Follow-up to end of sale on October 30, 2016. Bidding the last day was the heaviest we have experienced, overwhelming us despite bringing in our webmaster, Troy Thompson, and our software engineer son, Conrad, to provide major assistance. I have finished recording all bids and rechecking all material bids, winners and losers notified, bills sent out, checks received and puzzles shipped. If you haven't received your puzzles by now, please email me and I will check on the tracking.
We deeply appreciate your participation in the sale and hope you will participate again next year and not become discourage if you were "shut out" this year.
Bob & Hildegard
If you would like to receive notice of my sale lists in the future, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your interest. However, I will eventually need your mailing address in the event you should participate and win puzzles.
Please note: while I do list for sale from time to time a puzzle on eBay (my name is "oldpuzzles"), my principal way of selling our extra puzzles is by an annual Fall sale conducted on my website with bidding via emails and telephone calls.
With a few exceptions, all puzzles needing work have been restored by me. This includes making replacement pieces which, depending upon their location, usually meet the test of "you really have to hunt to find it". I also repair all broken/split/missing knobs which I can find, and any missing/damaged paper and wood, so that the completed puzzle "looks really good". These repairs actually take longer than replacing missing pieces for most puzzles and probably account for why the puzzles are in such demand. If you purchase a puzzle and are not satisfied, contact me and we will work it out (you can also get your money back with return of the puzzles). Wherever possible, I also repair and rebuild boxes using archival materials and techniques so that they can safely store the puzzles but still show their age. And I line many of the boxes with archival tissue paper to guard against future discoloration of pieces, especially the Pastime boxes.