Twenty Five Most Read Short Stories

,25 Most Read Short Stories book cover These are Twenty Five of my most read short stories. Some chapters are entertaining, some are informative, and some are just downright good short reads for your work commute.

Some of my Stories might even have a Canadian theme and orientation to them.
I’m not a long book reader and very few times, a book will captivate me long enough to read the whole thing. That unconsciously inspired me to write short fun and to the point short stories for readers, just like you and me. For those people that are always on the go. Continue reading

Canada’s Dark Past Printed on a Board Game

Coronavirus, Covid-19 has given us change, the Black Lives Matter Movement will give us change. Canada’s dark past board game article will be removed “Off My Site” by June 30 2020

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Are Antique Picture Frames Highly Collectable

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Are Antique Picture Frames collectible or just, overrated? An old picture frame is one of those things that are sadly ignored by most of the general art collecting public, especially in North America.

2 people in a old frameYears ago, most older frames were recognized as pieces of art and, in their own right were priced accordingly. Now  in today’s market, they are generally a forgotten item. Which means, you can pick up these beautiful old frames for a very low dollar price.

Look past the farmer and his wife.

But remember, you have to look past the Portrait of the old farmer and his wife. Just look at the quality, handmade, and in some cases, hand-carved frames.farmers in an old picture frame

If you collect any type of masterpiece’s, whether it’s a lithograph, watercolor or oil paintings and proudly display them in galleries or in the foyer of your home or business. Then you should consider that time period of frame to complement your artwork.

Things to note on good old frames.

  • They could very well complement your old picture or the painstaking oil portrait that you just finished of your favorite Auntie.
  • The average public back then could not afford these handmade, hand-carved frames so most were bought by wealthy clients.
  • Also note: don’t be discouraged if they are a little rough around the edges. You can still buy products today to repair damaged old frames.

Some of these older frames are good examples of folk art. While others can be dated to a particular style (Art Deco, Faux Bois) or a time period. Frames are one of those items that don’t get moved around much from where they originally were hung. So in most cases, you will find these frames with minimal damage or wear.

Look at these frames through different eyes!
Now, next time you’re at your favorite antique auction house, try and look at those quality old pieces of art through different eyes. You will see the beauty and workmanship that went into every one of these exquisite looking frames.  While you’re at it, check out the old dated, rippled, not so perfect glass, you know the glass with the air bubbles still in them.

But of course, the industrial revolution changed all that around the (1850s)” where the “hand carving” was done by “machines” which, just looks hand carved.

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Auction Junky

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How many different types of auctions are there,  MANY.

Well, there are Dutch auctions, English auctions, online auctions, Weekly auctions,

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live auctions, estate auctions, storage auctions, aaaah… and there’s more!  #####

∞ There are good and bad auctions for you auction junky

Open or English auctions are the most common. That’s where the auctioneer starts the bidding at a fictitious number, and anybody interested puts up their hand, and yells, ” yup”, or they just blurp out another number to their liking.  As long as the number isn’t too insulting, the auctioneer will go with that number.

Any bid is better than no bids, and that’s how they entice the peoples’ interest. It may start at $5, the next bidder $10 dollars until it stops at the highest number.

The man with the most gold does win.

∞ Tip # 1    Auctioneers are ordinary people and after saying that, I mean there are good ones and bad ones.

Some of these auction houses will honestly tell you if there is a defect in the item your bidding on and will price it accordingly. Some will not ….so “BUYER BEWARE” and check your auction houses wisely.

There are many auctions sites that are run by very knowledgeable staff and auctioneers. They mostly sell high-end items, maybe a few cheapies, but that’s all part of an estate. For the most part, good items.

Some auction will refuse lower-end items. So bring lots of … green stamps, mullah, Money to them.

∞ Tip # 2     Always help the auctioneer out by starting the bidding, most will remember you and will return the favor. Auctioneers like to keep items moving and getting a bid early, is better than later.

The general rule is,  they will go through at least 100 items an hour. Some auctions have their items tagged/numbered so you can get an idea when you’re watched furniture is coming up. …

But most do not tag the item.

∞ Tip # 3    Always, if you are the lucky buyer and think you scored big, remember that you have to add the Taxes on and of course, the auction house fees (15-20 %.).  We all forget that part of the heat of the moment. In our part of the country, it’s another 25% on top of the bargain price of your item.

During the weekly auctions, there seem to be 2 groups of people that go. Weekends they cater to family and working-class people (with real jobs). You will see some of the older groups; they may be out for the odd deal or just to stay active but that’s a good thing. Not all retired people go to the sunny south or even wants to.

There are buyers/dealers that take the buy-and-selling thing quite seriously and this is their motto,

“Buy low, sell high, “that’s a good thought.”

The fun for us is the chase, buying something Unique, going home, do a little research. We like to think that we have trained our eyes to look and find different things of interest, out of the norm, artifacts that you haven’t come across before, things you can’t even find it on E-bay. That could be a really good thing. Eh

After refining our research, and your lucky enough to find some information that maybe, just maybe it come over on the “Mayflower”, or with “COLUMBUS”  “ That’s a bonus!”

The Web is a wondrous thing.  It can consume your time or you can use it to your advantage.  It’s all there for the taking.

So, we don’t just buy to have things, we buy to sell. There is a name for people like us and we are called “Mercenaries” Colorful Label. It means we try not to get attached to anything.

∞ Tip # 4     Buy only things you can carry and move. Do not expect anyone to help you.

Example, to move that big safe you bought because it was cheap,

No-Can-Doo,   CANT FIND ANYBODY TO HELP.

Most of these auction houses and I don’t know why they do not have people to help the patrons load their treasures. Some things just boggle the mind.

∞ Tip # 5   Buyer Beware.    Have Fun, look the items over well, especially the ones that you’re interested in.  You don’t need any surprises when you get it home. Bid and buy what you can afford. Set yourself a limit to what you want to spend, try not to go over that set amount. We all get caught up in the moment and sometimes pay far too much.

AND THEN THERE’S THIS SAYING

This Famous Storage Auctioneer from London Ont.  rule was,

“Should have, Could Have, BUT DIDN’T”   … Eh!

Have fun at the auctions and let’s make some “MONEY”.

Did I say we have many Antiques and Collectibles FOR SALE?

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