Toaster Collector Association?

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I know, weird huh? I mean who collects toasters? Well the Toaster Collectors Association collects, researches, documents and restores toasters and even holds an annual meeting called ‘ToasterFest’ (in case you care here is the link)! And then there is the Toaster Museum an online museum with info and photos of toasters from around the world! Fascinating huh? Well if you want more ‘Toastmania’ you can check out The ‘Toaster Museum Foundation’ and purchase a Toaster calendar! I don’t really care much about toasters but I do have a rare vintage Sunbeam toaster model AT-A for sale on Ebay! This toaster was introduced in the ’60’s and features glass sides with silkscreened leaves and bakelite base. If you are hot for toast check out my listing here!

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Saling Spokane

We are enjoying a looonnnngg summer here in Spokane which means more great yard sales! David & I headed out in the car early Friday morning to find treasure and shortly thereafter were wishing we had brought the truck! The sales I had researched on Craig’s List turned out to be a bust but they lead us to others that garnered a sweet lime green Frank Moreno pot (I just love his drip glaze stuff! and will have to display this one next to my other before resaling!), a Regal red aluminum pitcher (you all remember these from your childhood right?), a 3 globe tension lamp with Currier & Ives glass domes (from the sweetest old lady I ever met!), a set of 3 amazing French prints artfully framed in blue mats and anti-glare glass (these babies need to be researched before selling – anyone know anything about Duclos?), and a gorgeous Arabesque clock from the ’70’s with the original sales tag on it. And for myself? A pair of designer Michael Kors jeans and a cashmere sweater for three bucks!

OK, so what did I miss out on? A pair of Schwinn Le Tour III bikes that David & I couldn’t decide if they were worth anything for resale. Turns out they are! Note taken. Also found a vintage Singer Featherweight sewing machine – super hot sellers on Ebay. Unfortunately the gal wanted $400 dollars! Oh please!

Retro Wine Rack

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One of my favorite thrift stores in town ALWAYS has something for me. Usually I have to dig but not today! I was walking down the aisle of ‘metals’ and there laying on its side was this rare beauty of a wine rack! I knew the moment I saw it I had found a treasure. Hard for me to believe someone would give this baby up! I have never seen one like it and can’t find any like it on Ebay or the net. It is make of metal made to look like brass (not sure if it is or not) and features six holes for your wine bottles. The unit is heavy and has a nice handle for moving the rack about. I scrubbed it up with soap and water and hand dried it. I have decided to leave it as is and not paint it or restore it further. I love the vintage look of it and think it would be a great addition to a retro ranch but also a Hollywood Regency styled room.

I like to group my sales together and have listed the wine rack on Ebay along with other retro metals like a gold metal telephone stand, an oval metal two tiered magazine rack and a small gold metal book rack. Click here to see my Ebay listings! 

What do you think this wine rack will go for? I am excited to find it a new home with wine awaiting!

Marantz Score!

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So I was at a yard sale the other day and there on the front lawn of a very nice country home was a gorgeous pair of vintage speakers. I know nothing about speakers but I do know vintage speakers are hot right about now.

I called my husband and said, ‘Please get on Ebay and tell me if Marantz speakers are selling.’ So he did and found about 200 listings for Marantz but none specifically for the LS-20’s.

I said, ‘Well are the Marantz items selling?’

Husband, ‘I have no idea.’

Me, ‘Go to the completed auctions!’

Him, ‘How do I do that?’

I realized then that my husband needs an Ebay lesson or I need a smart phone. I am sure there is an app for this.

Frustrated he finally said, ‘Well how much are the speakers?’

I told him, ‘$5.’

He said, ‘Why are we having this conversation? Just buy them!’

Good point – they were super cheap but these are big speakers and if you haven’t seen my office (you aren’t going to either – I don’t even let personal close friends in here!) there isn’t much space and I don’t want it taken up with whoofers and tweeters that don’t sell!

Well I bought ’em. Someone was just trying to sell a pair on Craiglist and I decided to wait until she sold hers to sell mine so as to not compete. I chose to sell them on Craigslist rather than Ebay because these beauties are HeAvY! Well, now it is time to move these babies out of my office and to their new home where I hope they will make a LOT of noise. I wiped down all the wood, vacuumed the covers and the actual speakers and photographed them. I am going for $175. Here is the link: http://spokane.craigslist.org/ele/2603513136.html.