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Happy Halloween!

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The patch was part of a 99 cent bag of scouting badges. So cute! Estate sale finds $40 for the lot, included Air Force patches Books, vintage fabric (also shown in the image backgrounds) a gypsy composition doll, costume jewelry, and a wooden box inlaid with sewing characters. Gypsy doll will definitely make another appearance on the blog. I can't believe she was left outside in the rain, there was a roomful of dolls for sale inside.  It was the estate of a costume designer, as evidenced by the books I brought home with me, and inquiring of the people on site. Included in the $40 lot was 51 sewing patterns, mainly vintage and mainly cut.  This 1984 Berenstain Bears pattern was the funkiest of the bunch.  https://www.ebay.com/itm/185135330307 There was a small plastic container included in the estate sale, the ceramic cat looks over the beaded purse that was disintegrating. The beads are still good but are the tiniest beads I have ever seen. I was thrilled to find the Goth choker an

Preparing for the Countdown and a Smidgeon of Deer

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My shopgoodwill quilt blocks will be a challenge to incorporate into a quilt. I thought they would mesh with another set of quilt blocks, but they don't. These look to be headed for an eBay listing. My $30 box, won on an online auction, also had some nice pieces of yardage so I did not lose money.  Reseller update: For awhile my sourcing outpaced my sales. I have learned that you buy whatever you think will sell, and gather the items like storing nuts for the winter. Keeping all of that "product" can be overwhelming at times. Luckily, I have more than enough room to store 1,500+ items without having to rent extra storage space. That would kind of defeat the purpose and cut into the profits.  Now my sales are outpacing my sourcing.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel for my potential listings. Here is my death pile of sewing patterns and Christmas CDs.  That plastic tub was full and overflowing when I started on the Christmas CD listing sessions. The gray crate i

Return to Office and the Scissors Holster

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I am sure that a scissors holster will come in handy for the zombie apocalypse. It was a 99 cent thrift shop find.  State departments are slow but sure returning to office. It looks to be a two-day a week schedule in the beginning. That will be ideal for me because I will be able to interact in person with co-workers and I can utilize my vendors I like to use in downtown Sacramento. The Mail and Ship for my package dropoff is a scenic walk past the Capitol. My optometrist and optician are both on Capitol Mall.  I frequent Freestyle, a clothing exchange, also in downtown Sacramento. I get credit for clothes that I pick up at yard sales or that my daughter has cast off. I have been able to buy a Coach bag, and other upscale pieces of clothing.  One of my other favorite places, one of the few thrift shops left downtown, is the Goodwill boutique at 1621 L Street, Sacramento. Just a couple of blocks away from my former state department.  When I am downtown, sometimes I use my hour lunch bre

Psychedelic Man, I found Fishing Santa

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I picked up Fishing Santa $2.99 at thrift. He is a perfect precursor to my Countdown to Christmas posts. I have decided to withdraw from my college classes. It is too much commitment for me to fulfill. Work stress is at a high level right now. I have to remain focused on keeping my health at a even keel. I want to keep doing my fun stuff, like this blog, and my reselling.  Mystery music lover dropped off psychedelic rock at thrift, and I am the lucky recipient. I also snabbed a pair of sunglasses that will eventually make an appearance, and another set of Tarot cards. These are not as neat as my 70's find of Tarot cards, so they will most likely go up for sale.  Sometimes a creative project goes awry, and you have to rethink the design. I started this project and decided I didn't like the borders on the blocks. I got the seam ripper out and took all of that marginal fabric off of the blocks.  I lurk on the online auctions, and found this mixed lot of quilt blocks and fabric. I

I Made the 1,500 Mark and Terrific Tarot Cards Found Me

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I made my goal of 1,500 total listings. A. lot. of. work. The last 200 or so have been Christmas CDs. Supposedly, there is a reseller in my area with 30,000 listings. I am betting that is a full-time job.  Algorithms fascinate me. I don't understand all of the ins & outs of eBay's algorithms, but I do know when I am listing in a certain category, that is where I am usually getting the sales. I was going great guns, then suddenly sales dropped off 50%. Sewing patterns still remain the most watched item.  I continue to refine listings. After I pass a milestone, such as this 1,500 one, I work up a buffer of about 25 items. With that buffer, I start ending low performing listings. My intent with CDs is to lot the lower priced ones together.  One aspect I do enjoy about composing the listings, is discovering the potential value of an item. I spend 25 cents to $2.99 on CDs, depending on value. Some I know right off have value, the off-beat ones, DDD recordings, and those that are

Modeling the State Fair Dress and Missing Work Social Events

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Thought this would be a cool fall image - me wearing the black strawberry print dress, with newly purchased thrift shop black leather gloves ($2.99) and black heels.  I try not to think of all of the fun fall activities I enjoyed prior to this forced lifestyle change. I was also involved in the social committee, planning the fall potlucks, and Christmas parties. Work social activities were my only in-person social outlet.  For a time, State workers were allowed paid time off to receive COVID vaccinations, to recover from those vaccinations, and to care for a family member stricken with the illness. Those protections ended in September. Now, it is anyone's guess what, if any, protections will continue.  Reseller update: I continue to list Christmas CDs. I did quite well last year selling those items, people purchased them well into January. I picked up some Barbie clothes so I will lot those up to make a few bucks. I sell a lot of little stuff - but all those littles add up! The sew

Sierra Gold Harvest Quilt Show

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  I attended the Sierra Gold Quilter's Guild Sierra Gold Harvest Quilt Show, l ast day of the show late afternoon. I paid my $7 attendance fee and enjoyed the eye candy. The Guild had a table of freebies, and me, being the quilt book reseller that I am, found 4 books I can list. But on with the show! This Featherweight sewing machine and Mary Engelbreit fabric quilt was a sure show stopper for me. In one of the outside cases, this was the best I could do to avoid window reflection.  These are my "Best of Show" picks in no particular order. The artist's information is provided on the card image. Each one had some unique feature that prompted me to highlight their creation. Quite a group of talented people!