Sunday, October 25, 2015

Busy Busy and What the What?

It's been crazy around here. I've been shopping, pricing, cleaning, digging, photo taking, and just overall getting ready for the holiday shopping rush on eBay and the booth. Our antique mall is doing a  Holiday Open House the first weekend in November and I have to change out my entire booth to Christmas! Ugh! I've got lots priced and ready to go, but much more to be done. Here's what I drug out so far
Bounty of Blowmolds

Scads of Shiny Brites

Every damn Elf

Loads of Lights

Gaggles of Garland (three is a gaggle, no?)

Crap ton of Candelabras

Truckload of Trees (get it? Because there is a Tree on a Truck ha!) 

There is more but I'll spare you. So yeah, that's a major time suck. I am downsizing my Christmas stash as you can see, but don't fret, I've got 14 tubs left, I think I can spare some stuff. 
In eBay news things have been hopping! People are getting in the moooood to spend money. I hit a garage sale the other day that was an eBayer's dream. Everything this women owned was HIGH END designer labels and everything was $4.00! I got a huge pile of clothes, half still had tags on it. Tags from places I will never get to shop at in my lifetime, like Barneys New York, Tory Burch in Florida, TopShop in London! (I know they have a TopShop section at my local Nordstroms but this was actually from the original store in London) Plus I bought Chanel sunglasses for $25 (already listed for ($175 on eBay) I asked the lady if they were real (I really should have known better based on her clothing selection) and she just looked at me and smiled and said "I don't do fake" haha! Made me laugh. I was wondering how the hell more people weren't at her sale so I asked her if she put her sale on Craigslist. She said no, she never heard of doing that, she only PUT IT IN THE PAPER! For real? Does anyone even read the paper anymore? Oh well, I was glad she did.

I also hit 5 thrifts that day so I have a mountain of stuff to list. As I was driving to my first and favorite thrift store I was stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this
Whaaaat???? Nooooooo!!!!! This particular Goodwill is in a not so great neighborhood, but, it is surrounded by some very rich neighborhoods. So they get some killer donations, but hardly anyone shops there! It is my secret honey hole of great finds and I'm SO BUMMED that they are closing!!! Now, I happen to have a great Goodwill near me, it also gets great donations, but it is in a very wealthy area and everyone knows it! It is always packed with people. I still find stuff but the competition is fierce. Like, jab your eyeballs out when they bring out a new cart fierce. So I guess I better start working out cuz I see some fights in my future. Kidding! (Sort of) 
So that's the news around here. I did go to an auction the other day that was great fun but that's a post for another day. Till next time!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Junk Stock!!!

I didn't get to go to Junk Ranch this year and I was BUMMED! It's a fabulous Junk Sale and of course Shara and Lara sell there so the pickins are gooood! If you want a great recap of the show go check out their blogs, but it will make you sad you missed it :(. I didn't get to go because my work schedule changed, BUT that meant I could go to JUNK STOCK in Omaha and it was FABULOUS! It's been on my bucket list forever and it was everything I could have hoped for and more!
Drove up on Thursday night to spend the night with my favorite junking buddy my aunt Celeste. (Or as we affectionately call her Aunt Lesty) We headed out about 11:00 am Friday morning. This giant sign was right inside the entrance and was about 20' tall. Made with old cornstalks. 
This one was right next to it and it was so neat. All made from corncobs and it was HUGE! 
Close up. Very cool but we were there for the JUNK so let's get to the good stuff. 
Miles of junk
Booth after booth of the best stuff!
47 food vendors and food trucks! Every yummy fattening thing you could think of or cook on a stick. 
10 bands. This stage had different bands all weekend. 

Cool photo props everywhere. The side of the barn has dripping paint cans. Genius.
Me and my aunt taking a much needed break. 
Glorious weather!
Old VW bus
One of many barns full of junk. Check out that giant window on the ceiling with the chandeliers!
A cool booth. They had amazing big stuff but sadly out of my price range:(
Here's what came home with me...
This awesome huge wooden cubby. Yes it's already set up and decorated in my dining room. It's missing a few pulls but I have some brass ones I'm gonna try and match. 
The drawers are rusty metal and open on the back side. 
The back is open so the mailman (?) could fill each slot. I assume that's what it is, although not 100% sure. Whatever it's fantabulous. 

Finally hung that antique swiss flag I got from my mom, added some fun items and Whalla! 
A bundle of orange and yellow branch stuff which I forgot the name of.
Old hinge turned photo frame
Old street sign with my nephews name on it. 
This was a loooong peice of wood with neat old hooks. 

Maybe 6' long? Probably longer than any wall in my house, but my motto is BUY NOW, FIGURE IT OUT LATER! I will figure it out, later. 
At one of the last booths we went in, I saw these gauges
I told my aunt to guard them and don't let anyone buy them. I stepped out of the booth to look them up on eBay. I knew that some of these can sell for good money. I quickly checked completeds and they were going for $50-$150. These were priced at $10 (the two small ones) and $15.00 for the bigger ones. So of course I bought them all. As I was paying for them this guy comes into the booth and is frantically looking around. He sees me paying and he's like "where did you get those" I pointed to the shelf where I got them (knowing full well that I bought all of them) and he goes over, sees the empty shelf and yells  "DAMN I MISSED THEM BY 5 MINUTES!" That's when I knew I made a good purchase :) 
And lastly we both got ourselves a couple souvenirs 
Neat mug and at shirt that I can't show because I wore it 2 days straight (even to bed) and it is getting a much needed wash. 
So a great weekend, thanks Aunt Lesty for a fun fun time! Can't wait till Spring to go back! And I'm bummed I forgot to take pics of my aunts finds because she found some killer items too. Till next time!