After falling last year and breaking my hip – I did it again. This time I snapped my humerus in my left arm and have a huge brace on my arm and shoulder. It has limited my ability to get anything done. Thank goodness Jill is here to keep the business on an even keel.
Naturally October was the busiest month ever for selling stamps. We have had more than double the number of orders we get on a good month. With Jill’s help we have kept up with the orders but have fallen behind on sorting stock and updating our price lists and web site.
Last week we had late summer weather with temperatures in the low nineties and high eighties. This week our temperatures have been
at a steady 30-32 degrees and we have had three days of rain. The result is heavy ice on the trees and falling branches. The good news is that I just finished having all of our trees heavily trimmed with all branches removed from over the house so nothing could fall on the house. Perfect timing – for a change!
This month we are not able to mail an updated price list. We just haven’t been able to finish a new list. We have, however, finally completed our update of all of our postal stationery listings on our web site. We have revised the categories to hopefully more logically arrange the listings. We have also added several hundred items to this section. We still have more covers to add but we think you will find lots of interesting items now.
Next month we will update our German area price list part 1 which starts with Albania and goes through Croatia..
We will be completing our new issue service for 2020 now. Provided that there are no unprogrammed “late” releases in December by Austria or Germany, we should have year sets posted to our customers well before the end of this year. We will also complete 4th quarter mailings of new issues well before year end. If you wish to sign up for our new issue service, it is best to sign up before year’s end to start receiving new issues in January.
Christmas Gift Certificates
Every holiday season we offer Christmas gift certificates aimed at getting our collector customers gifts that they will like. The trick is for you to let your family members know that they can get you a gift certificate in lieu of yet another sweater for Christmas. (Collectors always “need” more stamps!) Several of our customers get multiple gift certificates from family members every year permitting them to be able to buy items long standing on their wish lists.
When asked what you want for Christmas – suggest a gift certificate. We will provide certificates in any amount. (We add an extra 10% to the value of every gift purchase – e.g. a 50 dollar gift is really a $55 gift certificate.)
Our Mailing Lists
Periodically we update our mailing list to remove inactive customers. If you have not bought from us within the past 12 months but wish to continue to receive our monthly price lists, please let us know and we will keep you on our mailing list.
If you have a computer but have not visited our web site, you should give it a look. We have many thousands of items listed and also have hundreds of pictures of the more expensive items. You can order directly on line. As we have price lists for 17 different collecting areas, and many of our customers collect only some of these areas, we have organized our mailing lists into the following categories
All – Lists for those who collect all areas we stock,
Austria – Lists for Austria and related areas.
Gal – Lists for Germany and all related areas – e.g. states, colonies and occupations.
Germany – Lists for Germany proper, Soviet Zone and DDR only.
GA – Lists for all German areas except Germany itself.
GS – German states only.
If you aren’t getting a category of lists that you want – just let us know!
We are ending the 20th full year of the Austria Philatelic Stamp club. If you are a collector of Austrian stamps and covers you should consider joining our group. We publish a quarterly bulletin in color and hold two auctions a year. Our next auction will be included with the January bulletin.
Dues are still only $17 a year for our US members and $23 a year for overseas members. You can join by sending us your check now. Dues received from now through December will cover 2021 membership.
If you would like to see one of our club bulletins to help you decide, we will send you one.
Stamps We Need
We are frequently asked if we buy stamps – really. After 40 years stamp dealing, we do have a sizable stock, but we are always in need of some stamps. We can always use the really scarce singles and sets – items cataloging $200 and up.
Here are some of the areas that we most need including even the less rare items-
WWII German occupations – all except Bohemia and the General Government.
German private post stamps – all
German offices and colonies – all mint
Post WWII local issues- both for Austria and Germany.
German states – mint issues for all areas.
Of course we also buy complete collections. When it becomes time for you to sell your collection please remember us.
PO BOX 978
IOWA PARK TX 76367
OFF: 940 213 5004
FAX: 940 213 3596
WEB SITE : RSchneiderStamps.com