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Ericofon Stand-Up Cobra-Style Telephone, Retro Phone

Ericofon Stand-Up Cobra-Style Telephone, Vintage 1960s Retro Phone

• Found At: Thrift store in Florida

• Purchased For: $16

• Value: Sold for $55 (March, 2015)

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• A Little History Lesson: When Ericsson first offered the Ericofon to the North American market, it was available in 18 different colors! (Source: CollectorsWeekly.com)

Vintage Messenger Bag, Well Worn Black Leather

Vintage messenger bag, well worn black leather

• Found At: Antique store in Florida

• Purchased For: $15

• Value: Sold for $95 (August, 2014)

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• A Little History Lesson: The design of the messenger bag has been used in the transportation of mail and goods by numerous types of messengers, including Pony Express riders, postal workers, messengers on foot, and bicycle couriers. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Hit Stix, Vintage 80s Electronic Drum Sticks Toy, Radio Shack

Hit Stix, vintage 1980s electronic drum sticks toy by Nasta for Radio Shack

• Found At: Thrift store in Florida

• Purchased For: $3

• Value: Sold for $22 (June, 2015)

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• A Little History Lesson: The Nasta company went public in 1987 and Hit Stix was its first television-advertised product. They originally retailed for around $20. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Vintage Hamilton College Shirt, 80s Polo, Collegiate Pacific

Vintage Hamilton College Shirt, retro 1980s Polo style, Collegiate Pacific brand

• Found At: Thrift store in Florida

• Purchased For: $0.64

• Value: Sold for $40 (May, 2015)

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• A Little History Lesson: Chartered in 1812, Hamilton College was the third college to be established in New York State. Today, it is among the oldest in the nation. (Source: hamilton.edu)

Retro Wuersch Wall Clock, Avocado Green Home Decor

Retro Wuersch Wall Clock, Avocado Green, Mid Century Modern Home Decor

• Found At: Thrift store in Florida

• Purchased For: $3

• Value: Sold for $35 (December, 2014)

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Art Deco Bathroom Hardware Set, Vintage 1930s

Art Deco Bathroom Hardware Set, Vintage 1930s, Retro Home Decor

• Found At: Church sale in Florida

• Purchased For: $2

• Value: Sold for $35 (March, 2015)

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• A Little History Lesson: The first documented use of toilet paper in human history dates back to the 6th century AD, in early medieval China.  In 589 AD the scholar-official Yan Zhitui (531–591) wrote about the use of toilet paper, saying “Paper on which there are quotations or commentaries from the Five Classics or the names of sages, I dare not use for toilet purposes”. (Source: wikipedia.com)

Vintage Mickey Mouse View Master Viewer, Classic Disney Toy

• Found At: Estate sale in Michigan

• Purchased For: $2

• Value: Sold for $12 (December, 2013)

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• A Little History Lesson: In the 1940s, the United States military recognized the potential for using View-Master products for personnel training, purchasing 100,000 viewers and nearly six million reels from 1942 to the end of World War II in 1945. (Source: wikipedia.com)

Antique 26″ Wheelchair Wheel, Wood, Metal & Solid Rubber

Large, aesthetically pleasing treasures such as this antique wheelchair wheel can be hung on a wall to create an instant design focal point!

• Found At: Garage Sale in Michigan

• Purchased For: $10

• Value: Sold for $75 (August, 2012)

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• A Little History Lesson: The first known dedicated wheelchair, invented in 1595 and called an invalids chair, was made for Phillip II of Spain by an unknown inventor. (Source: about.com)

Vintage 1960s Panasonic Model RC-605 Clock Radio

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• Found At: Garage Sale in Michigan

• Purchased For: $5

• Value: Sold for $26 (August, 2012)

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• A Little History Lesson: The company that was to become Panasonic was started on March 7, 1918, when Konosuke Matsushita moved into a two-story house and set up Matsushita Electric Housewares Manufacturing Works. The staff consisted of three people: the 23-year-old Matsushita, 22-year-old Mumeno and her brother Toshio lue, then just 15. (Source: panasonic.net)