Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Couple of Weekend Things..

Gentle Friends thanks so much for all your kind comments and emails about Miss Mary Hutton.  Although it is now down to the repetitive border bits - she is still lots of fun to stitch.
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Over the weekend we got back to our routine of Thrifting and visited a couple of shops.  I am very selective as to what I will but now after the "great sifting" pf my mother's home... and now with all the things I wanted en route to SF in the next week or so....  There was just so many family things I just couldn't let go of - my sister has a load coming to her, but even with all the stuff we are having shipped, there was a ton of stuff left....  so I question everything that catches my eye!!  I did bring home one thing....


This BBC series called "Lillie" - 1978 - starring Francesca Annis.  Is all about the life of Lillie Langtry.   I found these super DVD's for $6 for the set - now how could I pass on them!!  They run about $50 on Amazon.
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We also stopped at a watch shop - Klotz Watches and Clocks - let me back track a bit - while in Florida my watch...

... (its an "Oscar" watch from Tiffany) battery went kaput!  Typical I thought, but it happens, so when I got back to SF I trotted myself down to Tiffany's on Union Square, where I had gone to have the battery replaced and the watch band replaced in the past.  I also thought I could stand a new watch band while I was at it.....  now this usually runs about $100 for the band and battery and can be done in about an hour or so or at the most over night - I was told this time that the band price had jumped to $400 and that it would take 2+ weeks to have the watch battery replaced!  I told the gal at customer service that I thought that was just moronic.  This started my search for another watch place ....  Klotz Watches and Clocks came into the picture and Mr Klotz replaced my battery for $15 and all's well with my watch - and when my band really does need a change I'll be right back at Klotz's to have him change it out!

I also wanted to go to a real watch repair/shop so they could give me some info on some watches I found at my mom's....

 from l to r - a Mr Peanut watch from the 70's, a Mickey Mouse watch also from the 70's, a gold pocket watch that belonged to my GG grandmother c 1880, a great Ollendorf (newish crappy band) c. 1940, and an older Bulova c. 1950.  I left a pocket watch of my Grandfathers there so they could repair the second hand.  I'll  post a snap of that next week after I pick it up. They couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating - I would highly recommend them for any and all watch and clock repairs!!
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks again for stopping by do stop again!

Take care,
edgar

17 comments:

DonnaTN said...

I have an electric Westminster chime mantel clock that was my Grandmother's, more sentimental than expensive. The motor gave out and the repair shop in town said they couldn't fix it because the motors now came from Korea & they wouldn't use them, but they could convert it to wind-up for a price and by the way it would change the sound of the chimes. No thank you! It was several years before I found a place, 3 hours away, that would fix it. I ordered an extra motor while I was at it. Glad you found a reliable repair shop for your now very precious family collection.

Anna van Schurman said...

I had a Mickey Mouse watch from the 70s. I ended up giving it to my Disney-loving neighbor. The gratitude went a lot further than the money would have. (Which is a wordy way of saying, not worth much.)

Mary said...

Sometimes it pays $$$ to shop for a little watch place, I have one...batteries at the mall use to cost ( few years ago when I was working there) 12.00 no big deal...until I discovered Norm , batteries were $3.00.... You will love Lillie...I am a big Francesca Annis fan...love her voice.

Margaret said...

Oh my gosh, I remember that series about Lillie Langtry -- barely. lol! I need to watch it again sometime. Great find! Love all the watches from your mom's. It's so great you found a good watch shop that you can rely on and that isn't exorbitant.

cucki said...

Wow great find..love all those watches from your mom...
Enjoy the week x

ariadne said...

I watched Lillie when I was young and ...loved it!AriadnefromGreece!

Pilar said...

Love those watches!
Hugs

Nancy said...

I'm glad you found a series of DVDs that you like. Those watches are so pretty! I love the Mickey Mouse and Mr. Peanut watches!

Kate said...

I remember that series! Glad you got your watch sorted.

Kerri said...

Wow - what a difference on the watch repair! It really pays to shop around and think of all the stash you can buy with the leftover $385!

I have an old Mickey and Minnie from the 70's too. Are they worth keeping? Never thought to have all the old watches appraised. I would be interested in what you found out.

Catherine said...

What a great collection of watches!!

Kevin said...

Edgar, I enjoyed seeing your collection of watches. I'm also now wondering what's become of my Mickey Mouse watch from the 70's! Especially love your great grandmother's pocket watch. I cherish a pocket watch my students gave me as a gift one year. They knew my favorite novel is To Kill a Mockingbird, and Atticus Finch carries a pocket watch in the story. Such a thoughtful gift from a group of astute eighth graders! Thanks so much for sharing.

Nicola said...

I remember that series so well. Francesca Annis was such a beautiful lady.

Julie said...

I remember that series, you'll enjoy cosying up with you stitching watching that.

Akila said...

Great watch collection Edgar. Love the pocket watch and the Bulova especially

Susan said...

So glad you found a good watch/clock repair store - they are so hard to find now. Love the Mr. Peanut watch - my Dad would always eat a handful of peanuts when he got home from work (and share a few with the dog), so Mr. Peanut was a fixture in our home for years. Great find with the movies.

diamondc said...

It is so hard to find a good jeweler, we have a great shop like the shop you went to.
I trust them fully.
I love that you found some flicks, they look very interesting.
Hugs to you on your cleaning of you Mothers home.

Catherine