Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Counting the Days Until Christmas

Fa-La-La is in the air even though it is still toasty warm in my home state of Florida. I am already opening gifts to myself.

I have been gathering Christmas treasures since last January and stashing them away. So opening the storage bins seems like Christmas morning to me every day now. So many surprises!

Do you watch the James Steward movie "It's a Wonderful Life" every year like we do? One Christmas we had the fun of selling the entire Christmas Village Train Set of Bedford Falls, the mythical village where the story takes place. I was enchanted with it and if we still had little ones around, I'm sure I could have been persuaded to NOT sell it. It was a great day when I recently found the figure of Mr Potter (the miserly banker) in his wheelchair and Mr. Gower (the pharmacist) and even more fun when I found them again in my stash. (Mr. Gower has already found a new home).

Have you ever seen an egg shell made into a Christmas ornament? This tiny little angel is so detailed. I can't imagine how it was made.

There's another one like this in a milkweed seed pod. it is light as a feather and so delicate!

I love the handmade ornaments and can remember making them in Scouts and at school when we were kids. I have lots of them made by my children and their children filling the bins we store in the attic. I will never willingly part with them. Come enjoy my Christmas wares when you are in the Holiday spirit.

Merry Christmas from Sixties-Chick's Emporium everyone!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Learning, Burning and Churning

Quite an adventure unfolded for us yesterday afternoon. Just as the afternoon thunderstorms were gathering momentum and distant bolts of lightning were visible in the sky, I got an urgent request from an eBay buyer.  She wanted to buy a vintage rotary dial phone we had listed, the kind that a receptionist would use to direct calls to up to 5 different office lines. It even had the gizmo to allow her to rest the receiver on her shoulder while she wrote out messages. It was listed as 1966 Western Electric Bell Rotary 5 Button Phone 565HKM Office Key Desk Rare   and had been awaiting the right buyer for nearly a year. This buyer wanted it "for a photo-shoot tomorrow." The phrase "In a New York minute kept running through my mind.

The message was an urgent request for me to send it via FedEx Priority Overnight. She would pay the shipping and supply me with her FedEx account number in addition to the ebay costs.  At first, I declined as it was 4PM, the phone would have to be packaged up and taken to the FedEx store and the approaching storm was getting more ominous by the minute. After her assurance that the FedEx deadline was 6PM and her promise that she was "willing to take the chance" if I was, I decided to go for it. Note that I have never before shipped via FedEx.

An hour later, wet from head to toe, and spooked by the lightening bolt that had come way too close as I was getting into the car, I was able to email her the tracking number and report that it should be delivered by 10:30 in Brooklyn, NY. The FedEx store clerk had been very helpful and had the phone securely packaged, boxed and labeled ready for pick-up within a few minutes.

The really fun part is knowing that this old rotary dial phone will be used in a photo shoot for an HBO rock drama (by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger) called "Vinyl" (see the Trailer) today. So be on the look-out for an announcement of the series pilot on HBO in 2016.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

When a Wake up Call Becomes a Rude Awakening

I knew it had to be done. I knew what would happen if I didn't get to it soon. Still I gave myself a reprieve and promised that one day I will get it done, turn and walk away. On to more pressing things. Over and over and over again. 

Then, late one evening, popcorn in lap, spell-binding Netflix movie on the TV screen, I hear a crash. "Oh, NOOOOO," I think "I put it off just one day too long."  A quick trip to the bedroom closet confirms my worst imaginings.... the shelf on one side of our closet has collapsed from weight and contents are spilled across the floor in a big heap. 

I could barely sleep that night thinking and planning the steps of reconstruction and how I would organize a major speed-listing campaign to sell all this excess on eBay as I had been promising myself I would. 

Truth is sometimes things are not as bad as they seem. My darling husband was able to get the shelf remounted (and fortified) without so much as a trip to the hardware store and in one day I was able to do a pretty thorough job of sorting everything into keep, donate and sell piles. The items to sell (from the collapse) were rehung from the new fortified shelf and I sorted out an armful of things from the other side of the closet to join them. By the end of the next day I had listed 10 of these items (some never worn) and feeling very smug about it all. 

This won't happen overnight, but my sense of urgency was added to when eBay started a "list FREE for 4 days" promotion. 

Time to get to work. Check out my progress at my Sixties_Chick store on eBay.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Being a Cool Kid of the Sixties

I remember it like it was yesterday. Sitting on a grassy hill outside the dormitory secretly listening to Elvis Presley on my red transistor radio and feeling like I was truly a cool kid.

Having a transistor radio was as liberating as having a cell phone is for kids today. The idea of listening to "our" music; Rock 'n Roll, without parental disapproval was true freedom.

All these memories came flooding back to me when I saw the little Tercel Transistor radio in its brown leather case and I had to buy it. I spied it from across the room at a community rummage sale and could not get over there fast enough.

After allowing the pleasant memories to flow, fingering the soft leather case, and mentally celebrating Elvis' 80th birthday this week, I am ready to let it go on to the next child of the Sixties.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dream Big - Build Bigger

You may find this hard to believe, but I have always had a passion for hot cars. There is something very exciting about seeing a car that looks like it is about to take flight. My heart starts pounding, the need for speed builds up and my brain turns to mush.

It was like that for most of the time we spent in the showrooms of Parker Brothers Concepts one day last week. Every turn of the head had me spinning in awe.

I put some of the photos I took on a Pinterest board that you can check out HERE - and there is a link to their website for more information and pictures.

Mark and Shannon told me they were always very close and started conceiving of and building dream machines (starting with their bicycles) at an early age. Their passion led them to take up the challenge of building a Tron-like vehicle since everyone said "it couldn't be done." Their success went viral and soon they could not keep up with the demand for their designs of concept vehicles. Their vehicles have been featured in movies and TV shows and they were the subject of the Original TV series "Dream Machines" on SyFy.

The boys were very gracious while we toured the showrooms and even allowed us to step into the shop area for a quick peek where I was able to get a picture with them. The shop and showroom is located in Port Canaveral, Florida right across from the cruise terminals. If you are in Florida, make a point of coming to Port Canaveral on the east coast of the state (near where the Space-X and NASA rockets are launched) and see what they are buiding.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Adding Video to your eBay Listings

I had a lot of fun making a video to put in this listing for a Big Furry Pink & White Marionette but there were some challenges and it did take a little time to get the video clip showing up in my eBay listing.

If you have an account with You-Tube and know how to make a quick video (no more than 45 seconds) you are half way there. Upload your video to You-Tube and add music from their list of free clips if you want to.  The Video Manager "share" button will provide you with the URL to your video once it is complete and published.

Now for the trick. You can't paste a URL into your eBay listing. There used to be an "old embed code" provided by You-Tube that would work, but that isn't available anymore. So, copy the URL link for viewing your video then go to to convert this URL to an acceptable code you can put in your listing. In the listing, click on the HTML tab above the description and plug in the embed code where you want your video to appear.

Thanks to Maida Webster of Connectibles on eBay for teaching me how to do this!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Happy Holidays eBay!

Once again the eBay lights are up on a little wall-mounted Christmas tree in our office. A good reminder that without eBay there wouldn't be much under the tree this year.

It isn't all about the money though. We have had a lot of fun meeting new people (both virtually and in real world settings) and we have learned a lot about e-commerce.

Shopping for new stock for our stores continues to be our favorite thing to do and research draws a close second. I love learning about vintage items and hearing the stories.

Reading feedback and email from happy customers is a great start to the day's work and an inspiration to continue offering the very best customer service and products we can muster.

Wishing YOU Happy Holidays too!