Monday, May 30, 2011

Garage sale ...

What an exhausting, fast but productive weekend!

Friday I baked 4 batches of cookies and stayed up till 2am working on my cards. Plus, somehow tried to price some of my other items. I was tired.

Saturday got up at 6am (ack!) and ended up trying to organize stuff for the garage sale. I event set up a little area with my cards.

My sis sold a lot of her kids clothes and other toys. Kids stuff always goes at garage sales. I mostly sold a number of little trinket things that kids liked and a couple random things. Only 2 people bought my cookies so now my family has to finish eating the rest, or give them away. I tried to sell some of my clothes, but seeing as how they were on the nicer end and some I only wore a couple times, I couldn't bring myself to sell them for a quarter or $1. I'm going to try to sell them on Craiglist or Ebay.

I didn't sell any of my cards which was no surprise but a few people took my mini bookmarks. A lot of people stared at my display almost like the were confused as to what it was. Only 1 person commented on them saying they were very nice.

During the crowds (2 or 3 people really) I decided to clean out the garage since I could actually access stuff for once. I moved boxes of stuff that could be sold next year to one side of the garage and things we wanted to keep/needed to be sorted through to the other side. We were then left with a big space to move around in.

I came across a box with old photos from my high school photography class and old prints from my college photography class. I just about died because some of the prints I have are prints of a landmark of sorts in San Francisco that no longer exists. I want to find the negative and see if I can get it reprinted.

I noticed a lot of people seemed pretty particular this time around. It's always amazing when people for 2 days all look at the same item, but never buy it and then 1 person finally does. I don't get it. I think too people just don't have the money anymore. We had priced my brother's DVDs at $2 which we could let go at $1 each. However I had a guy wanting 2 DVDs for $1. I said he could take both for $3 and he agreed. Sorry, DVDs are not priced at the paperback price of 25-50 cents. My sister also had those kid saucers they play in and one that was barely used by her 2 kids. Apparently they go for almost $100 new and she was selling it at $30. People wanted it for like $5-$10. She told them it was new and wouldn't budge on the price. It's a bargain when you think about it, but I'm not sure if they just couldn't afford it or they just had no idea what those really go for retail.

Either way, the economy is really bad for some people. I couldn't blame them for trying pay as little as possible for our items, especially since we had stuff on the nicer end. But hey, you never know when you'll get that person who realizes what an amazing price (and condition) it is in comparison to buying it new who will take it away in a blink of an eye.

All in all, it was a so so sale. There seemed to be less people this year that 2 years ago when we did our first garage sale in probably 15 years. We didn't have any big pieces of furniture or a ton of stuff to sell. Mostly pictures, books and a few household items here and there. I think I made about $38 where my sister made a couple hundred. My dad and brother made a little money too. We at least walked away with a little cash and our garage is a bit more empty than it was Friday. Until next year.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Getting it together

Well, not quite but trying.

I finally made my mini business cards into bookmarks.

I made a bunch of cards last night (12:30am!) so I need to package them up ... ack actually photograph them first and then package them up. I'm going to attempt to see if I can sell any at the yard sale this weekend down at my folks place. I did advertise this as a yard/craft sale.

I'm totally sure that if anyone looks at my stuff, they'll think it's overpriced or want a card for like 50 cents. Sorry, I can't. I won't. This is the risk I shall take. If anything, I'll let people take free bookmarks in hopes that they'll remember me.

I'm also planning on making some cookies. I was reading online that sometimes strangers are super hesitant to buy anything that's "homemade". I read one woman said she baked something and not one person bought anything. Anyway, I think if that happens, well I have a big enough family and know people who would be more than willing to eat them. I like baking.

So tonight I need to pack up some of my stuff and attempt to work on things tonight and tomorrow at my folks house.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Coming soon ...

I'll be listing these new greeting cards in the next week or so.

Monday, May 23, 2011

It's ok to say no

Well I've had a busy last couple weeks. The camping trip was fun. It wasn't quite what I had expected, but I still enjoyed myself. My family came down to celebrate my birthday and to bring me cupcakes. As you can see in the previous post, they didn't arrive in the organized state as they had left my parents house. Either way, we scarfed them down anyway. You can't really go wrong with Betty Crocker. On the last night, it rained. That was interesting. Thankfully we put the tarp on. It was a bit messy cleaning up the next day, but at least it wasn't actually pouring at the time. I didn't get washed away!!

Seeing as how May is almost over, summer's just around the corner. Hot weather isn't really on its way. I live in San Francisco after all. Our summer comes in October when it's hot for a few days. Either way, summer is pretty action packed with birthdays, holiday weekends and I'm planning on trying to make it out to a few craft fairs to meet other folks and of course, buy fun stuff.

There are times when I feel like I'm so busy. Eating out, working out on certain days, going here, going there, party here ... you get the idea. In other words, feel like a chicken running around with its head cut off not knowing where you're going and where you're coming from. Well guess what? It's ok to say no. Seriously.

In a culture like ours where people are working 40+ hrs a week, juggling families and a personal life and then some, it's so easy to burn out real fast. So say no. The world won't end if you say no and generally most people will be ok with it. If not, it's their problem. Put yourself first once in a while because it's not fun being tired and stressed. Don't feel bad about giving yourself some much needed TLC. I feel bad at times, but I also know that I need to take care of myself, others can wait. Plus, people tend to be much more pleasant to be around when they're relaxed and happy, right?

Go for a walk, read a book, go get a massage or take a nap! Or better yet if you can, do a weekend getaway. Give yourself permission to relax, however that may be. Learn to let go. I'm learning and it's hard. But those time you do, when you take time to stop for a bit, it's nice. It's really, really nice.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A mini getaway to nature

Well, I won't be hopping on a plane anytime soon. Instead, I'll be doing a little staycation. Do they still use that term? Oh well, anyway I'll be heading out to do some camping this weekend for my birthday. I normally don't do anything, but this time I wanted to get out and go camping.

Last year I went camping for the first time in years. I used to go a lot when I was a kid and our family used to do summer trips when us kids were out. But us kids grew up (well so did the rest of the family) and it was harder to coordinate any family trips.

This weekend I'll be heading out with some friends this weekend to enjoy the nice weather in the mountains. Sadly the weather folks say it'll rain on Sunday so that will be interesting. I might have to stop by a hardware store for some tarps just in case. Anything to avoid waking up to a totally drenched camp site.

My family will come with cupcakes to celebrate on Saturday and we'll bbq, play board games, go on a hike or two, make banana boats over a fire and hopefully enjoy the time away from our busy lives.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Lost and looking to get lost

Whelp, I'm still sick to an extent. I'm near the tail end though so I'm glad. Bad allergies and a mild cold has made for fun week and a half. Boy was I drained.

But while I was resting and in between coughing fits and naps, over the weekend I saw the show Lost for the first time. I know the series just ended what, last year? One of my old supervisors was obsessed with the show that she flew down to LA for some Lost party where they aired the last episode the night before it aired on TV. Or something like that. Well, I gotta say I was sucked into the show. I don't recall the last time I saw a series that was actually scripted that kept my interest like that. Looks like I'll be watching it from now on, at least on DVD.

I've also been thinking about getting away for an R&R weekend at some point. As much as I'd love to travel to an exotic location, like Fuji or Maldives, my funds are limited to something a bit more .... local. I can't help that I like nice locations with expensive price tags!!

Like maybe heading up to Oregon for a weekend at Coast Cabins where you can bathe outside! Granted it's totally private, or maybe that's the shower for the hot tub, either way, very cool.

Or head down to Palm Springs to Korakia Pensione for the Moroccan/Mediterranean ambiance. How perfect on a hot summer day.

Hopefully sometime soon I'll be able to get away because there's lots of birthdays, anniversaries and other holidays over the next several months.

Do you have any favorite locations you like to run away to when you need a break?