Vermont Country Store,A new survey conducted recently by Harris Interactive for The Vermont Country Store shows what classic toys and candy people remember most when they were young. Of the 2,104 adults age 18 or older who were surveyed online, more than a third (39%) responded that chocolate bars were their top candy choice when they were a child. Also, more than a quarter of the respondents (29%) noted that a doll or stuffed animal was their favorite childhood toy.‘In the current era of electronics and always wanting ‘the next best thing,’ it’s nice to travel back in time and remember when life was simpler and products were more memorable,’ said Cabot Orton, proprietor of The Vermont Country Store. ‘Toys and candy especially are the iconic childhood products that many people recall easily as adults. This survey gives us great insight into those products that make people feel nostalgic and reminiscent of their youth.’Some of the other favorite candies noted in The Vermont Country Store survey were lollipops or hard candy (10%), licorice (8%), and jelly beans (8%). Other top choices for toys were trains (9%) and building blocks (8%).The Vermont Country Store’s catalogue, website (www.vermontcountrystore.com(link is external)) and retail locations (Weston and Rockingham, VT) are home to thousands of classic toys, candy and other products that transport customers back in time.About The Vermont Country StoreIn 1946, Vrest and Ellen Orton printed their first catalog’just 12 pages and 36 products’and mailed it to the folks on their Christmas card list. Sixty years later and promoting itself as Purveyors of The Practical and Hard to Find, The Vermont Country Store has become ‘Nostalgia Central’ and continues its catalog business, manages a thriving e-commerce Web site and operates two retail stores in Weston and Rockingham, Vermont. For more information, please visit www.vermontcountrystore.com(link is external).About the SurveyThis survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of The Vermont Country Store from November 18-22, 2010 among 2,104 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Lauren Howe at (401)-553-5106 or firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail). Source: Vermont Country Store. MANCHESTER CENTER, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– 12.8.2010
The Tennyson property sold off-market in one of Brisbane’s biggest ever secret sales.A non-riverfront luxury house at Balmoral also recently sold off-market for $3.5 million, with the agent saying there were “plenty of people with plenty of money” shopping in the Brisbane prestige market. Off-market sales occur without public advertising, with real estate agents and buyers agents contacting and negotiating between prospective buyers and potential sellers privately.But the savings made on marketing campaigns could be tiny compared to the money lost due to the lack of competition for a property, according to the experts.Ray White Ascot agent and auctioneer Phil Parker does not deny that buyer activity is high, or that listing numbers are low. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoPhil Parker sells a Grange house under the hammer in October (AAP Image – Richard WaughBut he warns that off-market sales are “highly in favour of the buyer”.“As a seller, what you are essentially doing is limiting your property to just one buyer,” he said.“And if that one buyer is willing to throw money at it, there is a very good chance that there are other buyers keen to do the same thing, either at the same level or higher.”He said while some sellers were happy to sell behind closed doors and without the usual fanfare, he cautioned that only a small few would ever get top dollar.And he would know. Mr Parker admits a property he bought off-market probably would have cost more if it had gone out to the whole of market.But Propertyology managing director Simon Pressley said he expected to see more off-market sales in the future.“Buying and selling off-market is not new, but it is becoming more common,” he said.“For it to work, you need a laterally thinking agent and a buyer and seller willing to negotiate for the best outcome for everyone.”Mr Pressley said for some sellers, particularly those who wanted a sale to remain private, an off-market sale had its benefits.REA chief economist Nerida Conisbee agreed that an off-market sale could work for sellers, particularly those who wanted to remain private, were concerned they might not get a great price or were reluctant to spend money to get their property in top shape. Chief economist of Realestate.com.au Nerida ConisbeeBut she said selling on the open market meant that sellers would soon find out what price buyers were willing to pay.“I think it is better to go to market. Tom Panos (leading real estate coach) makes the point, you can’t sell a secret,” Ms Conisbee said.“The more people who know about a sale, the more likely you are to get the best price.” Managing Director of Place Sarah Hackett at the 95-99 McConnell St, Bulimba house which sold at auction for a Brisbane record of $8.4 million. Photographer: Liam Kidston.“If the sellers at McConnell St didn’t take it to the open market, it could of cost them over $1 million,” Ms Hackett said.“They were initially thinking they would get $7 million and it ended up selling for $8.4 million at auction and after the marketing campaign.“With an off-market sale, you just don’t know if you are getting the best offer.” RELATED: Whopping $8.4m mansion sale sets new Brisbane auction price record This Bulimba residence sold for $8.4 million after an auction campaign – $1.4 million more than the owners believed they could get.Ms Hackett also recalled receiving an off-market offer for her own home, and while it was tempting at the time, they ended up taking it to market.She said it sold for $350,000 more than that initial off-market offer.“It is a risk. Sometimes it can work in your favour, but that is rare,” she said.The latest Property Market Indicator report from CoreLogic shows Brisbane’s auction clearance rate hit 46.4 per cent last week, up from 33.5 per cent at the same time last year.The number of properties going to auction was on par with the same time last year, but the overall number of new listings is down 13.6 per cent on last year.“With advertised supply remaining low and buyer demand rising, FOMO (fear of missing out) has once again become a factor in the market as buyers sense some urgency to buy before prices rise further,” the report said. As a result of there being fewer listings, many cashed-up buyers are leaving auctions and negotiations empty-handed.This has led to a number of off-market sales across Brisbane in recent months, including the sale of Broncos chairman Karl Morris’ Tennyson mansion for about $17 million. Karl Morris, Broncos Chairman, pictured addressing the media at the Broncos Clive Berghofer Centre. (AAP Image/Josh Woning)Rumour has it that the sprawling riverfront estate was purchased by Canstruct International CEO Rory Murphy in what is one of the biggest sales ever recorded in Brisbane. RELATED: Broncos boss sells in record secret deal Mining veteran’s house blitzes sales record at auction What actually adds value to your home Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45HUNGRY buyers competing for fewer listings are behind a surge in off-market sales across Brisbane.But industry experts warn that a quick sale could cost sellers dearly – as much as 10 per cent or more off the possible final sales price.Place Bulimba joint managing director and agent Sarah Hackett, who equalled Brisbane’s residential auction record when she sold 95-99 McConnell St at Bulimba under the hammer for $8.4 million in September, said the biggest risk with off-market sales was that there could always be a better offer. MORE NEWS: How to outwit and outplay the competition at an auction
The Hammers boss acknowledged in his programme notes that this has been a “testing campaign”, adding he can understand the supporters’ frustration having failed to pick up a point in April. That run saw the pressure mount on Allardyce, who was subjected to chants and banners during last weekend’s defeat at West Brom. Press Association Those same supporters, however, will have been in a better mood on Saturday as a Harry Kane own goal and Stewart Downing’s free-kick saw West Ham run out 2-0 victors against 10-man Spurs. “One week you are not playing so well and people sound off their disapproval, which they are quite entitled to do, like I’ve always said that,” Allardyce said. “But they do get behind you when they’ve got something to get behind. They don’t stop singing, the players enjoyed being here, they enjoyed playing on this stage today, which is what we want them to do. “We don’t want to be fearful when we go out and they really gave a wholehearted performance to lift everybody today on the last game of the season. We couldn’t have asked for anything more than what we got today. “I thought it would be wonderful if we could do the treble, particularly under the circumstances as we haven’t won for four games. To do it for the third occasion in our last home game and do it with an excellent performance by all the players. “I know they went down to 10 men, but to take full advantage of that as well was a fantastic day for us, a great performance to finish the season here and send the fans home happy. “The fans were right behind the team from start to finish because they knew the team was playing well and deserved a victory in the end. “But for Hugo Lloris, I think we would have had more than 2-0. That is more than satisfying for us, though, against a team fighting to be in the Champions League, fighting to get in that area.” The victory in what some had called the P45 derby secured West Ham’s Premier League survival but only heaps further pressure on Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood, who one bookmaker has priced at 1/16 to have left Spurs by the start of next season. “I don’t think we were outfought,” Sherwood said. “The game changed on the red card. “I thought before that we were comfortable and created the best chance of the game when Ade had a chance. “It was always going to be a tough place to come, and when we go down to 10 men and they score a minute after it is going to be a difficult afternoon. “Then, obviously, the free-kick goes straight through the middle of our wall, which isn’t ideal, and then you’ve got the mountain to climb.” Sherwood had no complaints about Younes Kaboul’s sending off, nor was he particularly angry with Paulinho and Emmanuel Adebayor despite the pair leaving an embarrassingly large gap in the wall that Downing duly exploited. “It wasn’t great but I spoke to them in there,” Sherwood said. “I have pointed it out to them and they don’t need me to point it out, really. “They know it is an error and it obviously hurts a lot more when you see 2-0 rather than getting it in the stomach, when it hurts for 30 seconds.” Not even the inspired display of Lloris could keep Downing’s free-kick out, although the France goalkeeper produced a string of wonderful saves to stop Spurs receiving an embarrassing thumping. “Lloris was top draw,” Sherwood said. “He has been top draw whenever we have played this season. “I heard people talking after the Everton game when he got a bang on the head that he is not the same goalie any more. That is a load of crap. “People don’t know what they are talking about. The guy is a consistent performer – he has performed like that every single week. “If he makes a mistake, it is an honest mistake and he doesn’t make many.” Sam Allardyce could not have asked for any more from his players or the fans as West Ham ended a four-match losing streak by securing an unprecedented third win over Tottenham in a single season.
Published on September 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm A talented freshman stepped onto one of the biggest stages imaginable. Marvin Graves stood front and center inside the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., as Syracuse’s starting quarterback for the 1990 season.Graves and the Orangemen were a part of the Kickoff Classic and about to take on the No. 9 team in the country — Southern California — to open the season Aug. 31, 1990.And by the time the second quarter rolled around, Graves was already laying the foundation for what would become the most prolific career ever by an SU quarterback.‘He did exactly what we thought he would do as a quarterback — and that’s make things happen,’ SU left guard Gary McCummings told The Daily Orange after the game. ‘He broke some big plays.’In fact, Graves was the only player that made things happen that day. His 191 yards and a touchdown on 15-for-30 passing dazzled fans. And his 59 rushing yards out of the option offense, not counting yards lost on sacks, were hugely impressive.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the freshman Graves couldn’t keep up with USC’s ‘Robo-QB,’ Todd Marinovich. The Trojans’ sophomore gunslinger torched the SU defense for a then-career-high 337 yards and three touchdowns en route to a 34-16 win in front of 57,293 spectators.‘We have a great quarterback here, and if he keeps passing like that, he’s going to win the Heisman (Trophy),’ USC tailback Rickey Ervins said after the game.Marinovich, though just a sophomore, was the seasoned veteran. He was a Heisman hopeful entering his sophomore season in 1990.Graves, the freshman, was the future at the quarterback position for the Orangemen. He would leave SU as the program’s all-time leader in career passing yards (8,466), passing yards in a single game (425) and passing yards in a single season (2,547).He still holds those three marks today.‘Marvin Graves? I think Marvin Graves was marvelous,’ SU head coach Dick MacPherson said.Graves and SU hung in there with the highly ranked Trojans for the first 30 minutes of play. The quarterback made plays with his feet, juking his way through the defense to lead the Orangemen into halftime trailing only 14-10.But the second half was a different story. Graves continued to play well, but the Orangemen’s special teams floundered. A blocked punt and a fumble on a punt return led to two USC touchdowns.Marinovich made SU pay, leading the Trojans on four scoring drives in the second half to pull away for the win.Nonetheless, ‘Marvelous Marvin’ was born. And during the next four years, he would blossom to lead the Orangemen to three bowl wins in his career.‘Marvin played above and beyond the call of duty,’ SU wide receiver Qadry Ismail said. ‘Marvin is a leader. Marvin knew what he was doing. Marvin, Marvin, Marvin, Marvin. He had great poise, and he’s going to get better. That’s the great thing about it.’— Compiled by Michael Cohen, sports editor, email@example.com Comments Facebook Twitter Google+