Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Beatles

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     The Beatles

What can we say about most successful pop group of the 20 century? They changed popular culture and music forever. From their first studio contract in 1962 until 1970, the Beatles lineup consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.  Paul and Ringo are still alive and active.

Our current auction offers a trip down memory lane that begins with a few early pieces like the 1964 Beatles Fan Club Season’s Greetings, 45 vinyl records complete with covers that allow you to watch them change over time.


What can we take away from their story?

The Beatles weren’t an overnight success, really.

They started out as the Blackjacks then they called themselves the Quarrymen and played wherever they got a chance. Settling on band members was a challenge. They also called themselves Johnny and the Moondogs for a very brief time which failed. Stuart Sutcliffe the original bass guitarist came up with the name Beatals, a play on Buddy Holly’s Crickets which also didn’t last. The band members went on their own ways for a while. They played under The Silver Beats and Silver Beatles before finally settling down with just The Beatles. All this time, a good 7 years, the band kept doing their thing before they tasted big success starting from 1963. They faced challenges but they believed in their music and practiced their craft.

They didn’t give up!


Enjoy their Anthology in DVD and Hardback Book and their music. We Love You Yeah Yeah Yeah!
Also, let us know if you know of anyone who would like to sell items of value...  We would be happy to help!
Happy Bidding!
Liz


Monday, November 6, 2017

Longaberger Lives!!

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Those following the Longaberger Basket Company know that when founder David
Longaberger died, a big part of the Company’s momentum died with him.  The economic downturns and lack of clear vision from the leadership as well as huge turnovers at the top, made it difficult for everyone. After years of retrenchment, a takeover by a Texas company and more than enough lawsuits, it seems Longaberger is making a comeback through its roots.

On October 9th, 2017 The Dresden Times Recorder announced that The Longaberger Company will be moving back to Dresden in the coming months and “those in the village are happy to have them return” .
"Given the local economy this is wonderful news and will sure help revitalize the village," Mayor Dave Mathew said. "We look forward to partnering with Longaberger in this initiative to bringing many wonderful events back to the center of everyone's favorite hometown."
John Rochon, Jr., chief executive officer of Dallas-based JRJR Networks, the company that owns the Longaberger Company, told consultants the move is just the beginning of many wonderful things about to happen with in the company.
"We will be occupying the old patio shops on Main Street again," Baker said. "You'll once again be able to make a basket on Main Street, explore unique shops and stop in for a tour of Longaberger University, where the home office will be located.” Now that is great news!

Happy Bidding!                              
Liz

Precious Moments Stand the Test of Time!

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     Precious Moments Stand the Test of Time!
 

More than three decades ago, Precious Moments creator, Sam Butcher, began drawing the endearing teardrop eyed children he called "Precious Moments," as gifts for family and friends. Today, Precious Moments is among the most recognized art in the world sharing messages of loving, caring and sharing with collectors around the world.

Here is a picture of Sam standing in front of a mural that he painted at the Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage, Missouri. They have free tours.


Every Precious Moments figurine created after 1981 has a marking on the bottom that indicates its production year. Many were Christian symbols, the completed list can be found here.


Our current auction offers many Collector Club Figurines that were not available to the general public when they were first released. They still represent Precious Moments today. We know you will be touched by their beauty, craftsmanship and their sweet messages of encouragement and faith.

Happy Bidding!                              
Liz

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Jim Shore Designs Something to Share!

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     Jim Shore Designs Something to Share!   

What says “Boo!” better than Mickey Mouse?

Jim Shore grew up in rural South Carolina, the son of artistic parents and a grandmother who was a master quilter. They instilled a love of American folk art, and  Jim worked decades developing his craft, manufacturing his own designs, and traveling the country selling his work. In 2001, he partnered with Enesco to create Heartwood Creek, the successful brand that brought Jim world wide fame. This auction features those as well as his wonderful designs with Disney Tradition. The collectible figurines designed by Jim Shore combines the magic of Disney with traditional motifs of handmade folk art. Jim Shore has created new interpretations from Mickey Mouse and his friends, to Rudolf and Frozen.
see item 52




Here is something to share!
Jim will guide you through painting your own Halloween Project see
Just wanted you to see some of the amazing Easter Items!

Here is a sampling of some ofthe Christmas Santas and Snowmen!
Thanksgiving Decorating will be a delight for years to come!


Our latest auction offers Jim Shore Designs Thanksgiving, Christmas Santas, Snowmen, Easter Creations. These show tradition with a combined love of art, history, love of fun, family and friends.  Treasure and enjoy all of these for their use of color and story.They would make the perfect gifts for the Holidays!
Happy Bidding!                              
Liz

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Harley-Davidson Worn to be Wild

Harley-Davidson Worn to be Wild   

With Christmas on the horizon, you might be thinking of a gift that will  will give you (remember Santa Gifts are allowed) or your loved ones that classic traditional biker look. It has been over a century since Harley Davidson made the first protective riding gear in 1912.

We borrowed the title for our blog from a 2012 exhibit at the Harley Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A trip through their virtual tour will show that the Harley Davidson brand was on Motorclothes from the early days. A Photo from 1914 Dodge City 300 mile race in Kansas shows jackets with the lettering very similar to the style of our Harley Davidson Leather Jacket item 66.


The five prints in item 70 trace the first 100 years since William Harley and Arthur Davidson developed the first engine designed to fit on a bicycle. Later improvements led to its own creation and the Harley Davidson Motorcycle was born. A great idea to go faster and as they say the rest is history.




Daring. Bold. Genuine Motorclothes and accessories can celebrate the rebel in all of us. Rooted in Harley Davidson classic heritage, these items express a biking spirit with both functional riding gear and commemorative gifts that are sure to please.

The Harley Davidson motorcycle jackets and vests acquired their symbolic identity over the last half of the 20th century. It evolved from earlier leather garments developed to protect their wearers from danger.  Adopted by rugged individualists who shared the love of an open road, Motorclothes have become crucial accessory of the fashion conscious or simply a way of showing your love for a classic motorcycle ride.
Happy Bidding!                              
Liz

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fire up the Grill!

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     Fire up the Grill!   

Looking for a perfect recipe for Football Celebrations? Wings and the Weber Grill might be the answer! see item 84 in our current auction.


 

Weber Grills were invented in the early 50’s by George Stevens Sr. father of twelve. He based his design on a buey and took charcoal grilling to new heights. Later his company ventured into gas and electric grilling. Take time to visit Weber.com and be amazed.

Hot, Sweet, and Sticky Chicken Wings

Recipe from Weber's Big Book of Grilling by Jamie Purviance and Sandra S. McRae


                   20 chicken wings, about 3 pounds total, wing tips removed

For the MARINADE you will need   

½ cup ketchup                                               ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar        4 teaspoons granulated garlic
4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce               3 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard                             2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons pure chile powder                        Extra-virgin olive oil
In a medium bowl whisk the marinade ingredients. Place the wings in a large, resealable plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Press the air out of the bag and seal tightly. Turn the bag to distribute the marinade, place in a bowl, and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours, turning occasionally. Then when you are ready...Prepare the grill for direct and indirect cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).   Remove the wings from the bag and discard the marinade. Lightly brush the wings with oil. Brush the cooking grates clean. Sear the wings over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until well marked, 4 to 6 minutes, turning once. Then move them over indirect medium heat and continue cooking until the meat is no longer pink at the bone, 10 to 20 minutes, turning once or twice. If desired, during the final few minutes, move the wings over direct medium heat to crisp the skin a bit more, turning once or twice. Remove from the grill and serve warm.
Happy Bidding!
Liz

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Treadmills are Treasures!

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     Treadmills are Treasures!   


Hey, it’s Fall Y’all and getting just a little bit too cold to go to the gym - right? AYPToday has the answer.
Treadmills! see items 1 and 60 in our current auction.


We know you have thought about having one and now is a perfect time. Treadmills are the backbone of any home gym.


Not only can you work and read while walking slowly, but I have been known to even run while watching HGTV. You can even add a slight incline. Thrilling for a non-athlete!
We have two well-known makers with Pro-Form item 1 and NordicTrack item 60. The internet has lots of reviews and reasons to make use of these wonderful pieces of equipment.
We have come up with our own top 10.
  1. Save $$ on gym memberships.
  2. Keep going even if it is raining or snowing.
  3. No guilt TV or movie watching.
  4. No more New Years Resolutions gone bad.
  5. The workouts let you mix things up.
  6. You have a very fancy clothes hanger if you give up.
  7. Train your kids/pets to burn off some energy.
  8. No more tripping on the sidewalk cracks.
  9. Work out whenever you have time.
  10. Your fit bit will love you!


Happy Bidding!                              
Liz