Monday, April 27, 2015

Monday Rambles

I am about to utter blasphemy.  Gasp!

I wish that damn horse race would hurry up and get here so I can go back to selling shit.  I'm freaking dying here!  Sheesh!

At least, Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday.  I am planning to go to four different comic shops.  Yay!

I made the mistake the other day of turning on the bathroom faucet a little so that Chiquito could play in the water and I could have some peace while I did my business meditated on world affairs.  Now he expects it every time some one goes in the bathroom.  Sigh!

Apparently, this is the day I end every short little thought or paragraph with an exclamation of some type.  Oh Boy!

That last one was sarcasm, if you couldn't tell.  Really?

That was more of a question than an exclamation.  Oops!

Okay, I'll stop now.  This might be a good time to remind everyone that these posts are called "Monday Rambles" for a reason.

I go back tomorrow for treatment #2.  I still have a few rashy patches, so I'll ask about a cream for them.  (Thanks, Joy for that good idea!)  The biggest problem I'm having is this drug is playing havoc with my blood sugar.  My primary care doctor and I are trying to get that back under control, but it's tough.   My thyroid levels are also low, which is another effect of this medicine.  I guess I'll be going on something for that.

It rained most of Saturday morning, but there were a good handful of indoor sales, so we pressed on.  I even remembered the Mazda shot.  I spent Sunday trying to pull my booths back from the brink of disaster.  I'm probably going back today to finish up.  I might light one of my Saint Jude candles when I am there.  Couldn't hurt.  I wonder who the patron saint of re-sellers is?

Seriously, I've had one good sales day in the past week.  I'm still selling stuff every day, so that's something.  It also looks like I'll at least make the low end of my monthly goals, although it was doubtful for a moment.  I just hate to see all this good stuff and treasures sitting around unpurchased.  Well, Derby is Saturday, so maybe things will pick up after that.

Also, I had a good day at Goodwill last week:

Hey Bay-bee!

I've never found one of those mouse banks in such good shape before.  You can hardly tell for that mess of red hair, but he even still has his hat.  Usually, they're naked and beat up and the seller wants one of your kidneys for them.

I'm becoming rather fond of the Southern Indiana Goodwills.  They rotate the colors of their tags, which means there's always a color that's half-off.  Small furniture is usually well-priced.  (There are exceptions to this.)  Plus, they have a frequent buyer program which allows you to get your card stamped for every ten dollars you purchase.  After ten stamps, you get ten dollars off!   The Kentucky stores could take a few lessons here, I think.  The Saint Vincent de Paul stores here do the rotating color discount thing, and I think the Goodwills might lose out on some business because of it.  I know I prefer the SVDP stores over the GW's on this side of the river.

I'm planning on taking it easy this week after my treatment. The weather is supposed to be lovely all week, so I think I'll do some sitting out back with a book or two.  That sounds nice to me.  If I remember, I'll let you know what I'm reading.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

What's in Mazda?

It rained all day yesterday, so the sale action was minimal, but there were three indoor sales, including two of the best church sales in town.  This shot doesn't include a brass mirror that I had to unload early on.   More on that later.  We also went to an out of town vendor mall where I found a few things.  More details and the smalls in a day or two.  In the meantime, take a gander and tell me what you see in Mazda.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Retro Y'all

There is only one person on this planet who can rock those clothes and that hair and not look totally ridiculous.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Fun Finds: Circus Poster

During the closing of my beloved Dixie Peddlers Mall, I had the opportunity to obtain an awful lot of free stuff from vendors that didn't want to move it.  In my booth right now, there is a loveseat and a drop leaf table that were given to me by different vendors.  One of my favorite gifts is this:

The poster itself is vintage and the image is actually on both sides.  The frame is solid wood, with a wood back panel.  It's heavy.

One of the vendors by me was cleaning out his backroom as it got near the end and wheeled this out in a cart with some other items.  It was one of his last loads.  It caught my eye right away, but I was extremely busy getting stuff boxed up and hauled out.

We talked for a bit and he went on.  He was a pretty good neighbor to me over the years.  Whenever he'd clean his booth out, he'd toss a few cast-offs my way.  Always good stuff.  I used to swap him books and such.

I had been making a pile of boxes out back, waiting for Keith to arrive with the truck we were renting.  He was loading his pick up right beside my pile.  I went back up for another load of boxes, and he came up a few minutes later.  He told me he had left some "presents" for me beside my boxes.  I figured it was going to be some small stuff, but when I went back down later, there was poster.  He had decided he didn't want to take it with him.

Good neighbors are hard to come by.

PS Is it just me, or does that ringmaster look like Robert Goulet?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Finally, the finds!

Thanks for all the kind birthday wishes for Keith.  He had a good birthday, for sure and was tickled by both the blog post yesterday and the responses.

I finally have the pics of the finds from this weekend.  There's one box of stuff that I cannot find right now.  Don't you hate it when that happens?  Oh well.

I was anticipating a slow day.  People just don't do yard sales on the day of the big fireworks show.  True to form, there weren't very many, but it's quality and not quantity that counts in this business.

My favorite sale was the one that was run by a teenager, a young man about 16 or so.  He said his mother had gone to bed (!) and left him in charge.  As far as he was concerned, the stuff was there to be gotten rid of, so he was giving great prices!

Another sale was at the church (!) I used to attend.  I always look forward to this one, but kind of dread it a little too.  For the first few years after I left, there would be someone there who tried to talk me into coming back to the church.  This would make for an awkward experience for everyone.  Nowadays, they seem to accept that they'll see me once a year at the sale and we talk like old friends catching up.  I like that better.

We wrapped things up at an estate sale on half off day!  Love half off day!  And the original prices were really good, so half off was even better!  There was also a lot of good stuff left for half off day.  I think this one was actually family-run, which makes the good prices even more surprising.  Usually the family sales can run pretty high, price wise.

So what did I get?

A box of Bible study guides.  There's a least one for each book of the Bible.  I love the covers that have the colored scrolls on them.

Jesus stuff = Happy Eddie!

Assorted smalls.  The white statue is a commemorative from the 1972 Olympics.  The little soldier/guard dude might have a celluloid face.  Is there any way I can tell for sure?  We need to look closer at that little metal thing on the right.

It looks kind of like a cash register, but it's a math learning thing.  Pull the lever down and different problem pop up.  Solve the problems.

Then lift the little flap and check your work!  I love it!

Folding outdoor side table.  The knot motif makes me think it was used either for camping or sailing.

This got me the Keith eyeroll of the day.  It's larger than it looks in the pics--about two feet across.  Who doesn't want a large wooden box?  I think it would make a good planter.

Knitting needles and thread.  Most of the thread spools are wooden.  They're all bound for jars, once I find my stash.  Those really big white needles intrigue me.  Someone who knits, please tell me what those are used for.

I stashed this in the shed and didn't feel like pulling it out.  It's from the church sale.  This is the back of it where supplies could be stored.  I used to work in professional development and I know what metal rolling podiums like this cost retail.  Three bucks is a steal.  Could not pass it up.

BIG NUDIE KEWPIE!  That's what her price tag is going to say. I'm tempted to make her a skirt out of that string of peppers.

Ignore the Mazda clutter
I also had the chance to go to an out of town Goodwill, where I found this plant stand. I have been looking for one of these babies for a while now.

And now I am all caught up.  For the moment.  If you will excuse me, I have some stuff to price.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Today is my Sweet Babboo's birthday.  He's a year older now than he was yesterday.  Wow!  That's a lot of years.  But not as many as there will be.

This one's for him.

One of his favorite songs by one of his favorite singers in a video I don't believe he has ever seen.

We've got plans for later on tonight, but for right now, let this post kick things off.

Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband!


Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday Rambles

You all know I'm a terrible, bad, horrible junk blogger, right? 

Good.  That's established.

Then you won't be surprised when I tell you that I had a really good day Saturday.  Despite the fact that it was the day of the big fireworks show, we managed to get a decent amount of stuff, including some good large items. And I forgot to get a Mazda shot!!!!

Bad junk blogging.  That's what it is.

Due to the big hoopla downtown, we didn't take anything to the booth, so I can still get some pics and post it all later in the week.  I'm not going to put it all back in Mazda, though.  Sorry.  I'm also a lazy blogger.

Booth sales have been lackluster lately.  I only had one good day last week, and that was only because I sold a large item, the only one of those I sold all week.  Derby malaise is here!  (Of course, I'm partly responsible for this as well.  My "little old man" booth is out of control and I have lacked the fortitude to tackle it the last few times I have been there.

Somehow, a bumble bee got in the house yesterday.  I'm still trying to figure out how.  Luckily, I got to it before Chiquito did.  I'm not sure about the effects of bee venom on felines and I'm not really wanting to find out.

I'm starting to get small patchy rashes on my arms.  They flare up and itch from time to time, but mostly they don't bother me.  It's a sign that I'm having immune reactions to the new drug.  If it stays this low key, then I'm not going to do anything about it, since it really doesn't bother me.  I don't want to do steroids unless I'm covered head to toe.  I will tell the doctor about it at my next infusion, which happens to be next week.  My, how time flies.

Tomorrow is Keith's birthday.  We've made it another year!  I'll have a special post for him tomorrow.  I got a special surprise in the mail last week.  I'll do a post about it too.  Overall, it should be a low key week around here, which is good.  I have a lot of comics to bag and that takes a while. 

It's going to be another on again, off again, on again, still on again, off again rainy week.  Just like every other week this month.  I'd still rather have this than the snow, but I'd also like to be able to send some of this rain to the areas of the country that really need it.  The real problem for me is that I have a lot of stuff I need to do outside.  I seem to have the unerring ability to waste all the non-rainy time working inside the house, then, right when I am ready to work outside, the rain starts.  At least, Saturdays have been spared the rain.

Oh well, better get to work.