Automatic Weapons vs Jarts

yyThis cheerful depiction of a family playing a game of Jarts from the 1950’s might look like they are enjoying a fair summer day and a game of lawn darts, but if this picture were from today and the couple at the table just sold the Jarts to the family that is playing, they would be criminals. Now imagine that the rings are targets and the Jarts were guns that were sold by the couple at the table and being used by the family playing the game….that would be completely OK.

In the wake of yet another mass shooting – the worst in the nation’s history – it seems absurd that much of the discussion in the media is focused on “Islamic Terrorism,” hate crimes and terror in general, with only a passing mention of gun control.

“It’s too early to discuss gun control.” “This is a time for mourning, not talk about guns.” “Guns are not the issue, [religion, hate, terror, mental illness, etc.] is the issue.” Heck, Donald Trump is still ranting that keeping Muslim immigrants/visitors out of the country would be the answer to stopping senseless gun deaths. The NRA and the gun lobby would have you believe that any form of common sense gun control would not only trample the rights of the citizenry, but would decimate our country’s vital guns and ammunition industry financially, while leaving the average citizen totally defenseless against an overreaching and tyrannical government..

In 2008 the federal government passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) which outlawed the sale of any recalled products, both by individuals and corporations. Under the law, it is technically illegal for individuals to even sell recalled products at a yard sale at their own house….and it is up to all individuals to know what products have been recalled. The number of new recalls is in the thousands, every year.

In the history of the world, there has been one, yes one, case of accidental death by Jart. While the death of the seven year old girl who was killed when a neighbor’s Jart entered her yard was surely tragic for her family and something that they will never completely emotionally recover from, it seems absurd that one accidental death can result in the complete banning of a product that is basically a big nail with plastic fins…..especially when you read the now weekly stories of mass shootings and accidental gun deaths.

Over the past 60+ years, there have been about 6000 reported Jarts accidents, one of them leading to a fatality. Yet every year there are over 100,000 individuals in the U.S. alone that are the victims of gunshot wounds, and in the first ten years of this century there were 335,000+ fatalities resulting from gunshots.

We are not a Federally licensed gun dealership. But, we can still legally sell a number of different types of firearms on our website, including long guns, muzzle loaders and pistols, if the pistols were manufactured prior to 1899. Despite being legally able to resell these firearms, it is illegal for us to sell Jarts.

Sure there are lots of similar arguments that many of you have heard before….ie. “They sell [baseball bats, knives, chainsaws, cars, etc.], all of which cause many deaths, both accidental and intentional every year. But I offer the Jarts argument because it is a vintage item that is still greatly in demand despite the fact that they are illegal, and because of the history of one accidental death resulting in the illegality of something that has to be used inappropriately to actually cause any type of accident in the first place. (Hard to a two year old to impale themselves on a Jart, not so hard for a two year old to get daddy’s gun and shoot their sibling).

I’m not arguing that guns should be banned. I am making that argument that if you aren’t allowed to own Jarts because of an exponentially small risk of injury, then perhaps if you want to own a gun, it should be treated like owning a car (something that also results in many unnecessary deaths each year) where all cars need to be registered, licensed, inspected and insured – not to mention, the ability to obtain a driver’s license is restricted to those with severe mental and physical ailments that might prevent unsafe scenarios on the roads.

Gun fans cringe at the very thought of having to tell the government what weapons they own, but the 100+ unarmed victims in Orlando and their families probably won’t mind if the third of individuals who own guns in this country have to report owning and selling them.

I am not anti-gun, I am, however, pro-common-sense, or at least I’d like to think so. So with that, I will leave you with this image for a recalled piece of boy armor, that has never killed anyone, but is completely illegal to sell, simply because it cannot adequately stop a legal bullet, fired from a legally bought and sold gun.


Retro Collection of 100+ Vintage Adult Magazines Added

Earlier this year in the summer Black Market Antiques acquired a pretty good sized collection of adult magazines and erotic publications. Many were geared more towards the guys, but there were some Playgirl magazines and other that were more for women. We’ve added over a hundred of these magazines, mostly from the 1970’s to early 1980’s. We’re working on adding more from the 1960’s through the 80’s, including some rather obscure titles for those of you who collect this sort of thing. The video below shows some of the titles that have already been added to our inventory.

Below is a slideshow of almost 100 more magazines that have just been added. More to be added in the coming weeks.

New Products for November 13, 2013 – Bedpans & Ice Skates!

If you’re really into bed pans, then today is your day, we added a bunch of them to our online inventory. If bedpans aren’t your thing and you’d rather not have something for decoration that someone pooped in, then maybe you’d like some vintage ice skates. They make nice winter decorations, hang them in the middle of a wreath with some poinsettias coming out of them….or something like that. That’s about the extent of the new products today, things that people used to put stinky things in, that now people put flowers in and call them decorations.

Newly Added Inventory to Black Market Antiques – November 8, 2013

This is a short slide show of the newly added products to the inventory at on November 8, 2013. Included are a bunch of pinback buttons and some miscellaneous jewelry mostly. The highlight would probably be a pretty scarce Pennsylvania fishing license button from 1953, which wouldn’t be all that exciting except for the fact that it is a Non-Resident license, which makes it much more rare.

New Products for Late October 2013

Here’s a quick slideshow of the products that were added to Black Market Antique’s online inventory the last couple days of October 2013. We’re currently adding more antiques and vintage collectibles including lots of jewelry. Check back to our blog or subscribe to our YouTube channel for ongoing updates of new inventory. Has Relaunched…Finally!

Black Market Antiques RelaunchedAbout a month ago we began undertaking a long needed update to the Black Market Antiques website that included not only a total visual makeover, but also functional improvements on an exponential scale. Well, we’re finally happy to announce that the site has been relaunched and is fully functional once again and ready for shoppers to browse. We’ve still got a few things that need touched up, like the look of this blog, but the site is fully functional, easier to use and much easier to navigate than previously.

We didn’t just change the look of the site, we changed the shell and added a lot of new features. Other than the look of the site, the biggest change is probably in our shopping cart and checkout process. Black Market Antiques now has “Checkout as a Guest” feature, where making an account with our site is not required. We also have new upgraded abilities to run sales and give discounts based on customer loyalty for those regulars who shop here often. Our photo quality has improved, and you can look for products to now have larger clear photos. Our search has also improved and you no longer have to match exactly what is in the title to show product results. The search is also tweakable and we’ll be working forward to customize the search results based on past searches and results to more accurately show products of relevance.

In the past month, we’ve also added close to 1,000 items to our inventory including a large expansion of our jewelry categories.

We’ve also gotten rid of the Google Wallet checkout! Some customers loved it, but generally it was met with puzzled looks and skepticism and general  frustration over the annoyance of having to sign up for a service completely separate than just making a payment for the goods on Black Market Antiques.

In the coming weeks we will be doing some more cosmetic tweaks and adding some more features too, including the ability for shoppers to make offers on the products. We know you like to shop at antique shows and flea markets and that you like to bargain, soon you will have that ability. Also, sign up for our newsletter for periodic site updates, inventory notifications and general antique news. Also, we will be adding a newly listed products page, so you can browse our newest items.

We thank our regular customers for their patience as we made the transition to our new site format, browse around and hopefully you will find the experience much improved as well.

New Website Coming!

You may have noticed the site is a little off. Well we’ve moved it from the root of the website to the “old” section. We still have all your old order information saved there as well as all the products we currently have available. The images don’t seem to want to thumbnail, so they are huge.  We are aware of all its bad qualities at this time.

Why would we do this? Well, we are upgrading our store software over this weekend and hope to have the new site up on Monday October 7, 2013. These upgrades were necessary to offer our customers the easiest checkout system we could as well as removing the old Google Checkout and installing a new onsite credit card checkout system.

Please bear with us during this transition. You should still be able to order anything on the site you’d find during this time, or you can come back later once the new site is live and place your order then.

Thanks for your continued support of Black Market Antiques.