Monday, February 17, 2014

My visit to a grocery auction

Last week I went to a local auction house that was having a grocery auction.  I hadn't been to a grocery auction in a very long time and wanted to go - just to check it out, of course.  I am into couponing and studying grocery store sales flyers so I really didn't need to buy anything.  But I ended up spending $6.  It was interesting and not everything was a good deal.  I spent $6.  $2 each - package of pork chops and $1 each two tubs of  Marzetti caramel dip. 

What I didn't like was that since they sell stuff so quickly - the auctioneer may not always give an accurate description.  People where buying cases of Twix candy bars, but when I saw them being passed out, I saw they were Twix Peanut Butter flavored Twix, not the awesome caramel. (They had more than one carton of the Twix, so when that happens other bidders can also score some cases at the same price as the winning bidder.

On all the items I purchased, they had a ton of the cases of the items. So the auctioneer would do the auction like normal.   But then he would just say "oh that's too much, how about $1 each - who wants some for $1 each?  And then people would raise their auction card - so many people could get the same deal. 

One thing to keep in mind when going to a live auction is that there is always a fee called a "buyer's premium" that is a percentage fee (for example 10%) that is tacked on to your total that you spent).  Also for the food auction, while many items were still well within the expiration date, there was a bunch of stuff that was expired (by about a month) or close to expiring.  One thing I know I will never buy is expired sodas.  Or cases of expired chips that look like an elephant sat on them.    Having said that, I can't wait to go to the next grocery auction!   

 
This picture of of a lot of pork or meat products - a 50 lb slab of pork, a ham, some steaks and other stuff went for about $125.  As you see in the video - people bring coolers for their frozen stuff. 

My haul ($2 each porkchops, $1 each Marzetti caramel dip and bottle of juice (free) - a brand I have never heard of.   I asked another customer in my aisle if I could take a look at the juice and since she had gotten so many, she gave one to me.  She had bought one of the big meat lots of over $100 and they thru in a dozen bottles or so of the juice.    The auctioneer had initially sold them for $3 a bottle but had so many leftover that they combined the leftovers with her meat auction. 




Thursday, January 23, 2014

Well crap, there goes my New Years resolution

Happy New Year everyone - did I tell you my resolution for the new year?  Well it is to blog more.  So I guess you can figure out how well that is working out for me.   Will try better.  But quantity is not always better than quality.  Just noticed that this is my 1100 blog post.    And a few of them weren't too bad.  

Went to my first yardsale of the year - if you like yardsalequeen page on Facebook, you would have already known that my first yardsale (indoor church yardsale) purchase was a can of Unicorn meat for .10


Well it's nice to get back into the blogging saddle after a break - will chat with you again soon.



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Nabisco Ritz Crackers - downsized

Yesterday was Festivus - a beautiful holiday for airing grievances. (Personally I think everyday should be Festivus)  Well I'm a day late but here's a grievance.   Have you noticed as I have, that Nabisco Ritz Crackers have downsized their box? A box used to contain 15.1 oz and now it's 13.7 oz.

Bah Humbug!  And Merry Christmas eve everyone.  And belated Festivus. 




Sunday, December 15, 2013

Money Article in All You Magazine


Back in July, I was interviewed for an in All You magazine. I remember the writer saying the article would not appear until sometime in the fall.  So since I have a subscription to All You (free with my coke rewards points), I've been checking every month but nothing.

But then just the other day,  the January 17, 2014 issue showed up in my mailbox with "How to Raise Cash in a Flash" article and knew that was it.



























So I turn to the article and read the first page.  Nope, don't see yardsalequeen mentioned anywhere.














So I go to the second page and read thru that.  Still no yardsalequeen.

















So I get to the final page and STILL NO YARDSALEQUEEN!  What's up with that???
















Then I look again - why there it is!  Yippee!!! I found it - what do you mean you don't see it?  It's right there in black and white in -4 font size.















Just get your magnifying glass out.  I can't wait to count how many millions of people this will bring to the website.  



Saturday, December 14, 2013

New actual blog post

It may seem like I haven't blogged in a while, but I was trying something new. I haven't forgotten about you my dear blog readers. Instead of this old fashioned way of blogging, I've been trying to send my blog posts telepathically. Did you get them? I've sent you a ton of messages. I said I was busy buying stuff at the thrift stores and wished you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

I do miss this old fashioned way of blogging though, so I think I will start writing more regular blogs posts soon.




Thursday, November 21, 2013

DIY Project Completed - Old Sewing Machine table refinished

So you may have been wondering where the heck have I been? Well no where exciting really, just the usual thrifting, yardsales and junk like that.

Since my last posting, I did complete a project. Remember back in January, when I had my first thrift store buy of the year $5 Sewing Machine Table? Well since I bought it to refinish and give to my mother as a gift, I figured I'd better get it done before Christmas.

Here is another picture of it with different lighting


And after:



And my after picture is not 100% done (but close). I have since put some clear protective polyurethane (or whatever it was) on it.

I'm so glad to get this project done. As much as I like how it came out, I really hate the work of refinishing.



Thursday, October 10, 2013

Oprah Winfrey Biggest Yard Sale Ever - I am taking credit for it!

Oprah recently announced on Twitter that she is going to have the biggest yard sale ever and guess what? I'm taking credit for her decision to have a yard sale. I know it can't just be a coincidence that she and I both appear in the June 2013 issue of Essence magazine where I gave some awesome advice on how to have a successful yard sale and get rid of clutter. And then shortly thereafter she decides to have one??

Now I'm just waiting for her people to call my people so she can fly me to her estate so I can take command of the yard sale situation for her.

Oprah - I'm waiting!!!

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Loreal and Flower Ass

I think I may need a retail intervention. Been spending way too much shopping retail. Just look at my receipt from the other week. Did I really need Loreal and Flower Ass? No, but I bought it anyway.



Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I love Dexter on Showtime - but -

am I the only one who thinks the writing and scenarios these last few episodes have gone downhill??? For instance in the episode the other night when Dr. Vogel got the knife and Dexter ran in to hug her. Did he not think that her son who was there just a second ago could be ready to get him too? And when Hannah took Harrison to the emergency room, did she not think to throw on a ball-cap, wear a pair of glasses - you know anything to hide her identity??? And of course, it's ok for her to sit outside on the patio for anyone to see her.

I had to get this off my chest. We will go back to our regular programming about junk and stuff and yardsales shortly.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Oprah, Denise Richards and me

What do we have in common? We were all interviewed for articles in the below pictured magazines. Why neither one of them has contacted me to do lunch, I do not understand. Maybe I should take matters in my own hands and have my people call their people. I'm still catching up on things I should have mentioned long ago. The articles were in Essence magazine 2013 (article starting on page 83) and First For Women Sept 2, 2013 (article on page 93). These issues are no longer on the magazine racks, but maybe you may spot them in the doctor's office waiting room. Or for sale at a garage sale for a quarter (I always see people trying to sell magazines at a yardsale. Tip: If I see old magazines for sale at a yardsale, I always look for old issues of Domino magazine to sell on eBay.)



Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Summer Trip to Wisconsin and Minnesota (vacation??)


Back in June, my entourage and I took a trip to Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota. Some people would call that a vacation, but when you are doing a roadtrip to visit relatives, it's more like a trip. A vacation is when you fly or cruise somewhere warm and have beverages with little umbrellas in them.

Well we did a bunch of stuff and I took a bunch of pics. I will try to get some sort of order.

My mother-in-law took me to a place called the Yellow Barn.  It was a barn full of stuff for sale.  What was unusual about the place was that it was a combination thrift store/golf driving range/ and bar for old men.





Outside of the Yellow Barn



Old men enjoying themselves at the bar.

Somewhere in some small town in Wisconsin

At a park across the street from our hotel.  Did not use El Stinko's facilities but I don't think they will ever be sued for false advertising. 
While in Minneapolis - I saw this and yelled PRINCE!!!! ooooh oooooooh!
Jacob sporting a .25 Twins (TC is for Twin Cities) hat - purchased the day before at a thrift store. There were some pretty good thrift stores in Wisconsin and I found some good buys including a vintage blue portable typewriter that is destined for ebay.    That is one advantage over flying, you can haul back as much junk as your car can hold. 
My mother in law's friend's antique store.  When visiting the metropolis known as Siren, Wisconsin, I highly recommend that you visit The Grey Parrot Antique Store and if you see the owner - a lovely lady named Peeta, tell her the yardsalequeen says hi. 


The Grey Parrot - a small cute shop with a ton of stuff crammed in. 


Including a grey parrot, of course.



We stayed at two different hotels while in Wisconsin - The Lodge at Crooked Lake was one of them.

The had a huge pool, but the temp was sorta chilly.  I asked one of the front desk clerks if they ever raised the temperature up a notch or so. Her response was, and I quote "We don't like to dick around much with the temperature". 


Lots of dead animals as decor.

This is as close to camping as I will get. 
One day we went to a cheese festival at Burnett Dairy .  My kinda place!  At the festival, they had lots of free samples, bands, contests, and lots of cheese etc.  They even had samples of the cheese that they make that is $49.99 a pound.  I guess I am not much of a cheese connoisseur because I would take some fried cheese curds over $49.99 cheese anyday.  
Best part of the dairy festival was ....drum roll ... they had a yard sale!  Well sorta like a yardsale at least.  The dairy place also owns a hardware store and they all sorts of stuff for sale at 75% off.  Yes, even at a hardware yard sale, I can find stuff that I needed to buy and come home with me.
And in Wisconsin, I hit a few yardsales. 
From the looks at that warped table, I'm guessing it wasn't their first yardsale. 
Stuff in the barn was for sale too.
And even did a little bit of retail shopping. The small town had a Ben Franklin.  The owner explained it had gone out of business years ago but someone new purchased the trademark name and opened some stores back up.




Unfortunately I missed the Thrift Store Party that was being advertised in the newspaper. 
Nearby small town of Minong Wisconsin is home to the Jack Links jerky company.  We found the store that sells all the factory seconds and overruns.  Nothing but second best for my husband!
Carts o' jerky. 
Also went to a Muskie (fish) festival.  Apparently it's a fish you don't eat.  So it wasn't like they were selling Muskie fish fries or anything.  It was in the town of Hayward, Wisconsin.  That was a cool little town. 
Time to make the candy in Hayward.
Thrift and antiqes store in Hinckley, Minnesota.  I think I bought a small Christmas troll there for my collection.

Brat Sale
I hope you enjoy this picture.  We probably got undiagnosed Lyme disease traipsing thru the weeds for this photo shoot.
Day trip to Duluth Minnesota.  Lift Bridge is in the background. 
Pool at the second hotel we stayed at St. Croix Casino.   Because a family trip isn't complete unless we stay at least a  few nights at a casino. 
Chillin in the Leinie Lounger. 
St. Croix Casino in Danbury, Wisconsin.  Not St. Croix in St. Croix.  boo hoo.
On the way home.  My Chicagoland contesting friend Susan hooked us up on the VIP floor at the hotel near her house thru a contest she had won.  











here's a little video I took while standing underneath the Lift Bridge in Duluth while it was lowering.




 By January, I hope to post about our trip we took in August.