Author Archives: John Conlisk

Another Happy Customer!

Posted on December 25, 2016

Happy customer Jay Kelly proudly models his Johnston & Murphy shoes from Johnny-Sells! “I can walk all day in these shoes!” Jay exclaimed after trying them on.  And that’s saying a lot for this public relations professional who often walks miles and miles at Chicago’s humongous McCormick Place Convention Center during the National Home and Continue Reading »

Playing Santa Claus Can Be a Tough Job

Posted on December 13, 2016

Back in my acting days, I played Santa Claus a lot. I played at private parties, guest appearances at stores and even in Chicago’s Christmas Parade down Michigan Avenue. That was the high point of my career. About a million screaming kids and moms and dads cheered for me, or rather, cheered for my red suit. Continue Reading »

Set of 6 Philippe Deshoulieres Art Deco Cocktail Plates

Posted on December 5, 2016

These are really cool Art Deco style plates from Philippe Deshoulieres of France. The plates depict scenes of young rich people having fun in the 1930s. Not only are they cute, but they’re made of the highest quality Limoges clay. Some of the finest china in the world is made in that region because of the Continue Reading »

Estate Sale in Converted Old Church

Posted on November 27, 2016

  We go to a lot of “estate sales” Often they are in really cool buildings that are more interesting than anything on sale. We recently went to such a sale in an old church that had been converted into a residence. The little neighborhood church was in the middle of a block of formerly Continue Reading »

Plan Your Christmas Tree Strategy

Posted on November 20, 2016

It’s time to start working on that Christmas Tree, I don’t mean go out and buy a blue spruce. I mean start planning what’s going to go ON your Christmas Tree. Of course, many people have a solid core of Christmas ornaments they use every year. But this year, you might want to spruce up Continue Reading »

Hey Ernie, Let’s Play Two!

Posted on November 11, 2016

It’s been over a week since the Chicago Cubs won the World Series and people here still can’t believe it. I know I can’t. Even today, hundreds of people were milling around the outside of Wrigley Field, taking pictures and just gawking. It’s like a fairy tale come true. There are a lot of stories Continue Reading »

Cubs Win! Chicago Celebrates!

Posted on November 7, 2016

When the Chicago Cubs won the World Series the whole town went nuts. We don’t live far from Wrigley field, so we walked toward the park with thousands of screaming happy fans “high fiving” each other, blocking traffic and waving the “W” Win flag. People couldn’t believe it. Everybody was so happy. We couldn’t get Continue Reading »