Saturday, July 21, 2012

Got yogurt?

Well holy moley, I sure do. I saw that my grocery store had clearanced certain varieties of yogurt. At only $1 each! Yes, $1 for a 12 pack of Dannon Activia - which of course I had a $1 off coupons for. $1 for Stonyfield. (Secret coupon tip - stay alert to find coupons in odd places. I scored a bunch of Activia coupons because they had a display in my doctor's office! I also got a bunch of coupons for Jack Links jerky when I took Jacob to Great Clips for a haircut - they had jerky coupons just sitting there on the counter. Great Clips and Jack Links are doing some sort of cross promotion. The jerky coupons came in handy when Walgreens had a BOGO deal on them recently. Anyhow, I digress)

Without further ado, here is my wall of yogurt with awesome receipt.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Shutterfly Long Live Summer Contest

I recently found out about a facebook photo contest thru Shutterfly. Thru August 12 they are having a multi-week summer themed photo sweepstakes with instant win prizes.

It's call the Long Live Summer – Facebook Photo Contest (US residents only) from 7/9 – 8/12/2012.

Just go here click here to get all the details on Facebook and to enter.

Instant win prizes just for submitting a photo!
Weekly prizes (contestants can enter one time/week)
Weekly featured photos: up to 5 weekly entries will be selected from the gallery and featured on the Facebook fan page.

Grand prize: trip for 4 to Bahamas, 4 nights, family photo shoot

If I win, I will take my husband, my son and my boyfriend Drew Lachey. If my husband has a problem with that, he can just stay home and sulk. Personally I think Shutterfly should just save some time and declare me the winner cuz of my awesome photography skills that routinely grace this blog. Have I ever mentioned that I am a published photographer and my work has appeared in a national calendar that people actually bought? Well that my friends, is another story for another time. (I did not take the photo below, but if I had I would have told that boy to quit making a silly "too much cheese" face)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Oh hell no. A definite yard sale don't.

A yardsale don't. I hope I don't need to explain why.

And a follow-up to my post from the other day about pencils become obsolete supposedly. I was at yardsale today when an older male customer asked a seller what something was (it was an electric pencil sharpener). The customer responded - "people still use pencils??"

Friday, July 13, 2012

The world needs more Garage Sale Song Music Videos

Here is garage sale song video for your viewing and listening pleasure.

and again, here is my favorite thrift store video (if you missed it back in Feb. 2009 when I shared it with you)

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Pencils are obsolete

"Pencils are obsolete" - that is what one yardsale seller told me yesterday as he sold me an electric pencil sharpener for a quarter. Personally I believe pencils will be around for at least 2 or 3 more years, so I bought it.

I did do some decluttering the other day. I recycled Jacob's baby wipe containers that I've had stored away for the last decade. And my husband thinks I never get rid of anything. Yeah right.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Vacation pic - what do you see?

I will try to get my pics organized from our recent trip to Los Angeles and Las Vegas. I took over 400 pics and I don't think you want do see them all. So maybe I'll just show 350+. Until then, here's one of the pics I took. What do you see? If you answered the Mandalay Bay hotel, you would be correct. If you thought of something else - shame shame on you!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Finally - here is Bret Michaels

Finally - here are the Bret Michaels pics I promised. (You may remember that I saw him back in May, but in case you haven't noticed, I am an expert in procrastinating.) Maybe in a few months, I'll show you the pic of my gorgeous red Kitchenaid blender that I bought for $40 at a yardsale a few weeks ago. (I will probably resell it since my vintage avocado green Kitchenaid blender ($8) works just fine).  This is probably the first time in history that Bret Michaels and Kitchenaid blenders have been discussed in the same paragraph.

This is not Bret Michaels, but I loved the pic.

Me (circled)

and a few videos:

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Dos and Don'ts for Throwing a Successful Garage Sale or Yard Sale

The subject of whether to price things or not price things at a yardsale was recently a popular topic on my message board so I thought I would just publicly state my sage advice on pricing and some other Do's and Don'ts.


Price things. People want to know what things cost without having to ask. Buyers like seeing prices. As a seller, it's a waste of time to have people constantly asking you prices on every little thing. And then there are the people who can't be bothered in asking prices, so they won't and they will leave empty handed. You can put group prices on things that you have a lot of. A sign that says "cd's $1, hardcover books $1, paperbacks .50" and so on.

Visit for tons of info on things you should do and don't do when you throw a garage sale.


Don't price your suede leather coat by writing on it with a permanent marker like this:

Don't leave your old yardsale signs up littering up the 'hood after the sale. Take your signs down, otherwise the yard sale gods will send you some bad karma.

Don't say your sale is "huge and multi-family" when it's just you and your mom sitting out in your yard in front of a card table of dollar store items.

Don't just start leisurely pulling boxes of stuff up from your basement at 8:05am, when your sale should have been all organized and ready to go at 8am.