I am happy to be back and writing….you know that feeling when you are in the zone? When you are working on something and time just stops? That is what happens to me when I am writing. It is the coolest thing. Maybe I will have to write that novel! More about that later 🙂
In the past month there was a cancelled Girl’s weekend (ugh), a surprise trip to Bellingham, a booth at the Lavender Festival in Ojai, an eBay radio interview, a super fun 4th of July block party and two birthdays!
Here is a fun photo from the recent block party. I LOVE my new neighbourhood….such nice folks and a lot of young families. Cha Cha digs all the kids. I can’t believe I just said “digs” LOL!
Welcome to Lynn’s Latest #005…
Tuesday, July 12th
Watch for it every Thursday or every other Thursday, Friday or Saturday!
Actually, let’s be honest…watch for it whenever I get one finished hahahaha
Volume III Issue 005
So the day after my last ezine came out, I was supposed to be hosting my bestest friends from the desert for a Ventura Girls Weekend. I was sooooooo excited to share my new home with them and then Friday while working out at Fit Buddha, I got a text from Candy who said, “Kel’s garage is on fire…there is no way we will be coming out there today.” WTF?
It was true. My poor friend Kelleen. Seriously? How does this even happen? They were able to save the house, but so much damage to the items stored in the garage. It broke my heart. For Kel and her kids & for my lost girls weekend. I know I know….I am being selfish here.
And oh, that word selfish reminds me of the funniest story….I was in Chicago for an eBay event and Mo (my eBay assistant) and I were out to dinner with her sister Anne and her boyfriend Ed. We were talking about our zodiac signs and she says to me…we are both selfish….I was like, I am not selfish…what are you even saying?
She meant to say shellfish since I am a Cancer and she is a Scorpio. However, I don’t think either are actually shellfish. Well, a scorpian is an insect and not even a fish. And I just confirmed with my fisherman friend that a Crab is a shellfish…..So there is that! Anyway, it has become a running joke in all of our lives. Check out this piece of art Indy made for me in 2014 for Mother’s Day. LOL.
Oh and that reminds me of a super fun time I did have in Chicago with Mo’s sister Anne. I was out for a different eBay event….btw, eBay used to fly me all over the country for their events. I was often a speaker or a guest panellist back in the day….so much fun! But I digress….
For some reason, Mo wasn’t able to join us and one of my Queen’s Court members, Elizabeth Summers, had two extra tickets to James Taylor and Carol King….and invited me and Mo. Mo wasn’t there, so Anne and I got to attend.
Here is a snippet of that story from one of my ezines from back in 2010. Here is a link if you want read that ezine in its entirety.
“Elizabeth Summers (BookLovertoo) and her husband Brian took me and Mo’s sister (Anne) to the James Taylor/Carole King Concert. Elizabeth & Brian thank you so much for this incredible experience. Third row. Wow!
Here are the four of us before we headed to our seats.
But I get ahead of myself. When Anne and I got in the cab at the hotel, the cab driver turned around, looked at both of us girls and said, “How are you fellows doing this evening?” I looked at Anne and said, “Seriously?” We started cracking up and I don’t think I ever stopped laughing the entire time I was in Chicago. I think it is my new favorite city.
As soon as we got out of the cab at the United Center (where the Blackhawks had just won the Stanley cup–Yeah!!!) we told Elizabeth and Brian the story. We were still laughing so hard we were crying so had Elizabeth take a photo of Anne and me in front of the men’s bathroom.
Doesn’t Anne look just like Mo (Maureen)? Then we headed to our seats and as Anne and I followed Elizabeth and Brian down the stairs to the floor we kept saying “this is just getting better and better”! Check out our view from the third row.
So, for those of you who have noticed, I have been working out like CRAZY and have lost some weight. Trying to get in the best shape of my life for my next year birthday when I turn a big number. Ughhhh! Anyway, in that picture of me with Anne from 12 years ago, I am wearing some jeans that I can now wear again and pearls that were a gift from my boyfriend Peter’s mom (well he is long gone, but I still kept the jeans & the pearls). Pretty Fing cool if you ask me! I still have those jeans and it makes me smile everytime I wear them. LOL.
Crap, I get so carried away that I forget to write about things that y’all might actually care about. So, lets get right into the most amazing score of my mother’s eBay career. I think you would agree Mor Mor.
She went to an estate sale in Bellingham on the last day. Honestly, if someone tells the estate sale company about this score I think they would sh*t their pants. OK, OK, my swearing is kind of out of control, but that is just a part of who I am so please forgive me.
She paid $1.50 for all three of these sad little pathetic demitasse cups with NO SAUCERS. Did you hear that….NO SAUCERS. Well, she learned from the best (me and my grandma) and knows to ALWAYS buy anything Scandinavian.
How crazy was that score? We live for these! Since my weekend plans were scrapped (that darn fire) I had a few free days and volunteered to help my friend Janette (Island Girl Spray Tans) move to her new location. She is now located across the street from us at 2018 E Main Street Suite B Ventura, right above Sticky Fingers Bakery. She is the best in the game!
Later that day, I got a text from Donna Kleinman. Donna and I were buyers together back in the day for Lamps Plus. She even made the trek up to Bellingham for my wedding. I hadn’t seen her in years so it was super fun to catch up! We are friends on Instagram so I feel like I know what is going on with her even though we haven’t spoken. For all of its downfalls, social media is a great connector. You just can’t get too sucked in!
Time for an eBay score before I get to the fun evening I had after that fun day! Check out this flow blue platter that I bought in the desert for $12. It was as is and cracked, but I just had a feeling about it. A farm scene is quite rare in antique flow blue. Got 7 bids and sold for $154.50. I started the auction at $99.99. Check it out here!
I actually talked about that platter in a recent interview I did with Griff. You can check out that interview here. We talk about the current recession among other things. At one point Griff called me human Xanax. I love that compliment…he says I just make him smile!
After my busy Saturday helping Janette move and meeting up with Donna, it was time to head to West Hollywood for Indiana’s show. There were supposed to be 11 of us at dinner at the Umbrella Company (our new favorite restaurant), but because of the fire there were only 8 of us. Still a great showing.
From left to right….Patrick (Indy’s friend from the Groundlings), me, Chris Wade (came up from San Clemente for the show–we went to USC together) and his friend Joe, Emma, Houston, Indiana and Indy’s friend Olivia (who puts on the comedy shows).
On my way walking into the restaurant my shoe broke. Whatever! Luckily, Marc the manager of the Umbrella Company restaurant took it in the back and fixed it for me with a screw. LOL! So friggin funny and then he reposted my Instagram story on his calling himself a Cobbler. Made me love him MORE! Seriously? A cobbler…who even uses that word anymore? And by the way, I am keeping the repair “as is”. Ask me to show you my shoe next time you are in…hahahaha! Don’t you love his Instagram user id….Marcfromthatbar? So fun!
Indy’s show that night was FIRE and so much fun! I was bummed my Palm Desert Girls weren’t with us, but hopefully next time! Here we are after the show.
Before I forget, our Instagram accounts, LynnsFunFashions and LynnsConsignments have been getting better and better! Thank you Rachelle :)! Please follow us if you don’t. You can now buy product directly from the Instagram post through our website and Rachelle has been posting new fashion items and store items daily. Please check them out & give us a follow. Here is a sampling.
In super exciting store news, my two store managers (Sandy & Rachelle) finally have “official” business cards with special email addresses and phone numbers that you can contact them directly. I am LOVING my newfound freedom! Thank you, girls!
Speaking of Rachelle, she has the most darling 2 year old, Ollie. As a single mom, it can get challenging to find reliable daycare. I can certainly relate to that–been there done that! In any event, I am sounding the alarm…putting out notice…asking for referrals…etc. etc. If you, or anyone you know is interested in helping with some “back up” day care we would love to hear from you. It is a paid position and I just thought that maybe y’all might know of someone great to help us all out. Here is a super cute picture of them from our March 1st Clothing store grand opening.
I seem to always talk about Indiana since she is so active with her craft, but let me tell you a little something about Houston. He is pretty happy that “School’s Out for the Summer”…”School’s Out Forever”…well, not really. In any event, the day after he finished he headed up to Northern Cal to ride an almost 450 mile bike race. He is CRAZY (as Indiana’s friend Tim would say). LOL!
Here is a map showing his route and where he was during the race. I loved having this app so I could keep track of him. Unfortunately, he injured his knee at about mile 391 and had to call it quits. Oh well, what an experience!
So as y’all may remember, I bought a house this past Sept/Oct and we moved in November 23rd. There were no major issues…….until about 2 weeks ago and OMG! Calgon take me away (as my sister always used to say).
First problem was in the middle of the night (of course!). There was an ancient security system installed that was not connected to anything…or so I thought! It started beeping (like the battery was low) so at 3:30 am in the morning I started pushing buttons to make it stop. I accidentally pushed the one with a Police Badge on it and wouldn’t you know it, an alarm in the attack started blaring a distress signal.
It was so freaking loud and mind you, this was 3:30 am. I didn’t know what to do. I panicked and called the police to see if they would come help…nope. I then headed out to my office so I could hear and called my friend Marty. Thank God he answered and he told me to cut the wires…I was like “Could I die?” and he said “No”. So that is what I did. LOL. And it stopped! What really disturbed me about this whole scene was that not one of my neighbors even came outside to see if I was OK…but that is another story.
Then the next night, if you can believe it, I was taking a shower and the faucet fell off in my hand when I turned it on. Oh well, I figured I just have to screw it back on…no problem. Well 20 minutes later and I still couldn’t get it back in place and there was no way to shut off the water. WTF?
I didn’t want to bother Marty again (after waking him up at 4 am the night before) so I just text him and he quickly called and said, “shut off the water”. OK, how do I even do that? I went out in the front yard to try and find the shut off and instead found a nice “new” neighbor to help me shut it off. After trying several different valves, he finally got it shut off at the street. Seriously? I was beginning to think that I have purchased “The Money Pit”.
So no water for two days while I waited for the plumbers to show up. They fixed it and I was back in business. Until I went to take a shower. No hot water. Oh crap! I figured that the pilot light must have gone off in the water heater when we shut off the water, so I watched a few YouTube videos and tried to light it. No luck.
I text my neighbor Jose and he said he would come over after work to help light it, but he would bring our other neighbor Brian with him since he didn’t know how to light a pilot. Thank Goodness something happened during daylight. LOL. As Jose & Brian were heading over, they ran into Cody. So the three Muskateers showed up to help me.
The boys figured out that the gas had been turned off when that “other” neighbor was trying to turn off the water. Seriously? They had the hardest time finding the gas turn off, but they finally did and then they were successful in lighting the pilot. “Calgon take me away”. I can’t take much more of this 🙂
The next day my mom called me all excited. John, my sister’s kids dad, had called her and asked her if she would take care of/host Kai for a week while Zach was over at WSU for a music camp. She was over the moon since we never get to see the little boys (well not so little anymore 14 and 16 but we still call them the little boys because my sister did…remember they were only 3 and 5 when she passed away so they were always the little boys).
She begged me to come up and spend time with them both. Ughhh….I had a trip planned to Palm Desert. My mom was like, you can go there anytime, but when can you spend 5 days with your nephew. That was it. I booked a flight and it was game on!
The first night we headed over to Lummi Island to eat at the Beach House Cafe. So much fun! And of course there were lots of Monopoly games. OMG! Why did I EVER introduce Monopoly to the boys? It is the game that NEVER ends!
The next day we headed into Anthony’s or Hearthfire for lunch. Love both restaurants, but we weren’t sure which one was open for lunch. Turns out it was the Hearthfire. As we drove in, I said to my mom, “That looks like Jen, Jeff & Sam walking in”. And it was! Jen & Jeff were really good friends with my sister and their son Sam is great friends with both Zach & Kai (my sister’s boys). CRAZY! They said, “Shall we get a table for 6?” Heck Ya!
But then I remembered my friend Audrey Angel was also joining us so we got a table for 7. So much fun! And such a random Hometown Bellingham thing!
That afternoon, Kai and I started talking about my great grandmother, Mabelle (his great great grandmother) who had also passed away when her children were very little (just like his mom). I had put together a compilation of letters she had written over the years into a book (and of course my grandma Cheryl Leaf had kept them)!
I had given everyone in my family that as a Christmas gift back in 1991. Kai really wanted to read it so we scoured my mom’s house until we finally found it. So cute to see him wanting to learn more about his ancestors. He read the entire book cover to cover. I told him I wanted to use her story as a basis for my first novel. He LOVED the idea. I guess I better get writing!
While I was in Bellingham I got some exciting news from Indiana. She passed her beginning Groundlings Course! What? So proud of that kid. Now, she can move on to the intermediate course.
BTW, Our next calligraphy course is Sunday, August 21st from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.
Her last class was a huge success! and these are being taught by one of my very first consignors…Joy Goldowitz!
She is a teaching dynamo! Her course “Calligraphy: The Art of Beautiful Lettering” will be offered on Sunday, August 21st from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.
The course is just $59 and includes a gift box full of calligraphy supplies! What? This is unreal 🙂
Joy is a retired (after 37 years) elementary school teacher. She is a lover of the relaxing art of hand lettering, beautiful inks and stationary of all ilks. She is a passionate teacher who happily loves sharing her techniques with others. She will guide you on a journey creating lovely letters to embellish words, names, addresses, cards, gift tags etc.
OMG! I want to take this class! My mom just text me and she is going to take this class. I had better get her signed up!
We have also decided to schedule caligraphy courses through the end of the year. So, if that date doesn’t work for you. Hopefully, one of these will!
Sunday, September 11th
Sunday, October 9th
Sunday, November 13th
We will be scheduling an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Class and an Iron Orchid Design class for sometime in August. Please let us know your preferences if you are interested…..evening? afternoon? weekend?
Check out this project piece that Sandy has been working on. How cute is it? Annie Sloan even commented on it and added it to her story! Way to go Sandy!
While in Bellingham, we watched the Westminster Dog Show and it brought back so many memories of my ASCOB (Any Solid Color Other than Black including Black & Tan) Cocker Spaniel Springdale Buffington. I LOVED that dog and showed him at AKC shows in both the US and Canada. He was 2 points short of becoming a Canadian Champion when I went away to USC. Here are a few photos of us.
Oh and funny story, during the Mt. Baker Kennel Club Dog Show in Bellingham back in 1979, guess who made the front page of the Bellingham Herald? Me and Buffy!
When I flew back into LA after our super fun few days in Bellingham, I took the kids out to breakfast. Of course, Grandpa had to join us!
OK, just a heads up. We now have a clearance area for clothing. Take 25% off the lowest prices. Come in and check it out!
In more store news, we had a great idea to add wire shelving units to each of our vignettes by color. As many of you know, we have red, orange, yellow, green, blue, navy blue, black & white and pink vignettes. These new wire shelving units are not for sale, but are housing pillows that match the color of the vignette. Makes it super easy and fun to shop for accent pillows and throws! Check us out!
I think it is time for an eBay score before I share about our experience at the Ojai Valley Lavender Festival. So here goes…My grandmother was a squirrel. Well, that is what she called herself because she would “squirrel” away anything she could.
For example, in the snake pit (a storage room my grandpa built for her) she had shelves and shelves with shoe boxes on them. It was actually quite organized. She would have a shoe box full of snow babies, another full of trade beads, one full of dice, another with assorted lids, many held orphaned stoppers and so many other things that it would be impossble to list them all!
Check out this listing for assorted stoppers from the “snake pit” that I sold for over $100. Yippeee Skippy! Click here to read more.
Of course now that I have brought up the Snake Pit, I am going to have to share a story from my first “100 Best Things I’ve Sold on eBay” books that tells a little bit more about it and shows one of my original stopper scores!
OK, so about the Lavender Festival in Ojai on Saturday, June 25th…it seemed like a good idea at the time. Not so sure about that in retrospect. The booth rent was like $225…which is a lot. In prep for the festival, I dug out my grandmother’s old property box that we used to take to antique shows and fill it with supplies, power cords, scissors, tape, zip ties etc.
And I didn’t think I would be the one schlepping the clothing up and back to Ojai. Well, think again. It is my store! Thank God for Shawnna and her daughter Brooklyn who also helped Schlepp. But it was a PITA and way too hot.
The festival turned out OK. We did sell a fair amount and Jeff & Joanne Carolan showed up. Marc Kettles (he & his wife Eva own Fit Buddha and I went to USC with Marc) had invited me over to his house after for a cocktail and after the 100 degree day, I text him to see if he was serious. He was and he said Jeff & Joanne could join me! Turned out to be a super fun end to a trying day. He and his wife Eva’s home is AMAZING! Seriously, it is like an estate or compound. They even have an amphitheater!
So something super fun came into the store recently on consignment…Mattel’s Dancerina Doll still in the original box. I had one of these when I was a kid and if you can believe it…I found the picture of me when I received her on my 6th birthday…OMG! It sold pretty quickly for a great price! I am always saying that people are trying to “buy their childhoods back” and this just proves that point!
Speaking of birthdays, it was mine recently and it started off super weird. I am not sure if that is the correct word, but I woke up to two emails from my dad. My dad has been gone for 5 years now and I have only ever received one (obviously spam) email from his account on Easter day after he passed and the subject was “He is risen”.
Well on my birthday morning, I got two emails from him that said “Hello Lynn!”. When I told my mom, she said “He is obviously thinking of you today” and that made me cry. Ughhhhh! What was even weirder is that they didn’t show up on my computer AT ALL–only on my phone. Not in my inboxes or in spam. Coincidence? I think not.
What an amazing start to what turned out to be a wonderful day spent with Indiana. We started it off with a private training session with Marc at Fit Buddha. I thought he may go easy on us because it was my birthday, but NO! Just the opposite. One of the hardest training sessions ever.
Then we headed out to the Mandalay Oxnard Embassy Suites to sit by the pool and have lunch & some cocktails. Then I got a massage. To end the evening we ordered take-out and watched the Love Boat. LOL!
Indiana is sooooo funny, she posted on her Instagram account all day in the style that she calls “Lynn Dralle”. Here are a few of her funny posts.
Then two days after my birthday, I walked into the store and thought that Cha Cha had gotten in and DESTROYED it! Turns out Sandy (store manager extraordinaire) had come in super early to decorate. It was greatly appreciated and put a smile on my face :)! I think it is still a mess, but whatever!
And them, Val gave me the coolest throw EVER from the Junk Gypsies. It says “Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History”. Still working on finding my place in History 🙂 LOL! I had a fantastic birthday week that just kept giving and giving. Next year, for the big one, I will definitely be in Greece or Croatia….maybe both!
Time to talk about the clothing store! We still have appointments available for you to bring in 20 of your best clothing items. We are also now taking Mens items. Please call or text the clothing store….
Land Line 805-628-9208
Cell Phone 805-470-6493
If you missed the email saying what we are looking for in clothing…please read it here before you come in. Thanks!
Also, start collecting your Fall items and Adult Halloween Costumes. We will start taking in Fall on August 1st. Call or text the girls to set up an appointment.
Land Line 805-628-9208
Cell Phone 805-470-6493
Oh and one more thing, when we get items in lately they are selling super fast. And I do mean super fast. You need to come in often if you are in the market for “cool stuff”. Check out these two items that sold almost as soon as they hit the sales floor. The outdoor playhouse sold the same day! The beautiful navy blue sectional sold on the 3rd day. “You snooze You lose”.
OK, funny story. Y’all probably know how CRAZY Cha Cha is and that she loves to chew up remotes. Little did I know, she is apparently also eating parts of them. Check out this hysterical text exchange that I had with Jensen who helps run “Send Rover on Over” where I take the Cha a few times a week for socialization. LOL.
One more birthday to share…Houston turned 26 on Sunday, July 10th. I can’t believe my baby is grown up! How did that happen? He was away in New Jersey/North Carolina with Emma so we will have to celebrate when he gets back. Here is a fun photo of him biking with his Pepperdine buddy in No Carolina and one of the throwback photo I posted for his birthday.
Since they were out of town, I sent Houston and Emma $100 to buy a birthday dinner for themselves in New Jersey. Ironically, they had sushi and ordered The Love Boat! LOL.
Also, had to share the cute post Indiana did for his birthday. LOVE that he is her “ride or die”.
Now that I have shared about Houston, let’s check out what Indiana has been up to. She hasn’t had any shows in a while which gave me a bit of a break. But she has a ton booked in July and August. Watch out world! She did fly to Denver recently for her first adult wedding. That is a BIG deal. Evatt and Haidyn her Pepperdine friends got married and it was a super fun time for all of these kiddos. Here is a fierce photo of Indiana and her girls at the reception. I LOVE this shot!
Finally, don’t forget you can shop online with us. What has been selling the best lately is our Baggu inventory. People from around the world have been ordering. Pretty cool! Here is a link to our Baggu online.
Oh, I almost forgot! One of the reasons I named this ezine tales from the road (as opposed to tales from the Crypt-LOL) is that as you are reading this I am headed to Palm Desert to see my friends, do some thrifting, get a Sherry Mesa haircut and fly from there to Bellingham. I am going home again to attend my really good friend Jo Dallas’ daughter in laws Baby Shower! Go Micheal & Maggie!
And then in August I will be back up in Bham for my mom and Cha Cha’s birthday. Unfortunately, the only way I can get Cha Cha up there safely is to road trip. Not happy about that, but hopefully it will be fun. Indy will ride up with me, but she will have to fly back the morning of August 7th since she has a show that night. I need someone to drive back with me! Ughhh!
I forgot to share a photo from the 4th of July. The one at the beginning of the ezine was the block party in my neighborhood….so much fun! This one is me, Sandy and Indy at the Pizza place the night before. Ventura is just soooooo awesome!
What we need for the main store…..
Pairs of Lamps
Bar Stool Sets
Thank you all for supporting me, my family and my businesses as I work on expanding….as you know I am building my empire!
eBay with Heart
Decorate with Heart
Dress with Heart
I try and do everything in my life in a big way and with a lot of heart! Thank you for joining me on this super fun journey. I appreciate you!
AND a HUGE reminder. We have Annie Sloan’s NEW SATIN paint in and it is a game changer according to Val! No waxing is required and it goes on smooth as silk!!!! Yippppeee…I was only able to order 2 cans of each color so come in and grab them before we sell out! So much fun these days at Lynn’s! Because you know, “Everyone Wins When They Shop at Lynns!”
Take care and we hope to see you soon! Sandy, Peggy, me and
Val! Also, Candy, Cindy, Rachelle, Kailen, Robin, Susan & Shawnna (not pictured)….
Thanks for reading my ezines! I appreciate it….as always!
eBay with Heart, Design with Heart & Dress with Heart………Lynn
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