Well, it's so far, so good here in San Fran Land! We had a good flight out and the hotel is really nice, except that the free breakfast is a little lacking. Oh well, it is free, so that's something. I guess.
We've been kind of kicking it back and taking it easy so far. We have a loose list of what we want to see/do, but are not going to tie ourselves down to the dictates of a schedule. If we wanna stop and have coffee, then we're gonna stop and have coffee!
I did hit two Goodwills yesterday, including one that just might be the best GW I have ever visited. Tons of great stuff, and for the most part the prices are good. They have half off color tags and,at one store, everything I picked up was half price, making for some super deals. I am limiting myself to what will fit in my carry on suitcase. It was practically empty when we flew in, and what was in it will go into my checked bag or backpack with no issues, I think. That leaves me a lot of leeway on smalls, if I'm careful. If I'm not,I'll just UPS my dirty undies home.
We spent yesterday hanging out in the infamous Haight-Ashbury district and having fun. I am saving all the pics (including the finds) for next Monday's Ramble, since we'll be flying back on that day.
Today, we're off to I don't know where, but I bet it will be fun. Last night, we had the best Thai food I've ever eaten in my life at a place near our hotel. Keith predicted that we'll eat there a couple more times before we go.
Enjoy your Memorial Day, everyone! Travel safely, if you're going somewhere. Be sure to wear your floppy hats and lots of sunscreen if you're having a cookout or going to the beach. Have fun. I know we will be.
Well, it was supposed to be a Mazda shot,but we were in such a hurry yesterday that I had everything out of the van before I realized that I hadn't taken a pic. Will you settle for a "(Part of) What was in Mazda?" picture?
Here's a hint: Say "Yes." It's all you're gonna get, and it's kinda cool.
If one's plane doesn't leave until 4 and one has to go to the post office to get one's mail held, then it is expected that one will stop at the yard sales along the way. Isn't it?
Here's a hint: Say "Hell, yes!"
There was this sale on a little out of the way, hard to get to back street in our 'hood that was loaded with goodness. How out of the way? We were the first ones there and stayed almost 45 minutes and no one else came up.
How much goodness? Filled Mazda quick, simple and cheap. Lots of vintages. Lots of kid's playsets. Lots of Melissa and Doug toys. Lots of lots. That lava lamp is vintage.
The crowning jewel was this table.
I've never seen a metal top table with that color top before. I'm kind of in love with it!
And you all thought you wouldn't have a Mazda (sort of) pic. Who loves you baby?
Here's a hint: Say "Eddie does!" because I sure do.
Well, I'm still kinda lagged from the three hour time difference, but we've gotta hit the streets of San Francisco and wear some flowers in our hair. Or something.
I seriously could not wait a week to show you all that table. Have fun.I know we will!
It's been a bit of a hectic and busy week or so around these parts, hence the lack of posts. My brother was here last week, and I've been spending this week getting ready for something special. More on that in a minute.
Before I get into the post, I do want to assure everyone that I am okay and things are going pretty well. I didn't mean to worry anyone with the lack of content here.
I had a wonderful visit with my brother last week. We just kind of hung out and ate and talked and stuff we never really get to do any more. It was so nice to see him and just sit and talk for hours. I am planning on making a visit down to see him in the fall.
We did a little junking together. He's an eBay seller, so he's always on the hint. I took him to the Peddlers Mall, plus the Goodwill and the Saint Vincent de Paul that are across the road. He loved the thrift stores and made several good buys there. The Peddlers Mall overwhelmed him with its size, complexity and selection, but he really liked it too. There's nothing to compare with it where he lives, except for a couple of antique malls that never get a lot of traffic.
He also said that he liked my booths, which meant a lot to me.
Keith took some pics, but has not had time to download them off his camera yet. He's getting ready for the special thing too. When the pics are downloaded, I'll post one or two here. In the meantime, just imagine two devastatingly handsome dudes with a family resemblance.
We also exchanged junk gift boxes. Mine had a Hummel Madonna in it, which is something I have always wanted for my collection.
Our Lady of the Dusty Knick Knack Shelf
We spent a lot of time talking about how to kick our respective endeavors up to the next level. I think we need to move to the same city and throw our lots in together.
Saturday was about beating the rain for the yard sales. We didn't do very well at it, because we got started very late that morning. It was already sprinkling at the first sale we went too. We managed to fill Mazda with the first three sales, so we had to unload at the house.
After that, we stuck with the indoor church sales on the list. There were three of those. By the time we got to the second one, it was pouring. The rain and the rush kind of killed the Mazda shot potential for the day. Many of the large items have already sold, but here's a shot of the smalls. See if you can find Waldo.
Just kidding. He's not there. But you might find Jack Kennedy and Jar Jar Binks instead. The spirit of my grandmother took that pic, which explains why the top row is cut off. I grew up believing that my grandfather didn't really have a head, since it was always cut off in photos.
This has been the most frustrating month for booth sales. I'm selling every day, including some large items, but just not enough. I've kind of structured myself price-wise to sell lots of small, under five buck, flea market style items every day. The furniture, large stuff, and higher-priced smalls are the gravy that pushes a day from good to fantastic when the totals come in. Since the higher-priced stuff doesn't always sell, that still gives me a chance at a good day on the smaller, cheaper stuff every day.
Except that here lately, the smaller, cheaper stuff has not been selling as well. That almost never happens! I've been selling shelves like mad again, but I only sell about half the typical cheap stuff, which drives my total down. It's an odd kind of doldrum. I am so far off target for the month, I don't know if I will ever catch up. At least, I am still selling something every day.
Tuesday was treatment number three. I was scheduled early, so I was in and out before noon, which was nice. It's getting to where the longest part of the day is waiting for the labs so the clinic can order the drug from the pharmacy. The infusion takes no time at all. After my next infusion, I'll have a scan, so we can finally see if this is working or not.
I've been rushing around a lot this week trying to get things done because we are going on vacation Saturday. We're flying to San Francisco until June 1! I'm pretty excited, as we've not been to SF in over ten years. We used to go all the time, so I'm interested to see how things have changed.
We've got someone to take care of Chiquito and make sure that the bathroom faucet gets turned on for him. We don't leave until 4:00 in the afternoon on Saturday, so I am trying to convince Keith that there's enough time for a yard sale or two, if there are any in our neighborhood.
I still have a lot to do before we leave. Laundry and packing for one. Or is that two? I also need to get a prescription refilled before we leave. I am trying really hard to get everything in the house that needs to be priced taken care of, so I don't have to deal with it when I get back. Doing the comic books just about wore Chiquito out.
Tomorrow is booth day. I'm gonna cram it full of stuff and pray that it holds until I get back. I'm also going to try and sweet talk the manager into making sure that stuff isn't sitting on the floor while I'm gone.
I'd like to clean off this desk, as it is giving me a nervous break down, but I don't know that I'll get to it. I also have to convince Keith that going to thrift stores is a thing real people do when they are on vacation. He's afraid that I'll buy an armoire and try to sneak it in my carry on bag. Silly man. Doesn't he know that's what UPS is for? I'll just price it and have that sucker shipped right to the store!
On that note, I gotta run. I need to get more price tags and Goodwill has been calling my name all week long. I need to see what that's about. I'm planning some short, silly posts while I'm gone. And maybe one long one. I might do a Monday Rambles, but I'm not sure about that. I'll be posting pics to Facebook, so you can check out what I've been up to there, if you want.