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Freebies Made My Day and Back to Baking

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Talk about a shot in the arm, on one of my infrequent trips to the post office, I noticed a "Free" sign in front of one of the residences and large bags of clothing and linens. Nothing could have made me happier. I found a few items for myself, over half of the haul is consignment worthy, and a few pieces of boy clothing I can sell as a lot. I may list some of the women's clothing. A couple of pieces require some mending that means  Clothing Rehabilitator to the Rescue ! The little boy's shirt only needed a replacement button and reinforcement of the remainder.  Cutest piece of boy's clothing Muscle cars and Tikis print Bags of clothing laundered and folded I will take the majority of the clothes to Freestyle for exchange. Then, if they don't want them, I could list them. I know why the clothing was out for free like that, people are shut in and spring cleaning and they can't donate to thrift.  Segueing to cooking, in particular baking.  As a te

Let's Talk

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California remains in a state of closure. I can't report on thrift shop finds but I have been lurking in the online auctions.  Now that the state fair is canceled, I just want the work on my state fair quilt to be done . Goal is to have it finished by the end of this month. I want to get back to the Retro Quilt that will be a fast finish flimsy. Then I can start something new. I have a summer quilt that would be a delight. Looking for a pieced flamingo pattern as a center inset.  I love the blogging platform. I think it fits my style of writing and I am able to share the things that make me happy. Was looking back at so many blogs I had loved to read but their authors stopped posting.  Reseller's update: Latest sales, a how-to book on making doll shoes, and an Amy Grant Christmas CD. Once I finish Round 4 which is comprised of mainly CDs and patterns, Round 5 will be vintage/odd clothing pieces I have picked up over the years.  Sally Stand-In modeling B/W apron I r

Round 4 Reselling - Goal 200 active listings

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As mentioned in my last reseller's update - EBay has extended the 50k free fixed price listings through July. I am pulling everything I can and getting serious about organizing lots such as Barbie clothes.  Round 4 is comprised of more CDs, sewing patterns ( all of the sewing machines had been sold off of the shelves at Walmart ), some specialty clothing so I may list a Hawaiian dress or two, and books. I am even testing the water on listing two old flip phones. I also am wearing gloves in the image, my newest change in photographing product.  My procedure is to photograph each item in every possible angle. Then I edit the images, cropping and adding brightness, if needed. Each year has its own image folder, this year's being 2020 Ebay listings. But before I move them to the listings folder, I keep them in a "move to" folder. As I compose each listing, I rename the images and move them to the Ebay folder, that way I keep track of what product I am listing in what

Clong! Round 3 of Reselling

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I have long since stopped kicking myself for hoarding  gathering salable items over my many years of thrifting. Even then my stash is paltry compared to some. I am kicking myself for items I thrifted back because I overbought or thought the items had no value.    I am turning a sharp eye toward my ceramic smalls like salt & pepper shakers and such. Would have never believed that CDs and cassettes would be a good resell. I thrifted back around 50 of them, one I found out was worth around $60-$70. All of my Christmas CDs are listed and the few oddball ones I am willing to part with.  I almost embarrassed to admit that there is even more home sourcing to be done. I have a storage shed on another property that I know contains Halloween costumes, African American rag dolls, patterns, pictures.  Round three of listing means 150 total active items as of this post.  My ultimate goal is to eliminate my credit debt and to contribute to my savings. Maybe I could reward myself with a lo

And then there was rhubarb

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As the weeks go by, I see less and less product on the grocery store shelves. In the produce section, there was no lettuce nor anything to add to a salad. But there was rhubarb, plenty of rhubarb, in all its  glory.  I asked the produce clerk, "Isn't that sort of a random thing to have? Rhubarb? and no green onions or celery?" She agreed.  And what do you do when life gives you rhubarb? You make strawberry-rhubarb pie!   Wearing our masks now when we go shopping, makes me feel like a criminal, face masks being associated with bank robbers. We have only 7 identified C-19 victims in our rural county of 40,000+. SEVEN! Won't the virus trend through whether people are tested or not? Wear our masks until a vaccine is developed. It is time to reopen now, now, now.  Reseller's update: the big girl lingerie, a 44DDD bra, finally sold. I bought it for $4.50 and sold it for $12. Gardening update: My seed starting has been a great success with the toma

Gypsy Wife meets Jelly Roll, Part 3, and another Mask Making Fail

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Call this one complete! Now I keep every other quilt I make, this one is a keeper. You can see the clamshell quilting clearly on the peach backing. Links to  Part 1  and  Part 2 After engaging in retail therapy, I did the flamingo fabric pull. I bought the flamingo yardage for a summer quilt. This one has been on my to-do list but not listed on my challenge sheets. I look forward to having this one quilted in a flamingo pattern.  I am blowing through my stash faster than I anticipated. I have gone back to FabShopHopping, an online shop hop for fabric. When you visit the participating shops, you find the "bunny" and that registers you for prizes. What it really accomplishes is you find fabric for upcoming projects. I just bought the Riley Blake -Gone Camping Fat Quarter bundle for half price.  Bumped into this video, would love to produce or see more of this stuff. I could not help but laugh, esp. when she comes back on camera with bandaged fingers.    I have made

Captive Audience and the OBW

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I subscribe to more than one thrifting/reselling board. While some made the decision to stop selling online during the pandemic, others are listing and selling to a captive audience. I fall in the latter category. I think it is perfect time to provide buyers what they might be seeking.  Segueing to blog stats. I love to view them. There are times I trend in Russia. Recently, my daily page views went from my average of 150 to 1,400! Say what? If someone has given me a shoutout or linked me somewhere to another audience, xxoooo to yoooo. Please comment or email me, tvonzalez@gmail.com.  Quilting update: The OBW has been sent to its graduate recipient. My favorite part of this quilt is the simple black/white flower binding and the vintage Siamese cat remnant.   Waaay too bright for my taste, I think it is perfect for an older teen. Link to the  flimsy  and post when I bought the remnant  thrift-gods-dropped-obw . Next up is french binding Gypsy Wife meets Jelly Roll and the c

How does your garden grow?

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My experience with gardening each year is it is an experiment. Some plants thrive and others not so much.  Seed starting last year went well but I had an overabundance of tomato pears. Found out I didn't like them making that even worse. I also planted a stir fry mix from seeds, didn't like them either. They, of course, took off like gangbusters and took up a whole bed in the greenhouse.  Ferry-Morse seeds I bought this year - Sweet Pepper Rainbow Blend Mix and Tomato Culinary Blend. I am also altering my technique. Last year, I put the seeds under a grow light and they did ok. This year, they are not under a light. After they sprout, I will transfer them to a small container and place them in the window sill.  I put rhubarb and a blueberry plant each in large movable planters. I killed last year's rhubarb because the sun was too intense where it was planted. A few years ago, lost a blueberry plant to the deer. This plant is in the container within the somewhat f

Mask Making Fail

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First off, clang signaling Round 3 of my home sourcing batch of listings.  I am swimming in sewing patterns. I have scanned in the images and can enjoy them whenever I want. I will never sew with these patterns ( with the exception of the apron ones, which are keepers ). I was never a fan of clothing construction from start to finish. I much prefer altering an existing garment, buying thrift or from consignment. I can't make clothing for what I can buy secondhand.  I like selling in lots. Gets rid of inventory for me and adds a couple  of bucks to the listing.  I learned how to combine orders in Ebay. Woohoo! I am a failure at mask making. I have no lovely ones to model. I spent an afternoon trying to construct a couple. Totally blew the pattern on the first try, came closer on the second try but still poorly constructed. I do like the pattern, I just have to master it.  Man mask making is planned for the near future. He will need either velcro or elastic since he has tro

Ding! Round 2 of Reselling

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Home sourcing continues with Round 2 of fixed price listings with Ebay, free as a store subscriber ( with a good rep ). The books culled from my collection and pet patterns for beds and such were listed. This cape pattern is one of the few uncut I have found to sell.   Oddest listing of the Day, this 1950  Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories . Chockful of biblically-bent preachy short stories tinged with the worst of the 50's mindset.  I am listening through the 7 of the 25 cent lot of cassette tapes, the ones I bought from a thrift store that closed last year.  The ones I thought might be of interest were as follows: Paula Abdul, Forever Your Girl The Best of the Guess Who AC/DC The Razors Edge Carly Simon, The Best of Carly Simon Mamas and Papas, 16 Greatest Hits Linda Rondstadt, Greatest Hits The Best of the Ink Spots I hit another milestone of 125 active listings. This really is thrilling for me.  Between quilting, I am turning my attention to the bookcase down

Mandatory Face Masks

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Just as I suspected, our county issued a health advisory for wearing face masks. Using my pattern from Riley Blake Designs, I made a few for my family.  I have been gathering batiks for some time and used all of my smaller remnant pieces in the State Fair quilt. I went through my 4 vintage sewing boxes and found some elastic, twill and velcro tapes. I know I had a ton of bias tape that came with those boxes but thrifted that tape back, now I wish I hadn't.  I won't engage in sewist's shame. I know there are those that have dedicated countless hours to making masks for others. The one and only escape I have from our current crisis is the couple of hours I have to myself to sew. Committing that time to sew for others I know would be selfless but would be sacrificing my mental health. The Mr. called me out on my trips to the post office. He said, "That's just a pastry run." Admittedly, it is, combined with package delivery.  State Fair quilt is sandwiched

Current status: Hyperdrive

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Leading off with my state fair flimsy, marking quilting lines on the Mr.'s work bench in the garage. Lot of fun blocks in it. I just had to have a house block, part of the quilt's theme. Some sections were a struggle but I will detail that all in the reveal post. Such a relief to be at this stage - I know I can make the middle of May deadline.  We all have different coping strategies. While others have complained of feeling unmotivated, unable to focus, and cannot "get in the groove," I have shifted into hyperdrive. I know my remote work time may be limited so I have made the most of my stay-at-home hours. Those want to do projects? Getting done. The have to do projects? On it. My more obscure projects - converting 35mm slides to digital images, converting VHS tapes, and scanning in a 1977 European tour book for a FB group - depending on the length of this worldwide craziness, may all get done.  Around the turn of the new year the Mr. and I realized a pandemic wa

Highlight of the Day - Trip to the Post Office

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When I sell one of my listed items, it means I get to go to the post office! An excuse to leave the house. Our post office, tiny and rural, now has plastic sheeting that extends floor to ceiling that separates workers from customers. Whatever business you have, you have to poke it through or slide it under the sections of the sheeting.  I also discovered the market has fresh baked goods. I mean I knew they were there, I just had to switch my supplier from downtown coffee shop to rural market.  I made cashew nut chicken using the green onions I had in the greenhouse. If I could get more organized, I could have it packed with all sorts of edible things. The Mr. describes my gardening style as messy, think country garden. I let everything grow in place, very haphazard. All the little plants deserve their space in the sun.  I am so excited about the progress I have made on my state fair submission. After ripping out and replacing a large section, it is ready to mark quilting lines, af

Devoting a Day

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When I have a full day to devote to my projects, I surprise myself how much I can accomplish. I made great progress in my state fair quilt. I will have an entire blog post devoted to that process. I will say I was going great guns and thought I had the whole thing put together but a whole section was "off." I seam ripped it out. Piecing some blocks to fit my theme is what I have planned.  Having this challenge helps me keep my mind off of other things. Another challenge I have going is one on FB with the American Patchwork & Quilting group. No. 1 was chosen for this month and that is my Retro Quilt, also ready to assemble. If I keep my feet to the fire, maybe I will complete the State Fair entry and move on to the Retro Quilt.   Reseller update: I made a milestone of 111 listings. Mainly books and CDs, I am sourcing from my own possessions. There is still more! I have tons of sewing and craft patterns that will be my focus on the next round. This is all found money,