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.
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 —>
I found this cute little two tiered table at the thrift store a few weeks back, I paid a little bit more than I wanted to for it, but it was so darn cute and very sturdy. It sat in my car for a week and on my porch for another! So after two weeks of waiting for some new life to be bred into it, I finally grabbed a can of metallic gold spray paint and gave it a quick once over. I know, you’re probably thinking “WHAT? Spray paint?…on wood…? ewh”. But I assure you, I took a class one day and this is what I learned as being an acceptable practice for distressing a piece of furniture. I have to admit as a die hard refinisher, spray painting a perfectly good wood table felt very wrong. Lol. Once the sparkly gold paint dried I pulled out my favorite Annie Sloan chalk paint in primer red, and on it went. Oh how I’ve missed being crafty! I pulled back and looked at this dark mess of paint and thought to myself, “I really should have stripped it and stained it…no way is THAT gonna come out good!” After awhile I did a little extra distressing with a sponge and a few good rubs here and there and let it dry some more. The final touch was the mis mash of dark and clear finishing wax, globbed onto my now distressed brush I liberally splattered all over the table…this is so much fun! The final, final step was rubbing off the excess and polishing it. I have to admit, it came out quite a bit nicer than I ever expected it to and now I’m pondering whether to take it to the Ramona Farmers Market with me tomorrow or leave it at home cause it matches desk I painted primer red – minus the gold underneath…but it’s never too late to have a do over!!! I’m sure in the this adorbs little table will make it on the truck, and when it does you better snatch it up quick before I change my mind! I’ll be asking $40 for it.
Whew…after about 4-5hrs, I finally finished untangling the mess from my shoebox full of trinkets and treasures. It was so exciting to see everything unravel one piece at a time. Unfortunately one of the reasons I grabbed this box was because there were a lot of cufflinks, the majority, as it turns out were random onsies. But there was lots of gold, silver, costume plated, cuff links, tie clips, earrings, bracelets, pins and more that are well on there way to becoming someone’s new treasure! Lots and lots of stuffff. Tomorrow I’ll start doing the real work and begin photographing, researching and pricing everything. Then it gets tagged and listed! I still have a lot of work ahead of me on this box of loot but it will totally be worth it!