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Reseller's Numbers Game

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Going through my things for sale, I have discovered three things: (1) I have hidden my thrift shop purchases in the oddest places AND from the Mr.; (2) I forgot I had even purchased certain items; and, (3) there are things I just don't want to part with ( see Jurassic Park dinosaur figurine above ). I have a small backpack full of dinosaurs that are keepers.  My audience will have to bear with me while I experience the thrill of reselling. This is not a sponsored post for EBay, I am taking advantage of that site's offer of 50 free listings. As an aside, I have EBay slotted as my next stock purchase. Buy what you know, buy what companies that you use - example, I use EBay and have for years. unsolicited stock advice So proud of myself, as of this post I have 38 listings, mainly populated by books ( such as this 1980 publication below ). I may list others but I have been at it pretty much all day, and it is tiring.  I am pleased to report that fabric and quilts blocks ha

Jelly Roll Race Quilt and more Thrift Shop Karma

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I am happily listing away again this weekend. In my thrift shop wanderings, I picked up some $1 items of clothing, and some fabric. Yes, I continue to hoard that particular item. On the flipside, I have listed a couple of quilt kits and quilt block lots for sale.  It was a quinky dink that my newly purchased Moda jelly roll pairs nicely with these oblong blocks. I see a new quilt in my future. Segueing to the topic of secondhand finds, I follow a group on Facebook where thrift shop karma was discussed. Here is the original post where he asks: Anyone ever find anything of yours in a thrift store and you aren't really sure how it wound up there? And there was this follow-up. "I never set mine on fire, but ..." People posted incidences where their items had been stolen and they found them at thrift, or a relative had passed and a sibling had  donated all of the items and didn't tell the rest of the family.   There was more than one story about book

How to Become a Hoarder

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Mkay, my post title might be a little misleading. I don't think I am a full-fledged hoarder but I think I am exhibiting the early signs of one. These are just two of my doll collection. Such cute 1974 vintage Stupsi dolls, I think they are a bonded pair so I am selling them together. I finally have broken through the inertia to start listing some of my collectibles.  Resellers know the effort involved in listing items for sale. There is the photographing, the listing, the monitoring and the mailing.  Previously, I sold used textbooks, ones that I had used in my college courses. I didn't have any emotional attachment to them so they were easily resold.   What took me by surprise was my emotional reaction to selling something as simple as pins. I was anxious. I was worried. What the h**l?   It seems that once a thing is in your possession, it becomes part of the HOARD. I am truly perplexed by this reaction.  When I thrift shop I have used the "I can always resell it

Thrift Shop Karma and Charm Bracelets

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I love stories about coincidences in thrift shop finds. Maybe it is wishing and hoping for some kind of clue as to the previous owner.  My recent find was a sterling silver charm bracelet. These types of bracelets were all the rage beginning in the 1960s and continued on into the 1970s. I had lost the bracelet of my youth. I started buying single charms and then bought a bracelet with a few charms. When I called my jeweler to inquire as to the cost of adding charms to a bracelet, he said it was $15 per charm!  Sometime later, I had located my mother's bracelet.  In addition, I bought another bracelet from an online auction site. I think I paid around $30 for it. This one reveals it was Berta's, born on 7-26-67.  This bracelet was priced at $18.50, reasonable. I saw that Lois had engraved her name on the back of one of the charms. When I got to the cash register, I told the cashier, "I am going to wear Lois' charm bracelet." Then said, "Let's see

CA State Fair & Food Festival 2019, pt. 2

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This post will highlight some of the fine art from the California State Fair. Having attended the fair for a number of years, I can be certain of a few things:  There will always be a very large installation piece. At least one stunning painting, again - very large. Requiem for a Wedding Cake by Alexandra Lown, Sacramento Juror's Award,  Award of Excellence, and Sacramento Fine Arts Center Award Quite a few delightful surprises. There is the very odd And somewhat derpy At least one hands-on exhibit in the fine art pavilion. And on to furry animals Lion head rabbit Watching the baby goats frolic I also bumped into a sheep judging competition, complete with one parent consoling a disappointed competitor.  So many things to see and experience at the California State Fair!

CA State Fair & Food Festival 2019, pt. 1

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One of my yearly traditions is a visit to the wine garden at the fair and this year was no different.  I was granted a Media Season Pass for a second year in a row to the California State Fair. While I am not a creative arts participant this year, I did want to check out my competition for 2020. This post will focus on mainly fiber art. Tomorrow's post will feature fine art and furry animals. But before we get to that, a shout-out to the team that created the Amador County exhibit. The panels are painted, one depicting Preston Castle. They hit it out of the park, it is placed at one of the entrances in the county exhibits building. And on to the quilts and fiber art. Birth of Venus by Alissa McBain, Sacramento Modern Quilts - First Place Circle Sensation with Swags by Marianne Mulheren, Mendocino Appliqued Quilts - Fourth Place I like how the purple mannequin is pointing in the quilt's direction. I did not get the names of the artists on the hanging quilts.

Piggy Bank Savings bought me Atomic Starburst

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A year has now passed since I committed to the Money for Quilting Challenge hosted by Val at myplvl.blogspot.com .   My intent with this challenge was to save money for longarmer charges but found one that is reasonable and have sent her three quilts so far.  Back to the original intent to purchase fabric. I wanted something cool and zoomy. My piggy bank savings totaled $40 in bills, $22 in change. Not the most stellar savings total, but admittedly, I kept forgetting to put money away.  Nearly every month I participate in the FabHopShop. While looking for certain icons, I check out the quilt kits or new arrivals or fabric collections.  At first, I was not a fan of color coordinated fabrics. I discovered certain fabrics are coveted. Once stock is bought up, it is gone. On a wing and prayer you may be able to find a specific fabric on an online auction.   Back to my reveal of how I spent my piggy bank savings, this is the first time I have bought a bundled fabric collection