Tuesday, August 21, 2012

$2 Le Creuset Cookware - oh yes please!

Last week I happened to be in the right place at the right time. I went to a thrift I usually don't get to very often (because of the distance). But last week, Jacob had a dentist appointment and the thrift is nearby.

Even I amazed myself - haha. The first thing I spotted was a big red glass vase for $3. I turned it over and saw a Target price tag of $34.99 on it.

Then I spotted the Large Canvas Floor Tote Storage bag. Then looked and saw the tag said "Pottery Barn Kids".  Pottery Barn Kids stuff is pricy, if I spot it cheap at a thrift store, I will buy it.  The tote is embroidered with a "B". Maybe I'll take a Sharpie and write JACO in front of the B. Or do nothing and just use it as is. It's in very nice condition and sells for $55 on the Pottery Barn Kids website. If I was to spent $55 on a tote bag - someone please get my head examined - because something must have snapped in my brain. I paid $2 for it.  Don't get me wrong, I think it's great that there are people in this world who will pay $55 for a Large Canvas Tote Bag, gently use it and then donate it to a thrift store.  But it's not something I would do.

Last but not least I spotted the Le Creuset cookware on the floor next to where a customer was standing. I bent down to pick up one of the lids, and was expecting the woman to say "those are mine". But she didn't. Since most things are not priced at the store,  I had to ask the cashier the price.  She looked at them and said $2 each with lid ($4 total). One has a cracked plastic handle which can be replaced. And the other has a small defect on the enameled handle. I'm thinking these were purchased at a "seconds" store, but never used - since they are spotless.  The black thing on the larger cookware is some sort of plastic spacer thing so it doesn't get damaged while it was in the box (or something like that).

Not bad for a short trip to the thrift store.  I was in and out of there in less than 10 minutes. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Pawn Stars - I know one of the customers

Well it's happened - I personally know someone who will be appearing (tonight) on a new episode of Pawn Stars.

Here's a pic I took earlier in the summer when I was hanging out with some of the cast of Storage Wars. You know, just another typical day in the life of the yardsalequeen. My friend Phil is the guy on the left, he's the one who will be on Pawn Stars. He writes a column for Storage Treasures And of course, if you watch Pawn Stars, you'll recognize auctioneers Dan and Laura Dotson. Laura and I share a love of large handbags.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

A Lesson in Yard Sale Pricing 101

Don't do this.

This photo is a blast from the past. I just saw it again recently in my files and wanted to share in case you missed it the first time around. I took this photo while hitting the garage sales in my old hometown in upstate NY a few years ago.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

First for Women magazine - yard sale success

Hey, if you find yourself standing in a long line of the grocery store, browse thru the current issue of First for Women for another piece of yardsale literature on page 90. They used me as one of the experts for the article, and they gave me credit for things I know I didn't say. And there's stuff in the article (from other expert) that I don't agree with. Selling used men's blue jeasn??? NOT a good seller.

We have a lot of catching up to do, don't we? I know you are patiently waiting for our California / Las Vegas vacation pics that we took in June. And after that I can show my pics of our recent trip to Delaware and Williamsburg, VA.

School starts two weeks from today! Hooray!!!!

And a bit of sad news to report. Get your kleenex handy. Walgreen's will be going to a loyalty shopper card sometime in September. No more Register Rewards.

Sorry, I gotta run, I am getting all ferklempt.

ps. That is not me on the cover of First for Women. I can see how it can easily be mistaken, but I am a brunette.