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This Was Our Shop

This was our shopfront from 2006. We have a lot of history at this address. Our family started here in 1971. I will talk more about the history in coming posts.
There were 16 Glass cabinets full of delicate glassware and china. Along the wall, there were about 10 meters of glass shelving.

There was also about 24 meters of metal bay shelving full of more Chinaware, Vases, Ornaments, and Glassware. Not to forget standard lights. You can just imagen the time it took to do stock-taking. It was also a nightmare keeping track of were items were that was sold online. and to make sure we do not sell things twice, online and in the shop. The things nightmares are made of.

Here you can see the glass shelving. The mirror behind the shelving was a great touch. There were originally picked up at the recital shop for $20 each and then went back there after we closed the shop. Many people commented on them.

With the furniture, we tried to keep a good mix of antiques and contemporary secondhand furniture. Trying to anticipate what people want ahead of time was a hard job. However, so many people loved the shop and always came in to see what was new.

There were times I had the dinning tables stacked 3 high. This really upset my wife as she is a lot smaller than I. This happened often when I put items out of her reach. This also made it hard for me when it was time to deliver items. Moving some furniture just to get one item out and then re-set the shop. 

The hardest thing about running the shop was that both of us had other jobs. My wife works at an exclusive restaurant and ran the shop. While I work as a Drug and Alcohol Worker and ran the shop. So when I was at work Liz ran the shop and Visa Versa. This made us great at time management as we were also foster parents of 3 kids and have our own daughter. Having the shopfront closed now and keeping the online shop running has given up so much time with the kids. Furthermore, we have time for our selves and less tired. 

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2-Factor Login – Must have to log in to this site

I had to place a 2-factor login to the web page for extra security. So when you purchase an item you will be given an option to create an account or be a member. The advantage to this will be that you can track your buys and receive the postage tracking number. You can also look over previous purchases.

Thus, when you try to login to this web site you will be sent an email by the 2-factor component of this web page. you will get a number and all you need to do is type that number into the field. then you are in.

Why? Just like we all get phone calls from scammers trying to get our personal information from us. There are people out there trying to log in to this site, that wants to change setting so they get the money from purchases.

Also if you are logged into this page for more than an hour you may be automatically logged off. This is just in case you have left a shared computer, while you are still logged in, and someone else buys stuff under your name.

2 Factor Login - Must have
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The End of Service Vs Self Serve

I really hope I am preaching to the converted on this one.

This is killing some small businesses. In this town, I personally know of 3 other shops that have gone under because of the trend of buying online. So I am not alone. There was an arts and craft shop that saw the writing on the wall a few years ago and she closed up. likewise, there was a lighting shop that had people come in and look around, and then go out, just to buy the item they were looking at online. Yes, she too closed up. So like that we did the same thing. I saw the writing on the wall about 2 years ago and then got confirmation from my accountant at the end of the last financial year.

Now, when I go to town I see the end of service all around me. I go to the takeaway food shop and you do not need to talk to a person and still get what you want. I go to the supermarkets and the same thing happens. and funny enough I go to the hardware shop, You guessed it. The same thing is there. Self Serve everywhere. You may think me a Luddite about this. But I ask you; Where are the school leavers gain the interpersonal customer service that is being bleached out of the kids by mobile phones? How do they get the work experience they need to get the next job?

I see that there is a general push to get school leavers to enter the IT industry more and more. Then the only service industries that will be left is tourism based industry, building industry and mechanic. We are already a society of specialization. Always needing a license of some type to do anything we want to do. It is sad to think that if we want to do anything we still need to ask some authority for permission. I know that at my other workplace I need to have a certificate that I know how to wash my hands.

I cannot wait till the next solar flare happens as it did in 1859, where the telegraph system went down and wires caught on fire. Just think, all the computers that make society work will crash and the internet will not be around for you to buy stuff for survival.

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When to call a dealer when disposing of items?

When to call a dealer - washing copper

I have seen for my self so often on the social media pages that people are selling some antiques for more than what they are worth. They will be disappointed when people will talk them down or the item will just not sell at all. Whoever there are some people that have some genuine rare antiques that they sell for a song and will be sold within an hour. So this is when you need to call a dealer.

To give you an example there was an old washing copper on a Buy, Shop and sell page. Coppers are really not that rare or expensive. But if it is a riveted copper, with a row of rivets around the bottom circumference, then up the side. That type of copper is really rare, made around the 1850s. That copper was sold for $50 online if they would have come to a dealer and just asked for a value. That type of copper sells for around $700.

When to call a dealer?

When you are trying to dispose of a deceased estate, call a dealer. I have heard of people just hiring a garbage skip and just dump everything. I was told about old pennies and LPs just being tossed away. Time may not have been on their side. However, it would have only been a phone call and a dealer or auctioneer would have been over to give service or advice. I do understand that if you have grown up with the items around you, and you may think that “it’s just junk that grandma hoarded away”. That is still no reason to throw away the potential of thousands of dollars just so you can get home a day earlier.

When to call a dealer?

When your emotions are getting the better of you. I heard a story from a customer about how emotions can cause greater harm to the rest of the family. When there is a will there is a family dispute. I have personally seen good families fall apart over one or two items in an estate. There was an estate that was ordered to go to the auction by the courts because the family could not agree on the dispersion of the items. there was a small rocking chair that was made of clothes pegs that two family members were bidding on and it finally sold for $90. when in fact you could buy one for about $2 at any novelty shop. All I can say is that relationships are far more important than stuff. Sentimental attachments should be with the family, not stuff.