UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 06/28/17 - Delaware Estate Sales...   06/28/17 - Martin's Auction Service...   06/28/17 - Alderfers Auctions & Appraisers...   06/28/17 - Embassy Auctions International...   06/28/17 - Allen & Marshall Auctioneers & Appraisers...   06/29/17 - Alderfers Auctions & Appraisers...   06/28-29/17 - Barry S. Slosberg, Inc....   06/29/17 - George Miller IV Auction Co....   06/30/17 - Bostwick Auctions and Gallery...   07/01/17 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   07/01/17 - Blums...   06/30-7/1/17 - Chesney Auction...   07/01/17 - Horst Auctioneers...   07/01/17 - Wagner Auction Service...   07/02/17 - George Gibney...   07/02/17 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   07/04/17 - Doug & Vickie Hardy...   07/05/17 - Wilson's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   07/05/17 - Diefenderfer Auction Company, LLC...   07/06/17 - Alderfers Auctions & Appraisers...   07/07-08/17 - United Auctions & Antiques & Rentzels Auction...   07/08/17 - Kimberly Hemingway...   07/08/17 - Howard B. Parzow...   07/11/17 - Hartzell's Auction Gallery, Inc....   07/14/17 - Pook & Pook, Inc....   
  • 06/28/17 - Delaware Estate Sales...   06/28/17 - Martin's Auction Service...   06/28/17 - Alderfers Auctions & Appraisers...   06/28/17 - Embassy Auctions International...   06/28/17 - Allen & Marshall Auctioneers & Appraisers...   06/29/17 - Alderfers Auctions & Appraisers...   06/28-29/17 - Barry S. Slosberg, Inc....   06/29/17 - George Miller IV Auction Co....   06/30/17 - Bostwick Auctions and Gallery...   07/01/17 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   07/01/17 - Blums...   06/30-7/1/17 - Chesney Auction...   07/01/17 - Horst Auctioneers...   07/01/17 - Wagner Auction Service...   07/02/17 - George Gibney...   07/02/17 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   07/04/17 - Doug & Vickie Hardy...   07/05/17 - Wilson's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   07/05/17 - Diefenderfer Auction Company, LLC...   07/06/17 - Alderfers Auctions & Appraisers...   07/07-08/17 - United Auctions & Antiques & Rentzels Auction...   07/08/17 - Kimberly Hemingway...   07/08/17 - Howard B. Parzow...   07/11/17 - Hartzell's Auction Gallery, Inc....   07/14/17 - Pook & Pook, Inc....   
  • 06/28/17 - Delaware Estate Sales...   06/28/17 - Martin's Auction Service...   06/28/17 - Alderfers Auctions & Appraisers...   06/28/17 - Embassy Auctions International...   06/28/17 - Allen & Marshall Auctioneers & Appraisers...   06/29/17 - Alderfers Auctions & Appraisers...   06/28-29/17 - Barry S. Slosberg, Inc....   06/29/17 - George Miller IV Auction Co....   06/30/17 - Bostwick Auctions and Gallery...   07/01/17 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   07/01/17 - Blums...   06/30-7/1/17 - Chesney Auction...   07/01/17 - Horst Auctioneers...   07/01/17 - Wagner Auction Service...   07/02/17 - George Gibney...   07/02/17 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   07/04/17 - Doug & Vickie Hardy...   07/05/17 - Wilson's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   07/05/17 - Diefenderfer Auction Company, LLC...   07/06/17 - Alderfers Auctions & Appraisers...   07/07-08/17 - United Auctions & Antiques & Rentzels Auction...   07/08/17 - Kimberly Hemingway...   07/08/17 - Howard B. Parzow...   07/11/17 - Hartzell's Auction Gallery, Inc....   07/14/17 - Pook & Pook, Inc....   
Packing It Up

June 25, 2017

Packing It Up

Collector Chats

By Peter Seibert

I had two interesting lessons in packing this past week. The first concerned my elder daughter and her collection of toy trains. Jane and I have been collecting O-scale trains for about a decade now. We began when she was about 8, and now she is 18 and heading to college this fall. The trains were something we could do together in terms of collecting and also running them. They began on the floor of our row house in Harrisburg and graduated to the basement of the farm in York and the garages in Taos and in Virginia.
However, Jane has not touched the trains in about eight months. The dust was starting to build up, and so we had a long talk. She is going to college and agreed that the toy trains were not something that she was as interested in as she had been, but she wanted to keep them.
So off to the big box hardware store for the sturdiest rubber tubs that I could find and lots of packing materials. I prefer the rubber tubs because of the climate here in Virginia. And I tend to buy the heaviest that I can with good-quality packing materials. It was a bundle of money, but eight tubs of trains are now packed. Jane was sad about seeing them go, but she admitted that she was not able to play with them. My arthritis is too bad to do the wiring that I was able to do, and so they are now ready for her to take to her home someday in the next decade or so.
While I was cleaning the garage out, I got into a box of china that I had set aside for Mary, my younger daughter. My mother and grandmother loved china, and so both daughters are getting two matched sets each. I have no idea if they want them, but they are getting them when they get married!
Anyhow, the set for Mary had belonged to my grandmother, also named Mary. I had packed it when I closed my mother’s house out in Harrisburg back in 2001. The rubber tub that I put it in was the best that I could get at that point.
Four moves later - the last one at the hands of a major-name moving company - and I finally opened the box to find that all the turkey platters and serving bowls were crushed and broken. The plates and the rest seemed OK, but the big items were ruined.
Well, this is a case where I am thankful for eBay, as I immediately typed in “Copeland Rose Briar with basket weave,” and up popped a host of pieces to replace the broken ones. For the last week, the mailman has been bringing boxes of china to the house, and I have been able to replace all the broken pieces. I feel better, and Mary will have her complete set.
I went out and purchased heavy-duty rubber tubs like I did for the trains and repacked all the china, including the new items. I hopefully will not need to move them anytime soon, but when I do, they will be ready.
My lesson for everyone is not only to check items frequently that are packed but also to purchase the best-quality materials to store them. And then, realizing that age will take its toll, be prepared to upgrade when you can.

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