inJune 22, 2009 - 10:27pm
I just wanted to share with everyone a story about my very first garage sale experience a few years ago when I lived in Miami, Florida. Almost every weekend, my husband would get up at the crack of dawn and go to garage sales. He went on every Saturday without fail, and without me. Sometimes he went on Sundays too. He always asked me to go, but I never really wanted to, so I either stayed home, or went shopping. Finally, on one weekend I decided to get up early and go with him. Mind you, up to that moment, I have never in my life gone to a garage sale.
inJune 22, 2009 - 7:43pm
Many people consider the rose to be the high maintenance girl of the flower world. Elegant and stylish, with velvety petals and perfect form, the rose demands constant attention – one must spray, dust, prune and pamper. While this may be true of some modern hybrid tea roses, there are dozens of old fashioned girls in the rose family that will grace your garden with minimal care!
inJune 16, 2009 - 1:50pm
Last spring when the cherries on my backyard tree were just about ready to pick, I drove the twelve miles east to a small town “everything” antiques and collectibles shop to find a stack of bowls. As it was nearing the end of the month, and I was down to those last few dollars before payday, I vowed to only spend what I needed for the perfect bowls full of cherries to delight my friends and family.
inJune 16, 2009 - 1:34pm
Want your kids to learn something this summer? And maybe even enjoy doing it? Take them to the flea market, or garage sales, etc. Economics and the value of the dollar may be the obvious lesson to be learned, but with a little interest and effort on your part, there is much more to be learned.
inJune 11, 2009 - 4:27pm
I've been going to estate sales in the area for about 8 years now. After a while, you get to know the estate brokers pretty well. Some will give you a deal up front, others will give you a deal at checkout, and some won't deal at all. One broker, a woman in her late 60s is particularly fun to deal with. She usually has some great things to choose from and it's kind of a game to see what kind of deal she will give.
inJune 8, 2009 - 7:25pm
Here in the Northeast - along with the lilacs, daffodils, and green grass springing to life once again - Garage Sales, Tag Sales, and Mile Long Sales are alive and well. Trying to get my groceries back home is a real effort for me because my car automatically turns - then stops, and I like to think stalls right in front of every sale in the area. Armed with what knowledge I have, plus the thought given me from the Antique Road Show that a treasure worth thousands is right in the palm of my hand, I go on the hunt.
inJune 4, 2009 - 3:47pm
This week I remember a dear friend. We all have friends that have helped us with our RubyLane shops, or who will go shopping with us to find the items we sell. My friend, Carey, was more of the excentric type. She purchased items that were silly, fun or just strange. I think about her daily and laugh everytime I see a "silly" item. She would come to the auctions and search out that one interesting item that would look great in her house, or that ugly lamp that would look great in a corner. She would 'recycle' things and give them as
inJune 3, 2009 - 2:50pm
When I was a little girl of about 10 or so, there was a "junk" store a few blocks away from where I lived. In the summertime I earned money cutting my parent's grass, collecting glass bottles for return, and babysitting my sister's baby while she would go to buy groceries. I loved the junk store and would spend many hours there. They had a big African Parrot who would talk endlessly while I sat on the floor reading comic books.
inJune 2, 2009 - 8:05am
It's what we do-shop, research, buy and sell hoping to make a profit. All of which can be exhilarating and exhausting. Maybe you, like I do, have a dream of taking something to the Antiques Roadshow and learning that it is worth the price of a small house. "I only paid a dollar", you'll say, crying. That may even be what keeps you going. No, I am not going to tell you that happened to me, but I am going to tell you that the day will come when all that research will pay off.
inMay 29, 2009 - 2:55pm
The Silver Lining In These Hard Times
Everyone has been touched either directly or through friends, family, and neighbors with the recession. It's hard to escape bad news when the media is announcing almost daily about another company closing or laying off hundreds of workers. I have seen some amazing things happening from the loss of jobs and excess spending coming to a halt for many.