“Bowl” of Cherries

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI can’t believe I ever thought getting up at 1:30AM would be a good idea. Loading up the truck with more stuff than it naturally holds. Telling my better half it will be FUNN. All of these things have basically tumbled from my lips this week in an effort to convince everyone and myself that selling at the Rose Bowl Flea Market would be an epic event for Refab Resale. . .but, I did. And here I am waiting to hit the road with my wares. Too late to turn back now. Let’s hope the coffee and Aleve get me thru the long morning to follow. Let’s hope the people flock to my booth to buy lots of my goodies. Let’s hope I’m not wrong about the 20,000 + people that will meander past my booth to peruse the endless tables of treasures. Let’s hope I really have to do this again next month. Let’s hope the Rose Bowl Flea Market is a bowl of cherries and not a big ole waste of time.

You may think this looks ok, but inside the cab is stuffed to the gills. Every single crevice of this truck is packed with stuff. I assure you, it will be a long bumpy and cramped ride to Pasadena … all 2.5-3hrs of it.

Now while you other folks are sleeping soundly, or just getting to sleep…know that I will be starting a new adventure. One that I hope will wear me out and make me anticipate the next road trip to another city, another day, another month for a good long time. Peace out yo. Happy Sunday!

 

 

HyperSpeed

IMG_7477Man, have I been a little sidetracked from my blog lately? Geez, almost a month has passed. Well there’s good reason for that. I have been selling my little pants off! Thank God for that. Since I last posted I participated in the Lobos Country Store Open Market, the Ramona Certified Farmers Market (x2), the San Diego Vintage Flea Market and a yard sale! PLUS I’ve had lotsa sales in my Etsy AND eBay stores! March was by far my best selling month to date and I’m so grateful for all the buyers, fellow sellers and of course my BF who is the bestest…out there helping me on his days off =)

oak vanity doneMy life wouldn’t be complete without picking so you KNOW I’ve done some of that and found some absolutely amazing finds. I literally found an $8 item at the thrift store one day and turned around the next week and sold it for a whopping $330! Now T H A T’s what I’m talking about! wooopty woop. If I could do that every week, I could leave my “other” job and be cool like that all the time. Lol!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd as if picking fab treasures and selling them wasn’t enough, I just had to have these two pieces of furniture…and I just HAD to refinish them! The vanity I’m selling and once the “desk” is refabbed it is m i n e all mine! Can’t wait to have a little more time for refinishing, I’m starting a collection in my washroom/project shed! Guess there’s plenty of time for sleep in the afterlife…but I better get busy while I’m stil breathing. Happy picking ya’ll!

 

The Time To Buy Is Now

Man have I been super busy with my resale biz. I certainly can’t complain because this is my favoritist (is that even a word???) job ever! I love the thrill of the hunt and the thrill of the research and of course the thrill of the ChaChing my little phone makes when something sells. But there’s a reason they say, the time to buy is now…when it’s in your hands.

I went to shop the swap a few weeks back and I found some great stuff. It felt so awesome bargaining and sifting thru the junk. But on my adventure I picked up a few little trinkets from a gentleman who tried to sell me on the other pieces he found in the same lot, stuff in the drawer of a rich old ladies bedside dresser. It contained the sterling ring, ring sizer, and jewelry box I wanted…plus a silver’ish ring setting, another jewelry box and a sizing rod. Had I picked up the extra pieces it would have only cost me an extra $3. THREE dollars! but no, I passed on those lessor ‘desirable’ pieces.

Fast forward 2-3 weeks later. I couldn’t help but hear in the back of my head what that guy kept saying about that ring possibly being unmarked platinum. I mean who tries to sell you something that great for the cost of a cup of coffee? I just shook my head and said nah, I don’t need it. (And btw the sizing rod would have come in handy several times already, so I will never pass up one of those again. duh.) So I went to shop the swap yesterday and I still can’t shake the feeling I should have just forked over the extra few bucks and been done…and as I walked the grid, I was really hoping by some slim chance he might be there again…and he was. But without said items. But he remembered me, and was sure to tell me about that ring I passed on. Platinum. Yup, had it tested and sold it for $300. The very same ring setting I had in my hand and put back! That’s a rooky mistake I will never make again. You have to sometimes take chances in this industry and for a mere three friggin dollars I could have made my shop the swap day E P I C. because he sold it to a dealer which means he only got 1/2 of it’s retail value. Ugh.

So next time when you see something you like or have an inclination that it might actually be worth something, buy it. Like, NOW.

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Sunday Funday

As you may know “winter” has come to San Diego…and of course it lasted all of about 3-4 days and has now moved along! The most rain we’ve seen in years perhaps. So of course, I was jonesing for a good pick but chose to stay indoors to stay safe from the rain, wind and hail! During the midst of the epic storm I spent a lot of time cleaning up my Etsy store, reviewing listings, updating shipping and cleaning up some dingy photos. Of course I couldn’t help but to add a few newbs to the catalog of items as well. I can hardly believe the store now has 330+ listings!!! I remember when I started with 50. It may not seem like much a of a stretch but you also have to consider the 110+ sales I’ve had while adding on to the list! Whew…that’s a lot of packing paper and tape.

I posted some amazing religious items this week. One of which was a lot of 45pieces of Catholic religious prayer cards and remembrance funeral cards. They are lovely and reminiscent of another time and place. Paper ephemera has always been an enigma to me…love the colors and styles but never had the forethought to “make” something cool with them. I have many more items sitting in the queue to be added sometime in the future. But for now, here’s a peek at what I posted —>

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