Category Archives: Collectibles

How I Wrap Delicate Objects

We shipped a Hurricane Lamp to Thailand.  It’s actually an electric model, but it’s a lot like the old oil fueled models they use in actual hurricanes.  Here’s the lamp before any wrapping.  Two large parts and a smaller part … Continue reading

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Cool thing we have sold – Farmall Tractor Model

Several years ago, when we sold for other people, we got a call on the night before Thanksgiving to go to the house of a friend of a friend.  Mary Ellen lived in an apartment in an old Italian section … Continue reading

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Johnny-Sells 10 Anniversary!

October marks the 10th anniversary of Johnny-Sells on eBay! In 2003, my wife Janet was an award winning Public Relations professional working for a real estate investment company. It was a thriving business with dozens of eager 20 somethings buying … Continue reading

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Our Brush with the Mayor’s Police Detail

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel My wife and I like to go to yard sales.  On a Saturday with nice weather in Chicago, there are lots of them.   We find out about them from various sources, primarily Craigslist.   We try to … Continue reading

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Ach du Lieber! It’s Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany is the world’s largest party, and that’s saying a lot.  6 million people will jam giant beer halls from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6, 2013.  Waitresses wearing traditional Bavarian dress bring beer steins to the thirsty … Continue reading

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Holiday Challah Bread Recipe by Janet Treuhaft of Johnny-Sells

The lovely Janet Treuhaft of Johnny-Sells makes wonderful Holiday Challah Bread. This braided bread with an egg crust and sprinkled with poppy seeds is delicious at the Jewish Holidays and all year round. If you would like the recipe, please … Continue reading

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What’s a Hand Cooler?

Way back in the 1800s, long before they had air conditioning, they had hand coolers.    Wikipedia explains why: “Small, cooled, egg-shaped items originally made of porcelain, marble, glass or crystal and just slightly smaller than an actual egg would be … Continue reading

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US Vice President Pens #1 Hit Song!

No, it’s not Joe Biden (pictured above).  It’s Charles G. Dawes (who?) He was Republican Calvin Coolidge’s VP from 1924 -28.  Before entering politics, Dawes was the owner of several gas companies.

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Warren G. Harding The First Media Savvy President

Republican Warren G. Harding of Ohio was elected US President in 1920 using history’s first media campaign.   He recognized the value of the developing technology of the time.   The handsome Harding staged photo opportunities with great success.  

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Robert Emmet, Irish Hero – Plaque available at Johnny-Sells

Irish patriots will love this three dimensional tribute to Irish hero Robert Emmet.     Click here to see the Johnny-Sells eBay listing for this bit of historical memoribilia. Here’s more about Robert Emmet: Robert Emmet’s short, dramatic life came to a … Continue reading

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