When you shop for vintage and antique items ranging from auto parts to medical quackery many times the condition of such an item is described by an acronym. For this ABC Wednesday I will sort a few of these out that begin with the letter “N” .
NOS: ‘New Old Stock’ generally refers to a ‘lot’ or ‘bulk’ items that have been found tucked away in old storage inventory from an old shop or business. These items are often purchased by dealers and then sold one by one to collectors and decorators. They are usually in their original packaging which sometimes has ‘shelf dust’ or ‘shelf wear’ but the actual item has been protected from the elements and any wear at all. In the case of an antique auto part it is one that has never been applied to a vehicle and might have just been stored on the workbench of an enthusiasts garage awaiting the right dream car or truck to arrive.
NIB: ‘New in the Box’ this means the item looks the way it did when it came from the factory, and more than likely never played with, worn or used. It has probably had an owner or two but has been stored in a home as a collectors item or often as a gift that was just not the right fit, but still appreciated and stored on a shelf or the back of a dresser drawer.
NRFB: ‘Never Removed From the Box’ means the item has never been taken out of the original box, never handled, the original packaging, ties & anchors are present and intact. This term is often seen in the toy and doll markets.
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