Monday, September 26, 2011
The sale is taking my time these next few days. I've been going through all the books left over from the shop and have been pricing them. Next will be the needles and notions. The yarns I want to sell are mostly down at the old shop building, so that will be Thursday's work, sorting and pricing. This is all priced to sell, well below wholesale; I know there's not a lot of money around right now and I'm more concerned that people who will love this stuff get it sooner than later.
I have a question: do any of you understand the Amazon book selling system? I've been selling books (occasionally) over the last few years but have had something happen this time I don't recall happening before. That is, I price a book, and within a couple of minutes another bookseller underbids me by say, maybe, two cents. I played with some of my listings yesterday long enough to decide that there's something hinky going on. My husband suspects maybe these larger sellers have some sort of bots watching to keep underbidding the new listings. I can find nothing on Amazon that supports this theory, for either the hobby level seller such as moi, or the pros. It is annoying at best. I seem to recall something like this happened to eBay sellers long ago (foggy memory based on no particular evidence). As a result, I've pulled most of my listings for now. I already don't play well with others, but when I think someone's doing me a dirty, I'll step out of the game for sure.
And now, a gratuitous photo of Bob (in the left corner, weighing in at around 20 lbs.) and Haus (in the right corner, weighing in around 110 lbs.). My boys; lovers both.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
|My excuse for not exercising|
|Just a sampling of what's getting purged|
In the meantime...Monte (MyMixMix.etsy.com), Anila (Widdershinwoolworks.etsy.com) and Shelley (HeadleyGrange.etsy.com) and I have decided to stage a "porch sale" at my former shop location in Arroyo Seco next week. They'll be selling their gorgeous hand spun yarns and hand painted fibers. I'll be trying to sell the last of my shop inventory, which includes commercial yarns, needles, books, notions, and lots of free patterns. If you are in the area or know of someone who might be in town for the Taos Wool Festival, please share this information:
Porch Sale at Taos Sunflower
Friday, September 30 from 9:30-3:00
located in Arroyo Seco behind the Doug West Gallery
(our same old shop location)
Well, back to the shelves. If you look carefully, you'll see the tiny face of my enemy lying in wait on the floor...alongside my other enemy, the duster. Wish me luck.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
This morning I decided that instead of waiting until mid-afternoon to tackle these tasks (and get all weirded out because I let it wait so long), I'd try something new: get it done really early while I was still a) partially asleep and b) getting my morning caffeine load on. It seemed to work. I had two bathrooms scrubbed from top to bottom, everything dusted, but alas...I fear I have stalled out part way through my least favorite task of all...vacuuming.
Luckily, we have one of those built in systems, so all I have to do is drag a long hose around the house, but I still just hate it. I've watched those programs on Oprah about people who have OCDs and can't vacuum their homes enough. Boy, I wish there could be some middle ground here. Maybe I shouldn't have fired the housekeeper whose only talent seemed to be vacuuming...
Friday, September 2, 2011
The photo was caught by a local man who claims he didn't even realize he had captured the image of the shark Wednesday until he was looking at his photos that evening. Get this: local lifeguards tried to pass it off as a surfer, merely swimming back out on his board. Well...I'm no shark expert, but the one they consulted says this was probably a 10-12 foot Great White. The locals who were out in the water that day and learned about it later thought it was good publicity for the shark..proving that not all of them (indeed, few) are looking for human munchies just for something fun to do.
Score one for the sharks.
Have a good weekend...!
Photo courtesy of KFMB Channel 8 on line