Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Day 3 of no electricity

So Hurricane Irene cancelled all the yardales this past Saturday morning because it was raining so hard and then in the evening we lost electricity and haven't had it back since. (I am currently at a secret undisclosed location where I can use a computer).

Hopefully we will get power back today, fingers crossed. And hopefully schools will be open SOON!!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Our $149 HP Touchpad Deal

So last Saturday as we are driving to Pennyslvania, my DH says something like - starting today there is a deal on HP TouchPads - the price has been slashed from $449 to $149 - we should try to get one. I had never heard of this deal before but if it includes stopping at a store to do some shopping, I'm in. First we stopped at Walmart - they had none. Then we stopped at Staples where they were $449 and they didn't have any on the shelves. BUT a very helpful employee offered to order us one, have it delivered to our local store and they would honor the Walmart $149 price (for a 32g).

So we ordered one and yesterday it arrived and we picked it up.

And I picked up my 300 free personalized mailing labels (from an email coupon I got) while I was there.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Note to self: earthquake proof the royal throne area

I've had a busy past few days - took a mini vacation with the family (more on that at a later date) so I missed yardsaling on Saturday. We got home on Monday night.

Yesterday I was home alone (the guys had gone golfing) and I was making up for lost computer time when I heard the house creaking and cracking. My first earthquake! It seemed like it was just out of the movies - you know when they show an earthquake scene with glassware rattling. Then it stopped and I did what seemed logical - posted it to my personal Facebook page at 1:52pm "I think I just felt an earthquake!". The earthquake hit at 1:51pm. Then resumed surfing.

I didn't check my upstairs royal throne area until later in the day and found this. My Longaberger basket full of stuff that was on the back of the throne fell spilling the contents. So now I better earthquake proof my house since I need to keep all of my half full bottles of lotions and medicines I don't use. If you come to my house and need a bandaid or are bleeding profusely and need a box of bandaids, I'm your person.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Now who wouldn't want soiled clothing???

Although it sounded very tempting (haha), I did not buy any soiled clothing last weekend.

Instead here are some other buys of mine:

$2 NWT Kohl's bathingsuit for Jacob
$5 lot: wicker basket, gameboy (for resale at Play N Trade), embroidered bib, scrabble game (I'm collecting a bunch of tiles - to sell on ebay to crafters), heavy duty plastic birdbath (not in picture)
.50 blue thing is a Tupperware container for small odds & ends
.50 vintage Tupperware ketchup & mustard containers
.50 German Shepherd socks (ebay)
$3 new Longaberger candle
$1 - green mesh ball thing is a birdfeeder
$2 - lot of California Raisins
.50 - vintage cartoon glasses
.50 pedometer

Friday, August 12, 2011

Here Kitty Kitty

During summertime, when schools are out, I usually curtail my thrift store shopping. I don't totally eliminate it, but I do cut down. I am glad I stopped into my favorite thrift the other day and bought a few items, including this Good Luck Kitty tin for .50 (it originally held some sort of candy and was made in England by George Horner & Company.) I also bought myself a new bottle of Gwen Stefani LAMB shower gel for $1.

I love shopping at my local thrift store - you never know what you will find - anything from vintage stuff to current stuff and at cheap prices. I am not a big fan of chain thrift stores (like Goodwill or Salvation Army), I prefer the small independently run thrift stores. Don't get me wrong, if I am near a Goodwill or Sal's, I will stop in, but it's not my favorite.

The countdown for back-to-school has begun!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The scary clowns are back

If you weren't scared by the scary clowns I bought at a yard sale the other week, here they are again. But one somehow got decapitated; I think the one on the left is guilty.

Yardsales this past weekend were so-so. I now have horns. It's not something you typically find at a Maryland yard sale. It was $5. Will resell on Craigslist or something.

Another buy was this handmade unused bird-feeder for $1. I am kicking myself because the seller had two (but I liked this one better). For a buck I should have also bought the second one.

I hate typos. Now I don't want to hear about any of MY typos, my forte is finding typos in other people's writings. You can't imagine how much gas I wasted trying to find Cestnut Drive! ;)

Speaking of typos, I saw this on Good Morning America and cringed. The girl who wrote "Good Morning Amarica" on her sign should have been banished to the back of the crowd.

Better late than never, here's a pic of some of my buys when I visited New York in June. Some old meter thing $5, new Dansk silverware $2 and a $10 Canon Canonet camera. I had an identical camera in high school and loved it and this camera still has a good value on the resale market (+$100)

Friday, August 05, 2011

My reincarnated Whiskey Dog is famous again

I saw my reincarnated Whiskey dog yesterday - he's appearing in a full length movie - Spy Kids 2. Here's a picture from the commerical. I'll watch it when it's on tv and fast forward to get to his scenes.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Reason #749 - Why Yard Sales are so Awesome

Reason #749 - Why Yardsales are so Awesome

You can buy stuff you never knew you wanted, needed or existed. Like this Virgin Mary Toast maker for .25 (at that price, the bread was not included).

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Yard Sale Buys, Critters and Martina McBride

Here's some of the stuff I bought last Saturday. Prices ranged from free to the most expensive thing - $5 for the old typewriter and the ream of paper. I thought it was odd that the seller said "oh the paper goes with the typewriter", as if I'm actually going to use the typewriter and will be needing the pink paper to type on. Well duh - of course I won't be using the typewriter, it doesn't have a ribbon. If the typewriter model isn't anything special, I will remove the letters & numbers and sell just the keys to some crafty person. The Fireking Jadeite dishes were $5. Next expensive item was the double sided Hooters flag for $3. Pyrex was .50 each (with lids!)

Majority of the things were .25 or .50. For .25 each, I had to buy the scary beaded clowns. And I got some more vintage spice tins to add to my collection.

And as I said in my previous post, I had some critters in my yard recently. Including this weird looking stray feral cat who ate sunflower seeds that had spilled on the ground. I've named the stripey stray cat Rocky (since it's one of my all time fav movies.)

My other little friend is my pet dragonfly who visits from time to time. He doesn't like to be petted much.

Last Saturday night I did my volunteer bartending gig for a Martina McBride show. She is awesome. Somehow I got assigned to the super busy bar but I managed to take a few breaks here and there. There was no photo line, but they did allow people to get up close to the stage near the end of the show. Here's some pics and videos:

Song list:

Opening act was Courtlyn Carr. I was busy bartending so I didn't see any of her show. But afterward she stayed around and signed autographs and took photos. Good thing I changed my clothes at the last minute before leaving the house because I almost wore the exact same outfit! How embarrassing would that have been.