Saturday, February 28, 2009

March Sale in Progress at Penny's Pantry

Two categories are on sale this month: All Collectibles are 10% off and all Pottery & Glass sales are 10% off. Browse our online catalog and find our extra specials at: Sale ends Midnight, March 31, 2009.

Pictured: examples of the variety of items on sale until March 31.


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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Give eBay a Kick in the Pants

Rick Aristotle Munarriz
February 18, 2009

We're two months away from eBay's (Nasdaq: EBAY) annual shareholder
meeting, but you know it's going to be a doozy.

Things may be humming along relatively well at some of the company's
appendages, like PayPal and Skype, but the namesake site is a mess.

Folks have been complaining about the flagship auction site for
years. I've been covering eBay since the 1990s, and it's rare to put
out an article and not have a faction of disgruntled sellers -- or ex-
Power Sellers -- chime in with complaints.

Scorched earth has never been much of a problem at eBay. If it lost a
frustrated quilt maker in Des Moines, it would pick up a baseball
card trader in Austin and a CD reseller in Munich. Growth was on
cruise control, despite the potholes.

It's a different world these days:

eBay's marketplace revenue fell by a sharp 16% this past quarter,
during the same holiday quarter that found's (Nasdaq:
AMZN) growth soaring.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Hamming It Up

Hamming it up: Cub Scout's radio interest leads to company, success
MFJ Enterprises in Starkville, MS

Hamming it up: Cub Scout's radio interest leads to company, success

STARKVILLE - Martin Jue can trace the entire course of his life back to one day.

He was an 8-year-old Cub Scout, living in the Mississippi Delta town of Hollandale, and took part in a group activity where he learned how to build a radio. Little did Jue know this one activity would change his life.

Jue was enamored with the way the device functioned and went on to become a ham radio operator in high school, talking with other "hams" around the world and perfecting his knowledge of Morse code. He went off to college and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering, from Mississippi State University and Georgia Tech, respectively, and eventually began his own ham radio manufacturing operation.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Reader's Digest Condensed Books

The Reader's Digest Condensed Books were a series of hardcover anthology collections, published by Reader's Digest and distributed via direct mail. Each volume contained several current best-selling novels (or, occasionally, nonfiction books) edited down (or "condensed") to accommodate the anthology format. Originally published four times a year, the books gradually increased to a bi-monthly schedule by the early 1990s.

The series ran for over 47 years, before being reintroduced under the name Reader's Digest Select Editions. The concept became sufficiently familiar to the American public that the phrase "Just give me the Reader's Digest Condensed version" (or simply "...the Reader's Digest version") entered the lexicon as a way to ask someone to use less detail and be more focused when telling an anecdote or explaining a point.

The Reader's Digest Select Editions are a series of hardcover fiction anthology books, published bi-monthly and available by subscription, from Reader's Digest. Each volume consists of four to five current bestselling novels, selected by Digest editors, and carefully edited (or "condensed") to shorter form to accommodate the anthology format.

This series is the renamed version of the long-running anthology series Reader's Digest Condensed Books.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Juval Aviv's "Staying Safe"

Juval Aviv was the Israeli Agent upon whom the movie ' Munich ' was based. He was Golda Meir's bodyguard -- she appointed him to track down and bring to justice the Palestinian terrorists who took the Israeli athletes hostage and killed them during the Munich Olympic Games.

He predicted the London subway bombing on the Bill O'Reilly show on Fox News stating publicly that it would happen within a week. At the time, O'Reilly laughed. But, unfortunately, within a week the terrorist attack had occurred.

Juval Aviv gave intelligence (via what he had gathered in Israel and the Middle East ) to the Bush Administration about 9/11 a month before it occurred. His report specifically said they would use planes as bombs and target high profile buildings and monuments. Congress has since hired him as a security consultant.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Vintage Turquoise Jewelry History

Vintage Turquoise items frequently come up for sale online. Many of the good, old pieces were sold to tourists from the east in the 1920's & 30's. Navajo and other indian jewelry was all part of the Fred Harvey & Santa Fe railroad experience, which we will discuss in later articles.

As a result estate buyers in the east, who may know nothing about turquoise indian jewelry, will list it for sale very cheaply. However, it can be very hard to tell old, crude pieces from new, shoddy work; especially if all you have to go on is a few pictures.

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Many Ways To Support Our Troops, Part VI

This is the final part in this series.

America Supports You

"America Supports You," a nationwide program launched by the Department of Defense, recognizes citizens' support for our military men and women and communicates that support to members of our Armed Forces at home and abroad.

All across America, thousands of individual citizens, businesses, and groups - from local schools and establishments to nationally-known corporations and organizations - are hosting events and undertaking projects to support America's Armed Forces, especially in forward-deployed areas of the Global War on Terrorism.

The support of the American people builds and sustains the morale of those fighting to defend freedom against the tyranny of terrorism, and communicates America's recognition and appreciation of their courage and commitment to our country.
America Supports You spotlights what Americans are doing all across the land, encourages others to join the team, and allows all to tell their stories by giving voice and visibility to their efforts.

The official launch of the America Supports You program commenced with kick-off events during November 2004. Subsequent events occurred in various regions of the country to honor and recognize citizens' support for America's Armed Forces.
All events and information will be highlighted on this America Supports You website that allows participants to register and be recognized, share their stories of support with the nation and the troops, and download program materials for distribution and dissemination. Military members can access the web and learn about America's support for their service.

The America Supports You Dog Tag, emblazoned with the America Supports You logo, is the official emblem of the program, and serves as a visible force multiplier in projecting the message that America supports our military men and women.
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More About Wedgwood, Part VIII, Author Unknown

While less remarkable than the basalt or the jasper, the variegated ware manufactured by Wedgwood & Bentley is not without interest for the collector. Agate effects were produced by differentcolored clays, and cream-colored earthenware was colored on the surface and glazed to represent porphyry, granite, Egyptian pebble, etc.

A number of vases and bulb and flower-pots were made in these effects and in terra-cotta, likewise a few lamps and candelabra. A white porcelain biscuit, with smooth and wax-like surface, was also made, but only a few pieces of it are in existence. Some enameled ware was also turned out, but this is neither as distinctive nor as beautiful as the painted basalt.

The subject of cameos, medallions, etc., deserves a paragraph to itself. Some of Wedgwood's most decorative and most minutely perfect work was done in this class of pottery.

At first these were in cream colored relief, with the ground stained. Then medallions, miniature portraits, intaglios, medals, etc., were made in black basalt. A few of these were flat, with a Classic figure painted in encaustic, but most of them were in black bas-relief.

The invention of the jasper body enabled Wedgwood to produce white cameo reliefs on a colored ground in beautiful combinations. The relief was molded separately and so carefully applied that these cameos are often flawless under a magnify inb glass. Classic figures were used, and also portraits of royalties and other personages. There were several classes of these portrait cameos, some in basalt and others in jasper-chiefly blue and white. Medallion portraits were often set in silver and ranged from ring size to three inches in diameter. The commonest size was 2 x 1 1/4 inches, in oval form. The Classic medallions were also made in small sizes for jewels, and in larger sizes for framing or for mounting on furniture or mantels. Plaques were made for this purpose in sizes ranging from 9 x 6 inches to 27 1/2, x 81/2 inches.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The National World War II Museum


(excerpt from a Tom Brokaw letter)

When America was plunged into war the morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941, history hung in the balance. The forces of tyranny were on the march. Britain and Russia were succumbing to the hammer blows of the Nazi war machine. The Japanese juggernaut in the Pacific appeared unstoppable.

Yet, with the smoke still lingering over Pearl Harbor, America united as never before. Overnight the American people were resolved to one purpose and one purpose only: FINAL VICTORY.

Men, women, young and old, even children, had a role. Farm boys, lawyers, accountants, grocery clerks, indeed, men and teenagers from all walks of life joined the armed services by the millions. Women flooded the shipyards and factories to produce the arms of democracy. Children scavenged for scrap metal and rubber to help out. Everyone knew the stakes were high--defeat was not an option.

The entire nation came together with discipline, courage, and self-sacrifice to achieve a great victory of good over evil. Over 400,000 of our countrymen gave their lives to achieve this victory. The entire nation did its part to see their sacrifices would not be in vain.

Today, this "Greatest Generation" is passing into the night. Their legacy is the legacy of freedom. It is our legacy. One which we should never take for granted.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

An Angel Of Mercy


Ed Freeman

You're an 18 or 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley , 11-14-1965, LZ Xray, Vietnam . Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8 - 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in.

You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you're not getting out. Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.

Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter, and you look up to see an un-armed Huey, but it doesn't seem real, because no Medi-Vac markings are on it.

Ed Freeman is coming for you. He's not Medi-Vac, so it's not his job, but he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come. He's coming anyway. And he drops it in, and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board.

Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the Doctors and Nurses
And, he kept coming back... 13 more times..... And took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out.

Medal of Honor Recipient Ed Freeman died August 2008 at the age of 80, in Boise, ID ...May God rest his soul...

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Waterford Wedgwood in Ireland and the UK go into Receivership

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth, the Kremlin and the White House have been customers, but in the current economic climate, luxury crystal and ceramics are a hard sell, as Waterford Wedgwood conceded Monday. The company, which is based in Dublin and whose roots go back 250 years, makes and sells crystal vases, glasses and ceramic figurines and kitchenware. It made the ball that drops each New Year’s Eve in Times Square, and its crystal chandeliers decorate Windsor Castle.

Waterford Wedgwood said recently that its 10 British units and 4 businesses in Ireland had been placed into administration, similar to bankruptcy protection in the United States, after running out of money and failing to find a buyer. The remaining subsidiaries, including those in the United States, Germany and Canada, remain unaffected. The auditor, Deloitte, was appointed as administrator of the troubled businesses, which employ 2,700, or more than half of Waterford’s 5,000 employees. The units will continue to operate until the administrator decides to sell, close or reorganize them. “I am disappointed that certain of the group’s U.K. and Irish subsidiaries have had to go into administration and receivership, but we remain optimistic that ongoing discussions will result in a buyer being found for the business,” the chief executive of Waterford, David Sculley, said.

Waterford Wedgwood was created in 1986 when the Irish crystal maker Waterford acquired the British ceramics company Wedgwood. Both companies have a rich history.
Wedgwood was founded in 1759 by Josiah Wedgwood in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Charles Darwin, who formulated the theory of evolution, married a member of the Wedgwood family in the 19th century and was able to finance his research with the help of the family fortunes. Waterford was founded in 1783 by the brothers William and George Penrose and named after the Irish harbor town where they lived. Waterford faced difficult times in 1851, when it closed because of rising taxes, but the business reopened almost 100 years later. The Irish government gave Waterford glassware as a present to each American president from Dwight Eisenhower to Ronald Reagan, who kept his jelly beans in a Waterford dish.

Takeover talks with an unidentified private equity firm failed to come to fruition Friday and a group of lenders led by Bank of America declined to suspend a so-called covenant that is part of Waterford’s loan agreement. Talks with the lenders started four months ago, and the banks agreed three times to suspend the covenant, which requires Waterford to have a certain amount of cash on hand, to give the company more time to find a buyer. The company, which generates about half of its revenue in the United States, has struggled for the last five years to return to profit by cutting costs and jobs, and by hiring designers to develop new products. Some analysts attribute Waterford’s losses to management’s reluctance to move manufacturing jobs to countries with lower labor costs, like Indonesia. The combination of high manufacturing costs, declining demand for luxury goods and a weak dollar last year overstretched the company’s finances.

Waterford, which also owns the German china company Rosenthal, is the latest retailer in Britain and Ireland to run into financial difficulties as consumers curb spending because of concern about unemployment and the first recession in 17 years.
Woolworths, a variety store which sold things like chocolate bars, and toasters, started to close stores in December after failing to secure financing. Administrators were also called in for the music retailer Zavvi; Whittard, a tea retailer; and the Mfi Group, a furniture chain. Waterford’s top shareholders, led by the chairman, Anthony O’Reilly, have repeatedly pumped more money into the company. Waterford also sought a loan from the Irish government last year but was rebuffed. The company’s shares have declined steadily since 2001 and have traded at less than one euro cent a share since 2004. Waterford Wedgwood now has a market value of about 5.35 million euros but in October had net debt of 448.9 million euros ($625.1 million).
Sales for the year that ended in April 2008 were 672 million euros, down 9.4 percent from a year earlier. The company posted a loss of 231 million euros, up from 71 million euros.
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Sales of new Waterford Wedgwood items may be failing, but the resale market of vintage and antique pieces of Waterford or Wedgwood has not been affected by the bankruptcy announcement.

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Friday, February 13, 2009

February Sales At Penny's Antiques & Wedgwood Pantry

February Sales at Penny's Antiques and Wedgwood Pantry
Sale ends Midnight, February 28, 2009

February Sale in Progress at Penny's Pantry

Two categories are on sale this month: All Wedgwood is 10% off and all Timeshare rentals and sales are 20% off. Browse our online catalog and find our extra specials at: Sale ends Midnight, February 28, 2009.

Pictured: an example of the variety of items on sale until Feb. 28, a Wedgwood Jasperware Imperial Bowl, circa 1960-1980.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

This Week's New Listings at Penny's Pantry

Vintage Polyester Blend Fabric, White:

Also see several other fabrics just listed at:

Reader's Digest Condensed Book Vol 3 1985:

Also see several other Reader's Digest Condensed Books just listed at:

Vintage Jewelry - Chrome Plated Choker with matching bracelet:

Also see several other pieces of vintage jewelry just listed at:

NEXT WEEK: More Wedgwood Jasperware, collectible and antique will be available at our Mall Store at:


Monday, February 09, 2009

What Is Lead Crystal?

Lead crystal (also called crystal) is lead glass that has been hand- or machine-cut with facets. Lead oxide added to the molten glass gives lead crystal a much higher index of refraction than normal glass, and consequently much greater "sparkle" by increasing specular reflection and the range of angles of total internal reflection. Ordinary glass has a refractive index of n=1.5, whereas the addition of lead produces a range up to 1.7. This heightened RI also raises the correlating index of dispersion, which measures the degree to which a medium separates light into its component spectra, as in a prism. The presence of lead also makes the glass softer and easier to cut. Crystal can consist of up to 35% lead, at which point it has the most sparkle. The higher lead content also makes it much more difficult to form crystal during manufacturing.

Makers of lead crystal objects include Baccarat and J.G.Durand (Arc International) in France, Royal Leerdam Crystal of the Netherlands, Steuben Glass in the United States, Waterford Crystal in Ireland, Mikasa in Japan, Liuligongfang in Taiwan, Swarovski in Austria, Preciosa in Czech Republic and Rogaška Crystal in Slovenia.

It has been proposed that the historic association of gout with the upper classes in Europe and America was, in part, caused by their extensive use of lead crystal decanters to store fortified wines and whisky. Lin, et al. have statistical evidence linking gout to lead poisoning.

Significant amounts of lead can migrate from lead crystal containers into beverages stored in them. Lead crystal typically contains 24–35 percent lead oxide. In a study performed at North Carolina State University, the amount of lead migration was measured for port wine stored in lead crystal decanters. After two days, lead levels were 89 µg/L (micrograms per liter). After four months, lead levels were between 2,000 and 5,000 µg/L. White wine doubled its lead content within an hour of storage and tripled it within four hours. Some brandy stored in lead crystal for over five years had lead levels around 20,000 µg/L. To put this into perspective, EPA's lead standard for drinking water is 15 µg/L = 15ppb. Citrus juices and infant formula leach lead from crystal just as effectively as alcoholic beverages[citation needed]. Several companies do make lead crystal baby bottles and it is suspected they may present a health danger to infants.

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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Many Ways To Support Our Troops, Part V

Counseling and Other Relief and Support Organizations

The following organizations provide a wide range of services and support for our troops and wounded veterans including counseling, financial support, housing, emergency services and more:

Air Force Aid Society - Official support and relief organization for Air Force servicemembers, veterans, and families.

American Legion - Organizes blood donation, volunteer networks, purchase flags of support, and more.

The Armed Forces Foundation - Provides support and education help to our troops.

Armed Forces Relief Trust - Combination of the major military relief societies takes donations to help servicemembers.

Armed Services YMCA - Provides educational, recreational, social and religious support to the military.

Army Emergency Relief - Official support and relief organization for Army servicemembers, veterans, and families.

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance - Major support and relief organization for Coast Guard servicemembers, veterans, and families.

Enduring Freedom K.I.A. Fund - Gives financial aid to families of servicemembers killed in action.

Fallen Patriot Fund - Accepts donations to send to families of those who fell in combat.

Freedom Calls Foundation - Contribute to videoconferencing facilities that put servicemembers in touch with their families.

Freedom Fund - Send letters of thanks to the troops, or donate to funds that support deploying servicemembers.

Global War on Terrorism Veterans In Need - Provides support programs for returning disabled servicemembers.

The Home Front Cares - Provides support for the Pikes Peak Region's military families of all services by distributing funds, goods and services to needy families.

Homes for Our Troops - Assists injured veterans and their families by building new or adapting existing homes for handicapped accessibility.

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund - Fund provides unrestricted grants to the families of military personnel who have given their lives in the current operations in defense of our country.

Military Pets Foster Project - Nationwide network of foster homes cares for the pets of deployed personnel.

Navy/Marine Relief Society - Official support and relief organization for Navy servicemembers, veterans, and families.

Operation Child Care - Provides child care services for the families of Reserve and National Guard members.

Operation Hero Miles - Donate your unused frequent flyer files to servicemembers.

Sacred Heart Lodge - Provides a cost free hassle free vacation to those Soldier's who are returning from War to reconnect to their Families.

Special Operations Warrior Foundation - Provides college scholarship grants, financial aid and educational counseling to the children of Special Operations personnel killed in an operational mission or training accident.

The Survivors of Servicemembers SOS Fund - Provides funds to families who have lost a loved one in Iraq.

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) - Provides services and support for survivors of late servicemembers.

Unmet Needs - Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) program donates money to help with military families' financial necessities.

Veterans and Families - Sacramento, California-based organization is building support services for returning veterans.

Veterans of Foreign Wars - Features a full range of veteran services and advocacy programs.

Wounded Warriors Fund - Donates everything from phone cards to TVs to wounded soldiers.

Yellow Ribbon America - Show your support with a yellow ribbon.
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Friday, February 06, 2009

What is Pressed Glass?

Pressed glass is a form of glass made using a plunger to press molten glass into a mold. It was first patented by American inventor John P. Bakewell in 1825 to make knobs for furniture.

The technique was developed in the United States from the 1820s and in Europe, particularly France, Bohemia, and Sweden from the 1830s. By the mid-19th century most inexpensive mass-produced glassware was pressed. One type of pressed glass is carnival glass. The method is also used to make beads.

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Thursday, February 05, 2009

TimeShare Vacation Travel

Since we retired, my husband and I have been traveling and enjoying the use of our various time share resorts scattered across the USA and other countries. From time to time, we will post our travel experiences and hope to hear from other like wanderers.

We like driving to various parts of the USA and Canada, and enjoying the varied scenery along the way. Sometimes we take the Northern Routes, the Southern Routes, and the Inbetween Routes, depending on the time of year and the weather. Over the past seven or so years, I think we have been to about all of the 50 states and three Canadian Provinces.

Sometimes, during our travels in the USA, we take time to seek out local Antique Shops, in search of our favorite "things". We have even purchased or sold items on eBay or other auction online sites; and then made arrangements to pick up or deliver the items in person, if we happen to be traveling in that direction. It is interesting to meet the Seller or Buyer in person. Look at my website,, for some of the "things" we have found in duplicate.

The Time Share exchanges we frequent are both "Weeks" resorts, where you stay for a full week, and "Points" resorts, where you can stay from two nights or more. We have found a need for both of these vacation options. Inbetween resort accommodations, we find our favorite motels/hotels when just an overnight stay is needed; and even these can be paid for by using timeshare points.

If you are looking for bargains in Time Share purchases, look at three that are available at our Mall Store at: One is for RCI "Points" and the other two are "Weeks" resorts--one "fixed" and one "floating". We now realize that we have too many timeshares, even after giving weeks each year to our children. So, we are hoping to pass these three weeks on to another family looking for top-notch vacations and/or vacation exchanges. Not to worry--we still have enough points and weeks left to use and give to our children!


Tuesday, February 03, 2009

eBay begins to enforce paperless payments policy has begun blocking listings which offer to accept paper
payments. The new Accepted Payments Policy was introduced on 20th
October 2008, but sellers were given a grace period up to 15th
January 2009 to update their listings.

eBay say they've started blocking "based on descriptions where
sellers are most likely to still have violating text, and where we
are confident our filters have high accuracy". In other words if your
listing still offers to accept checks (cheques for our UK readers )
or money orders you won't be able to list them.

eBay will scan sellers additional checkout instructions (additional
payment instructions in the UK) to start with as that's the most
likely place sellers will mention payment methods. They'll then step
up their filters to scan listing descriptions as well when
determining which listings to block.

Sellers should be reassured that eBay's filters are intelligent
enough to differentiate between "check out my Store" and "personal
check", although I'd probably recommend you don't include text
like "We don't accept personal checks" as that might be filtered

See entire article here: http://www.tamebay. com/2009/ 01/ebay-begin-
to-enforce-paperles s-payments- policy.html

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