Hello my name is Wesley Lirette and I am from Maccan, Nova Scotia, Canada
I started collecting insulators in the spring of 2003, when a friend had heard that some insulators were worth a lot of money. Hearing this we checked with a staff members father who was a foreman for CN in our local area and he said he knew of a large pile of insulators that he had seen on patrol one day. We went out and checked the area and found about 300. At that time we were going to just get these and sell them on eBay, yard sales etc for some extra cash, but when I started cleaning them and seeing the different colors, styles and embossing I decided to display a few at home. Now roughly 6 months later my collection and stock has grown out of control. As of today, Aug 30/03 I estimate that I have over 2500.
One of the reasons I decided to save and display some of these is because of the beautiful displays that members of ICON, NIA and other groups have displayed on their websites.
Ill use this site to display what I consider my best, and if I have the time and space, all the 700-800 I have on shelves currently.
I like to buy in bulk and commons are fine also. If you have any you would like to sell and you are within reasonable driving distance from the center of the Maritimes you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you have for sale and maybe we can strike a deal.
I made a trip to Ontario this summer and visited Tim Grantz in Leechburg PA. I picked up about 800 insulators from Tim, some I had shipped in from all over the USA. Thanks Tim. He let me store them there until I arrived. I had a look at his nice collection and saw first hand some of the more rare insulators that I have only been able to view on a computer monitor so far. I have also made purchases from other collectors on the net and have had 100% satisfaction from these deals. Insulator collectors are truly kind and very understanding people.
My favorite types of insulators are
Special Thanks to Norm Robar from Sydney, NS for the great deals on the CD 102's I bought from his collection. I got lots of them so I'll be a while sorting them out and listing them. He packs very well for the trip these take. Bought over 100 so far and no damage on any during shipping. Look forward to more purchases from Norm.
Thank you also to Carl Durand from Winnipeg for boosting up my CD 143 collection. Very easy to deal with and outstanding packing of parcels. I also got some CD 145's from him of types I did not have. Would definitely purchase from him anytime !!!
More people I wish to thank for great deals and great packing for a safe shipping trip
Gary Kline USA , for some 154's and 190/191
OCT 25/2004 I'm Back
Well it has been way too long with out an update on the site, I have been busy building a new house this summer and with all the insulators packed away for safe storage I didn't do much collecting this summer.
I have started buying again, and with the weather finally getting rid of the bugs slowly, more hunts are planned real soon.
I have about 200-400 insulators in transit to me as of today
Oct 25 and this will make it about 3500 insulators for the collection.
I'm starting to actually sort my collection and inventory it
now, but with 3500+ insulators now it will take quite some time.
OCT 28/04 ...
Well after yesterday's hunt the collection is now up to 3700+ insulators.
The 145 display wall is in good shape and should be full by the end of the week or the first of next thanks to a shipment that will be coming from Ken Gardner. We made a deal on about 150 145's to add to the selection. I am also working with Norm Robar to get some more that I would like to add to the missing ones in the CD 145 world.
Well the total is probably near or just over 4000 insulators
now thanks to a deal Robin Plewes and I made.