Mar 23, 2023
NEW Negotiable Pricing!!!
Pricing unique historical items can be a bit of a guessing game and in an effort to make it more fun and reach a fair price for both of us, we have added negotiable pricing to certain items. The negotiating tool is powered by a somewhat cheeky AI with whom you can haggle over the price in real time. All of the negotiable items can be found here...
This experience is a lot more like going to a militaria show. The listed price is just our best estimate of the full retail value based on research and past experience and we know there is a price between that and the number you would like to pay that will be fair for both of us. The AI is empowered to negotiate the final price and he will haggle pretty hard. So its a lot more like a militaria show but, unfortunately, it doesn't make up endless, meandering stories about each item on the table. Perhaps one day soon will will be able to give it a grumpy old man attitude who "knows what he's got" but until then, this is a happy middle ground.
I am hoping this will make more sense for some of the more rare or unique items which are difficult to put a fixed price on.
Feb 07, 2023
Show of ShowsWe will be setting up vending at Show of Shows in Louisville, KY on Feb 23-25 2023. If you have specific requests or want an item from the website brought to the Show, contact me before Feb. 17 to make arrangements. Depending on the item (particularly the more high end items), I may be able to do a cash discount for pickup at the show. Phone calls, text or whatapp at 330-429-5081 is the best and fastest way to reach me (email can take a few days for me to respond to).Read more →
Jan 05, 2023
Shipping to UK and France is Back!I have turned back on shipping for UK and France. I believe all the issues have been sorted out (I don't ship enough to UK to have to register for anything that I know of, and packages to France need to be recycled materials, which I can do). This will be on a trial basis; if problems start happening, I will turn international shipping to certain places off. I am still not able to ship to Germany, Russia or Ukraine.Read more →
Dec 14, 2022
Best Way to Contact Me is by Phone (Call or Text)
The best way to get ahold of me is by phone (call, text or Whatsapp), my number is (330) 429 5081.
I do have an email, firstname.lastname@example.org and I do try to respond to all email in a timely manner, but I receive so many junk emails, it is hard to wade through them all. I may not see your email for a few days. If your concern is time sensitive, a call (or text) is best.
Dec 08, 2022
Holiday & International Shipping
Based on the USPS recommended send-by dates for holiday shipping for the contiguous US, Christmas orders should be placed by Dec 14 to arrive on time. The deadline for international has passed already. This is not a guarantee of arrival by Christmas, but rather a suggestion.
Be aware that, at this time of year, shipping delays are common as the volume of packages is noticeably higher than other times of the year.
After the holiday rush, we will be turning back on international shipping to UK and France on a trial basis. If problems happen, we will stop shipping there altogether. We still will not ship to Germany or Russia, no exceptions.
Oct 31, 2022
Sunglasses restocked today!
We have restocked G.I. sunglasses and tortoise shell German round sunglasses.
Even after many years, the G.I. sunglasses remain my default everyday sunglasses. They just have a great look. I keep a pair in the car and in my travel bag to ensure I always have them wherever I go. I do also keep a pair of my German sunglasses in my box of German equipment for events.
We will begin working on the next sunglasses run soon, I will likely be revisiting the Luftwaffe type sunglasses and taking the next batch one step further to add the side shades. This will add expense and might feel a little awkward to wear so I will make some subtle alterations, but I feel like it will be nice to have at least a limited run of these sunglasses for the real die-hard collectors and reenactors. The original pairs typically cost $300+ so I know it is an item missing from a lot of collections. I only was able to obtain my sample by pure chance.
I am also considering making one of the other styles of US G.I. issued sunglasses but it is hard to pick out a style that doesn't look too stupid. The US had many variations and virtually all of them were terrible except for the pair I chose listed above. I do think however that some might be just strange enough that people will want them for the oddity of it. A little variety would also do the hobby some good.
Sep 30, 2022
No More Shipping to France
We are no longer shipping to France. Unfortunately, France (and Germany where we already stopped shipping to because of repeated customs problems) passed a new "environmental" law that requires any seller who sends ANY package at all to France to sign up for their system, pay fees and do needless paperwork. I don't have enough sales volume to justify this added headache, so regretfully, I can no longer ship to France.
If you are curious about the EPR law, this website explains what it means for sellers. The main takeaway is that there is no threshold, so this will disproportionality hurt small businesses, like me.
In other shipping news, I can now ship to Australia again as USPS seems to have lifted its covid regulations.
I would also like to remind international buyers that we must declare full value on all customs forms and customs fees / VAT are the responsibility of the buyer.
Jun 21, 2022
Abridged Germany TripWe were able to make it to Germany for a few weeks this year and, as usual, we sent home many big boxes. Stay tuned to the website to see what we found! Updates are every Friday at 6pm ESTRead more →
Feb 20, 2022
Shipping Delays and Show of ShowsThere will be shipping delays from Wednesday Feb 23 - Monday Feb 28 because we will be vending at the Show of Shows in Louisville, KY.Read more →
Nov 30, 2021
Reproduction Pinback Buttons
We now have a collection of reproduction pinback buttons! They are all Allied and Victory themed.