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E-Crater. Who Knew?

Posted by watsontoyou on October 23, 2010

As E-bay continues to grow it becomes less feasible for a small guy like me to list small objects. Mainly Trading pins. I have a slew of Disney trading pins I have collected over the years. Quite a few cast member pins and a number of hard to find Cloisonne pins. I recently found another site that is an ideal outlet for all of my pins. That place is E-crater. Apparently it has been around for  4 or 5 years but I found it only a week ago. It’s perfect for my needs. I will be listing Trading pins and chocolate only at E-Crater . I will still be offering all of the other Disney items (Snowglobes, Mugs, Plush, etc..,) and all of the chocolate we have become famous for at Omar’s Tent at E-bay. I have only just started at E-Crater and have yet to sell an item. But that has more to do with getting the site built up and bringing people in to see it. If you also have items you are looking to sell but the price is too small for E-bay then you might wnat to check E-Crater out. It’s a bit more work but could be more than worth it at the end.

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Polish Pottery from Boleslawiec, Poland

Posted by watsontoyou on March 23, 2009

It has only been in recent times that I have begun to notice this special pottery from Poland.  Although the manufacturer has been around for quite some time I haven’t noticed it here in the states until the last few years. It is beautifully shaped with striking blue colors.  It is distinguished by the different flower patterns on the pottery that are the signature of the brand.

This pottery is glaze coated and fired at a temperature of 1,250 degrees Centigrade. This ensures that the pattern remains intact after years of daily use. It is usually lead and cadmium free.

Because this style of tableware is becoming increasingly popular, the Chinese have begun to copy it. At first glance the Chinese copies look very similar. But upon closer inspection you will notice that the patterns are flat and the mugs and plates don’t have the substance that the Boleslawiec pottery has.

I’ve never acquired the taste for coffee but have always enjoyed black tea. My wife is first generation Irish in America and is a coffee and black tea drinker also. For the past year  I have been using A Boleslawiec bubble mug for my afterwork tea and am very happy with it. It keeps the tea nice and hot and is a pleasure to look at as I drink from it. It has raised my interest in Poland and the Polish people.  I hope one day to get there and enjoy it’s rich history and culture.

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Oscar Mania for the Insania.

Posted by watsontoyou on February 23, 2009

It’s difficult to get wrapped up in the Oscar frenzy during times like these. Listening to many of these vapid, loose jawed individuals on the stage makes my teeth itch. I know many of them worked hard to get where they are but let’s face it. 95% of the reason they are where they are today is due to a good gene pool. It has been quite some time since someone that is wholly unattractive picked up an acting Oscar. I mean think about it. If I looked like Mel Gibson or Alec Baldwin in their hey day my chances would be much greater to win an Oscar than the reality of my looking like Bill Murray’s ugly half brother.

Shameless plug.

I have to admit I stopped watching the Oscars many years ago. I think it was the 3rd or 4th year Debbie Allen was the show choreographer. I just couldn’t take it anymore. The stuff she had those kids on stage doing left me feeling empty and insidious. Talented dancers should never have to be exposed to toxic banal choreography.

Another shameless plug.

My wife still loves the show. She has my 13 year old daughter hooked on it also. Thankfully I get to work during the broadcast and only catch pieces here and there. But what’s up with that actor love fest they had on stage. 5 actors on stage gushing over the 5 actors in the audience.  I found myself getting nauseous. I had to reach for these to even begin to come out of it.

What they should do is the “Joe Blow Oscars”.  I’d watch that. And it would probably be all of a half hour long. Something to ponder….

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The Brain Drain

Posted by watsontoyou on February 16, 2009

It sneaks up on you. This getting older stuff. I’m not old, but I am getting older. I’m out of my 20’s (thank god!) and I’ll leave it at that. But I think my hard drive is a bit full. Or maybe comparisons to Tivo or a DVR are more appropriate. Nowadays new information comes in and the old info is recorded over.  Stuff I used to know by rote is a bit sketchy.

Here’s a shameless plug. Looking at something like this is helpful when I have a Dory moment.

Anyway, working, running a small business (very small) kids, school, karate, basketball you’ve heard it all before. Hell you all live it! I’m just not sure if it’s that my Tivo is full or that I’m trying to record too many things at once and the processor is crying “Mama!”.

another shameless plug. When that happens it’s time for tea. Or coffee. It gives my cranium a chance to cool down and get caught up with itself. By the end of the night my brain is drained and is ready for a snuggie (just kidding. If you ever see me in one of those…, shoot me.)

As for now I’m going to crawl back into my tent listen to some soft music while I think of other places. Germany, Ireland perhaps. Maybe Australia. Just someplace that has cool stout and soft breezes.

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Hershey’s Cookies and Creme

Posted by watsontoyou on February 10, 2009

Hershey's Cookies n Creme

Hershey's Cookies n Creme

Hey! You know what? I love chocolate. I got a feeling that you do to since you decided to read this.  You want to try something good try these: Hershey’s Kisses Cookies N Creme. They are most excellent. I recommend you put them in the fridge for an hour before eating them. A bag of these with a glass of ice cold milk and you would swear that you had a handfull of C N C ice cream! Well almost. But you get the picture. They are good! unlike some of the other dubious Hershey’s kisses offerings. Give ‘em a shot! You won’t be sorry.

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Bring the continent to you

Posted by watsontoyou on January 25, 2009

When I was younger I did a great deal of travelling. I toured throughout North America. All over the US and a great deal of time in Canada and Mexico. My favorite excursions were spent in Europe. Especially in Germany, the UK and Ireland.  Most of time in Germany was spent in the city of Cologne. What a beautiful city. Full of history, culture and wonderful people. Now that my wife and I have been raising a family our opportunity to travel has been diminished. I know once the kids are older we will be able to go abroad. For now we satisfy ourselves with that which reminds us of where we have been and where we want to go.

Italy is definitely on our list. The beauty and history of this place speaks to us. Recently I have come across some products made in Italy that capture some of the feelings that draw us to it. This plate for example  makes you yearn for the villages and streets of northern Italy and the restaurants the locals use.

German summers are especially beautiful. This Konitz mega mug  captures the fun of a German summer!  Or how about this French inspired mug!  This is one of my favorites.  When circumstances don’t allow you to make the trips you long for, sometimes just a small thing that reminds you of that place will get you through.

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Lladro Sleepy dwarf

Posted by watsontoyou on January 16, 2009

“Sleepy”

Originally uploaded by jimthomasson@sbcglobal.net

Many years ago Lladro created a series of figurines for Disney that included the 7 Dwarfs from “Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs” animated feature. They were sculpted and created in Spain by master sculptor Francisco Catalo. These figurines were issued in 1994 and retired in 1997. Each one stands 5.75 inches tall. They have been increasingly difficult to find. If you would like to have a better look at one try going here.

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Starting the new year right!

Posted by watsontoyou on January 16, 2009

I accomplished my goal last year of working my E-bay store as a full time 2nd job. I hit my sales goal at the end of the year and plan to increase that quota by 50% by September. I would like to thank all of my wonderful patrons that have come to my tent over the last year and hope they will continue to drop by from time to time to say hi. I would especially like to thank Sergio in Rio, Melanie in Germany, Sebastien in Belgium, etc.., for their continued support. Now I venture into the world of WordPress and see if I cannot inform and entice more of the world to see that which i can provide. Many blessings to all of you that read this. Cheers! Jim Thomasson

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Shipping with Omar

Posted by watsontoyou on October 13, 2008

There has been a lot of controversy between buyers and sellers regarding shipping costs. i know I get a number of questions from potential customers as to why some of my items have such a high shipping cost. Believe me, If I could ship for less I would do it because I would attract more customers and enhance my bottom line. So here’s the deal:

I ship almost exclusively with the US Postal Service. Fo me this makes the most sense. The type of items I sell ship better this way and frankly the overall service has been better. When I ship over seas I use USPS priority mail international. When I ship MM’s, Reese’s Mini peanut butter cups, or Reese’s Pieces I use the flat rate envelope. I can ship up to 4 pounds of goods in this envelope worldwide for $11.75. That is what the postal service charges and that’s what i charge my customers. If it is an item like mugs or globes or plates etc…, I ship either USPS parcel post or priority mail. I use the E-bay postage calculator on all of my aucions and store items. The price of shipping on each auction is dependent on the weight of the item being shipped and the size of the box. I also charge a one dollar handling fee foe domestic shipping and a $2.00 fee for international. The handling fee covers the cost of the box, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing peanuts and address label. If insurance is required then that cost is also factored in according to the USPS guide lines.

I realize that there are some sellers out there that charge high prices for shipping. many of them are legitimate costs but some are just padding their profit margin. Take the time to compare items and see what different sellers are charging for shipping. They may charge a low preice for the item but a high price for shipping or vice-versa to balance the price. Take all charges into consideration before making a decision and then decide if the item is worth it. Don’t just base your decision on the cost of the item alone. Omar@omarstent.com

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