Was da night bafo' Christmas, and all ova' da place, Not even da geckos was showin' their face.
Da stockings was hangin' on top da TV ('Cause no mo' fireplace in Hawai'i)
Da kids stay all crashed, my old man too. They leave all da work for you-know-who.
So me, I stay pickin' up alla their toys, When - boom! - outside get only big noise!
I run to da window, I open 'em up, I stick out my head and I yell, "Eh! Whassup?!"
And then, I no can ba-lieve what I seen! Was so unreal, you know what I mean?
This fat haole guy get his reindeers in my yard! And reindeers not housebroken, you know, as' why hard!
But nemmind, it Christmas, so I cut 'em some slack. Plus, had uku pile presents pokin' outta his sack!
So I wait 'till he pau tie up his reindeer, Then I yell out da window, "Huui! Brah, ova hea!"
An' I tell 'em first thing, when I open da door, "Eh, Hemo your shoes! You going dirty my floor!"
He take off his boots, he tell, "You know who I am?" I go, "Ho! From the smell, must be Mr. Toe Jam!"
He make mempachi eyes and he go, "Ho, ho, ho!" By now, I stay thinking this guy kinda slow!
He look like my Tutu, but little less weight, And his beard stay so white, mo' white than shark bait!
He stay all in red, specially his nose, And get reindeer spit on top his nice clothes!
But him, he no care; he just smile at me, And he start fo' put presents unda-neath da tree.
I tell 'em, "Eh, brah, no need make li'dat, And watch where you step! You going ma-ke da cat!"
Then, out from his bag, he pull one brand new computah, Choke video games, and one motorized scootah!
He try for fill up da Christmas socks too, But had so much pukas, all da stuff went fall troo.
When he pau, I tell 'em, "Eh Santa, try wait! I get plenty leftovahs, I go make you one plate!"
But he nevah like hang, he had so much fo' do; Gotta make all them small kids' wishes come true.
So I wave 'em goodbye, and I flash 'em da shaka, And I tell 'em, "Mele Kalikimaka!"
When he hear that, he stop...and I telling you true, He go, "Garans ball-barans! Merry Christmas to you!"
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I talked to the owner of Cornerstone Antiques today. She'd heard that we were going to cut some items even below 50%. I said "maybe after Christmas", but she said she had no idea how sales would be then, since she'd not had the store then last year.
So, we decided to go ahead and put everything except furniture at 70% off sticker. Hopefully, that will move some stuff that's just sitting there at 50% off.
Then I counted it up and realized it's only 7 more days that we'll be there - minus 2 Sundays, Christmas day and probably an early close Christmas Eve.
So - 70% off will mean people will be paying less than we did for some things. Well, it's all about cash flow at this point!
I've sold a stunning ONE postcard in the last month on Etsy. So, I don't know exactly what happened. I sold over 40 items in July.
Is it just the economy? Or did the search problems they were having run off that many people. Maybe people don't think of going to Etsy for postcards. But, I had vintage and my own sunset photography there, too. I won't even try to guess. But, no sales, no new listing - that's my rule. I'm still ahead for the month - by about $.80.
THEN, the day after I posted the first part of this blog, I made three sales in one day! So, I had to say, it ain't over 'til it's over. I relisted a bunch of stuff and will hang in there for a while yet!
For sale is a lot of 2 Beautiful Vintage Valentine's Day Cards - the two stand on their own.
(1) "Purr-haps you love me?" The stand-up mechanism is in excellent condition, no wear at all on the bending part. It measures about 3 1/2" wide and 4 1/16" tall. There is writing in pencil on the back.
(2) "Let's Be Valentines" The stand-up mechanism is in very good condition, very slight wear on one bending tab. It measures about 3 1/4" wide and 3 3/4" tall. There is writing in pencil on the back.
Click on the title (above) to see the listing on our eBay store site.
We started our half-off sale last week at Cornerstone Antiques.
The results for that week were pretty darn good - we sold a lot of things that we'd bought in 2006 and didn't think would ever sell. Not that there's anything wrong with them. But people are definitely looking for a bargain.
When I entered the sales in the database yesterday, I noticed that we didn't "lose" on anything. Maybe the loss was the 10%, but overall not much of a loss - more like a net gain on the items sold compared to their purchase price.
So, this is a good thing, I guess. I don't think I'll miss the store at all. It has increasingly been harder to find the cheap items to resell.
Auctions this year fetched more than ever. I think people are out there looking for bargains and going to auctions is one way to find them. It's good for the auctioneer to have a lot of folks there, but bad for the business person looking to stock a store.
For sale is a Beautiful Vintage, Lithographed, Die Cut, Valentine's Day Card - it folds out to become 3D, and does stand on its own. The card is marked "Printed In U.S. Am.". The stand-up mechanism is in very good condition, with no major creases or tears ... still holding strong. Blue birds on top and and cupids on bottom ... a charming combination! Fully embossed and measures about 9 1/4 " X 3" (folded) and expands to about 9 1/4 " X 6" X 3 1/4 " (deep).
The card does not come with its original envelope. The card is in very good condition as pictured. Light bending on the ruffle at top. There is writing in pencil on the back.
I gave notice last Friday that we'd be moving from Cornerstone at the end of December. Deb took it well.
Today I made up a sign announcing "50% off on everything - furniture 20% off". I put the sign up and a lady was there at that moment. She bought about $20.00 worth of stuff at much more than 50%. I just don't want to bring a bunch of stuff home and was glad she bought what she did.
No, it's not sad yet. Just work to be gotten through. I hope we sell enough the rest of this month and December to pay the rent.
For sale is an undivided back pre-1907 early 20th century postcard "Paris, Eglise St-Paul".
Black and white beautifully detailed architecture on this postcard! Enjoy the costumes of 100 years ago on the many people walking below on the street.
Address: 99 Rue St-Antoine Paris, Ils-de-France 75004
Description: This Jesuit church has something of interest for all of the traditional visitors of Paris: the history buff, the architecture aficionado, and the art lover. From the time that Louis XIII laid the first stone in 1627, until 1762 when the Jesuits were expelled from France, this church was a prominent symbol of the Jesuit influence. In the period of the Revolution, most of the church's treasures were taken; however some remain, most notably Delacroix's "Christ in the Garden of Olives." If artwork is not what you are in search of, the church's 195-ft dome (forerunner to those of the Invalides and the Sorbonne) should provide a sense of awe, and the Roman-style nave will certainly provide a unique connection with times of old.
Rating: Very Good. Some light corner bending and aging.
We've had a brick-and-mortar presence in some form or another since August 2006 in Valdese, N. C.
First, we paid a huge amount of rent for this town and leased a store on our own for four months. We never came close to making the rent. It was our first business venture together, and we tested the waters. The waters were cold and chilly, and we got out ASAP.
Next we rented 1/2 booth at Myra's General Store for $35.00 a month. We always made that rent and then some. We leased a full booth in addition for $60.00 more and always made the $95.00 until sometime in spring 2008. We closed the full booth and kept the half for a while. Then, one month we only made $16.00 total and bye, bye Myra's.
In addition to the 1/2 booth at Myra's, we had a full booth at Valdese Antiques for $55.00 month. It was spotty - for four full months in 2007 we didn't make the rent, so we closed it down.
She lost the business and it became Cornerstone Antiques. In February 2008 we took a booth there for $85.00. When we closed down Myra's, we had 1 1/2 at Cornerstone for a month or two. We went back to only 1 booth in August. We've always made the rent and then some, until this month. So far, we've made $4.99 the last time I checked. And what's so bad about that is, we only paid $45.00 rent because I worked off $40.00 running the store now and then.
Now, I know all this is very small potatoes, but they're my potatoes so I keep a count of them. And when I face the thought that from now through May or so this little town has very few tourists, I am standing to lose $85 per month.
Now, I have about $1,500 in inventory in that one small booth, incredible as it sounds. And if I can't sell enough to pay $85.00 rent and then make something for myself over and above that, that means my inventory is not salable.
So, I've got to continue scouring garages sales, auctions, yard sales, flea markets, eBay, Etsy, etc. - continually on the look out for good, cheap, decent looking collectibles and antiques. Things I can buy low and sell high.
And, you know what? I don't like it anymore. The thrill is just plain gone after two years of scrabbling and bargaining and always feeling like to the old wolf is at the brick-and-mortar door.
So, me and the man have decided to pack it in at the end of December. If I can, I'll do some kind of 50% off sale in December to get the business in to sell what I can.
The rest will come home to be slowing given away, donated, Craiglist, Iwanna, eBay, Etsy - however else we can sell without being obligated to pay someone else rent again.
I guess the reaction will set in after it's all done and moved to our attic.
For sale is a postally used Postal Card postcard that is an original sketch of a cabin at the Sylvan Rest Cottages, Pine Station, Pa. This is truly a one-of-a-kind object.
The artist made sketches labelled "Exterior" and "Interior" of the cabin where the family was staying. The Exterior has a label "Sans Souci" above the doorway. The interior sketch shoes a lot of little shoes below the beds and lots of socks hanging on the wall.
The writing on the bottom says (roughly): "I am camping here with Succleys (?). It's loads of fun, fishing, boating, berries & Boys. C.M.R."
Postmarked Jul 30, 1906, Harrisburg & Erie RPO. This was a pre-paid card with a 1-cent stamp built in.
Rating: Good, some corner wear and light staining. There is light creasing on the card, but the card is intact.
For sale is a postally unused linen postcard Post Card Storiettes "More Ammunition! by Oren Arnold ... Dramatic TRUE Stories from the Great West No. 11".
"Sudden terror gripped Mrs. Lewis Stevens of Arizona when she glanced out the window on the morning of 1874 ..." Read the rest of this exciting adventure on the front of this card and the exciting conclusion on the back!
Rating: Very Good.
Click on the title (above) to see the postcard in our shop.
For sale is a white border postcard "One of the eighteen secluded cottages scattered through the twenty-one acre grounds of the Santa Barbara Biltmore Hotel, 'garden estate by the sea', Montecita, California".".
Created during the 1915-1930 timeframe, this postcard has lovely coloration.
Rating: Very Good.
Click on Title (above) to see the postcard in my shop.
This is one of the strangest espresso pots I've ever seen. Click Title (above) to see the pot.
For sale is a vintage Italian stainless espresso pot with internal filter, a total of three pieces. The pot measures 4 1/2" high, and the black plastic handle is about 3 3/4" long. There is a black plastic spout on top that is about 1 1/2" long and a long, curved aluminum steam/drain spout that is about 8" long. The circumference of the pot across the bottom is 4" and across the top is 3 1/2".
On the bottom of the pot it is stamped "INOX 18/10" and "Made in Italy" with the letters "G G" in a box in the middle. Everything appears to be in good shape, but there is a little tape residue on top of the pot from a label that you can probably get off with a good scrubbing.
For sale is an early 20th century divided back postcard "Scott Building, National Soldiers Home".
The first national old soldiers' home in the U.S. was established in Washington. Today, the Scott building, the oldest of three operational dormitories, accommodates resident and guest rooms as well as chaplain offices, dining services, the library, the wellness center which encompasses both medical, dental, and eye clinics and resident services.
Rating: Very good.
Click on Title (above) to see the postcard in my shop.
For sale is a lot of 100 damaged postcards. These would be great for assemblage, crafting or scrapbooking. Mixed as to type: standard/chrome, linen and earlier. Assume that every card has some condition issue.
I've actually had comments back from buyers of previous lots that our "damaged" cards were better than the regular cards they've been buying! Yep, we're choosy, all right!
Click on the Title (above) to see more information and to view the card in our shop.
It was one of the hottest days of the dry season. We had not seen rain in almost a month. The crops were dying. Cows had stopped giving milk. The creeks and streams were long gone back into the Earth. It was a dry season that would bankrupt several farmers before it was through.
Every day, my husband and his brothers would go about the arduous process of trying to get water to the fields. Lately this process had involved taking a truck to the local water rendering plant and filling it up with water. But severe rationing had cut everyone off. If we didn't see some rain soon, we would lose everything.
It was on this day that I learned the true lesson of sharing and witnessed the only miracle I have seen with my own eyes. I was in the kitchen making lunch for my husband and his brothers when I saw my six-year-old son, Billy, walking toward the woods. He wasn't walking with the usual carefree abandon of a youth, but with a serious purpose. I could only see his back.
He was obviously walking with a great effort, trying to be as still as possible.
Minutes after he disappeared into the woods, he came running out again, toward the house. I went back to making sandwiches, thinking that whatever task he had been doing was completed.
Moments later, however, he was once again walking in that slow purposeful stride toward the woods. This activity went on for an hour: walk carefully to the woods, run back to the house. Finally, I couldn't take it any longer and I crept out of the house and followed him on his journey (being very careful not to be seen, as he was obviously doing important work and didn't need his mommy checking up on him).
He was cupping both hands in front of him as he walked, being very careful not to spill the water he held in them, maybe two or three tablespoons were held in his tiny hands. I sneaked close as he went into the woods.
Branches and thorns slapped his little face, but he did not try to avoid them. He had a much higher purpose.
As I leaned in to spy on him, I saw the most amazing site. Several large deer loomed in front of him. Billy walked right up to them. I almost screamed for him to get away. A huge buck with elaborate antlers was dangerously close. But the buck did not threaten him. He didn't even move as Billy knelt down. And I saw a tiny fawn laying on the ground, obviously suffering from dehydration and heat exhaustion, lift its head with great effort to lap up the water cupped in my beautiful boy's hand.
When the water was gone, Billy jumped up to run back to the house and I hid behind a tree. I followed him back to the house to a spigot to which we had shut off the water. Billy opened it all the way up and a small trickle began to creep out. He knelt there, letting the drip, drip slowly fill up his makeshift "cup," as the sun beat down on his little back. And it came clear to me: The trouble he had gotten into for playing with the hose the week before. The lecture he had received about the importance of not wasting water. The reason he didn't ask me to help him.
It took almost twenty minutes for the drops to fill his hands. When he stood up and began the trek back, I was there in front of him. His little eyes just filled with tears. "I'm not wasting," was all he said.
As he began his walk, I joined him with a small pot of water from the kitchen. I let him tend to the fawn. I stayed away. It was his job. I stood on the edge of the woods watching the most beautiful heart I have ever known working so hard to save another life. As the tears that rolled down my face began to hit the ground, they were suddenly joined by other drops, and more drops, and more. I looked up at the sky. It was as if God, himself, was weeping with pride.
Some will probably say that this was all just a huge coincidence. That miracles don't really exist. That it was bound to rain sometime. And I can't argue with that. I'm not going to try. All I can say is that the rain that came that day saved our farm, just like the actions of one little boy saved another.
I don't know if anyone will read this, but I had to send it out. To honor the memory of my beautiful Billy, who was taken from me much too soon.
But not before showing me the true face of God, in a little, sunburned body.
-- Author Unknown
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For sale is an RPPC showing two gentlemen, one with his hand on the other's shoulder, each with cigarettes.
Maybe I'm reading into this, but it looks ever so gay. Sometimes when people post these on eBay, they'll say "gay interest", but we decided to let the picture speak for itself. Then again, it's a different time. Maybe men just put their arms around each others shoulders?
AZO stamp box, circa 1904-1918. The card is divided back, so it is after 1907.
Click on Title (above) to see the postcard in our eBay store.
This is a sad, sad day. Paul Newman is dead at age 83 from cancer.
My connection with him is this:
Paul was a race car driver. He used to come up to Brainerd, Minnesota, to race in the summer. He rented a condo there. I worked with someone whose parents came in the week Paul was leaving. He told them "I left some stuff in the freezer, and hope you don't mind if I don't throw it out". They said "Sure, no problem!".
Turns out it was totally stocked with hundreds of dollars worth of the choicest cuts of meats. Things they'd never be able to afford! So that whole week they ate very, very well on Paul Newman's steaks.
Paul, pretty blue-eyed Paul, I miss you already. My heart goes out to Joanne Woodward and all the family.
Well, today we got an email from a customer asking for a postcard to be express mailed. And, not only did I read the email right way, I actually called the woman.
And we made a very hurried trip to the post office to send the postcard to the lady. See, she's in the postcard. And she's having surgery Monday for Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer.
Well, it just so happens that I was once told I had Ovarian Cancer. I was scheduled to have surgery on July 4th. I went in two days before for a pre-op ultrasound. The tumor had disappeared! The doctor was stunned!
But, I wasn't. I had prayed and asked for healing, so God healed me.
Now, the poor lady who is going to get the postcard tomorrow afternoon at 3 pm is also being prayed for. As well as the wonderful brother and sister-in-law who ordered the postcard to surprise her and make her feel better.
And, yes, they're all being prayed for. If not for healing, at least for Thy will to be done, sweet Lord Jesus!
And what this has to do with business is this: I'll do anything for a customer if it comes from my heart to hers. If God wills it!
I was recently asked by CafeMSN to answer some questions about email, and thought I'd add it to the blog. (Click the Title (above) to read more about the Buddy Program.)
Here was the first question and my answers to it and other questions:
Each of us use, experience and expect different things from an email service. In what ways does an email service you use such as Windows Live Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo Mail, help you get things done in your day to day life? Can you please reflect on it in your own words?
"An email service enables me to work from home. I could not accomplish my eBay or Etsy selling without email. I check it first thing in the morning and last thing at night. My life is much easier because of having an email service. I cannot imagine having to go back to telephone and USPS mail to do business. I cannot imagine having an online business without also having email. The service I consistently use is the obvious - getting notifications from eBay, Paypal and Etsy about transactions and payments. I also like having a calendar associated with the email account. I use this to track payments due and for scheduling and remembering general life events. I like the combination of email and IM, so my IM plays a tune when I get an email."