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[tweetmeme] The Weekly Re-cap: I shared pictures of Giraffes and The Brooklyn Bridge that Michael took while we were in NYC last week. I showed you the new hard wood floor that my friends helped me install.  I shared a post I had written for the On The Edge blog called My Daughter The Chi-A-Poo.  We talked about uses for baking soda and I told you how you can enter to win a 40″ Flat Screen TV!!

The Weekly “oh crap!!”: My motorcycle tire is worn down to the cords (or would it be chords??) 😦

The Weekly Food: Zucchini, mushrooms, chicken and pasta – chicken alfredo – and a BFS Little Italy Sub.

The Weekly Amazing Fact: An adult giraffe’s kick is so powerful that it can decapitate a lion!!!

The Weekly Birthdays: Jessica Westervelt, Melinda Race Myers, Jen Swartz Lawrence, Angelos Tzelepis, John Striffler, Jeremy Kenny, Faith Barr, Jeff Filby, William Pillon and a HUGE Happy 30th Birthday to Avari Tears!!  I hope you all had wonderful birthdays – leave a comment to let us know how you celebrated your special day.

The Weekly Activity: Working on the poker run – route ideas, and donations oh my!!

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: BurtsBees, CarolinaPad, RozInCP, FamousFootwear, Ivan_Temelkov, and WebPartners

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: No Destination’s Poker Run to benefit The Ronald McDonald House

The Weekly Countdown:
Dutchess County Fair – 3 Days
No Destination Poker Run – 7 Days
Labor Day – 16 Days
Sons of Anarchy – 17 Days
Breaking Dawn Movie Premier – 454 Days

Do you have any big plans for this weekend?

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Birthday Cake Image From: http://lyvvielimelight.blogspot.com/2008/05/this-is-shortys-4th-birthday-today.html
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I’d be so happy about a floor!!!
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When I bought my house about 3 years ago, I reserved the extra bedroom as an office.   Within a couple of weeks I had the ugly 70s rubber-backed carpeting pulled up.  What a mess it made!  Whoever designed that type of carpet should refund everyone who has to deal with removing one!!  Michael scraped up as much of the dry rotted rubber as he could.  He was working at it for days.  It was quite a job.  Eventually he got around to painting the room, and then it sat… and sat… and waited… and wanted….  Until this weekend when finally the hardwood floor was installed.  I was cranky and impatient for 3 years because I wanted my office to be finished.  Trying to work in my sun-room isn’t the easiest thing in the world.  Well, take a look – I think it was worth the wait!!

A HUGE Thank You goes out to my friends Kevin & John for helping me get the job done!!  They even put up the molding for me!  They’re truly awesome!  And I’m so glad they had fun while they were doing it!  They made the job pass so quickly!  Good humor goes a long way!!

Isabella checking things out

While we were laying out the floor Michael said “A tree gave it’s life so you could have a nice floor.”  LOL!

This floor feels a little different....

Oh – before I forget – To Gail (Kevin’s wife) Kevin really really really wants an air nailer.  You should have seen the HUGE smile he got on his face when he started using it!!  I think he was sad when I had to return it to the rental shop!!  LOL!

"I don't have much traction...."

So, now that the floor is in – do any of you have ideas for office furniture? I can be picky, but here is the main criteria:

  • Can’t look like college dorm furniture
  • Needs to have file drawers that are deep
  • Needs to be STURDY and have good sliders on the drawers
  • Preferably wood and not laminate
  • Economical Price
  • Large desk surface space

I’d love for a company to come along with an office setup product review right about now 🙂
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend – the weather was beautiful for most of it!

Leave me a comment if you have any office furniture ideas and also while you’re at it, tell me if you did anything fun this weekend!

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Yesterday Chelsea Clinton married Marc Mezvinsky in Rhinebeck NY.  But did you know there were other things going on in the area?  For instance the church I grew up in (that my parents still faithfully attend) had their annual picnic.  My Dad was the main entertainment….

After the picnic Michael and I went over to my Mom & Dad’s house to talk gardening for a while.  We also took down Michael & Angela’s photo gallery which was hanging at Barista’s in the Hudson Valley Mall.  Last but not least, we stopped for a slice of the best pizza on earth before we left to head back home.

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Here’s my strategy to have the most organized and efficient yard sale (garage sale, tag sale, estate sale, flea market) hunt.

I start on a Thursday night….  Why Thursday you ask?  Lately I’m finding that many people in the capital region are hosting their yard sales on Fridays as well as over the weekend.  There are two schools of thought.  Go on Friday to get the best selection before things are picked over, or go on Sunday when you think people will drop their prices the lowest because they don’t want to have to pack their things back up.

Research

Go online to the Times Union (or whatever your local paper may be) and go to their garage and estate sale section and copy and paste the ads I’d be interested in to a word document.  I also check Craig’s List and do the same thing.  As I’m doing this I try to group them all to geographic areas.  Check out  sales in more affluent areas.  People in these areas tend to replace things more often with higher quality items.  Though if you’re looking for antiques and vintage items you might do better in an older area of homes with retirees, etc.

How do I get there?

I put the addresses into a program such as Rand McNally, Map Quest, or Google Maps.  I use the “add additional location” feature that most mapping websites now offer.  I put in the addresses of the sales I’d like to visit.  Once they’re in the program and the pins are placed on the map, I can sort them by the best order to visit them.  I don’t want to be driving north and then south and back north again.  With gas hovering at $3/gallon I try to be smart about things and not be driving in all different directions.  Once I have a route planned I number the ads in the order I want to visit them.  I highlight the address and the hours of the yard sale.  When I’m in my car I program all the addresses into my GPS unit.  My Garmin has a “recently found” feature to make it easy to go to each address on my list.
**While writing this I discovered a cool site called Yard Sale Treasure Map that looks pretty cool for mapping routes as well.  I tried it out over the weekend and it works well, but if you want to modify the route or the order based on the time a yard sale is ending, I don’t believe it let’s you do this.  I’m still learning though….**

What do I bring with me and my interesting way to “haggle”?


I tend to bring a small tape measure, a note pad and pen, in a small purse or wallet with me. Other items that might be a good idea are sunglasses, sunblock, bubble wrap for fragile items, shopping bags, a couple of bottles of water, and some hand wipes for grimy items and to wipe your hands when they dirty.  I try to have small bills if possible and also load a small handful of change in the bottom.  I keep larger bills in a separate section of the wallet.  On more than one occasion while paying at a yard sale I’ve owed the person $10 – as I start pulling out singles, by the time I get up to $7 or $8 they say “that’s good enough, don’t worry about it.”  I just saved $2 or $3 without even saying a word.

Some people suggest picking out everything you’d like and then make them an offer on the lot of things.  If it adds up to $15 you could nicely ask them if they’d accept $12 for it all.  Have $12 in your hand when you ask – nobody wants to see you stuff that money back into your pocket if they say no.  If you have a $20 in your hand they’re less apt to drop their price, so bringing small bills is always a good idea.

Another way to get a good price is this one – if you’re buying a woman’s item wait until the wife is distracted and ask the husband and if it’s a male’s item wait until the husband is distracted and ask the wife.  If they’re not emotionally attached to the item, the opposite spouse is apt to give you a lower price to just get rid of the item.  Also they might not know the value of the item either.  I scored an authentic Coach purse for $3 this way once 😉

If you’re going to yard sales with your kids, have them pay for the purchases.  Many times people don’t like to take money from kids so they tell them to just take it, or they reduce the price.  Plus helps teach your kids how to handle money.

If you see an items that you’d like, but it’s priced higher than you’d like, you may try giving the yard sale host/hostess your name and number or a business card.  Tell them you’d like the item but don’t want to pay that much.  If they don’t sell it by the end of the day and would drop the price to give you a call.  You’ve got nothing to lose right?

I am not one to haggle.  It’s not in my nature.  I did have a situation which became humorous.  The person had an attachment for a Kitchen Aid mixer.  I asked how much they wanted for it.  (For the record I can’t stand it when people don’t put prices on their items.  I don’t like feeling like they change the price based on the appearance or actions of the person who asks)  When she told me $25 I said thank you and put the box back on the table.  She asked me how much I thought it should be.  I told her “I don’t know, but I can’t afford $25 right now.”  She kept pushing me “What would you be willing to pay?”  Finally I told her $7 or $8.  When she asked her husband he said “I paid like $40 for it and it’s never been used.”  I assured her it was fine, I respected that he wanted more for it, I just couldn’t afford it.  She went back and told her about my $7-$8 comment and he said “Well I really don’t want to pack it back into my garage so just give it to her for that.”  And that’s how I got it for $7.  I didn’t haggle, I didn’t intend to haggle, but by being honest and friendly I found a treasure.

Things to keep in mind.

Wood furniture can be refinished or repainted.  Last summer I got an end table, a plant stand, and two night stands.  I painted the plant stand and two night stands, put new hardware on the night stands and they look awesome!!  I recently picked up a desk – I’m still on the fence if I want to refinish it or if I want to paint it.

Smell things.  I know this kind of sounds silly, but if you’re a non-smoker buying something from a smoker’s home you might not be happy in the long run.  When you’re outside in the sun, it’s not always apparent unless you get up close and personal with the item.  Keep this in mind for books too.

If you’re looking for something specific ASK.  You could get lucky.  It’s possible the person has what you’re looking for in their basement and they didn’t think to put it out in their yard sale until you mentioned it.  Hey, it doesn’t hurt to ask right?

Be careful buying glass items.  I’ve learned to remove the price tag because on more than one occasion it was covering a chip or crack in the item.

Make sure you get what you pay for.  People have been known to buy a replacement item and place their old item in the old items box, so make sure you open the box to make sure what’s on the box picture is what’s really in there.

Check DVDs and CDs for scratches.  Also make sure you’re not buying Sponge Bob’s Greatest Hits and get home to find a slasher movie in it, etc.

Be friendly.  It’s more fun that way.

Things to keep in mind if you’re hosting a yard sale.

Stick to your times.  I cannot stress this enough!!!  There is nothing more frustrating than driving 15 miles and finding out you packed up your yard sale 3 hours early!

Take down your signs after.  As I’m driving around to the advertised sales, I always keep my eyes open for yard sale signs at the end of streets.  If your yard sale is over though, take down your sign so people like me don’t go on a wild goose chase looking for a yard sale that’s not going on!

Don’t try to get $5 for an item that has the Target price tag on it that says you got it for $1.50.

Do you like going to yard sales?
If so, do you have a strategy?
Have you had any cool finds?

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The Weekly Re-cap: We talked about free days to visit national parks this summer.  I showed you adorable videos of Isabella’s 1st time in the pool.  I passed along some household tips and tricks and we talked about personal strengths.  We grooved along to tellingdad.com‘s Say the Things song about how much us blogger-folk love comments.  I asked what inspires you and needed help captioning a funny photo….

The Weekly Movie: I’ve been watching the Back to the Future movies.  They never get old.  (See my How Does The Space Time Continuum Effect You blog)

The Weekly Downer: It rained much of the week up in Lake George, NY and soaked Americade.  😦

The Weekly Beverage: Bartles & Jaymes pomegranate raspberry wine coolers and Spag’s famous Bloody Marys 🙂

The Weekly Food: We had fresh fruit with our friends Angela & Phil earlier in the week.  Yesterday while we were visiting Old Forge, NY we stopped at Slicker’s Tavern and had spicy peel-and-eat shrimp and a yummy French Dip sandwich.  I wish I’d have taken pictures!!!

The Weekly Amazing Fact: “Almost” is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

The Weekly Birthdays: Emily Romanchak, Kelly Gardner, Stacy Lynn, Chrissy Mason LaCato, Jessica VanTassel, Kevin Crouth, Natalie Falk, Joni Choi, Aaron Greene (30), and Christine Bard Cole.  I hope you all had wonderful birthday celebrations!  Leave a comment and tell me what you did for your special day.

The Weekly Activity: Motorcycle riding with Michael and our friends.  We rode to Old Forge, NY.

Harley Davidson ~ Faded Glory

The Weekly Shoes: Harley Davidson Faded Glory Motorcycle Boots.

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: Telling Dad, Jaime-Ann Laidlaw, Kim Komando, and The Daily Puppy.

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: Sweet Dreams Fund that Telling Dad started.  With your support children who arrive at domestic violence shelters to escape abuse, will be greeted with their own pillow, pillowcase, coloring book, box of crayons and a teddy bear.  If you would like to read about what inspired Greg to start this fund you can read here.

Weekly Grand Totals: Miles on the Bike: 400ish….

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The Weekly Re-cap: You saw my Boston Self Portrait and Breakfast In Bed With Bella.  I told you about Holy Cow: The Best Ice Cream In The World and My Yummy Salad.  Bella’s friend Tequila came for a visit and I’ve had a couple sad days 😦

The Weekly Read: I’m really starting to miss reading… though a bought a couple more books at tag sales today to add to the pile I’d like to read….

The Weekly Music: Cryin’ Like A Bitch!!Godsmack (off their new album The Oracle)

The Weekly Downer: Being given the cold shoulder by someone I care about.  😦

YUM!!

The Weekly Food: Refer to my Yummy Salad Blog

The Weekly Amazing Fact: Honey is the only food that does not spoil.  Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologist and found edible.

The Weekly Birthdays: Brooke Bergin, Kate Birchenough, Jodi Hilbrandt Vosburgh, Mary Millus, Tara Kenny, Robert Ruggiero, Stacey Zakrzewski, Melanie Beale, Hildegard Pleva, Aimee Crump Coates, Andrew Pleva, Chris Stoppenbach, and Ivona Popowczak.  Happy Birthday to you all!  I hope you all had a wonderful celebration on your big day!  Tell me what you did to celebrate your birthday in the comments:)

Triple Crochet Stitched....

The Weekly Craft: I crocheted another scarf!

The Weekly Activity: Eating Village Pizza and walking Bella and her friend Tequila.  We also went to Boston for a few hours….  Oh, and I almost forgot – yesterday we hung Michael and Angela’s photo gallery up at Barista’s Espresso Cafe in the Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston, NY.  I’m sure I’ll mention more details about it in the future.

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: I’ve barely spent any time on Twitter this week.  Who do you think I should follow??

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: ME! No seriously…  This Sunday June 6th 11AM-2PM (rain or shine) is The Stroll for Epilepsy – Dutchess to Ulster County at the Walkway Over the Hudson.  My Friend Marcus Molinaro and his wife Christy will be walking for their daughter Abigail Faith.  Please show your support.

Weekly Grand Totals: Number of times I’ve eaten at Village Pizza III this week: 2  (Hopefully we’ll get a chance to talk about that more next week!!)

The Weekly Hypothetical: If someone relied on you to do the same job for 2+ years and then with no explanation had someone do that job instead and gave you the cold shoulder – would you feel hurt?

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical: Why the hell don’t people return phone calls??  (In the business sense, not personal calls)

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