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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “A Vintage Baby’s Album, A Rubber Duckie Ernie & 3 My First Disney Princesses”

24 Apr

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Find My Finds:  Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ eCRATER

Once again, due to a focus on consignment/resale clothing, I’ve limited my extra curricular intake to a few things that caught my eye while spinning around the thrift store.  Those included a complete Fisher Price Minnie Mouse Birthday Bow-tique set, three Disney My First Princess Royal Playtime Sets, a Gund Big Bird Puppet, a Strawberry Shortcake Playmates Playdate Doll, a Rubber Duckie Ernie from 1997 that my kids even had as babies, a Sew A Teddy Bear Kit, a Muffy Vanderbear in a very fancy dress with a stand, a Department 56 Patience Brewster Krinkles Flower Fairy Ornament/Figure, and a vintage, unused Baby’s Album from who knows when.  All spent on this lot? $14.50.  All potentially gained?  $175.00.

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Find My Finds:  Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ eCRATER

 

This Summer’s Song: “Sing” by Ed Sheeran & Produced by Pharrell Williams

23 Apr

The fact that this song had been out for a couple of weeks before I had heard it almost puts me to shame. Because the minute I heard it, I was physically drawn to the radio.  And I began to dance.  And I began to listen. Intently.  Who WAS that? Justin Timberlake?  No, not quite.  The first thing I thought of was “Blurred Lines,” and only after listening to the song about a hundred times did I Google the producer.  Of course, it was Pharrell Williams.  Everything that guy touches turns to gold and if I could buy stock in him, I would.  But to find out that this song was sung by Ed Sheeran left me a bit dumbfounded.  You mean “The A Team” guy?  I don’t even really like that song.  The “Lego House” guy?  I don’t really like that song either.  But THIS song is going to be the anthem of the summer.

I’ve already listened to it too many times, dissecting the down and up trills of the base, the strumming of the guitar in a way that I love so much, the fast lyrics, the solid danceable drumbeat, the “Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh’s” both high and low that bring me back to Morris Day’s “Jungle Love” and not because I just watched Purple Rain. Finding out that Pharrell is close to my age makes me realize he must bring the same rhythms and beats that remind us both of our youth, just as he did with the many comparisons of “Blurred Lines” to Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” (another of my favorites).  Pharrell has become a huge favorite of mine and everyone else’s and now maybe Ed Sheeran will, as well.

Here are the lyrics for your sing along pleasure:

It’s late in the evening
Glass on the side I’ve
Been sat with you
For most of the night
Ignoring everybody here
We wish they would disappear
So maybe we could get down now
And I don’t wanna know
If you’re getting ahead of the program
I want you to be mine, lady
To hold your body close
Take another step into the no-man’s land
For the longest time lady

I need you darling, come on set the tone
If you feel you’re falling, won’t you let me know
If you love me come on get involved
Feel it rushing through you from your head to toe

Sing
Louder
Sing

This love is a blaze
I saw flames from the side of the stage
And the firebrigade comes in a couple of days
Until then we got nothing to say and nothing to know
But something to drink and maybe something to smoke
Let it go until I wrote a change singing we found love in a local rave
I don’t really know what I’m supposed to say
But I can just figure it out and hope and pray
I told them my name and said it’s nice to meet ya
And then she handed me of a bottle of water filled with tequila
I already know she’s a keeper
Just from this one small act of kindness, I’m in deep
If anybody finds out I’m meant to drive home
But I drunk all of it now, no
Sobering up
We just sit on the couch one thing led to another
Now she’s kissing my mouth

I need you darling, Come on set the tone
If you feel you’re falling, Won’t you let me know
If you love me come on get involved
Feel it rushing through you from your head to toe

Sing
Louder
Sing

Can you feel it?
All the guys in here don’t even wanna dance
Can you feel it?
All that I can hear is music from the band
Can you feel it?
Found you hiding here so hoped you take my hand
Before the beat kicks in again
Can you feel it?
Can you feel it?

I need you darling
Come on set the tone
If you feel you’re falling
Won’t you let me know
If you love me come on get involved
Feel it rushing through you from your head to toe

 

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2014

22 Apr

I typed “Mother’s Day” into the search bar on Etsy.com and came up with so many options that this is solely an Etsy Gift post.  If you see something you like, click on the image which will take you to the link.  You should then even visit the store of the creator as you might like something else they make even better.  Or if you see something that might work, but might be better slightly tweaked otherwise, from cookies to pillows to lockets to succulents to oil paintings to frames, just search for it and you’ll find other versions.  Ignore most “Only 1 Available” notifications as most are custom orders.  No matter what you’re looking for, it’s likely on Etsy.com.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “The Born Cady Boots, the HCL & Coach Purse & The Dancing San Francisco Music Box”

21 Apr

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Find My Finds:  Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ eCRATER

As it was Easter weekend, there were very few sales.  But I eventually ventured out at a later time than usual in the morning just to make sure I wasn’t missing out.  At the first sale I found the Madame Alexander Little Women Beth Doll, the Carlson Cowboy doll, the two Amish dolls and the two skimboards, all for $10.

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At the next stop, I picked up the Born Suede Boots, the Miz Mooz Henley Boots with Edelweiss buttons, the Juicy flip flops, the Black Coach Purse and the two transformers, all for $14.

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Moving on to the next, I spotted the Bruce Springsteen 5 LP Album Box set, the full book of Pokemon cards, and the HCL purse, all for $$11.

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Another stop netted me the Dream Pets Pink Horse, the Dakin White Scottie Dog from 1983, the North American Bear Co. White Bear from 1982 and the super cute San Francisco Music Box with a Cable Car that dances to “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” when you pull out the bottom drawer, all for $2.

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Final stop, I picked up the Skylanders Portal with three Skylanders for $5.

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Total spent: $42.  Total potential net: $540 and I haven’t even researched the Pokemon cards yet.  Not bad for a late quick trip out.

Find My Finds:  Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ eCRATER

 

Birthday Coupons

18 Apr

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I used to receive birthday coupons in the mail from certain retailers, but it appears that now most of them are just emailing them out to cardholders on their special day.  I did receive coupons through the mail disguised as birthday cards from Vera Bradley and Ann Taylor Loft.  Vera Bradley gave 40% off any full-priced item at one of their stores or online and Ann Tylor Loft sent a postcard for $15 which is the best of them all.  Gap retailers, Piperlime, Banana Republic, and Gap itself, all sent emails for a certain percentage off.  And even CVS sent me a “free gift” that turned out to be a $3 coupon.  So don’t shy away from store cards or giving out your email.  In addition to their regular offers, you could also receive extra discounts during the week or month of your birth.

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “Teddy Ruxpin, Furreal Friends Lulu & Imaginext Dragon Fortress”

17 Apr

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Find My Finds:  Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ eCRATER

$33 spent on the above, I found a Fisher Price Imaginext Dragon Fortress, a Teddy Ruxpin, a Furreal Friends Lulu animatronic cat, Lalaloopsy Suzette, Fisher Price Pink Dreamland Soother, four rolls of new Christmas wrapping paper, Imex Civil War Sets, a Fisher Price Milk Wagon, some little houses with furniture for which I can find out nothing, three fantastic German mini Cuckoo Clocks and an Airforce jacket.  For my troubles, I could net around $350:

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Wasn’t I Just ~ A Poem on My Birthday

16 Apr

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It’s my birthday today.  Rather than take the day off as I had previously planned, I wrote a little poem.  It goes a little something like this:

Where did the time go

Wasn’t I just

A young little girl

Kicking up dust

Smelling the flowers

Watching them grow

Picking bouquets

Taking it slow

Wasn’t I just

Going to school

Making new friends

Following rules

Wasn’t I just

Out on my own

Living my life

Away from home

Wasn’t I just

Having big dreams

Making big plans

No matter the means

Wasn’t I just

Planning a wedding

Planning for children

Knew where I was heading

Wasn’t I just

Having a girl

Having a boy

They were my world

Wasn’t I just

Working for hours

Caring for kids

No more time for flowers

Cleaning the house

Doing the laundry

Paying the bills

Stuck in a quandry

Writing a book

Writing a blog

Selling old stuff

No time to jog

No time to stop

And smell the flowers

No time to watch them

For hours and hours

Wasn’t I just….

 

 

 

 

Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “The Darth Vader Tie Fighter Model, The Pink Coach Purse & The Skylanders”

14 Apr

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Find My Finds:  Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ eCRATER

I started at the far end of town, stopping at a couple of sales that only netted me the Lego Batman set for $2:

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Another dud after that, I headed to the middle of town where I found an armful from some very funny people who said they were the best sale in town.  I loved their dollar prices as I racked up the metal VW Bus with the surfboards on top, the vintage Star Wars Darth Vader’s Tie – Fighter Model Kit from 1989 unused, the Ello Ello-Opolis set, the vintage round print of a little Scottish girl, the bag of doll clothes that includes some great things, the Groovy Girls Callie Horse, the Cars cars new in the package, the vintage yellow MPC Plastic Dollhouse Furniture and a flower necklace for my daughter.  I was out of there for only $8.

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Then a sale that was not on my list after seeing a sign.  There I found another pile including the adorable vintage green painted Mexican chair for $5, the Set of 5 Rubbermaid Storage Containers for $2, the Disneyland Small World Jewelry Music Box, the box of Polly Pockets, the Lady & The Tramp figurines, the set of small Enesco Christmas plates with stand from 1976, and I was done at $13 as I carried my load to the car.

Down the street was the Senior Center Flea Market.  I was there just as it opened and zoomed to the back corner to find the guy that always has the greatest vintage toys at the greatest prices.  I found bags of Disney fairies, Donald Duck, Disney Princesses, Star Wars figures, plus four Skylanders new in the package, and a Papo Dragon for 50¢.  I paid up at $29 total, but individually, all were well worth it.

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Still at the Flea Market, around the corner, I lucked out to find an older lady with an entire bag of Littlest Pet Shop animals at 10¢ each.  I asked her if she would count them all up as I wanted to take the whole bag.  She did as she said she should have done that previously, and I was at $2.50, plus I added a vintage Hummel, Singing Lesson, from the 1960′s at $10.

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Another vendor had a Josef Originals Girl with Stork at $2, apparently named “Baby Shower” from a cake toppers collection that is quite rare. I can only find with 8 bids and 4 days left, so it may go for much more.  In fact I listed it for $39.95 and it sold just hours later:

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Around the corner, this lady was selling so many awesome vintage Hello Kitty and other items, I just kept buying more when I heard the prices that only ranged from 50¢-$1.00.  I found the Sailor Moon Thermos, the vintage Mickey Mouse, the Tokyo Disneyland Tin, the vintage Donald Duck Wallet, the Micropets Cats, the Minnie & Mickey button pin, the vintage nursery bank and vase, and little dollhouse pieces that must have come from Japan.

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And one last lady had some really nice items, but I only spent $3 on the really sweet Josef Originals Elephant:

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Time to leave the Flea Market, I stopped at a sale where I found the 1986 Peyo Schleich Smurfs from Germany and the Animal Alley Black & White stuffed dog, all $1.50.

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On my way to another sale, I drove by one that always seems to be there and has always proved to have something valuable.  I snagged the Hotwheels Shark playset and the Hello Kitty Projection Radio Alarm Clock,  $1 each.

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Down the street, I found the first edition Cooking with Mickey Around the World:

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And around the corner I picked up the Furreal Friends Go Go Dog and two Brighton Bracelets, all for $4:

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Into a small neighborhood, I found the two Lalaloopsy Dolls, 2 for $4:

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Time was a-wastin’ as the good stuff was goin’ and heading out to a few out of the way sales, I only found the pink Coach purse for $10:

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$98 spent, I could net near $900.  Check out my finds:

Find My Finds:  Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ eCRATER

 

$10 in 10 Minutes At The Goodwill = $100+ Earned

11 Apr

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Find My Finds:  Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ eCRATER

I had some time to kill after a Costco run and in between picking up my son from an early day at school, so I ran into my local Goodwill.  I dwindled around, even picking up an awesome Ikea chair for $5.99 for my daughter’s room (if she likes it).  But the few small things I found for resale totaled $10 and could net me more than 10 times that.  They included Pioneer SE-450 Headphones, a Fisher Price Voice Comm Joker figure new in the package, a Lenox August Birthstone Trinket Box, a Leatherman Lobster belt and Dreamspinners VIP Turkey fabric to create a stuffed turkey pillow or centerpiece.  This could be a gameshow: Give two teams or people $10 and see what they can find in 10 minutes.  The winner is the one with the most valuable treasures!

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Find My Finds:  Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ eCRATER

 

Latest Thrift Store Trip: “Mrs. Brisby, A Cabbage Patch Doll & A Fisher Price Farm”

10 Apr

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Find My Finds:  Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ eCRATER

Now that most of my thrifting at my favorite thrift store is dedicated to finding fantastic clothing for around $2 per item to devote to the consignment store, the items I find to list myself have provided the thought that their resales could finance the entire clothing purchase.  In turn, all clothing resales become profit.  Of course, I could look at it the other way around, but the amount that I’ve been buying lately to list myself, is far less than the clothing.  For example here, I’ve only spent $15, while the amount spent on the clothing was quite a bit higher (with the hopes of an even greater return, of course).  But from that $15, I hope to make around $300, which would more than pay for the clothing and these items in question with profit to boot:

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Find My Finds:  Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ eCRATER

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