Here at Burton Trading Co. we look for every opportunity to celebrate. My friend Dave Sorrick, proprietor of In God We Trust LLC will soon be celebrating an important event. You may already be aware that Dave’s company conducts a coin auction on the second Tuesday of each month. The next auction scheduled for August 12th will be the 75th conducted by In God We Trust LLC. If you enjoy auctions and or vintage/antique coins, I guarantee you will have a good time. Let’s help Dave celebrate this important accomplishment! Please see the press release below for details.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JULY 21, 2014
In God We Trust LLC marks 75th monthly Coin Auction
Mindenmines, MO…On the second Tuesday in August, a local business will celebrate a milestone anniversary. The event of the evening of August 12 will mark the 75th time that In God We Trust LLC has hosted a Second Tuesday Coin and Currency Auction at Border Town Auction House, 611 Main, Mindenmines, MO.
“We initiated this series of monthly hobby auctions in early 2008 and have continued the auctions year round ever since,” said Dave Sorrick, co-owner of the full service coin business. “On only two occasions have we been unable to hold to our schedule, both times due to extreme weather.”
To commemorate the milestone, some special offerings are planned. A 2014 Proof Silver American Eagle will be featured as a door prize to be given away at the end of the live auction. As an incentive for early arrival, colorized Missouri Route 66 elongated quarters will be given to the first ten customers to arrive at the auction preview at 5:30pm that evening. The live auction begins at 6:30pm.
“In addition to the many fine consignments to the live auction conducted by Nance Auction Service, a silent bid board auction will open at 5:30 and I will conduct a fixed price sale on coins, gold, silver and hobby supplies before and after the auction,” Sorrick added.
In God We Trust LLC is a proud member of the Barton County Chamber of Commerce and Sorrick serves on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Pittsburg, KS, Parsons, KS and Joplin, MO coin clubs. He serves a secretary for the Pittsburg Coin Club. Sorrick is a member of the Kansas Numismatic Association and is a Past-President of that club. Sorrick also holds membership in the Central States Numismatic Association. In 2005, he was an appointee of then Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to the Kansas Commemorative Coin Commission, charged with the design of the Kansas State Quarter.
People interested in selling their coins and currency outright or at theSecond Tuesday Coin & Currency Auction are encouraged to contact Dave Sorrick of In God We Trust LLC by calling 620-423-6600 or by email at email@example.com. More information about this auction and other hobby events sponsored by In God We Trust LLC can be found on line at www.bordertownauctionhouse.com.
Dave Sorrick, P.O. Box 162, Mindenmines, MO 64769 (620) 423-6600
The business of life sometimes gets in the way of fun. It seems the kids or grandkids constantly have a ballgame, school event, or some other activity that requires our time or attention. Plus, the cost of recreation of any type these days places a lot of the normal recreational activities out of reach for many of us much of the time. That is what makes collecting so appealing! It takes only as much time and money as you wish to spend. Plus, the search is almost as much fun as the actual collecting!
Collectors come in every gender, age, and background but one thing we all have in common is the enjoyment of the collection process. It is just downright fun! And, there is absolutely no reason why you cannot get in on the fun. Contrary to what you may be thinking, collecting does not require a lot of space, a lot of time or a lot of money; just your passion. In my youth, it was quite popular to start a coin or stamp collection. While these are still popular with many collectors, virtually anything can be collected.
There seems to be an unlimited number of items that have recently skyrocketed in value that were previously considered “ordinary” or even “junk”. Metal or porcelen signs for example are extremely collectable and highly valued. Oil cans also have become highly valued by collectors. I recently saw a relatively ordinary quart can sell for $35. It pains me to recall how many of these cans of oil I bought in the past for my car at about 50 cents each! Who knows what the next really hot collectable will be. Virtually anything fairly old, well made, and relatively hard to find, increases in value over time. So, most collectors have a reasonable expectation of realizing a profit.
So, why not treat yourself to some real fun by attending an auction this week end? See just how easy it is to start or add to your collection. Then, check out the many excellent Flea Markets/Antique Malls in the area. But, beware – you just may become addicted!
For example, if you are familiar with the History Channel’s popular “American Pickers” television show, you know how valuable old “signs” have become. I only wish I would have had the vision 20 years ago to start collecting signs!
I spent the better part of today wearing out sandpaper on a nice oak dresser which I believe was originally sold sometime between the two great wars. It is a nice piece that I think was worth about $300.00 dollars before I started and will be worth about $300.00 when I am finished. So why am I spending so much time and effort refinishing this dresser if it will not increase the value? Because this piece will probably never leave the family and will continue its life being just what it was originally intended to be – a functioning piece of furniture. Plus, it looks a little nicer with fresh glue joints and an attractive finish. I have decided to stay with a finish close to the original but there certainly are other options. For example, painting with one of the popular chalk paints would definitely look good.
There are times, however when refinishing is a terrible option and can completely destroy the value of the item. High end collectors want nothing to do with anything that has been refinished. I have seen examples of rare and expensive items virtually made useless because the well- meaning owner wanted to make them look a little better. This seems to happen a lot with antique firearms, fishing lures and other highly collectable items.
Just because an item is old does not mean it is highly valuable. My dresser is a good example. It is a nice, serviceable item that can provide use and enjoyment for many more years. It can do its job better with a bit of a facelift and a fresh coat of lacquer. On the other hand, I have an old Heddon bamboo fly rod that someone in the past tried to help with a coat of varnish. Its value went from several hundred dollars to about fifty. But, it is still a nice item and fishes very well and I am proud to own it!
So, when should you refinish and when should you not? Remember, once an item has been refinished it can never be taken back to its original condition – caution is advised. My rule of thumb is simple. The older it is, the harder it is to find, the better it is made, the less likely it is to be a good candidate for refinishing. Save your energy for those well made wooden furniture pieces found at garage sales, antique malls or of course, at Burton Auction!
Spend a little time around on-line auctions, flea markets, estate auctions or anyplace selling older “stuff” and you are likely to see many items described as “vintage” or “antique”. Look a little further and you will come across “primitive” and “collectible” almost as often. So if you are a little confused about the difference between vintage and antique or primitive and collectible, so are the rest of us! But don’t worry; these overused words are usually simply a marketing gimmick used to increase the perceived value of their items. Check out the following paragraphs for my interpretation of these overused words. I hope I can provide a little clarity.
I was in the United States Air Force stationed in Anchorage, Alaska when I was hit with the auction bug. Master Sergeant Joe Bolt who was an auctioneer on the side, gave me a job as his ringman. In spite of the hard work and long hours, I loved it and was hooked. Joe taught me a lot and encouraged me to pursue my dream by offering several times to send me to auctioneer school. Military demands prohibited that so my dream had to be delayed but the dream was born.