Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Spring/Summer 2013 News

Wow, I haven't had a chance to update this blog in forever! Things have been going really well at our "new" location here at 33 Main Street, thanks to our great customers!

In addition to offering our regular digital color and black and white copying, fax service, business cards, banners, forms and such, I'm pleased to say we now have the ability to print "wide format" color posters and artwork! This inkjet process is made to reproduce fine art and is a great addition to our lineup. We also have a wide format laminator that can laminate posters up to 27" wide by any length!

In our "Art and Artifacts" retail section, the cool "new thing" we're offering is 1 ounce .999 Fine Copper Bullion Rounds.
These awesome, heavy coins have a variety of wonderful artwork and make a great collectible gift. We offer them at $5 each and have many coin varieties!

These coins are a collectible that actually has some intrinsic value. While "junk" copper trades at only a few dollars a pound, "refined" copper is over $20 a pound... and quality coins are worth even more! Lots of folks have been investing in metal these days, and copper is being called "The poor person's silver."  These Copper Bullion Rounds are a great example... in silver these coins would go for $50 and up, but in fine copper they're much easier to collect!

We're looking forward to a great 2013 Summer season here and hope to see you!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Pieces of the MOON!

Okay, this is just so cool...

I just got some Lunar Meteorite pieces from one of my ancient artifacts sources, and have them for sale. Real pieces of the MOON!

I had heard about this but had never seen a piece before. It's not legal to own any of the moon rocks from the Apollo missions back in the sixties. However, sometimes when larger meteors have hit the moon, some of the lunar surface has been blown into space because the moon has such a low gravity. Some of that material eventually hit the earth as meteorites!

About six pounds of lunar meteorite material have been found around the world and identified by experts. This is pretty much the rarest stuff on the planet... gold and jewels have nothing on this material, lol!

These small pieces of metorite are in a nice display holder. I got a few of these; each holder has a different picture from the Apollo missions on the front, and information about the identified and certified lunar meteorite the piece came from on the back.

I'm able to offer these for $25 each.  This really IS the gift for the person who has everything. Or, if you've ever promised someone the Moon... now you can actually pay up!   ;)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Yard Sale WARNING!!!

I just have to post a public warning over an experience a friend of mine had this weekend.

Thanks to a couple of reality TV shows, there is a new phenomenon of "yard sale companies" that will haul away any items you want to sell, do all the tagging and sorting work, hold a yard sale for you, and split the proceeds with you.

Sounds like a great deal... people come in, remove your "junk" for free, go through all the hassle of preparing it for sale, do all the advertising, etc... then run the sale for you. You just "sit back and collect the money."  Wow! Easy money!

Well, NOT so easy..

A local shop owner I know is moving away at the end of the summer, and moving to Florida. Her husband is already down there, so she was stuck with the task of clearing most of the stuff out of the house. It was way too much for her to do on her own, so she called a local yard sale company to have her stuff they won't be moving with taken away and sold...

Before the "yard sale" she went through the home with the company representative, showing which items for the sale and which were not. Simple instructions were given, like  "Everything out in this room, including the furniture is for the sale.... Everything in THIS closet is NOT for sale, etc."

Most specific instruction: "DO NOT touch anything in the basement, It's the brand-new summer stock for my retail store which I'll be selling over the season."

After this walk through, and the verbal arrangements, my friend left and the "yard sale" folks did their job.


My friend  was deliberately staying out of these folks way so they could do the sale for her without interference. During the day of the sale, she got a call from a couple of her horrified retail customers... "Do you know these people are selling your shop stock for pennies!?!?"

My friend rushed to the sale, and discovered these folks had taken her brand new retail stock out of the basement, and were selling it like junk. Brand new factory sent and packaged clothes, which she had planned to retail out of her store this summer at regular retail price, (say $50 to $200 per item) were being sold by these people for FIVE DOLLARS EACH! 

Other items which had been agreed were strictly off limits, such as a Wii Fit game console with a complete set of games, and her great-grandmothers handmade Irish linen, were also taken and sold. The yard sale people BOUGHT MOST OF THE EXPENSIVE STUFF THEMSELVES for peanuts... and of course my friend only got "her half" of the proceeds from that.

Bottom line? These people basically stole something like THIRTY THOUSAND dollars worth of "off limit" personal items, antiques and stock, "bought" what they wanted, and sold the rest at yard sale prices. My friend got "her share" of the proceeds as agreed after... a whopping $4,500.

She's still crying. And... there's NOTHING she can do because all this was done on a verbal agreement. When she want to the  "dealers" who had done this all they had to do was say: "You never told us anything was off limits. Get off our property."

So... if you're ever in a bind and need to sell stuff with a "yard sale" company that promises to "do all the work and hand you the cash"... BE CAREFUL!

Here are some ideas which might protect you if you ever need to do this...

1. GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING. Verbal agreements are worth nothing. Get documents you can go to court with if you need.

2. If at all possible DO NOT leave anything out that you don't want taken. My friend thought she was protecting her stuff by showing off items "not for sale"... but that simply identified what was valuable so they could take it and do what they wanted. If you can't move something off the property, securely lock it up and/or chain it down so it cannot be "accidentally" removed and sold.

3. If you have to leave valuables on the premisis, STAY THERE to protect them while the collection is being done. Better yet, stay there with two large, burly friends if you have real valuables you don't want taken away and "sold" for pennies on the dollar.

4 GO TO THE SALE before it opens and check over the items, if you have any doubts about what's out and what's not. Reserve the right to take stuff off the "for sale" pile if mistakes have been made.

I'm sure there are legitimate companies who provide this "yard sale service" out there. Obviously there is one local company in this area who is NOT legitimate, so don't lose your valuables to a non-legally binding verbal agreement and be left robbed and sobbing like my friend!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"The Season" is coming!

Greetings everyone,

The days are getting longer and we're back in Daylight Savings Time... it won't be long before Spring is here and things start to get busy!

People come into the shop and ask "How's business?" "Not bad" I answer, "But it's going to get crazy the last week of April."

Why the last week? Because the first two or three weeks of April everyone is out enjoying the good weather! Time to clear the yard, get flowers and the garden started, etc.  During the first two weeks of April, Rt. 1 is so empty you expect a tumbleweed to blow by....

And then, when the last week of April everyone goes "OH MY GOD, it's almost tourist season!" And everyone suddenly needs their menus, brochures, flyers, price lists, business cards, forms, and plan copies all on the SAME DAY. ;)

So, with this spiffy new Blog I get to remind people... you don't have to do that to yourself and your business! If you get ahead of the game you won't have to scrabble around trying to get things at the last minute in a rush!

If you need something for the upcoming "season" it's time to think about it now. That way you don't have to worry about getting that critical item you need to launch your business in the Spring! 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

New Will's Copy Center Weblog!

Greetings all,

This Blogger site will be the new Will's Copy Center weblog... the news section of our spiffy new website being designed by Kim Abbott Designs! Hopefully the site will be up shortly and we'll have news available on the Internet.

In the meantime... you know what to do. Make copies at Will's! ;)