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Have a Happy Halloween!

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From cute Pattern of the Day. I just couldn't bring myself to sell this one. I think the pattern is just adorable for both the kid's costume and the Halloween fabric wall hanging.  To a creepy one from 1975. I came late to the party listing costume patterns for sale. I really do have so. much. stuff. It can be overwhelming. When one thing sells well in one category, for example, CDs, then just like a gambler it urges me on to buy more CDs.   I really have found my niche with this reselling business. I like it and I can put my business background education to good use.  I just listed for sale the freebie lot of little girls clothes. It is like picking money up off of the ground.  https://www.ebay.com/itm/184511458961 This beyond cute toddler giraffe costume was one $1.99 find I knew would pay off. It sold for $28, at listing price. It was the only costume I found worth reselling and these types of items sell well.  My Halloween costume for 2020. I did a version of Queen for the

The Shenanigans Continue

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My grammasonacid YouTube videos continue. While the world swirls around me, I post these simple vintage toy demonstration videos. I did buy a couple of battery-powered toys, but they are so annoying. I think the allure is that these are low tech and would survive a Zombie apocalypse.  https://www.ebay.com/itm/184505920566 This was the second time this year that I have stopped at a yard sale where they were giving away the clothing. I think clothes are a hard sell, they are certainly slow movers to sell on ebay. I will sell children's clothing by the lot. I did sell my last lot of boys clothes that were freebies.  My first bag of clothes ($2 total) from this yard sale included a pair of jean cutoff Lei overalls that fit my daughter perfectly. There were a couple of jean jackets, one I might try to swap by adding some patches where the original owner had pulled off bedazzling. There were also some adorable 5-6 girls clothing jean jackets, appliqued jeans that will go on sale.  My sec

Cubist Cats in Chintz

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First off, I have switched my blog format off of mobile. Not sure about my mobile users, but I could never access my blog on my iphone. I also had one reader inquire about the name of my ebay store so I have included that info on my blog header also. I sell on ebay as tam_gonza and the store name is grammasonacid, with a YouTube channel of the same name.  Redoing that oil on canvas painting has whet my appetite to do more. Here I have an adorable stamped cross-stitch kit called Chintz Cats. I grabbed it as one of my keepers. While I may complete that needlework project one day, I have in mind doing a Cubist Cats in Chintz painting.  Reseller update: ebay offers at the store level the ability to manage listings. They have a tab that offers sellers the ability to update item specifics recommended to achieve the magical full-circle blue dot for that listing. In editing my listings, I discovered I had some duplicates. Glad I caught them, that would have been a big problem - to sell product

Oil painting redo and a hoarder confession.

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Before everything went to hell in a hand basket, I made great progress in reducing my hoard. This how-to-become-hoarder  post from July of last year was my tentative step in getting it under control. I began listing on ebay. I can only say it has gotten worse.  One can guess what happened, oh never mind, I will detail it out. Six months of no thrifting, people locked in and the corners of their closets and cabinets came under scrutiny, fear of another lockdown - I have been buying like there is no tomorrow. My She Shed Trailer is filling up fast. I have 600 listings with a total product value of $8,000. Looks like I am well beyond the 250 freebie listings per month.  Another arena I have ventured into resale is vintage toys. Ones that are 20 years or older, not powered by battery, are my newest focus. The demo YouTube videos seem to be popular for some unknown reason.  Estate sales in my area have been popping up. I live in an upscale rural area with many, many retirees. Young families

Out in the Wild and the Freakishly Long Tree Trunks

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A weekend of no cooking, no cleaning, no Westerns on TV, the Mr. has gone hunting. THAT means a weekend of thrifting, listening/singing to music, eating at restaurants for Tami.  This mystery bag of fabric produced a mystery linen. Anyone who knows what this little ditty is used for, please comment. Umbrella cover? Velcro fasteners on back. IDK Other delights in the mystery bag were a placemats and napkins set, rooster remnant and vintage fabric. I thought I had found a use for all of those seasonal quilted wall hangings I made for my office cubicle walls. I put up the  state fair quilt  as a background but found it to be too busy. Back to experimentation. I will put up my Halloween quilt for a virtual event through work. I will appear on camera as a Misplaced Mermaid or Quirky Queen for the Day.  On the subject of internet meetings, I have discovered sometimes you don't have to appear on camera. When that is the case, I can work on my needlepoint and hand sewing projects. BONUS! I

Artists and Anarchy

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I have nearly finished my modern art history class. While enjoyable, it was an 8 week class and I forgot how much WORK is involved in such a short course of study. The last few weeks have been a struggle with not receiving my textbook until week 5, starting a new job and dealing with a major family emergency.  Back to my title. Artists can reflect the current mood of the general populace. While the rich might be tone deaf to the masses, artists can bring the message whether it is dissent or disagreement with the powers that be.  One assignment in class was to prepare an Exhibition Proposal. I chose Women in Images and one in particular was from the artist  Jean-Fran├žois Millet. He depicted women in a field gleaning after a harvest. The Gleaners (1857) was met with disdain and disapproval from the upper classes. At the time, landowners were not granting gleaning rights, so Millet used a velvet hammer to make his social commentary .  At first glance, it appears to be such a restful scen

Blast from the Past - 1984 and the beginning of Orphan Blocks Meet Jelly Roll

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It must have been a good year for the craft person who bought the kits from 1984. Thrift sent them through priced at 99 cents each, all 7 unopened. I am severely tempted to keep the dog/cat Christmas plate cross stitch. Included with my needlekit purchases was this hexagon crocheted blanket. I dug through tubs and tubs of linens for this $2 secondhand find. I have two crocheted blankets up for sale to see if they are movers. I have kept this newest one and will put the other recent find up for sale.  My latest project includes orphan blocks from mystery quilter I bought at an online auction. At first, I was really disappointed when I got the blocks but then I saw the quilter's colorway preference coming through. Now, I knew I needed to add a jelly roll so I could "float" the blocks for the top. I chose a Moda Laundry Basket for the roll. My first task will be to rehabilitate the star block. It needs fabric sides to finish it off. Next, I will square up all the blocks and

Junk'N in the Junction and Estate Sale Finds

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I went Junk'N in the Junction and had a great time.  The best part of the day was finding a quilt top - $8. Another pink bordered star pattern vintage material one, this girl has blue cornerstones and is missing her side border like the other top I rehabilitated last month. I will iron it out, repair any damage to the sides and put borders on it. I don't think I will even try to match that pink material unless by some stroke of luck, I have something that blends with the rest. I know Outfit of the Day and sharing thrifted fashion finds linkups have gone by the wayside but want to share my Junk'N outfit, the knit skirt a find the day before,  AND  a real men's fedora, Christy's Crown Series ($6.99 thrift). I sold my last men's fedora and kicked myself for it. Not selling this one.   Stopped by my first local estate sale. While furniture seemed to be the most popular, I snagged all of the nearly completed, just started and unopened needlework kits at the estate s

Minimalist Plaid Quilt

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Happy October! My favorite month of the year. Glamour shots in the wild for the Minimalist Plaid quilt. Finished with a scrappy solid binding as I have done for all of my quilts in 2020.  Nearly 8 months later, this quilt is finally done, original post  here . The majority of the time was spent at the longarmer while I finished up my California State Fair quilt. I used up all of my plaid wovens on the top and all of my flannel fabric on the backing.   My local hospice thrift shop is so popular, they have to close periodically because they are full from donations. The best stuff is when the rack are rolled onto the floor. I grabbed what appeared to be the contents of a sewing case. I would have spent $4.99 for just the patterns since they are all retro. I will share those 4 pattern packets I scored on an upcoming post. The bonus was the thread, some Gutermann and metallic.  Fun Find of the Day $6.99 at thrift, this original NyForm Troll, retail tagged at $77.50. Truly vintage, I can'