I am not a Nazi, Nazi sympathizer, Skin-head or racist. I love history and I collect -period. I do not, and will not listen to, accept or tolerate pro-Nazi statements or views.
I'm the little guy!
I'm not the big dealer who has a dozen people working for me. It's me and my family here serving people every day. We offer personalized service, personally packing each item with care. We do it all ourselves and I know it's done right. Lakesidetrader doesn't charge big dealer prices but we do offer the same guarantee that they do as far as inspection and of course a lifetime warranty on authenticity. If you are looking for an honest description, and less than "big" dealer prices this is the place to shop!
Your Customer Service Team
|My name is Paul. I have been an avid collector since 1990 and a history nut my whole life. I have formal training in Business Administration and have worked in Purchasing and Contract Administration for major corporations including: Weston Foods Group and General Electric Motors. I spent 7 years of my life working in a large zinc die casting corporation fulfilling various roles as Production Coordinator, Systems Development Manager and Tool Room Foreman. I began Lakesidetrader in 1999 and since then have handled the majority of the business operations. A significant portion of my job consists of customer contact, purchasing, authentication, sales, website management, marketing and just about everything else at Lakesidetrader (oh, and I also take out the garbage too!). Throughout this time I have; published several articles on how to collect daggers in different collecting magazines, I have created videos on what to look for when collecting daggers and I have been featured in newspapers and on TV News talking to Veterans and their families about how to sell their souvenirs. I'm where the buck stops around here and if you are in need of some assistance just ask for me and I would be happy to help you!|
|Hi, my name is Christine. I have been married to Paul for 26 years now. We have two children, Nathan and Nicole. I have been helping at Lakesidetrader since it was founded in 1999. By 2008, I had to leave my position as an office manager in a doctor's office to fill Lakesidetraders need for a full-time employee. I have been interested in this hobby for some time. My father, an RAF Bombardier, was a survivor of one of the WWII POW Camps, Stalag VIIIB. He spent 2 ½ years in occupied Poland and was involved in "A death march" as the Germans retreated from the Russians in '44/'45. He has told us many a story of his experience both during his flights as well as life in the camp. He is one of Paul's greatest supporters in the business! At Lakesidetrader I am responsible for packaging, shipping, certificates of authenticity, accounting and all aspects of administration.|
|Hey everyone! My name is Nathan Hogle, and I’ve been working with Lakesidetrader for many years now. I received my Business Administration Degree with a specialization in e-commerce. I have a passion for e-commerce, the web and business in general, which makes this job an ideal position for me. I have been collecting military antiques since 2004 and have accumulated a small collection of pieces for myself. Here at Lakesidetrader I am responsible for the website, design and just about any technical aspects of lakesidetrader. I have high hopes for my future here with my family and am optimistic about making some meaningful changes that will take this small business to the next level!|
|Hello, my name is Niki, I am Paul's only daughter and am currently a full-time university student. I have been an active participant in Lakesidetraders daily business operations, since it began. I have served many roles including modeling items, packing and meeting with prospective buyers and collectors. My most important role lays in my ability to encourage and motivate my father. He is highly driven to generate a healthy income when I'm around, as a large portion of his salary is required to pay for my education! I am very excited to see where Lakesidetrader will move onto in the future, and my dad might think the bucks stop at him but I know they really stop at me!|
|Meet Jack, he's our two year old Goldendoodle and head of Security. He means well but doesn't like strangers or the mail man for some reason. Jack loves to run and we have yet to beat him in a race. Full of energy and always on a mission Jack keeps our home safe and secure!|
Why Should Anyone Buy From Me?
I have a proven record of internet sales with thousands of Ebay transactions while maintaining the high standards that Ebay requires from Sellers on its' Powerseller program. I have 1900+ positive Ebay feedbacks over a period of 10 years under the handle Lakesidetrader. I am an International Paypal verified seller maintaining the standards required of me by Paypal with the highest rating they have with thousands of positive transactions. All these people can't be wrong!!!
I am an active member of the German Daggers Dot Com and Wehrmacht Awards community.
I am generally available 8am-5pm EST Monday to Saturday 705 292 0151. Sunday is our family day. My mailing address:
Years ago when I started collecting a fellow collector told me, "You will always find something that the dealer never told you. It may be small but there's always something,... See, they figure for some small little thing you're not going to return it..."
"But why?" I protested, "don't they just tell you the whole story?"
"Cause if they told you absolutely everything, the piece would sound terrible and they would never sell anything!", he replied.
Well that's not my policy. I attempt to tell you the "whole story". Sure, this may make some pieces sound less desirable but I want you to have a pleasant surprise when the item arrives! My ratings are conservative and tell you "the whole story". I never want you to open a package and find a nasty surprise. I'm not in the business of returns. I'm here to exceed your expectations! I believe that when you treat people well and give them more than they expect they will be back. That's how you build a solid business. Try me!
Knowledge and Experience
We have been serving the collector market for 20+ years. I have been studying history and militaria for as long as I remember. When you read my listings I include many references to history and links so you can learn while collecting. I know few do this, but to me, when the history is understood, it makes the items come alive! When other kids were reading Dick and Jane I was looking at pictures of D-day! Hard to explain but there is something in the heart of most every man that loves this stuff! We love warriors, battle, bravery and victory! It's why guys like shoot 'em up games. Can't explain it, it's just a guy thing. I remember the day I held my first SA dagger. Wow! Once I found collecting militaria I knew I'd found my passion! I am not a part-timer doing this a couple hours a day. I do this full time. I never claim to be perfect or infallible however, there is no substitute for experience I have had the privilege over the years to have owned and served my customers with many millions of dollars worth of militaria. I am a long time member of the Ohio Valley Military Society, (OVMS). I have also gone through the time and expense to become a MAX/GDC Certified Dealer. If I don't know it, I know someone who does. Every year hundreds of daggers, medals and other authentic militaria pass through my hands. I have been published in trade magazines most recently in Military Trader with the latest in my series titled, "Collecting Hitler Youth Knives for Beginners". I have also been featured on regional TV News and in several newspapers explaining to Veteran's families how to safely and fairly sell their military souvenirs. Not bad for someone who barely could get a "C" in English! Why not let this experience to serve you too?
I stand behind what I sell and what I say. I am honest and describe to the best of my knowledge what I have for sale. I am human and as such am not infallible. If you see an error in any of my ads please let me know. I strive to correctly describe everything. All items come with a lifetime warranty as to authenticity . If you are not satisfied with your purchase for any reason you may return it for a refund, (less all transaction fees). This return policy are accepted on any item if it has been cleaned, disassembled or messed with in any way. After 5 days sales are final. I say this and in my experience people are delighted when they get their items. Over the past 10 years we consistently have had less than a .1% return rate. We are working to improve this too!
"So where do you find all this stuff?" I'm often asked. A large percentage of my inventory comes directly from Veterans and Veteran's families. How? I advertise locally and in key publications both in print and on the web in order to attract Veteran sources. I also pay better than my competitors. After all, aren't Veterans and their families the folks who most deserve to benefit from the rising price of Militaria? Over the years I have also developed a network of "pickers" from all over the world who know I pay top prices for good merchandise. I have presently hundreds of items in inventory with more arriving all the time. Many items never even make it on to the site and others are in queue to be listed. If you do not see what you are looking for drop me an email. I may have it on hand. If it's not here, I can often direct you to where you might find it.
Every year I provide consulting services and procure many high end items for select clients. This is a personalized service that is tailored to your particular need. Often these type items never make it to dealer web sites. If you have a specific item in mind I can help you get it! Check out my Gallery these are some premium items recently sourced. What can we do for you?
With few exceptions every order I ship is by tracked express mail. This is a premium shipping service that provides on-line tracking. In most cases you will be emailed within minutes of shipping a tracking number with a link so you can follow your shipment. In my experience Canadian shipments arrive in 1-3 business days, US and Western European shipments in 3-6 business days. Everywhere else in 5-8 business days. This method I have found to be very dependable.
I have always believed that customers are entitled to the best pictures possible in order to make informed buying decisions. It's not reasonable to expect you to part with your hard earned dollars with too few, small, poor quality pictures. Compare the pictures I provide with that of my competitors. I strive to provide more and better pictures than anyone. I take a lot of time making an effort to show you all the problems and issues an item may have. If one angle of a piece is worse than the other that is the view you will see. I ensure any problems are shown. Yes, this takes a lot more time, effort and cost, but in the long run provides you a better buying experience. If you need more detail I am always happy to provide this. Just ask and I can get whatever you need.
All dagger and sword shipments go out in high quality reusable zippered padded cases . These are designed for protecting daggers in transit and providing safe long term storage. This has eliminated 90% of the one-use packing materials we previously used. We also recycle packing material from incoming shipments. What does not get used for repackaging gets recycled locally. This keeps costs down and in a small way protects our planet!
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Check out some of our Educational Video's on YouTube!
|Here you can see some educational videos on how to recognize the authenticity of edged weapons. Whether you are thinking of becoming a collector or just simply interested in German daggers, these videos will inform you on the many questions you may have.|
|Here's another option to serve you better. We Skype so if you want to do a live chat or view an item live via a hi- def video conference just let me know.|
So who buys this stuff and why?
I've been asked this question many times over the years. I answer by explaining that 99% of this stuff was liberated from Europe by returning Vet's. These are the guys who fought for your freedom. Veterans did not bring war trophies home to glorify the 3rd Reich. Far from it, they were returned home as a reminders of a hard won victory over Fascism. These guys are proud of what they did and these items are tangible evidence of that. They serve as reminders for us all. Our customers are historians, museums and people just like you, doctors, lawyers and bricklayers. People from every walk of life with a passion for history and an appreciation for old world quality and craftsmanship. They remember what our Veterans did for us. These folks keep that memory alive.
This hobby has provided a great living for me. As one of the few who truly can say they are living their passion, I am thankful to all Veterans who sacrificed so much for our freedom. In appreciation, I do classroom presentations every year educating youth about the two world wars and the brave service all soldiers gave. The kids love to see, hold and touch real items. Artifacts make history come alive! Those who remember are less likely to repeat the mistakes of the past! Below are some classroom pictures taken recently. The veteran beside me is my father-in-law who flew with the Royal Air Force during the darkest days of the war and was shot down over France in 1942. Bill served two and a half years as a POW in Germany. He survived a death march in the closing months of the war and 10 children! He is decorated veteran, my friend and a big supporter in the business. If you are reading this page considering us doing an in-class presentation email me for details. My family all help out. This is a family affair!
Unfortunately, Bill Passed away March 14, 2012.
Much of the hobby has gone on-line the past 20 years however Military Shows provide excellent opportunities for people to network and see some of the finest people and artifacts in the hobby. Here's a short video on the MAX Show.
We also go to most of the Toronto Military Shows at General Sikorski Hall in Oshawa or at the Etobicoke Olympium in Etobicoke
Ontario Canada collectors here's a handy link to upcoming local shows I encourage you to support these shows.
2011/12 - While I have been published in trade magazines over the next several months I am going to complete a series of You Tube videos. It will be targeted towards the new and intermediate collector. It will have a video on each major dagger type similar to the SA and HJ articles I have written. This is consistent with my belief that an educated collector is well armed to build a fine collection. Stay tuned!
This site is dedicated to you the collector. Your comments are valued. The only way I can get better is though your ideas and advice. Many of the improvements over the past few years have been based on what you have said to me. Here are some on-going site improvements you will see over the next 6 months:
"Last date Updated" Lots of guys have suggested I update my site on a given day so they don't have to check the site for new items daily. This is a challenge for me as I do like to update at my own convenience as my schedule allows. What I have done is added a "Last Date Updated" to the top of every page. I will revise this with every added item saving you scrolling down through all the items to find that treasure you seek. I hope this speeds your search.
Do you have items to sell or trade?
I'M ALWAYS BUYING!
I pay top prices for authentic German Militaria. You can get cash fast for your items. I provide a proven hassle free method of selling your items.
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