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Full Steam Ahead

Full Steam Ahead
Full Steam Ahead

The first item I listed for sale on eBay was an all-in-one printer I had purchased in the throes of thinking I was going to become a mobile notary.  Yeah.  Didn’t happen.  Anyway!  I listed the printer one night and told myself not to get too excited because it might take a while to sell.  I woke up the next morning ready to look at my listing and chanting, “don’t be disappointed . . . don’t be disappointed . . . ” because deep down I was really hoping for a sale.

IT SOLD!  I look back now and see that I underpriced it, but I was glad to get anything back out of this still-in-the-box printer.  I started casually looking around the galactic interwebz for information about selling on eBay and I came across people who claimed to buy stuff at thrift stores and resell them.  I was a disbeliever for a long time – not that I thought these people were lying, but that there were reasons it wouldn’t work for me.  How many endeavors never begin because of the things we tell ourselves?  “Yeah, but they live in a large metropolitan area and I don’t!  I’m sure the Vegas area would never have cool stuff in thrift stores to resell!  They probably don’t have a full-time job like I do!”

I’ll save the details of getting past that for another post.  Today, I will address the question I am asked most about my eBay sales:  How do you know what will sell?  The answer is multifacted, and sometimes the answer is – I don’t!

  1. My parents drug me to antique stores throughout my youth.  I remember my mother frequently showing me things and exclaiming, “This is Blenko!” or “Look at this Wallace Nutting piece!”  So I’ve heard brand names that people (or least my mother) value throughout my life.  I’ve thanked my folks many times for bestowing this knowledge upon me.
  2. I subscribe to Suzanne A. Wells’ eBay blog, on which she frequently relates information about hot-selling items.
  3. I rely heavily on my mobile phone to search eBay sold listings to get a feel for how frequently an item sells and for how much.

The times when I don’t know if something will sell is when I rely on number 3.  The item below is a perfect example.

Mamod Miniature Steam Engine

Mini Steam Engine

I saw this at a Savers store and thought it looked cool and may appeal to steampunk aficianados.  I knew it was vintage-ish and it had a prominent brand name, so I whipped out my cell phone and pulled up eBay to search on the brand name Mamod and look at sold listings.  That’s when I discovered this is a miniature steam engine and they sell pretty frequently and for more than the asking price!  So I snatched that baby up!

So even without antique-mad parents, one can make money reselling thrift store buys on eBay!  Look up every brand name you see on quality-looking items, and soon you’ll get a feel for what people want to buy.  Or you’ll run out of battery.  Or both.  More eBay advice to come in the future.  I’d love to hear your questions and comments.  Thanks for stopping by!

Reflections of the Past

Reflections of the Past

Geez, that title probably made you think you were going to see some kind of Lifetime for Women movie, didn’t it?

Well, I’m happy to say that’s not the case (or sorry to disappoint, depending upon your feelings about Lifetime…it DOES have Project Runway going for it)!  This is a post about mirrors.  See what I did there?

I found a set of four Burwood pictures at the thrift store.  Only three of them would fit in the frame for these pictures, but rest assured, they all came out the same.  I LOVED the shape of the frames, but the finish on them was hideous, as Burwood/Syroco/Home Decorators vintage items usually is.  And the “artwork”…?  Ahem.

Can ya guess what I did?  Of course you can.  I painted them.  And, after nearly severing a digit while trying to do it myself, I had a glass shop cut some mirrors to fit and glue them in place of those sad, 70’s butterflies.  This all happened about four years ago and I still love them just as much!  I hope you like them, too.  Thanks for stopping by!

I linked this project up at

DIY Show Off

Read more at http://diyshowoff.com/2013/10/06/that-diy-party-37/#8tiwySeCxXhDtBoh.99

Around the World In a Briefcase

Around the World In a Briefcase

This little briefcase called out to me at the thrift store a while ago.  It reminded me of a vintage suitcase and I immediately knew what I was going to do with it.  I had a moment’s couple month’s pause about altering it because it had a vintage shoe company brand name on it (Wikler Shoes) and I wondered if it was a old salesman’s case or something.  Eventually, however, I just decided to dive in with my Mod Podge!

As I mentioned in my laundry room makeover post, I love anything travel-related, especially vintage designs of travel posters, advertisements, stickers, et cetera.  Knowing this, my parents have gifted me with two different sets of travel stickers over the years that were laying dormant in Craft Purgatory.

Sidebar – it’s so funny about things like these stickers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I loved them so much I didn’t want to use them on anything.  So instead, they were languishing in a drawer, gathering dust.  Strange way to show love, don’t you think?  I do this with scrapbook paper, too.  Arrggh.

At any rate, I stuck the travel stickers on in what I perceived to be an attractive fashion, Mod Podged over them and here is the result!

 

Hope you like it!  Thanks for stopping by!

You’ve Got Mail

You’ve Got Mail

Collections are dangerous things.  They can push you precariously close to hoarding status, as well as bankruptcy, especially if you choose to collect something like Faberge eggs!  Holidays and birthdays are dangerous territory also, when your well-meaning friends and relatives give you items that they’re just sure “will be great in your collection!” but that you NEVER would have purchased yourself, collector or no.  It can be dicey!   

I’ve been pretty lucky and careful in my collecting life.  I can usually tell when it gets to the tipping point of buying for quantity versus quality of the collection, and I can rein myself in, in most cases.  One of those cases is my vintage mailbox collection.

Snail mail has always been a love of mine, starting back when it was just known as “mail.”  I love the look of stamps and postmarks and most things postal (except “going postal,” of course, to which I am opposed).  Years ago, just because it was cool looking, I bought a glass mailbox that has “Visual Mail” embossed on the front.  Little did I know it was a collection seed!

Most of my collection today resides in my small entryway, hanging on corrugated metal (another love of mine) within a homemade frame.  Yesterday, I finally got my entryway painted and am no longer ashamed to post pictures of it!  Behold!

Here are a few closeups of my favorite bits and pieces:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The quail were thrift store finds, and they are salt and pepper shakers.  I think they single-handedly created the blood pressure problem in this country, because they are huge!  They could each hold about half of a salt container!  Perhaps we could just say they’re efficient, because you’d only have to refill them once a year.  Maybe you could even develop an annual family ritual – The Filling of the Quail.

I love the designs on the feathers and of course the plumes on their heads are awesome!

I have a few other mailboxes that may end up on a different wall.  One of my favorites was a gift from my parents, which was a homemade job that reads “We Shoot Every Third Salesman.  The Second One Just Left.”  Ha!  A simple No Soliciting sign would have sufficed!

Well, thanks for stopping by!  I hope your Spring is happy, healthy, and productive.

I’ll Get the Chair for This

I’ll Get the Chair for This

Can you keep a secret?  I mean, really, like not tell ANYONE?  Cuz it looks like I may have committed a crime and I have to get it off my chest.  Can I trust you?

Oh geez, put the phone down, I’m just talking about a design crime.  And no jury in the world would convict me after it sees the evidence!  I’ll leave it up to you.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I present to you Exhibit One:

An unassuming chair that had seen better days, but with fine lines and a proud lineage.

Suspecting a design icon in the rough, Ms. Palooza purchased this chair for the (what should probably also be criminal!) low price of $7.00 and spirited it away to a location she refers to as Craft Purgatory.  Ominous, no?

Her internet research turned up a very similar specimen, designated as a Saarinen office chair by Knoll.

However, the chair in her possession bore a brand name of Virco and had only four casters, not five.  Additionally, when Ms. Palooza viciously tore into the chair with a screwdriver and pliers, this is what she found:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The chair literally fell apart in her hands and spewed ancient upholstery foam debris (see second picture above) throughout her house.  After a halfhearted attempt at DIY upholstery, Ms. Palooza had it professionally reupholstered and now it looks like this!

Here endeth the Perry Mason (yes, I am 67 years old) bit.

So I bought this chair at a thrift store and it was disgusting.  I tell myself it’s a Saarinen knockoff so I can sleep at night, but I know there are design purists out there who are probably crying, “Sacrilege!”  In any case, I think it looks great!  i’d love to hear what you think, even if it involves design prison!

Thanks for stopping by!

Basket Case

Basket Case

Long story, but I was originally going to use this shopping basket as a jewelry display.  Yeahhhhhhhh………..that didn’t work out.  But I had this big empty space above my cabinets and I was THIS CLOSE to reverting to my 1980’s roots and filling it with a fake plant!  Luckily, I waited to do that long enough that I eventually had a brainstorm to put my cool vintage shopping basket up there.

It’s really hard to get a good picture of something that consists mostly of space….

So there it was, all empty and stuff.  For a long time.  I always felt bad because it’s such a cool thing!  I mean, check out this brand badge:

And when I took it down to work some magic on it, I noticed that the previous owner had taped her name and address to the handle of the basket!  And she was a Show-Me-Stater, like myself!

So cute!  Hazel, if you’re a reader of RedoPalooza and you want your basket back, get in touch!  Of course, I’ll have to see photo ID in order to relinquish this beauty.

So I had an idea to make it look like I had just taken this basket shopping in 1943 and wouldn’t you know it, on a thrifting trip shortly thereafter, I came upon some delightful faux fruit and veggies!  I brought them home and set them on my counter.  Well, today was the day.  The day I got SICK OF HAVING THEM ON MY COUNTER!  So I also had an empty cereal box and I decided to fix it up with a printed copy of a vintage cereal box.  Look – it still says SUGAR Frosted Flakes!  Then I took some cardboard and glued some fabric to it and lined the inside of the basket.  I wasn’t about to do any SEWING for this “just to look at” project!

SO!  Awesome vintage shopping basket + fake fruit + faux vintage cereal box + imitation fabric basket liner =

And here they are in their new habitat, above my pantry cabinet.

I’m not completely pleased with the whole montage.  I wish I had a mesh bag for the fruits and veggies to go in but I guess I’ll have to wait until the next time I use up a bag of onions!  And I didn’t realize how high up the whole arrangement would be and it’s kind of hard to see from the floor.  But that’s the beauty of redoing stuff – I get to decide when it’s finished or just keep tweaking it until I’m happy.  We’ll see where it goes from here!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday season!

 

Fall in Reverse

Fall in Reverse

There was a time in my life when I would have given up in the middle of this project. I wasn’t really feeling it, it was kind of driving me crazy, and I was tired! BUT I have finally learned to listen to that voice inside that knew what this could be, so I pressed on. Here’s where I started:

I think they may be vintage Ikea pieces, but I’m not sure. I say that like they’re so hoity-toity or something – “ohh, dahhhling, I luuuv your new Ikea pieces! Will you hang them next to your Picasso?” But I didn’t care if they WERE fine art, I was going to pimp them out! I seem to be on a paint chip roll lately, so I went with it. And here’s what happened!

They’re going to hang in my new office at work and the paint chips match the colors in my new fabric panels and the clock in the previous post. People at work are going to think I have stock in Valspar or something. Hmmm, now that I think of it, that may not be such a bad idea! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

I’m linking this project up at:
HouseofHepworths and Todays Creative Blog

Dirty old grandfather

Dirty old grandfather

So this dirty (and fuzzy!) old grandfather reached out and touched me in the thrift store!  After I recovered from the shock, I took a closer look and thought I saw something there….

Yeah, no wonder he ended up in the thrift store – you can’t keep a dirty old man like this around the house for long.  The material behind the brass clock face looks like…copper, maybe?  Or tooled leather?  WRONG.  It’s some kind of weird, probably carcinogenic plastic that was melding with the board behind it.  Shoulda worn my hazmat suit while ripping it off, but I’m impatient a daredevil!

Following the required quarantine in Craft Purgatory, I put on my psychologist hat and decided to reform him into a fresh, modern metrosexual!!!  I cleaned him up, gave him a new suit, and will soon send him on his way via etsy or Craigslist.

Here’s a closer look at his clean new face!

That’s a Mod Podged fat quarter up in there.  Seriously, is there anything Mod Podge CAN’T do?

Hope you enjoyed this heartwarming story of reforming a wayward grandfather into a productive (and punctual!) member of society.  See you soon!

This project was featured!

 

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I was framed!

I was framed!

I had an escapee from the Jewelry Jail, but the hunt for the prisoner came to a swift resolution when reports of a suspicious individual with no arms and one leg in an orange jumpsuit began pouring in.  At first, authorities suspected this character:

But when they responded to the reports, cops discovered it was a much less nefarious perpetrator who insistently proclaimed, “I was framed!”  Ahhhh, be careful what you wish for!

Okay, in real life, my aunt gave me this bracelet that I loved but never wore.  I’m kind of a tomboy and I didn’t really have any t-shirts that looked good with it!  But I looked at it on my dresser one day and decided it was something I wanted to look at on the regular, so I found a little frame at Goodwill that I think was originally for a graduation tassel.  After scrubbing in, I performed a claspectomy on the bracelet, which the patient tolerated nicely.  I covered the mat with one of my favorite papers, glued the bracelet to a coordinating paper, and hung that sucker on the wall, where I enjoy its colorful, sparkly goodness every day!  Thanks, Aunt Lynda!

Countryectomy

Countryectomy

Last month, I came across this country-a** little shelf at Goodwill, attractively posed here against my enormous trash can (please no remarks about my enormous can!).  I had been on the hunt for a home for my collection of vintage tins for the bathroom, and I saw potential here.  Of course, coming from a person who sees crafting potential in her used q-tips, that might not mean much!

I had just purchased a jigsaw and was itchin’ to use it.  You can probably smell what I’m cookin’ right about now – the little shelf was about to have surgery.  After duly prepping the patient, the amputations were performed without a hitch, and the patient received a protective coating following the procedure.  It was then placed above the toilet (in case it was nauseous from the anesthesia) and stocked with an array of remedies and potions.

I just love these tins!  Here are a couple of my favorites:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many times I’ve wished my brothers would use Stomach Digestives for Wind!  And for that post-workout chafing, got to have some Sayman (Say, man!!!) Prickly Heat Powder from my home state of Missouri – for external use only, people.

The green tins looked stupid with my multi-colored shower curtain, and I’d been meaning to take on this project, so I went ahead and sewed a stripe of this fabric

onto a shower curtain my mom donated to me (thanks, Mom!).  I am really happy with the result!

You can also see a couple more items in the collection on the vanity – a fluted vintage bottle of mineral oil and an old Listerine bottle.

I hope you like my plastic surgery skilz.  Hey, it looks better than Kenny Rogers.  See ya soon!