Monthly Archives: September 2012

Private Stash: Nut Orb

Unlike my Private Stash post earlier in the week, I know what this object is. But only because a grouchy garage sale lady told me. Austin and I were at a sale where everything was mostly chipped or junky. Then I saw this strange object. Any guesses? Hint #1: It’s not a birdhouse. Hint #2: […]

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Private Stash: Midgetoy

It’s often the smallest things that make me the happiest. As is the case with this futuristic 1950s die cast toy car with an apt, yet very politically incorrect, name: Midgetoy. At about the size of a Matchbox car, I nearly walked right past this at a flea market. Miniature toy cars aren’t something I’m […]

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How To Clean Your Antique Camera

Among the first things I ever started collecting as a child were antique cameras. My interest in other collections has waxed and waned over the years, but my collection of cameras has grown and grown. Although I collect cameras of nearly every age, my favorite cameras are consumer models with bellows made between the turn […]

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Private Stash: Gnome

This little guy makes me happy every time I spy him. About a year ago, I hide a pair of little gnomes in my neighbor’s flower garden around her home. I had snagged them at the local Goodwill. A few months later a different set of gnomes showed up in my yard. They are ceramic […]

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Private Stash: Chadwick Calculator

Unfortunately, I don’t know too much about this private stash piece. This small counter was purchased in a flea market for $0.50. My son has taken a strong liking to it and plays with it quite a bit, totally worth the $0.50 paid. Each dial counts through ten digits then bumps the next dial up […]

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