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Proud to be a Pentecostal

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Some time ago, I found this exquisite gray leather Bible at thrift. While it is not my favorite King James Version, I am open to a new translation of the Word.  With being proud to be a Pentecostal, it also means questioning those who preach those beliefs. If the message is not positive, then it is not worth my time. Being a Christian to me means accepting and loving every type of person.  My family attended Jimmy Swaggart revival meetings from the 1960s through the 1970s. It is no wonder that I am still a fan. My latest thrift shop find was this group of 17 Jimmy Swaggart records.  We should also be careful of those who want to separate us by "color." I have read the Bible from cover to cover and I don't remember any exclusion paragraphs on race, religion, or identity.  My message, I enjoy the freedom to worship in my chosen religion and I hope to do that in the future. 

Countdown to Christmas is Heading Your Way

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Tune in for Day 1 of 25 to the Countdown the Christmas celebrating all things kitsch, retro, holiday wonderful.  Reseller's update: One of the best times to source online is right around Thanksgiving. Most have their attention turned to retail and the discounts offered there.  My recent sales included books, CDs and lots of views on sewing patterns but no bites. I have CD burnout listing though so I have moved onto patterns. Much to my delight, there was a slew of patterns I had grabbed as a lot and it turned out to be another pattern collector's stash. Numerous uncut ones beginning from the 1940s, those all went to my keeper group. I will highlight them in upcoming posts.  https://www.ebay.com/itm/184557531056 Not all of the items I buy secondhand I list for sale. There are the items I keep for myself, and then there are the things I make mistakes. Of late, some tiki mugs, a popcorn push toy - that you can still buy new for cheap, and some stamped linens. I send those items I

Why is there so much blue fabric?

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It can't be just me! I have always had more blue fabric than any other color. The tub pictured below? Doesn't even include dark blue.  I have gone through my Annual Fabric Cleanout and bagged up three kitchen bags full of remnants and yardage. I kept remnants that were fat quarters or larger. I do not like working with teeny tiny pieces of fabric and do much better with completed blocks and strips. Then there is Christmas fabric. I have one small tub I will wrap orders in for December buyers. There is a whole nuther tub of Christmas fabric in my offsite storage. I made one Christmas throw quilt and have another unfinished top. I keep telling myself I will make another Christmas quilt but I can't bear the thought of piecing Christmas fabric in June (which is what happened with completed Christmas quilt).  Christmas CDs are selling, that is no big surprise. One vintage toy sold, and here is my newest listing. I try to focus on toys without batteries, but this one is so cute!

Tackling 25 CDs at a Time

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I must have over 200 CDs to list on ebay. I hurriedly posted the Christmas ones to catch the pre-holiday crowd. Over the past year, I have expanded my music-listening repertoire to Zydeco, World Music, and a couple of Japanese imports. I am going to chip my way through the CDs until I get back to the specialty listings. Mom mentioned I am officially working a second job.  Each one of my orders is wrapped in fabric. Not only does it protect what I am selling (I also use bubble wrap too), it means one less piece in my ocean of fabric. Who buys fabric at $1 a pound ? I do! One of the pieces in the mystery fabric is the lead-off image. The selvage reveals it is a 2010 Alexander Henry print Bonsai Bridge. That one is a keeper, an addition to my Asian-inspired fabric collection.  The newest wrinkle in my aging process - I have to rest my hands. Between the scrolling, mousing, and typing, my hands have indicated they have had enough. The official name for it is Overuse Syndrome. I have to sch

People Need People

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On auction, I had on my wish list a pair of cotton diamond argyle curtains but wasn't motivated enough to bid on them. While doing a search of vintage curtains, I had no idea they would fetch such a high price. I was thinking to myself, I haven't seen nice curtains come through thrift, I had even been checking. The Thrift Gods heard my wonderment and I found this shabby chic panel (I will check to see if another shows up). https://www.ebay.com/itm/184540499899 I also found  a finished cross-stitch quilt top. Maybe this will be my Christmas Golden Ticket? It is on a 7-day auction style listing. Let the bidding begin! *fingers crossed* https://www.ebay.com/itm/184540473818 I was also on the lookout for a space heater.  The wood stove is used primarily in the winter and the heat does not distribute evenly through the house. I also have to close the door to my remote office bedroom from time to time. I nearly spent $80 on a small space heater but my last minute visit to thrift prod

Wooden Duck Decoys

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Yes, yet another thing that I collect - wooden duck decoys. Finding them is few and far between, duck no. 3 (the sole one on the second shelf), a $6.99 hospice find has joined my collection. I LOVE them! Living in fear of another thrift shop shutdown, I devoted the weekend to shopping. Lots of Christmas stuff has dropped and I overheard the volunteers expressing their Christmas fatigue being inundated with Christmas, and more Christmas.  My latest sourcing foray meant finding more CDs, needlework kits and another vintage toy. I hate to even count the CDs I have in the death pile. There is a tub full in the She Shed Trailer. Part of me feels guilty for having so. much. stuff. The other part of me is relieved to have the product in reserve.  I have met my $10,000 product goal for my 700 ebay listings, that doesn't even include the numerous CDs I have left to list for sale, along with books, boy scout lots, and misc. items.  Not much sewing is going on this time of year. With my resel

Hunkering Down Again

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While my county hasn't closed to indoor dining, surrounding counties are closing. I kind of figured it would be headed this way. Another reason why I have been sourcing like there is no tomorrow. There could possibly be no tomorrow if it goes so far as to close down thrift shops again.  Now that I have jumped into the reselling game with both feet, I spot other resellers all the time. They shop differently, with a critical eye toward a possible profit margin, and phone in hand. The only thing I check online is CDs even though I am buying them for $1.  There are times I buy and then wonder what was I thinking? Why did I buy a bug zapper at the bin-diving event? It took up a lot of room and I lost the purple octopus plush while hauling my 3 bins to checkout.  As I list needlekits for sale, I pull the ones I just can't part with. The few I have chosen from 40 or so going up for sale are a 1989 Charles Wysocki Nantucket Breeze needlepoint. I have a Charles Wysocki tapestry I have i

Top Five Vintage Cookbooks

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Leading off with a salute to all of the veterans who served our country. Those veterans in my family are the Mr., my son and my father.  Since I have been on the continual hunt for vintage cookbooks, I consider myself a self-proclaimed expert on the topic. I have numerous specialty cookbooks but these I would recommend as additions to any cook's kitchen.   Cookbook No. 1 - Better Homes & Gardens Red Plaid New Cookbook, the earlier the publication, the better. I have a couple of the 2006 versions for sale, but they don't move like the earlier editions.  https://www.ebay.com/itm/184233367427 Cookbook No. 2 - Craig Claiborne's 1961 The New York Times Cookbook. This book has been in my collection for over 40 years. I sold one recently.  Cookbook No. 3 - Julia Child's 1961 Mastering the Art of French Cooking. When I found this publication, there were two versions, I kept the earlier 1960s one.  Cookbook No. 4 - The All Purpose Cookbook Joy of Cooking by Rombauer and Beck

Glad for the Seuss

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I have run into some serious collectibles these past few weeks. I am not sure if my time has come or if I have just trained myself to be on the lookout for certain items. I bought this 1963 Dr. Seuss first edition ABC book for 50 cents. It does have some condition issues ( as most things do after some 57 years ). If you are interested in what it listed for, I have included the link. Let's call it my November surprise.  https://www.ebay.com/itm/184528777144 I have some Winnie the Pooh stuff awaiting listing, I think that might be popular too.  As I have composed my Countdown to Christmas posts, I pulled 20 more CDs to list for sale, mainly duplicates. I have linked YouTube videos into each day's post. I love doing that for my countdown posts and it gets easier as more artists allow their videos to be shared.  My latest items to sell (cookbooks, patterns, and a Nick & Nora pajama top) have sold as listed. That always surprises me, I almost expect a buyer to counter offer.  An

Vintage Cookbooks are Hot Sellers

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As promised, I am reporting back on my bin-diving, thrift shopping, estate sale sourcing as of late. Vintage cookbooks are all the rage, some being snapped up within a day of listing. I have made back my original investment of $75 on the bin-diving event. There someone had divested themself of over 25 retro cookbooks. That same day I visited an estate sale and picked up 4 more cookbooks at 25 cents each. A hospice thrift visit provided a couple more books at $1 each. This 1977 Carla Emery original survivalist book sold for $45. A McCall's decorating book from the 1960s sold for $65.  Still on track to reach my goal of $10,000 in ebay product listings by year's end. I list items in rounds with the last two rounds being sewing patterns and Christmas CDs. The next two rounds are needlework kits, and some Boy Scout lots. I have also signed up for ebay managed payments that cuts out the middleman Paypal.  Because I am encouraged by my book sales, I pulled 25 quilt-related ones from

November Blessings

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Just when I think I won't ever find another original oil on canvas, one enters my life. It is almost criminal what I bought this one for - priced at $6.99, it was half off! I don't know how it made it to orange tag because I had been at hospice thrift twice the past week and never saw it. The Thrift Gods smiled on me.  At first, I was going to pop the canvas out of the gold frame but after I hung it up, it all seemed to fit. Good sized too at 29"x24" framed. It has found its forever home.  There really is something to having original art on display. I believe the energy from the artist and the creation make a room glow, especially oil paintings on canvas. If you have never been to an art museum, go! Experience it at least once in your life. The Crocker in Sacramento has recently re-opened. I haven't visited since the remodel some years ago. It is on my To-Do list.   Reseller update: My first listings on ebay I used a white fine dining tablecloth as my background.

Deep Bin Diving and Secondhand Freebies

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My first outdoor thrift shop bin diving. The thrift shop had placed about 20 6'x6'x6' bins in the back. Even though I arrived on the second day of the event, it appeared as though all of the large bins were full for the taking. Tubs were priced at $25 each and I bought three of them. Rather than detail out everything I bought in those tubs, I will highlight the best. Those things not shown included my usual specialty books, sewing patterns and vintage toys that will be highlighted on upcoming posts. I will let you know what sells and when I make my break-even point of $75.  A Hot Wheels mat and some Fisher Price toys I am especially intrigued by the farm house Ceramic squirrel atop a large ceramic walnut Keeper! 5 of the 7 dwarfs, tons of Disney stuff and a light-up pink Cadillac This 1970s Charles Schulz publication in awful shape  but one of my delightful finds These two well made masks were part of a Halloween lot of 2 adult and 2 kids costumes. Other unique items includ