Tuesday, July 5, 2011

All-American Cupcake

The kids and I made cupcakes yesterday!

001

Then I made edible cupcake toppers. I was inspired by this tutorial.

008

I made the American Flag and the word “USA”. Before the letters dried, I added colored sugar to give it that sparkle. Don’t laugh at the frosting of the cake. I still haven’t gotten that down, but I did do this with it.

004

I also made heart Flags.

012

Boy! Were they YUMMY!

Being in Central Texas, my town was the only town between Austin and San Antonio that had a firework show! It was lots of fun! I hope you had a safe and wonderful holiday yesterday!!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Can We Start Dating Now?

Hi All! It’s been quite awhile and I’m so glad to see you haven’t left yet! Just wanted to stop by real quick and let you know that I’m alive and well!!! Vacation sans our kiddos was AWESOME!!!! And I have something to tell you!!!

IMG_0106az

After 8 1/2 years of being together, Jeff and I FINALLY got hitched!!! It was a last minute thing! LOL!!! After it was all over, here’s a funny conversation we had:

Me: It seems that we’re doing things backwards, doesn’t it?
Jeff: What do you mean?
Me: Well, first we have kids, then we buy a house, and now we get married.
Jeff: True. So, I guess this means we can start dating.

He cracks me up! Anyway, we had a great time in California and Vegas. When we got home to Texas, I had to leave the next day to go to Kansas to pick my kids up. Then I went to Nebraska for a couple of days to see family. After we got back, the following weekend was Father’s Day where we went south to Corpus Christi. So, needless to say, I’ve been BUSY!!! I wish I was done traveling for the summer though! We get to go back to Nebraska for a wedding next month.

However, with summer being here, I have to work double as hard to keep both kids entertained, so I’ll probably only be popping in here and there throughout the summer. But, when school starts, I’m hoping to get London into Headstart. If that’s possible, then during the school year, I can focus on a lot, including my blog! Can I get a Woo Woo!!!!

Well, I hope your summer is starting out as great as mine has and I’ll talk to you soon!!!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Nifty Thrifty: Greatest Antique Deal of the Century!!!

Jeff and I went to a garage sale today and got the greatest deal on this:

Antique Wardrobe Trunk 001
Antique Wardrobe Steamer Trunk

Before I tell you the best part, let me say that I watched an episode of American Pickers where they bought one and valued theirs at $800-$900. Of course theirs was in much better condition. Nonetheless, I never thought in a million years I’d find one at a garage sale.

Antique Wardrobe Trunk 002

I love, Love, LOVE this trunk! Do you see how that top part folds down to reveal two small drawers and a little compartment? Smitten right here. All. The. Way!!! In fact, I love it so much that Jeff actually went and rented a van from Enterprise so that we could tote it home. Yeah, our trunk is way to small and there was no way we could take it apart. But, it made me love Jeff even more! HA!

I’m not an appraiser by any means, but if I were to sell this, I bet I could get anywhere from $200-$400 in the condition it’s in right now. Not that I want to, because, you know. It’s just that cool!

Eager to know how much we paid for this?

TWENTY DOLLARS!!!


She was asking $25, but all we had was a $20 so she took that with no hesitation. At first I thought she said $45 (which I would’ve gladly pay for that if I had it). Didn’t I tell you it was the deal of the century? Okay, I’m off to clean her up a bit and find a place to put her! *Sigh* I’m walking on sunshine today!!! Hope you had a great weekend like I did!

P.S. The troop and I will be going on a much needed two week vacation in a couple of weeks. If I don’t post anything until then, I’ll be back in June!

I'm posting this @ Apron Thrift Girl

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Kids Korner: Garden Aprons

Today we decided to plant the flower seeds we bought last week. Although Taevyn wanted to plant vegetables (which I would’ve liked to, maybe he would eat them if he planted them), I told him it was a little to late and we’d have to do it next year.

Planting Flowers 011

Well, I decided to make garden aprons for them.
Planting Flowers 007
Planting Flowers 006

For Taevyn’s, I followed The DIY Dish’s video tutorial using a placemat and some ribbon. (I’m so buying the DVD!) So easy a caveman can do it!

Since London thinks she has to have and do everything that Taevyn has or does, I made her one too. However, a placemat is way to big for a 2 1/2 year old, so I used a washcloth and some fabric, using the same tutorial as inspiration to make it. Would you like to know how I did it?

Materials:
Washcloth
Coordinating or Contrasting Fabric
Ribbon (1 - 1 1/2” wide, I used the 1 1/2”)
Sewing Machine
Coordinating/Contrasting Thread
Chopstick or Pencil
Fray Check, Lighter, Glue

Directions:
1.) Cut the hem off of the entire washcloth. Measure and cut the fabric to the same size as the washcloth.

2.) With right sides together, sew using a 1/4” seam allowance. (Since the washcloth is already pre-cut, you want to use a smaller seam allowance or you’ll have a tiny apron). Be sure to pivot the corners and leave a gap for turning.

3.) Cut the corners of each side, being sure to NOT cut the seams. Turn inside out and using the chopstick or pencil, push out the corners for a nice finish. Sew the gap closed.

4.) Measure the ribbon around the recipient and cut the appropriate length to use for the “belt” of the apron. I always cut a piece a little longer. If it’s to long, I can cut it to a shorter length when I’m done. Remember, you can’t add to the ribbon once it’s cut.

5.) Place and pin the ribbon about an 1/8”-1/4” down on the washcloth side. For the fabric that only goes one way, be sure you have your fabric upside down and backwards. You’ll understand why on the next step. If you have fabric that can go any which way, you won’t have to worry about it.

Sew the ribbon in place using a zig-zag stitch across the top and bottom.

6.) Take the bottom of the washcloth and fold up, right under the ribbon. This is why you want to be sure the fabric is upside down. If it were right side-up, it would’ve been upside down when you folded it up. If you look at London’s apron, the butterflies and bird would’ve been on the backside of the apron and facing down. Since I wanted the butterfly and bird to be on the front, I simply made sure it was upside down when sewing the ribbon on the apron. Does that make sense?

Pin the sides together and sew using a 1/4” seam allowance and a zig-zag stitch.. (If you fold right sides together, it gets a little bulky because of the washcloth. I’m sure you can cut out the extra fabric to not make it not so bulky, but this is the way I did it. Plus, I used a contrasting color to give it a bit more “oomph!”)

7.) Try it on your little one and see if you need to cut the ribbon down. After it’s cut, treat the ends with fray check, lighter, glue, whatever your preferred method is.

8.) Optional step: To make two pockets, sew up the middle using a zig-zag stitch. Stop before you reach the ribbon.

9.) Go put this on your little one and start planting (or tending) to your garden!

Planting Flowers 011

If you have any questions, please be sure to ask! Have a great weekend!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Nifty Thrifty: Furniture Edition

As I went garage selling today, I didn’t really find anything for resell purposes, but I did get some old furniture stuff to redo. I just wish I had a truck to buy the bigger stuff. Anyway, here’s what I have found the last couple of weeks (the stuff that I’ve been meaning to show you).


P.S. I’m currently storing my pieces in the garage, so please don’t mind the messy floors!



Bedside Table Here’s a bedside table I bought for $3. I’m going to paint it, add a new drawer pull, and possibly add some fabric or paper on the top/in the back of the shelf part. This will go into London’s room.



Bird Cage Although this isn’t furniture, I still wanted to show it to you. I bought this birdcage for $4. I know it’s a little pricier than I would liked to have paid, but it is in really good condition. I already spray-painted this ivory. I just need to make a nest, add a bird or two, a ribbon on top, and it’ll be a nice statement piece for some Spring décor.



Bookcase I bought this bookcase for $1. The lady told me it had a “convertible” top! LOL! An easy fix though, some wood glue and nails…and viola! Good as new! The bottom part came off too, but again, an easy fix. I’m planning on painting this white and putting it in London’s room. Of course, if my restoration process fails me, I can always make some signs or use it for scrap wood.



Coffee Table How cool is this little coffee table? Again, $3 for it. I love the design on it. I’m thinking of making a bench out of it. It’s pretty sturdy.



Kitchen Shelf I’m not sure if this qualifies as furniture, but it’s a small shelf that hangs on the wall. It was already this cream color (although it looks white, it really isn’t) which is perfect for my kitchen. It just needs to be cleaned up a bit.



Mirror I bought this mirror for $3. It’s a decent size. I haven’t decided where it’s going to go, but I was thinking of adding some wood décor to the top and then painting it. This will either go into my room or London’s room. If it goes into London’s room, it will be in her closet, cause you know, she has a walk-in, and she’s spoiled!



Pachinko Game Jeff bought this vintage Pachinko game at a church yard sale for $15. It really does work and came with a few balls. Depending on how much it costs to restore, we may sell it. If we’d break even, we’ll keep it. If that’s the case, this baby is getting a new paint job (where the wood is) and going in the game room. I’m hoping we’ll break even!



Shelf Here’s a little shelf I bought at a flea market awhile back. I believe I paid a buck or two, but don’t quote me on that. (I hope that’s all I paid!) It’s not very tall, but after it gets its paint job, I will, either put this in my craft room, my living room, or my sitting room.



Towel Rack 001Towel Rack 002 Look at this little towel rack. I think it’s so cute. I bought this awhile ago too, but I honestly can’t remember how much I paid for it. I’m thinking $3, but I really don’t remember. I absolutely love the scrolliness! It’s just to adorable. This will either go in the downstairs bathroom or I may use it in my craft room to store fabric. Still not sure.


Well, that’s all of the “new” furniture I have…so far! I’m loving it and so glad I have some challenging projects in front of me!


I'm linking up to Apron Thrift Girl!

Monday, April 11, 2011

McSpadden Dulcimer

I know I said I was going to post some recent finds, but I still haven’t been able to take pictures. But, I have something more interesting to tell you anyway.

Do you know what a dulcimer is? Before last Sunday, I didn’t know what it was either. According to wikipedia, a dulcimer is:

“The Appalachian dulcimer (or mountain dulcimer) is a fretted string instrument of the zither family, typically with three or four strings. It is native to the Appalachian region of the United States. The body extends the length of the fingerboard, and its fretting is generally diatonic.”

When we went to a garage sale last Sunday, we bought one for $40. Apparently, Jeff had a “gut” feeling about it. For forty bucks, his gut better have been right! I listed this on eBay starting at $39.95.

Dulcimar 001

When the auction ended last night, it sold for $325!!!

Now, if only we could find more great deals like this!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Experimenting With Food

If you know me, you know how much I despise being in the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, I can cook, bake, fry, whatever, but I just don’t enjoy it. I truly believe God has a sense of humor, because he gave me this talent. So, I decided to embrace this talent for a couple of reasons: 1.) I’m getting tired of eating the same things over and over and 2.) It gives me a little challenge to find fast recipes. Seriously, I’m not a happy person if I have to spend more than 45 min on a meal. Cooking to me is like a chore. It has to be done whether I like it or not. So, I just wanted to share just a few of the things I made this week.

Chimichangas
I found a recipe for Chimichangas on the Kraft website and so I made it for dinner Monday night. They were pretty good. I’m not big of fried foods, but these sort of reminded me of the Crisp Meat Burritos served at one of my favorite restaurants in Lincoln called “Amigo’s”. Boy do I miss that place! Jeff liked these too. The kids…not so much! These will either never be made again, or made when the kids aren’t around.

Indian Tacos 001
Last night I made Indian Tacos.

Indian Tacos 002
Although they are not the same as my Grandma’s, they were really good. Again, these were fried, but the good thing is, the bread doesn’t taste fried. Plus, I ran out of my Canola oil, so I ended up using Olive Oil, which is healthier. These will be made more often than the chimichangas, but not quite often. I’m not planning on dying anytime soon, so I’m going to limit my chances of a coronary by not making these all the time! Jeff and Taevyn liked these.  Which is a shocker, since Taevyn is the pickiest kid I’ve ever known. He’s so picky, he won’t even eat the french fries in his Happy Meal. Don’t ask!  London only eats the toppings of such foods. You should see her burritos. She opens them up, eats the insides and tosses the shells. Maybe one day she’ll eat them.

PB&J Banana Sammies 001
I decided to even try a new snack for the kids. I found this recipe from the PopTart website. It’s called the “PB&J Banana Sammies”. The kids loved them! Grape poptart + peanut butter + a banana =

PB&J Banana Sammies 003
Two Thumbs Up! Me on the other hand, I’m not a fan of peanut butter. In fact, I have to hold my breath when I open the can. Yeah, I know, it’s weird. But hey, at least I’m not depriving my kids because I don’t like it.

I’ll be posting my garage sale finds this weekend. I know, I’ve been way behind on it, but I was so busy last week and London was sick this week. It’s pretty impossible to take pictures with a fussy toddler. I could’ve taken pics during her nap time, but her naps haven’t been very long. Hopefully she’ll let me today!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Nifty Thrifty: The Most Ugliest Table/Chair Set You Could Ever Imagine and a Tip

I know I didn’t post Nifty Thrifty yesterday, but that’s because I only made it to one Thrift Store last week. GASP! I know! The only things I found was a MacMillan Early Skills Program Kit (I didn’t take a picture of it though) that I’ll wait to list until summer and a Starbucks Mug.

Starbucks Square Mug

I saw a pair of these mugs sell on eBay for $14.99. I’ll either wait to find another one or I’ll list this one next week. I’m not sure what I’ll do just yet. Yep, not to good on the Thrift Store. Hopefully I’ll have better luck next week.

I went to a garage sale this morning and found a package of unfinished wooden wood pieces with finial type things for $1. Great for projects:
Wood Finials $1

Then I came upon these:
Tabel Set $10 002

Isn’t this the most ugliest set you’ve ever seen? Okay, so the table isn’t that bad, but those chairs, I mean really? But look what I paid:
Tabel Set $10 003

That’s right! Ten smackaroos for all three pieces! Good thing I’m crafty (well, somewhat anyway)! I have plans for these babies and can’t wait to get them done! Once finished, they will sit on our deck. In fact, that’s where they are now and what I have my laptop on while I’m typing this post! SWEET!

Now for a tip:
I learned this the hard way, but when you go to thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets, whatever, and you’re not one of the lucky ones to own a van, truck, trailer, whatever, don’t let the size of your car discourage you from buying small furniture. All you have to do is bring an electric drill. If you don’t have a drill, just bring a screwdriver, well, a flat-head AND a philips. And if you have one, an allen wrench (I think that’s what they’re called). I actually keep all three of these in my purse (in case I forget my drill).

You see, I had to take the table apart with my drill to fit it in the trunk. I stuffed the chairs in the front seat (pushing it all the way back). Remember the table/cart thing I bought for my kitchenette? It wouldn’t fit in my trunk, so I had to borrow an allen wrench from the Goodwill. If you find something you really want, you just have to figure out how to make it fit. Now of course I know I’ll never be able to fit a China Hutch or armoire in my car, but at least I can get the smaller furniture in.

I’ll be back on Monday to show you what we got last night (and hopefully if we find anything tomorrow)! Haave a great weekend!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Nifty Thrifty: Vintage Recipe Cards, Milk Glass Vases, Magazines & More

Good Morning! I hope everybody had a great week! We didn’t get to do any garage selling this weekend and I didn’t make it to any Thrift Stores last week either. We had to go back to Nebraska to my dad’s funeral, but I am glad we made it back safely. What a looooonnnnggg trip when you have two little ones! Thursday night, London decided to mess around and roll off the hotel bed, then she hit her head on the corner of the metal safe and ended up with a huge gash above her eye. We ended up having to go to the emergency room. I’m happy to report that instead of stitches, the doctor glued her shut! And as for a scar, it shouldn’t be noticeable when her eyebrows fully grow in. Whew! Although it’s been a tough week, I did get to see a lot of relatives I haven’t seen in twenty years or more! I just wished it were under better circumstances.

Anyway, enough about my week. Since I didn’t get to post about last weekend’s finds, I’m going to share with you today what we bought!

Betty Crocker Recipes 1

I had found this Betty Crocker Recipe Library Card Pack for $0.25 people! That’s right! A whole quarter! I was thrilled when I found this! I’ve always wanted one. However, I’m going to sell this one. I’m actually looking for a red one. What is it they say? “Great things will come for those who wait”! I’m a-waitin’!

Betty Crocker Recipes 2
This box is from the early 70’s. It has 24 Categories with over 700 recipe cards. Plus the index book! I went through every card and found out two things. 1.) There is one card missing. It could’ve been worse, there could’ve been a hundred or two gone, but only one! Sweet! And 2.) Out of all the cards in there, I’d really only make about five of the recipes! HAHAHA! But, this would go great in my kitchen, if it were red that is!

Milk Glass Vases
At the same garage sale, I found 6 milk glass vases. I love these things, but then again, to eBay they will go. Aren’t these neat? I thought so anyway!

Vintage Texan Cups
At another garage sale, I found these vintage Texan cups. I remember drinking out of similar cups growing up. I can’t wait until I’m able to open an Etsy shop. Looking at these vintage items makes me so excited! But until then, I’m using eBay. One day though, just watch!

Rolling Stones Mag
I found a huge box of Rolling Stone Magazines for $20! These date from 1972-1974. There was a total of 64 magazines in the box! Woo-hoo! We almost didn’t buy them, but I talked Jeff into it. I was crossing my fingers that I was right about this lot, otherwise, he may have banned me from going garage selling! LOL! There are a couple in there that will definitely give us a good profit. Pretty happy about this find! (And so was Jeff, needless to say!)

Star Wars Belt Buckle
Of course, one none vintage-y thing I just had to buy was this Star Wars Belt Buckle. It was $1. Jeff wants me to list it, I wanted to alter it. These don’t sell to well, let me take that back, if this was from the ‘70s it would sell fine, but there’s not much profit for the 2005 ones. Maybe I’ll get to alter it after all!

There was a plethora of other things we bought too, but these were the most exciting ones. I bought four Pyrex glass dessert bowls (I actually wanted to show you these, but I forgot to take a picture), A new Chinese brush painting book that has never been open, some Far Side Books, a Starbucks 32 oz mug, a Free Beer sign, and that’s about all I can remember at the moment. I think we did pretty good. I just know I’m going to start itching to go next week! I’m excited and can’t wait to see what it brings us!

Before I go, I have to share something else with you. We bought this jersey for $0.50:

Nashville Destroyers Jersey - 50c
I listed it on eBay last night at 9:30. When I checked eBay half an hour later, it had sold for $44.95! I love when I score!

I hope you have a great day today! Next time I’ll show you the scarf I made! I love it!

This post is being linked to Apron Thrift Girl

Monday, March 14, 2011

Proud to Call Him My Dad

I was planning on posting my Garage Sale finds today when I got a call this morning from my cousin Teri, from Lincoln. She told me my father passed away this morning. Although, our relationship in the past was pretty much non-existent, it was only in the last few months that we had contacted each other.

It seems as though the time wasn’t long enough for us to get to know each other, but I’m thankful he got to meet his only two grandchildren. I’m thankful that all the anger and pain I had felt towards him had diminished to nothingness after we saw each other. I’m thankful he wanted to be a part of my and my family’s lives. I only wish we could’ve seen each other one last time so that I could tell him those three precious words that should only be said with true meaning, “I LOVE YOU!”

Ivan
Rest in peace Ivan, for I am proud to call you my Dad!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Nifty Thrifty: Thrift Stores

J. Burnett Painting

I didn’t get this posted yesterday because London was sick. Now that she’s all better, I’m finally able to get this up!

This week at the thrift stores hasn’t been to good. I went on Jeff’s day off and we went to three different places. All we found was the above painting. I haven’t been able to do much research on it yet. All we know is, it’s signed by a J. Burnett. Of course “J” could be anybody…John…Jim…Jacob. The list of names could go on. The painting itself is on canvas. I don’t know what kind of paint was used (I’m so not an artist!) but it kind of looks like acrylic. The details are amazing and the colors used to create the details are very intricate. It’s a great piece!

I’ll eventually put this on eBay, but for now, it will hang on our bedroom wall. I hope you’ve had better luck at the thrift stores lately.

I can’t wait to show you what I picked up at a garage sale today! Hopefully I’ll have some good luck tomorrow too. See you on Monday and have a wonderful and safe weekend!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Did I Win the Bet?

Franklin President Set 004

I know I told you that I love thrifting with Jeff! He really does have an eye for some valuable things, so he knows what to look for. He does spend a lot of time watching Pawn Stars, American Pickers (which I got him started on, thankyouverymuch!), and Storage Wars. Those shows do come in handy!

Franklin President Set 001

When we went to a garage sale a couple of weeks ago, one was on our list, but it really didn’t look to promising. Since Jeff can only go on Sundays, we’re very limited to what’s out there. There are a very few that are Sunday Only’s and then there are some that are Saturday & Sundays. This one was the latter, so most of the stuff was already gone. Jeff wanted to stop anyway, so he took Taevyn with him, while I stayed in the car with London.

Franklin President Set 003

Lo and behold, Jeff finds in a box a Franklin Mint Presidential Commemorative Coin set. This had to be from the 60’s because the last President was LBJ. Some of the coins were a little tarnished, but overall, they were in pretty neat condition. The front cover had come off, but it did come with the original case. Jeff bought this for $5. Apparently this was in a box of a relative of the garage sale owner.

Franklin President Set 002

When we got home, Jeff looked on eBay to see if they had any value. Sure enough, they were going for anywhere from $175-$200. But, it wasn’t because it was Franklin Mint. It was because they were silver! He ended up taking them to a coin shop and sold them for $200. I don’t know about you, but turning $5 into $200 is my idea of turning a profit!

Austrian-Hungarian Medals - 20

Then there were these. When he bought them, they were actually in a frame. We knew they were old because the tape in the back was dirty, falling apart, and just plain cruddy. He took them out and took them to the coin shop. Guess what? I WON THE BET!!!! To me, they just didn’t feel like silver, not that I know what silver feels like, but comparing them to the presidential coins, it just felt…well, different!

Now I get to watch him put a dress on and dance down the street!!!That will teach him to mess with me! LOL! Just kidding! I would never make him do that, but I don’t have to worry about supper for the rest of the week! I’d take that favor any day!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Nifty Thrifty: Garage & Estate Sale Finds

Hi and welcome to the new Nifty Thrifty! I decided that my Nifty Thrifty’s will be on Mondays and Fridays. Mondays I will showcase my finds from garage and estate sales I’ve been to during the weekend. Nifty Thrifty Fridays will feature my finds from Thrift Stores I’ve been to throughout the week.

Before I show you my finds, I have to tell you how much fun it is to go garage selling with Jeff. I guess it never occurred to me that he liked to go to yard sales until we went a few weeks ago. He also has a pretty good eye for finding valuable things. Huh. Who knew? I’m just glad I have a great partner to go thrifting with. I just never knew we lived under the same house!

Let’s get started with this last weekend. It’s funny that I start this now since I didn’t go on Saturday. It was windy and a little cold in the morning and I didn’t want to drag Taevyn out since he’s been battling a cough. Yesterday, however, we went to our first estate sale that was actually inside a house. A few weeks ago, we went to one that had everything outside. Everything was a little to pricey for my blood. Like the Raggedy Anne Doll they wanted $25 for. It would’ve been fine except for the fact it was made in China. Okay, so on to the finds for this week.

Armitron Watch - 2.50
The first place we went to was the Estate sale. I found this watch made by Armitron which I paid $2.50. What drew me to it was the face. It says “United States of America” on the top, underneath that looks like a bar code, then the words “In God We Trust”. Then it has the symbol you’d find in the back of a $20 bill. On the bottom it says “Twenty”. I just thought this was a neat watch. I checked on eBay to how well this watch would sell. Armitron seems to sell okay, but I didn’t see a watch like this one. I guess we’ll find out when I list it.

Austrian-Hungarian Medals - 20
Jeff found these medals and paid $20. All we know is that they are Austrian-Hungarian medals. Some of them have a silhouette of D. Kaiser. I’m still researching these. Jeff seems to think they are silver, I think they are made of some aluminum alloy. I guess we’ll find out who wins the bet tomorrow when he takes them to a coin shop. (I think he’s wishing he didn’t buy them now! HA!)

Desktop Train Set - 5
Jeff found this desktop locomotive train set. He paid $5. Personally, I would’ve saved my five bucks for something a little more interesting. While we were there, he was trying to find out where it was made. I wasn’t around at the time to help him look. When I got to the car, I asked him if he knew this was from Kohl’s. He said “Crap!” Yeah, it was made in China. Not that that’s a bad thing. He just thought it was made in the USA. For some reason, he thought maybe it was older, that’s all. If it doesn’t sell on eBay, we’ll just give it to Taevyn.

Vintage V-day Cards - 50c ea
I also found these vintage Valentine Cards. I have been looking for these for ages. Jeff has this crazy idea in his head that I should sell EVERYTHING we buy! Um…nooooo! Actually, I am going to sell these. Except for the torn one. I didn’t realize it was torn until I got home. I was so full of excitement when I found these, I didn’t inspect them well enough. I paid $0.50 for each of these.

Vintage V-day Card - 50c
Then there’s this one. I also paid $0.50 for this. It’s special because when I searched on eBay, this particular one sold last week for $24.49! I probably won’t get as much for it, but I will definitely list it!

Avon Charisma Cologne - 3 ea
I found these in a bathroom. They are Avon’s Charisma Cologne. I thought these were so adorable. I couldn’t pass them up for $3/each. I may keep one for my Master Bath, then sell the other one on eBay. I haven’t found this particular one anywhere on eBay, Etsy, or online in general. I just love the picture of the girl. Plus, look at the ornate detail to emulate a frame. Awesome!

Sewing Notions - 2
I also bought this bag full of sewing notions for $2. It has a bunch of neat things. See those big round metal things? Those are those “Cover Your Own Buttons”. Those will go great for some projects I have in mind. There is also some binding, needles, buttons and other things. Great deal for two bucks.

I also bought three canvas bags ($1/each), an 11x14 canvas (unopened, $1), and a crate of all three years to the Star Trek Magazine. Yes, I’m somewhat of a little Trekky. Don’t laugh…too hard! Jeff wants me to sell them. They really don’t sell. He wants me to at least sell the three issues that do sell separately. I don’t know what I’ll do with them yet.

Onto the garage sales:

Nashville Destroyers Jersey - 50c
ECKO Unltd Sweater - Free
The first garage sale we hit didn’t have much. However, we did find these. The first picture is a Darcy Hordichuk’s Nashville Predators Jersey. It sells around $45 on eBay. Pretty good for $0.50 I think. The second one is an ECKO Unltd Jacket. ECKO sells okay. But whatever we make off of it will be pure profit. Yeah, the lady gave it to us for free since we have to wash it ourselves. It was her offer, not ours. In fact, we told her we’d give her $0.50 for it, but she wouldn’t take it. I’m thinking she just wanted to get rid of it. There’s nothing really wrong with it, except for the fact it needs to be cleaned.

Charlie Cello - 5 set
Charlie Clarinet - 5 set
Paymaster X-550 - 3
Guillotine - 1
The next garage sale we went to, Jeff found this cool art set. The lady who sold it said a friend gave them to her and she doesn’t know where he got it. All she knows was her friend didn’t paint it. The only other thing we know is it has a name on it that says Charlie. We paid $5 for both. Wouldn’t they look neat in a New Orleans's-style jazz bar? She also sold me the Paymaster X-550 for $3. They don’t sell really well on eBay it looks like. I may save it for when I open my Etsy store this summer. Then I bought this guillotine for $1. I’ve been looking for one for a few years. It will be so much easier to cut multiple paper instead of using my paper cutter. (Which I still love and will continue to use.)

Buttons - 3
At the last garage sale, I found this huge bin of buttons. I paid $3 for the box. What a score. They also had a box of thread for $2, but somebody already bought it, darn it! I’m thinking this whole box weighs about 4 lbs. I might pick a few buttons out and sell the rest as a lot. A lot of buttons seem to go anywhere from under$5 to $35. Maybe I’ll sell smaller lots for around $5. I’m not sure yet.

Well, that was my Sunday. I had to make up for Saturday though. Overall, I think it was a great weekend. Thanks for looking!

Linking to Thrift Share Monday