Friday, July 25, 2008

Slow News Week...

So the Pembroke Express finally ran their feature article on Yard Sale Buddy! I haven't seen it yet, but he called me up all excited to read me some excerpts; specifically, the ones where I was quoted. I listened with half an ear as he went on "Mr. Yard Sale Buddy is affiliated with Salvage Chick of Salvage Chic Antiques on Route 14..." blah blah blah "Salvage Chick says that Yard Sale Buddy is one of those people who just can't bear to see anything go to waste..." WHAT? Wait a minute, Back up, Read that again. I KNEW I should not have granted that Lois Lane Chick an interview. She TOTALLY misquoted me. "Oh really?" said Yard Sale Buddy with genuine concern; "you mean because she said your shop is on Route 14 instead of Route 27? Maybe we could have her print a correction." NO - the part about you being unable to bear seeing anything go to waste. "You didn't say that?" he asked incredulously; "Did you say something close to that?" I fought back the giggles. "What I SAID was 'He's the cheapest guy I know'. Dead silence. Now I was fighting back tears of laughter "and the One Time he pulled out his wallet and bought me an ice cream Moths flew out that last saw daylight during the Nixon Administration." More silence. "AND, he'd sell his own mother for 5 bucks." That's when he caught the joke and gave his patented deadpan response: "I'd have to get at least ten."

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Creative License

A few weeks ago I was on an overseas buying trip when I got an excited call from Yard Sale Buddy. (OK, technically I was just visitng my Mom on the Vineyard, but we DID do some antiquing, so that is not really an untruth...) Anyway the gist of his call was he found a reporter from the Pembroke Express taking pictures of his front yard in all its flowering glory, and once he realized she was not a spy for the enemy camp trying to steal his lawn jockey statue he got to chatting with her and she asked if she could write a feature on him and his penchant for gardening and recycling. He was excited to tell me he gave her his business card and she noticed he is "a Salvage Chic Affiliate", specifically my C.J.O. (Chief Junk Officer). He said she might be contacting me to interview me and while I was excited for the Free Publicity, I promptly forgot all about it. Until this week when she sent me an email asking for some time to speak! More importantly, she told me she had read my Blog, so she may have already made the connection that "Yard Sale Buddy" is the guy she's writing about. So today in between painting furniture to sell and floating in my pool (because All Work and No Play makes Salvage Chick a Dull Girl!) I spent some time worrying what I might have written about him that could be misconstrued. A few things came to mind... like the time he almost got arrested when a woman falsely accused him of stealing $2300 from a cupboard; the time he almost hooked up with a woman he delivered furniture from Salvage Chic to prompting me to consider creating a line of T-shirts exclaiming "I found love at Salvage Chic" and perhaps the most damning of all declarations from me: "He'd sell his own mother for 5 bucks." Oh Dear. Maybe I can just get her to focus on the Gardening?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

When the Going Gets Tough

the Tough get Painting! Well the going's not too tough, because sales were UP this weekend, but I'm running out of inventory. Yard Sale Buddy and I delivered a bunch of furniture to Milton on Sunday morning so there were already some holes in the shop, and I went over to Never Open Antiques to poach a few items from Mack so I didn't look like I was going out of business. By the time I got back someone had called to purchase the shabby chic dressing table I had listed on Craigslist and then my ace-in-the-hole backup armoire I pulled out of storage sold right out of the parking lot before I could even move it into the shop! Needless to say I was in full-blown panic mode. People often ask why I am only open 4 days a week and my unuttered response is "you think this stuff just MAGICALLY appears?" The good news about sales being up is there is money to buy NEW old stuff, the bad news is it's not always that easy to find it. So back to the drawing board, or rather the paint brush. Here's a sneak peek of some of the projects incubating in my garage, stop in this weekend and see for yourself how they turned out!!