What Makes You Smile?

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Some of you are into picking and junking for your livelihood.  Me?  I got into because I truly enjoy the pieces I find and love when I can get the item to someone who truly will appreciate it.  This is not my full-time job.  I am a wife, Mom and homeschooler first. 

Reselling can be a tough business.  It is not easy, and it is time-consuming.  I have had to deal with some difficult customers. However, everything has been fine in the end.  However there are two things that make me smile.  The first is when I get an email that something SOLD.  Yep, it is fun to see.  The second is when I receive positive feedback.  Yesterday I receive two different bits of positive feedback that just made me smile and I wanted to share them.

The first was from a woman who I sold a Percy the Train set to on Ebay. I rarely sell on Ebay, but when I find a really fun piece that isn’t vintage, I will use Ebay.  She sent me a message that said she left me feedback, and then stated, “Thank you so much for being so honest and posting exactly what you have. Son loves it, and it will be played with every day. Again thank you. His last Percy stopped moving. The track and farm were bonus. He’s been singing “Old McDonald” while he plays with it. He’s 2yo 3mos.”

It made me smile because honesty is so important to me. I try so hard to give an accurate description in the listing.  I do not want any surprises.  Plus, I love hearing how someone is enjoying something I found.

The second one was on Etsy.  I have been listing several vintage hats.  I sold a pink beret hat.  The woman sent me a message stating, “thanks so much! I am going to Paris in April and will enjoy wearing it in the city of lights!!!!”  How cool is that. 

I am trying hard to improve what I write when I give feedback.  I do think it is so important.  Do you leave feedback on your purchases or sales?

What makes you smile when you are picking, thrifting, and reselling?

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year.  It is here, 2012.  It does not matter if you say twenty twelve or two thousand twelve, the new year is here.  It is a clean slate, a new calendar, a fresh start for each and every one of us.

Now I don’t normally make new year’s resolutions, but I did write few goals to guide me this year in a few areas.  Some are overall general goals and a couple of them are specific.  They are goals that I hope will guide me to get a lot done in my hobbies and passions over the next twelve months.

I am not including anything in the areas of my faith, my relationships, my home or homeschooling since that isn’t what this blog is about.  I am including a couple of basic health goals though since a goal list just doesn’t seem complete without a health goal.


  1. Get to 100 items listed in my Etsy Shop by January 31 and keep over 100 items for the entire year.
  2. Keep my storage area organized and my inventory spreadsheet up to date.
  3. Ship all purchased items within two business days. Write a short personal note to every customer. 
  4. Stop at least one thrift store, garage sale or auction sale every week.
  5. Upcycle or paint at least two items every month from April through September.


  1. Write a blog post 4-5 days a week.
  2. Update my blog design by mid year.
  3. Meet new blog friends; develop a support group of blog friends that enjoy junk, vintage items and upcycling.


  1. Work through Twelve each month.  I do not expect to keep up and do everything that Ms. Julian has us do, but I do want to go through each lesson and create a minimum of two pages a month.
  2. Print photos out at least every quarter.
  3. Use my SMASH book as a place for 2012 bits and pieces.  Complete at least 2 page spread a month.
  4. Do at least two mini albums.  One of which is a December Traditions album.


  1. Take at least a few still life photos every month.
  2. Post at least two times during the month a Sunday Still Life Photo.


  1. Read 7 books a month or a minimum of 80 in 2012.  I did this in 2011 and want to do it again. That includes those I read aloud to my kids. 
  2. Continue to keep track of books read on Goodreads.


  1. Restart my 5 year journal and write in it daily.


  1. Walk 10,000 steps at least 6 days a week.
  2. Drink at least 5 glasses of water a day.
  3. Keep up with Move More, Eat Less. (The flu helped me start out the year 5 pounds down; not that it ever stays off, but I good positive boost, right?)
  4. Try 1 new healthy recipe a month.


If I happen to fall down on any of these goals, I do not give up.  I pick myself back up and begin where I am.

This is probably will be an aggressive goal list, but if I can do a little on each one every day I hope to make great progress.  Part of how I plan to do it is to continue to wake up every morning at 6:00 a.m.  I have done that for 2.5 years now, and it has made so much difference in my attitude as well as what I get done in a day.

I would love to hear your goals or resolutions.  Leave them in the comments or leave a link to your blog with your goals.

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Letting Go of Treasures?

A few weeks ago I was reading a blog post on Recycle-ista, Adventures in Thrifting about what type of thrifter she was.  I really didn’t know what I was, so I have been thinking about it on and off for a while.

Recycle-ista considers herself a Hoarder-Gloater.  Check out her post on Hoarder-Gloater or Churn and Burn

Hoarder does not seem to fit me, because if I purchase something to resell, I really do not have a hard time letting it go. However, if you saw my downstairs storage area, you would probably call me a hoarder since it is total mess.  I do enjoy blogging about my finds, so does that make me a Gloater?  I am not a Churn and Burn thrifter either since this is not something I do full-time.  My family and homeschooling come first.  This is more of a hobby to me, so I do not push myself to list the items I plan to sell. 

So I guess I want to define a new kind of thifter, a Turtle Churner.  Yep, that is me.  I like to move my treasures, mostly because I want others who will even enjoy them more, to have an opportunity to buy them.  I do it at a slow pace.  I enjoy my treasures.  I am not in a hurry. 

Now I just need to figure out a system of organizing and storing my treasures while slow and steady wins the race.  I will not let this hobby,obsession take over my house. What kind of thrifter or picker are you?


Jumping In To The Blog World

I have been following many blogs for several years. I love the inspiration they can give. I follow several different blog types such as photography, thrifting, junking, repurposing, scrapbooking, and even coupon blogs. There are times I have wanted to share what I have found or what inspires me. There are times I have wanted to show a thrift store find or a piece I have redone, because spray paint can be a girl’s best friend. I can’t wait to show you what I did with these swans. Now I have a place to share.

I am looking forward to this adventure of finding new life in cast off items. This adventure of improving my photography. This adventure of putting myself out there to share a scrapbook layout. This adventure called blogging.