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Watchman #63 at Nostalgia Antique Mall

December 11th, 2011 | Posted by Ocean18 in Used Goods - 2nd Hand

Not long ago a co-coworker turned me on to the abundance of affordable used watches at the Newport Nostalgia Antique Mall. She said she “got a great watch for 4 bucks!” and was pleasantly enthused about her discovery.

So, I hightaled it over there and sure enough… there was his little booth in all its glory: “Watchman” Booth #63.

My general observation is that you’ll find a big variety of men’s and women’s watches and indeed they are mostly priced around four bucks.

The cashier who unlocked the booth cabinet said that he thinks the Watchman buys bags of the timepieces in bulk and does basic repair which consists mostly of replacing batteries. I am not sure if the Watchman takes his best finds and resells them on Ebay or if WYSIWYG from his entire inventory.

I have purchased two clocks to date and they are working splendidly. My current favorite is labeled a Chereskin and the other a Rivera. From a brief internet investigation I presume these are mass produced and as the “stainless steel back” suggests not particularly high quality. Rather than buy a new cheap watch why not buy a used cheap watch that may have otherwise been destined for a landfill? Perhaps, these watches will provide years of accurate timekeeping. So far so good!

Ironically, I was recently reading the neighbors WSJ Magazine that comes monthly with the neo classical economic daily The Wall Street Journal newspaper. Inside, a photo caption describes, “An Old School Watch” and “A Classic Timepiece Makes Every Man Look Cooler and More Elegant.” In the photo is a Patek Philippe Calatrava watch for $23,000! Really?

The web site, Chronocentric has a Beginner’s Guide to Major Watch Brands. In this section it discusses the Rolex brand watch, stating “It was in the 1980’s that their reputation went from stellar to astronomical from being broadly publicized as the luxury wristwatch of choice of the so-called ‘yuppie’ movement of young, affluent people who enjoyed conspicuous consumption as a indication of their new found status. Both the people who embraced and those who decried the yuppie image were very effective in making the name of Rolex a household word. In that time, Rolex prices took a stellar rise to match their popularity. A stainless steel DateJust model that sold new for around US $900 in 1981 rose to US $2350 by 1991, despite only nominal changes to the product. Models in finer metals took even more dramatic increases, leaving many existing owners to joke about the newer models now being made of “unobtanium.”

The lesson from the above story parallels strongly with Consumerism, defined by Wikipedia as a social and economic order based on fostering a desire to purchase goods and services in ever greater amounts. Conspicuous Consumption and Materialism fit in here too and the concepts are worth exploring.

For those who would like to reuse, recycle or upcycle goods then a visit to the Nostalgia Antique Mall may have what you are looking for, watches or otherwise.

Located in Newport, Oregon, Nostalgia Estate Sales and Antique Mall offers over 200 vendor booths as well as estate sale services along the Oregon Coast. With a constantly changing inventory of unique, vintage, and antique items as well as resale, you’ll probably find something cool.

In October of 2008, after nearly two decades under Craft Warehouse Management, long-time vendors Peggy and Jerry Sabanskas took over the mall, combining it with their own business, Nostalgia Estate Sales. Residents of Newport for over thirty years, they are committed to the community, fostering children, establishing several local businesses and serving on the Newport City Council.


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