Saturday, September 28, 2013

Hurry before they're gone! :)

"Hey. You. Yeah.... you.

Check this out... Shhhhh!! Step over here....behind this wall.

That's right.

I gots a deal for you. YEAH, it's a good deal. Look at these.... yes, they ARE memory. Real. No Joke. You stick 'em in.... and they work. They make you go FASTER and more EFFICIENT. Here... you hold 'em.....

2GB (4x512MB) PC2-4200S-444-12 LAPTOP MEMORY - CHEAP!

Nice, eh? Feels good, right?

Check THIS one out.... Quiet! ....No, they are clean. Yeah...that way:

2.5GB (5x512MB) PC2-5300S-555-12-A3 LAPTOP MEMORY - CHEAP

Can't get any better than this, right? No... that's not a Mod. Just a guy just walking by. Just pay attention....I'm not giving this deal to just anyone! You want some? No! They are clean... and they work. I told you that already.

Wait!.... Look over there, make sure nobody is around. Yeah, behind the dumpster. Nothing? Cool. Check THESE out! I only got two left. All set up and ready. Yeah.... you can PayPal this stuff. Yes, YES! Money orders too. Sure.... Cash is ALWAYS accepted. Wanna look?

Ok.... let me open this...... look at THAT beauty!!!

 Dell D520 Duo - Loaded and READY!!

Nice, eh? Quick, too. I sold a bunch of these.... my.....customers.... love them. You can put it right under your shirt.... in a briefcase.... Yeah. The real deal.

Ok.... I go out first. Just remember.... I got TWO left of the last thing. Don't forget to look at the rest of my stuff.... you may find something else.... I'll do you gooooooood!"

This was not written by me but by one of our newest members on, TippedOver! He has some super great deals and a wicked sense of humor! Check him out!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Beautiful Carved Netsuke

Netsuke are miniature sculptures that are carved. They were invented in the 17th century in Japan to serve a function. The Japanese garments were robes called kosode and kimono. Men who wore these traditional garments had a need for a place to put their belongings; tobacco, pipes, money, medicines, seals and other items they needed. There were no pockets.
The solution was to place such items in a container; a pouch, a basket or a crafted box, which hung by a cord around the sash of the robe. No matter the form of container, the cord was fastened at the top with a carved toggle called a netsuke.
Ivory from live animals was the most common material before it became illegal. There are many netsuke still available in the United States. We have a seller on that has an amazing array of beautiful pieces for the collector. All of his antique ivory is from before the ban into the United States. 1967P4 has an extraordinary collection that he is now parting with so please, stop in and take a look!
As you can see, he has quite a variety of pieces, all beautifully kept and now he is giving you the opportunity to own one of these stunning pieces!
The artistry in these pieces is absolutely astounding!



Thursday, September 12, 2013

Reuse, Repurpose, Thrift . . . . . great words to use!

I would like to know why we, as human beings, collect so much stuff!! Is it because we are greedy? Is it because the “stuff” fills a void in our lives? Perhaps the answer to both those questions is yes.

Our country is facing some tumultuous times. People are out of work, homes are being foreclosed, and there doesn’t seem to be an end. Even though the economy has improved, the jobs aren't back and won't be.

Back in 2001, my husband’s employer decided to close up shop in Des Moines because it was the only union shop. All the other locations were non-union. My husband had worked there for 33 years. My father-in-law had retired from there after 40 years. So it was a well known company.

We had a warning of about a year and really that seemed harder than not having one. We worried about what we were going to do, what would happen to the house, would we be able to hang on, how were we going to pay our bills?

We worried that yes, we could lose the house, yes, we might lose the car, yes, things were going to drastically change. And you know what? If finally dawned on us that if these things did happen, we could also start over again! After realizing that it wasn’t going to be the end of the world, the pressure was no longer there. We knew that we had each other, we had our health and that was the most important things in the world! We began to get a different perspective on life. It wasn’t “things” anymore.

I now appreciate the “old” things. I don’t have to have new anymore. I shop at consignment shops, Goodwill, the Salvation Army, garage sales and flea markets. And you know what? I find some very interesting items! I can find new or almost new jeans, great books, and super deals!!  And I love it! It is a wonderful feeling to come across a "find"!!!

I was pretty stuck up when I had young children; to think of having them wear things I picked up at garage sales, Heaven forbid!! Oh, how conceited I was! Now when I find a wonderful old baking dish, I am ecstatic! If I find old enamel ware, I am happy! When I find beautiful old china pieces, I am tickled pink!

What is it that we have to be better than the Jones’ down the street? Why have we become such a wasteful, throw away society?

Do you remember your mother or grandmother cutting up wool coats and making strips for braiding rugs? And using that wonderful heavy lining for stuffed animals? I do.

We have heard that the "global warming" is all a farce, but I will say one thing, it has taught most of us to be a little more considerate in what we choose to use, what we throw away, what we recycle. Perhaps that isn't a bad thing!!

My daughter asked me one time if a small roaster she found in an antique shop was a good deal. I told her "Yes!! This only costs $5.00 and you won't find a nice little roaster like this in the store!" So, she bought it and has used it over and over again!! It was considered an antique but it was still usable, so why go buy new, especially when most of the new is made in China! And I can definitely say, your look will be different than the norm! These vintage items are fast disappearing!

So, my theory is, if you need something, see what is already out there. Now days, it is the "thing" to use multiple plates, cups, and bowls. Even chairs! So, why not add some old to your new?

I've been poking around (I shouldn't) and guess what I found!

This beautiful Frankoma Flame Glazed Pitcher in Maggies Farm. I even had to bid on this one, loving the red colors!!

Or how about this gorgeous Jade Lily Casserole Dish by Stafford that I found in RoundPrairies listings! This would really look nice on a table!

This is a very useful piece if  you save bacon grease!! A Vintage USA made blue grease jar from Goldi's Goodies! And I was always one to save bacon grease . . . . . just like my Mom.

And, of course, we have a wonderful Pyrex Daisy Divided casserole dish in our store, Korn Kountry Treasures, along with all kinds of other treasures!

So, the next time you need something, think first if you can reuse, repurpose, or make do. You might be surprised at what is out there.

And when you are looking, be sure to stop in at! The best site for buying AND selling!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Remember 9/11

My thoughts and prayers are with all those families who lost a loved one on 9/11/2001. This was a tragedy that should never be forgotten.
I have been talking with my grandchildren, who were toddlers when this occurred. They need to be told of the tragedies of the past . . . . . so that hopefully, they will not be repeated.
To the families of those who were on Flight 93, you should be proud . . proud that they did not give in but fought to the death. I know you have heard it before, but you must realize we need to remember this every year so that the youngsters of today will learn about it tomorrow. Time does dim memories.
I am proud to be an American, proud to fly our flag in the honor of those lost.
May the Lord give you strength and peace.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Another site bites the dust . . . .

Well, it's happened again. Another auction site, Wensy's is closing for good. I didn't even know who Wensy's was, I'd never heard of them but I don't deal in some of the items that they catered to . . . so it's not surprising I didn't know of the site. I do know that the sellers and buyers alike have been left in a lurch.
It seems that start up auction sites begin and then POOF, they are gone . . . . or they start up free and then get greedy and begin charging Final Value fees!! Okay, so . . . . .  you are selling on a site and all of a sudden you get told that you can have that free store BUT they don't have to show your items! They could be behind others in the marketplace. Translation, your items won't show up in the search, someone else's will.
What is a person to do? Simple, come on over to!! For $8 a month, you can begin selling . . . . no listing fees, no final value fees, just $8 a month!! And right now, if you want to be a Founding Member, they are waiving the $100 start up fee and charging $96 for the ENTIRE YEAR!! And only $96 each year thereafter!
This, in my opinion, is the best option because you get a store, auction credits and let's face it, $8 a month IS $96 a year so you might as well go for the big bang! I started out selling at $8 a month and soon realized it would be better with a store! So I waited for a special (like what is running now) and got my store! I don't regret it for a minute!
I run my business my way! I am not censored on what I put in my listings as can happen in other places. And if I have a nonpayer, it doesn't cost me extra to relist the item!! Simple!!
We also have a LIVE customer service! How many sites have that? Usually you send an email off and wait, or you have to read through all the chats to find your answer. Don't get me wrong, we have awesome chats and GREAT people for help but sometimes  you just want customer service, period. And we have both, great customer service, LIVE, and helpful members!
We (OLA members) sell on a down to earth auction site that cares about it's members. The owners have gone to extreme lengths to rebuild the site and it is really getting exciting!! They aren't completely done, but it is amazing at the changes that have taken place this past couple of months! Does that sound like we are going anywhere? Yup!! We are going UP!!
So, come along for the ride!! Fed up with high prices, censorship, closed sites? We ARE making a name for ourselves! We aren't closing down! We aren't raising prices! We are getting better!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Pretty beaded bag . . . .

This is a pretty beaded bag that appears to be new! Tag is still attached . . . . . very nice from Lee at 4lllls!!
Great gift or use it yourself! Want to find more bargains? Stop in at!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Vintage Ronson Crown Silver Plate Lighter 1930's . . . . . awesome!

Boy, I wish I had seen this about 5-6 years ago!! I paid more than this for one just like it! Mom and Dad had a set that included the tray, lighter and cigarette holder . . . . . . somewhere the lighter got lost! Mom left it to me. I have mine all intact now, but I'm sure someone out there is in the same boat, looking for a missing lighter!
Come on over to and check out the deals!! And if you like this lighter, you can find it in Ida2002's store!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Whispering leaves, cool mornings, crisp apples!
The holidays aren't far behind!!

So, come on over to! We have some great sellers, great deals and an awesome site! Lots of changes this past year, all for the better! Crisp and Clean! Do your holiday shopping now, before the rush!
Want to sell online? We have a SUPER deal going on right now! Want to get set up for the entire year? It's only $96.00! Nothing more, no listing fees, no final value fees! The $100 set up fee is waived! And it's only $96.00 each year thereafter!
Want to sell monthly? We do that, too! Only $8.00 a month!
So, come join us!! Buyer or seller, we welcome the opportunity to get to know you!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Helpful Landscaping Hints from the Deer at the Love Your Pet Expo Sanctuary

Strategic pruning is the key to good landscaping. Here is how we do it:

Trees should never be fat at the bottom. A cluster of leaves at the top is pleasing to the eye, but only bare branches are desirable within easy reach.

Roses LOVE a good aggressive pruning. Notice the new growth at the bottom. This plant will be nice and bushy for our next pruning.

Look at this iris. See how compact and bushy it is now? Before, it was all gangly and out of control, with wild fronds going every which way. It's a good thing we were here to fix that mess.

Vegetables are highly overrated. Now that those silly cabbages are gone, these pots can be reused for planting other delicacies.

If you found these hints helpful, please consider a donation to the Love Your Pet Expo Sanctuary for Special Needs Animals. We do what we can to help out, but we are few and they are many.

For more great ideas and products, please visit OLA's Gardening & Plants listings.