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Catching Up November 24, 2013

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Things are about to get crazy crazier with the holidays approaching. I spent some time last night and today listing some things in the shop. Here are some of my favorites:

vintage Tensor task lamp

vintage Tensor task lamp

vintage apple earrings, from my roadtrip this summer. I adore them but never wear them.

vintage apple earrings, from my roadtrip this summer. I adore them but never wear them.

unique divided metal tray

unique divided metal tray

1960s floral ice bucket

1960s floral ice bucket

Lately I’ve just been renewing expired listings so it was really nice to spend a couple of mostly uninterrupted hours working on photographing and listing stuff the shop. For me, it really doesn’t feel like working. I actually really like it and wish I could do it as a job rather than a hobby. Unfortunately, I need health insurance and other benefits as well as the security of a regular paycheck. I know, I know, cue the sad violin music…

violin

I probably wouldn’t enjoy it if I had to do it every day and depended on it for a living. At least that’s what I tell myself, so I can sleep at night and continue to be a (semi) productive member of this household.

Well, now I’m going to finish catching up on some blog reading before the newest Walking Dead comes on! Smell ya later, home skillet.

All of this catching up and whatnot deserves a celebratory martini ;)

All of this catching up and whatnot deserves a celebratory martini ūüėČ

 

New Finds and Current Obsessions April 20, 2013

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Brand new additions to the shop, just listed today:

adorable red hat box suitcase

adorable red hat box suitcase

antique bedtime story collection, 1941

antique bedtime story collection, 1941

milk glass footed bowl

milk glass footed bowl

retro embroidered throw pillow

retro embroidered throw pillow

This week I was bad….very bad indeed. In complete defiance of my inner determination to become a minimalist, my body betrayed me and I found myself pillaging the thrifts like a savage shopping Viking.

The good news is, most of it will end up in the shop. Of what I found, I am keeping a blue and gold enamel flower pin, a couple of books, a kitschy 1960’s pedestal mug, and a lidded glass carafe that is a square shape with a plastic aqua lid that I will use to store¬† iced herbal tea in this summer.

I am obsessed with tea right now. I have sort of lost my taste for coffee lately, partly because I am watching my weight and coffee just doesn’t taste the same without my cream and sugar. So I guess I didn’t really love the coffee so much as the cream and sugar…

Other current obsessions:

*edamame steamer snack packs (Nicole, I blame you)

*Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish. I don’t know that I am in love with her writing style but I am in love with the entire concept. I am 100 pages in and hooked.

*Fructis Style Wonder Waves. I am so into NOT drying and straightening my hair lately. I spray it on my damp hair, scrunch with my fingers, and voila! Done.

*Watching Gossip Girl with the Netflix app on my Nook while I work out on the elliptical. Such a dumb vapid show but it’s sort of the perfect thing to exercise to because you don’t have to concentrate on it too terribly¬†hard.

*plotting and planning away with a game plan to quit my job and do re-sale full time within the next two years

 

 

 

 

 

Truth Be Told November 8, 2012

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NEW STUFF! I finally got around to listing some items in the shop:

Alice in Wonderland figurine, 1960

Aqua Divided Pottery Dish

Starburst Clip-On Earrings

1950’s pink elephant figurines

Super Cheesy Retro Greeting Cards

retro Turkish saucepots

1960s Playboy Bunny Ice Bucket

VintageTravel Backgammon Set

And that’s still not everything I’ve listed in the past few days! I’ve been a regular listing¬†fool. I took a bunch of photos on Sunday and have been trying to¬†list at least a couple of items per day. I have so much inventory, it’s not even funny. The hardest part is finding good natural light in which to take photos, especially now with the time change. It’s dark when I leave from work and it’s dark when I get home!

I did hit the two Goodwills¬†near me¬†a couple of times in the last week. I found the ice bucket listed above, two polka dot Fire King patio mugs that I will list soon, and some books, all for a reasonable price. Everything else was marked up WAY too high! I saw a little ceramic garden gnome that was marked $2.99 and when I turned him over, he still had the “Everything-for-a-dollar-store” sticker on him. I had to laugh at that one.

Even the Salvation Army is getting a little higher in their pricing. I saw a really adorable IRMI nursery lamp in questionable condition for $10. I kind of wanted it but a ten spot is much more than I spend on one item at a thrift store unless it’s something really special or rare. I have to be careful what I spend on the things I want to keep or I can easily exceed what I make on the things I resell!

Truth be told, I really do keep more of what I buy than I should. Not that that’s any big secret; all you have to do is walk into my house and you can see how much I love vintage. I really need to thin out some of my personal collections but it’s so hard! I form emotional attachments to my things. Does that sound crazy? Yes, I’m certain that sounds crazy….

 

Night, All August 29, 2012

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Oh, deer…can you spot the missing antler?

the canisters from the epic estate sale

big old industrial file box that the husband might keep

A pretty apothecary bottle that just got added to the shop today!

It’s been supercrazybusy round these parts. Too much work and family stuff (which is nice, don’t get me wrong!) and doctor¬† appointments to do much thrifing. Which is probably good, because anyone who knows me knows I have enough stuff tucked away in my house to supply my Etsy shop for two years!

Anyways, this isn’t much of a post but it’s better than nothing, right? Now I’m off to make a cup of Sleepytime tea and start another chapter of the Night Circus. And so, as my Grandma “Moses” would say… “Night, All!”

 

Shop Updates and a Glorious Estate Sale August 19, 2012

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atomic thermal melamine dish

pretty pastel Libby juice/shot glasses, set of 8

money symbols bill holder

1960’s day-glo colored birthday cards

Viking glass owl candle holder

Travel-theme vintage drinking glasses-Bombay, Paris and Havana!

I went to the coolest estate sale yesterday!¬† My cousin and aunt called me to tell me about it as they were there already and spied a bunch of things they knew I would like. I got ready as fast as possible and raced over like Speed Racer. The minute I stepped inside the beautiful, old 17-room house that was packed full of goodness, my heart started racing. I kid you not. I was like a kid in a candy store, whirling around in wonder, unsure of where to start. To free up my greedy hands, I had left my purse in my car and stuffed my money in my pants pocket.¬† “I should have brought my phone in, ” I said to my husband (yes, he was dragged along and may I add, never ever again) “How will I ever find Nicole and my aunt¬† in here?”

In my excited state of dumb wonder, I bumped into another young woman with an armload of old books. “I’m sorry!” we both said, and then I realized it was my cousin. We both laughed and then they led us on a tour of the rooms they had explored up to that point.

It was so cool; I wish I would have had time to dig around in there all day and load my car to the brim. In no way did I deprive myself, though. I had a pile going next to an old organ in the front room where you paid for your haul. The best part was…everything was HALF OFF! $30 bought me:

The floral patterned glasses¬† and the 1960’s stationary above, two old leather yearbooks from 1941 and 1939, a 1949 “Look and Learn” book full of adorable pictures I shall scan in to share soon, a large black tin with kitschy Amish graphics, an industrial metal box, a blue with white polka dots apron with folksy embroidery, cat eye reading glasses, a giant faux wood fork and spoon wall hanging,¬† a set of 4 rectangular metal kitchen canisters that are off-white with daisy patterned lids, a mid century desk lamp,a kitschy floral pedestal mug, a group of flocked deer for my mom’s¬†Christmas-time mantle¬†collection, ¬†a small “Bourbon St.” sign (the husband’s one pick) two round metal trays with 70’s-looking food graphics, and my favorite….a small portable record player!

The record player was only $5. It definitely needs a needle and I’m not sure if it will work or not, but it was worth the gamble for only 5 bucks. My cousin found a bagful of retro Halloween masks, including Star Wars characters, a Pac man wind-up toy, a piece of Victorian mourning jewelry, a pile of neat old books, old baseballs, and two cool vintage umbrellas, including one that is clear with a red border. She may have found more but that’s what I remember.

Also, when we first got there, I saw my mom’s thrifting nemesis, the guy that snapped out on her when she worked at a thrift store and they battled over a piece of furniture. She won and he now hates her with¬†a passion and never fails to give both her and me (what did I ever do!) the old “stink eye”.¬† I see him everywhere yet he hardly ever buys anything. I think he holds out for the real true-blue valuables. He left the house¬†empty-handed.

So now I have some listing to do. I am¬†definitely keeping the yearbooks, the Look and Learn book, the apron and the record player. And possibly the lamp. Everything else will eventually make it to the shop. I just need to keep telling myself that. Or I’ll keep it all, I kid you not.