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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.


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.

Share Our Vintage Santa Claus Photo and Win a Gift Certificate

Here’s a great old Christmas photo with a tired looking Santa Claus holding two children in a shopping mall photo. Visit our Facebook page, share the photo and be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to We’ll draw the winner sometime this week, so share away.

Black Market Antiques on Amazon

You may have noticed a slow-down recently in the amount of inventory being added to Black Market Antique’s web store. After some internal discussion it was decided to create and Amazon shop to help unload some of the newer non-antique items and books that have been accumulating in our warehouse.  Our Amazon Storefront is now filled with over 8,000 products and growing.

The Black Market Antiques standalone online antique store is still up and we’re still adding more inventory.

Over the years we developed a large stash of new products, books, videos and new collectibles and household items that don’t really fit well into our antique and vintage collectibles category….so we’ve put some of that online over at Amazon. The ease of listing the items already in Amazon’s database saves us quite a bit of time and clears space in the warehouse for more antiques. We will continue to list older and more collectible books on our own web store.

So if you happen to be searching on Amazon and see our name on a product, you will know that it is the same Black Market Antiques team that will be fulfilling the order and you will receive the same great customer service and speedy delivery that used to hear.

Peddler’s Ridge Flea Market Open – Strattanville, PA

The Peddler’s Ridge Flea Market is now open for the summer on Saturdays and Sundays every week.  If you’re driving through Pennsylvania on Interstate 80, the flea market is located just a quarter mile off of exit 70 (Strattanville).  Peddler’s Ridge is not a big flea market, but they are open each weekend with a couple dozen vendors.

Perhaps the nicest thing about Peddler’s Ridge is the fact that all the vendors are antique dealers and the inventory is all antiques and vintage collectibles.  No new items or crafters.   Probably not worth a three hour drive for most antiquers, but if you’re in the area it’s worth a look.