Monday, February 28, 2011

Thrift Share Monday-It's All About the Accessories

It was hard to be patient all last week while I waited until Saturday morning for an estate sale ad that mentioned vintage clothing and 100s of pairs of shoes. It was a very cold 27 degrees when I went out to my car and headed out. I arrived about 20 minutes early, parking was a breeze and noticed that people were already coming in and out of the house. I headed in the direction of a bedroom which happened to be the first door on the right. The room was very dim and the shoes were divided into two plastic bins. For about 10 minutes, I played Memory in trying to find the correct match for making a pair of shoes. There were a LOT of shoes. I left my bags out in my car as I thought they might be a hindrance but it turned out I needed them. I didn't want to go back out into the cold, so I reorganized the purses from two bins down to one bin and used the extra bin for my finds. The clothes were a mish-mash of mostly vintage elderly lady clothing and some things that had potential. There was a gorgeous gray wool coat and dress that looked like it was part of a nurse's uniform. I made it through the rest of the house, lugging my heavy plastic bin from room to room. I overheard in my passing by that people were lined up at the door an hour before the sale and that they were let into shop. It annoyed me a little bit but I let it pass. Some lovely treasures I admired from afar as they were far from my budget were fur coats and stoles, antique furniture and gorgeous Persian rugs. The gal running the estate sale kept emphasizing that they were Persian not Turkish. She noted that I had one of the totes from the bedroom and said I hope you brought some bags because I'm not selling that. After I paid, I made a trip out to my car for my bags and fortunately everything fit. As I was filling my bags, I noticed a couple pairs of the shoes had some damage that I might not be able to fix. I asked her if I could have my money back on those two pairs or if she'd consider a price reduction. She gave me my money back, said she'd appreciate if I would put the two pairs back I decided not to take or just take them away for free, in a snotty tone and walked away. I resisted the urge to stick my tongue out at her, put one of pairs of shoes back and took the other one. I headed to a large rummage sale that left my head swimming with all of the stuff and kids running around (just bought a book and pair of sandals there) and then to a small thrift store before heading home.

Here are the highlights of my trip.

I love the floral print shoes. They were the first ones that caught my eye.

My favorite is the leather satchel tote.

Fun belts to accessorize vintage clothing I'm selling.

Join in the fun at Apron Thrift Girls' Thrift Share Monday.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Thrift Share Monday: Vintage Fun

I can't believe it's been a month since my last Thrift Share post. I have been thrifting here and there. I recently went to an estate sale for the first time in a while. I arrived about 10 minutes late and there were already about 20 people in line in the driveway checking out with more people milling into the house.

My first find which was sitting on a table next to the cashier was this 60s pink tote purse. I'm working on restoring it to its former glory. When I was checking out,a gal working as the cashier, sighed and said you're buying my bag! She told me she used the purse as a briefcase when she went to Wendy Ward Charm School and then how she took it with her on her first job interviews. It was so wonderful talking with her and finding out the history of the purse. I sometimes wish that things could talk, just to find out what kind of journey they've been through.

Here are some of my recent finds:

Vintage staples & mini stapler

Vintage American Tourister bag. Coming Soon to Etsy.

Small bowl. I'm going to use it in the laundry room as a catch-all for earrings, coins, etc. that come through the wash. I was so excited to find this pattern of Pyrex. It's a keeper.

80s napkin holder, vintage alarm clock and kitchen towels. All coming soon to Etsy.

Small birds salt and pepper shakers (heading to Etsy). Small vintage notebook rescued from a free pile; heading to my purse for jotting down notes.

For more thrifted finds, stop by Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Simplifying #1: Business Bookkeeping

This past fall, I read Time Management from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern. One of her tips that really stuck with me was scheduling time for things that you seemed to have no time for or kept getting put off. One of those areas for me is my business bookkeeping. I'm really good about making a list of all the things I've purchased to resell, making a note of how I paid for them (cash, check or debit card) and then organizing the inventory. However, I'm not so good about doing bookkeeping on a regular basis. Up until a couple of weeks ago, all of my inventory lists, receipts and various notes were in a messy pile "organized" in a wire basket in a far corner of my desk. With state sales tax needing to be completed by the end of January, I couldn't put off the inevitable any longer. I had made some small progress each day with organizing the paperwork and getting things entered into newly created spreadsheets. However, I still felt a little panicked when I realized how little time there was to my deadline and I still had to plow through a lot of paperwork and figures. Procrastinating is definitely not my friend.

After Christmas, I purchased an Anne Taintor engagement calendar for 2011. I've gone through and scheduled bookkeeping days throughout the rest of the year and made up a list of monthly bookkeeping tasks that I put in my business control journal. My goal is by doing my bookkeeping on a monthly rather than yearly basis, it will free up much more of my time come next January.

I managed to get my state sales taxes done on the very day they were due. Good news is I'm now ready for 2010 tax time since I got caught up on all of my paperwork.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Reseller's February Listing Challenge

Another thing I love besides thrifting is a good challenge. Just ask my husband. He has whooped me in Monopoly the last three nights in a row. Like a glutton for punishment, I keep playing in hopes that I will win big.

Apron Thrift Girl is hosting a challenge for the month of February for resellers. The goal is to pick a certain number of secondhand items to list over the next 28 days. This challenge is just the kick in the pants I need. And it goes along with my new year's resolutions (which I'll be updating my progress tomorrow) of simplifying, not procrastinating and organizing. Thrifting is the fun part of my job. The picture taking, typing up ads and shipping are not at times. However, I have a lot of stuff to list. And it won't sell if it's not listed.

My goal for this challenge is to have 100 items in my eBay store by the end of this month. When I began this challenge yesterday, I had 23. I'd also like to get more things listed in both of my Etsy shops this month but my main focus is eBay this time around. I'll post my progress each Tuesday.

And to keep me in line is my motivational poster:

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Etsy Vintage Market Team: Vintage Love Sale!

The Etsy Vintage Market Team is hosting a sale from February 1st-February 14th, 2011!

Everthing at Pardon My Past will be 15% off. Prices will reflect discount taken.

Looking for vintage clothing & accessories? Stop on over at my newest shop, My Wandering Wardrobe. Use coupon code "10LOVE" for 10% off of your purchase.

Search "vmteamlove" on Etsy to find great vintage items to fall in love with!