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Back to College for Me

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Hello all the French peoples! You have overtaken my Russian audience and are coming up fast on the Americans.  What did I save for myself from the needlework-extravaganza ? The counted cross-stitch in my lead-off image in that post and the two needlepoints. I especially like the Front Porch one.    Who know there was such a tool? I picked up this yarn organizer at thrift. It will be handy for my upcoming needlework projects. Current hanger method I am beyond delighted to discover that I can continue my dream of pursing an Art History degree. Nearly all college classes have gone online. I have lurked for years waiting for a Modern Art class to come online. For some reason, art history classes were only offered during the day. Full time job + 3 hour commute + age = impossible to attend college at night.  Why Art History and why continue attending college for someone in their 60s? First, I love art and know little of its history. I took a couple of years off from college c

Needlework Extravaganza

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I just knew needlework kits would be dropping into thrift. How many of you have cleaned out your closets and cupboards? * raises hand * Add to that the Kondo Effect and wahlah, needlework kits for Tami priced on average $1.50 each. The lead-off image is an opened counted cross-stitch that is a definite keeper for my camper.  I am going to allow myself to keep one or two of the kits. I loaded up my arms full of them, like they were babies come to their mother. Some have their original price stickers from Hobby Lobby. I know one of two things happened, the donator thought, "I am never to start these so I might as well give them away," or the original owner passed away.  Giving the CD thrift trove a once over, I spotted this cutie, also adding it to my collection.  Now at 300 listings, eBay has deemed me "promotion worthy." I was given the option to promote a few posts and have tested the waters. It appears you pay a small fee when the item sells.  I admi

Almost in Hog Heaven

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My life is near to normal for activities I like to do, esp. thrifting. The last holdout in reopening was hospice thrift. They still show as closed online and I am not going to advertise the fact that they are open. Finds I garnered there and another stop were my usual  CDs and cassettes, a needlework kit, and $1 bag of sewing items  included needles shown above and those for my machine, and a sweet thimble. What form of music do I keep? DISCO! This 2-CD set stays with me. I have collected a couple of vintage tins, we had a scale and in this round of finds, I bought the $1.99 Kellogg's plate for an eventual display of these unique items. Once I get shelving up in my storage shed, I will share the collection.  I am photographing inside because of our 100 degree days on end heat wave.  Here I am encouraging people to begin reselling and not giving clear direction. You should start with what you know, my area of expertise - crafts, sewing, and quilting. I have tried a coup

Only 14,700 to Go - Resale Listings, that is.

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14,700 is the number of free fixed price listings I have left on eBay that I can utilize until the end of July. I am nearing my 300 listings goal! I have given up some of my bookshelf space for my inventory.  CDs are alpha organized in two groups, Christmas and everything else.  The sewing patterns are next to organize by pattern maker. I am looking for the right container in thrift to get them off the shelf.  Eventually, I will have to use a bin organization system or SKUs.  I keep teasing the Mr. that I need a She Shed , or a big red barn would  do. The more I think about it, the more I would like to go to estate sales for sourcing. I am an early riser anyway.  Remember when I mentioned I listed a fancy empty liquor bottle? Well, it sold. Not for a lot, but it was $10 more than I had the day before.  Since I have two quilts currently in to the longarmer, I have turned my attention to my unfinished needlepoint. The new Wysocki needlepoint find is fueling my desire to finish o

Turn Your Life Around?

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Reselling has been the best debt reduction plan ever. Granted, I had a couple of stimulus checks in there to help me on my debt-reducing way but more I attribute to reselling. I am not going to represent that it is easy. No, it is work, plain and simple. For the business major I am, each dollar represents a potential 80-90% profit. Buying six cassettes for $1 and selling them at a minimum of $5 each. It is almost criminal, but not at all. I am merely the new middleman in the New Normal * plugs ears and issues a silent scream * The cassettes are flying off *my* shelves. I never would have guessed there was such a market for these techno-retro forms of music. I also price to move all of my products. Now is not the time to buy and hold items, get those puppies listed! Included in my product sourcing are always items for me. I went outside of my comfort zone and purchased CDs I had no idea who the artists were, at $1 each, I don't care. They range from gospel to opera to jazz to

The Thrift Shop Gods Heard My "Reopen" Plea

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Reselling rounds stopped short at Round 12, just like a prize fight. I had been eyeing my vintage sewing patterns to list but they are saved for now. Three out of four of my beloved thrift shops have now reopened. The first, as I was driving to the grocery store spied the thrift shop door open and nearly slammed on my brakes to make it over to the other side of the road.  The lead-off image is the piece de resistance find of the recent visits, a needlepoint project on frame with thread ($5)! I will not be parting with this one.  As predicted, I didn't do my usual method of careful shopping. Luckily, all of the CDs were in their cases, I didn't even check them.  13 cassettes, 12 CDs and 1 game. Squealed like a lil girl when I found the Chris Gaines ( Garth Brooks as a rocker ) CD in the bottom of the CD rack.  Included in my nearly $40 total was an 8 DVD Woody Allen movie collection. Again, if you are not flipping media, you are missing out. Quick sales, minimal storag

Round 12 of Reselling - REOPEN *screams the word*

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Culling through my home sourced and offsite storage items, some things just don't make the cut to be listed for sale. Camo Build a Bear was pulled to list but given a reprieve because he is just so cuddly! Yes, I have a soft spot for plush.  Sometimes I have seller's regret, not because of pricing but because of sentimental value. This Goorin hat is one of those items, sold months ago. Hoping I will find another vintage men's hat just as fun.  This 1991 cookbook also escaped my sweeping cleanout. I had the images ready, it also earned a reprieve from being listed. The book was given to me by a friend who has since passed on.  Evidently I have given up on my dream of wire sculpting. Bought this bag of wonderfulness for $3, listed for $45.  https://www.ebay.com/itm/184297363907 What else have I been hoarding hiding? Vintage Girl Scout and 4H items. I bought them in lots previously just for the pins I festooned on a mini quilt. Those clothing bits have b

Round 11 of Reselling, Plundering the Offsite Storage

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This round somewhat qualifies as "home sourcing" because I am retrieving product from my offsite storage. To say I went through a Pattern Phase is an understatement. My thinking was that vintage sewing patterns would be worth something someday. That day has arrived.  Three containers (2 more I forgot back at storage) and one bag full of patterns, another bag full of books and a third bag of miscellany marked for resell. Next milestone goal on listings is to reach 300.  Some of my patterns are keepers, some of the images in the lead and below. Focusing on the red ones ~ Quilting update: I am knocking around the idea of taking another run at a State Fair quilt, this one of course, would be for 2021. There are some elements I liked in my last quilt and some I didn't.  List of elements I will include in competition quilt. 1.  Cubist 2.  Scrappy solid border 3.  Turquoise thread Here is my source image. It was my original concept but when I made the

Me Made May and the Tractor Seat Cover

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Newly-made tractor seat cover will be much appreciated by my cat Susie since that is her favored resting spot.  The Mr. had been using this to cover his tractor seat. I had the material, lawd knows the time. I had been sort of avoiding this project but it came together quickly and easily.   First stop was craft paper. Then I traced the seat top and sides leaving a hefty seam allowance for the heavier material.  Here is the seat template pinned to the pieced fabric. I thought the fabric was one large remnant but rather it was in strips.  Oh and look the seams match! Pats self on back. All of those sewing/quilting hours pay off.  Yes, that is Batman duct tape. The edges of the Franklin kept catching the fabric.   I finished the edges. Then sewed on the Velcro fastening to the back. You can see the final product in my lead-off image. Sorta proud of myself. Me Made May really focuses on clothing construction so we will just call it Tractor Apparel.  I decided to re

Rat-a-tat-tat Round 10 of Reselling

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Time to put up some plush. I especially love this oversized princess My Little Pony, purchased for $1, she would be high profit margin. Will I list her? We will see. I have turned a critical eye toward all of my collectibles. This round of home sourcing include ceramic smalls and men's ties.  I have been a reseller on eBay for many years but have most recently ramped it up with a basic store. My timing was good on that because of the 50k free fixed listings through the end of July.  Another feature of eBay I have grown to love is the Send Offer. If a buyer watches your item or adds it to their cart, you can send offer to seal the deal under the fixed price listing.  I try not to despair that thrifting, my most favorite activity, has been taken from me. I know there are those in worse condition with destroyed livelihoods, dashed athletic ambitions, or canceled once-in-a-lifetime celebrations.  I pray that this is my last "home sourcing" posts. My county has reopen

KaPow! Round 9 - Selling Your Own Product

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The Mr. and I came up with a goofy product to sell online. Our first batch went up on eBay, sort of a Mother's Day gift to me. I love business and I love selling. I present the Hard Times 2020 Solid Oak Commemorative Lid Knocker. We use one to loosen the metal lids on glass jars, or plastic drinks with plastic screw top lids.  Hard-Times-2020-Commemorative-Lid-Knocker/18428748635 7 On my recent freebie clothes find I ended up keeping half of the clothing for myself. I know, not much of a way to make money, but I am a clothes horse after all.  I think my technique of photographing clothing once outside on a dress form and then inside under florescent light gives a buyer a better sense of the garment.  https://www.ebay.com/itm/184288396585 Digging deeper into my patterns, I decide which ones to group together and which ones I will part with. These are the last of the items I can possibly home source. I need to take a trip to my off site storage.  Gardening updat