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An opportunity to win a collectibles web site,, with global customers and global site visitors. Inventory dates from 1865 - 1950. There are hundreds of items in six major collectible categories. Winner will also benefit from continuous advertising over the past five years.

Recent changes within the financial industry (and other businesses) have presented a challenge to the men and women who were pursuing dynamic careers at numerous financial and other business establishments. Now, it has become necessary for these individuals to rethink career options and pursue other opportunities. And as stressful as an unexpected change can be, sometimes in order to get what is best, a push out the door is what is needed. This unexpected change in a career choice has placed a large number of people with business skills and other knowledge in a distinctive position to pursue self-employment opportunities and the adventure of becoming an entrepreneur. An opportunity to have more control over the details and quality of your work life.

A present day opportunity is available for an enterprising individual or small group to win and own an e-commerce collectibles business that has been online since 1999. This collectibles site has a global client base as well as global site visitors. There is no need to start from scratch because the winner of an essay contest will receive all inventory presently offered for sale on the web site as well as all inventory not on the web site. Hundreds of items, collected for over 30 years, date from 1865 to the 1950's. The major collectible categories are dinnerware, kitchen collectibles, ephemera, advertising, art, photographs, books and other items classified as lots and miscellaneous.

In order to be considered for this unique opportunity an essay (English only), not more than 500 words, should be submitted on an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper (use both sides if needed.) The essay should illustrate your interest and experience with collectibles. Experience is not essential but, lack of experience will require an investment of time to learn about the collectibles business.

The winner of the essay contest will receive the following:

1. All inventory on the web site not sold before May 1, 2009 as well as all inventory not on the web site (estimated value exceeds $20,000.)
2. Four 30 minute telephone coaching sessions, over four consecutive weeks, to explore business growth and marketing strategies. These sessions will be based upon the winner's goals and objectives and will incorporate knowledge obtained by the present owner who has over 30 years of experience collecting and offering collectibles for sale.
3. Benefits from a continuous classified ad that has been placed in a first rate national collectibles publication since 2004. The last ad will appear in the September 2009 issue.
4. Web page analysis from 1999 – 2008 showing daily web site activity as well as a comparative yearly analysis. These analyses show site use patterns on a daily and quarterly basis.
5. Transfer of ownership of the URL, that will expire in January 2010.
6. Notification of new ownership to all customers as well as all visitors who have made inquiries about collectibles and collecting since 1999. Customers and visitors are located on six continents. Notification will also indicate when the new web site will appear.

The winner will be responsible for packing and removing all inventory. Four dozen boxes will be provided along with packing material i.e. bubble wrap, newsprint, popcorn, tape. The winner will be responsible for obtaining additional packing supplies if needed.

The entry fee for the essay contest is $500.00 (money order made out to These Old Things, US Funds only) for processing. There will be no refunds made once an entry fee has been received and essays will not be returned. Along with the essay the name and signature of the entrant(s) as well as address(es), daytime phone number(s), and email address(es) should be included at the end of the essay. There should not be more than four names per submission.

Mail essay (English only) and entry fee of $500.00 (money order made out to These Old Things, US funds only) to These Old Things, PO Box 123 Rowley, MA 01969. A postcard will be mailed to all entrants acknowledging receipt of all required information. All entries must be received (not postmarked) by Friday, May 1, 2009. Communication about the essay Essay Contest can be emailed noting Essay Contest in the subject area or a message can be left at 978-768-0474. All responses will be via email.

The winner(s) will be notified by noon, Eastern Standard Time, on Monday, May 18, 2009. The winner(s) must acknowledge receipt of notification by noon, Eastern Standard Time, on Tuesday, May 19, 2009. If no response is received from the selected winner(s) within this time frame, another winner will be selected.

All inventory must be picked up by noon, Eastern Standard Time, on Monday, June 15, 2009.

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