Woo-hoo we had a snow day recently (and yes, I get as excited as when I was a kid!), and that meant more shopping time for Maureen (heck, a coupla feet of snow doesn‘t stop me from treasure hunting)! You do not want to miss this week. Such a variety I have in primitive antique, old religious, folk art, railroad, and the usual vintage and antique weird and wacky that I like to buy! There’s definitely something for everyone!
Here is one of my favorites this week. It's a beautiful hand carved piece of wood folk art that is a mechanical toy. You have a bear, standing in front of a lighthouse that has a bell hanging from above - all carved wood. They are mounted onto a wood piece that is carved smaller on the end to serve as a handle. When you hold the handle, and make circular motions in the air with the piece, the ball that hangs down from the bottom operates the string that is threaded to the bears arms. With the movement, his hands go up and down at opposite intervals - reaching for the bell. It's a hoot, and it's gorgeouls too! It is in excellent working condition, and still retains part of the two original tags that were on the bottom from the making. They are in Russian, so I can't read them :) but I did to some research and found out that this bear is from a village called Bogorodskoye, in Russia, which is near Moscow. This village is known for their wood craftsmanship and the pieces are often made without paint, in order to let the natural grain show through. It is a wonderful piece, with lovely simple detail. Meauring 5 1/2" wide at the base, it is 1 5/8" wide at the base. From the top of the bell wire to the bottom of the ball, it is 10" hight. From the bottom of the handle to the wire of the bell, it is 6 1/4" tall. I tried my best to show him in motion in my photos, but I'm not great at moving pictures - especially when I'm doing the moving! What a lovely piece of hand made craftsmanship - perfect for the folk art, the toy, the bear collector, or anyone (like me) that just appreciates the hand made beauty. To a good home only!
Please ask if you have any questions, or feel free to inform me if you have any information about one of my listings. As with any of my items, if you ever need extra pictures, let me know, just make sure that you give me an email address to send them to. Pick up is welcome on all of my items. I’m happy to combine shipments for you, but I do ask that there be no more than 7 days from the purchase of the first item - I will invoice after 7 days, as I cannot hold the items longer than that.
Also, many of my items come from local rural estate sales and auctions. They are coming right from the barn or attic to you! I do not take the time to clean and polish before I sell - they are in the condition found, as you see in my photos - and I do my best to photo and describe thoroughly.
Please do not let Ebay’s policy of requiring electronic payments keep you from bidding. Email me if this is not possible for you and we can discuss alternatives. Payment is due within 7 business days after close of auction, after that, the sale will be void, and I will relist the item.
I have had some trouble with the Ebay shipping calculator giving people bombastic shipping rates (especially after purchase with the Ebay “Pay Now“ invoice on Parcel Post rates). I charge shipping cost, so if you think it’s too high, email me so that I can check it out, before you pay me. That being said, we pack very well, so that will add to the weight.
I ship within two business days of receipt of your payment, or I will notify you otherwise.
With postage rates going up and up, I am shipping more items Parcel Post. Please realize that this can mean a 2-3 week delivery, sometimes longer. As a matter of fact, this year, I’m finding the “longer” more the norm. Parcel Post travels by land or rail and, at least in this area, packages do not leave the regional post office until they fill up a bin going in the same direction (so there’s no estimated exact number of days like you have with Priority Mail - the Post Office says 5-7 days, but that‘s not what I’m finding). I mail right away so it can get to you as soon as possible.
With the exception of the most heavy and/or large items, I will always give both Priority Mail and Parcel Post as shipping options, with Priority being first for my lighter items. Be sure you check out both rates . I will be happy to ship an item in a flat rate Priority mail box, if that is cheaper to you - as long as the item will fit well packed in the box - ask me before you bid if you think that’s the case for you.
INTERNATIONAL AND NON-MAINLAND USA: Shipping costs are available to mainland U.S. only. IF OUTSIDE OF THE MAINLAND USA, PLEASE ASK ME FOR SHIPPING BEFORE BIDDING IF NO SHIPPING PRICE IS LISTED. Shipping times vary and I’ve experienced up to 8+ weeks for delivery after I have mailed internationally (and longer if it‘s stopped for inspection). Please keep this in mind when bidding. ALL INTERNATIONAL ITEMS WILL BE SHIPPED PRIORITY MAIL OR EXPRESS MAIL WITH SIGNATURE AT MY DISCRETION, UNLESS PRE-ARRANGED PRIOR TO THE CLOSE OF THE AUCTION WITH ME. Also, import duties, taxes, and country specific charges are not included in the purchase price or the shipping price, AND THEY ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BUYER. Please do not ask me to declare an amount that is different than the purchase price - I will not lie! All international buyers must pay with Paypal, no other payment types are accepted.
Sales tax will be added for Illinois buyers.
Customer satisfaction is extremely important to me. If you receive an item and are not satisfied in any way, please contact me. .…and thanks so much for looking, I appreciate having you as a customer!