24 Jan 2014

How Valuable is Your Fender Guitar?

Thanks to the likes of Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and countless other rock & roll stars, the name “Fender” has become arguably the most well-known name in the guitar world. If you’re lucky enough to own one of these iconic instruments, the odds are that it has a very special place in your heart—and for good reason. That said, circumstances can change. Maybe you want to upgrade your guitar but can’t afford to own more than one, or are simply strapped on cash and have no option but to sell your prized Fender. This can be a hard decision, but also a very profitable one. Indeed, you’ll want to do a lot of hard research before accepting any offers, because used and new Fender guitars go on the market for anywhere from a couple hundred dollars, to well into the thousands. But how can you tell the difference between a guitar valued at three figures versus four,…

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20 Jan 2014

Did you know that there are several handy businesses located alongside Jiffy at its Toronto location? So next time you swing by the Jiffy Self Storage site, why not give them a visit. For example, take the Canadian Hardware & Tools store located at the Jiffy Plaza. Ali and his wife Samaila source world class manufacturing companies for delivery of high quality tools to their exacting specifications — and Jiffy Self Storage business tenants are just steps away. At Canadian Hardware, you’re able to buy precision tools and supplies at prices that are often 50% less than major big box lumber retail stores. So why pay big prices to rent when high quality tools from Ali are available to own for the…

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10 Jan 2014

After several years as a professional window cleaner, Mark Strange and his wife Leonor decided they would give retail store ownership a try. Of course the perfect choice of product to sell would be window cleaning supplies as well as other related cleaning products. Mark began doing research on store locations and involved costs back around the fall of 2012. That’s when he first spotted the newly renovated store units in the front end of Jiffy Storage Plaza on Wilson Ave. After finally making the decision to move forward with the retail store in Toronto, Mark and Leonor began renting a retail unit in July of 2013 and eagerly began renovations. By late August they had both their Toronto retail…

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7 Jan 2014

They can easily pile up and fade with age, but not all ancient magazines should be seen as candidates for the recycling bin. Though they’re mass produced, old magazines can also become antique relics, and thus collector’s items. Some old magazines are obvious collector’s items. For example, editions of Life, Look and Time from November 1963 and the following months, the time of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Of course, historical events such as the Kennedy shooting are obviously important, and thus people hang on to them, driving down their value as a collector’s item. Those JFK shooting magazines might go for $25 to $50 at a speciality show or shop if they’re in excellent or mint…

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6 Jan 2014

This is the season when most people move seasonal car tires into and out of storage. Toronto car dealers charge an incredibly high fee to store tires for six months, but at Jiffy Self-Storage, we have the smarter solution for thrifty Toronto consumers looking for a cheap Toronto solution for storing seasonal tires. Rent a 25 sqft (5ft x 5ft x 9ft high) unit from Jiffy Toronto to store your winter tires plus other seasonal stuff inside one of our climate controlled storage spaces. You may ask yourself what difference does a proper storage space make for your tires. Well, tires that aren’t properly kept away can suffer a range of problems. Here are five quick and easy tire-storage tips and…

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3 Jan 2014

Antique radios are relics of yester-year that continue to charm and amaze. Let’s say you’ve been rummaging through the attic of an older relative and stumbled across a plain-coloured box-shaped item complete with built-in speaker and dial. Congratulations, you’ve just stumbled upon an antique radio. These marvels of technology were the first mass-communication device, piping in dramas, music and vital news and information into homes before the dawn of tube televisions. Looking the still-working marvel over, you begin to wonder if you’ve stumbled on a true rarity from another era. But how do you check if this is in fact the case? Some Internet sleuthing, of course, with the help of these tips from vintage radio guru Phil Nelson. Identify…

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30 Dec 2013

When the first Star Wars movie hit theatres back in 1977, movies and even popular culture were changed forever, with millions wowed by George Lucas’ epic space opera. But Star Wars also made a Death Star-sized impact on the toy world, which within the year after the release of the first film found itself awash with figurines modelled after Han Solo, Luke and other characters. Children raced to get their hands on one of the 3 ¾ inch action figures and complete their collections. Now, some 35 years later, those figurines can go for the toy-world equivalent of a Jabba the Hutt-sized ransom. Here are the top five most valuable Star Wars toy pieces. 1 – Darth Vadar, 1978 The…

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26 Dec 2013

Typewriters – the original keyboards – date back to the 1870s, when Remington introduced the first of the machine-assisted writing devices. These bits of early office and writing technology are now sought-after collector’s items. However, unlike other memorabilia, such as sports gear, the general rule with antique typewriters is that the most valuable finds aren’t necessarily dueto age, but rather obscurity. In other words, an old Remington or Royal typewriter (two of the flagship companies) will fetch less interest (and money) than an unknown-brand typewriter that features a unique build and shape. Collectors also distinguish between typewriters made before the Second World War, and those produced after. The so-called pre-war models were most often made out of more rugged, stronger…

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23 Dec 2013

They’re some of the most sought-after pieces of baseball memorabilia hunted down by collectors: vintage bats. But it can be very difficult to check the authenticity of one of these aged game-used collector’s items. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. The following tips from expert Bob Bertrand can help ensure you get an authentic vintage bat, and not a well-done imposter. If it’s too good to be true… If it sounds too good to be true, odds are it is. This rule applies especially in the world of sports memorabilia, and vintage game-used bats. Baseball teams and players use numerous bats, something shady dealers take advantage of. Forgers can use self-made letters of authenticity or certificates of authenticity which, combined…

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19 Dec 2013

Harley Davidson has been making its motorcycles for over a century. Ever since the first bike rolled out of the factory in 1903, the iconic machines are recognized the world over as a symbol of life in American – and the American dream. But they make more than just their famous hogs. Harley Davidson also produces fashionable gear and memorabilia items. They’ve been pumping out non-motorcycle products for almost as long as they’ve been making bikes. Here are 10 great Harley Davidson collectibles from through the ages. Silver Art Bar This small silver art bar was made by Harley Davidson in 1942. It depicts a shaft-driven motorcycle that was meant for use in the North African deserts during the Second…

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17 Dec 2013

Handcuffs, the saying goes, are as old as man. Ever since the beginning of civilization there has been a need to keep people prisoner or, worse, outright enslave them. And handcuffs – or, in old-timey lexicon, “restraints” – were always there to do the job. Early cuffs were made of strips of animal hide, and then later became more durable during the Bronze and Copper Age. But the golden age of handcuffs didn’t arrive until the late 19th century through the 1920s. This is when high-quality steel cuffs were turned out en mass, further spurred on by military purchases. Cuff collecting is tied to the at-times sordid criminal history of the restraints, with cuffs known to be used on famous…

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13 Dec 2013

The wristwatch has proven one of the most well-loved and popular bits of high-functioning fashion for generation after generation. From the cheapest of the low-end Timex to the fanciest Tag Heuer, watches are an unmistakable marker of one’s look – and, with the high-end brands that go for the price of a used car, luxury lifestyle. And who knows watches better than the Swiss? The world’s toniest watchmakers gathered in Geneva earlier this year to trot out their newest portable timekeepers. Here are the top 10 coolest watches from the show. 10 – F.P. Journe Quantieme Perpetual A classic-looking beauty from the Swiss company F.P. Journe, which builds all the parts in its watches. 9 – AudemarsPiguet AudemarsPiguet remains a…

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11 Dec 2013

Schwinn has been making bicycles since 1895 and is considered an American innovator of the modern bicycle. They were the first to use balloon tires, incorporate kickstands right onto the bicycles, and a host of other features now included on most modern bicycles. Determining the actual worth of your antique Schwinn can be tough, and really it comes down to one factor – it is worth whatever you are able to get someone else to pay for it. However, there are a few factors that can help you to gauge a rough estimate of the value of your vintage Schwinn. In estimating your Schwinn’s value you will want to: 1. Find the Serial Number Locate the serial number on the…

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9 Dec 2013

Nostalgic for the automotive culture of yesteryear? Then check out the world of vintage gas pumps. These gas pumps date back decades, and some can be found for sale originally from the 1930s. They’re a timeless bit of North American culture, relics from a not-too-distant age when automobile were a relatively young bit of widely-owned technology. And you can’t mistake the tell-tale appearance of vintage gas pumps, which look almost alien compared to their modern-day boxy-square brethren. Old gas pumps are usually instantly recognizable. This is because of their typical tall and skinny look. Normally, they’re less than half the width of modern pumps, with wild, bold colours and a large display face. Some are perched on stands, not unlike…

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5 Dec 2013

Today’s modern casinos are filled with glitz, glam, and all things flashy, but this wasn’t always the case. Although the casinos and saloons of old were definitely built with a certain sense of “style” in mind, you’ll notice a marked difference between a roulette table from the 1920s versus a roulette table in any of the hotels along the modern day Vegas Strip. Behold, exhibit A (Antique French Table Top Roulette Wheel, from the early 20th c): And exhibit B (A 21st century roulette table from one of Vegas’ many hotels) Although the gambling tables of yesteryear are certainly out of date nowadays, antique casino games are still treasured by collectors, hobbyists, and people hoping to “win big” by selling…

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25 Nov 2013

For a history buff, coming across a trench knife in reasonably good condition would be like a dream come true.  They might not be the rarest of war memorabilia, but they certainly aren’t common to come across either. Trench knives first came about during the WWI when soldiers took it upon themselves to fashion knives made from bayonets.  Eventually, trench knives (or combat knives) became the “go to” weapon for close combat. Photo of a WWII Cattaraugus 225Q Fighting Knife by Joe Haupt via Flickr.com (CC) Today, combat knives are a standard piece of army equipment and still play a vital role for soldiers in close quarter combat situations.  In fact, upon graduating from the United States Army Special Forces…

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21 Nov 2013

As much as we’d all like to deny it, winter is just around the corner. There are too many things to bemoan about the impending cold weather to count on one hand, but at the top of our list, is the fact that it’s time to put away the motorcycle for another season. To ensure that your bike is in tip-top read-to-drive condition come the first snow melt, follow these tips for proper winter motorcycle storage! 1. Take It For a Spin Before putting it away for the next few months, take that baby out for one more ride. It will give you a chance to say goodbye, and also burn off any condensation in the engine while also heating…

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18 Nov 2013

The key to guaranteeing that your acoustic guitar sounds just as beautiful in 20 years as it did the day you bought it, is storing it properly. With winter right around the corner, this is more important than ever as the cold temperatures and erratic weather will do a number on your instrument if it is left unattended. Make sure this doesn’t happen, by following the advice below. Before we even start, will tell you that the magic word of today is humidify. In general, when it comes to storing high-end guitars, air humidity should be kept in the 45-55% range, and temperature should hover between 67-75 F. Not following these guidelines can warp wood, destroy joints, and detune strings.…

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15 Nov 2013

How many times have you looked at your bank account with disappointment, and wished that you had a way to make money appear out of nowhere? Sadly this just isn’t possible, yet it certainly doesn’t stop people from trying. The United States Department of Treasury recently released numbers stating that an estimated 70 million counterfeit dollars are currently in circulation. You could very well have a wallet full of fake cash and not even know it—until reading our guide to identifying counterfeit US bills, that is. Compare The easiest way to identify a counterfeit, is to compare the suspected fake side by side with an authentic bill. Keep in mind that bills do change in appearance over the years, so…

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