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Books

Very Fine (VF): Essentially a "New" book (or "As New") with no defects, a crisp, tight binding, and absolutely no flaws found under close examination. A book that is in perfect condition with no sign that it has been read. The dust jacket (if it was issued with one) must be perfect, without any tears.
 

Fine (F): A book in "Fine" condition approaches the condition of "Very Fine", but without being crisp. There must be no defects, etc. Fine allows a small bump or two. If the book was read, it was done very carefully. The dust jacket may not be as shiny as new, but has no wrinkles, folds, chips, or tears.
 

Near Fine (NF): - No defects, little usage, and markings are minimal. A minor flaw may be present. "Fine" with a little more wear and some minor flaws.
 

Very Good (VG): - A book in "Very Good" condition shows light wear to the book, and/or jacket, but with no large tears, or major defects. It is attractive, but not unusually so and is no longer fresh. Acceptable flaws might include: clipping, small tears or rips, rubbing, and less than tight binding. There may be an Inscription on the front flyleaf. To qualify for "Very Good" however, the book must be completely intact, with dust jacket (if one was issued).
 

Good (G): - A book, or dust jacket in average used, and worn condition, but complete. Books in "Good" condition (or worse) are generally avoided by serious collectors unless there are few or no other copies available. They may have large chips and tears, price clipping, inscriptions, a loose binding etc.
 

Fair (FR): - A book that is worn and handled, but no text pages are missing. It may be without a dust jacket, endpapers, or a title page. The binding may be loose and the jacket (if any), will likely be well-worn. It may be soiled with tears, but maps and plates must still be present.
 

Poor (P): - Having very little collector value, a book in "Poor" condition is relegated to merely a "reading copy". It is very well worn and may have severe binding defects. A few text pages and perhaps maps or plates may be missing. "Poor" copies may be soiled, scuffed, stained or spotted and may have loose joints, hinges, pages, etc. Not fit for collecting unless extremely rare.
 

Music
 
New: Exactly.  A brand-new, unused, unopened CD, cassette or vinyl album in perfect condition.
   
Like New: An item in perfect condition, possibly out of its original wrapping. The jewel case, cassette case or album cover has no scratches or scuffing.  The liner notes, inclusions, and/or sleeve are in perfect condition.  The item itself is unmarked, with no sign of wear.  Item case may have a remainder cut-out on the spine, will be noted in the listing.

Very Good: A well cared for item that has been listened to, but is still in great condition and plays perfectly. The case or cover may show signs of wear, as may the liner notes and inclusions.
 
Good: The item plays perfectly, but has obvious  signs of wear.  The jewel case or cassette case is undamaged, and original liner notes are in good, unmarked condition. The item or packaging may have identification markings from its previous owner.
 
Acceptable: The item plays perfectly, but is otherwise the worse for wear. The jewel case, cassette case or album cover may be damaged, and the liner notes may be marked (but remain complete and legible). The CD, cassette, record or packaging may have identification markings from its owner.


Bumper Stickers

All bumper stickers are exactly as described.  The age of a given sticker will vary.  We do not manufacture stickers, but sell individually from large collections we have acquired.  Some stickers will be described as "Vintage" as they may have been made in the 80's, or even the 70's.  Whether or not a sticker stays "stuck" depends on many variables that are beyond our control.  Sales of all stickers are final.


All Other Items

Many item descriptions come directly from our suppliers.  If you receive an item significantly different that described, contact us immediately.

Alabastrite
Alabastrite is our product line name for polyresin items.  Alabastrite is a stone-based material which can be intricately molded producing great detail, and will allow paint to adhere.  These items may be cleaned by dusting, however, they should not be washed with water as they are painted with water soluble paints.  Items made from alabastrite which are specifically for outdoor use (such as fountains, etc) have a water resistant finish.
 
Bone China
White clay with bone ash added. Bone ash content must be at least 25% by U. S. guidelines.  Fired at 1800 degrees.  The translucent material is finished with a glaze or underglaze (matte).  Lighter, stronger, more expensive than porcelain.
 
Capiz Shell
Capiz is a large, thin traslucent shell found in Philippine coastal waters.
 
Cubic Zircon
The most successful simulated diamond.  Properties such as refraction, hardness, and specific gravity are remarkably similar to diamonds.  Cubic zirconia are very hard to distinguish from diamonds; sometimes a jewelers loop will be needed to see the difference.
 
Diamond
Extremely hard, highly refractive colorless or white crystalline of carbon.  Diamonds, like all gemstones, are judged in terms of Carats, or weight (different from Karats, as in gold purity).
 
Dolomite
A magnesia-rich, sedimentary rock resembling limestone, dolomite is either gray, pink or white in color.
 
Frosted Acrylic
Acrylic items are given the French Lilac process, (used on glass), to achieve the distinctive frosted look.  The drama of frosted glass without the weight.
 
Gemstones
Rubies, sapphires, emeralds and amethysts, often treasured as birthstones, fall under the category of gemstones.  Gemstones are priced and graded by Carat weight.
 
Gold
The ultimate precious metal.  Virtually indestructible, amazingly malleable, doesn't rust or tarnish.   Graded by purity; in the U.S. a scale of 24 is used, so 24 Karats (24K) is 100% pure. 18K is 18 parts gold and 6 parts alloy (other metals), and so on.  10K is the legal minimum for Karat-graded gold.  The word "Plumb" indicates the exact purity of the piece.
 
Gypsum
Gypsum is a white mineral which is usually used to make Plaster of Paris.
 
Hong Tze
To closely emulate a special stone found in China which is known for its deep red color, these items are created using an alabastrite polyresin.  Hong Tze pieces are highly polished, further bringing out the intense, deep red color.
 
Jade Porcelain
Jade porcelain is a type of porcelain made with a finer clay.  Usually no glaze or only a colorless glaze will be applied at the final firing to show off the very smooth surface and to preserve the translucency.  Jade Porcelain is used for night lights because of its high degree of translucency when lit.
 
Patchwork Items
Unique fabric or paper prints are applied to the surface of porcelain, dolomite or polyresin items.  After application, 12 layers of lacquer are added and the item is hand polished to a high gloss between each layer.
 
Pearl
A smooth, lustrous, variously-colored deposit formed around a grain of sand in the shell of a certain mollusk.  Pearls may be formed naturally or "cultured" through an artificial implanting process.
 
Porcelain
Fine ground white clay, molded and fired in an oven for eight hours at 1200 degrees.   Finished with a glazed, underglazed, or "bisque" finish.  Glazing produces a high gloss; underglaze produces a matte finish.  Bisque is a matte finish without glaze. After finishing, the item is "cooked" for six hours at 800 degrees.
 
Sterling Silver
To qualify as "sterling" a given piece must be composed of a least 92.5% pure silver.
 
Stoneware
White clay with fine ground stone.  Working with stoneware demands great expertise, and is in fact becoming a lost art.  Stoneware is safe to use in microwave and conventional ovens.
 

 
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