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.



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 —>