QUICK POST – PICTURES OF MY G-SALE STUFF

All set up and ready to go!  Sale starts in 45 minutes, at 10am.  Here are some pictures of the goods all set up.  FREE lemonade and ice water;  Cherry-pineapple popsicles $1.00, so you can stay cool while you shop!

My hand painted signs at up to 80% off retail price.

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Published in: on June 24, 2017 at 9:23 am  Comments (1)  
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Now what?!?!? How about a Garage Sale!

My etsy shop is officially closed.  So, now what?!?!  I’ve been researching other sites, and it seems that each one has as many bad reviews as good reviews; so I’m still on the fence.

In the meantime I’ve decided to have a garage sale.  This upcoming weekend is when the Rock Creek Neighborhood Association has their annual Garage Sale, so I decided to ‘piggy back’ on that.  (Where I live isn’t a part of the Assoc.)   But I can only handle sitting out in the heat for one day, so my g-sale will be Saturday only.

THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 24th ~ 10am – 3pm

20660 NW Lapine Way  Portland, Oregon  97229  Rock Creek, right by the soccer fields.

What am I selling?  Signs.  LOTS of signs leftover from my etsy shop; and priced to SELL FAST at up to 80% off the retail price.

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These pictures are NOT a representation of the EXACT signs I will have available in the sale. But the only pictures I have to use just now.

I also have some over-stock from my booth at Stars:

Prices SLASHED from what they were in my booth!

I have  a few grubby candles left that will be for sale  (and YES, they still smell good!)  Some craft supplies.  Some general household stuff.  (like old plastic hangers – the only ones are MUCH stronger than they new flimsy ones you buy these days!)  And some home decor items that I just don’t have room for anymore!

I’m also selling ALL THESE primitive doll making supplies ‘as a lot’ (the pictures above and below!) for $50.00.  I am not putting these out as part of my garage sale, but you can buy them during the sale.  I also have the lot listed on criagslist, but also only for purchase during the g-sale hours on Saturday.

Included in this lot is:

Lots of different kinds and colors of doll hair.
Muslin doll body blanks (one already painted)
Muslin doll body ‘parts’, head/torsos, arms and legs. Some are already tea stained.
Homespun and country fabric for doll dresses.
Pre-cut and partially sewn doll dressed (to fit the above bodies.
Rusty tin and stuffed fabric angel wings
A dozen grubby tea stained baby socks, stained string and cheesecloth. (I was going to make these intl little grubby stocking ornaments.)

Come by and say hi and get some goods stuff at great prices!

P.S.  For some reason I cannot access my Facebook page or post on FB?!?! (THIS post is only showing up because it came from my blog)  My son says it’s because I don’t have enough internet speed, but I ONLY have this issue with FB; and I refuse to pay more for internet JUST to be able to use Facebook!!  SOOOO000ooooo . . .  if you need to reach me, you can send me a message via FB (that I can still access!) OR leave a comment here on my blog, or email me directly.  

Published in: on June 22, 2017 at 7:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The sale has been extended!

The Stars Sale has been extended and will continue through Monday, June 5th!!  

So if your weekend was too busy to get out there, you now have until tomorrow and 6pm.

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In other news, my etsy shop is now officially CLOSED for business.  I’ve been researching other on-line options for selling on and there are SO many of them!  Each has as many good reviews as they do bad reviews, so I am completely stymied!

And I’m just not convinced that I should pay for my own website right now.  The numerous sites that have ‘free shops’ only allow you to list a very limited number of items.

I have considered just adding a selling feature to my blog.  I even looked up ‘how to sell on my free WordPress blog’; but for the life of me I canNOT find the ‘widget’ to add for a shopping cart?!?!  sigh.

Maybe I’ll just list some items here in my blog and have buyers leave a comment to purchase; then send them a PayPal invoice to pay??  Does that sound too ‘rinky dink’?  Would YOU buy like that from a blog?

This is a pretty busy month for me with my CASA volunteer work, but I’m HOPING to get some things on my blog before too long.

Stars Antique Malls BIG Birthday SALE!!

The sale starts TODAY, and runs through Sunday.  Each vendor sets their own sale discount %.  As always, I’m offering 50% off EVERYTHING in my booth.  If you’ve had your eye on something, NOW is the time to go buy it!

And, also as always, my booth is JAM-PACKED with goods!

Vintage sheet music, vintage lace and glittered crowns; in small decorative size, adult size and a few (the narrower lace ones) are baby size.

Altered and upcycled mini mannequins.

Lots of little altered journals.  The ones with the vintage atlas covers are perfect for a summer travel journal!  Great little gifts for teachers too.

Vintage, altered and upcycled jewelry and trinket boxes.  The smallest ones are perfect for tucking a gift card into; and prices stat at $5.00!

Chalk boards, big and small, upcycled memo boards, cork boards,  big blank frames, decorative wall and ceiling medallions.

Vintage and repainted wood bowls and trays.

LOTS of vintage and upcycled glass cloches!  (How cute is that ‘pear shaped’ one!?!?)  Candle pedestals and cupcake stands (sold separately) make adorable bases for the cloches.

Lots of picture frames, with and without backs and glass.  Gold, white and aqua.

LOTS of vintage white Ironstone dishes!  Every pieces and unique collectibles.

Vintage treasures.

And LOTS of furniture; always at very reasonable prices . . . .  CRAZY good prices during the sale at 50% off!

COME & GET YOUR SHOPPING THERAPY!

10% off coupon for Stars Antique Mall

Mom would LOVE to go shopping at Stars Antique Malls with you after Mother’s Day Brunch.  He’re’s a 10% off coupon to ‘sweeten the deal’.

Use this coupon to take 10%* OFF your next purchase at Stars.
It is our way of saying, THANKS!

*This coupon can only be used for a discount on regularly priced items of $20 or more & not on a sale tag. Cannot be used on items already purchased, with another discount special, or to purchase gift certificates. Offer Expires: at 6PM on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Happy Mother’s Day & Happy shopping!

GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE IN MY ETSY SHOP – 50% OFF SIGNS!

I’ll explain more about ‘why?’ I’ve decided to close down my etsy shop later.  For now I need to spend time putting the sale information in all 100+ of my listings, one by one.  I got about half way through them last night.

CLICH HERE TO VISIT MY ETSY SHOP

Even though I don’t yet have the sale information in each listing, the 50% discount IS valid on ALL of the signs in my etsy shop.  You will just have to look at one of the listings on the first page to get the sale ‘coupon code’, to enter when you check out.  It will automatically deduct the 50% from the price of the sign.

Shipping remains the same.  

Local shoppers whom are able to pick up their signs directly from me, and don’t need them mailed; will get their shipping costs refunded.  There is no way to automatically deduct the shipping costs; so refunding them after the fact is all I can do.  Be sure to mention that you want to pick up your purchase, and not have it mailed, in the notes to seller when you purchase.

Pictures of Spring Show

It’s “EVERY HUSBAND’S NIGHTMARE” show time!!

Washington County Fairgrounds.

April 18 -22, 2017  ~ Weekdays 10am – 8pm; Saturday 10am-5pm

(take advantage of the evening shopping hours if you want to avoid the crowds!)

I stopped back by the show to take photos after I had stocked my booth at Stars.  I wasn’t able to take as many photos at the show as I’d hoped to because I ran out of memory!

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I brought plenty of signs!

And my ‘new favorite’ thing to make . . . . .

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CROWNS!

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Lots of different sizes and styles.

~ Vintage sheet music ~ Glitter ~ tea stained lace ~ with all kinds of adornments!

Something for everyone!

Look for my mermaid style crowns in the beach display.

Grubby candles!  I found a stash of grubby candles leftover from when we had our store!  They STILL smell amazing!  In fact, you will probably smell them before you see them.  This is the last of them, so grab them up while you can.  I won’t be producing them anymore.

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I brought lots of ‘bits & bobs’ for the crafters and scrap bookers.  Vintage Bingo cards.  Vintage paper doilies.  Little notebooks and journals.

All kinds of fun little stuff in these jars too!

 On to the rest of the show!

Americana and vintage; quilts, Pyrex and silver.

So much more than I was able to take pictures of!!!

Cream and black and white goes with everything!

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner!

FREE parking & FREE admission.

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My latest Re-purposing project . . .

My latest Re-purposing project is . . . . 

 . . . . is repurposing a portion of my LIFE.  It’s time to ‘let go’ of some of my old ways and invest my time and energy into something bigger . . . and more purposeful.  

The ‘letting go’ part of this upcoming repurposing project involves my blog.  Can you believe that I have been spending the time and effort to keep my blog going for almost TEN years now!?!

I remember ‘in the beginning days’ of my blog . . . .  constantly worrying about whether or not I could come up with enough content to keep it going for even a year!  And just like that, (or so it seems!) nearly a decade has gone by.  Wow.   A lot of pictures taken (and even more that I forgot to take!) A lot of paint and sand paper and sawdust and old things made new again.  THAT was the easy part.

 I will continue to do all that; maintain my booth at Stars and my etsy shop and  working on my home decorating projects.  I just won’t be sharing the step by step of it all in my blog anymore.  It takes a lot MORE time and effort to write about what you do, than to actually DO it.

The time that I will be saving by not blogging anymore will be invested in something MUCH more valuable and important.  Helping children.  More specifically, helping children who have been neglected or abused and removed from their homes, and ended up in foster care; by volunteering through the CASA program.  (Court Appointed Special Advocate)

 I’ve gone through the vetting process (informatin seminar, application, in person interview, TWO background checks) and will begin the training classes in a couple of weeks.

Sooooooo . . . .  “It’s the end of this blog as you know it . . . . ” 

I will leave the blog in place and hope that it will continue to instruct and inspire others to revamp their old items instead of throwing them away.  And I ‘might’ occasionally still post; for special events etc.

For the most part from now on, I’ll be using my Facebook page to ‘keep in touch’ with family and friends.  While my blog  posts automatically plug into my Facebook feed; my Facebook posts do NOT post on my blog.  So if you really want to keep in touch with what it going on in my life, you can follow my Facebook page  HERE.

EDITED TO ADD:  Sorry everyone!  I thought you could ‘follow me’ on Facebook, but NOPE.  Go ahead and send me a friend request, and I’ll set up a special group to put my blog readers in.  I WON’T get your Facebook posts, but you can get mine, and post on my page.  Sorry for the kerfuffle!!

 I ask your forgiveness in advance for my not ‘friending’ every one of you who might send me a Facebook friend request.  I just CANNOT keep up with that many people’s updates in my feed.   You can ‘follow me’ on Facebook without being ‘friended’ by me.

Lastly, I ask for your prayers and positive thoughts that I can do ‘good things’ for the children over whom I am given the responsibility of protecting, and guiding through the foster care system; and forward into a productive and happy life.

Thank you for friendship and support.

Your help is still very much needed . . . adding another ‘PERK’ to reward your kindness!

When I wrote my last post about Nicolle needing financial help due to her terribly knee injury and current lack of medical insurance; I felt an immense sense of urgency to ‘put it out there’ right away; and I did so.

AFTER posting it . . .  (and myself being sick for the better part of last week (but I HAVE medical insurance and received the doctors care I needed at a minimal cost to me)  I tried to think of something MORE that I might do to encourage those of you whom are ‘able to’ help, to do so.

Here’s what I’ve come up with:  The raffle for an item from my etsy shop will still take place.  IN ADDITION, I will also GIVE to everyone who donates to Nicolle’s cause a FREE e-book from my etsy shop.

(DON’T FORGET to put “T2T” before your name on your donor info to be entered in the raffle) 

To receive your free e-book; send me an email at

 folkartoriginals @ yahoo.com

Tell me which e-book you want and I will email it to you right away.  The raffle will take place the end of this month.  The winner will be announced here on my blog.

CLICK HERE  to go to Nicolle’s donation page.    And PLEASE share her plight on your Facebook page.

There, but for the grace of God; go I.

ANY one of us could end up in such a situation someday, and be reliant on the kindness of others.  Think about all you have to be thankful for . . . and share what you can to help.  There is no such thing as ‘too small of a donation’.

Please.

URGENT!! A FRIEND NEEDS YOUR HELP!!

Dear Readers of my ‘Trash2Trasure’ blog.

I have a friend here in Portland who is in dire need of financial assistance to pay for current and on-going medical treatment for a badly injured knee.  As a fellow single mother of one grown child, struggling to get by one her own and dealing with medical issues and the constant pain they bring with them . . . I can really relate to what she is going through.

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SHE would never ask for the help herself.  Her daughter set up the donation page for her.  You can see in this picture how bad her knee is; and this picture is after two months of being worked on!!

I know that most of you are not from the Portland, Oregon area and have no idea who Nicolle Camarata is.  I would not post this in my blog for ‘just anyone’.  I can SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO relate to what she is going though.  The pain attached to the medical issue.  The overwhelming FEAR of ‘How am I ever going to PAY for all of this?!?’  That feeling of “Maybe it’s time to shoot me and just put me out of my misery!”  (I said those very words to MY doctor once while I was in the midst of the worst with my back issues and surgeries.  I wasn’t REALLY suicidal, but just ready to be OVER IT!! )

My heart truly goes out to her and I want to do as much as I can to help ease the financial burden.  When you are stressed and worried the healing process takes longer too.  PLEASE help me help this dear woman with her medical issues AND help restore her faith in humanity.

I’m hoping to use my blog as an instrument of hope and kindness for this fellow human in need.

If the information I share in my blog has even been of inspiration or encouragement to you . . . .  If you have ever used one of my tutorials or instructions  . . . . if you have ever dragged home a ‘piece of trash’ and turned it into a treasure after seeing what I have done with some of MY trash . . .  if you have ever appreciated all the time and effort I put into taking pictures and posting in my blog; on top of doing all the hand work on the items itself . . .if you have ever wished there was a way for you to show your appreciation for all the information that I share in my blog  . . . . .

THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO ‘PAY IT FORWARD’!!  Please go to Nicolle’s  ‘YOUCARING’ page HERE and donate what you can to help her.

Even the smallest donation WILL make a difference for her.  I have already ‘put my money where my mouth is’ and made a donation.  I hope you will do the same.

I‘d like to do a raffle of some kind to reward your kindness in donating to her fund.  Let’s see  . . . . .    I could do a drawing of one name from all those who read my blog whom and have donated between now and the end of the month.  How does that sound?   As for HOW to collect the names of those who donate after reading this post????  When you enter your  name on the donations page, put “T2T” BEFORE your name.  And I will collect the names from the donation site.   If you choose to keep your donation anonymous, I will not be able to include you in the raffle prize drawing.  

How about something from my etsy shop as the raffle prize??  Suggestions for that item are welcome.  I’ll post what item has been selected as the prize sometime next week.

In the meantime, please open your hearts and your wallet.

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unaware.”  Romans 13:2

Thank you and God bless you!