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Moved my WordPress site to a new server and had a difficult time installing my backup sql database

May 17th, 2016 · Budget, HowTo

The size of my database.sql is 190MB, to large to send up to the new sql server on Godaddy.com which has a 8MB limit before it times out. I needed to split the file into smaller pieces. My desktop is a Mac OSX system and the few apps for splitting sql flies are to expensive for my wallet. Googling for answers some suggested since the SQL files are actually just a text file, the file could be split in a text editor. Shopping in the Mac Apple Store I found an app called Text File Splitter by Noel Geren. This app wouldn’t notice the database.sql so I changed the extension to database.txt Text File Splitter open the file. Set the app to split the file every 5000 rows, check include header, check include footer, and slick split. App popped out 245 text files. Change the .txt file extensions to .sql . Uploaded the the files one by one to a newly create blank younameit.sql. It worked, it worked. All is well with newly moved wordpress blog. Best $1.99 spent.

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Pyrex Desiccator Jar Veeco 1/2 inch thick brass Lid w/ FR 38 S Vacuum Valve

November 23rd, 2014 · Collectibles, For Sale

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We purchased this vintage Pyrex glass desiccator vacuum jar from a scientist who made models and told us he had paid $500 for it years ago.

  • Although it has been used, it is in very good condition.
  • Heavy glass base is marked: Trademark PYREX ® Made in U.S.A.
  • Lid with valve is marked: Veeco ® 2030 000 03 FR 38 S
  • Lid is 1/2″ thick brass with an inset rubber O ring that fits inside the top of the Pyrex jar.
  • There are two (2) 5-3/4″ diameter plates each with a grid of different sized circular openings: 1 is stainless steel; 1 is thicker steel with oxidation.
  • Glass jar measures 6-3/8″ high; 7-3/4″ outer diameter at rim; 6-1/4″ inner diameter at rim.
  • Brass lid measures 7-3/4″ in diameter; 4-1/2″ high. It has some spots of greenish oxidation on top and some darkening on underside.

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Cragstan Playboy Vintage Battery Operated Bar Toy 60s Japan Working Multi-Action 74.99

July 3rd, 2013 · Collectibles, Ebay, Video

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This vintage 1960’s battery operated Playboy by Cragstan of Japan is a multi-action bar toy in very good working order. He pours himself a drink, takes a sip, spins around on his bar stool and his face briefly lights up red. He is 13 inches high. Base measures 5-5/8 inches square. He takes 2 D batteries (not included). The battery compartment is very clean. His felt suit has faded over time and looks a bit brownish, more so on his right side; there is a tiny hole (1/8″) in his jacket at bottom left side; and white shirt is a bit age dirty. He still has a pink flower in his lapel. The plastic parts are in very good condition. The lithographed tin shows some wear/oxidation at corners but is mostly in very good condition with colors still bright and beautiful. This is a neat old sixties toy in very good working condition.

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T-N Nomura Bartender Vintage Battery Operated Multi-Action Toy 60’s Japan Works!

July 2nd, 2013 · Collectibles, Ebay, Video

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This vintage 1960’s battery operated Bartender by T-N (Nomura) of Japan is a multi-action bar toy in very good working order. He shakes the cocktail mixer (there are little blue beads inside), pours himself a drink, takes a sip, his face lights up red, he starts shaking, and smoke comes out of his ears. He is 11-1/2 inches high. Base measures 5-1/8 inches square. He takes 2 D batteries (not included). The battery compartment is very clean. His pant legs are badly torn (probably from getting caught on the tops of his metal boots during action); his white lapels are fraying at edges; old glue at edges of 2 cloth buttons and edges of hair have turned brown with age; and the martini glass appears to have an old repair (some glue where cup joins stem). He still has his bow tie and golden cufflinks. The plastic parts and lithographed tin are in very good condition with colors still bright and beautiful. This is a neat old sixties toy in very good working condition.

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Bronze Sculptural Chinese Dragon Encircles Incense Holder Vase Foo Dog Face Lugs tabletop lighting setup

April 9th, 2013 · Collectibles, Ebay, Photography, Tabletop

Here is a great looking antique/collectible bronze incense holder vase with a wonderful bearded dragon sculpture encircling the base and 2 face lugs that look to be foo dog temple guardians near top of cylinder. Black/brown patina. 5-1/4″ high and varying from 2-1/2″ to 2-3/4″ wide. Very good condition. Purchased from an estate sale.
dragon_bronze_vase_600For sale on at findgreatstuff

Tabletop setup for tall thin bronze vase incense form with side equal gradients on both edges.
dragon_bronze_vase_setup1_500Tabletop setup for tall thin bronze vase incense form with side equal gradients on both edges.

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Los Castillo Vintage Figural Open Mouth Catch All Mixed Metals Mid Century Taxco

February 27th, 2013 · Collectibles, Ebay, Photography

Los Castillo Sculpture

This modern mid-century Los Castillo piece is wonderfully inventive… a whimsical head on 3 ball feet with wide open mouth. It was probably intended to be an easy to carry around ashtray as it fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. It would be a fun-to-use jewelry holder, trinket tray or catch-all. It is a mixed metal masterpiece. The main part is brass with copper lips, nose fin, and ball feet… the eyes and teeth are silver with black patina. It measures approximately 3″ wide; 2-3/4″ front to back and 2-1/2″ high. There are a few small spots of oxidation/darkening on the brass and slight wear to black in eyes but it is basically in very good vintage condition.

Of course the metal can be polished if so desired BUT: a warning: don’t try to polish the black areas or they will come off. This is a liver of sulphur patina applied by the artist and it can be destroyed by using harsh cleaners and polish. I have seen other pieces like this one that have been ruined in this way. For sale on FindGreatStuff.

Tabletop dramatic setup for Los Castillo Sculpture on reflective black tile

Tabletop dramatic setup for Los Castillo Sculpture on reflective black tile. Go to this expanded tabletop setup.

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Elco Sterling Silver Bracelet Double Link Chain 5 Charms Heart Clasp Not Scrap

February 12th, 2013 · Collectibles, Ebay, Photography

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Here is a very pretty sterling silver bracelet with 5 charms that I purchased from an estate sale. For sale on eBay. The chain is made up of large faceted double links with a hammered look to them. The box type clasp is unusual in that the thumb tab is heart shaped. It is marked: ELCO STERLING. There is a safety chain. Someone was just getting started with this charm bracelet as there are only 5 charms so far… a dog, a crescent moon with a star, an Aladin magic lamp, and a sun face. The large disc was a personal charm that reads: Two Reasons For Happiness with 2 children’s names engraved on it. The raised faces have rhinestone eyes. Four charms are marked either Sterling or 925. The dog is not marked. It measures 7-3/4″ long. The links are 3/8″ wide. It is in very good condition.

Tabletop setup for dangling jewelry with background gelled flash strobe.

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RANCOR Monster Star Wars 1984 Kenner Figure Moveable Joints Mouth Works ROTJ 9″

February 4th, 2013 · Collectibles, Ebay, Photography

RANCOR Monster Star Wars 1984

Here is a vintage Rancor monster figure from the Star Wars movie Return of the Jedi. The monster has jointed arms and legs, swivel wrist joints and a jaw that opens and closes when you move the tab in his back. Everything is working as it should. He is 9 inches tall and is marked inside the upper left arm: Lucas Films Ltd. 1984 Kenner Products. He has been played with so there are some marks around the tops of his arms from rubbing against the arm openings from being moved into different positions and the tips of his claws are worn. Everything else is in very good condition. For sale on FindGreatStuff.

Tabletop setup for Rancor Monster photographed with textured strobe and gelled light beams

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Tabletop setup for clear etched glass subject. Elegant Cambridge Bowl

January 19th, 2013 · Collectibles, Photography

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Subject on black background with strip box middle back and above glass to light the etched design. Black foam board were used to prevent reflection on the glass. The strobe directed toward the ceiling activated the optical trigger on the strip light. More information on setup

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For sale at findgreatstuff.com

Here is a large Heisey Queen Ann console bowl with 3 dolphin feet and the elegant Tea Rose etched pattern. It measures about 11 inches in diameter at the rim and 4 inches high. Heisey first produced crystal glass blanks in the original Empress pattern in 1938 and changed the pattern name to Queen Ann. We purchased this bowl from an estate sale. It has been well cared for over the years and is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, flakes, stains or repairs.

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Tribal African Hand Beaded Folk Art Yoruba Nigeria Diviners Ceremonial Sash 47″

January 15th, 2013 · Collectibles, Ebay, Photography

TableTop Setup African Beaded Ceremonial Sash Textured Vertical Subject

TableTop Setup for  African Hand Beaded Sash

TableTop Setup for African Hand Beaded Sash

Larger description and photo for tabletop setup on findgreatstuff.com

Here’s a wonderful old piece of hand beaded folk art for sale on findgreatstuff.com, a ceremonial diviner’s sash, made by the Yoruba People in Nigeria, Africa. It is hand sewn with glass beads and cowrie shells. It’s 47″ long plus 2″ in the loop at the top. It’s about 5″ wide. Images are a bird, 2 snakes, a crocodile, and 2 faces or masks with horns and vertical scarification marks. Eyes and noses must be padded underneath as they are more 3 dimensional. We purchased this piece about 25 years ago from a gallery that featured primitive arts and crafts. It’s a great looking piece that we’ve enjoyed owning but it is time to pass it on for someone else to enjoy.

Some of the cowrie shells are dyed or painted blue. One cowrie shell is missing – 4th from top on the right. Three or four of the shells have a piece missing from them. White beads are more sparse in the bottom section… we bought it this way but possibly some beads were broken long ago or threads have stretched over time. The old tan material on which it is made has some frayed areas along the edges. The back has variations in the color… mostly tan, but some darker brown and a lot of lighter circles and dots. It is in very good vintage condition with exceptions noted above.

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TableTop lighting setup for pink McCoy vase blue lit background

January 11th, 2013 · Collectibles, Ebay, Photography, Tabletop

Tabletop photograph of pink McCoy vase

Tabletop photograph of pink McCoy vase

Subject was lit indirectly with 2 strip boxes left and right rear with light bouncing off reflectors front left and front right. A blue gelled strobe set at 1/4 power lit white foam board background.

TableTop lighting setup for glossy subject with  blue lit background

TableTop lighting setup for glossy subject with blue lit background

For larger photo and more details go to setups at findgreatstuff.com

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Sterling Silver Ring Large Sculptural 3D Frog Hugs Finger Vintage Size 7.5-7.75

January 2nd, 2013 · Collectibles, Ebay, HowTo, Photography

Sterling Sculpture Frog Ring

Sterling Sculpture Frog Ring

Tabletop photo setup for frog ring on black background

 Sterling Frog Ring for Sale on findgreatstuff.com

Here’s a wonderful sculptural sterling silver frog ring. He’s very large and dramatic and curls around your finger in the neatest way like he’s hugging onto your finger, gazing out at the world and smiling. Great details… from his tiny toes to his bumpy back. Marked: STERLING. Size 7 and a half to 7 and three quarters. Top of frog is 1-3/8″ long. I’ve owned him for about 25 years and loved wearing him but sadly, he no longer fits me. Originally purchased from an antique store.

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Used Squier Tele by Fender California Series Electric Guitar Working Estate

December 27th, 2012 · Collectibles, Ebay, HowTo, Photography

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Fender Guitar for sale at findgreatstuff.com

Table Top Lighting Setup for Fender Guitar at FindGreatStuff

Here is a used Squier Tele by Fender, California Series electric guitar that we purchased from an estate sale. Paper label on the pick guard. It measures 13″ at widest part of body and approximately 38.5″ in total length. We tested the guitar and it is working. There are a few scratches, scuffs, and a small amount of black finish loss mostly on bottom back edge of body. Other areas are in good visual condition.

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Dancing Dan Minstrel Man on Stick w Tap Dance Board Vintage Wooden Folk Art Toy

December 10th, 2012 · Collectibles, Ebay

Dancing Dan for sale.

Here is a vintage jointed wooden folk art toy often called a Dancing Dan that we purchased at an estate sale. He is a dancing man on a stick that also comes with the tap dancing board on which he dances. It is marked with impressed hot stamp: World Wide Games Delaware, Ohio U.S.A. Place the dancing board under your thigh, hold the stick (which goes into a recess in the man’s back) and jiggle or tap the board to make the man dance. The man measures 9-3/8″ long. The stick (a dowel rod) is 23-3/4″ long. The dancing board measures 24″ long x 3-3/4″ wide at the dance platform end and about 2-3/4″ wide at the end that goes under your thigh. Everything is in very good condition. See him dance in our video below.

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Rare M&M STUDIO PHONE Animated & Talking It LightS It WORKS Collectible Vintage

December 4th, 2012 · Collectibles, Ebay, Humor

Here is a rare and collectible M&M Studio phone made by Mars, Inc. We purchased it from an estate sale. The batteries (included) are still good and it is working! (It takes three D batteries) Three M&M characters rise from the film canisters, say a few lines & sink back inside. The M&M Studio logo spins around the translucent blue globe which lights up from inside. When you press the DEMO button the M&M’s say:

  • Um phone sir.
  • Haroo
  • It could be the president.
  • President of what?
  • Ladies & Gentlemen.
  • Hello
  • Hello
  • What’s happenin’?
  • I bet this is my agent.
  • Can I direct your next movie?
  • You’ll need a tasty start.
  • Take one. Take two. Take a handful.

With an incoming call, the phone rings twice. The M&M’s rise and say:

  • Camera! Lights! Action!
  • Get ready for big drama.
  • Uh I forgot my lines.
  • Take one. Take two. Take a handful.
  • ****2 more rings and the M&M’s say:
  • I’ve seen this show before.
  • A worthy audition.
  • This is where I shine.
  • Don’t call us. We’ll call you. Then 2 more rings.

I believe it will say one more group of phrases but our phone that we tested it with goes to a busy signal after 8-10 seconds of ringing and stops the action. The phone has some scratches in the silver area on the right side of the M&M push button number pad and a couple in the silver of the mouthpiece. Everything else in very good visual condition. It is in excellent working order as you can see. We have photos and a video of the action below. You can watch and listen.

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Kirby’s Mill Apple Festival Parking Map 275 Church Rd, Medford, NJ, Yard Sales on Church Rd.

October 7th, 2011 · Collectibles, FleaMarket, Lake Cotoxen

Our yard sale is located on Church Rd across the bridge from the Apple Festival at Kirby’s Mill in Medford, October 10, 2015. We are on the Vincentown side of the dam at Lake Cotoxen and the bridge will be closed to through traffic because of the Apple Festival. If coming from Rt 541 or Church Rd (Rt 616) take Church Rd East toward Vincentown but veer off and take the middle fork onto New Freedom Rd at the 3 points where Wilkins Station intersects with Church and New Freedom. Turn left at the first stop sign onto Eayrestown Rd. Turn left at the first red light (Church Rd). We are at the bottom of the hill. There is parking on the road and in the farm field (for a fee). If coming from Route 70, take Eayrestown Rd and follow above directions. The Apple Festival is a fun outing for the family with baked goods, cider, home made apple butter being cooked in a huge caldron, everything apple, plus craft demonstrations, blacksmith demonstration, and more. Stop by and see us. We have lots of great stuff for sale.

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Rare Acme Electric Heater Co Antique Toaster Stone Base

October 20th, 2010 · Collectibles, Ebay

Here is a rare and unusual antique toaster made by the Acme Electric Heater Company of Detroit, Mich. which is so stated on a metal plaque on the stone or ceramic (marble ?) base. It is working. 7.25″ high and 6″ x3″ at the base. Metal has oxidized over the years as can be seen in the photos. Great collector piece!

Rare Acme Electric Heater Co Antique Toaster Stone Base

This Acme Toaster was sold at FindGreatStuff.com

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Kirby’s Mill Apple Festival Parking

October 8th, 2010 · Uncategorized

Our yard sale is located on Church Rd across the bridge from the Apple Festival at Kirby’s Mill in Medford, October 11, 2014. We are on the Vincentown side of the dam at Lake Cotoxen and the bridge will be closed to through traffic because of the Apple Festival. If coming from Rt 541 or Church Rd (Rt 616) take Church Rd East toward Vincentown but veer off and take the middle fork onto New Freedom Rd at the 3 points where Wilkins Station intersects with Church and New Freedom. Turn left at the first stop sign onto Eayrestown Rd. Turn left at the first red light (Church Rd). We are at the bottom of the hill. There is parking on the road and in the farm field (for a fee). If coming from Route 70, take Eayrestown Rd and follow above directions. The Apple Festival is a fun outing for the family with baked goods, cider, home made apple butter being cooked in a huge caldron, everything apple, plus craft demonstrations, blacksmith demonstration, and more. Stop by and see us. We have lots of great stuff for sale.

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Eickholt Art Glass Paperweight 81 Ice Planet w Rainbows

May 21st, 2010 · Collectibles, Ebay

Here is a beautiful one of a kind art glass paperweight made by Robert Eickholt. It is engraved with his signature and the date: Eickholt 1981. Name and date are marked very lightly but they are legible in a good light. I think this paperweight is a fantasy landscape… a frozen ice planet in shades of cobalt and cream… with an overlay of dichroic rainbow dust… the Northern Lights… Aurora Borealis. They shimmer and change, appear and disappear as you turn it around. It is fantastic! 2-1/2″ high x 2-1/2″ wide. Excellent condition… no chips, flakes, cracks or repairs. This paperweight is one of a small collection we purchased from an estate sale. See our other listings for more from this collection.
Info: Robert Eickholt founded Eickholt Glass in 1978. For 30 years he created a full line of unique and wonderful art glass… paperweights, perfume bottles, vases and sculpture. All of his pieces were made by hand so no two are ever alike. In 2008 he retired and closed his studio.

Here is a beautiful one of a kind art glass paperweight made by Robert Eickholt. It is engraved with his signature and the date: Eickholt 1981. Name and date are marked very lightly but they are legible in a good light. I think this paperweight is a fantasy landscape… a frozen ice planet in shades of cobalt and cream… with an overlay of dichroic rainbow dust… the Northern Lights… Aurora Borealis. They shimmer and change, appear and disappear as you turn it around. It is fantastic! 2-1/2″ high x 2-1/2″ wide. Excellent condition… no chips, flakes, cracks or repairs. This paperweight is one of a small collection we purchased from an estate sale. See our other listings for more from this collection.
Info: Robert Eickholt founded Eickholt Glass in 1978. For 30 years he created a full line of unique and wonderful art glass… paperweights, perfume bottles, vases and sculpture. All of his pieces were made by hand so no two are ever alike. In 2008 he retired and closed his studio.

This Eickholt item was sold  FindGreatStuff.com

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Epson PictureMate Dash PM260 upgraded cartridge w/ Box

March 2nd, 2010 · Photography

This printer really impressed me. After only a few prints I had to spring for one of Epsons R1800 large format printers. With a year of printing under my belt, I found that my large Epson would also print on the 4×6 Dash paper with as good an image. This Epson PictureMate only has 26 prints on its life. The condition is as close to mint as a used printer can be. The original print package came with ink and paper for 20 prints. I just put in a 150 glossy sheet photo ink cartridge in the Dash and I’m including 25 photo glossy paper sheets. More glossy paper can be purchased without having to buy an ink cartridge. All original software, manuals, power supply, and box with packaging are included. I’m also including a USB cable if you would like to connect this printer to your computer, but this printer works just great all on its own with its built in software and button navigation. Something my large print can’t do. The sale page can be found HERE on our findgreatstuff.com website.

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