Wonka Vision?

I am a film geek.  I can’t count how many times a day I recall something as a film quote or scene from a movie.

That is exactly what happened yesterday, and I immedialty felt like I was reliving a scene from one of my favorite movies.

Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory.  I might know that film word for word.  Remember “Wonka Vision”?

 

(It isn’t my favorite scene, my favorite is when Gene Wilder sings “Pure Imagination” .  That scene is every fat kids dream!)

So, what happened to spark this scene in my mind?  I have been doing more you tubing lately.  There is one channel that I follow and check in with often.  Texas Gal Treasures.

I have been following this channel for a few weeks, since I started Merch by Amazon.  The “Texas Gal” Margaret does a bunch of walk throughs that I have found to be extremely helpful.  She does box openings so I decided to send a box with some jewelry in it.  My shop has a TON, and I am not exaggerating, A TON of jewelry.  I buy it by the pound, and one corner of the shop is dedicated to costume jewelry.  So I grabbed a random box and stuffed it with some jewelry and other odds and ends and sent it down to Texas.

Before I knew it, Margaret was opening the box.  I think it got there in 2 days, but it seemed immediate.  Unfortunately I missed the live box opening.  I saw it when I was checking back on youtube, and it was so cool and weird at the same time.  Weird in an alternate reality sort of way.  Most of the stuff was random stuff that was laying on one of my counters.  So to see it on the other side of the computer screen so fast was strange, sort of like when Mike TeeVee was sent in Wonka Vision!
I send out a bunch of packages every day because I sell on eBay & Etsy, but I never see where it actually goes to, so it was fun to see that.
As a side note, I do think this graphic is actually drawn to scale….
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Blessed….

Some days, actually most days, I think about how blessed I am.  I may not be rich, but I am living my dream.

I just had a film crew at my shop, headed by Nick Marcoux.  I made a film almost 10 years ago with Nick, called Happy Endings? (A documentary where we followed women who worked in Massage Parlors when Prostitution was legal in Rhode Island)  He is still doing filming full time.  He is a teacher at TAPA   (Trinity Academy for Preforming Arts)  He just got access to a SUPER EXTREMELY DOPE TOP O THE LINE CAMERA!  The camera is on loan from Panasonic as a demo.

He has one day to shoot, so he is filming a BBQ show, and he asked to do a profile on my shop and me.

The crew came in and I got to tell some stories on the shop, the youtube channel, and podcast Miseducation & Malarkey.

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When the crew was leaving, the young woman who was part of the crew came up to me and said “I just want you to know you are living my dream”.

(What is funny is I was thinking Nick was living my dream! I would love to film more and make a living at it)

I said, thanks and it struck me how much of a dream I am living.  Sometimes when you hear someone else say it, it really cements how lucky you are into reality.

I never though I would have this life, and everyday I think how lucky I am to have my own shop, and work for my self.  I am not making a ton of money, but I do have a ton of stories, and I make enough to get by.   I am happy.

Connecting with the past

I have tons of random stuff pass through my hands.  Some of the stuff brings memories up.  That is what I love about being in this business, you never know what you will find.

My shop is located in Rhode Island, where I was born and raised. Rhode Island has a very rich history of manufacturing, mostly Costume Jewelry.


Coro, Trifari, you name the costume jewelry company, and it is likely to have had a factory in Rhode Island.


This ring came into the shop today, as a part of a lot I bought.  I thought the design was cute, and upon further inspection I noticed it was marked “Coro” “Sterling” and “pat. Applied for”.

It is unusual to find a piece by a costume jewelry made in Sterling, but what I love most is that it is made by Coro.

My grandparents worked in the Coro factory!  I love to think that this piece could have passed through their hands 70+ years ago.  Who knows? It is a possibility!

The design is cool too, two Hearts with a chain link holding them together.

I think I am going to keep this piece 🙂

Skimming Money

This week it is raining, so I didn’t get to go out to the yard sales.  I have made a goal for myself to do one video a week, so I decided to come into the shop and make a “coin” video.

I am a coin collector.  I love the history of coins, the designs, all things coin related.  I found out about the history of “skimming money” so I figured I would make a vlog about that.  I hope you enjoy it.  Please like, comment and subscribe.

Thanks, Happy Hunting!

Diving into Amazon Merch!

The more I know, the more I do not know.  I find this out everyday.  I have been selling on eBay, etsy, and multiple other online forums for a while now.  I just started Amazon FBA in March, and this week I am starting Amazon Merch.  Merch is P.O.D. Print on demand.  You upload your image / design to a shirt, and when that shirt sells, you get a commission.  Here is one of my first designs that was accepted. (click on it and go right to Amazon!)


I decided on this design because I figure summer is here, and there will be a bunch of Reggae festivals going on, so I am trying to capitalize on that.  I always loved the old school 45 RPM place holder, so I thought it was a good play on the image.  Hopefully it takes off 🙂 If you are interested in buying it, just click the photo and go right to amazon.

I only started this business this week, so I will update the progress in a month to see how it goes.  If you are interested in hustling, please subscribe.  I have been living on the hustle since 2009!  I’m trying to get into more passive income as I am getting older, so follow my journey.

Happy Hunting!

Art Festival & 1 Yard Sale

This week, once again, I was planning on filming some trash picking.  Unfortunately, once again it didn’t happen.

On Saturday, cousin Julie was busy with the Young Marines.  Since she wasn’t going sailing, I decided to skip sailing and bring my girls to work.  I wasn’t planning on going to any yard sales, but I got a call from my sister who said there was a yard sale on her street.  Her daughter, Carolyn, has been excited about the youtube channel and asked me to come over with my camera.  So I had to stop there on my way to the shop.

On Sunday we went to the Barrington Arts Festival.  There were a bunch of vendors, some I recognized from the Providence Flea Market.  We brought our other niece, Angie, who also is youtuber.  Something Funny did happen there.  I was filming, doing my walk through, and some random woman came up to me and questioned if I was “allowed” to film.  I just answered “No one has questioned me yet” and I continued on.

Half way through the fest, I let Angie take over the camera.  If you are prone to seizures, I would not recommend watching.  The footage is what you would expect from a little kid. I did enjoy listening to her narrate the footage though.

There were 3 booths I really liked.

I bought a soap with a wonder woman lego inside from LNK Design.  Check out their etsy!

There were the most incredible pocketbooks, but unfortunately I do not carry one 😦 They had pizza, donut, quahog, clutch/hand bags.  These were from Kent Stetson. There are some incredible creations, so check out his shop.

The last booth was Cait Marchetti Jewelry. Very talented young lady that does her own hand drawn enamel work. Her pendants are double sided.  from her website:

Narrative on the front and back sides.

The Potential Series for example, has an organism in an early stage of life on the back,

while on the front is the same organism if allowed to flourish and grow to its full potential.

Check out the video below.  Please subscribe, like, share, and comment.
Thanks for reading…Happy Hunting!

The Direction….

directionWhen I first started this blog / instagram / youtube channel/ et al, I figured I would just do yard sales.  I am finding that I want to do more, expand.  There are so many things I am interested in.  I’m not saying I’m the most interesting person in the world, but I’m far from boring.

You can find all types of people that probably have similar interests as I do. I am just saying, I am going to start using this and all my platforms as a sort of virtual diary.  Of course there will be many entries on yard sales / hustling, because that is a major part of my life.  But there is much more.

I listen to Gary Vee and how he says “it is all about the legacy” I want to document some of my life for my legacy.

So here is a little background on me.

I’m 40 years old….it seems weird to say that because I always though 40 was old but now I am there, I still don’t feel like an adult. (Side note, I do think this blog/vlog might be associated to a midlife crisis….and I am sure we will explore that)

I was born and raised in Rhode Island.  Lived here most of my life.  I did live in Spain for 6 months while studying abroad in college.

I am a wife, married on July 24, 2011 in Central Park NY.  That was the day Gay Marriage became legal in NY, and since it was not legal in RI at the time, I got married there.

I am a mother of two beautiful girls.  Their conception and birth will probably be explored on this blog as well.

I love filming.  I made a feature documentary “Happy Endings?” and made it into wikipedia! The documentary follow women who work in Asian massage parlors in Rhode Island during the time prostitution was decriminalized

I currently own a little shop called Warren Exchange, I buy and sell stuff.  eBay, Etsy, Amazon, you name the platform, I’m probably on it.

If you looked at my instagram feed, you would see a bunch of pictures of coins, drag queens, tattoos, and hip hop.  These are my favorite things.

I  do a weekly podcast with my friend Sabrina who is in the UK.  We mostly discuss culture, politics, and trending topics.  We have very different perspective on everything. Check it here on Soundcloud and here on Youtube

So, that is me in a nut shell.  I hope you decide to follow me on this journey.

 

 

 

 

Providence Flea (A walk through)

This week I was planning on doing trash picking, but the “expert” I was going to video ended up stuck in Cape Cod.  I held my own “Wicked Big Yod Sale” on Saturday, and on Sunday I went to the Providence Flea.  Providence is the home to RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, Ivy League for Art Schools.  The Providence Flea is not the traditional flea market.  First, the setting if GEORGEOUS.  Right on the water. Also, you can tell it is curated, they select the vendors.  At a bunch of flea markets I frequent, you can buy dish washing detergent and other stuff from coupon hustlers.  (I am not knocking the coupon hustlers, I respect any hustle, and I buy that stuff too….anything to save a dollar!)  This is a high end flea market. A bunch of conversion pieces, refinished and repurposed.  One of my favorites is Sugar High Jewels.  The owner makes jewelry out of CANDY!!!! What woman doesn’t love candy and jewelry?  That is a beautiful marriage.

So, please check out this weeks vlog.  I tried to capture the vendors business cards, so if you are interested in any of the pieces, you can contact them directly.

Thanks for watching…..happy hunting!

 

Yod Sale Vlog Season 1 Episode 4


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This week we hit a few more yard sales and an estate sale.  The weather was horrible on Friday and I think that kept the number of yard sales down.  Also the fact that this was a holiday weekend, many people travel and are not around to have or go to yard sales.  The estate sale was weird in the fact that the resident was still in the house.  Most estate sales, the home owner has either moved or passed away.  There was one “fight” at the start of the estate sale.  I have to remind myself that I am filming, because usually when I see an estate or yard sale fight, I walk away.  I need to remember I am filming so I can get that footage….I know it is the footage that everyone wants.  This upcoming weekend, I will be holding my own yard sale at the store with a few other people.  Also I am going to go trash picking with a friend on Sunday.  It should be fun.  Make sure you come back for that.  Happy Hunting!