There is money in these streets!

Well, sidewalks anyway….

Today just before closing, a man came into the shop with a thousand dollar bill

As you can see, this isn’t your average “Cleveland”. This bill is encased in lucite.

The $1000 bill was printed until 1946, and taken out of circulation in by the federal reserve in 1969 by the federal reserve under the direction of Nixon. Nixon believed the higher denomination currency made it easier for criminals to launder money.

This $1000 was in a sidewalk in Barrington, RI. Apparently a homeowner in Barrington put a $1000, a $100, a $50 and a $20 all in the walkway. The home owner (according to the neighbor) put the money in there and enjoyed watching people trying to dig it out. It had been there for as long as she could remember…and was removed today.

The man who brought the bill in was doing construction on that neighbors house, and decided to take his hammer drill and pull that bad boy out of the ground.

He had already brought it to the bank and they said they could not accept it because they could not physically touch it, so he brought it to me.

I sort of wish I bought it, but I didn’t. I love quirky stories and local history, and this was both. As a mater of fact, I even put something in the sidewalk cement during construction just recently. But I don’t think that someone will try to get it out in 50+ years from now, it is only a buffalo nickel with my initials. (See that blog here: Wet Cement)

I told him he could contact the Internal Revenue Service and they would be able to “remove it from circulation” and would probably send him a check for $720. $1000 minus the 28% tax, cause the government always needs their piece of the action ūüôā

You can find anything….

As a reseller, I enjoy getting things back to people who have been looking for them for a while.  A few times, customers have contacted me to let me know how happy they were to finally find something they were looking for.  This is one of the perks to hustling.

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This sort of thing has happens to me once in a while. A customer will contact me and tell me they were looking for something for a long time and finally found it. I had a man contact after he purchased and received a “lamp”. ¬†I had no idea about the item, didn’t know what it went to, or any info on the lamp….I just figured I would list it on eBay and see what happens. ¬†When he received it, he sent me this message….FullSizeRender

How cool is it to have something that is the “only one known to exist” pass through my hands? ¬†Sometimes business is hard, but I could / would never do anything else.

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.

Please like and subscribe, and Pretty Please with Sugar on top, Leave a comment! ¬†I want to hear from you ūüôā

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We spent this weekend in New York.  While we were there we visited the Chelsea Flea Market on West 25th street. There were a few forces going against us.  It was Earth Day, so many of the streets in the surrounding area were closed for an Earth Day celebration and a road race.  It was also raining, but the biggest force to be reckoned with was my 2.5 year old daughter Sidney.

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Chelsea Flea is and outdoor market, in the shadows of a cathedral. The admission is $1. The vendors range from antiques, jewelry, smalls, books, music and clothing.
Unfortunately, by the time we got there, the rain had begun….And my daughter wanted to shall we say “stretch her legs”
I did see some interesting items, and I will be posting a video as soon as it is edited.

Heeeeeerrre we goooooooo!

I’ve been yard sailing for years, or shall I say “yod sailin for yeahs.”

Born and raised in the Biggest Little state in the USA, Rhode Island, and I have come across some interesting things and people in my travels.

I enjoy the hunt, I enjoy the people, I enjoy the money.

I hope you will find this site interesting and visit me often.