, creases and marked checklists. Today I specialize in early movie trading and tobacco cards as well as other ephemeral issues relating to classic film stars.

I collect them online today. I show the sets off, piece by piece. When I was a kid I sorted my baseball cards by set. If I got bored I’d sort them again by team. I’d sit in front of a ballgame on TV and spread out that day’s lineups in front of me on the carpet and play out the game on a sort of virtual, or at least ephemeral, scorecard. I’d sort the singles and doubles and my favorites from the scrubs. Then I’d put them back in numbered order.

Today, even after something has sold, I sort my movie images online by set. I add a tag and sort them by star. Another tag can group together casts of classic movies. I turn these galleries into web pages and I sort them alphabetically on pages headed by star, film, or set. The possibilities seem endless. Even seeming random disorder brings an order of sorts as I group together a seemingly unrelated group of film stars who shared only their profession and a date of birth.

There’s a mania to collecting. Any item which is truly collected comes with potential for sorting and ordering, though trading cards seem to cry out for some sort of shuffling. After all, a collection is comprised of more than one and when there’s more than one, something has to come first.

The pieces we choose to acquire for our collections make a statement about who we are, but the further sorting and ordering of those pieces add a taste of how we are.

Article by

Cliff Aliperti
Immortal Ephemera

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Ruby Lanes Backroom…What Happens There, Oh My!

Hello Ruby Lane Readers…

Thought you might join me in a discussion of all that’s awesome about Ruby Lane…and all that is not…

Today’s Topic?

The Backroom…of Doom!

Maybe I am alone, and the only Ruby Lane User who can’t get this part of Ruby Lane to work, but no matter how I set this up to not have my items collect dust in the back room, items still find themselves their from time to time. I have to go into the manage items section of my Ruby Lane Dashboard and pull things out (Currently, I do have my shop set up to allow for items to disappear into the back room).

So Then

I was in the manage items section pulling wayward items out of the back room, dusting them off, making them pretty again, changing text – tweaking photos and so on…then pulling the item back out of the back room; so that my glorious shopper could find, and see my wonderful items again, and then I noticed something…

An Item Pulled Out of The Backroom, No Matter How It May Have Been Re-Edited Does Not Show Up As Newly Listed…

You’re Still At The Back Of The Line…

Seems a shame to me, that these items revamped, restyled or changed don’t count as a relisted item…that instead, they fall way back in the queue of Ruby Lane Listing…

What do you think…?

All The Best,

Martin

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