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I must admit it…I found my Nirvana!! Nirvana is described as Perfect Peace and Happiness, and I FOUND IT at the St. Augustine Florida Flea Market!!!! Before someone calls in the Doctors and Psychiatrists, let it be known, that I have a Junking Habit!!!! I Love the stuff!!  I Love collecting it. I Love selling it!  I Love looking it over! I Love making decisions about what I can do with the Junk; what I can make with the Junk; what I …

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Estate Sale Success

A Weekend Schedule of Sales Estate Sales, Garage Sales, Flea Markets and Junk Stores are a weekend ritual for me. I figure out my Itinerary for a Saturday Journey by putting into my agenda the address, time and special sale items as advertised for each type of sale. I load up on my quarters and one-dollar bills and drive the planned route. Some of the sales are loaded with shopper’s spending money like they have been lost in a gold …

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Swip Swap – A Facebook Adventure Part 2

Swip Swap: A Facebook Adventure Part 2 Hometown Love At the moment, I belong to 30 different Swip Swap Groups …  all based in my little town!! Most of the Swip Swap sites I belong to are developed by folks who live in MY town and they are just for folks who live in MY town. When you post an item for sale, you will probably sell it to someone you know or a neighbor or friends from the grocery …

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Swip Swap – A Facebook Adventure in Sales

Swip Swap   Everyone likes a little extra cash!!! Whether you are cleaning out the Storage Unit that you just won at auction, The garage Or the basement, There is a NEW WAY to sell your STUFF!!!!   Shutterstock/John T Takai It’s TOO Hot/Cold for a Garage Sale I whine!! Garage Sales in Florida are like garage sales in the northern tier of the country.  They are seasonal!  No one has a garage sale in Michigan in February!!! Not only …

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A Storage Unit for One and All

This weekend I went out and did a little shopping. The stores were PACKED with Back To School Shoppers! I miss those days!!! New notebooks, fresh pencils and the hopes for a Successful New Year!! I ran into a friend who was with her grand child doing shopping duties for a return to school.  She had a bedraggled look about her and when I stopped to say Hello, I asked her if things were good.   Well, it seems my …

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Grab It At A Garage Sale!

This past weekend was a Holiday and it put a damper on my Garage Sale Plans. Most people were off on boats and in pools with family and friends enjoying this summertime ritual! But not Me!! Oh No!!! I was doing MY traditional Saturday schedule of going to Garage Sales!  Unfortunately, there were only a few.  So I decided to take my time and really, really look for cool finds at each of the few that were open. As most …

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Summer Storage: How to Keep Your Items Safe

Well, Summer has officially arrived and THE HEAT IS ON!!! Here in Florida, we have entered our two month annual journey of 90 + degree-days and 90+% Humidity.  To say it is a bit Soupy is an understatement! But, just like Northerners during a Blizzard, you stay inside, keep the blinds tilted so direct sunlight doesn’t come in and simply relax in the air conditioning.  If we have to go out, we run through the stickiness, start the car, run …

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DIY, 4th of July!

4th of July & the Red, White and Blue Hip Hip Hooray for the 4th of July!!! We are now in the center of Summertime fun!! Family, Fireworks, Picnics; All adding up to a Holiday tinged with the Red, White and Blue Colors, Mass amounts of Patriotism and Flags!!! Flags on houses, Flags on Bikes, Flags on mailboxes, Flags on T-shirts , Flags on Dogs and Flags on Poles!! I have decided that today’s blog entry will be all about …

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Storage Unit Auction Tips: Telling Junk from Treasure

In 2010, NPR did a story called “Needle in a Crapstack” that was part of a series titled This American Life. The story details how storage unit auctions work and follows a group of storage unit auction “veterans” in Northern California. The speaker informs listeners that there are over 2.35 billion square-feet of self storage units across the United States and puts this number in perspective by stating that every man, woman, and child in the U.S. could collectively stand …

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Upcycle Ideas for the Overcrowded Home Part I

I am no expert on getting rid of stuff!!! I think “getting rid of stuff” is ONE of the reasons we rent storage units.  We move our least used items out of our homes and into a small garage type facility that we rent so that we can essentially “think” about getting rid of this stuff eventually!! We are just NOT ready to get rid of it NOW!! I have lived at my current address for seven years.  Even though …

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12 DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Happy Father’s Day to All the Dad’s out there! Both of my Parents are Artists. To say I grew up artistically inclined is like saying I breathe to live!! Both of my Parents are also Naturalists and we spent a good deal of our childhood living in tents on camping trips, exploring back woods parts of the world! We knew the names of trees, the calls of birds and the difference between an agate and a petosky stone before we were …

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How (and when!) to Haggle at Flea Markets and Garage Sales

How to haggle at places like auctions, flea markets and garage sales can be difficult to navigate – how to haggle, when it is appropriate, when it’s not, etc.; are questions I get All the time!! Usually, we are at a flea market or garage sale when the whispered question comes up, “What should I pay for this?” And I usually answer, “I don’t know!” Honestly, I really DON’T know!!! But I base my idea on what to pay or …

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The Art of Taking Pictures of Items for Resale

Taking Pictures of an item that you wish to resell online is just as easy as “Point and Click,” right? WRONG!!!! There is an Art to taking GOOD Photographs whether for your memory albums or for posting a picture of that Beautiful Vase of Aunt Edna’s that you no longer have room for and really, really think you can sell for 100 buckaroos! Photographs are like books.  They tell a story: The who, what, when, where, why and how of …

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Memorial Weekend Sales: How to Prepare!

So, It’s that Time Again – Memorial Weekend!! The time that the Summer Season Begins.. Memorial Day 2014 is the first Warm Weather Holiday of the year. And it kicks off some of my favorite things: Garage Sales Flea Markets Estate Sales Picnics Cookouts Beaches And My Favorite Flip Flops Memorial Weekend is a great time to get out there and find some treasures!! Auctions, garage or yard sales, and even retail stores always offer great bargains over the holiday weekend! …

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Estate Sales – The Stories Behind the Belongings

While Estate Sales can occur for myriad reasons (such as during a divorce or anytime someone wants to significantly downsize their belongings), they mostly occur when someone  has either passed away or can no longer live on their own safely and must now reside in a nursing home or other facility. The family, relatives, friends or neighbors are left with the task of liquidating the “things” that made this person’s life and abode a home. It can be incredibly sad, …

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Resale – Theatre Treasure Hunt, Part III

(Recap from Chapter One and Two!!! I had the mumps in third grade; was destined to read a Nancy Drew book a day while I recovered; was convinced I WAS Nancy Drew; Grew up and got a job as a researcher and BECAME Nancy Drew; Job was to investigate what happened to old theatres and when found any that were still standing, made contact with owner of old theatre and sent my “Guy in the Field” out to the old …

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