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Thursday, November 29, 2012

On Call Estate Sale

Pretty Kitty
I thought I should blog about my access to an estate sale that seems to go on forever!  I know I've tweeted about it, but I thought it would be fun to tell you more about it!

Anchor Hocking Forest Green Charm
 I guess it was several months ago that I was at antique show, and found this awesome booth full of kitschy cute cat and frog figurines!  The booth was being run by a woman and twins in their 20's.

I realized after talking to them for just a second, that I knew them!  Marilyn was the aunt of one of my daughter's best friends Lauren!  Marilyn's Mom had passed away and she used to collect and sell vintage and antiques.

She had a house full of things, and they were trying to sell them at antique shows (and the boys were selling some on Ebay).

Twist your head to see these...Shiny Brites!
   So I told them that I sell these kinds of things on Etsy, and gave them my card.  They contacted me, and I went over to the Grandma's house, and oh my gosh!  Rooms filled with the cutest things! Everywhere!

Shelves of cute kitschy cats, frogs, and more!  Two room upstairs are filled with vintage Christmas ornaments.  There is costume jewelry, vintage toys, etc.  Oh, and the cutest vintage handbags!

So I just contact them about every 2 weeks, and go over there, and shop!  I just went back today, but we've already planned that I'll go back next week to get some more Christmas items and maybe pick up some costume jewelry.

I also am friends with a group of great guys that run estate sales, and I was just at one of their sales today, and the owner, said he'll have an estate sale coming up in January, but he's going to have me check it out in a few weeks, because it's full of milk glass and he knows I love milk glass!

How lucky am I!!?  

Happy Thursday!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope you were able to enjoy with people you love!

I'm thankful to have shared Thanksgiving with my daughter Katherine, my sister Susan, and her adorable son, Bobby, my wonderful husband Bob, and a brief appearance by my son Mark!  Too bad Lindsey (and her husband Thomas!) couldn't be here!

Katherine and I ran in the Turkey Trot in Avon this morning.  She was so nice to run alongside me the entire time, as she could have easily ran ahead of me!  I did get 2nd place in my age category!  This is my 4th Turkey Trot, so it's definitely a tradition I would like to keep going!

Cheers to the holidays!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Shipping Stuff I've Learned

Shipping! Most of the items I ship out are fragile.  That means using lots of bubble wrap, packing peanuts, newspaper, and whatever other "cushiony" things I can find!

Order your priority boxes now!
 I've been packin' and a-shippin' since 2008 so I've learned a few things!

One of my most expensive lessons was that if you're shipping to one of the zones farthest from you, and it's a large item and or heavy, us parcel post rather than priority mail.  The post office will charge a crazy extra amount for an oversized box. I can remember a few times that I was actually giving away them item I sold, since the shipping came out to far more than I had expected.  Parcel post will not charge an extra amount for an oversized box, and it's definitely less expensive for heavier items.

Cute but heavy vintage Pyrex bowls
 This super cute but super heavy set of primary color vintage Pyrex bowls are an example of something that you would definitely want to ship parcel post!

Not too heavy pretty bowl from my China Shop
 A pretty serving bowl like this one can ship priority mail.  In cases of items that weigh 3 lbs or less, I have found that the difference in the cost for parcel post and priority is very little, so I would definitely ship priority in these cases.

I take advantage of the free priority boxes that you can purchase at www.usps.com.  Remember though, they are a bit more flimsy than regular shipping boxes, so in the case of more fragile items, I would either use extra cushion, or use one of my purchased Uline boxes. I've actually just found a source for free boxes (don't want to give it away), but I will be stalking them on the day they get most deliveries!

Retro Shiny Brites
  Why oh why did my picture come out like this?! Anyways, for super fragile items, such as these cute retro Glass Christmas Tree Ornaments, I double box them.  This set happens to include the original Shiny Brite box, so that's easy!  I would add tissue to each of the spots around the ornaments, bubble wrap the heck out of this box, and then place it in another box.

So there's a few tips, I hope they help you!  If you have shipping or packing questions, I'm happy to help!

Happy Holidays---yep...they're here!


Friday, November 16, 2012


My Etsy shops are featured in a great book called "Etsypreneurship"! by Jason Malinak.

Buy it at Amazon.com  
 My feature is on page 168 and page 169.  I can't wait to read the entire book!

Chapters include "Creating a business plan", "Bookkeeping", "Taxes", "Marketing", "Finances" and more!

Jason is a CPA.  His wife Katie, has an Etsy shop, and he began taking care of her taxes, bookkeeping, etc.  

A big shout out to Jason for including me!!

Happy Friday all!


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Etsy Front Page!

Well, I missed all of the excitement since I went to bed early last night!  My friend Lori sent me a convo to tell me my melamine set was on the front page last night!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pretty Flowers!

I love fresh flowers!  I also love pink and green together!

Just add a milk glass vase!
 I bought this pretty bouquet at Whole Foods (one of my favorite places to go)!

Hydrangea's and Tulips!
 I also love photographing flowers!

Flower love!
 Happy Wednesday!!


Friday, November 2, 2012

I Miss My Barbies!

I had this outfit!
Oh how I wish I still had all of my Barbie's, and the cute outfits!  Years ago, when my Mom and Dad were moving out of our family home into a smaller condo, my Mom sold all of my Barbie's at a garage sale!  I was living in Colorado at the time and had no clue!

I loved Skipper too!
 Skipper looks so cute in this pink outfit!  Yes, I had this one too!  

Don't get me wrong, I love my Mom, she was my best friend!  She passed away suddenly in 1994, but if she was here, we would actually be having a good laugh about what she did!

  I can't remember if I had this outfit or not, but I love it!

Love this shot of Barbie!
 My daughter Lindsey started collecting vintage Barbie's and all of the cute vintage outfits years ago!  I have them stored somewhere in our house, and since she's now married, and living in Columbus, I should bring them to her!

I really would love to start collecting the vintage Barbie's, and her cute outfits, so if anyone has theirs that they no longer want, let me know!

Happy Friday!