Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Rambles

I'm a bit behind on just about everything this week, since I'm still adjusting to last week's schedule change.  I feel like I didn't get anything done last week!  The older I get, the harder time I have changing routines.  Even though I was only on summer schedule for a month and a half, that was enough for me to get out of the groove, especially with evening work.  Hopefully, I can get things pulled together this week.

I'm about to wrap up another really good month at the Peddlers Mall!  I met last month's total yesterday.  Since that was a record total, that means that this month is going to be a new record, even if I only sell a few dollars each day this week.  Despite all of this, August makes me nervous.  It's typically a lower sales month, since school starts and the State Fair (which takes place in Louisville) runs for two weeks in the middle of the month.  We'll just see, I guess.  Nothing to do but forge ahead and keep working.

Yard sales were very good this weekend.  We started off in our neighborhood, following some signs I had seen on Friday night.  Some lead to fun finds and good stories.  Others, well, there's a reason I call them Deliverance yard sales.

The first sale we hit was being run by these three older ladies who had the most fascinating stories about every item they had.  When one of them told me that the metal statue of Our Lady of Lourdes came from France. "where I lived as a young lady,"  I told her that she seems to have had the most fascinating life.  They all laughed and then said that there wasn't enough time for them to tell even half of it.

Right around the corner, was a moving sale with awesome prices and vintage treasures.  I found something there that I have been hunting a long time.  (You'll have to wait until Wednesday to see it.)  We had paid for our stuff and were loading the van, when this older man came out of the house, causing Keith to do a double take.  Turns out the sale was being run by this man he's known for years!  We'd seen him around the neighborhood from time to time, but I didn't know that we lived so close to each other.

Then we went to a sale in an alley where all the furniture was supposed to be five dollars.  That's because it was all curb finds.  Not the good kind of curb finds mind you, but crap that was put on the curb because it was crap.  I told Keith I wasn't going to pay five dollars for something that big and heavy and ugly that I would be lucky to get ten dollars for when I sell it.  A lot of things at this sale had booth tags on them.  It was a failed booth yard sale.  I've seen a lot of them and most of them aren't very pretty.

We also hit a church sale where the cashier couldn't add or subtract.  I told Keith that person must have been the only one to volunteer for the job.  We walked into one social club sale where they announced that "most things" were now one half off.  The "most things" didn't seem to include anything I was picking up, however.  The person running the sale was saying one thing and they cashiers were saying something different, so I started putting things back and very politely saying "No thank you."  All of a sudden, confronted with the fact that I wasn't going to buy these things, they became half price items!

So what was in Mazda?  Well, here's the big stuff:

Vintage child's rocker with cushions

Two green stools

Triangular end table

Handmade stool

Painted trunk/chest

Vintage metal trash can
 I love stuff like old office trash cans, because they have such a utilitarian look.  You can see some of the smalls peeking out of the can, but you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see them.

In the meantime, do yourself a favor and pop over to Roger's blog and read the amazing acrostics she did as part of her homework.  She's obviously got a creative bent and is developing a fun sense of humor.  I think you'll enjoy them.  Roger, you should be very proud her (which I know you are).  She's pretty special.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

What's In Mazda?

It's been a while since I had a yard sale weekend worthy of a Mazda shot.  Yesterday was really good.  Take a look:

It might not be quite as full as in other shots, but these were carefully chosen to make the most of a somewhat limited shopping budget.  I'll start doing the reveal tomorrow with the large items, then do the smalls on Tuesday and a really special find on Wednesday.

In the meantime, here are a few hints:

That red thing is a cat tunnel we got for Chiquito.

The small box in front has comic books in it.  There was another comic book shop Nerd Herd sidewalk sale yesterday.  They don't usually do them two weeks in a row, but if they're selling 50 cent comics, I am so there.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Seen while junking

Well, I guess if it had to happen, it might as well happen in Kentucky!
For those of you not in the know (one way), it's a game.  The rest of the world calls it bean bag toss.  I have no idea why we have to be so different.  It even has it's own official association, which kind of tickles me. 

For those of you not in the know (the other way), it's also a slang term with certain...let's say...anatomical implications, if you know what I mean.  I'll leave it to you to Google it, if need be.

Yes, I am eight years old and giggling over the pseudo-naughty words.  Why do you ask?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Oops! I did it again!

Okay, I thought I was kind of past this problem.  I mean, I stopped buying every one I saw and then sold most of the ones I had.  I thought I had it licked.

Then I found this.

It's even got little bits of the old paper label attached!

How in the hell am I supposed to walk away from a blue graniteware bed pan?


Just can't do it.

I am weak.


Shoot me now.

Or at least come buy the damn thing.

We won't even get started on this one:

 Seriously.  We're not talking about it.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go find start some kind of support group.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Rambles

Not much to ramble about this fine Monday morning.  Maybe there is, but I'm kind of distracted because I have to go back to working regular hours this week.  Bye bye, summer!  Hello, full paychecks!  Those will come in handy for sure, since I really need to score some furniture for the booth.

I didn't hit any sales this weekend.  I guess something was going around.  Since we were heading to the country, the plan was to hit some sales down there, once we were through in the cemetery.  Unfortunately, it drizzled on and off all day long.  It was a steady drizzle, just enough so that you would notice that it was there, but not enough to keep you from doing what you were planning to do, unless what you were planning to do involved putting stuff out in your yard and letting strangers come and buy it.  It was totally non-conducive to such a venture.

I did manage to hit the sidewalk sale at the comic shop before we left (and before the drizzles started).  I picked up a nice stack of stuff, mostly for the booth.  The thing I like about buying for the booth is that I don't feel compelled to go through every single comic box looking for stuff.  I can slip around and through the crowd (the nerd herd, as I call it) to the boxes no one is going through and still build up a nice stack of stuff.

I did witness a nerd violation while I was there.  Well, not a nerd being violated, but a nerd violating the rules of the herd.  Instead of waiting to get to a box, this one guy went around to the back and starts going through it, which meant that he had to pull everything out of it, since he was looking at the backs of the comics.  Then he just starts putting them back in the box any old way, some facing front, some facing back.  And everyone knows that number one rule of comics nerd-dom is:  The boxes must be orderly!  The herd was aghast.

Since I witnessed the violation, I was obligated to report it to the High Nerd Council.  Which, in turn, slowed us down, because I couldn't find my Nerd ID Card and I forgot my Nerd ID Number.  What can I say?  I'm a bad nerd these days.  Someone should probably report me to the council.

Anyway, we got down to the cemetery, loaded with flower arrangements for the graves, and were just starting to take things out of the van, when my cousin, who lives across the road, came over to say hello.  Right after that, one of my mother's cousins pulled in and we had a mini-family reunion.  (Okay.  I know that technically my mother's cousins are also my cousins.  I was more referring to the fact that he was more in Mom's age group than mine in the family circle.  I think you know what I mean.)  It seems like I never see some family members any more unless it's in a cemetery.  At least there wasn't a funeral this time.

We all had a good visit in the on and off drizzle, then Keith and I got to work.  I took the old flowers and stuff off Mom's grave, then put the new ones out.  I also added a new flag to Dad's.  I also had small flower arrangements and flags for my uncle, grandparents and great grandparents as well.  I got everything at the Peddlers Mall, so I was able to get more than I would have elsewhere at a really good price.

Keith took some pictures, but I haven't gotten them yet.  I'll post them when I get the chance.

To make up for the lack of yard sales, I went to a couple of flea market/vendor malls, but didn't really find that much.  Guess I'll have to find some time to thrift this week.  Oh darn!

Speaking of this week, I'm not totally sure what posting will be like, since I have to get used to my new schedule.  I don't have a lot in the pipeline right now, so  I may be silent for a couple of days.  I'll get back to things as soon as I can!