New York New Haven & Hartford Railroad car lock with RARE key, Nice working set. Iron lock with a brass dust cover that swings shut over the keyhole. All original with traces of old black paint. NO broken or missing parts, fine condition! The key is...
We live in upstate New York and specialize in "railroadiana" -- relics and memorabilia from trains and railroads of the American transportation industry (not models or toys).
Check out my items on www.timestreasures.rubylane.com
FOR SALE on Ruby Lane - just the sweetest miniature Taghkanic (a/k/a Taconic) basket - made by a member of a well known but reclusive hill country clan in rural upstate New York.
These well documented bu...
Here is an absolutely wonderful, very earliest 1900s full-size antique C. W. Parker carousel horse jumper. It comes with papers and documentation from a nationally recognized carousel animal authority -- ready to display an...
New York New Haven & Hartford Railroad car lock with RARE key, Nice working set. Iron lock with a brass dust cover that swings shut over the keyhole. All original with traces of old black paint. NO broken or missing parts, fine condition! The key is very hard to find.
http://www.rubylane.com/item/27950-627/4-AVAILABLE-York-Central-Railroad-DeWitt "DeWitt Clinton" Cup & Saucer sets, authentic NY Central Railroad passenger dining car china. Superb, Guaranteed! Several sets avail. Discount for multi-purchase.
Beautiful Victorian brooch, domed horse bridle rosette originally a pin, wonderful condition w/ brass back & pin. Size 1.75" across and .5" thick at center.
Victorian brooch pin converted from real horse bridle rosette. Lovely, NO cloudiness, NO chips/scratches. 1.75" across, .5" thick dome. Brass back & pin. All original!
This cute black-and-white spotted donkey is pulling a cart made as a planter. it is marked MADE IN OCCUPIED JAPAN (Made between 1945 and 1952). CONDITION: Clean, Terrific! SIZE: Appr. 4" long.
Barbara, thank you for making this subject known! It IS CRITICALLY important for people to contact their NY state legislators.
You will have TWO legislators representing you: One in the Assembly ("lower house") http://assembly.state.ny.us/ and one in the Senate https://www.nysenate.gov/ - both pages will help you find who these people are and how to contact them.
If you do not know "whose" yours are you can call 518-474-2121 and ask. Note this is not a toll-free call but it will get you into the system.
While the letter makes important points, it does not really, fully explain the issue, which is that online venues including not only eBay but any of them hosting individual sellers (Ruby Lane, Etsy, Bonanza, eCrater etc.) will be required to collect and remit sales taxes on purchases made by NY residents.
This is idiocy because none of these "marketplaces" actually collect or handle any payments (money)!! They do not receive payments to remit sales tax from! All they do is provide a web service through which a buyer can meet a seller.
Unfortunately the public for the most part doesn't understand how online "venues" and marketplaces work. I don't think most elected representatives do either. This may sound like a great idea but they do not have a clue.
Another angle is that as a New York business, I DO NOT WANT EBAY collecting the sales tax for me!! What happens if they do it wrong? What happens if there is a mistake made? GUESS WHO will be socked with the penalties and have to straighten out the MESS that eBay made!! After I get through paying the penalties to NYS, my only recourse to recover anything will be to sue eBay !! Me -- a semi-retired small business owner, selling less than $$K yearly to NY residents -- sue eBay? - which is a billion dollar industry? there is no way I will win and I will have to eat the penalties and charges that eBay should have paid, instead of me, for doing it wrong in the first place.
This entire thing is a sneaky plan cooked up to make an end run around the Marketplace Fairness Act which apparently is stalled somewhere (the last I heard Speaker Ryan had it but that was a while ago).
If you haven't noticed, Andrew Cuomo is running for President now that Hillary is out of his way - he's looking for big issues that he can use for building fame on a nationwide scale.
Please contact your legislators as Barbara is asking.
This post was edited by Jane Time's Treasures LLC at February 24, 2017 2:26 PM EST
I think my problem with Pinterest and G+ and similar is I cannot tell if my work posting results in any sales. Of course being a Ruby Lane shop, I am limited to a personal account -- so I simply quit wasting my time, because, Jan, as you said, "you can't have buyable pins unless you have a business account" .
Accordingly I was really glad to see Ruby Lane open their Pinterest business account to shops, and I have been sending some listings that way when I have the time. Indeed, it helps with more eyeballs on the listings as possible, but I surely wish there was a good way to find out how effective my time is, or whether I am better off pursuing other avenues.
Right now I simply do not have time to learn/get into more of this. I am struggling with Windows10 - the switch over to the operating system went wonderfully and I was thrilled ..... little did I know ........ the first update in June was horrendous and rendered my PC unusable (it changed settings, so that as I finally discovered one setting was in direct conflict wtih another and prevented the PC from waking up from "sleep" function). DAYS of wasted time and wasted money. Second update was somewhat better but it added a bunch of stuff I did not want.
NOW earlier this week, another MicroSoft update left the Admin account alone on my PC, but changed my regular user account over to my Microsoft Account settings -- ! so I have to use my MSaccount to sign into my regular ID, as it had negated the password I had created and was using -- with no notice! Only by accident did I discover what had happened - and how to at least temporarily fix it, otherwise I was locked out of my main PC account, with a (previously) correct password that no longer worked. WORST, was there was no explanation from MS about what happened and how to deal with it.
Further, it added a folder string to my "This PC" folder tree in my C: hard drive -- in addition to "Users" and "Libraries" there is NOW a folder named my FULL NAME. Unbelievable invasion. My tech is away and I will be getting to him to help me get out of this. Until then I am leaving my PC turned on, I'm afraid to shut down/reboot it.
One reason I have avoided a cell phone is that settings apparently are structured to allow things to happen unless you choose "opt out" or "No" or whatever to turn them off/get rid of them. Maybe I will get into it, but right now I am mentally worn out and frustrated from fighting with Win10 changes. I truly wish I had never switched over from Win8 which was working seamlessly. It would be really nice to have a few months of smooth sailing with everything going smoothly and no changes causing upheavals. However, every time I think this, I think of my friend, whose HVAC business that he owns and makes his living, was derailed by their cable company whose recent "upgrades" are technically unworkable and according to our computer tech, are not compatible with the computer system he relies on.
I didn't mean to get off topic but this last is just over the top - and I'm sure I'm not the only one afflicted.
As for advertising for moble devices, my son is constantly calling for help trying to figure out some listing that he's trying to view on his iPhone. Apparently they look very little like the listings on most websites via a PC. Based on that, I would suggest to DEFINITELY keep things minimal - nothing complicated like collages etc. and make your pictures as big as you can.
This post was edited by Jane Time's Treasures LLC at November 27, 2016 3:04 PM EST
Gosh I thought I was the only one in the world !! I haven't a clue. But then I don't have a cell phone either, only a minimal one (no internet connection) to carry along while traveling for emergency use and not forcing me to try to find a pay phone any more.
I looked them up per Google -
Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing, and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them either publicly or privately on the app, as well as through a variety of other social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr.
From Wikipedia: Facebook Messenger, sometimes abbreviated Messenger, is an instant messaging service and software application which provides text and voice communication. Integrated with Facebook's web-based Chat feature and built on the open MQTT protocol, Messenger lets Facebook users chat with friends both on mobile and on the main website.
On October 3, 2016, Facebook launched Facebook Messenger Lite to attract more users, particularly, those running Android operating system on 2G network. This light-weight app, 10MB file-size, is a stripped down version of Messenger. It skips notification sounds, voice calling and other features that increase the loading time. However, users would be able to use the basic attributes of Messenger such as emojis, stickers, and photo and link sharing. The app targets the regions or consumer-base that is devoid of high-speed Internet connection. Facebook Messenger Lite available in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela, and is set to come to other countries later.
FroM FB - What is it/ Why install it
"The real reason FB is forcing you to download Messenger" = Huffington Post article
Just guessing because I am not in any better position to understand or use them, it sounds like you really need a "captive audience" group of people like the "boards" on Pinterest or G+. Otherwise with few or no recipients, you won't get anyone looking at your offerings. I would wonder perhaps these tools might be a poorer use of my time than for other outreach like Pinterest and G+.
Pinterest of course is a total waste for me, since I do not own a domain (yet) I cannot use their business services -- I did start using Ruby Lane's pins board open to shops, indeed they are a recognized business so hopefully my listings are getting out in the world (so far unfortunately there seems to be no way to tell if any of these listings are generating any sales). HOWEVER my experience with Pinterest is that users primarily are "picture collectors," they "collect" the pictures and not the item pictured. I wish there could be a website where serious shoppers would look at pictures with a goal of finding where the item is listed and then follow through with a purchase.
I may be gunshy but if I was in this situation I would quadruple check my privacy settings !!! These things are notorious for being able to access things you think are private.
The latest Win10 update changed a whole bunch of my settings, that I went back and redid, I do NOT want them snooping in my business, let alone my settings telling them to go ahead carte blanche!
This post was edited by Jane Time's Treasures LLC at November 1, 2016 2:20 PM EDT
I don't see the point for Alibaba considering to buy eBay when already we can buy direct from China right on ebay -- was looking for shower brushes and wouldn't you be surprised at how many I found for 99 cents each with 9.00 shipping !!! DIRECT from BEIJING !!!
Ebay caters to the huge behemoth junk sellers that have about destroyed the venue as a great platform for auctions by individuals and small businesses. If you subscribe to ECommercebytes newsletter, you've no doubt read complaints about auction sellers losing out to these mammoth companies .
LOL - Maybe Alibaba is thinking it's missing the boat and should be getting the $$$ income from its citizens who are selling on eBay/USA instead of them !!!
Anything is possible. And we thought John "The HO" Donahoe was bad ?
Just a couple of observations.
Restaurantware : http://www.restaurantwarecollectors.com/forums/misc.php?do=page&template=rwcnhome
This includes "commercial" china -- made for use in diners, hotels, restaurants and eating places, lunch counters, and in general, heavyweight ware with logos on it (or not).
I don't know about the pink -- but never ever use red for the surface on which you're placing your items, or as the background.
I made my own light box with a metal frame and white t-shirts. It can be a pain to use and is always too small for something large. You place the lights wherever you need so as to reduce any shadows under the item as much as possible. Direct strong light is what creates the shadows -- you use the light box sides to "filter" the light so it's not strong enough to make shadows.Aim the lights from the front, or from the front and more above, or from the sides but closer to the front.
I think the shadow reduction is absolutely the most important job. You can edit contrast and color but the shadows can't be edited out. It's important to have them gone as much as possible especially if you're on Ruby Lane and using their "AIP" requirement.
I don't have room for the garage lamps, so I picked up a couple of clamp-on household gooseneck student lamps at tag sales, the WalMart type stores also sell them $3 - $4 each. The tip on the type of bulbs is really helpful, as indoor (yellow and warm) and outdoor (blue and cold) lighting is very different. Try the "DAYLIGHT" bulbs instead of standard household bulbs. If everything else fails, take your camera to a camera shop, explain the problem and buy a "filter" for it, so your pictures will have the correct lighting in them.
If all else fails, set up outdoors on an overcast day when there are no shadows and take a lot of pictures before the sun comes back out !
Another thing you can try that can be helpful is a "Filler Flash." This is forcing the flash to operate, even if the setting is bright enough to not necessarily need one. A filler flash should ensure there are no shadows underneath your object.
As for the photos, I number my items for inventory. I include the inventory number as part of the file photo name so the photos can be immediately found by just clicking the START button and doing a search.
Also, when editing, it's an immense help for me to make my first picture one showing the item with its numbered tag. I have many lookalike items and the tag photo acts like a page divider for me.
Thanks for the tip on Picasa - I will have to check it out ! I am relying on a terrific but 10 year old software program that one of these days won't understand the new technology. I only want to do simple things: cut/paste, copy, enlarge/reduce, crop, fill in color and stitch pictures together. I don't want to have to learn how to use a bunch of "layers" and complicated things like that.
This post was edited by Jane Time's Treasures LLC at February 6, 2016 3:10 PM EST
For information about railroad related "paper," check out http://www.railroadiana.org/
This is a vast collecting area for those who enjoy train timetables, passes, tickets, business forms, etc. etc. etc. all connected to American rail transportation.
As a railroad enthusiast, I'm glad to help if someone has a specific question.
"Railroad china" is a unique category of dining ware called "Restaurantware," which is dinnerware produced for commercial use. A long-lost perk of over-the-rails travel by train was being served meals with special china, often created with custom decorations for the train on which you were riding. There are a few exceptions but today, most train travel includes plastic and paper -- not the porcelain and linen used to create an atmosphere of luxury for dining car passengers of yesteryear.
Thanks to an active group of collectors, railroad dining items have enjoyed strong prices. The collecting area is a very enjoyable hobby. Collectors have great flexibility -- do you wish to collect pieces from only a single railroad ? Or, say, only a particular type of piece, such as small platters, from any railroad line? Or, say, a single place setting from any line?
Unfortunately, unwary collectors can be scammed by dishonest sellers who offer fakes or reproductions. Even honest sellers can mistake patterns and unknowingly offer them as being railroad designs. As important as learning what is authentic, is learning what is not!
Please see some great information from Railroadiana.org - one of the most highly respected sources in the US - http://www.railroadiana.org/china/pgChina.php
Help avoid fakes by checking out the three links here: http://www.railroadiana.org/fakes/pgFakes.php
Here is an article I wrote about Railroad China collecting for the Ruby Lane Blog: https://www.rubylane.com/blog/categories/vintage-collectibles/times-treasures-more-on-collecting-railroad-china/
I would be glad to answer questions, please check my Profile page.
The photo below is a "Prairie Mountain Wildflowers" pattern dinner plate from the Santa Fe Railway, made by Syracuse China. The railroad name appears on the underside. The flowers are what passengers might expect to see as they enjoy traveling over the railroad line.
This post was edited by Jane Time's Treasures LLC at February 6, 2016 1:56 PM EST
Just a suggestion - remove the comments in your listing guessing about the underlying metal. Just FYI, not criticizing, it is "nickel" not "nichol" and the most common metals to be plated are copper, brass, white metal or nickel. With so many choices it's about impossible to tell for certain.
Guesses aren't the best idea to include in a listing, it's a turnoff for shoppers and can make it sound like you really don't know what you are selling.
The relevant part is exactly what you said, it responds wonderfully to silver polish, so it obviously it is silver and likely may be plated.
Nice piece, I haven't seen any exactly like it, so I don't know for sure other than agreeing it almost certainly must be a decanter. And not to criticize - but while the Ruby Lane listings are similar birds in appearance, quality-wise they are not in the same league; they are incredibly detailed, deeply molded, amazingly lifelike and obviously expensive to have produced, looking more like limited editions than mass produced.
Good luck !!
This post was edited by Jane Time's Treasures LLC at December 20, 2015 9:23 PM EST
I started selling on eBay in 1998 looking for fair prices. My mother had started downsizing and we had placed some pieces in a group shop where I already had been renting space for a few years. We guessed at some prices (she'd been given things as gifts) and when some things got snapped up by other dealers ( who actually asked for further discounts) we realized after doing further research that we had terribly underpriced some things. Not wanting to keep falling prey to folks we had thought would have helped us, we stopped placing her things there if we weren't positive about prices.
We went on eBay hoping to at least get a reasonably fair value on pieces we knew little about. We figured an auction format would work better than our just guessing. It worked well for a long time, but probably about 10 years ago I quit listing in June, figuring to start up again in September but the prices never came back and the whole thing has gone downhill ever since, at least for what I want out of it. I have kept selling there but nothing like I would have wanted to, because of the increasingly toxic atmosphere. It used to be a great deal of fun selling on eBay but not any more. It will be interesting to see what the new management does, but under Donahoe it seemed as though they were deliberately discouraging small sellers, in favor of the Chinese behemoths that wouldn't be much of a customer service bother to eBay the way small sellers require.
I found Ruby Lane through the view counter they were offering that would work on eBay and joined Ruby Lane in April 2000. Over the years it has worked out to be the best fit for me, especially when they stopped charging commissions. Their records system dovetails perfectly with mine and the purchase order system that has developed over the years works great for me. It hasn't been the absolutely most user friendly thing but I've managed and have figured out and fine tuned it. I've done very well over the years. My expenses have always run under 10%, averaging around 6% - 7%. It's a little higher now that they have discontinued just about all of the "reduce your shop costs" programs, hovering around 8% (but still under 10%). I have to struggle to keep as close to 150 - 200 items as I can in my shop.
This post was edited by Jane Time's Treasures LLC at August 8, 2015 1:59 PM EDT
Best advice for selling onlne ? in 30 seconds or less ? "Golden Rule:" Put yourself in customers' shoes and do your best to answer questions and make them comfortable buying from you.
Otherwise - remember your customer can't look the item over in person so do your best with a description and offer a reasonable (hopefully generous) return policy.
Be honest in descriptions and if there are defects or downsides, mention them right along with assets.
Take plenty of photos and present the item so that when Customer opens the package, the first reaction is, "WOW this is better than I thought it would be!"
Offer as many types of payment as you can. Lots of people still like to use checks/money orders and snail mail.
Once payment is made, get the item packed and out the door ASAP. Stay in touch to make sure it is received and your customer is happy with it.
This post was edited by Jane Time's Treasures LLC at August 7, 2015 8:55 PM EDT
I don't have a store but my selling eBay userid is timestreasuresllc .
My list of items can be found at http://www.ebay.com/sch/timestreasuresllc/m.html?item=261215718476&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cd1ab8c4c&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562
We started on eBay in 1998 when my mother began to downsize. After being skinned by selfish dealers at rented group shop space, we decided the best way to get anywhere close to a "real" value for something we didn't know much about was an eBay auction. Sure wish it was still the fun we enjoyed back then !!
This post was edited by Jane Time's Treasures LLC at August 7, 2015 8:49 PM EDT
Time's Treasures LLC
I found Ruby Lane and opened my shop in 2000. We specialize in Railroadiana (relics and memorabilia, as opposed to toys and model trains), but carry a little bit of everything.
This post was edited by Jane Time's Treasures LLC at August 7, 2015 8:44 PM EDT