Sunday, December 21, 2008

Schar's Was De Night Befo' Christmas - Hawaiian Style

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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Saturday, December 20, 2008

70% off from now till end of year

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 just sounded like the nightly news.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Etsy takes a nosedive, then rebounds!

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!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Time Marching On

Just 9 more days to Christmas again. It always seems the last week or so flies by.

We've already done about all we'll do in the way of family visits. The gifts are taken care of. The final cards were mailed today.

So, now it's just sitting back and watching others go crazy with last minute details.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Two Cute Stand-Up Valentine's Day Cards

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.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Our 1/2 Off Sale

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.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Can't Italians spell "Biscotti"?

Today I bought my kitchen a Christmas present - a set of ceramic canisters marked very clearly on the bottom "Made in Italy".

I took pictures of the new set to send to my sister. I was editing them when I noticed the spelling on the largest one: "Biscotty".

Now Italian doesn't have a lot of words that end with "Y". Even Italy ends with an "A" in Italy, as it's "Italia" there.

So, the "Y" made me laugh out loud! Biscotti! Not Biscotty!

But, all that said I love the canisters. They're just the right size and color to brighten up my kitchen and the white, blue and yellow are my kitchen colors.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Old Honeycomb Foldout 3D Cupids Valentine's Day Card

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.