Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Almost Free Shipping

I often say that you never know what I am going to find at an auction. There were postage stamps at a recent auction. The collectible portions of the collection sold well, but the boxes of recent, unused postage had no interest for the collectors. I ended up buying $856 face value of unused stamps for $27.50. Postage stamps do not expire, so I now have a lifetime supply of postage. I sold a plate on eBay. Luckily the box was large enough to hold the $10.38 of postage.

Mr. Flannery

Monday, July 28, 2008

English Pub Sign

I went to another auction on Saturday. It was a bit surprising because there was a bunch of interesting stuff and decent real antique furniture. It was a wonderful summer day here on the tundra, about 85*, sunny with a light breeze. It was a good day.

I bought a wonderful old English pub sign. SUEB did some research for me and determined that it was from a pub in East Anglica and that the sponsoring brewery (Steward & Patteson) had closed in 1963. You never know what I may stumble over here in the middle of the continent.

Mr. Flannery

Monday, July 14, 2008

Flow Blue Bowl, Professionally Repaired

I picked up this wonderful old flow blue wash bowl at an auction on Thursday. I liked the repair. We know that it is a recent repair because it is duct tape. An older repair would be made with Scotch tape that is yellowed and cracked.

I guess that this piece is headed for eBay. Oh my!

Mr. Flannery

Friday, July 11, 2008

This Place Looks Great

I spent a large portion of the past week setting up at Gypsy Lea's for the July occasional sale. Kris and Gypsy put in a much greater amount of time. Mike even set up his own man's area featuring refurbished and beautifully cleaned antique tools. I think the place looks great.

The corner of the barn door top
table I was making is in this photo.

Mr. Flannery

Friday, July 4, 2008

A Very Important Day

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Independence Day is one of the most important days in World history. America truly is the land of the free. American freedom has brought the world unprecedented prosperity, innovation and life. American freedom has saved Europe from itself three times in the past 100 years. Not in conquest, but in sharing the fruits of liberty. Without American Independence in 1776 there would be no free Europe, there would be no free Japan or free Korea. There would be no independent Canada or Mexico. And the millions of immigrants fleeing overcrowded Europe would be under the heal of their old Fascist or Communist dictators. America is free and because America is free the rest of the world has a chance to be free too.

The Founding Fathers were a remarkable collection of men. Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, Henry and most of all Washington would be outstanding men in any society. The fact that they all appeared at the same time on the fringes of the British Empire can only be attributed to Divine Providence. Our life and freedom are the products of their great minds and great deeds.

God Bless America.

Mr. Flannery

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Today's Project

I have been assembling another table using a portion of a barn door as the top. This one is 21 inches tall which is a high coffee table. Perfect for eating while sitting on the sofa in front of the TV. The base is an old table base that I cut down to fit. I haven't decided what color to paint the base, but I'll probably just seal the top with some poly.

This is another oddity that I bought at auction recently. It is the door from an old truck. I have a pair of these doors but no idea what make or model it is from. I was thinking of using them as the doors on a cupboard or maybe just a piece of garden sculpture.

Mr. Flannery

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

4th of July in Buffalo

Today is a momentous day in my set up career at The Porch in Buffalo. I finished my set up, with ease, yesterday. This is the first time in a long time that I got done with my set up in a timely fashion. Maybe some hogs are flying today.

The July market is our 20% off sale and we are open on the 4th of July. I have a bunch of fun stuff stacked in my space, and there are interesting pieces from all the other dealers. Of course, I don't have any photos because while I had my new digital camera with me, the battery was still in its charger at home.

The weather here on the tundra has been fabulous. This week is the reason why some of us stay here through the Arctic blasts and muddy Springs. Today it is sunny with a light breeze from across the lake and about 78*.

Mr. Flannery