Tuesday, October 23, 2012

In Which I'm Running Out of Time

Some weekends are lazy, I hear. But I haven't had a lazy weekend where I wasn't on the floor with the flu in a long long long time. I was running running running, but I did get to one estate sale on Friday and the ever-famous Only Open Sunday Afternoon store on Sunday.
I scored these angels:
They are tiny and like an all-blond choir-y spice girls.
 This rocking Royal Haegar vase is pretty awesome. It's a drip vase, and it is a very bright chartreuse:
 These ornaments were made in Poland and pretty much sold as soon as I posted them:
 I listed these bottle brush trees this morning and they already sold! I have to list the REST of my bottle brush trees. But I love them so! Maybe I'll keep a set...but I'd really want to keep about 100, and I only have, like, 20.
I think this picture is really adorable. Something about its tinyness makes me want to squee.
Happy week. I'm getting sick. This weekend I'm getting an amazing haircut, so I guess I'll see you next week when I look like a glamorous movie star...

Monday, October 15, 2012

In Which I Don't Have a Lot of Pictures of Stuff, But I have Some Pictures of People

I'm a little stressed out. Things are moving at quite a fast pace for me. I like to be busy, but I don't like to be busy and cranky, and lately I've been feeling that way - like I don't have enough time to enjoy what I'm doing, and instead I'm trying to force in all of these things I don't want to do. And things are hectic at my house, with schedule changes and trying to eat better (not going great) and trying to hang out and get a billion things done. But, it is what it is.
I went to the Goodwill Pound Store. Are you familiar with this? Van had mentioned it, and I knew I had to find one in our area. And there is one in Sunnyside! Queens! Pay by the pound! yayyayayayyyay! I was on my way on Friday, and my steering wheel was a little shake-and-bakey and I ended up driving to the mechanic instead for some costly repairs. Katie came with me on Saturday, though, so I had a partner!
There's etiquette there, special etiquette, and Katie and I had to spend some time to figure it out. You get a shopping cart, and then, if you are walking away from it, you drape a sheet or something over it, so people won't look through it! We violated this when we came in, and were a little bit outcasted for a while. They have some housewares ( I got a few ball jars), some bags ( I got 3! of the above flight bags from the British Overseas Airway Corporation), I got some clutch clutches, and a Guess dress, a couple of Brooks Brothers sport jackets (anyone a 42?) ties, and some pants. All of the clothes are unsorted, so you have to take your time and go through each bin. Then, all of a sudden, a dude says "Everybody to the front of the store" and you have to wait behind a red line while they put out new bins. Then, everybody runs towards them, grabs whatever they can, and brings their stuff back to their carts to go through. It was madness. And we loved it.
The night before we celebrated my Pop's birthday.

There were babies to kiss

Candles to blow out!

A human Jungle Gym (jungle andy?)

A fort to play in (a.k.a. under the dining room table)

And a birthday song!
Happy Birthday, Papa!!!

Monday, October 01, 2012

In Which We Learned a Lesson

So, though I didn't tank at my first antiques show, I didn't do great either. There were a lot of people there, but no one seemed to be buying much (not just from me, but from all of the vendors). It was a beautiful day, and so it certainly wasn't the weather.
One thing that was a wake up call for me : packing everything back up to bring back home. It was a long and sad process. I sold just enough to cover the price of the table, but they were all very tiny things, so I didn't reduce my inventory (and the space it takes up). Oh, boy.
So, now I have to make sure that I have everything listed on line. I have to go back to the things that aren't selling and take better pictures! I have to get my stuff in order. And it is way less fun than buying stuff.
So, things that I am listing this week, that I bought previously, but you haven't seen before:
Awesome Leather cuff

Orange enamel bowl, made in Poland

Very awesome, but scratched-up tin made in Great Britain

USA Turquoise vase - so adorable!
So, I've set a goal to list 5 things this week. When I sell a bunch of items (I'm trying for 10+, monetary gain not as important as space gain) I will reevaluate my system.
Etsy announced its Holiday Boot Camp, which is my cue to start listing all of the ornaments I've been hoarding, and the brush trees, and now I have to make decisions on what to keep for myself (though I may not want to chance Sophie eating them...)