050924 My Mom Is Moving To Ventura & New Arrivals!


Happy Thursday!  My mom flew in on Sunday night and arrived at my house at 11 pm.  Long travel day for her!  She is going to sell her beach house in Bellingham, Washington this summer and relocate to Ventura.  Great news!  This is a photo of her deck with all of us on it at her birthday a few years back.


The day after she arrived, my mom let me know that her leg had swollen up on the plane and she thought we should have it checked out. So we headed to Cottage Urgent Care on Victoria. They took a look at her and said get to the hospital. That was a fun 8 hour excursion. In any event, she is just fine. But, it was better to get it checked out.

In case you are wondering, my mom WON’T be moving in with me!   I have too much going on in my life to live with a parent and my mom totally understands that & doesn’t want to live with me anyway…LOL!   So the day after the emergency room saga, we decided to check out some of Ventura’s Independent Living Places.

My mom is very active socially and the places we saw were amazing.  First was The Palms at Bonaventure in East Ventura and then the Ventura Townehouse.  The Townhouse was my favorite!  Harvey even invited us to stay for dinner.  Fabulous!  And free wine 🙂

Here are some pics of the unit we checked out with Harvey.

My mom will be living here in Ventura permanently after the summer.  I am so excited for her next new chapter.  It is gonna be a fun one!  She will be a fixture at the store so please stop in and say hello!

In sad news, this past Friday night we went to a Celebration of life for Matt Gray.  Heartbreaking. He was one of the first people I met when I moved to Ventura.  Such a great guy!

The turnout for his celebration was amazing!  It was at Surf Rodeo Headquarters.  A wonderful tribute to a wonderful human.  I am heartbroken for his kids and grandkids.

In happier news, Sandy and I are invited to a super cool party this upcoming Saturday night.  I am still deciding if I should invite a date.  Maybe…Maybe not?   In any event, I can’t wait!  It is my friend Pam Cole’s birthday party at her home in Agoura Hills.  Apparently, it is a semi formal dinner/dance with a 10 piece band.  FANCY!

Here are Pam and I back in the day when we lived in Brentwood right after college.

Before I forget, Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Moms out there!  It is NOT an easy job and we appreciate you!  Me and Mor Mor back in the day!  Matching outfits…

Candy came to visit last week from Northern Cal….we missed her!  It was great to have her back working in the store!  AND Val and Sandy also popped in.  I love these girls!  So grateful to have them all in my life!

Don’t forget that Susan Wheelan and I are offering an incredible new design service….

Now for some new arrivals and we got some great things this week!  I LOVE this sofa!  If I didn’t have a dog and cat, it would be mine :).

Veana 84” Rolled Arm Sofa Classic Natural Twill $895.00

Element 60” Wood Sideboard Natural Wood $595.00

Name Brand 2 Piece Loveseat Charcoal Blue Velvet AS IS $495.00

Jones 85.83” Upholstered Sofa Velvet Grey/Chrome $695.00

Mid Century Console Buffet $295.00

Faux Bamboo Bar Table Flip Top $295.00

Mid Century Dining Table with Leaf  $295.00

Fufu and Gaga Display Cabinet With Led Lights Black $195.00

Oversized Metal and Wood Framed Mirror Black/Brown $95.00 – 2 in stock

Flash Furniture Hercules Regal Series Loveseat With Encasing Frame Chrome/Black $495.00

Cosmo Dining Chair Grey/Clear $195.00

Progressive Furniture Home Left Pier Unit Distressed White $295.00

Glitzhome Mid Century Modern Swivel Bar Stool Cream $79.95

Urban Trends Wood Round Bellied Lantern With Top Rope Hanger $39.95 – 3 in stock

Mercer LB Horizontal Channeled Bench Light Blue Velvet $295.00

Carnegy Avenue Resin Chiavari Chair Gold  $44.50 — 2 in stock

Amanti Art Rectangle Satin Metallic Modern Mirror Silver $135.00

Elegant Living Vanity Mirror Silver $195.00

Bridgeport Designs 65’’ Everett Downbridge Floor Lamp Black $95.00

Barcalounger Leather Pushback Recliner Brown $295.00

Maxime Upholstered Wingback Headboard King Linen $295.00

Royal Haeger Pottery Earth Wrap Green Bowl $35.00
Royal Haeger Pottery Earth Wrap Green Vase $65.00

Royal Haeger Pottery Earth Wrap Green Vase $65.00
Royal Haeger Pottery Earth Wrap Ash Tray $27.50 – 2 in stock

Royal Haeger Pottery Earth Wrap Lamp $95.00 — 2 in stock

Royal Haeger Pottery Earth Wrap Green Vase $65.00

Handpainted South Pacific Cabinet $195.00

Mid Century Modern Love Seat $395.00

Bronze Eagle on stand $495.00

Antique Majolica Parrot $145.00

Urban Trends Ceramic Koi Fish Figurine White $29.95 each — 3 in stock

We are so grateful for all the support from our incredible community as we embark on this new chapter! Thank you for your LOVE. ❤️

Many people still think we are closed, so please help spread the word that we are here.  It is not a GIVEN that we will be able to remain open.

We are taking it day by day and month by month.  So, if you are one of those customers that thinks they can always stop in, that may not be the case.  Thank you for your support Today!

We had one of our best weeks in the store last week…..so THANK YOU THANK YOU….I posted this pic of Indiana, me and Cha on Facebook/Instagram with a HUGE Thank you to all of you.  We are all smiling…even Cha Cha.  Do you LOVE Cha Cha’s Smile?…we had the best photographer at our 6th Anniversary who captured this.  Thank you Brit!   LOL!

And our Baggu order finally arrived!  So much great new inventory….

Thanks for reading my ezines!  I appreciate it….as always!

eBay with Heart, Design with Heart & Dress with Heart………Lynn

BTW, we now have a blog on the website where you can read all of our past newsletter
Link to Blog.

P.S.  If you have a friend who wants to sign up for this newsletter.

P.P.S  For those of you who don’t live close to Ventura…don’t forget you can shop our store online!

05/02/024 Design Before & After….Lynn’s Latest #00003

I am trying to get back into writing monthly ezines and weekly updates…so please bear with me.  I have been pretty good with the weekly updates…”New Arrivals” as Emma likes to make fun of me…LOL….If she only actually read them she would know that I am making fun back at her.  Oh well, someday….(wishful thinking)!  That is Emma, me and Indy at our 1st or 2nd anniversary party.

Welcome to Lynn’s Latest #00003

Thursday, May 2nd, 2024
Volume V  Issue 00003

So amazing that we were able to keep the store open.  Thank you Ventura for all of your LOVE & Support!  We still need your help.  April was another tough month and we are taking it day by day.  Day by Day…..Hope to see you soon!

I think the thing that I am most excited about this year is our new design service.  Susan Wheelan is an amazing decorator and I am so honored to be able to partner with her in this new venture.  We got our first client in April and on April 16th we headed out to Sendia’s (she works in my store!) house to do our initial assessment.  Remember, there is only a $50 fee for this portion.

I will share before and after photos in a hot second.  LOL.  I love that term for some reason.  Anyway, just 2 weeks later on April 30th, Susan and I (with Kevin’s help) loaded up her son’s truck, my SUV and headed back to Sendia’s home.

I must admit, I was a little nervous about this design job as I have never “officially” done this before.  Luckily, Susan is a pro and for the past two weeks we had been plotting, planning, doing scale models, sourcing and all around living and breathing this space.

My grandfather was an architect and my mom has a master’s in home economics and is amazing at design.  Whenever I move, my mom and I always do a graph chart to scale of each room and then make models of the furniture (also to scale) so we can plan the room.  Check out the model of Sendia’s living room.  So much fun!

Before I share the before and after photos, I think it is time for an eBay score…. don’t you agree?  And just so you know, I can’t share the before and after photos too early in my ezine, or you won’t read til the end.  Hahahha.

Soooooo, I bought this lamp at the home of one of my consignors when she was having a garage sale.  I think I paid $40.  I sold it a few days ago for $465!  And charged $129.95 to ship it to Florida.  Fingers crossed it arrives in one piece, but I did purchase insurance.

If you want to check out the original listing, you can do so here.

Speaking of eBay, I have decided to teach a May eBay course while my mama is in town.  She has been selling on eBay for almost as long as I have.  She is thexstyles and sells about $3,000 a month and to put that in context…she is 87 years old.  If she can do this…anyone can!

She arrives on Cinco de Mayo, so I am thinking about having the class either May 6th (a Monday), May 7th (a Tuesday) or an evening next week…..If any of you are interested,  please let me know what day works for you and I can schedule it around that.

Our last class was this past Sunday and it was awesome!  Everyone got items listed!  Peggy (who works in the store) actually has some bids.  Here is a photo of the class…but Peggy had already left.  That is Tere (my friend who took me to that amazing Outstanding in the Field event in San Fran last year) and Leslie….they did great!

But here is Peggy’s text testimonial! And by the way, once you attend one of my classes, I am always available by text or email for any questions you have going forward.

OK, I think it is time I can share some before and after photos.  So happy with the way the living room turned out.  Here is the before.  I will share some close ups of the different areas as well, but this is the best shot I could get of the entire room.

Here is the after.

Time for another eBay score and then some more design before and after shots.  This sale blew my mind and my eBay student’s minds last Sunday.  I priced it super high….$149.99  CRAZY since these pieces belonged to Houston and are so AS IS.  I took a best offer of $65 last week.  What in the World?  As my dad would have said.  Anyway, if you would like to check out the listing….here it is.

Here are some before and afters of some of the “areas” in the new and improved living room.  Susan Wheelan is a fabulous designer and you can see her work around my store.  But, just to give you an idea about her style, she likes to design “areas”…little vignettes within the entire room.  I LOVE this concept and here is glimpse into that work.

Here is the corner, that really had no story before we added some depth and character.

Here is the after of that same corner.

Here is the mantle area before.

Here is the mantle area after.

Here is the area behind the couch before…actually just the couch area since there was nothing behind it before….LOL.

Here is the new area in front of the couch.

Here is the area behind the couch after.  I LOVE it!

Here is the dining room buffet area before.

So Here is the dining room buffet area after.  The entire room just feels warm, cozy and inviting.  I LOVE all the changes and so does Sendia.

Here is the text that Susan and I got 5 minutes after we left. I think she meant to say “knocked it out of the park” instead of “knotted” LOL.

Susan and I are ready for our next client.  Here are more of the details for those of you interested.  And, btw, we only took about $2,000 worth of items to Sendia’s home.  If she decided to keep them all this design job will only cost her $2,400 plus the initial $50 fee.  That is a complete bargain to restyle a room in your home!!!!  And we used so many things that were already there.  Hire us before our prices go up!  LOL, but seriously that is the truth.

Here is more info about the service.

Do you have a space in your home that needs a refresh or a bit of rearranging?  Some ideas….

Under the stairs
A focal wall (amazing how one wall redo can change a room)
The wall behind your bed…we even have heaboards
Unused space
A corner
A Kitchen nook
A small office area
And apparently, we can do entire living rooms

Susan Wheelan and I will come out for a 30 minute consult for a flat $50 fee within Ventura.  We will design a plan and will return and stage your project with items from your home, the store and others we source.  You get to live with the design for 24-48 hours and may purchase what works for you at the item price plus a 20% service fee.  You are under no obligation to purchase anything.

In addition to utilizing some of your existing decor, imagine how amazing some new throw pillows, throw blankets, art, decor, rugs and lamps can do to refresh a tired area of your home.

This is a service designed to be fun for all with the end result being a refreshed and beautiful space!  Please email, call or come in the store to schedule your consultation!  Remember this is a trial and we are only taking a few clients to start.

A little background about Susan Wheelan.  She worked for Pennsylvania House Furniture for over 5 years as a design consultant and Top Producer.  After Pennsylvania House (OMG, I almost wrote Transylvania House LOL), she worked 15 years as a designer for a prestigious home builder responsible for assisting clients in every aspect of building a home.

In addition, she has designed over 21 model homes.  You have most likely seen her work in the store…she is AMAZING!

And as a reminder…here is an after photo from Sendia’s home.  What a great refresh!

So my mom is flying in on Cinco de Mayo.  She has decided to sell her beach house in Bellingham and relocate to Ventura.  We will be checking out the Townehouse while she is here.  I think that is a wonderful option for her as she is extremely social and they have a ton of great activities.  I think she is gonna LOVE it!  It will be great to have her closer to me and the kids, however, we will miss her beach house.  Ughhhh.  The trade-offs in life.  Here we are on her deck.

In addition to me working at the store ALL THE TIME…anything to save this business and doing our new design business, I have been thrifting and garage saling with Sandy every Saturday.  We have been having so much fun!

Here is a listing for some flatware that I bought this past weekend.  I can’t wait until it sells!  And yes, I am asking $150 for two salad forks, because they retail for $300.  It is a bargain price!  Here is a link to the auction if you would like to check it out...or purchase?

You have probably forgotten since my last newsletter, ages ago, but Indiana was in her first Indy film this year.  She plays Beatrice in “Anyone Else but Me” and I finally got a link to share it with y’all.  My friends that have watched it and thoroughly enjoyed it…so check it out!  Here it is on Youtube.

It is official…… Goose aka my son Houston has decided to enroll in Pepperdine Law School.  Super proud of him and excited for this next journey.  He did attend Pepperdine undergrad and here he is Freshman year at Pepperdine after just winning the election for Freshman Class President.

Let’s chat about the store a bit.  The vignettes have never looked so good…if you ask me!  The store is open, breezy and ready for customers.  Please, please, please let all of your friends, relatives, neighbors and acquaintances know that we are still OPEN and would love to see some customers.  Store hours are….

Weds-Sat  11-5
Sun 11-3

We need your continuing support.  Here is what the back Fun Fashions now looks like. Full of overflow and outdoor furniture for you to peruse.

Cinco de Mayo is coming up this Sunday and it is a sad day for me.  My father passed away at 7:45 am on that morning 7 years ago.  I was getting ready to head to the Palm Springs airport to fly home to see him and I got the phone call from my brother.  Never an easy day.  But in honor of Dr. Wayne Dralle (aka Papa) to my kids, I thought I would share one of my stories about him from my 100 Best Books.  This is story #95 from my 3rd 100 Best Book Kaching.

Do you  think Indy was giving me the evil eye when I was taking that picture?  Oh for sure!  If looks could kill.

Strangest story, a gal just walked in my store and asked for me because she had run into someone at a wedding in Mexico that knew me.  It was Ryan Trott, my sister’s boyfriend for years and somehow Kelly and he got on the topic of Ventura and my store!  Small world.

And then one of our favorite customers, Carol, came in.  Carol is a natural redhead like me and both of us have never had to color our hair.  Carol is going to be 80 soon…How awesome is that?  Maybe, I will never have to color mine either!

With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday the 12th, Sendia just did a super cute display with some gift ideas.  Come in and check it out!

This photo just popped up in my Timehop from 3 years ago.  I think it is one of my favorite front window displays that we have done.  Thoughts?

And now the new arrivals….Wooden Bar Cabinet $295.00

Times Square New York Framed $49.50

Custom Made Small Bookcase Blonde Oak $145.00

Fufu and Gaga Wood Headboard Shelf With 5 Shelves and Led Lights White $125.00

Black Console with Baskets $295.00

Large Basket $49.50

Basket $39.50

Large Basket $49.50

Bfz Modern Velvet Dining Chair Grey/Black $69.50 – 4pcs in stock

Large Leaning Mirror $125.00

Silver Metal Trunk $65.00

Here are a few new Baggu items coming your way in the next few days!

Big Baggu Tangerine Wide Stripe $18.00
Big Baggu Orchid $18.00

Big Baggu Extra Pink $18.00
Big Baggu Dahlia $18.00

Standard Baggu Pansy Blue $14.00
Standard Baggu Rose $14.00

Standard Baggu Blue Thin Stripe $14.00
Standard Baggu Digital Denim Birds $14.00

An update…..as you may remember, I moved my office from outside of the house into Indy’s room.  It has turned out great!  We love the new indoor shared space.  I wanted to share an updated photo of my former “out of the house” office, that has turned into a super darling guest suite.  Check it out!

As I end this ezine, I just want to say THANK YOU so much for reading these and mentioning it to me in the store or by email.

I LOVE to hear that you enjoy reading these and it makes my day!

Again, thank you all for supporting me, my family. my amazing staff and my store as we transition to a new business model.  We appreciate you!!!!

Sandy, Val and me!

Thanks for reading my ezines!  I appreciate it….as always!

eBay with Heart, Design with Heart & Dress with Heart………Lynn

BTW, we now have a blog on the website where you can read all of our past newsletter
Link to Blog.

P.S.  If you have a friend who wants to sign up for this newsletter.

P.P.S  For those of you who don’t live close to Ventura…don’t forget you can shop our store online!

04282024 EBay In Person Ventura Course

How to Sell on eBay – The Basics In person

Sunday, April 28th from 2 pm to 6 pm at 1975 E. Main Street
My cell is 760-880-3535
See you soon!

Please arrive with your….

1.   User Id

2.   Laptop & Power Cord

3.   Camera or Most likely your Smart Phone (since these take better pics than most cameras!)

4.   Cord to transfer photos to your laptop

And a few items to actually list!


Before we begin I want to say a word about security on the Internet. There are unscrupulous people who will try to get your username and passwords to access your account.

Never share this information with anyone. No one from eBay will ever contact you requesting your login information. To be safe, you should always navigate yourself to these sites to log in, never follow a link in an email. Having said this, I want to reassure you that with the proper precautions, the Internet is a safe and proven means of doing business used by millions of eBayers every day.

1. Pick a Catchy Name

Before you register to sell on eBay, you need to start thinking about what you will choose for your User ID. This needs to be a catchy phrase that your customers will remember easily.

As many of you know from trying to get an email address on aol.com or gmail.com, many of the good names are already taken. This is why I want you to make a list of possible options beforehand. If you don’t do this, you can get flustered when you register and pick a User ID that does not make sense.

I started out selling on eBay as LAWilson (my initials and last name) in 1998. After my divorce, I decided that I wanted something more telling of my business. My publicist had started calling me the Queen of Auctions so I went on eBay to change it to QueenofAuctions. Guess what? It was already taken. Luckily, I had written down some other options and TheQueenofAuctions was available.

Remember that you can change your User ID on eBay and your feedback points and information will follow you. You can only change your User ID every 30 days.
Also, keep in mind though, that eBay will only refer customers to your new id for 30 days. It is not a good idea to change your id if you can help it. Pick the right User ID from the get go.

Some hints for choosing your User ID:

*If you plan on specializing in one area, pick an ID with that category in your name. As an example a book seller may choose—BooksRFun, Books4U, Books4You, BookLover, Book$, BookstoYou, Books2You, Books!, BookReader, Read4Fun etc.

*Add punctuation !, $ and real numbers 4, 2 to make the id different from others that may already be on eBay.

*Do not make your User ID too long, unreadable or add too many numbers. Some sellers like to use their birth year or favorite numbers in their id. This can get confusing and hard to remember. 2976Porsche, Hamilton1955, and 789546821 are not easily remembered (and these are actual User ID’s from eBay).

2. You May Want to get a P.O. Box

Before you sign up and register to sell on eBay, I suggest that you register for a Post Office Box or use a Business Address if you have one. This is for your security. We really don’t want to use our home address as the return address.
It just isn’t safe anymore with all the mail and identity theft. For years, we had an unsecured mail box at our antique store. Over the Christmas Holiday in 1999, four days worth of mail (including thirteen checks from our eBay buyers) were stolen (Today we can’t accept checks for eBay sales, but it is a good lesson). Can you imagine the time and effort spent unraveling this? It was a nightmare for both our buyers and ourselves. Be safe not sorry.

Also, you want to be very careful and not let your buyers know where you actually live or where your expensive merchandise is being stored. A Post Office Box or using a business address is the way to do this. They are relatively inexpensive. I used to pay $45 every six months for a 5″ by 5″ by 18″ box. Pick a post office that is close to your home and that you drive by frequently.

eBay will ask for an address after you sign up. Use your P.O. Box for this or a business address if you have one (Now I just use the store).

3. Register on eBay

Once you have your list of favorite User IDs, it is time to actually register on eBay. Click here to register.  It will first ask if this is a personal or business account.  Unless you are doing this as a full fledged business, I would sign up as a personal account.  You can always change it later.

Then it only asks for your first and last name, email address and a password at this point.

Finally, be sure and read the eBay User Agreement and Privacy Policy. Please at least skim this policy J.  A few things to note…

* eBay’s services are not available to persons under the age of 18
* Children under the age of 18 may use the site in conjunction with, and under the supervision of a parent.

After agreeing with this policy, please check the box at the bottom of the page.

Nowadays, eBay automatically assigns you a user id.  Mine for the purpose of this course was Lynnsv_3…Hated it!

To change it you need to go to the “Hi Carlos!” (because I signed up as Carlos Wilson..haha my cat) in the upper left hand corner and click on the drop down arrow.  Go to Account Settings and click on Personal Information.  Once there, you are able to edit your User ID.  It is the first line item.

I tried CarlostheCat (which was taken) and it recommends three similar ones with strange punctuation, so I tried KittyCarlos, also taken.  I finally used CarlosandChaCha and winner winner chicken dinner!  It became my 8th eBay user id…seriously, it is true!

The inspiration for my user id!

A few more things to get done before our class meets and I will explain how to do them next.

1.  Please download the eBay app on your phone.
2.  Verify your Account Details
3.  Add a Bank Account  (You may not be able to do this until you actually list an item..it varies but give it a try)

If you can get these housekeeping details taken care of before the class, we will have much more time to actually learn.

To download the eBay app.  Go to the app store on your phone.  Search for eBay and download the eBay Marketplace app.

To Verify your Account Details on eBay (you will do this after you have signed up for an eBay account) go to the drop down arrow next to your name and click on Account Settings.  This is what that page looks like.

After you have clicked on Account Settings, here is what the next page will look like. You will be adding information to both the “Personal Information” section and the “Payments”.

This is what the Personal information page looks like.  Please fill out as much of this information as possible.  Sometimes eBay will not let you list an item for sale until they have confirmed your identity, so please take care of this before the class.   Thanks!

Next, you will be setting up your payment information.  Most importantly is to add your bank account (this is how you will be receiving payments through eBay Managed Payments) and also a cc or bank account to pay for listing/selling fees if there isn’t enough money in your eBay account to cover them.  Again, very important to do before the class.  Here is what that looks like.

Don’t worry about some of the other items, like payment schedule etc. as we will go over that in class.

OK, that should be it for now!  See you soon!  Lynn  PS  ChaCha will not be there LOL!

Thanks for reading my ezines!  I appreciate it….as always!

eBay with Heart, Design with Heart & Dress with Heart………Lynn

BTW, we now have a blog on the website where you can read all of our past newsletter
Link to Blog.

P.S.  If you have a friend who wants to sign up for this newsletter.

P.P.S  For those of you who don’t live close to Ventura…don’t forget you can shop our store online!