Where Did All These Hats Come From?

Posted on May 27, 2016

The San Jose Sharks are in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time. But hockey took a while to catch on in that warm weather city. That became painfully obvious the first time one of the Sharks got a “Hat Trick”. Scoring 3 goals in one game by one player is called a “Hat Continue Reading »

RIP Jeffrey the Great

Posted on May 24, 2016

Jeff Fredriksen was a gentle soul. He was also a professional magician and a web designer. He’s the guy who has kept Johnny-Sells.com going for the last several years. Originally from suburban Chicago, Jeff moved to Southern California not long ago to develop his show biz career. As a side line, Jeff started to build Continue Reading »

Was the Great Chicago Fire Caused by Space Invaders?

Posted on May 4, 2016

Mrs. O’Learys’s cow has traditionally been blamed for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The much maligned bovine was accused of kicking over a kerosene lamp in the barn behind the O’Leary house on the South Side of Chicago on October 8. Windy, dry conditions were said to fan the flames which completely destroyed the Continue Reading »

A Nice Note from a Stylish Customer

Posted on April 5, 2016

We get a lot of feedback from our wonderful eBay customers. (We’re close to 11,000 positive feedbacks.) But when we get a personal note as nice as this one, we are thrilled. Here’s what our stylish customer wrote about the vintage hat she purchased from Johnny-Sells: “Johnny, Just a note to thank you for selling Continue Reading »

Technology Ruined My Favorite Joke!

Posted on April 2, 2016

As a long time fan of the hapless Chicago Cubs, one of my favorite seasonal jokes was, “Did you hear the Cubs can’t sell beer at Wrigley Field this year? They lost their opener!” The Cubs would usually oblige me by losing the first game of the season, the opener. I would post that joke Continue Reading »

It’s National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day!

Posted on March 29, 2016

Everybody has their own personal favorite “Mom & Pop” business. Whether it was the penny candy store down the street from your elementary school or the auto repair shop out on route 7, where they knew how to fix the little moans and groans of your car without replacing your entire transmission. It could be Continue Reading »

Japanese Folding Fans

Posted on March 23, 2016

The folding fan was invented in Japan as early as the 6th century. Called an Akomeogi, the fan was part of the ensemble of ladies at court. These fans were subject to all sorts of restrictions. The higher your social rank, the fancier your fan.¬† The number of wooden strips of the fans and the Continue Reading »