I haven’t had much time to blog lately. First, I got a virus that took my computer away from me for two days. On Thursday evening we had 14 tons of crushed rock dropped off in our driveway. Yep, 14 tons of rock for us to move. We have been working hard with wheelbarrow and buckets to move it into our yard. The difficult part is that my oldest son has been gone most of the time…he is on his free week-long trip to D.C. We are guessing we have about 4 tons left to move, but we have to finish digging out the grass in a new flower bed. I am definitely sore and black and blue.
The other thing that I have been doing is going through the goods from my first ever pick. My aunt called last week to see if I wanted to go through some old things before they threw the stuff out. Uhmmm, YES. We headed 1.5 hours away to go through the stuff and pack it up. This week I have been slowing going through the items. The items are very dirty, so it is a time-consuming process. I have found a couple of gems.
This 1950 megaphone is so cool. I was surprised how much it amplified my voice. Nope, not going to let my kids play with it. It is getting listed soon.
This 1969 Toss across Game with the bean bags. I am amazed how hard the panels are to flip. They can only be flipped twice in one direction and then they have to go back the other way. The one I remember playing with my boys was so easy to flip. Most of the time they would spin and then stop.
Ok, my lunch break is over. Back to work. Looking forward to finding more treasures and getting those rocks hauled.
Those three eggs hatched and the babies are almost ready fly. It has been so fun watching them grow so quickly.
Sorry this is late, but my computer got a nasty virus a couple of days ago. Just got my computer back from the tech guy. Why or why do smart people have to waste time creating viruses? Think of the amazing things they could do if they put their minds to it.
On Saturday it rained all day. So Big M and I decided to attend an estate auction. All the big time collectors were there at the start, but as the rain continued most left. Now that can be great for me, less competition.
I won several low bids that day and hope to show you some of it soon. I won a box lot; one of the things in the box was this space age looking globe lamp. I was thrilled. Just look at the rocket shaped legs and the swirl globe.
The first thing I noticed though was that it was plastic. Oh well, I thought it would still sell. So I plugged it in to see if it worked. Yes…it worked. I was definitely excited, so I took the above photo for my inventory records.
So today I took it out to clean it up and list it. However I needed to take the bulb out to clean it well before I took the official photos for the listing. I couldn’t figure it out. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get the bulb out. I did what I normally do…waited to ask Big M for help when he got home from work. Not wanting to waste time I wrote the listing information.
Big M, of course, got the bulb out immediately, but as he was doing it he noticed something that I had not seen…wire ties holding the thing together.
What? How could I not even see them? I spent all that time writing up a description, looking at it, researching it and I still hadn’t seen it. Do you see one of them in the photo? My excitement turned into disappointment as this lamp went into the garbage. Oh well, I bought the box lot for something else so no loss except for a little bit of excitement and time.
Does that ever happen to you…do you sometimes miss the obvious defect on your treasures?
This past Friday I stopped at an estate sale. It was almost noon, so I wasn’t expecting much. However, I found this aluminum beauty. This old bread pan has its dents but for $.50 I just couldn’t resist it. I rarely buy things for me to keep, but I thought it would make a perfect pot for a centerpiece on my patio table.
It really is perfect for a little lavender–my favorite herb smell. Now I can smell that relaxing smell all summer long.
This brings a smile to my face every time I walk outside.
Do you use your vintage goods to bring a smile to your face?
You know I love my It’s Still Life business. Most days I really enjoy all of it. I totally enjoy the shopping, like the customer contact, actually like the packing and shipping, and if I have the right light, I do like taking the photos. However there are days that my piles of treasures become piles of crap. Last Friday I had three not so great issues with customers. I have also been so busy with activities this summer. So lately I have been feeling like the ecard above. I find I just need to keep working through it, and the love comes back, but in the meantime I want to just junk everything.
Do you ever feel like this?
JV turned 14 today. My youngest…my little guy who isn’t so little at 5′ 10.5″. He is really into getting fit. He hurt his back during track season. He went to a physical therapist who has given him exercises to do. He does them faithfully. He has joined the YMCA and is working with a personal trainer. He is taking as many basketball camps this summer as possible. This will be the first year that there will be cuts in the team. He is doing everything in his power to make the team next year.
He is on a health kick with his eating as well, so he didn’t want a cake for his birthday. He loves watermelon. So that is what he got instead, a watermelon with candles. I would say it worked quite well.
He also got a few presents. His favorite, by far, was the new NBA Spaulding basketball. You might notice the large can beside him…that was a gag gift…a can of peaches. Healthy, but yummy.
We had a great day. We went to church this morning and then went out to eat. We ended up at Perkins because the restaurant we wanted is temporarily closed. We played a new game, Constitution Quest. Of course, Big M won. Then the boys spent time playing on the Playstation 3 with a new game.
Overall spending family time is my favorite way to spend a Sunday. We will top it off by having brats, beans and corn on the cob for JV’s dinner.
Can we do this again next Sunday?
Love when all the lilacs are blooming. It has been so chilly and rainy that we haven’t been able to be out enjoying the smell as much as I would like. Purple is not my favorite color except on flower blossoms…beauty.