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    Dimitri Guest

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    "Mark Thorson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >I can't remember the last time I made toast.
    > But this toast rack is so beautiful, it's hard to resist.
    >
    > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=260288176640
    >
    > It could hardly be a more useless object for me,
    > but since when did that matter?
    >
    > Somebody please bid this above $100, so I can rest easy
    > knowing it was more than I was willing to spend. Make
    > that $137.99 max.
    >
    > I have no connection with the seller.


    Just wait 2 minutes before the bidding closes.

    I could never understand people who bid early.

    Dimitri



  2. #2
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Stop Me Before I eBay Again !!!

    I can't remember the last time I made toast.
    But this toast rack is so beautiful, it's hard to resist.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=260288176640

    It could hardly be a more useless object for me,
    but since when did that matter?

    Somebody please bid this above $100, so I can rest easy
    knowing it was more than I was willing to spend. Make
    that $137.99 max.

    I have no connection with the seller.

  3. #3
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    Mark Thorson <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I can't remember the last time I made toast.
    > But this toast rack is so beautiful, it's hard to resist.
    >
    > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=260288176640
    >
    > It could hardly be a more useless object for me,
    > but since when did that matter?
    >
    > Somebody please bid this above $100, so I can rest easy
    > knowing it was more than I was willing to spend. Make
    > that $137.99 max.
    >
    > I have no connection with the seller.


    Buy it, Mark, at whatever cost! It's beautiful. You NEED this!

    --
    -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.mac.com/barbschaller, and here's the link to my appearance
    on "A Prairie Home Companion," <http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/
    programs/2008/08/30/>

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    Mark Thorson Guest

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    Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    >
    > Buy it, Mark, at whatever cost! It's beautiful. You NEED this!


    I considered the possibility that I'd use this object
    to bring toast and sculpted butter curls (on the lower
    glass shell dish) in the morning to a woman worthy of
    my affection, but Princess Charming hasn't shown up yet,
    so screw that plan!

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    Blinky the Shark Guest

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    Mark Thorson wrote:

    > Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    >>
    >> Buy it, Mark, at whatever cost! It's beautiful. You NEED this!

    >
    > I considered the possibility that I'd use this object
    > to bring toast and sculpted butter curls (on the lower
    > glass shell dish) in the morning to a woman worthy of
    > my affection, but Princess Charming hasn't shown up yet,
    > so screw that plan!


    Turns out she likes bad boys. How bad can you be?


    --
    Blinky
    Killing all posts from Google Groups
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  6. #6
    Default User Guest

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    Dimitri wrote:

    > I could never understand people who bid early.


    The only sensible way to bid is to figure out what you want to pay
    up-front, with no emotion, then put in a proxy bid for that amount
    immediately. You get it, you get it. You don't, you don't.



    Brian

    --
    If televison's a babysitter, the Internet is a drunk librarian who
    won't shut up.
    -- Dorothy Gambrell (http://catandgirl.com)

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    jmcquown Guest

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    Mark Thorson wrote:
    > I can't remember the last time I made toast.
    > But this toast rack is so beautiful, it's hard to resist.
    >

    Does this song by Weird Al help?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYokLWfqbaU

    Jill <grinning>

  8. #8
    ntantiques Guest

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    On Sep 20, 4:17 pm, Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:
    > I can't remember the last time I made toast.
    > But this toast rack is so beautiful, it's hard to resist.
    >
    > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=260288176640
    >
    > It could hardly be a more useless object for me,
    > but since when did that matter?
    >
    > Somebody please bid this above $100, so I can rest easy
    > knowing it was more than I was willing to spend. Make
    > that $137.99 max.
    >
    > I have no connection with the seller.



    If you really love it, you might as well at least try to buy it. When
    I could find them, toast racks sold pretty well in in my shop. People
    actually used them for other purposes - some of them make great little
    bill/mail organizers, but for my money they look best filled with a
    few nicely toasted slices of buttered cinnamon raisin bread.

    These do show up on ebay from time to time, but I've only seen this
    particular Asprey rack with a matching spirit warmer where this one
    has what the seller's calling a buttter dish (have my doubts about
    that). The design was registered by Asprey in 1910 and probably
    made over an extended period of time.

    If you do decide to bite the bullet and go for it, suggest you get
    your ducks in a row & snipe in the last 30 seconds of the auction with
    your one and only bid - you might well get a bargain.

    Nancy T

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    Janet Baraclough Guest

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    The message <[email protected]>
    from Mark Thorson <[email protected]> contains these words:

    > Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    > >
    > > Buy it, Mark, at whatever cost! It's beautiful. You NEED this!


    > I considered the possibility that I'd use this object
    > to bring toast and sculpted butter curls (on the lower
    > glass shell dish) in the morning to a woman worthy of
    > my affection, but Princess Charming hasn't shown up yet,
    > so screw that plan!


    I wondered if the glass shell dish is dual purpose; either butter, or
    a small warming candle.

    Janet

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    elaich Guest

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    "Dimitri" <[email protected]> wrote in news:LvfBk.884$as4.69
    @nlpi069.nbdc.sbc.com:

    >
    > I could never understand people who bid early.


    Me either. I always figured it was a shill operating for the seller to get
    a bid on the board, and no questions asked if you accidentally happen to
    win.

    Bidding early is absolutely stupid. All it does is alert other bidders who
    are watching that you want this item.

    I count my costs, decide what I am going to pay, enter a proxy bid, enter
    it with less than 2 minutes to go, and if someone else wants it more than I
    do, good luck to him.

    Only lost one auction using this method, and I did not regret it. The
    winning bidder won a relatively useless item at a high cost, and I got the
    same thing 3 weeks later using a buy it now for less than I bid the
    original item.




  11. #11
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Stop Me Before I eBay Again !!!

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Mark Thorson <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I can't remember the last time I made toast.
    > But this toast rack is so beautiful, it's hard to resist.
    >
    > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=260288176640
    >
    > It could hardly be a more useless object for me,
    > but since when did that matter?
    >
    > Somebody please bid this above $100, so I can rest easy
    > knowing it was more than I was willing to spend. Make
    > that $137.99 max.
    >
    > I have no connection with the seller.


    <lol> I might if I actually had a use for it! I have a plug-in toaster
    but have not eaten bread now for a good 6 months.
    --
    Peace! Om

    "If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed." --Mark Twain

  12. #12
    The Cook Guest

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    On Sat, 20 Sep 2008 16:15:25 -0700, "Dimitri" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >
    >"Mark Thorson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]..
    >>I can't remember the last time I made toast.
    >> But this toast rack is so beautiful, it's hard to resist.
    >>
    >> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=260288176640
    >>
    >> It could hardly be a more useless object for me,
    >> but since when did that matter?
    >>
    >> Somebody please bid this above $100, so I can rest easy
    >> knowing it was more than I was willing to spend. Make
    >> that $137.99 max.
    >>
    >> I have no connection with the seller.

    >
    >Just wait 2 minutes before the bidding closes.
    >
    >I could never understand people who bid early.
    >
    >Dimitri
    >


    Even better is to use esnipe. They automatically put the bid in at
    whatever period you select before the end of bidding. It works great,
    especially when the bidding ends in the middle of the night, when the
    computer stalls or when I need to be away from my computer.

    http://www.esnipe.com/

  13. #13
    Janet Baraclough Guest

    Default Re: Stop Me Before I eBay Again !!!

    The message <[email protected]>
    from Mark Thorson <[email protected]> contains these words:

    > I can't remember the last time I made toast.
    > But this toast rack is so beautiful, it's hard to resist.


    > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=260288176640


    > It could hardly be a more useless object for me,
    > but since when did that matter?


    > Somebody please bid this above $100, so I can rest easy
    > knowing it was more than I was willing to spend. Make
    > that $137.99 max.


    > I have no connection with the seller.


    The makers Aspreys are a very famous English company, and old pieces
    made by them are very much "investment collector" items here. Toast is
    very much part of Brit breakfast and even quite ordinary old
    silverplate toastracks sell for more than your top offer here in the UK,
    so I think a special old piece like that, by Aspreys, is going to fetch
    far, far more.

    Janet


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    Mark Thorson Guest

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    ntantiques wrote:
    >
    > These do show up on ebay from time to time, but I've only seen this
    > particular Asprey rack with a matching spirit warmer where this one
    > has what the seller's calling a buttter dish (have my doubts about
    > that). The design was registered by Asprey in 1910 and probably
    > made over an extended period of time.


    Do you think that shell dish is not original to the piece?
    If so, it'll be easier to resist. The other thing that
    makes it easier was realizing just how tiny this thing is.
    It looks big in the pictures, but the dimensions are given
    in the description.

    > If you do decide to bite the bullet and go for it, suggest you get
    > your ducks in a row & snipe in the last 30 seconds of the auction with
    > your one and only bid - you might well get a bargain.


    I always do that, except I usually bid at around 10 seconds
    to go.

  15. #15
    Mark Thorson Guest

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    Dimitri wrote:
    >
    > I could never understand people who bid early.


    If nobody else is bidding, putting one bid in at the minimum
    is supposed to keep the seller from ending the auction,
    though he still can end it by lying to eBay, which has
    happened in some auctions I bid on.

  16. #16
    Mark Thorson Guest

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    Janet Baraclough wrote:
    >
    > The makers Aspreys are a very famous English company, and old pieces
    > made by them are very much "investment collector" items here. Toast is
    > very much part of Brit breakfast and even quite ordinary old
    > silverplate toastracks sell for more than your top offer here in the UK,
    > so I think a special old piece like that, by Aspreys, is going to fetch
    > far, far more.


    I sure hope so. I'll feel so much better about
    not winning it. On the other hand, I've seen items
    which I thought would go for lots of money which
    went for much less than I anticipated. Fortunately,
    that hasn't happened very often, and never on anything
    really important.

  17. #17
    ntantiques Guest

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    On Sep 21, 9:44 am, Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:


    > Do you think that shell dish is not original to the piece?
    > If so, it'll be easier to resist. The other thing that
    > makes it easier was realizing just how tiny this thing is.
    > It looks big in the pictures, but the dimensions are given
    > in the description.


    Mark,

    Since you asked, a couple of things had me wondering about this
    item...

    #1 There are a number of examples of the Asprey toast rack with the
    warming unit you can find with a quick google search, but nary a one
    with this glass insert.

    #2 The ebay pics show two numbers, the registration and another
    which is probably Asprey's item number. In my google search I ran
    across photos of the rack w/warming unit that had exactly the same
    numbers marked on it as the ebay item - unusual since they are clearly
    different versions. The "warmer" version has an open ring that holds
    the spirit lamp and the ebay item has an attached metal cup that the
    glass dish sits in. Generally a difference that significant would
    rate a different set of numbers. (That said, it could be an earlier or
    later version of the same basic design)

    #3 The ebay pics showing the marks give you a view of the underside
    of the metal cup. It may just be the photo, but the silver plate
    there looks rough for an Asprey piece. It may be because it's
    "pounded," but that would be an odd element for a part that would be
    covered by a glass insert and generally not seen.

    #4 Since you've been wandering around ebay for a while, I'm sure you
    realize there's frequently an element of creative thinking in the
    seller's descriptions. Over the years I often found pieces that had
    lost original parts and had functional, but incorrect, elements
    added. That glass insert could be original, but it also could be an
    individual nut dish or some other bit that just happened to be the
    right size to pop in there. The seller may not even be aware if it is
    a replacement.

    #5 Have never seen a small toast rack which incorporated a butter
    dish - probably because it would be somewhat awkward to dig in there
    for the butter while there were still pieces of toast racked up on
    top. Doesn't mean they don't exist, but it would be unusual.

    The good news is that if it is indeed a marriage, dedicated Asprey
    collectors aren't going to pay top dollar for it. It's charming and
    very usable - but I wouldn't gamble any more than your $137.99 on it.
    It's a very simple plated piece, not sterling, and realistically
    speaking, I'd have been hard pressed to get more than that for it in
    my shop. English collectors go nuts over Asprey, but I never found
    the same level of interest in the San Francisco area.

    Nancy T


  18. #18
    Mark Thorson Guest

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    ntantiques wrote:
    >
    > #2 The ebay pics show two numbers, the registration and another
    > which is probably Asprey's item number. In my google search I ran
    > across photos of the rack w/warming unit that had exactly the same
    > numbers marked on it as the ebay item - unusual since they are clearly
    > different versions. The "warmer" version has an open ring that holds
    > the spirit lamp and the ebay item has an attached metal cup that the
    > glass dish sits in. Generally a difference that significant would
    > rate a different set of numbers. (That said, it could be an earlier or
    > later version of the same basic design)


    Certainly a raised eyebrow is justified.

    > #3 The ebay pics showing the marks give you a view of the underside
    > of the metal cup. It may just be the photo, but the silver plate
    > there looks rough for an Asprey piece. It may be because it's
    > "pounded," but that would be an odd element for a part that would be
    > covered by a glass insert and generally not seen.


    Both eyebrows.

    > #4 Since you've been wandering around ebay for a while, I'm sure you
    > realize there's frequently an element of creative thinking in the
    > seller's descriptions. Over the years I often found pieces that had
    > lost original parts and had functional, but incorrect, elements
    > added. That glass insert could be original, but it also could be an
    > individual nut dish or some other bit that just happened to be the
    > right size to pop in there. The seller may not even be aware if it is
    > a replacement.
    >
    > #5 Have never seen a small toast rack which incorporated a butter
    > dish - probably because it would be somewhat awkward to dig in there
    > for the butter while there were still pieces of toast racked up on
    > top. Doesn't mean they don't exist, but it would be unusual.]


    Ah, this reminds me of my first suspicion.
    Wouldn't putting the butter under the toast
    create a possibility of crumbs landing on
    the butter. The sort of people who would be
    served toast in this thing certainly wouldn't
    be expecting that, and the staff would have
    to ensure that no crumbs were shaken off the
    toast while it was being carried.

    > The good news is that if it is indeed a marriage, dedicated Asprey
    > collectors aren't going to pay top dollar for it. It's charming and
    > very usable - but I wouldn't gamble any more than your $137.99 on it.
    > It's a very simple plated piece, not sterling, and realistically
    > speaking, I'd have been hard pressed to get more than that for it in
    > my shop. English collectors go nuts over Asprey, but I never found
    > the same level of interest in the San Francisco area.


    I'm trying not to bid at all. I was encouraging
    someone else to bid that high, so it would be
    clearly outside of my comfort zone.

  19. #19
    Sheldon Guest

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    Mark Thorson wrote:
    > I can't remember the last time I made toast.
    > But this toast rack is so beautiful, it's hard to resist.
    >
    > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=260288176640
    >
    > It could hardly be a more useless object for me,
    > but since when did that matter?


    That doesn't look like any toast rack I've ever seen... looks more
    like a fancy schmancy Vegas whore house condom caddy with a dish for
    the K-Y jelly.


  20. #20
    Jean B. Guest

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    Mark Thorson wrote:
    > I can't remember the last time I made toast.
    > But this toast rack is so beautiful, it's hard to resist.
    >
    > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=260288176640
    >
    > It could hardly be a more useless object for me,
    > but since when did that matter?
    >
    > Somebody please bid this above $100, so I can rest easy
    > knowing it was more than I was willing to spend. Make
    > that $137.99 max.
    >
    > I have no connection with the seller.



    Oh gee, I was imaging the usual silver toast rack (which has
    tempted me, and I don't eat toast either). This one is a beauty!
    Soooo, have you done or are you doing the deed?

    --
    Jean B.

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