The hubby and I went for a little adventure today. We picked an area (East Earl) and then each of us picked two places to visit out that way. My hubby picked Shady Maple Smorgasbord (http://www.shady-maple.com/) and Weaver's Store (http://www.weaverstoreinc.com/), I picked my two favorite thrift shops!
First stop, the Smorgasbord for breakfast! It wasn't too bad when we got there but by the time we left, it was lined out the door! Now we had to work it off.
The first thrift shop was a disappointment. There was a nice set of dishes with a piece I suspect to be hard to find, but the prices were more like an antique show instead of a thrift shop so I walked away. One thing though and please don't tell the hubby I told you, there was such a great moment when I looked across the store to find my hubby going through the scarves! I was just so impressed! I walked over and wiped the tear from my eye and said, what are you looking for? He says, I'm not sure but it starts with a V. LOLOLOL! He was looking for Vera Neumann scarves! That made my entire day!
Second place wasn't too much better but I did find two items. I have a soft spot in my heart for patterned glass and often have a hard time walking away from it. I came across a beautiful compote!
It's a very heavy piece and the best part? It's marked Heisey!
The second item?
LOLOLOL, how can I resist that face?
Last stop was Weaver's and we headed home. It was a great day!
*sigh*, the hubby is home which means I don't get anything I want to do done. I was going to run out and do some thrifting, but he had other plans. I ran out to the one closest to me and walked out empty handed.
The hubby wanted to go to this place for lunch that has a nice buffet and it's a little bit of a hike, so I said I'd go. He surprised me by stopping at two more thrift shops on the way home! OMG, he didn't even roll his eyes and sigh the whole time I'm shopping. In fact, I think he made out better than I did!
Here is what I came home with:
It's a paint by number wall pocket!!! Woohoo!
And I only paid $1.03 for it.
Really pretty rhinestone earrings. Photo just doesn't do these justice!
Very pretty scarf! White with yellow tulips!
And I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that famous Vera signature!
The hubby came home with a brand new Black & Decker tool pouch, 2 large frames and a hardback Tom Clancey book... He only spent around $9.00 but then he found almost $2.00 in change in the pouch. *sigh* Hold on a minute, that's not right, I paid for those frames. Dang, he got me with the old, I'm taking a phone call bit.
I've been busy stocking up my store and adding new items! Also, I've made sub-categories in jewelry and buttons to make it easier to get around to the items you want to see. Added some more categories and am trying to get more items in each category.
Have you ever wanted your own web site? You know, your own domain name, pretty site where you can show the world what you have?
*sigh* It's something I've been thinking about for some time now. I kept thinking, how can I justify spending money when I have very little coming in for myself? After a ton of discussing with the hubby, he said "go for it". I spent so much time researching that I had little time for anything else!
I asked questions, I checked out web sites that both hosted sites and offered to register domain names and I think the worse part was coming up with the name itself. All the ones I thought of first were taken. I slept with a pad and pencil beside me so if anything jumped into my head during the night, I could write it down and not forget it by morning (yes, I do this often).
So, now I have about 2 pages of potential names and 2 different hosting sites to pick from. Now, do I want an elegant, clean looking site or a grungy, primitive looking site? I showed both templates to my hubby and he jumped on the primitive looking site saying it was more me than the elegant one. I even had a name picked out that matched the template! So, off to domain.com to see if the name I picked out was available. Yippee Skippee! It is, so I snapped it up. I'm officially a dot com now! That's kind of exciting, don't you think?
Now onto the hosting site. You can pick a plan where you do everything yourself including the backgrounds and all the HTML. Um, I don't think so. I have very little knowledge of HTML so what is next? I went with a plan where they do some of the stuff for you and you do the rest. I purchased my template for $5.00, sent them my name etc. and they put the name on the template for me and set it up for me. Let the fun begin. *sigh*
The very first question asked is: Do you want to . . . 1. Register a domain name. No, I have one all ready. 2. Transfer a domain name. I think, no, why would I transfer something that isn't anywhere right now? 3. Use a nameserver. HUHUH? okay, I'll take that one. LOLOLOL! Then the hubby tells me, you do want to transfer, the domain name is registered at domain.com so you need to transfer it. Poop. Well, dear hubby, turns out I picked the good one! To transfer it would have cost me more money, the way I did it, all I had to do was go to domain.com and reassign the destination and let the propagation begin! (That's where you information is gathered in the new place). I was told between setting up the new template and getting the information gathered to expect a 24 to 72 hour wait. Okay, that's enough for today anyway, my hands were shaking when I went to hit that SUBMIT button a few times, I can stand a break.
Well, within the hour, my site was all ready to go! Add a few photos, assign a shopping cart, slap on descriptions and I'm in business. Not so fast, buck-o! I sure did have a lot to learn about webbing! LOL! My head was spinning and my hair hurt.
I tried for a day and got nowhere. That evening, my phone rings and it is someone from my hosting site to see if I needed any help. How nice! Customer service! Well, Donald, pull up a chair! I got a lot of answers, we talked Etsy, eBay and AOL. LOL! After 40 mins., I was feeling better and ready to keep at it. I finally figured out how to add photos and the sizes needed to do before uploading. I added a few products and the next day, some more. Now it's time to try the shopping cart. *sigh again* These are available from Mals-e.com. They give you 8 options to use. I just could NOT get any of them to work with what I wanted to do, so I finally gave up and just added the shipping costs into my prices. Is that good or bad? Would you buy with options like that? I have mixed feelings about this, on one hand, there's no debating over shipping costs with a customer, they have NO clue if you are overcharging them or not but still, will they like this?
I worked and I worked until I was finally satisfied enough to open my doors to the public! Still needs work but that will come. Here is my NEW store! Don't you just love that new store smell? Please stop by!