Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Craigslist woes

Ugh, I'm totally frustrated with Craigslist!  How many times must I post something  for sale, have  someone send me a response that they are eager to buy, but then never hear from them again, or better yet, make me wait for hours, for them to NOT show up!!   Don't get me wrong, I love Craigslist and have found some fabulous things on there, but  I just wish that I could encounter someone more like....ME.  If I'm eager to buy, I will definitely show up and will even follow up with phone calls or emails if running late to buy an item.  Not to toot my own horn, but I've had folks email me after a Craigslist transaction, thanking me for making it a pleasant experience for them.  Perhaps Craigslist should force people to join by logging in with a username and password, and then allow folks who participated in a transaction, be able to leave feedback for the seller or buyer.  It may not weed all the slackers out there, but it might help reduce the no-shows.

Got more inquiries on the chair behind the table, than for the table itself.  Lesson learned...don't have other items in the photo that you don't want to sell.

I have been trying to sell this chair since February!  Its a perfectly comfortable chair from Ikea.  There have been many folks interested, but not one has followed through.  One guy wrote me that he wanted to come out to pick it up.  After waiting for several hours I gave up on this guy.  Never heard back until about 6 weeks later I get an email from him asking me if the chair is still available....REALLY???  Instead of ignoring his email I should have given him a phony address to teach him a lesson about wasting other people's time.

I just put this up for sale on Craigslist last night....lets see what happens.

These 5 lb weights I'm offering for free on Craigslist....and I managed to get one strange email from a woman who asked me if she would be able to carry these onto a Greyhound bus....I have no idea lady, I don't know how much you can carry, and like I said, they are 5 lb dumbbell that's your call.......why are you asking me?  

Friday, June 24, 2011

Shopping at Marshalls

Recently, while looking for sneakers at my local Marshall's I came across these:
What are these you might ask?  Well at first I wasn't sure either, until I inspected them more closely....

Its a spoon rest and a scrubby holder for when you are doing dishes!  I need to shop at Marshall's more often!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Local Furniture Finds

I've posted about Uhuru Furniture in the past.  They are a local furniture and collectibles store located in Center City Philadelphia.  Every week I'm checking out their site for fabulous furniture finds (although I have no room for more furniture) and this week I found some really cool stuff!

 Very groovy looking mod dresser...and they have 2 of them! 

 Groovy Rattan Chair...Why the hell am I looking at a rattan chair?? I just got rid of the one I had!  Whats wrong with me??!!!

 Holy cow, for a rattan chair, this one is incredibly groovy!  I love the rounded back cushion!

 I've always had a fondness for art deco furniture.  I currently have my grandparents old art deco set from the 30s in my bedroom.

 Aaahhh this would be perfect in my patio.  I can see myself with my cat, lounging back and reading a book.

 Totally digging the rounded shape of this chair.  Not crazy about the fabric...I wonder what it would cost to re-upholster??

Very cute old fashioned drop down table!

A lovely and ornate shabby chic chest of drawers...very pretty!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Picked up all of these at thrift stores and flea markets.  Some are dated from the late 60s.

I always love me some pottery.  When I go to a flea market or thrift store, I'm always on the lookout for new pottery pieces to add to my ever growing collection.  Most of the pieces in my collection were probably made by art students in the 60s and 70s, but I think that's what I love about them....they are not perfect by any means, but it adds to their charm.  While shopping at my local Salvation Army store, I came across this beauty.  It was so unusual and different, that I had to have it.  Think I paid a whopping $1.00 for it.  On the bottom it is marked 1058 W. GERMANY.  The bowl is in the shape of a leaf and the bottom portion of the bowl is glazed while the inside has more of a matte finish with green paint and a black crosshatch pattern.  I've had it for a few years but never really thought to find any more information about it. Sadly, its not in pristine condition since it got damaged in my last move and now has a couple of chips. I'm hoping that someone could shed some light on who made this and perhaps when it was made.  I'm interested in the design and to perhaps try to find more by the artist or manufacturer.  I've been looking, but haven't come up with anything yet.  I'ts unusual and I've never seen anything like it before and I would love to get my hands on some more.  

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Thrift Store

Vintage thrift store sign in Philadelphia.  Image at ffffound!
On my way into work each morning, I would pass this vintage thrift store on Walnut Street.  Sadly, one morning a couple weeks ago, as I made my way towards my office building, I noticed that the sidewalk was blocked off and the whole area surrounding the building was fenced in.  This did not bode well for the building surrounded by the makeshift fence.  The following morning, the building was leveled.   As I walked past this morning, they filled in the hole and it looks like they plan to eventually make it into parking spaces....tragic!

I used to live a few blocks from this groovy looking building, but for as long as I can remember, it has been vacant.  It seemed such a perfect location for a fun and funky thrift shop, since there are many cool shops on Walnut Street.  I would have loved to have seen what it was like back when it first opened up....I bet it was amazing!  The exterior is a faded aqua color, that was probably very vibrant at one time,  and I've always loved the retro styled font used on the sign...but I guess when the sign was made, it wasn't considered retro.

In 1995 I had moved to Center City Philadelphia, and recalled seeing this vacant building, and thought to myself how cool it would be to open my own thrift store at that location.  Now my dream is gone.  I wish I knew more about the building and the store, before it closed its doors and was finally leveled...but finding it difficult to find any information about the building.  At least I was able to find this fabulous photo of it!  

Monday, June 6, 2011

Just when you thought she couldn't get any dumber!

If Palin were a super hero she would be called Wondering Woman

Sarah Palin lives in a world all her own.  She creates her own vocabulary and now she's re-writing history!  In her trip to Massachusetts last week, Palin flubbed the history of Revere’s ride, saying that he rode through Boston ringing bells to warn the British that the revolutionaries were armed and ready to fight. Revere actually rode quietly, to warn the revolutionaries that British troops were headed their way.

How can she ever be a President of this country if she's not familiar with its history? She should have sat down with her 10-year old daughter and got a history lesson before embarking on her circus tour bus.  Let's hope she hasn't home-schooled her kids, especially since she forgot to teach Bristol the importance of abstinence.  

The sick thing is that her fans follow her blindly and have even been attempting to add her version of the story to Paul Revere's Wikipedia page! I doubt if she will run for President, she' s  too busy grandstanding and trying to extend her 15 minutes of fame by selling books and doing reality TV shows.  She's not a candidate, she's a branded product that needs to be sold.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Bacon Maple Donut

After watching last Sunday's episode of the Killing I was intrigued when one of the characters had purchased a Bacon Maple Doughnut for his partner. Curious to see if such a thing existed, I consulted my best friend... GOOGLE. In my searching I found that a Bacon Maple Donut did indeed exist and could be found at several different locations in the country...sadly, nothing by me though. I found this lovely photo at VOODOO DOUGHNUTS, which is located in Portland, OR and looks like an incredible/fun place to have a doughnut, just check out their wacky selection here.

This got me wondering.....whose idea was it to combine doughnuts with bacon and maple?  Apparently it all began in The Swirls bakery in Omaha, Nebraska.  They call it "The Elvis".  Apparently they wanted to create a shocking doughnut that folks would talk about.  As the owner of the Swirls bakery puts it "It's your breakfast plate turned into one item that you put in your mouth."  Whatever it is, its working because the response of the customers has been overwhelming and the bakery reportedly prepares 5 lbs of bacon daily.  
There are now more and more bakeries starting to carry their own versions of this salty, smoky, sweet confection.  Its only a matter of time before this craze hits the East coast, if it hasn't already.  You can also find recipes to make your own version of this delicacy.  I just had one question though, why call it "The Elvis"?  Elvis was infatuated with his Peanut butter, Bacon and Banana Sandwiches, guess that inspired the creation of the doughnut.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

We In the Sahara Yo!

I swear, if I see that commercial for Expedition Impossible and hear that ghetto chick say that one more time I'm going to punch someone in the face!  Why is it that people in our society have now embraced slang and "ghetto speak" as part of the basic English language?! Listening to this woman talk like a rapper is reason enough to not watch this show! 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Leaving on the A/C for my cat

Found this photo on Flickr, but this cat looks exactly like Mooby, my boyfriend's cat!

This morning I was talking to one of my co-workers about the current heat situation in town. We have had several consecutive days in the mid 90s with the humidity off the charts. Even walking across the room makes you break out into a sweat. Anyway, I was telling my co-worker that I left the A/C on for my 15 yo cat at home...and she started laughing hysterically! Is there something wrong with wanting my cat to be comfortable? Doesn't he deserve the comforts that we all take for granted? I think so! My boyfriend rarely uses his A/C at his place because he doesn't want to pay the huge electric bills. Over the Memorial Day weekend, it was really roasting outside and he gave into my pleas to put on the A/C, and within minutes his cat was laying in front of it, grabbing as much cool air as he could. When it gets hot out, Sammy prefers to sleep on the wood floor, even with the A/C on, because it is much cooler. When I'm not at home, he tends to hang out in the basement, just because its cooler.  I know I spoil my cat, but I feel that he deserves it, and NO, I'm not a crazy cat lady, I just love my pets and want to make them as comfortable as I can.

Sammy, hanging out in the air-conditioned living room......Ahhh that's living!

Heat Wave

First one of the season.....looks like this summer is gonna be a scorcher!