Saturday, July 16, 2011

Yard Sales - the 'deal' of the Century...

The 'Deal of the Century' doesn't really begin to describe the blessing that my sister, Terri!, and I walked away with last night. There was going to be a large Estate Sale today at the home of a lady that recently passed away. I believe that she was in her late forties or early fifties. It was a tragic story and one that affected our friend Regina personally. (as this was her friend that she did a retail booth with for many years) Anyway, Regina was able to get us in last night on a 'pre-sale' (we shopped 9pm-11pm last night) and boy did this lady have lots of stuff. Terri and I were shopping for our personal use as well as stuff for our new retail booth space at Olde Salem Merchantile (that is only 1 week old) We couldn't believe the amount of stuff for sale, the awesome prices, and how much stuff we came home with. The photos below are only the items that I put in my car for me personally and for the booth. You should see the stuff that is at Terri's house that I don't have photos of.

Ok, are you ready to find out why I am calling it the 'Deal of the Century'? I only paid $40 for the items that you see in the (many) photos below and Terri paid only $35 for the items that she has at her house. I know, can you believe it? We are still in shock. We have already talked this morning about what an awesome blessing it was for us to be able to pre-shop this sale. We love having connections. Thank you Regina. As you can see, we got tons of stuff. We got seasonal items (Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc), we got lots of table linens (runners, table cloths and cloth napkins), we got about 6 or 7 wreaths (some everyday and some seasonal), we got gardening decor, Christmas ornaments, vases, baskets, bowls...and again, this isn't even the items that Terri has...What a blessing. This will make us some 'fun money' as we move some of these items into our 'Double Take' booth space.

July 8, 2011 - 'Double Take' becomes a Reality

My twin sister, Terri!, and I have been making plans to open up a retail booth at Olde Salem Merchantile in Salem, VA. Well after many months of planning, purchasing and re-purposing, it is finally here. We decided to go with a larger booth than we had originally planned and we partnered with Regina, a long time friend on this hobby/business venture. She has had a booth for over 7 years at a different location so we are 'learning' the tricks of the trade from her. We went with a 14' X 4' booth space. We were afraid that we didn't have enough stuff to fill it but on the contrary, we enough, if not more. On Friday afternoon, the three of us (with our families there to help move stuff in) began setting up and beautifying our new retail space.

Here is a before photo - this is me, Terri! and Regina...

Everything is moved in, family members are gone, now time to get to work...boy do we have our work cut out for us.

Drum roll please.....Here is the 'After'. Yea! We are so pleased with how it turned out. We only had 3 hours tonight to work on it so there are still a few things to get done and items to be added but we are so pleased with the results. We didn't have any idea that it would turn out looking so good. We are thrilled. Some more 'booth' eye-candy for you......and some more, ...and more, ...more, ...and the last one.
Now on to making us some 'fun' money. This is really more of a hobby for us but the making money part is the 'cherry on top'. Say a prayer for us that we will get some good customers and have to be very busy to keep our booth space filled. Thanks for stopping by and looking at our booth.