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IF it is old, obsolete, dirty, noisy, or unusual in any way AND/OR smokes, sparks, leaks, plugs in, lights up, gets hot (or cold), makes music, takes coins, has moviIF it is old, obsolete, dirty, noisy, or unusual in any way AND/OR smokes, sparks, leaks, plugs in, lights up, gets hot (or cold), makes music, takes coins, has moving parts or electrical wires inside, is colored red, or otherwise just sends the cat off to hiding under the bed -- I probably like it and want one if I don't already have one. (or 3 <lol>) Also have a fondness for old/commercial kitchenware and cookware plus barware of all sorts, quality tools of any kind, pipe organs and mechanical musical instruments, traffic and railroad signs signals and controls, assorted industrial electrical devices, telephones and related equipment, and Ford Thunderbirds. (harder to collect are things like "buildings" and "bridges" and "trains" but I like those too...?) I've been a 'collector of interesting stuff' my entire life, nowadays I could probably be accused and found guilty of living in my own personal flea-market. <lol> For the record (in case it needs to be said) the items I post are items I actually enjoy owning and should not be construed as being "for sale" -- sorry, my flea market is not open to the general public. ;-) :-) (Read more)

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asking for a friend - is this doll/wardrobe case a "something"?? - Dollsin Dolls
unusual 'springy' bracelet with pretty green stone beads +, WHAT DO I GOTS?? - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
old (-ish) Kmart branded auto mechanic's creeper - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
pair of Western Stoneware JACK DANIEL'S WHISKEY pitchers - Advertisingin Advertising
AHHH...the times, they is a-changin'...?? - Advertisingin Advertising
a little 'blast from the past' in the mailbox the other day - Cardsin Cards
little piano-tuning tool wrench, I think... - Musical Instrumentsin Musical Instruments
300w AMERICAN BEAUTY electric soldering iron - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
oldish brass/bronze water valve/faucet - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
INTERPHONE BC-335 "jack box" - Electronicsin Electronics

Comments

  1. I can only imagine, Neil, what it'd be like to find such a beautiful (and I'm guessing totally unexpected on the part of your anniversary guests?) "welcome" waiting spread out on the bed upon first ar...
  2. Gotta disagree w/fhrjr2 (not something I do lightly BTW) but the wooden ends of this piece look way too big to me to have first been church pew ends -- I've seen *a lot* of church pews in my career a...
  3. Along your same line of thought Karl-Fodor, maybe a postage stamp or envelope flap moistener, as would be used in an office...??
  4. Could you perhaps replace one of the last couple pics with another showing what it looks like with the handles sorta 'halfway open/closed...? I'd love to have a better idea of what the 'blades' withi...
  5. What an interesting thing -- I can't honestly say I've ever seen another, or even knew of their existence -- and it has the potential to "blow up", too...??? :-) :-) :-) <applause>
  6. BEAUTIFUL!!! PLEASE share a bit more of its "history you found out" with us all???!!! <beg> :-) :-) :-)
  7. It *is* a fun ashtray, Simonc! Gotta point out (as one that doesn't actually drink beer at all) that I'd doubt many here that do call themselves beer experts would actually claim Colt45 as such... <l...
  8. How old do you guess it is? I'm no expert (like you are, obviously) but don't think cigs ever came in tins like that here in the USA...??
  9. Maybe try searching "Clauss"?? Seems like I remember that as a scissors-name...?
  10. THANKS MUCH to Brunswick, fortapache, jscott0363, & aura for your <love it>s -- also especially to valentino97 for your lovely and informative comment!! :-) :-) :-) I VERY MUCH appreciate your estim...
  11. MORE THANKS to Irishcollector., yougotthavestuff, jscott0363, & iggy!! :-) :-) :-) Yup iggy, the last Kmart store around here disappeared years ago now...sad to say but it wasn't a huge loss for me...
  12. THANKS MUCH to Toyrebel, fortapache, officialfuel, EJW-54, & Brunswick for stopping by and sharing the love for this no doubt not really all that 'rare' thing... ;-) For the record, the motor in my...
  13. Do they even still *make* (waxed) paper cups like that anymore, in this modern age of dreadful plastic and styrofoam? If not, I predict they might be soon 'coming back into fashion'...?? ;-) :-)
  14. I'm not sure it'd be very practical to routinely use a copper tool to pry open steel drums...wouldn't think such a tool would last very long...? Any chance it might be made of a more sturdy brass/b...
  15. It has lovely wood graining which looks like its still in pretty good shape, please just beware that it is nearly undoubtedly veneer on the outside, so be careful while cleaning/refinishing it...maybe...
  16. THANK YOU for the new pics hope7096!! What a FUN thing you've got there, and FWIW (without actually knowing one way or the other) I'd havta think you got a "good deal" too?!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  17. ...well, I for one would certainly "collect" that, ifn's I had the opportunity/space to do so...?? ;-) :-) Could we all maybe get another pic or three...closeup of the logo and a glimpse inside, or ...
  18. Its woodgrain is simply *beautiful*!! :-) :-) :-)
  19. Oh -- and PS --there'd be little doubt it was old-fashioned (hot water soluable) "hide glue" they were first assembled with, whether or not any other doweling/etc was used to put them together. Origi...
  20. Thanks for the new pics Rob! :-) Indeed its often difficult to decipher hundred+yr old pencil markings on old wood organ pipes. Actually looks more like a '798' or '198' to me...I'll look for all th...
  21. I *especially* love that WRRS Co. pen!!! I've got a small pile of WRRS stuff in the basement -- of all the old railroad equipment makers, I've always thought they had the mostest-funnest Company log...
  22. Good save -- the original finish was obviously shot, and the paint no doubt a much more expedient 'fix' to get them usable again! ;-) It's hard to tell from the pic but the wood (color, anyway) looks...
  23. BEAUTIFUL work, Rob!! :-) :-) :-) :-) I especially like the way you made the little cleats to attach the shelves, nicely done!! Was the wood for the shelves from other old pipes too? (which, if so...
  24. Do they seem to be made of something more exotic than just plain glass? Also, could we get one more pic showing the whole necklace laid out? (instead of piled in the box, where it's hard to tell wha...
  25. That really *IS* a nifty design! :-) :-) :-) I'd wanna clean it up and wear it myself if it was actually big enough?!! (how long is it anyway, maybe the links are a little bigger than I'm guessing?)
  26. It definitely looks like it's meant to (temporarily?) stabilize or brace *something*, but I agree w/ fhrjr2 that I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like that with typical contractor's scaffol...
  27. Rollnez? or Rollneiz?? Cool clock anyways... ;-) :-)
  28. They're *adorable*!!! :-) :-) :-)
  29. Looks like something that'd be used in a hospital to hang IV bottles from...??
  30. Now *this* one (the 'french provincial' table) I'd happily agree with you looks *much* better in blue. Maybe not so much with the (oak?) mission-style chair or your other table & telephone stand yest...
  31. One further little detail I can now add to this, since AR has just recently (more than a few elections since voters statewide actually approved "medical marijuana", that is...) actually *made* it avai...
  32. Is its pattern truly a spiral, or more a series of concentric circles? Only asking because I have something similar (but not likely nearly so old/pedigreed?) hanging around here in a box someplace af...
  33. Why, it's a *beautiful* black and white kittycat!! [who just happens to be posing on a pretty old upholstered chair?] ;-) ;-) :-) :-)
  34. Or Watchsearcher, at least *some* sort of hospital/medical/spa purpose anyway...?? ;-) :-) :-) Looks like those 'pedestal feet' are pretty hefty too...
  35. How curious that the two you show seem to be so similar yet also so different. I think I'd tend to agree with purvis that they're *something(s)* somebody made from two empty oil cans, since the label...
  36. THANKS SO MUCH to both ChaseCan for showing these fascinating little precision tools, and to Bruce99 for the clear and concise explanation of what they are and how they'd be used. <applause> What FUN...
  37. <ROTFLMAO>, Bill!! "AOE.com"...?? <LOL> again...but there *is* an amusing 'ring' [pun not necessarily intended?] to it...?? ;-) :-) Who knows, maybe I'll find a little 'free time' around the shop...
  38. It IS a handsome old radio cabinet, looking to be in great shape. Your description of what your Dad did to it is slightly disturbing but whatever...it obviously didn't end in *fire*...?? ;-) :-) Do...
  39. The liquor bottle/decanter is nifty, what does it have for a 'gasket' on its stopper? (if in fact anything remains at all?)
  40. MORE THANKS to officialfuel, Bruce99, buckethead, Vynil33rpm, & Roycroftbooksfromme1 for your <love it>s for my "obscure" clock!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  41. So *that's* what this thing is for...? COOL. :-) :-) :-) [or, well, "hot" I guess...?] One more tidbit of random knowledge gained from CW. :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  42. Whoops Bill, how did I manage to neglect to actually tap the <love it> button?? <headdesk> Thanks so much for the further info about the earrings, interesting that they're made of a more stout metal...
  43. THANKS SO MUCH, Bill!!! :-) :-) :-) Can you tell what metal the 'coil' part of them is made of?? (looks more copper than brass, but ?) Gotta admit my first thought when seeing 'em was that, if t...
  44. Can't argue with finding cool old things at someone else's curb, for FREE...?? :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  45. /me raises his hand and asks for a closer look at those twisty-coil earrings (?) in pics 1 & 4...?? TIA, Bill... ;-) :-) :-) :-)
  46. Doesn't look like oak to me, probably something closer to a softwood (pine?) with a much more closed grain. Agree completely with your "unbelievable" thought...that's one of the main reasons I drive ...
  47. WELL SAID, both SimonC & keramikos. I just hope there'll be somebody(s) left over after I'm gone to also like all this odd crap I enjoy so much myself. It'll no doubt be an "interesting" estate sale...
  48. THANKS SO KINDLY to jscott0363, kwqd, Broochman, LaurenRedmond, Newfld, elanski, & buckethead for stopping by and sharing the <love it>s!! Kevin, I *do* hope they're at least a little help to you wit...
  49. My kind thanks for the appreciation of these little bits to Vynil33rpm, jscott0363, fortapache, Brunswick, and blunderbuss2!! ;-) :-) :-) BB2 -- I know, I know -- just one brownie on Sundays. Gee, ...
  50. Thanks LOTS also to Vynil33rpm, jscott0363, fortapache, & Newfld for stopping by and tapping the <love it> button for my little 'trip down memory lane' the other day -- **muchly appreciated, y'all!!**...
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