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Ruby Lane's "Past Times" for August - Time Flies
In This Issue
- Open A Ruby Lane Shop – $75 Set-Up Fee Waived Through October 15!
- Sister Site Ruby Plaza - FREE to SELL Through December 2012!
- Old Clocks are Members of the Family by Jack Becklund of The Pottery Nuts
- Shop for Watches on Ruby Lane - On Time and In Style
- Tee Time! Great golf collectibles on Ruby Lane
OPEN A RUBY LANE SHOP – $75 SET-UP FEE WAIVED THROUGH OCTOBER 15!
For many, the number 13 conjures-up images of bad luck. Few buildings acknowledge they have a 13th floor, and many superstitious people stay locked in their houses on Friday the 13th. But all of us at Ruby Lane are excited to celebrate our 13th year in business. And August is the official month we opened, so we decided to offer a special promotion to sellers who want to join us during this period.
Special Promotion – Set-Up Fee Waived!
As part of our Lucky 13 Anniversary, we are launching a special promotion: Open a shop and the $75 set-up fee is waived. This special limited time promotion is on now, through October 15, 2011.
Why Open A Shop?
Ruby Lane is one-stop shopping for antiques & art, vintage collectibles and jewelry. With our considerable, highly targeted visitor traffic, your Ruby Lane shop will get noticed. And Ruby Lane is known for its excellent quality standards and for its ease of use for both buyers and sellers.
New Tools and Features
Recently we introduced several new features to the site, including a new look to our item pages and the ability to Skype with customers. We've added tools for sharing Ruby Lane items on your favorite social sites. We host a dynamic Facebook community as well as our blog, Notes from The Lane.
It is really that simple - new shop owners who go to open a Ruby Lane shop, will not be charged a set-up fee. But remember, October 15, 2011, is the last day you will be able to set-up your shop for Free. You must
request to open by October 15. Your shop must meet our guidelines and be approved by our review staff.
Come and help us celebrate our Lucky 13. With more than 2,200 shops and 425,000 items, we invite you to tour Ruby Lane, and see why so many call it home, and a great place to shop and sell.
Here's what some of our current shop owners say they like about selling on Ruby Lane:
"The ease of setting up and keeping a shop. The picture uploads and the amount allowed. The wish lists and wish list e-mails."
"I have been a member since 2001, and have had a very positive experience. I have had buyers from all over the world, Japan, Spain, Germany to name a few. I believe that the high standards you require of the dealers is one of the most important things. These high standards give the customers confidence to buy."
"Speed, Photographs - amount and quality, Page colors - easy on the eyes "
"A classy site and quality merchandise. My customers seem to feel comfortable and 'safe' on Ruby Lane."
"Great 'brand' recognition; overall quality of merchandise; great visibility on Google search engine."
We hope you'll consider joining us. To get started go to: Top Reasons
For information on the cost of a shop visit: Cost of Shop
SISTER SITE RUBY PLAZA - FREE TO SELL THROUGH DECEMBER 2012!
If you're not familiar with Ruby Plaza, it is Ruby Lane's sister site specializing in home decor, fashion & accessories and jewelry. Unlike Ruby Lane, Ruby Plaza allows for brand NEW items to be offered.
And in case you haven't heard - we are now offering both current and new shops the opportunity to sell on Ruby Plaza for FREE - through December 31st, 2012 while we work to grow and expand the site. That's right - it's absolutely FREE.
Here's a summary, effective now through December 31st, 2012:
- Monthly Fee: FREE
- Setup Fee: FREE
- Listing Fee: FREE
- Additional Blocks of Items: FREE
After the Free Period
The anticipated fees after December 31st, 2012 are:
- Monthly Fee: $4.95
- Commission: 4.95%
- Setup Fee: FREE
- Listing Fee: FREE
- Additional Blocks of Items: FREE
Skype Just Added
Both Ruby Lane and Ruby Plaza now offer Skype as a free, optional new feature. Skype allows buyers and sellers to communicate in real time if they choose via instant messaging, audio and/or video, while the buyer browses the site. Please note that not all shops offer Skype yet, however we expect the number of shops who offer it to grow significantly in the future. Stay tuned!
We hope you'll stop by and check out Ruby Plaza today!
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OLD CLOCKS ARE MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY BY JACK BECKLUND OF THE POTTERY NUTS
Have you looked lately at the wonderful selection of old clocks on Ruby Lane? I have, and it is impressive. Over the years, we've bought and sold many clocks of all kinds, but ultimately the work required to put some of them into working condition was above our pay grade, so now we simply surround ourselves with them and enjoy. Currently, we have six chiming clocks of assorted types in the house and no, they do not all chime at the same time because they have individual personalities and idiosyncracies. But we love them and each one has earned a place in the family.
Sometimes, the purchase of an elderly clock is only the first step of a process that includes leveling for balance and adjusting for speed. We have a beautiful bracket clock made by Thomas Smith of London in about 1835 that we planned to place on a side table in the dining room. We balanced it and leveled it as best we could, then started it and waited. It ran a few minutes and stopped. We adjusted again with the same result. Over a period of several weeks, we tried everything. We were literally shimming it with individual sheets of paper. Nothing worked. It refused to run. We gave up and put it on top of a bookcase in the back hallway. In a short time, we heard its clear bell chime. I looked at Patti and she looked at me. It was the Smith bracket clock, running happily. That was a year ago. It has never stopped running and striking. We don't dare move it, however, so it sits out of sight in the back
hallway, where at least we can hear it chime.
There is a Seth Thomas wall clock in another hallway that plays St Michael's chimes and strikes the quarter hour, but only when it is exactly vertical. Needless to say, there are small nails in the wall to keep it that way. Then too, the chimes must be wound much more frequently than the strike or time. But it rewards us with musical interludes throughout the day.
My grandparents built a house in 1904 and placed a Seth Thomas beehive clock on the dining room mantel. It ran there until 1961 and my grandfather wound it every Sunday night before going to bed. Then it sat in a closet, first my mother's and then mine, until 2003, when it went in for major surgery. Since then, it has accompanied us through the days, not without some strange clanks and thumps, but generally keeping good time. Sure, the chime is off by an hour, but who cares. It's a clock that came out of a dusty closet to provide wonderful memories.
One of our favorite clocks is a $10 garage sale find made in Germany, an art deco style wall clock with the same weight-driven movement as a Cuckoo clock. It runs accurately and chimes twice per hour without fail. Its strike is a bit loud and my grandson once asked if we weren't irritated by it, but no, we like its Germanic personality.
When you are shopping for clocks on Ruby Lane, keep in mind that you will wind it and listen to it. A 24-hour clock may be too demanding while an eight day movement is just
right. You can also find clocks that run longer without winding. As for chimes and strike volume, be sure you know in advance what it will do. We once owned a triple decker that was simply too loud anywhere in the house. It would wake the dead, as they say. You want a clock you can live with over the long haul.
We now focus on buying and selling art pottery. It is beautiful to look at, as is art glass, sculpture and other collectibles. However, by the mere fact that they are constantly moving and performing, however quirkily, clocks are unique among the decorative items you can add to your home. They will truly become members of your family and develop a history of their own. Personally, our house would feel empty and we wouldn't be happy without them.
We invite you to visit Drury House Antiques or McGuire's Clocks, two of the many shops on Ruby Lane selling antique clocks, or find art pottery at author Jack Becklund's shop, The Pottery Nuts.
SHOP FOR WATCHES ON RUBY LANE - ON TIME AND IN STYLE
Antiques Uncommon Treasure: RARE 17th to 19th c European treasure: antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing etc
RARE Vintage Lapis Dial PIAGET 18K Gold Watch 79 grams - Unisex, PIAGET original papers and case
NOTE: July 15, 2011 gold value is over $1580.00 per oz. The most valuable thing in life is time - the great leveler; all of us have only 24 hours a ...
Diamond and Estate Trust: Quality and class in original antique and period jewelry! Signed pieces, engagement rings, watches
Collectible Transition Stainless Rolex Submariner 16800
Very cool Sub! This is a transition model from 1985 (8 million) stainless Rolex Submariner model 16800. Beautiful matte dial, a couple of nicks and a ...
Kristiesdeals: There's Something For Everyone At Kristie's!
Zodiac Swiss Automatic LADIES Goldtone WATCH RETRO
Zodiac watches remain one of the finest, most collectible SWISS timepieces there is. Collectors as well as end users are continually on the lookout ...
Art Nouveau Collection: Selling my 40 Year Collection of Art Nouveau Jewelry, Watches, Match Safes, Medals and More!
Art Nouveau Victorian Woman's Face Pocket Watch 14kt Gold Circa 1890
Beautiful 14kt gold pocket watch with perfect dial and case. Works well (not timed). Back has woman with flowers. No inscription or date that I can ...
Linda's Antiques: Fine, Native American: Costume: Silver Jewelry: lay-away available:
Native American Sterling Silver Watch with Coral and Turquoise
Offered for sale: Cuff style Native American watch in Sterling Silver with turquoise and coral nuggets. The Native American watch is a beauty and so...
Sunday and Sunday: Antique and Vintage Fine and Costume Jewelry
14K Gold 22J Hamilton Bradford wrist watch
Handsome and classic round 14k solid yellow gold Hamilton Bradford wrist watch. Case measures 40mm in length (lug tip to tip) x 32mm 1-5 8 ) in ...
GreatVintageStuff: Purveyors of good old stuff and vintage estate jewelry
Vintage Bakelite Bracelet Olivia Swiss Made Watch
In all our years of Bakeliting, we don't remember ever seeing a watchband made of Bakelite. But here it is...a corn yellow genuine (409 tested) ...
Tomorrow's Antiques: Unique Collectibles at Reasonable Prices - Visit at Ruby Plaza for more exciting items
Bulova American Girl Wrist Watch Bracelet
This Bulova American Girl Wrist Watch Bracelet was marketed to teens in December 1958 and retailed for $49.50. It is in excellent condition, keeps ...
Blue Dolphin Antiques: The ultimate in Fine Antique Furniture Lighting Nautical Paintings Porcelain Glass
Wrist Watch 14K Gold Cyma
One very elegant vintage wrist watch."Cyma"7 Well.The 14 kt yellow gold watch is a very handsome , conservative style watch, Suitable for evening or ...
YESTERDAYS: Antiques, primitives, collectibles and assorted treasures
Vintage Lorus Mickey Mouse Turquoise Watch
Presenting an authentic vintage Lorus Mickey Mouse expansion band watch. The watch face features Mickey with yellow hands. The face of the watch...
TEE TIME! GREAT GOLF COLLECTIBLES ON RUBY LANE
Antique Dolls Unique Collectibles: Looking for good Homes for my treasures
Vintage Putter St Andrews Hand Made
This is a vintage putter The bottom says Original Hand made by Club makers of St. Andrews. it also still has the green tag on the wood shaft, which ...
Cobayley Vintage Jewelry Antiques Collectibles: Estate Sale Items Fresh From Northern California
1963 Frank Sinatra Invitational Golf Tournament Program Autographed
Every once in awhile, when we shop at estate sales, we get surprises. On the last day of the sale, we went back because I wanted to buy some of the ...
Belladora Antiques: Buy Antiques * Save the Planet * We sell Genuine Antique Vintage items only WELCOME!
Vintage Golf Novelty c1930 - Silv Pl Golf Bag 6 Clubs Designed as Olive Picks
4.5 wide x 3 high Silver Plated Nicer than my photos! This unique miniature Golf Bag Club Set is in PRISTINE CONDITION. No losses to the silver ...
Finish Line Collectibles: North 2 South Antiques
Wonderful Evans Pairpoint Golf Flask Golfer in Knickers
For sale we have the Wonderful Evans Pairpoint Enamel Golfing Flask. This is a classic in golf collectibles with it's very finely detailed multiple...
Barkus Farm Antiques, Collectibles and Fine Art: Unique Collectibles, Antiques and Fine Arts from Around the World
Unusual Italian Porcelain Sculpture - Woman Golfer - Signed
I love the expression of deep concentration on her face, She certainly looks like she takes her game seriously! The base is signed near her heels ...
Maudee's Jewel Box:
Vintage Ronica Female Golfer's Watch with Tapestry and Leatherette Band
This fun watch has a female golfer on the front with gold tone hands and a floating golf ball as the second hand. It has a white background with a ...
Antique Showroom: Eclectic inventory of investment quality antiques, jewelry, books and collectibles
Anchor Hocking Sports Cocktail Mixer Golf Sailing Eight Drink Recipes
Here is a great mid century cocktail shaker from ANCHOR HOCKING. Decorated with Sailboat on one side and a Golfer Driving a ball on the other side. ...
Pieces of Old: An Eclectic Assortment of Yesterday's Past Dolls, Toys, Fine Art, Furnishings Decor
Bernard Ravca Cloth Art Doll c 1940's Golfer
Vintage Cloth Doll, Golfer Character c.1940 by French-American Artist, Bernard Ravca. Doll is 9 tall, made of stockinette with needle-sculpted ...
Red Rooster Antiques: Relax, Browse and Enjoy!
Arthur Burdett Frost The Golfer Print
Now that is some swing. If you need that special gift for his birthday and he just lost at golf then this print would be just what he needs. Signed ...
Patricia Funt Antiques: This exciting store is an eclectic Curiosity Shop for the Antique Lover
Vintage 14K Pearl Golf-themed Cuff-Links
Handsome 14K Pearl golf club cuff-links. Finely crafted and nicely detailed with a good solid weight. The perfect gift for the golfer in your ...
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