Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Welcome Home Sale With This Cool Vintage Soap Dish

This gorgeous vintage milk glass soap dish will lovingly hold your favorite soaps and add a romantic touch to your powder room. For additional photos and a detailed description, or to purchase this item, please click here.

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HUMOR From The Forum

These are actual comments made on students' report cards by teachers in the New York City public school system. All teachers were reprimanded (but, boy, are these funny!)

1. Since my last report, your child has reached rock bottom and has started to dig.

2. I would not allow this student to breed.

3. Your child has delusions of adequacy.

4. Your son is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.

5. Your son sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.

6. The student has a 'full six-pack' but lacks the plastic thing to hold it all together.

7. This child has been working with glue too much.

8. When your daughter's IQ reaches 50, she should sell.

9. The gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn't coming.

10. If this student were any more stupid, he'd have to be watered twice a week.

11. It's impossible to believe the sperm that created this child beat out 1,000,000 others.

12.. The wheel is turning but the hamster is definitely dead.

These are actual comments made by 16 Police Officers.

The comments were taken off actual police car videos around the country:

16. 'You know, stop lights don't come any redder than the one you just went through.'

15. 'Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they're new. They'll stretch after you wear them a while.'

14. 'If you take your hands off the car, I'll make your birth certificate a worthless document.'

13. 'If you run, you'll only go to jail tired.'

12. 'Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that's the speed of the bullet that'll be chasing you..'

11. 'You don't know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?'

10. 'Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don't think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I'm the shift supervisor?'

9. 'Warning! You want a warning? O.K, I'm warning you not to do that again or I'll give you another ticket.. '

8. 'The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?'

7. 'Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy and corn dogs and step in monkey poop.'

6. 'Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven.'

5. 'In God we trust, all others we run through NCIC.'

4. 'How big were those 'two beers' you say you had?'

3. 'No sir, we don't have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we're allowed to write as many tickets as we can.'

2. 'I'm glad to hear that the Chief (of Police) is a personal friend of yours. So you know someone who can post your bail.'


1. 'You didn't think we give pretty women tickets? You're right, we don't.. Sign here.'

Hehehe... stolen from the Humor Forum...
Originally posted by Larsstans-Discount-Warehouse

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2 Fenton Hobnail Pieces - Milk Glass Pedestal Cake Plate and Black Candle Bowl

One of the Fenton Glass Company's most popular patterns is the hobnail pattern. This pretty "bumpy" pattern has been made for many years. There is a long list of pieces that were made over time, too.

While Fenton has made their hobnail pattern in various colors, white milk glass has been the most prolific, so there's plenty to go around for collectors. Currently available on OLA is a Fenton milk glass hobnail pedestal cake plate.

Click here to view the listing for the Fenton Hobnail milk glass pedestal cake plate.

Fenton did not make many hobnail pieces in black. Currently I have a Fenton black hobnail candle bowl available on OLA. I think the black hobnail is great to use during Halloween time!

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Vintage Restaurant Ware Platter from The "haunted" Hotel Putnam

Well, I have listed many new items for 's WELCOME HOME SALE. I have lots of newly listed vintage and not-so-vintage items available-everything from Beatrix Potter items, old glassware, pottery, butter pats, Dunoon mugs, et cetera. Lots of neat things! The sale ends August 9th, so remember to bid early and often!

One of the interesting items that I have listed is a small vintage restaurant ware platter. I have found some wonderful restaurant ware pieces over the years, and it is fun to research them. How old is the piece? What does the symbol or emblem stand for, if the name is not spelled out? Is the place still in business? What is the history of the place? And so on.
So this little oval platter that I have was made for The Hotel Putnam in DeLand, Florida. Since the name is right there on the logo, there's no work to figuring out where it came from. And it is has the maker's mark on the back, and also the date: it was made by Buffalo China and dated 1926. So not much detective work needed for this piece. I did an Internet search of The Hotel Putnam anyway, to see what I could find out.

What I found out is that the first hotel in DeLand burned down in 1917, and a new hotel was built on the site, opening in 1923. It was quite a showplace in DeLand. Apparently it has fallen on hard times, and is no longer in operation. But in the many years it was open, many claimed that the hotel was haunted, heard footsteps, felt an engergy in the place, saw shadows, smelled burning odors, etc. Wow! With researching other hotel and restaurant ware china pieces over the years, I don't remember reading about a place that was haunted!
So I call this platter my "Haunted Restaurant Ware", LOL! I haven't really noticed anything strange or unearthly since I purchased it, though. If you would like to own it, click here to view this listing.

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Livng Dead Dolls - Creepy, Fun Collection!

Wow! It's August already! And less than three months until Halloween! This collection would be great to display for Halloween, although I am sure collectors of these dolls display them year round and not just for Halloween. I have a huge lot of these very collectible dolls for sale at I am selling these for someone, and they are in my house right now, and I really hope someone buys them soon so they don't stay here too long, LOL!

There is a pretty good article about these dolls on wikipedia, if you don't know much about them and would like to learn more. I must say, the marketing is terrific on these dolls. They come in boxes called coffins, and they all have creepy or gruesome stories behind them. Some are based on real-life people, like Lizzie Borden and the Black Dahlia. Some were sold as exclusives, some have variants, lines are retired each year, and new lines come out each year. On each plastic cover, it says "I sleep with the worms." I say, "Yuck", LOL!
So if you collect Living Dead Dolls, or know someone who does, here is a good-sized collection for sale! The lot includes many dolls complete with their boxes-oh, I mean their coffins, hehe!, sealed dolls, club exclusives, miniatures, fashion victims, and even a Lou Sapphire bobble head. The set includes Jack and Jill, still sealed in their body bags, so which version is inside remains a mystery.

Click here to view this ghoulish listing, which includes more pictures and details.

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American Depression Glass

Depression Glass is the name given to American glass that was made during the 1930s, during the time of the Great Depression. American glassmakers sold mass-produced, pressed glass items to companies and distributors. This glass was made in pretty patterns and designs. It was also made in pretty colors, meant to bring some cheerfulness into people's lives when times were hard, and companies gave it away to promote sales. The glass was given away with products, or given away for free at movie houses. Sometimes there were coupons on packaging to send away for items with a certain number of purchases. Depression Glass was made in many colors, including pink, green, blue, amber, yellow, red, black, white, and also crystal.
I currently have a few depression glass items listed on OLA; all are old depression glass-I would never sell reproductions.
I have a nice set of 8 green depression sherbets, made by Federal Glass; free shipping is included with this set.
Click here to view the listing for the sherbets.

I also have a beautiful cobalt blue Hazel Atlas ice pail, with the windmill decoration. Click here to view the listing for the ice pail.

Click here to see other depression glass I currently have listed.

Vintage Trifari Aurora Borealis Parure - Gorgeous Set!

All kinds of beautiful jewelry can be found at! Shoppers can find new jewelry, vintage pieces, inexpensive items, or a bit more pricey jewelry-there's something for all tastes and wallets!

Today I am featuring a stunning, vintage Trifari parure, consisting of matching necklace, bracelet, and clip earrings. I think this set dates to the 1950s, and it looks like an Alfred Philippe design, although I was unable to match it to a particular patent and date. Stunning leaf-shaped metalwork with sparkling aurora borealis stones arranged as little flowers. All pieces are marked TRIFARI(c). All pieces are in very good condition, with no damage or issues noted, and lots of sparkle.

Click here to view this listing, which includes more pictures and details. Offers gladly considered on this scarce and beautiful Trifari parure.

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Very Large Signed Vintage Vera Tablecloth with Christmas Poinsettias

I am still in a Christmas mode, LOL! Here is a vintage late 1960s Vera Neumann Christmas tablecloth, decorated with large red poinsettias along the outer border. This is a very LONG tablecloth, measuring approx. 94" by 59". It has been in stored in a chest for a long time. It is in very good, used condition, with no tears or holes; close examination shows a couple of very small light discolored spots and a couple of light marks from storage. Vintage tablecloths in this length are not easy to find!

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Visit and search for other great vintage textiles and other great items! You never know what treasure or bargain you may find!

Coca Cola Toyland Toy Shop from the Town Square Collection 2003

As I've said before, it's never too early to think about Christmas! I know some people start setting up their holiday displays weeks and even months ahead of time! So if you are a Coca Cola collector, and you are looking for the 2003 first edition Coca Cola Town Square Collection Toyland toy shop for your display, here you go! This Coca Cola Toyland toy shop has never been removed from the box, and it is in exellent condition. This was only released for 2003. Comes with light cord to light up shop. Free parcel post shipping and insurance is included in the purchase price.

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Pretty Velmoss Scroll Vase Bowl Roseville Pottery

Roseville Pottery is probably the most collected American art pottery today. This pottery was made in Roseville, Ohio, beginning around 1890, until the company closed in 1954. This pottery is so desired and collected, that buyers have to be wary of reproductions from China. There are several excellent online references to help novice collectors avoid these Chinese fakes.

My inlaws received some Roseville Pottery pieces as wedding gifts in the 1940s. My mother-in-law gave me two pieces of Roseville blue Freesia several years ago, and I treasure them.

Here I have a beautiful Roseville pottery piece from the line called Velmoss Scroll. This line dates to circa 1916, and features carved flowers on a cream background. This Roseville piece is unmarked, but it is shown on page 80 of "The Collectors Encyclopedia of ROSEVILLE POTTERY", by Sharon and Bob Huxford, Second Series (copyright 1980, values updated 1997). It is in good condition for its age, but please note there is crazing, and a bit of discoloration, as is common on these old pieces. There is also a tight hairline on the top rim (see last picture in listing), and a small area that looks like a defect or small flake on the rim. Still a pretty piece, with the carved red roses, thorny stems, and leaves; pieces of this lovely, old Roseville pattern are not found that frequently.

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Jadite Fire King Glass and White Restaurant Ware

Fire King is collectible, sturdy glassware made by Anchor Hocking Glass. Fire King can be found in various colors and patterns, and some people collect the different mugs made by Anchor Hocking over the years. The most collected and popular color is a pretty green, called jadite (also spelled jadeite or jade-ite). Fire King dishes were made for home use, and also for use in restaurants, etc. The sturdy, plain pieces made for restaurant use are called, appropriately, restaurant ware.

I have some of the white Fire King restaurant ware W295 saucers available for purchase on The white restaurant ware pieces are harder to find than the jadeite in this line, as collectors know. They are marked Fire King, and they date to circa 1959-1967. Close examination shows some manufacturing/molding imperfections, such as swirls/lines in the glass, tiny bumps, etc. as are often found on Fire King glassware. That being said, these saucers are very nice, with no chips or damage, and they have nice shine. I currently have four of these saucers available, listed for purchase in lots of two.

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Retired Possible Dreams Clothtiques Holiday Gourmet Santa Claus and Box

It's never too early to think about Christmas! Here we have a retired collectible Possible Dreams Santa Claus available for purchase at This 10" Santa is titled "Holiday Gourmet", and it is Item #713147. Santa is dressed in his winter knit sweater and knit hat, and his red pants and red scarf. He has a shopping list in one hand, and a basket of goodies on that arm; in his other arm he is carrying a bag filled with freshly-baked bread. The first item on his shopping list is "tomatoes", and that is what is in his basket. Simply a wonderfully designed Santa, as are all the Clothtiques pieces. Santa is in excellent condition, and he has his hang tag. Comes with the original box, which is in good condition, with just minor shelf wear. This retired Holiday Gourmet Santa was issued in 1997 and retired in 2000.

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Pfaltzgraff Patterns and Dinnerware - I like Yorktowne!

Before getting married, I was given a Pfaltzgraff Yorktowne starter set, with plates, bowls, cups and saucers. That was over a quarter of a century ago, and these pieces are still going strong! Maybe some are a bit worn, yes, but this dinnerware is sturdy! Over the years, I have added many matching pieces to my set. I have a Yorktowne-decorated kitchen-Yorktowne canisters, wallpaper, placemats, wall pocket, etc., etc.-and of course we use our dependable Pfaltzgraff Yorktowne dinnerware every day. I really like the blue Yorktowne decoration on the white-gray background-I liked it when I first got it, and I still really like it today! Friends and relatives use or collect other Pfaltzgraff patterns, such as Village, Folk Art, and Naturewood.

I currently have just a few Pfaltzgraff items for sale on These include a hard-to-find Cape May "Happy Birthday to You!" plate, a Trousseau Rose wall pocket, a Yorktowne flowers in basket trivet/spoon rest/wall hanging, and a Folk Art bear bell ornament. All are in very good condition-check them out!

Click here to see the Cape May Birthday plate.
Click here to see the Trousseau Rose Wall Pocket.
Click here to see the Yorktowne Trivet/Wall Hanging.
Click here to see the Folk Art Bear Bell.

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Vintage Mattel Barbie Items - Francie Case, Titian Hair Midge and Fair Hair Barbie Head

I currently have a few vintage Mattel Barbie items up for auction at Items are from the 1960s. I have a titian, or red hair, straight leg Midge. There's also a Fair Hair Barbie head-I wondered what happened to this cute blonde's body, until I found out that these heads were sold separately, with hair accessories, as replacements, lol!
Last but not least are a Barbie thermos from the 1970s, and a 1965 travel case with Midge only graphics. I was not able to find this case in any of my reference books or online, so I don't think it's a very common one.
I did have some clothes for Barbie and her friends, but they have been sold.

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EAPG Swan with Mesh Compote 1882 by Canton Glass

I love old glassware! Well, I love old pottery, too, and lots of other old things! I love hunting for antique glassware, and then I love hunting for the patterns in the reference books I have, or researching online. Some glass is pretty easy to identify, like colored depression glass. Identifying Early American Pattern Glass, abbreviated EAPG for short, is much more of a challenge. EAPG is glassware made in America, of course, and made roughly between 1850-1910. The majority of it was made in clear glass, with some pieces made in colors.

I can have a piece of glass in front of me, and search and search, and not find the pattern. Then another time, I will be looking to identify a different piece, and the pattern from the other piece that drove me crazy will pop out at me in one of my books. But some sources say there are approx. 3000 EAPG patterns, so it's not surprising that identification can be a problem.

Featured in this post is a beautiful antique glass compote, in a pattern that is easy to identify. This is the SWAN WITH MESH pattern, made by Canton Glass, circa 1882. This old footed bowl is in very good condition, with some tiny bubbles in the glass, one teeny chip/flake on one diamond (see blue arrow in third picture), and some marks/wear from age/use. Not bad for being over 125 years old! No other chips or damage, and no cracks. This beautiful antique swan compote stands approx. 7-1/2" tall, and has a top diameter of approx. 9" across. This compote is clear glass. More pictures are included in my listing on

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Currier and Ives Pattern Dinnerware by Royal China - Cereal Bowls, Cocoa Cups, and more!

Royal China was located in Sebring, Ohio, and they made many patterns of dinnerware throughout their existence, from 1934-1986. Their most popular pattern, introduced in the 1950s, is called "Currier & Ives", and it has become an American classic. Different pieces in the line feature scenes based on various Curier & Ives prints. Many of us have probably seen pieces of this wonderful blue and white dinnerware in our grandparents' or parents' cupboards, or in thrift or antique shops. This dinnerware line was sold through grocery store chains, etc. Some pieces are easy to find, while some require some serious searching.
Some of the hardest pieces of Currier & Ives dinnerware to locate are the hurricane or candle lamp, the 11" chop plate with the "Rocky Mountains" scene, and the tab handled casserole dish. Royal China also made some pieces of Currier & Ives in colors, such as pink, green, and black, but the blue transfer is the most popular color made and collected.
I have sold some wonderful Royal China pieces over the years. I currently have several Royal China Currier & Ives items available on OLA, including the hard-to-find cocoa cups or mugs, salad plates, cereal bowls, and the scarce 10-1/2" dinner plates.
The 7-3/8" salad plates shown above feature "The Birthplace of Washington".

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Which are you?


With permission from Marlene Gavens, The Savvy Seller, I would like to re-post her blog from earlier this week. It's an excellent story, and a lesson worth remembering, no matter where you sell, or what you're selling! Enjoy...

What's Your Choice? Duck or Eagle?

No one can make you serve customers well.
That's because great service is a choice.

Harvey Mackay (speaker & author), tells a wonderful story about a cab driver that proved this point.

He was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing Harvey noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for Harvey. He handed my friend a laminated card and said: 'I'm Wally, your driver. While I'm loading your bags in the trunk I'd like you to read my mission statement.'

Taken aback, Harvey read the card. It said: Wally's Mission Statement:
To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment.

This blew Harvey away. Especially when he noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean!

As he slid behind the wheel, Wally said, 'Would you like a cup of coffee? I have a thermos of regular and one of decaf.' My friend said jokingly, 'No, I'd prefer a soft drink.' Wally smiled and said, 'No problem. I have a cooler up front with regular and Diet Coke, water and orange juice.'

Almost stuttering, Harvey said, 'I'll take a Diet Coke.' Handing him his drink, Wally said, 'If you'd like something to read, I have The Wall Street Journal, Time, Sports Illustrated and USA Today.'

As they were pulling away, Wally handed my friend another laminated card, 'These are the stations I get and the music they play, if you'd like to listen to the radio.'
And as if that weren't enough, Wally told Harvey that he had the air conditioning on and asked if the temperature was comfortable for him.

Then he advised Harvey of the best route to his destination for that time of day. He also let him know that he'd be happy to chat and tell him about some of the sights or, if Harvey preferred, to leave him with his own thoughts.

'Tell me, Wally,' my amazed friend asked the driver, 'have you always served customers like this?'

Wally smiled into the rear view mirror. 'No, not always. In fact, it's only been in the last two years. My first five years driving, I spent most of my time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies do. Then I heard the personal growth guru, Wayne Dyer, on the radio one day.

He had just written a book called "You'll See It When You Believe It." Dyer said that if you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you'll rarely disappoint yourself. He said, "Stop complaining! Dfferentiate yourself from your competition. Don't be a duck. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd.''

'That hit me right between the eyes,' said Wally. 'Dyer was really talking about me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to change my attitude and become an eagle. I looked around at the other cabs and their drivers. The cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly, and the customers were unhappy. So I decided to make some changes. I put in a few at a time. When my customers responded well, I did more.'

'I take it that has paid off for you,' Harvey said.

'It sure has,' Wally replied. 'My first year as an eagle, I doubled my income from the previous year. This year I'll probably quadruple it. You were lucky to get me today. I don't sit at cabstands anymore. My customers call me for appointments on my cell phone or leave a message on my answering machine. If I can't pick them up myself, I get a reliable cabbie friend to do it and I take a piece of the action.'

Wally was phenomenal. He was running a limo service out of a Yellow Cab. I've probably told that story to more than fifty cab drivers over the years, and only two took the idea and ran with it.

Whenever I go to their cities, I give them a call. The rest of the drivers quacked like ducks and told me all the reasons they couldn't do any of what I was suggesting.

Wally the Cab Driver made a different choice.
He decided to stop quacking like ducks and start soaring like eagles.

Have a great day! ~ Fleapirates

Persevere with blogging!


Blog Team members, and OLA sellers contemplating joining the Team, should all take a moment to read this post:

It is a guest post, (Robby G is a blogger from and explains the benefits of pushing your blog through good and through bad.), and is featured by one of my favorite bloggers, Darren Rowse. (ProBlogger)

The sentence I found of most importance, during this month of recruiting new members, is this:
Perseverance gives your blog backlinks, it gives your blog a higher rating on search engines, and it gives people time to learn more about you and spread your blog’s name through word of mouth.

This is exactly what we're trying to do, along with advertising our site,, and our many varied products! Wouldn't you like to persevere with us?

How to use SEARCH at

Did you know that there are numerous ways to find the great bargains available at From Antiques to Video Games, and from Verified Sellers to Founding Members, if you know how to search correctly, that can't live without item is easy to locate. Let's take a peek at the various options... I'll bet there is one you haven't used before!

The Search Bar on the OLA Home Page:
  • Enter your search criteria and search ALL CATEGORIES.
    This is the broadest search, and will give you results that match any and all of the word(s) you designate.

  • You may also set this search bar to show results in a specific category, by using the drop-down menu to change the words ALL CATEGORIES to your category of choice.
Advanced Search:

Advanced Search offers you the opportunity to set parameters. You may enter as much information as you like, and the more specific your request, the more specific the results will be. They are useful to search other people's auctions, as well as your own! Here is a brief synopsis of what they search fields will accomplish for you:
  • The Search Phrase is where you place the words describing any specific item you are searching for.

  • If you know the auction number, enter it into the Auction # field for a fast way to get directly to the listing.

  • The Categories field allows you to choose a single category to search.

  • The TYPE field gives you the option to view only certain types of listings, (Classic, Fixed Price, Dutch, Absolute or Sealed).

  • The SORT option is a drop-down menu which will display the results according to the method you choose. Try them all!

    Price Lowest First / Price Highest First is a great tool for researching the prices of your competitors, or to see if an item you are interested in is in a reasonable price range as compared to other sellers.

    Bids Lowest First / Bids Highest First is especially useful if you are researching a product that has multiple listings and you'd like to see the amount(s) of bids that have been placed.

    Ending First / Ending Last is one I use quite often. When featuring an item in the chat forum, under Interesting Auctions of the Week, I usually choose the ENDING LAST sort option, so that I can quickly pick an item which has plenty of time left for maximum viewing on the thread!

    Title Descending / Title Ascending will alphabetize the listings for you.

    Auction ID Descending / Auction ID Ascending is a great way to check your own listings! Use the Descending tool to sort auctions from newest to oldest, and the Ascending tool to sort from oldest to newest.

  • On a budget? You may also set a price range, and peruse only those listings which fall within your boundaries.

Advanced Search also allows you to search by seller and by bidder.

  • Do you know the name of the member and wish to see what they have for sale? In addition to using the Advanced Search link, you can click on Member Search and enter their user-name. This will bring you to their Feedback Record, where you can click on View All Member's Auctions, (if they are a seller), or Ask A Question, which will initiate an omail to the member.


  • Another way to get to see a certain member's listings is to click on their name, either in the chat forum or on any OLA page. This will also bring you to the member's Feedback Record.

  • When accessing someone's listings through their Feedback Record, you will be taken to an OLA Search Page, which will highlight all of that member's active listings. You can sort through their products by using the grey Search These Results box that is located on the right of your screen. The functions work similarly to the Advanced Search options.

  • Verified Sellers do not have a store. You may recognize that a seller is a Verified Seller by looking for a key icon located next to their name. The easiest way to search products that a Verified Seller offers is to use the grey Search These Results box detailed above.

  • Founding Members have a store. You may recognize that a seller is a Founding Member by looking for a set of gold wings located next to their name. The easiest way to search products that a Founding Member offers is to access their store directly. Do this one of two ways:

    1.) Enter the url into your browser's address bar. It will read the same for each seller, changing only the name at the end. See below! (The green text will be changed to feature your intended seller.)

    2.) Click to enter any one of the auction listings in the OLA search results. You will find a store link under the Details, Shipping and Payment box at the top right, (look for a house icon). You will also see the words See all My Auctions at My OLA House at the bottom of the listing. Click either of these links and go right to their storefront! Categories are located on the left of the store.

NOTE: If any seller has not yet organized their store categories, please contact me for assistance! You can also contact either Rowen or Renee at OLA by omail or by calling 800-900-2828.

Cleaning House at!


I've been checking out all the great bargains at!

There's a nice variety of used and new products, in every price range, and offered from some of the friendliest and
most knowledgeable sellers online.

While the majority of OLA members are located across the entire breadth of the USA, I've recently noticed that more international folks are joining the ranks. That is wonderful... welcome! I am experienced in both buying and selling internationally, and would encourage every member to learn more about reaping the benefits of international trade.
A good place to start is the USPS, where you will find a wealth of topics detailing shipping instructions, requirements and restrictions to each and every country.

Did you listen to OLA-Radio last week? owner Chris Fain was the guest speaker! He spoke at length about his vision for building the #1 online marketplace, the successes we've already enjoyed and the continual improvement plans that he has set for the future. Although he did not expound in great detail on some of the upcoming surprises that members can expect, he did mention an advertising campaign and other enhancements that are in the works to benefit all members. You can hear the archived OLA-Radio program by clicking here.

Since we are growing, isn't this a good time to ensure that you are up-to-date on all the features at It is time to put our best face forward! By effectively using the tools that are available to you, from both the OLA staff and other OLA members, you may increase the efficiency of your own business operation and leave a positive impression upon people who are visiting the site for the first time.

Let's face reality... if a new buyer visits you, and can't find what they are looking for in your store, (or your individual listings), they are less likely to come back. If you don't have good photographs, they will look for someone who does. And if you don't list your shipping charges, they might not take the time to write you and ask.

Here is a list of HELP topics that you can find in the OLA Chat Forum:

Now, these suggestions are just a cross-section of all the HELP topics available! Please take some time to peruse all the aids, and let's do some house-cleaning... we've got guests on the way!

I am on a kick about category organization right now. Yes, it is a chore, especially when you are adding new items and selling existing ones. Remember this... who wants to sort through a bunch of category selections and receive numerous No Auctions Found results? Not me! I try to re-set my category list at least once a week, to minimize the chance of seeing that notice in my store.

Anyone who needs help or tips on this task may contact me! It is not difficult, once you have walked through the steps a time or two. You may also contact either Renee or Rowen in OLA Support, by calling the toll-free phone number, 800-900-2828.

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Monkey Stand Salt and Pepper Set - Arthur Court

(repost from 7/29/2009)

Arthur Court
Monkey Stand Salt and Pepper Set

This stunning collectible comes in the original box.
The base is hand-polished aluminum.
The shakers feature a swirled clear glass pattern.

Measures 4 inches wide,
2 3/4 inches deep, & 3 1/4 inches tall.

An elegant addition to your table! Click HERE for full details!

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Heather Goldminc DOVE CANDLE HOUSE Blue Sky Clayworks

(Repost from 7/31/2009)

This lovely candle house was
retired December 31, 2002.

The Dove Candle House measures
8 inches tall x 4 1/2 inches square.
It rests upon a green ceramic base,
which is 4 1/4 inches square,
and 1/4 inch thick.

Both pieces are in excellent pre-owned condition,
with no chips, cracks, breaks, or repairs.

Please click HERE to see more info and photos,
and read how to bring this charming
collectible into your home!

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OLA WHS Sale Vintage Hummel Wooden Music Box

(Repost from 8/3/2009))
Vintage Hummel Music Box
with draw string music control.
Plays Edelweiss.

I found this neat treasure at an antique shop!
I do not know age or history.

It is available for purchase at the
OLA Welcome Home Sale!

Classic auction listing,
with opening bid of just $9.99.

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for all the details of this auction!

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1871 1st Ed. Common Sense In The Household Marion Harland

Check out this Vintage Antique Book titled, “Common Sense in the Household”. This book’s copyright page states, “Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871, by CHARLES SCRIBNER & CO., In the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.” The book was created by Trow’s Printing and Bookbinding Co., 205-213 East 12th St., New York. The book is 556 pages long and appears to be a first edition. This book is in Good Condition with no missing pages. For more information and pictures please Click here to view this auction

I have this Book for sale through OLAs Classic Auction with a starting bid price of just $125.00 This is a great price!!! Please check out my OLA Store for more interesting items. Click here to visit my OLA Store