Monday, August 31, 2015

Its never too late for plants!


The nights are getting cooler but its still warm enough to get some perennials in the ground! Lowes had their six packs of dusty miller down to .99 and I found out just this spring its a perennial!


I put most around the yard but I stuck one in the orchid pot because gold and white are classy.


Last year's dusty miller are just as tall this year - close to two feet tall in spite of my penchant for over-planting!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

WOW Our most successful garage sale to date!


Our niece made $90 yesterday - AFTER the $10 garage sale permit. It was all quantity because the most expensive thing we sold all day was  $5 bike which had probably been in the garage since 1998.

I sold eBay duds and a few annual plants in containers I didn't like. Since it wasn't stuff I'd purchased first hand in a store I was able to price everything much lower and we sold about 85% of everything! It was great because yesterday you could barely walk through the garage and today you couldn't even tell we'd had rejects.

Today we made about $180 and since there isn't anything left to sell won't be setting up tomorrow. Its a good thing too because I'm EXHAUSTED! Its so warm outside.


I am sad to report our awesome Staples signs have gone MIA. They were weighed down with bricks and were completely gone. I was worried I'd broken some type of advertising ordinance but wouldn't have the police officer come by to say so? Our address was right on them.

In happier news today was very windy and it looks like my car sign was flying away. Someone came out and put hardcore peace sign duct tape on it. What a kind deed!

Friday, August 28, 2015

First Garage Sale Day


This large bag of clothes was given to my niece by my aunt. We are having a garage sale this weekend and she is going to keep all of the Friday earnings.

Her parents told me she has been paring her toys all week and even asked if she could sell her bedroom rug because she doesn't use it. They weren't amused ;)


Here was our kitchen in the morning. Garage sales are such messy affairs - right? Somehow all the stuff we want to sell ends up in the kitchen instead of outside.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Garage Sale Tomorrow - let's get some last minute signs up!


You know the $25 in free printing services Staples gives out each year? I finally found a use for it!

3 Small Signs to advertise our garage sale this weekend - 6.99 each. Not bad!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Well if you're going to clearance anyway...


I dropped by KMart to see if their summer clearance was on and to my surprise it was all 70% off already!

I picked up two of those solar chickens for the yard for $2.50 each because I'm a sucker for solar lighting but I may return them. They don't light up much at all.


Also nabbed two coco liners for next year - these things are way too expensive normally. Unfortunately there was only one of the really large clay saucers left and I want two more for the front steps.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Get that chair outta here!


Summer clearance already started! Lowes has these cool aqua metal chairs 75% off to $8


They also have a ton of these green ones for the same price.

I bought one of each home to test drive and decided to go with the green. The aqua ones really need cushions because the metal gets HOT. The green ones are stretchy rubber so they don't get too hot and I can leave them outside 24-7.

PLUS!

They are the exact same shade of green as everything else I spray painted out there.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Visiting the Montclair Museum

Funnily enough I lived in Montclair for two years before visiting their museum (https://www.montclairartmuseum.org/). Well, now all the local libraries have free day passes to visit so my nieces and I went to look:


They were in love with these creepy little indigenous dolls


and the two year old wanted to try on all the native garb baby clothes


the seven year old insisted I send her mom this photo of the jewelry display


and both fell in love with this sculpture


although I must admit I was preoccupied by the ceiling.

Its a pretty small museum and while both girls liked it I don't think they're capable of understanding the skill required to create art. The older one made me nervous because she would want to point something out within a hair's breadth.

We were probably out of there within an hour (shameful, I know) but I'd like to go back next month when they have their Eric Carle exhibit. The older one may be more interested in that one.