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.

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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!

Yod Sale Vlog Season 1 Episode 3

This week the weather was BEAUTIFUL!  I headed out to hit a multifamily neighborhood sale in East Greenwich.  Since starting this blog and Facebook page I have been getting tips from friends about sales in the area.  My college roommate turned me on to a huge community sale in East Greenwich, so I headed there…..but I didn’t make it.

East Greenwich is around 45 minutes from my shop, (I open my shop at 10am on saturdays) and after thinking about how much time I would be losing traveling, and after getting a call from my cousin who lives in the town next to my shop, I decided to just do some local yard and garage sales. I had seen a bunch of signs going up on Friday when I left work, so I knew there would be plenty to hit.

We hit 10 sales in total.

Two sales  were my favorite.  One was a moving sale, and the deals were unbelievable.  I picket up a polaroid printer for $10!  They had a $55 price tag, I asked “What is the best you can do on this?” and the home owner said $10!  I was thinking he would go to $40 or $35, and I would have bought it at that because it is selling on Amazon for $95 after FBA fees.  When he dropped the price to $10 I should have gone back to grab more things.

Moving sales are better than just regular yard sales because the people have to sell everything.  They don’t want to pack it.  People at yard sales might just be looking to make some money, their impetus to sell is not as dire. Moving sales are usually at the end of the month, and the stuff has to be gone by the first, so you really have leverage when it comes to negotiating.

The second sale that I liked was a multifamily sale that was being held to raise money for a church mission.  They had a bunch of kids working the sale and they also had a bake sale with goodies and coffee.  I was happy to see the money go to a good cause.

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Brimfield Antique Show May 2017

Here is this weeks Vlog on the Brimfield Antique Show!

I normally set up in J & J Field with my friend, but this year I didn’t because he wasn’t going, I didn’t want to set up by myself…and I really didn’t want to sleep in the field.  I went on Wednesday and Friday to shop and shoot some video.

I hope you enjoy this peek into the fields of Brimfield.  Please like and subscribe on my Youtube channel and leave comments 🙂

On Strike!

One of the coolest things about yard sales and flea markets is finding things that connect you to your past.  You will come across so many things that spark memories of childhood.

This week I went to Brimfield (video will be posted shortly).  I found this On Strike board, and immediately I think of how I have a picture of me holding one back in the eighties!

The one on the left is me, on the right is my daughter.  The sign is a little bit different, my father worked for Local 2323, I believe that was the Rhode Island division and 2320 is Central Mass.

You got that where???

This blog is dedicated to yard sales (yod sales if you are from around hea, where we don’t pronounce the ah (r)). I am obesessed with flea markets, swap meets, thrift shops and the like, but some of the greatest things I get are FROM THE TRASH!!!


Check out this egg orb seat, complete with audio inputs.  I bought this from one of my favorite pickers…Jeff (his line is “free is my middle name…Jeffrey).  Jeff picks trash, and makes a killing at it.  In the next few weeks I am going to go out with him to film for my YouTube channel, I can’t wait.

(As much as I wanted this for myself, I couldn’t keep it 😢. That is the hardest thing about this business, you can’t keep all the awesome things that pass through your hands.  I did keep it in the family though, my brother bought it.)

As for this week, I will be filming out in Brimfield, the largest antique show / flea market in North America.

Tips & Tricks for hustling at Yard & Estate Sales

Since it is absolutely pouring out, I decided to do a video on tips and tricks that you can use at a yard and estate sale.

  1. Get there Early!  The early bird gets the worm for a reason.  There is not much worse than walking up to a yard sale and seeing someone walking away with something you have been hunting for.
  2. Get to know the dealers that run the estate sales.  Sign up on the mailing lists and like their Facebook pages.  This way you are the first to see what Estate Sales are coming up and sometimes even preview the items before the doors open.
  3. You can use your phone to check eBay/amazon on the items you want to flip, but don’t stay glued to your phone.  It is best to use your gut. You don’t want to waste time looking up all the past auctions on an item that you can get for just a few dollars.  Take that time to check out the entire sale.  Research the items at the end of the day.
  4. Use www.estatesales.net to map out what estate sales you want to hit.  For yard sales, I use the app Yard Sale Treasure Map.  You can plot out your map the night before, search for key words that you like to buy, and sometimes even see pictures of what that sale has to offer.
  5. For estate sales, don’t bring large bags or purses.  Estate sales are usually in someone’s home and there are a bunch of people.  The people who run the sale do not allow large purses because you might knock something over.  It is best to bring and  reuse plastic store bags.
  6. Bring Post It notes or Masking tape to mark items you bought as SOLD.  I have seen countless fights between people who bought an item, put it down because they didn’t want to carry it, and when they returned it was in someones bag. You can avoid these misunderstandings if you mark your items clearly as SOLD.
  7. Bring a magnet to check for silver or gold. You can buy heavy duty magnets at Home Depot or Lowes.  When you see a pile of jewelry, just run the magnet over it.  If it sticks to the magnet, you know it is not gold or silver.  Costume jewelry is magnetic. (You might still want to buy the costume jewelry depending on the designer)
  8. Talk to people.  Talk to the people running the estate sale and the people who own the house at the yard sale. You can ask for specific items, items they may have but may not have put out at the yard sale.  Also talk to the other people at the yard sale, sometimes they will let you in on a great sale down the street that they already hit.  You will see a lot of the same people at yard sales, it is good to get to know them.  They are not always your competition.
  9. Bring a flash light.  This especially applies to estate sales.  Estate sales tend to be in the home of elderly people and elderly people always have dim lighting.  Beside the dim lights, you will also have access to parts of the home that might not have lights at all.  Basements, Garages, and sheds are never well lit, so it is good to bring your own flashlight.
  10. HAVE FUN.  Some weeks you might find a $300 item for $3, some weeks you will find people asking $300 for a $3 item.  Try not to take negotiations personally, and always try to be friendly. You can catch more flies with honey that vinegar, so be friendly and the negotiations will be easier.

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