Reardan All City Yard Sale Corrals Bull Dodge Bookends

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Every September the town of Reardan, WA hosts it’s annual city wide garage sale. Reardan is a small farm town but I must have hit 30 sales in 2 hours! I nearly filled the car with treasures and was on my way out of town when I passed by the library and a crowd of buyers! I jumped right in and boy am I happy I did! The glassware and smalls were abundant. I snatched up 3 nice blue apothecary jars from Belgium, a cast iron terrier dog, a milk glass cake plate that spins (!), and a pair of Dodge bull bookends. I paid $3 for the gorgeous bookends. After researching them on the internet I found they are extremely collectible and difficult to find. Here is a bit of history on Dodge bookends:

Dodge, Inc. began in Chicago in the mid 1920s by Ray E. Dodge, a former track star in the 1924 Olympics.  In 1930 he moved the company to Los Angeles to begin making “Oscars” for Hollywood’s Academy Awards, and in 1949, began producing Hollywood’s “Emmys”.

In a 1948, a catalog for Dodge, Inc. of Los Angeles, Newark and Miami, advertised “the master-line of gifts for the discriminating buyer,” listing more than 20 different pairs of bookends, including pieces designed by McClelland Barclay and Gladys E. Brown, selling for $10 to $40 a pair.

All Dodge bookends are made of heavy cast gray metal.  Their bookends on onyx bases are less common.  The company used 5 different finishes for its cast metal pieces, but their trademark high-gloss bronze finish with two-tone highlights of  rich red-golden copper from  the Southwest’s great copper mines, earned Dodge the tag line, “The Best of the West.”

I will be posting these beauties very soon on Ebay along with some owl bookends and International Hub Caps! Following are some links relevant to Dodge bookends.

Link to Antique Bookends web site

Complete Ebay auctions for Dodge Bookends

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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!

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.