Hascon

This week we stepped away from yard sales and did a family event…Hascon.

Billed as a “The Premier Hasbro FANmily event”, the three day event took place in Providence, not far from us.

We live right behind the Hasbro factory….I could throw a My Little Pony and hit the building from my front door.  Luckily we won a family four pack of tickets, so I actually felt like we were living a 2017 version of Willie Wonka’s Chocolate factory!

We won our tickets by getting a special “Pinkie Pie” donut at PVDonuts.  We posted pictures of Sidney eating the donut and we  were chosen!Screen Shot 2017-09-12 at 10.45.55 AM

We decided to go to the show on Saturday.  Saturday was a big day for my family.  Sidney had her first soccer game and Maxine had her first birthday!  We left the soccer game, went home to change (we tried to dress up a little) and then we went to PVDonuts. We wanted to thank them for the tickets…..and of course devour a few more donuts.

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The Hascon event was great.  Because there is a My Little Pony movie coming out, there was a ton of MLP stuff.  We didn’t get to see all of the exhibits, We probably only saw 25% of what was offered, but we had fun.   I give major props to Hasbro because the event was not just about pushing their toys, they also had a social message.  They had kids take pledges to not bully and to be inclusive.  They also had kids pick toys to donate to Toys for Tots.

As a Rhode Islander, I am happy to see success for a home grown company that does so much for the community.   Last week when I was driving home from the gym I saw a bunch of people with Hasbro Shirts volunteering, doing the landscaping in front of the junior high, creating a seating space for the kids waiting for class.  A great example to show how a successful business can give back to the community they come from.

Check out the video below to see the inside of Hascon.

 

So I fell behind a bit….

I started this blog / vlog with a goal of one video a week on the hustle.  Then I changed the focus…to more than just the hustle.  Now I see I have fallen behind on my original goal.  It has been one heck of a summer.  I am actually enjoying the summer, not just working.  I guess my goal this summer was to fill my memory bank and not my financial bank.  To that end I have been successful.  I had 3 family trips; Niagara Falls, Family Week in PTown, and a short trip to New Hampshire.  I still haven’t gotten through all the pictures or video on those trips, but before I left I was a subject of someone else’s video.

It is strange to be in front of the camera, and I usually don’t put myself there.  I had to when I got a call from Nick Marcoux.  I can’t say no to Nick.  I feel like Nick is the father to my first child….that child being the film we made together.  Happy Endings? a feature length documentary about Korean Massage Parlors in Rhode Island while prostitution was decriminalized.

Nick is a freelance videographer and a teacher as Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA)  He came across an opportunity to do a demo with a Panasonic Varicam LT.  Nick put the opportunity to work, filming sun up to sun down.  I was one of the short features he did.  It blogged about the day back when it happened in Blessed

The first edited footage has been released and here it is.



The profile on me will be finished in a few weeks. What a great opportunity to be part of this demo. When it is done I will link it here.

Duct Tape Bike

This week I did go to a few yard sales, but the most fun I had was from what I found in the trash.  Of all the things I find in the trash, one of the things I find the most is bikes.  I didn’t have a bike, so I figured I would keep this one and “customize” it.

When I got it, it was in horrible shape.  Rust all over it, flat tires, cob webs, kick stand missing.  I really wish I took a picture of it back then. I brought it over to cousin Julies house and had her son fix it up for me.  I had him change out the seat.. I wanted a big wide seat because my butt always hurts when I ride bikes. When I got the bike back it was perfect, but I decided to customize it.

I did a time-lapse video because time-lapse videos are my favorite.  The whole project took about an hour, but that is because I was stopping and taking a picture after every piece of tape was placed.  If I wasn’t filming, I am sure I could have finished in 20 minutes.

 

 

I think it looks cool. I even fixed up my daughter’s helmet from a lame Disney Princess one to Spike Mohawk Rainbows, with Mac & Cheese, Cats, and trailer park motif!

You can buy a huge lot of duct tape and do one yourself. Click the picture below to get started!Screen Shot 2017-07-10 at 11.54.00 AM

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Happy Hunting 🙂

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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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!