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Gearing up for the weekend outdoor sales

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I forgot to share this little wind-up cowboy Snoopy. He was part of the estate sale haul earlier in the month.  I have pulled this cookbook I had up for sale - Disney's Family Cookbook . I wanted to check a recipe from it, so it has come back into my collection. Since we are on the subject of Disney, this is one of the cutest patterns in the lot of costumes I recently listed on eBay. https://www.ebay.com/itm/185061705529 I started a new process with listing Christmas CDs. I look up the title first in Terapeak product research in the eBay Seller hub. If the CD is only selling for a couple of dollars, I will just thrift it back. My first batch of 20 total approx. $300 in listed amounts, the lowest valued at $6 (iffy, but still sellable), to the highest valued at $35. Downstairs is the death pile of Christmas CDs, some 125+ waiting to be listed. If I average $300 per 25 listed, I can earn $1,500!  I seriously have to winnow down my personal collection of Christmas CDs. It must hover a

Stacks of books and Mounds of Fabric

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That is how tall the stack is of books I have recently listed on eBay. Only one more round of books to go before the  September push to list Christmas CDs. Found a wood CD rack at thrift for $15.99, with the ones populating the rack already listed. Before I started listing, I began deleting the non-starters, Big Band and Perry Como type stuff.  September is my prompt to start preparing my Countdown to Christmas posts. I have photographed my new round of 25 CDs I have found at thrift for my daily "What I am listening to," sections. Also,  I have added to my Christmas tree pin forest, and completed a Mary Engelbreit-bordered Christmas quilt.  On the thrifting front: It never hurts to ask if price can be negotiated. The sewing patterns were priced widely at hospice thrift from 49 cents to $2.99. I asked if I could purchase them all at one price and the cashier said, "How about $10 for the lot?" I said, "Yes!" It turned out to be 40 of them.  Made the rounds i

Welcome to the Ranch

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With a focus on things not entirely but very nearly Western.  My take on the wearing of the coral squash blossom necklace (a recent retail splurge) is it pairs nicely with the Mr. Bill Ohhhh Nooo graphic T-shirt. The Harley Davidson Western hat is one of my fav second-hand finds.  https://www.ebay.com/itm/185006359062 My return to office is scheduled for Mondays and Tuesdays beginning January 1.  What I want to see most on my return are the new murals recently painted for the  Wide Open Walls  event during September. The Sacramento Mural Festival began in 2019 to enliven alleyways and buildings throughout the city. At my previous department, we had a building-long view of Johnny Cash. We finally had rain, not what was needed but enough to revel in it. A overcast day meant cooler temperatures and I was able to bake the longed-for traditional New York cheesecake with a chocolate graham cracker crust.  Reseller update: Sewing patterns continue to be solid sellers. I have found that buyers

Day 2 of Estate Sale Sourcing, and Garnering the Gown

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I don't worry too much about getting to the first day of an estate sale. By Day 3, they are ready to give items away by the bagful. This was the third day of this sale, family had told the Mrs. to "downsize." This staging was only from the outdoor shed, next month would be the contents of the house and garage.  It was hands down the biggest sale I had ever attended. It took nearly two hours to go through most everything. It was a hot morning, the temps headed to the 100s. Talk about sweat equity, hard work ~ I was even too tired to make the thrift shop rounds after that. There were a lot of clothes and it has been my experience that the best ones are at the bottom of the piles.  I filled 3 bags at $10 each so $30 "sourcing." I put that in quotes because I did grab more clothes than usual. The blue gingham one is a German girl Halloween costume -Think Viking/Nordic. There is a red cashmere sweater in perfect condition. The jacket to the left has Picasso prints al

Traveling to Estate Sales are Well Worth the Effort

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I had some extra time on my hands on Saturday morning and traveled to an estate sale. It wasn't a huge distance but it was a jaunt into the country. I will first show the things I didn't buy, and then the $20 lot I did buy.  Beneath the plastic sailing ship was this sleepy-eyed composition doll. It was second day of the sale and no one had even looked at the dolls in the plastic tub. I laundered her clothes in a lingerie bag and hand mended them. When my mom moved to assisted living we gave away a doll that was similar to this one, only bigger. I figured if I could buy the lot for $20, I would bring this one home with me.  At the very least, I will recoup my $20 investment with the Monsters, Inc. costume. The books are mainly for me, I may sell a couple of them.  Boy Scout items were hidden in the bottom of a plastic bag, I snagged the belt with metal awards and the scarf. The belt a sure-fire seller on eBay.  The Round Up - Let 'er Buck Silk scarf and hat, yep, Tami keeper

Getting a System Down, and Beginning the Redwork Quilt

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I seem to move faster through listing product on eBay now that I have a system down. After a listing goes live, I move that product's images into an eBay listings folder. I then re-name my images for the next draft. I bring up the template and examine the product to compose the description. Since most of the information is prefilled on the template, I just fill out specific details.  I nearly made it through the year without any returns but have had 3 cut sewing patterns returned recently. One of my tasks will be to cull all of my cut sewing patterns from my listings. They are a pain to list and sometimes I don't catch it if a piece is missing. I just give full refunds with no reason to return the pattern back to me.  In answer to my question on an earlier post, "Does anyone knit anymore?" It really was tongue in cheek, I know there are some amazingly talented knitters out there. My question was more are there people learning to knit, because my books for sale on kni

Pre-Apocalyptic Burn

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Smoke and heat continue to bedevil me and many others here in California. No mind that it is too hot to enjoy the outdoors, but the smoke - that is downright depressing. We can't pull the heat out of the house with the whole house fan in the morning because the smoke is too thick. We are hibernating inside.  On the lighter side of things, here is the cutest pattern of the day from the sewing pattern sessions of listings on eBay.  https://www.ebay.com/itm/185021345540 One thrift shop keeps releasing sewing patterns, Round 3 of my purchasing there garnered another 25 patterns, mainly uncut ones.  While I was in line at hospice thrift, five of the frequent thrifters began conversing and we all shared that 100% of the outfits we were wearing were obtained there. It was a clutch of thrifted fashion!  I added another piece to my Western art collection. This painting entitled "Skyline" by Don Wohl dated 1981 was gifted to Ray on his birthday 8-26-2005. Now, 16 years later, it jo

Does Anyone Knit Anymore?

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The Mr. and I have decided to sell the She Shed Trailer. That means ALL of that product has to be moved to a new location. I began by finally getting all of the books off of the trailer floor and in alpha order onto shelving.  I pulled the non-movers from the book listings on eBay. Thus, my blog title - Does Anyone Knit Anymore? I really don't see a lot of knitted items on trend. I do see crocheted granny square type items though.  I also pulled the jewelry-making books. The vintage 1970s craft/needlework/decor books went back into my library. The last to go from the books for sale were the ones on Vietnam. I still have a couple of the military-related ones on the boards but that genre is not really my bailiwick. Next steps are moving sewing patterns to wire rack shelving. I will have to engage in another sewing pattern session to get the remainder of these 100 or so listed (until I find more!) Just when I thought I had my quilt book collection under control, I discovered more boo

Packed and Ready to Go, and Purchasing the Pyrex

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California wildfires are creeping closer to our locale. Seven years ago this month, 9 of the 10 acres burned on the property.   Glad I've got 3 cat cages, but I could only image the chorus of discontent should we have to pack it up. The cats are rarely confined, the most recent the youngest one having been spayed earlier in the year.  I would be heartbroken if I would have to leave behind all of the sewing patterns I have listed. They comprise the majority of my listings. On the pattern subject, here is the cutest of the sewing pattern sessions. https://www.ebay.com/itm/185005530209 Sometimes parts of the pattern are missing and I can't sell it. This one deserves it's place in the sun for a day, it is missing the pattern instructions.  Quilt update: I had been on the lookout for a border fabric for the Not-So-Western quilt and found the perfect one.  Here is an image of the quilt top, pre-border fabric.  Mystery quilter provided me with this completed backing for a few doll