What Sells On eBay: Burwood wall clock, Puzzle, Playing cards, 8-track deck, Portable Playtape player

That clock was gorgeous, Steven. No surprise you kept it a while. And that PlayTape set! You always find the oddest electronics things coming out of SD attics. And old NJ, Sharyn. The best stuff can be found at those auctions and flea markets, eh? I forget the name of my favorite auction there, but I think my favorite flea was Berlin. Not too big and crazy like Englishtown but not too small, and closer to me in Phila anyway. And it had a great shellfish bar inside for big plates of oysters or clams on the half shell, and an apple cider stand with the apples going in the big machine right there, IIRC.

A good recent consignment challenge coin sale was this one for the Japan Ground Self Defense Force Western Army. The Japanese are so careful to not call their overall forces “Army” or “Navy” and such (it’s always a “self defense force” due to their 1947 Constitution renouncing war as a national right), but for smaller parts of it is apparently ok to use those terms.  This coin sold for $147 plus shipping. Challenge coins from most foreign countries are slow sellers and have to be priced low, but not those from Japan.

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This vintage multi-tool knife with fork, spoon and everything was made in Japan back when their mass-produced consumer items were derided for cheapness. This knife was definitely cheaply made and I listed it with full disclosure. They are known as “hobo knives” but they were actually marketed and sold in Boy Scout shops and are not especially rare now. This one sold for $60 plus shipping and was a family estate item.

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More family estate memories, these vintage Saudi Arabic language guides sold for $19 plus shipping. The tableau of a woman with two men presumably not her relatives strikes an odd note for the time period in Saudi (and what’s with the regulation US Navy dixie cup on her head?) but the guide was intended for “businessmen, housewives, visitors and diplomats” who would presumably fill in the scene with an out-of-frame husband as the Western couple entertain locals in their home.

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Another rifle bayonet here, this one a Bulgarian model from the 1970’s for the AK74. The distinctive triangular extension to the scabbard is a barbed wire cutting attachment which is used in conjunction with the bayonet blade (note the slot in the bayonet). Virtually all bayonets with this feature are from the former Soviet bloc, with the exception of a few West German models. Other than that extension, the shapes, colors, materials, and markings will vary, depending on the year and country of manufacture. The vast majority you’ll see are a very common Romanian version.  I paid $37 for this one and it sold for $115 plus shipping.

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On the occasion of my birth, an aunt and uncle living in New Mexico gave my parents a set of prints that were probably an inexpensive gift shop purchase at the time. My mother kept them and they finally ended up back with me out of her estate. The Native American artist responsible for them is now relatively well known. This Harrison Begay silkscreen of Horse and Foal sold for $90 plus shipping.

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People definitely collect toy cannons so although this brass and iron flea market find was a bit pricey at $5 I had hopes it would sell quickly and it did. It went for $40 plus shipping. This one is characteristic of the kind that have been sold in museum and battlefield gift shops forever. It’s about 5.25 inches long.

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