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I started collecting, picking and selling back in the late sixties when I was 16. While in high school in southern California. I would usually sell at two or three sI started collecting, picking and selling back in the late sixties when I was 16. While in high school in southern California. I would usually sell at two or three swap meets or flea markets a week. The Orange Show Swapmeet in San Berdoo, the Palm Springs Drive Inn, the Rosebowl Flea Market in Pasadena, and any where I could make it my 62 ford econoline van. I opened my first antique store in Santa Barbara in 1972. Later I had stores Oakview, Ojai California. All the while I also sold at all the flea markets in Southern California. To me it was never work, just the hunt. I collect everything old. Some of my favorites are Coca Cola and Soda Fountain Stuff, Candy Store, Country Store, Toys, Hawaiianna, Maxfield Parrish, and Art Deco. In 1989 my partner and I went to a Auction in Rockerville Ghostown in the Black Hills of South Dakota to buy Antiques. Well before the day was over we had bought a semi load of stuff, and The Gas Light Saloon and Restaurant. The Gas Light was a 9000 sq foot building with a restaurant/ saloon on one side and dance hall on the other. It had been sitting vacant for seven years and all the doors had been knocked in and vandalized. We spent a year remodeling it, rplacing all the doors with victorian reproductions and filled with Antiques. We kept the saloon and restaurant, and changed the Dance Hall into a Antique Store, Turn of the century Soda Fountain, and penney Candy Store. After running it for 13 years we sold it in 2003. In 2005 we opened our current store, The Holly Terror Antiques, in Keystone South Dakota home of Mt Rushmore. We have about 2 million visitors pass through our town of 327 people each summer. In the winter we keep busy with ebay and working on a new website. (Read more)


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  1. Beautiful, I hope this is part of your collection now?
  2. 1980's reproduction, Made by AA importing. We sold hundreds of these at a gift store I worked at then.
  3. We have one we use every night for ice for our Gin & Tonics. Have a penquin cocktail shaker also. I love the mid-century chrome!
  4. I think so, no oceans anywhere close to North Dakota, to have a mariner tie. Toothpick holders were a popular souvenir around the 1900's because of their small size.
  5. I have the same cup or tankard, that I purchased quite a few years ago in Idaho. Mine has a mountan scene with a tee pee ingraved on it. I always thought it was a souvenir toothpick holder. Anyway tha...
  6. Thanks battlegear, I always like to have history to connect to my finds.
  7. I have a similar sign frame on a pole, that I am looking for information on. The frame is similar to this one., But the rectangular box is at the top of the triangle, instead of the middle as in this ...
  8. Thanks Michael, I could still use the information. Might move the sign out of the to-do list and into the collection.
  9. Great memories!
  10. Hi, great information on the helmet. I am interested in the canteen in the first photo, with the cork in it. Can you tell me anything about it. I found one like it acouple of months ago at the local G...
  11. Hey, I have the same plates, same size and everything. I bought a box of them at a restaurant auction years ago. I have sold the majority of them off over the years, but still have 4 or 5 left. Thanks...
  12. I had (have) one of these also, lost in my piles. I had the same ideal, dairy or maybe culinary? To cool cream or something? Will be watching to see if someone can solve this.
  13. I agree with fhrjr2, contact paper ( heat with a hair dryer should peel off), hinges incorrect. I think this may have come out of a 1950's travel trailer, in which case may be fairly valuable to some...
  14. I'll take a side of grease with that!
  15. Hey Petey, are you implying you might have the original box? Having the characters and the original box would probably at least double it's value to a collector.
  16. Grat find, I just want to see the shoe horn you used to get it in there!
  17. It looks a lot like the Andy Rooney Porcelain signs I sold in my gift shop in the 1990's. Brass grommets and perfect white porcelain back are clues. Original sign would be a dealership sign at least 3...
  18. Any writing on the metal palte on the dog collar?
  19. I would guess 1890 -1910. Golden Oak. I have golden Oak Mantle that I use for a head board. I made a button tufted upholstered panel and put it in the fire opening.
  20. I love these, Sluggo has one in his collection.
  21. I would leave it as-is, and put it in the garden for yard art.
  22. I have had several of these over the years. I was told they were for making a pastry out of two pieces of bread. You place a piece of bread on ech side and put a dollop of jam or any other filling in ...
  23. everthing you want to know about Bonzo!
  24. Great find! Nicely displayed, really pops on that red wall.
  25. Not saying it's a Lauson, but a stationary engine cart. I have seen a lot of them over the years attending Threshing Bee's and have one or two myself. They were made by many different company's, and m...
  26. The answer is "Too much is never enough"
  27. These were made and sold in the 1970's. Reproduction or fantasy posters were decopodged onto old surplus raisen drying boards from the vinyards in California. Just a cool decorating piece. They were p...
  28. This is cart for a antique stationary hit and miss motor. You can see a example here.
  29. I would check someplace that sells security mirrors for stores. I have one but it is 25" across. Great score!
  30. 1970's Streaking Medal???
  31. Nice Deco set, probably late 30's, early 40's. In my market about $350, I would ditch the girlfriend.
  32. I see one flamingo! I was born at George Air Force Base in Victorville, and raised in Rialto. I spent my Teenage years exploring the San Bernardino Mountains, starting with riding my bike to Lytle Cre...
  33. I don't think this is a water color, but a print made with the gravure process.
  34. zeteibao, I have three similar pieces,that I inherited from a friend. She purchased them in the early eighties. They are very good fakes, to the degree that they were stored in a bank safe deposit box...
  35. Agree with Tube Amp, If it was a retail container it would have to additional labeling not just a trademark. period jar with added logo to decieve.
  36. nutsabotus6, NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  37. Another issue with this jar is a lack of information found on most retail packaging. such as co. address, contents size, ect.
  38. upstate, I think this fits into your Deco collection perfectly! I have a similar deco ashtray, but not as detailed as yours. You can see it here
  39. I tried do a little more reseach on this. I must say that looking closer, that I am a bit leary. The black silkscreen paint is in very good condition. I am wondering if someone is creating these using...
  40. Nice piece of Black Americana. Have you tried contacting The Ball Jar Co., or a fruit jar collectors club?
  41. I love these. My great uncle is the carver of the original. From Freemans, Pennsylvania Sale brochure, 11/15/09 "Herman Joseph Kleiner (1885-1973) and his son Herman Joseph Kleiner Jr. (1910- 1993) w...
  42. This might help you:
  43. Well, you got the Mask! What do you have for the rest of the costume?
  44. Just wanted to add. The original catch cups are marked " arcade mfg. co No. 3 Freeport Ill." and have tablespoon graduations up the side. These are very rare and often sell in excess of $100. A lot of...
  45. Riply is correct. I have the same coffee grinder in original complete condition. It is only marked Crystal Arcade on the iron, but is marked Crystal No. 3 on the glass hopper. I use mine everyday.
  46. I agree, larger photo, and shot on a neutral background free of clutter. We would love to help you identify your item, but need more to work with.
  47. Sorry I burst the bubble. Whats the story on the Gypsy Sign and all the metal letters in the background?
  48. Sorry to say, I think your bench is a 1990's issue that is heavily weathered. They were sold in Wallmart.
  49. Gas Hogs Mani?? Mine was a 144 6 cylinder, and gas was .25 a gallon on average and as low as .19 when they had gas wars. And you didn't have to cruise around for fun, you just pulled over and parked ...
  50. 1960's Ford Econoline. My first car was a 1962 econoline. Mine also was baby blue.
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