Its all about Antiques & Vintage ...All the time! Ok so I will occasionally provide some witty satire, socio-political commentary and insider trading-of the vintage variety! Be sure and read the Rules & Assumptions post! I hope you enjoy! Shameless self promotional: My website www.thegirlnextdoorshop.com

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Update: New Plot Unfolds in Flower Fight

After perennial furrowed feuding with the Sandusky Garden club Sow & Hoe's and an uncooperative coiffeuse, Greg has decided that he will not attempt to out bloom the Flower Club this year. Outside Greg's antique shop, a former oasis of olfactory ornament, now sit urns that are unadulteratedly uninspired. The Novices of Nightshade have planted this years crop and the buds will hopefully mature into Blossoms of Beauty without his special mixture of love and C3 H8 NO5 et all .
"It's all about Love" states a withering Greg.
In a surprise move an online group hereto for referred to as the "Flower Kings Under Cover" has has flourished in defense of the Connoisseur of Compost, the Master of Mulch, the Virtuoso of Violets! However, sighs of sadness and rallying cries of "Greg for Prez" have, so far, failed to take root and spring Greg back into action. Hopefully Greg, with his mastery of mulching, will bring cultivation back to Sandusky! More to come....

New Plot in Flower Fight

After furrowed fighting with the garden club

Monday, June 8, 2009


ok i think I have created my own monster...5th blog today.....step away from the blog....

JS Vs: WalM**t

My dad, the octogenarian super sleuth shopper, has a new weapon against his nemesis Sandusky Wal-M**t. Not satisfied with their roll back pricing, and after being banned for returning too many items (I am NOT making this up), PLUS being the only person the local K-m*rt PAID to go elsewhere to shop (more on this later) he has devised a new scheme to outwit outlast and out-shop Wal M**t. After some deft spying (cough cough.. eavesdropping), he has delightfully discovered that if you bring in an ad from Meijer Stores, Wal-M**t will match the special ad prices; side note: NOT buy-one get-one free. BOGO file for future reference….I digress….It doesn’t seem to matter that the closest Meijer Store is 50 miles away. So he got grapes for 97 cents a pound instead of $1.79. He still only bought 1 pound. In his defense he DOES go to 3 stores everyday to find the best prices.SO its DAD 15 Wal-M**t Love. My dad could wear down Bin Laden. GO DAD!

Retail vs: Fleatail

OHHowIHateRetail: I love shopping but being in the antiques business most buying is down at the wholesale level. What a shock to go into retail stores! Went supplies shopping, (I normally despise the big box stores) but found myself in a national chain office supplier store. Whats a girl got to do to get some service in there? Search endless aisles for a blue vested or red coated (finger quotes in air) service member (HA) only to be told that the price tags are now called Labels...they are next to the overpriced $4.99 3 piece transparent tape combo packs.... And what happend to CLEAR tape? Don't they make clear tape anymore? I loath transparent tape! Well price tags prices sure have gone up and so has tape! Thank God the post office offers free tape for priority mail...don't tell them I told you, but if you get to know the clerks at your local post office they often will slip you a roll, since you cannot order it online anymore-but I digress....I can't believe offices pay these prices for supplies, no wonder the economy is in the plunger! dON'T TELL ANYONE BUT, OPPS, damn caps lock, but flea markets and antiques shows are the best bets for the money, you can find anything there, MOST of it is legal, (more on the machine gun incident later) and best of all the rpices cannot be beat.... damn keyboard acting up again....

Flower scandal blooms in Sandusky!

Local antique shop owner and gardener extraodinaire’ Gregory Rheaume has weeded his garden, and he is blooming mad! "Those garden hoe's don't know who they are dealing with" he fumed. At stake are the fates of 5 garden urns, purchased by Greg and the possible absconding of floral funds by un-named hairdressers. “I’ve been hoe'd” pronounced Greg, when informed that the garden club considered his purchase of 5 extra flower pots "excessive" and refused to plant the ubiquitous urns. “ I have spent hundreds of dollars trying to beautify the city of Sandusky, and I feel that it's dirty pollentics" seethed Greg.
The president of the garden club stated that the club regrets the whole fiasco, “that Greg is such a pistil when it comes to his flowers,” stated one Sow and Hoe member who shall remain nameless. Greg accuses the club of backpetalling in their recent attempt to mollify him. “I’m considering leafing town” says a wilted Greg. Seeds of doubt are now planted in Gregs run for Citizen of the Year....we'll keep you posted...

Why I hate outdoor shows!

Was in Burton Ohio this weekend Great Geauga Lake Antiques Fest...great show but it reminded me why I hate doing outdoor shows: Top Ten reasons I hate Outdoor Shows: note: ALL TRUE! but not necessarily of Burton) he he he...
# 10 Dirt, sand, mud, gravel, horse dunk, ; If it's not one it's the other....everywhere... in everything....

#9 Flies, sand fleas, red ants, vermin, locusts, pestilence...plague...hehe..et cet... more on the red ants later.

#8 Unrelenting Sun, mini Tornados, wild wind, hurricanes, rain, floods, sleet, hail, snow, heat, fog, dew, once even a thunderstorm w/snow at the same time!

#7 Heat stroke, Sun stroke, frostbite, chillblains

Being from Michigan you have to understand, even mild sun for 12 hours makes you think you are going blind and getting heat stroke as we have 10 months of gray winter, 1 month each of spring and fall and well, thats it! Hence outdoor shows have some form of wicked weather

#6 relates to # 8: wet socks-I hate wet socks!

#5 energy drain from constant exposure to sun, heat, rain, et cet....it takes days to recuperate

#4 Sleeping in van: I used to be a princess and always stayed in hotels, but who can afford that these days? besides outdoor shows usually open at dawn so whats the point of spending all that $$$ on hotels? Of course it doesnt help that my idea of roughing it is a hotel with an OUTDOOR pool...sigh...

#3 Porta potties: try one in the middle of night, with no light.... nuff said

#2 Lack of tent: I gave up my tent years ago because I DON'T DO OUTDOOR SHOWS! ....shaking head at self...

and the #1 reason I hate outdoor shows:

I've experienced all of the above at one time or another! I have had many outdoor jobs- I love the outdoors, but not when Mother Nature ruins my stuff!

ok maybe I lied about the plague-but everythign esle is true! I swear!.... damn typos..... Other than that I loved every minute of it!!!!!


Monday, June 1, 2009

Asusmptions Rules et cet

Random thought: Is wooow a word? I think I was going for wooo as in woohoo but it just didn't look right.
Ok, the rules:
#1 Don't assume that just because this blog is all about antiques that I won't wander off topic and write about a million different things instead of antiques
#2 Don't assume the rules apply to me, just because I make the rules! hehehe
# do not assume I can multi-task
#4 hey what happen to #3?
#5 Dont assume I will remember any previous rules we had on assumptions just two rules ago
#6 Do not assume I will not try to confuse the hell outta you by changing the rules...in mid sentence...without warning..
#7 Don't assume any convoluted cockamamy explanations of my new reasoning are not excuses for my previous assumptions :D
#8 Don't Assume there will not be lots of non-typos- NOTE: I CAN spell I just can't type.