Thursday, April 16, 2015

Yay Spring!

Last Friday, it was snowing flakes so big it looked like snowballs were falling from the sky. Minutes later it was the sunniest day we had had in a week and the snow all melted. That's spring in Minnesota for you. I've spotted my first daffodils and a handful of garage sale signs. I also started my plant merchandising job quite randomly this week. I guess life is about to become unbearably busy, so before burnout strikes, I thought I'd give a little update on what's been going.

Of course we hit an estate sale early last Saturday. We were hoping to score a full set of Jadeite swirl bowls, but they were marked a mid-level eBay price, which was double what we had wanted to spend. They were over the price threshold for 50% off day, so we didn't even bother going back the second day to see if they were still there because it would have still been above our max price. I did pick up a nice assortment of vintage Christmas, a big pink plastic vintage bag, a pink Borg scale, and a mint condition air-way vacuum attachment holder. I put that in the bathroom and stuck my various brushes and combs in it.

We were invited by our favorite cashier to attend a friend and family shopping event after hours at our main thrift. I found a cool art deco candelabrum, two beautifully embroidered Christmas pillowcases, a vintage clutch, and a picture frame with domed glass. We also scored a friendship 442 and Salem North Star serving bowl from Craigslist. We stopped at the shop and were pleasantly surprised at how well we're doing this month. I'm really excited that things are finally coming together for us! To celebrate, I picked up some cute boomerang fabric that I'm going to use as the back of a brooch board I'm planning on making once I find the right frame. I also found a couple Bakelite bangles for a steal!

I started working on Tuesday, which meant my first bike ride of the year. It was really hard and just emphasized how fat I really got over the winter. Bleh. Luckily I was able to get a ride home- probably the last time this year, so I better get in shape fast! I actually went to the thrift store twice in one day, once with my mom and then with BJ later, and had some excellent scores. I didn't want to go out the second time, but it was very worth it as we found snowflake and butterprint at Goodwill for shockingly good prices. Then I found a Shawnee lucky elephant cookie jar waiting for me at my main thrift. It gave me hope that one day I will find my holy grails in the wild. I asked a mystic golf ball at the thrift store and it told me I will find both Eyes and Diamonds. Please be soon!

BJ came walking up to me with a turquoise Club pot and I was amazed that it wasn't $30 because that is the general lowest price for dutch ovens. If it is a brand they recognize, they will put $60 on it. There is a Martha Stewart enamel cast iron one with the enamel chipped off everywhere for $40. They. Are. Crazy. What blows my mind even more is that people actually buy them, but I can't talk because I just bought a dead DWD Heinz promotional. I'm not proud of it though. The addiction is real. I don't know how BJ missed the Lustro-Ware canister set, but it was such an amazing price. The coffee and tea canisters are inside and were not separately priced. I think that person needs to work everyday, please! I also got a 'UFO to Go' sandwich maker which I plan on hanging in my vintage kitchen as soon as we get a house. (Please be soon, too!) Yesterday we found a DWD red casserole hostess Pyrex, so now I have both sizes. I broke down and got a turquoise fade mug on eBay because I haven't found a good mug in the wild in too long and I've been lusting after all the ones being posted on Instagram.

I've been working like crazy all day on fabric designs. You can see them on Spoonflower. They aren't for sale yet, but will be soon. I've got a bunch more designs in my head that I want to make before ordering so that I can order all the swatch proofs at once. My goal for ordering is by the end of next week, so expect them all for sale in about two weeks!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Early Bird Gets the Worm

Sorry, it's been a while- again. Life took me down, but I'm trying to get back up. I've been working on some new designs for Spoonflower. I plan on ordering proofs soon so that I can put them up for sale. So far I have a bakelite design and a new Pyrex design in addition to the mugs/tumblers design that I made for a contest a few weeks back. You can see the designs by clicking the link above. I'll be sure to post once they are for sale.

Since the incident a few weeks ago, I have had enough good luck at estate sales to feel better about going to them again. We've decided to commit to getting there very early in an attempt to get good numbers and it has been paying off. We were actually 2 & 3 in line a couple of weeks ago and got a very old Hamm's beer bottle with original stopper. We're starting to collect Hamm's stuff in honor of our guinea pig, Hamm. Since there is Twins cross-over, it really works out! I wanted a mirrored shadow box shelf, but it was marked more than we wanted to pay for it, so onto the next. Last week we hit it big! I got 4 vintage Halloween Beistles. The cat is my favorite!

We also picked up a striped Hazel Atlas bowl, a cute vintage tablecloth with cats and dogs, a vintage red Cosco chair, and a couple of pixies at the same sale. Then we went to a second day sale and got a bunch of things for the shop. This past weekend, we got nearly everything we went for, except two old jack o lanterns that I think lit up. I did score a tiny jack pail the lady didn't see, though! Yay! In an effort to not be a hoarder, most things will be going to the shop eventually.

The main reason I picked this past week's sale was for the WWII era Shiny Brite ornaments. I scored a lot of great vintage Christmas items. They've already been divided up into keep and sell and packed away safely.

That's all for now. I'm going to try harder to get into a routine that works so that I can be creative and post regularly. Things are going to start getting busier when spring really starts to take seed here. We hope to have some really big news soon enough!