We think it's really important to know the background on most of the pieces we are putting up for sale. It's only fair to our customers (please let there be customers) in order for them to see the same value that we do. It may be difficult to know the personal history of a particular item, but we have tried to at least research any maker marks on our finds or just get an overall feel for time period.
Obviously, some information is easier to find than others. For instance, there is all sorts of information on lanterns, especially if the maker is clear. We were able to pretty closely date our Dietz Little Wizard lanterns using the FAQ on this site.
However, the desk that we found within the rubble of our first auction win has been impossible to figure out. I've looked through every furniture book I could get my hands on from the library and burnt out the search engine on my laptop. I haven't found anything that comes close. So short of paying for an appraisal that is currently not in the budget, the best I can guess is that it is craftsman/mission. But one thing I know for sure is that I love it and will hate to see it go. I do hope that someone at the antique show can satisfy my curiosity around it, though.
Ren Man spent approximately 48 hours researching a WWII Ike military jacket in order to figure out what each patch on it meant, but now he knows where to go and he may even remember some of what he read when he sees another similar jacket somewhere else. As another example, the typewriter featured on this site was purchased at an auction for around $25. This felt like a steal and its something I have been wanting as a decorator piece. But after a five minute search on the make and model, it's actually not that rare (though still a pretty good price). So before we going buying anymore typewriters at auction, we'll probably pull out our trusty smartphones.
Personally, I'm a sucker for American History (just don't quiz me on dates or names of all the Presidents). Finding a footlocker that came from a Depression era work camp started by FDR...that's pretty cool. But then again, I also become giddy over lead-paint-peeling windows torn out of century homes.
I'm hoping that tomorrow or Wednesday I can feature the dry bar cabinet that Ren Man has been working on. There are just a couple touch ups left and it is ready. And don't forget to check out the gallery page on this site. I've loaded more pictures. Most likely, if it says FOR SALE it will be at the show. But we will also have things that are not pictured. Yet.