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 »

Can’t Bring My Kid to Work? I Quit!

Posted on March 20, 2016

If you are a baseball fan in Chicago, you have two choices. You either love the Cubs and hate the White Sox or love the Sox & hate the Cubs. This is not the case in the 3 other markets that have 2 teams. NY Yankee fans don’t need to hate the Mets. LA Dodger Continue Reading »

This New Picture Doesn’t Do Me Justice, or Does It?

Posted on March 12, 2016

When you have your caricature done, you always expect that it will make you look good. Usually, the opposite happens. That happened to me at the huge International Home & Housewares Show which just ended in Chicago.  Hundreds of companies vie for the attentions of buyers with various give aways, contests and anything else they Continue Reading »

“Who is Buried in Grant’s Tomb?”

Posted on February 27, 2016

I was feeling punky the other day, so I asked Siri, “Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?” Anybody who is a fan of Groucho Marx and his TV quiz show “You Bet Your Life” will remember that line as one of the consolation questions Groucho would ask of contestants who didn’t answer any of the other Continue Reading »