Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Agenda 21 Being Implemented in Pittsburgh, PA???

I don't recall how I first became aware of Agenda 21.  But now that I know what I know about it, I am on the lookout.  I can see it being enacted by State and Federal depts locally and nationally.

I have a friend who doubted the influence of the UN on America.  When I just sent him Google results of Agenda 21 he didn't write back.  He still does not write back when I bring it up to him.

There was also a storm runoff system built just outside of Pittsburgh in Etna.

I believe that not very many people in Western PA even know about Agenda 21.  So they can't spot it being implemented.

Time to wake more people up.  Especially in Western PA.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunrise in the Mexican War Streets of Pittsburgh, PA.

I was up early today and stepped out on to my front porch and saw the beautiful sky directly in front of me.

It is a decent start to the day.  I have made 5 sales to two customers, I got some pics taken, had some fresh grapes, and got an opportunity for some work this week.

Off to the laundromat and then to pack orders.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Antique Victorian 1800's Middletown Plate Co quadruple plate teapot, silver plate teapot

One day an interior designer friend of mine, for whom I also do work, asked for my help and also wanted me to meet a consignment shop owner friend of hers just in case the shop owner and I could make a business relationship involving tea cups.

Well, after helping the interior designer and meeting the shop owner on the ride back to my home the interior designer insisted that we stop at the Goodwill along the way.  I am glad we did.

I found a Wormely dining chair, a beautiful Haeger vase, and several other items including this great antique silver plate teapot:

I was thinking that it was Victorian and when I got home and did some research I found out that I was correct.

It was the next morning that I took some pics and got it listed"

It is smaller than average teapots, but still beautiful.  And it's in great condition.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A 444 Today

I was outside organizing things and preparing for a girl to possibly come and look at my chairs when I decided to come up and turn the computer back on.

When I did the time on the clock was 4:44.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Day of Red White & Blue thrift store shopping and moving furniture!

My friend picked me up this morning to go pick up furniture and take up north of Pittsburgh in Gibsonia.

We ended up spending time shopping in 2 of the Red, White & Blue thrift stores, where we were also picking up the furniture to move, and to the first store we shopped twice and I came away with MANY NEW ITEMS.

The prices were pretty good, better than I was expecting, and there were aslo more nice items available on this busy saturday than I was expecting.I think I did very well.

I found a green coin glass candy dish with lid, a few nice books, a 1960's F.A.I.P. table lamp, a Stiffel lamp, a very nice fairy pottery lamp, small toby mugs from Japan, 2 beautiful hand painted moriage plates from Japan, a 1920's green M Noritake Nippon casserole dish in perfect condition, a green & white swirl glass vase with handles, a Fenton blue satin bicentennial plate with George Washington, a very nice Lenox Holy Family plate, a cool, retro Lane Ceramics yellow & white mod pitcher, a Stangl gold Granada vase, a very nice Stroud native american indian women print from 1986,  and some other things.

I was in one aisle looking when a lady in the aisle next to me suddenly asked, "You resell, right?".  I told her I did.  And she handed me a cow creamer from Japan.  And a pheasants glass bowl she said was from after the war, from the 1940's, and pointed to other pieces of colored glass candy dishes with lids and said, "they aren't making those colors any more.  I'm sorry. I'm a collector".  She was cool. I liked her.

Man, I did miss out on a great 1960's danish arm chair in the 2nd Red White & Blue store!  I looked it over twice and passed on it. I should have taken it!  But I was low on cash and had spent alot of money already by that time.

On the 2nd trip to the first Red White & Blue thrift store I saw a few nice chairs I would have liked to have bought, but I didn't have room and was running low on funds.

I finally got home after finishing the run to Gibsonia near 10:30pm.

It was a pretty productive day.

No sales in my Etsy shop though.  That bugs me.

Time to organize my new items for pic taking tomorrow and monday.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Vintage 1980's Sasson faux fur coat size 15, Pittsburgh

I found this gorgeous vintage faux fur coat on one of my many trips to my local thrift store. This is a piece my sisters would have worn back in the 1980's.

A vintage fur is a must-have fashion item for every fall and winter wardrobe.

It is still in great condition.  The faux fur is excellent.  No damage.  The interior is excellent also.  It does need to be laundered:

I got lucky so many times at this local thrift store.  It makes me just want to keep going in there even when I am in the neighborhood for something else.  Maybe I will get lucky again some time??

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Vintage Tea Cups in My Etsy Shop

I started emphasizing tea cups in my vintage Etsy shop probably just over 3 years ago.  I had been chatting with a friend I made on Etsy and she told me she collected Aynsley tea cups.  Although I knew that women loved vintage tea cups I just thought it would be too hard to try to buy and sell them.  But as I started to search for vintage tea cups and find very nice ones I thought collectors and those that appreciate tea cups would love, I got more into them.  As they sold, I would buy more.

It has been very fun buying and selling vintage tea cups in my Etsy shop for the past 3 years now.  I really even like taking the pics.  That's fun for some reason. And I believe taking good pics is very important in selling tea cups.

Here are some tea cups I currently have listed in my vintage Etsy shop:

I have had a lot of fun and met very many nice people and been lucky to sell hundreds of tea cups these past few years.  Here are some of the beautiful vintage tea cups I have been fortunate to sell:

I sell so many tea cups that it is a lot of work replacing them. But I guess that is a good problem to have. Right?

I have had a lot fun and am looking forward to trying to acquire and list tea cups that are even more beautiful to provide them for people to enjoy.

If you would like to see the tea cups I currently have available, you can click here:

Thank you for visiting my blog!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Steelers - Bleier SBXIII TD#3

Steelers - Stallworth SBXIII TD#1

Steelers - Stallworth SBXIII TD#2

Steelers - Swann seals the deal SBXIII TD#5

A 444 Today

So I first learned back in 2000 or so that 444 stands for the Power of God's Love, or something like that.

That Nick Bunick wrote a book and had a web site about the number.  I used to go on the 444 forum at Angelhaven.

I've had some 444's over the years.

Today on my ride home from the thrift store after working my grounds keeping job I thought to check the time and looked at my digital watch and it was 444.

Oh well.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Total Views: Summer slow down?

So in march I had 48,000 total views in my vintage Etsy shop.

In july I had 30,000 total views.

Wow.  What a difference.

No to mention that on my blog about my Etsy shop views I have been writing about my record low Etsy search views since june.

More changes to come on Etsy in the next month or two.

Sadie doesn't want her brother to grow up (ORIGINAL)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Vintage Sharon Goodman abstract painting, the sun? the moon?

It was several years ago on one of my daily trips to the local Goodwill when I found 2 works by Sharon Goodman.  I did not know who she was at the time.  But the painting and the pencil signed print were priced right for me.

I brought them home and did some searching and saw that she is an artist from West Virginia.

I found her web site and sent her an email.  She wrote back and told me they were some of her early works and it was good to see them again. And wondered how they got where they did.  She told me her larger works about 40" x 40" sold for $4,000.

Here is a 2009 statement from a Fairmont State (WV) exhibit of Sharon's paintings:

"Abstract artist Sharon Goodman was born in 1941 in Detroit, Mich., and began studying art at age 14. Choosing to live and raise a family in Morgantown, where her husband, now retired, was a professor, Goodman graduated with an M.F.A. from West Virginia University in 1978. She studied printmaking under Will Petersen at West Virginia University and spent a year in Florence, Italy, studying early Renaissance art. Goodman works primarily with oil on paper and canvas, often in series and triptychs, creating paintings that range in size from 4" x 4" to 60" x 60." She also works in lithography, encaustic and glass.
Goodman has been the recipient of a West Virginia Fellowship for the Arts, through the National Endowment for the Arts, and numerous other awards. She has had over 20 solo exhibitions and been part of over 40 invitational and juried exhibitions. Sharon Goodman's work can be found in private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe, as well as in the permanent collections of West Virginia University and the University of Charleston. Her work has been represented by galleries in New York; Pittsburgh; Cleveland; Detroit; Tampa; Hagerstown, Md.; Rochester, N.Y.; and Morgantown.
Goodman's words describe her work and provide her artist's statement for the viewers: "My paintings are immediate and energetic. I want the motions of my hand to be apparent on the paper or canvas and add another dimension to the painting-a spontaneity that the viewer can feel. My work is inspired by movement and color. I have danced for many years, and movement and the body in motion inform my paintings. Nature also inspires my art, as in the curving of a leaf, the bending of a weed, or the color of rushes swaying by a pond.
"Although my paintings are not representational, I work in series that are grounded in elemental themes such as water, sky or earth, or in places I have been. I do not expect the viewer to identify these elements in my work, only to get a sense of what the titles imply. I want the marks, the color and shapes, the brush strokes and layers on the paper or canvas to be compelling to the viewer so that their sources need not be identified."
I have had it listed in my vintage Etsy shop for some time and that listing expired.  I have now relisted it.  I think it is a great work that should find a good home.

Vintage 1960's Hollywood Regency orange velvet barrel chair

I am back at my grounds keeping job this year and one of my favorite parts is after working for the day enjoying the walk through the neighborhood down to the local thrift store.  I love walking down there on the sunny summer days.

On one of my recent walks to it there was this great chair.  I couldn't believe the price.  Especially for the condition.  I didn't hesitate. I snatched the receipt right off of it to take to the register with me.

I looked over the upholstery and the cushions and the wood and it all looked great.

I browsed some more and found a few nice things. I went to the register and paid for it and was really looking forward to getting it home and taking pics and listing it.  Taking pics is fun for me.  I don't know why. But I enjoy it.

Now the getting it home part was an experience, that's for sure.

But i got it home safely and took the pics and just listed it this morning:

I had work schedule for anew customer today, but it got canceled because of rain.  So I will try to take some new pics, organize and maybe list a few new things.

I want to make this a productive day.  I have been putting off shop things to do this summer.

Off to work.