Okay before I even begin this blog...here's a disclaimer. Any pics I share are NOT a solicitation...no way...no shape...no how. I have all the business I can ever possibly keep up with on my jewelry items (not to sound all ego manic and such)
and of COURSE I'm not soliciting that you purchase a 300 lb. piece of furniture from our consignment galley that would just be a SILLY thing to assume!
Although stranger things have probably occurred here in Spark land.
I share my pics...because I share my life...and believe me...since I'm ALWAYS working like a crazy woman...this IS MY LIFE.
Since some rattled spark nut case felt the need to rat me out to a coach on this issue I thought I should clarify my thoughts on this. AND in the meantime point out that millions of sparksters put their business links, pictures, requests for votes...the WHOLE nine yards on Spark...so if they don't shut down EVERYONE that does this...PLEASE don't pick on little ole' me.
Whew...got that off ME chest...now onward and upward.
The beauty in a sow's ear came by way of a happy achievement that occurred yesterday at our gallery. A wonderful sale of a Lloyd Flanders white wicker indoor/outdoor patio set WITH sunbrella outdoor fabric. This set is SO beautiful...but when I first visited the house it resided in...I almost didn't accept it. It was in horrific shape and I wasn't sure it would EVER clean up. I usually take pics of furniture I view on~site so that I can take them back to the shoppe and go through my wish list to call customers who are looking for that exact item. Smart idea eh?
annnddd don't ya know that EVERY other consignment joint is now stealing the idea...drat! Nothing is sacred in retail...NOTHING! But okay..if it provides better customer service...good for the customer...but I make sure to tell everyone that will listen that I came up with the concept FIRST..hehe!
Sooo sorry I don't have a 'before' pic of this FILTHY DIRTY...mildewed patio set...only the after.
A realtor had contacted us and told us that she was listing a house on the market that was occupied for many years by an elderly couple who were heavy smokers.
Uggghhhh that was an immediate red flag for me. Smoke penetrates EVERY fiber of upholstery...it even impregnates lamp shades...it is near impossible to analate...so remember if you are STILL smoking...exactly what it is doing to your living breathing lungs..they are getting all yellow and soot filled and hard and nasty...STOP please...save yourself!
Okay...health bulletin over.
I had "no thank you" on the tip of my tongue when she said...the only GOOD thing is out on the patio a Lloyd Flanders white wicker set..in GREAT shape. Another little aside...realtors sometimes don't tell you the WHOLE truth and NOTHING but the truth
She knew if she told me it was SO FILTHY dirty I wouldn't waste my time.
But....glad I did. Because I could look at this sow's ear and ask myself what this set COULD...maybe WOULD look like after a good ole' fashioned power washer bath. My bet turned out right...beautiful!
I brought it in...the hubs power washed every last inch of it and it was a glow baby!
All sparkling clean and happy colors and such!
So the moral to this story is...you can't judge a book by it's ahem...DIRTY...cover..you have to look inside..or around the dirty exterior. AND don't doubt yourself...sometimes it's better just to move forward on faith.
We made a fantastic profit on this set..I mean fantastic...all because I could see beyond the typical person's ugh...I'm NOT touching THAT reaction. Yay...ME!
And...as long as I'm at it here's a chest that I just sold and was SO coveting for my own house...it's so gorge~
This came from the crazy lady's house that got me put in blog 'time out' land.
Now you can see why I put up with this whack-a-doo in order to sell her stuff.
This stunning bachelor chest cost her more than I'd spend on a vacation...it is beautiful and should sell quickly. The hardware is all speciality twig handles...lovely!
Oops another pretty shot of the patio furniture..out of order but still worth sharing.
I totally LOVE antiques and this old Irish buffet is my MOST favorite item in the gallery right now...it's the REAL deal...traveled all the way over from Ireland...LOVE this piece..just LOVE it!
Here's another prize from one of my girlfriends that redoes her house like I change underwear...a fab Flex-Steel all leather loveseat with hob~nail trim...gorg!
Some totally COOL old pharmacy bottles and apothacary bottles..these are SO interesting!
Some GREAT Haitian art from a collector...you can hardly PUT your hands on this stuff anymore since they had that devastating earthquake...this is the REAL deal!
A beautiful vintage desk and a huge Florida beach pic that makes you feel like you could walk right out on the beach.
This is what I do...daily..it's a FUN business...I HARD business...but fun never the less.
I finally sold the inspiration piece that gave me our name Found Objekt...this old wood transom came from an old cracker house in Key West...it was stunning...and I loved it..but hey...ya gotta pay the rent right?
As long as we are on picture overload here's one more for the road...my latest free form necklace that sold the first day I took it to the market...LOVE this form of inspiration...but it IS time consuming...and time is what I'm always chasing!
Have a great day my sparklers...I've lost another pound..that makes a total of 10...now to maintain that and keep whittling away at the other 25...geeze...life is all about the journey eh?