Storing Your Data

Where are we going to put all this stuff?

With potentially hundreds of thousands of pictures and rows upon rows of data, this is an important question for any new website project. With technology, there is always more than one way to do something. The same holds true for how RelicRecord.com is being built.

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Civil War Weapons: The Pike

Long obsolete among European armies, the pike, lance, and other types of pole-weapons were not widely used during the Civil War. However, that’s not to say they were not part of its history.

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What Was In That Ginger Beer Bottle?

Many relic hunters and collectors have one or more “Ginger Beer” or “Ginger Ale” bottles in their collection. Such bottles are often found in trash pits near Union and Confederate Civil War camps. The bottles were also common Civil War period crockery, often used by civilian home brewers to make homemade Ginger Beer. This also explains why bottles are found in household privy pits, as they were discarded once emptied. So I guess I’m not the first guy to drink a beer while on the toilet?

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Appraisals – How Much Is This Worth?

How much is your collectible or antique worth? If you’re a seller, what price should you assign to an item? If you’re a buyer, how do you know you’re getting a fair deal? Instead of schlepping your items to an appraiser, consider an online valuation service.

Such services typically offer DIY research tools and estimates by professional appraisers and other experts in areas ranging from sports memorabilia and books, to Native American art and even classic cars. It’s important to note, these services offer valuations, not authentications. However, for the purpose of helping buyers and sellers determine a fair price, such services can be very helpful.

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Customer Registration and User Preferences

Since this is the first post on the progress of the web application, it only makes sense for us to start with an update on customer registration and user preferences.

For someone who is interested in using the application, they will have to create a free account. We want to make this as painless as possible, while still keeping the security of our customer’s data in mind. The past few weeks we have focused on the sign up process which included the creation of registration forms and easy to follow instructions for things like password complexity.

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Winner of the Great Relic Giveaway

Relic Giveaway

RelicRecord.com would like to thank everyone who participated in the Great Relic Giveaway. The entries are in and the winner has been declared. Join us in congratulating Steven V. of Austin, Minnesota for winning some really cool Civil War relics!

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5 Tips for Negotiating with Antique Dealers

When it comes to negotiating the asking price of an antique, most dealers expect it. Now that’s not to say that every dealer likes it; but again, they expect it. In fact, most dealers have already accounted for what they’re willing to let go in a negotiation by adding extra margin into their asking price.

Keep in mind, however, there are dealers who will not negotiate. Some may attractively price their wares to sell from the start, while others just don’t like to haggle. If you go to enough shows, you’ll quickly learn which dealers have a reputation for sticking to their prices. Knowing this going in, you won’t get caught off guard when they don’t budge on price.

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Wow. Now That Was Fun.

The Dalton Civil War show has always been one of our favorite shows to attend. This year was no different. There were well over 400 dealers putting their relics and knowledge on full display for the thousands of attendees to enjoy and learn from. Needless to say, it was a tremendous experience.

This show was particularly special for our new company RelicRecord.com, as this was the first show we’ve attended as an exhibitor. I want to thank everyone who stopped by our table to learn about what we’re building and who we’re building it for. We learned a great deal from our conversations with you and it’s our mission to build a product you’ll enjoy as much as your relics. Now we understand that might be a challenge but we’re going to give it our best shot!

If you’ve already entered our raffle for a chance to win Civil War relics, feel free to share this link with friends: relicrecord.com/show. The entry period will remain open until Saturday, February 21st, 2015.

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RelicRecord.com Roadshow: Dalton, GA

RelicRecord.com Roadshow

The RelicRecord.com team will be in Dalton, GA for the Chickamauga Civil War Show on February 7th and 8th, 2015. We’re looking forward to seeing so many of our great friends and meeting some new ones. And of course, we’re excited to check out all of the great relics.

Stop by our table to enter a free raffle for your chance to win some great Civil War relics!

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An Introduction

What do you collect?

For me, I’ve collected baseball cards (an obvious entry into collecting for a kid), stamps, coins, arrowheads, collectible card games, fountain pens and even buckeye nuts. My collections have never really amounted to much in size or value but I had fun getting them together and inventorying them. My brother is big into “hunting treasure” which is mostly buried civil war and world war two relics forgotten by time. Somewhere in there I’m pretty sure he has a small collection of fossils and arrowheads as well. The folks also have their own collections they have gathered over the years. The running joke in our family is that mom has collected pretty much every antique juicer in Tennessee and probably parts of Alabama. Being a southern family, there are also pocket knives, arrowheads and other relics of a southern heritage. Read more