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So they found all kinds of roof rot in my house. I'm not surprised - it sat idle for years before we bought it. We've known that ideally it could use a new roof, but slat roofs are no joke, so we've been living with it. No major leaks or anything, but things had been starting to sag in places and eventually it will come time to bite the bullet... ...anyways they've had to remove entire sections of tile and replace big sections of the roof deck. Ditto soffit and...
Glad to help. I've had a lot of fun with this little "hobby" over the years; auction bargain hunting is great fun, to boot, even when you lose. I may actually sort of be in the market myself again right now; it's possible I could go check out the very rug I linked.Yeah, I think this will be worth something to a buyer even if it doesn't totally appraise out. But more than anything, it will be adding value to me, and to my feet, every time they don't step on a Lego in...
Work started on our attic today to convert it from a spooky old attic into a playroom for our daughter. It's about 6'-2" to the joists in the center, but only about 3-4 feet of that with the roof sloping down on either side. Also some structural shoring up that needs to be done as the roof is sagging in places. Apparently they found some cracked slate tiles on the roof today and some other signs of rot and deterioration - work that's going to have to get done - but I...
Re: Rugs - Quality Persians are easily had at auction for next to nothing. It is hard to know what you're getting into if you're a novice, as some rugs will go for thousands and others for nothing where to an uneducated eye they look the same - but hey, use that to your advantage. Room-size rugs in attractive enough Heriz patterns from the 1950s-1980s can be had for well under $1000. Condition won't always be perfect, but these are rugs you can live with and are pretty...
I will never be cultured enough to understand this thread.
Thanks for the comments, gents. I was trying to get a photo of the two different "vintages" next to each other but I haven't gotten around to it. The differences are striking. We don't have very nice china, sadly. We have enough to spend our money on with other things but I do suppose nice plateware is the next step. My wife used to collect stuff at auction and had a little collection of some stuff including some Limoges but I find it a little overly fussy. Her stuff...
Pretty stoked to have found a nice set of silver in "our" pattern at a pretty good price. We collect Kirk "Repousse" pattern in some part due to the Baltimore provenance and connection. Really excited about this service for 12 (5pcs/setting) which is hallmarked as dating from 1925-1932 or thereabouts. It's in fantastic condition, the relief and detail is much deeper and crisper than the stuff we already have. Probably partly due to care and use and aging but I also believe...
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Anyone else had problems with Seikos? I've had a Seiko 5 military forever and it's an awesome watch, but the cocktail time I bought more recently keeps pretty terrible time. It gains 2-3 minutes a day. Probably something I can get tuned up somewhere? I hope?
Have we completely lost the irony that the banh mi itself is a form of cultural appropriation? Far from being " another country's traditional food " as alleged by one Oberlin student in the article, existence of the banh mi in the first place owes itself to colonial oppression. If you wanted to be particularly devilish about it , you could even make the argument that a bánh mì is an offensive appropriation of the cherished French culinary culture.
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