Sunday, August 3, 2014

This Week: A Lot of Ebay & A Little Chaweenie

STEWARDSHIP:
     This week I was very busy with Ebay.  Took photos and listed 40 items. Most of these items took a lot of research, being things purchased from last week's estate sale together with Janine. We decided to do a joint venture with the things we purchased Sunday on half price day, so as not to be competing with each other.  So we divided up the items and each listed half.  I took all of the carved wood art pieces and have listed them, but some are not going to download into the auctions for another week or two.  I don't think it's a good idea to compete with your own listings with items that are similar.  We found some signed pieces by the same artists, so they need to sell one at a time.  One of the artists was quite famous and should be our best find of all--Dee Flagg. That is the last one that I have not listed, but hope to get online tonight or tomorrow. Flagg was much publicized, luckily, in a Phoenix auction of Wyatt Earp memorabilia just this past week. The full sized carved state of Earp was expected to sell in the $50K range, but we haven't yet found what it actually sold for.  The piece we got was a lot smaller, but should still be quite valuable according to our research. So, you can see why it was slow-going work this week.
     Ebay sales have been poorly lately, but all of a sudden got quite a bit better, for me at least, this week. My best sale was a very rare Fitz & Floyd piece, which I purchased for a mere $45 and sold The Next Day for--would you believe--$900? It was Happy Dance time! I have another similar piece that I listed which is still waiting to sell.  I can be very patient for that one. So living in a sea of boxes and piles of odds and ends this week was very worth it to me.  However, I still have tons of backlogged items to list, and look forward to whittling that down a bit more this week.  At least all of the new estate sale items are listed. Now if I can just keep Janine from dragging me to another estate sale for a few weeks maybe I can get caught up? Meanwhile, Rosie keeps wondering when I will have time to play with her!
      I was so busy, in fact, that I didn't do any real shopping this week other than a quick run the local farmer's market for some fresh tomatoes and peaches, and to the grocery store for quick essentials.  So that was definitely easy on the budget.  I need to keep busy more often.

FITNESS:
     Sweetface and I were good at walking almost every evening this week.  However, I may get an "F" in the "Healthy Food Department." I made us a Chocolate Cream Pie this week. (Yum--I'm not sorry; even though I almost burned the meringue under the broiler!) And for breakfast Saturday I made one of our favorites--Popovers and Strawberry Butter.  Since the Popovers are not good warmed up later we were very good and ate every one of them--I ate two, and Sweetface was good enough to down the other four.  :-) Even so, I have not gained any weight, so that means I kept busy.
 
 
CREATING:
All I found time to do this week in the studio was to make this little vintage jar full of seashells. I added a vintage treasure chest charm that opens and closes--so perfect, I thought! I may not make it to a beach this year, so this will remind me to plan for that as soon as possible. Or maybe I should put it in my ETSY shop? Decisions, decisions--maybe I will just make some more.

 
FRIENDS:
     This week Ruthie and I were able to meet for lunch, then I followed her home to see her newest family member--a darling little "Chaweenie"!  She got this Dachshund-Chihuahua mix from an Amish breeder in Ohio.  He looks pretty much like a Dachshund to me, with shorter ears perhaps. He is an active little ankle-biter right now; so cute! He is already just one of the gang, being their fourth dog at the moment.
 

 
     While I was there the farrier was there shoeing their two horses.  Ruthie and Jeff love horses, as well as Speedway racing.  There is absolutely no boredom going on at their house--ever!
 



 
I also got to peek in on the garden and the chickens.
 
 

 
 
 
 
Ruthie gave me some fresh herbs, which I brought home and used to make flavored vinegar.
 


 
     My goal is to list at least another 40 items this week on Ebay, as well as try to put things more in order around here.  Did you have a good week? What are your goals for this week?



 




8 comments:

  1. I'm a sucker for anything dachshund, so I love the chaweenie! Yes, I think it looks more dachshund right now, too. You have been a busy girl and I am happy for your $900 ebay sale!!!

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    1. Thanks so much. I have had many Dachshunds in my lifetime, and I agree there isn't much not to love about them!

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  2. Fabulous sale on the cookie jar Linda! Great ROI on that piece for sure! :)

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    1. Yes, that was my best-yet return on investment yet, I think. I was quite surprised how valuable it was after I researched it at home. :-)

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  3. Woohoo for that Fitz and Floyd piece! That's wonderful!! Congrats on meeting your goals. I listed 56 new items this week, and I'm shooting for another 50 this week. As far as fitness goals, I try to walk 2-3 miles everyday. My oldest daughter likes to keep me company on these walks. It's much easier to get through them when you have good company :) That puppy is beyond adorable!!

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    1. Wow--I'm lagging behind you on both listings and mileage, for sure! You go girl!

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  4. I applaud you for having the courage to sell high end items. I just sold something for $14.95 to a buyer with -1 feedback and I'm sweating it. My settings are supposed to block buyers with -1 feedback, but the sale went through anyway. I'm hoping for the best. I love the little birdie figures on your windowsill.

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  5. Don't you hate it when you can't protect yourseld with blocks that don't work? The good thing is that you can put them on your no bid list if they don't pay. Thanks--i like the birdies, too. I got real birds once and Callie cat was terrified of them. Ha! I had to get rid of them.

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