12/01/22 Black Friday Was No Bueno! Lynn’s Latest #009

I hope you and your family had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!  Ours was super fun as I had Houston, Indiana, Emma and my mom all here with me!

Super grateful for all of the blessings in my life.
Unfortunately, I am writing this ezine from the hospital, VCMC (Ventura County Medical Center)…but more on that later.

Check out this cute photo collage that Indiana made for my Thanksgiving Instagram post.  Missing from this post are the two most important people…me & Cha Cha LOL!

Welcome to Lynn’s Latest #009…
Thursday, December 1st, 2022

I used to tell you what day to watch for it…but I have decided to be realistic…it will be there whenever it shows up. Hahaha!
Volume III Issue 009

If you haven’t noticed yet, I have started to send out a short update every Thursday showing some new arrivals.  I am doing this in cahoots with my amazing Virtual Assistant, Dulce.  She does the bulk of the work and even writes some text which surprisingly sounds a lot like me….how is that even possible?  Then I just go through and tweak it a bit and out it goes.  I hope you are enjoying these store updates.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do to make them better.

So where to start this ezine….the last one ended with a trip to see Indy at Hump Day Cabaret with Jeff, Joanne and Steve.  And then late night bar hopping!  The next day, was Thursday, October 27th and I was back in LA to see Indy at her “Tales of the City” show at the Zephyr Theater.  Two nights in a row is  A LOT…but anything for my Indy Girl.

Here is a fun photo of us after the show!  From left to right, Michael (Soren’s roomate…Soren is one of Indy’s co-workers at Cafe Luxe), me, Olivia, Soren, Indiana, Emma, Bella and finally Jeremy (another co-worker at Cafe Luxe).

Halloween at my new house was super fun!  I lit up all of my Christmas Lights (which I leave up year round btw) and Cha Cha and I hung out in the front yard.  I had a HUGE bowl of candy that I would walk to the fence to give to the kids.

I tried to have Cha Cha wear her Halloween costume all evening, but as you can see from this picture, she was having none of that!  LOL…check out that side eye!

And she went CRAZY!  She LOVES kids so much she was jumping so high she almost made it over the fence.  I  actually had to pull out the hose and threaten to spray her to get her to stop jumping.

I think it is time for an eBay score…don’t you?  I love this score because I bought 25 of these original artist watercolor proofs from an estate sale in Palm Desert back when I lived there and I paid $10 each.  Such the score!  This one was listed back in June of 2017 and it sold for full price of $299.99 and was shipped to the UK last month.

Check it out here.  Lesson to learn for all you eBay sellers, it is OK to wait for the perfect buyer.  I don’t care that it took 5 1/2 years for this to sell.  I made 30x my investment and it only cost me the final value fee from eBay to sell.  If you are curious those eBay fees run about 20% so about $40.  So, if I take that into consideration I only made 26x my investment….still amazing!

Indy’s next show on November 3rd was called “Unhinged” and I had no idea what to expect.  Actually, I don’t think Indy did either.  Hahaha.   Indy was super excited for the show because she knew she could go “off script” and do whatever she wanted.

She came up with a super fun idea to put scraps of papers with different prompts in a hat and let audience members choose them.  It made for a crazy fun interactive show.  I was laughing so hard!  All of the comics were amazing!  It was seriously one of my favorite shows of all time.

Here is a picture of the kids during the show.  From left to right is Emma, Bella, Indiana and Blake Rosier.  Seriously, Blake is one of my favorite comics.  There is something about him.  I tell him that he is the next “Conan O’Brien”.

Here is a fun picture of us after the show.  The guy smoking the cigarette was one of the comics and a friend of Indys.  He came up to me during the show and asked me if I was Indiana’s mom.  That was an easy question.  Then he told me that he loves Indiana, because she is full of joy and when she laughs she laughs with her whole body.  How cool is that?

From left to right Tian (comedian), Adouria (comedian), Indiana (comedian hahaha), Bella, Emma, me, Jill (comedian) and Nicole.

I don’t know about y’all, but I am not on Facebook that often.  Too much noise.  I do LOVE Instagram though, especially the stories, because they disappear after 24 hours.  So, if you do a cringe worthy story post it will automatically disappear before you even realize how bad it was.  LOL.

Anyway, I was looking through the Insta stories and saw that my friend Kimberly Wallace (who lives in Huntington Beach) was in Cambria looking at wedding venues for her son, Jaron, who is getting married next year.  Cambria is pretty close to Ventura and I messaged her and asked if they would be coming through Ventura.

She and I have been friends for 30 years.  I met her when she brought her flower arrangements in to sell at my Grandmother’s store back in 1993.  Crazy!  She messaged me back and said that in fact they were staying in Ventura  that night and hoped that we could meet up.  I invited them over to see my new house and have dinner.

Just for reference, this photo popped up on my phone yesterday with a photo of Indiana and Kimberly’s three kids at my Rancho Mirage Lake house back in 2015.  How cute are they?  From left to right, Indiana, Braden, Ari and Jaron.  I can’t believe that baby is getting married!

And here is a more recent picture of Ari, me, Mike and Kimberly at my house after I gave them a tour and we had dinner earlier this month when they stopped by.  I LOVE these people so much.  Whenever my dad went out crabbing on his little boat from his Birch Bay cabin he would call Mike Wallace and see if he wanted to go with him.  Mike was one of my dad’s favorites!  When my dad was dying Mike made it up to Bellingham to see my dad.  I will always appreciate that.

Here is one of the last pictures taken of my dad before he passed away and Mike Wallace is in the picture.  Good friends are such treasures.  When Kim and Mike were just here we were talking about my dad and Kimberly was saying how all he cared about was Mike, never wanted to talk to Kim.  LOL.  My dad was so funny!  He definitely had his favorites!

From left to right, my brother Lee, Mike Wallace, my dad, Zach and Kai (my sister’s kids).  This picture was taken in April of 2017.

After much consideration and running the numbers, the clothing store portion will only be open Friday, Saturday and Sundays for the month of December (but also by appointment any of the other days the front store is open).  With the current economic situation and the high cost of staffing in California…. this wasn’t an easy decision, but one that had to be made with my head instead of my heart.  I LOVE the girls back there, but had to do what is best for my business.

The day after the Wallace Family left, I was headed to Palm Desert.  Time to pick up a bunch of stuff that Mo had listed and go thrifting.  Always a fun time!  But wait, before I get into that trip, let me share a score from eBay that I just sold.

Back story, I sell a ton of coffee mugs on eBay.

In 2015,  I got a very interesting question about one of my eBay items. It was regarding a Papel Coffee mug and the question came from Stanley Papel. He wanted to know if we could discuss a possible business opportunity.

Yes! Stanley Papel is a very famous coffee mug designer. His family history is amazing!

The Papel company has been in business for 50 years. Stanley’s parents were original Lesees on Main Street Disneyland from 1955 to 1962 with Ruggles China and Gift Shop.

Stanley worked in the store from the age of 13 and he expanded upon his parent’s original success and became known in the industry as “The King of Coffee Mugs” with over 275 million coffee mugs sold under his name.

Here are Stanley and I in his office with his incredible collection of mugs behind us.

Stanley had found me on eBay by searching for Papel Coffee Mugs within the closest distance to his home in Palm Springs. Of course, The Queen of Auctions popped up and I had 28 of his mugs listed! eBay can be so much more than just a place to sell items, it can also be a way to locate someone to partner with!

Stanley and I started working together to get his unique and one-of-a-kind items for sale on eBay. We tried selling some of his original artwork along with an autographed coffee mug that matches that artwork.

Here is a photo from one of my old store listings for Stanley’s Kurt Kresse artwork and autographed Black and White Jersey cow coffee mug.  It never sold for the amount Stanley thought it was worth, so he took it back to put into his personal collection.   But it was a fun experiment!  And Stanley and I have become life long friends.

Meeting Stanley was such an honor. He is a true talent, amazing businessman and a very kind soul. It was also incredible timing for me as I was deep in the thick of writing my new eBook on…..Coffee Mugs! It is was a sign. The Coffee Mug eBook turned out amazing and can still be purchased here.

Back in 2015, when I met Stanley, there was one weekend that my mom was visiting and we stayed out until the cows come home going to garage sales and my SUV was full! “Cows come home” really fit in with Stanley Papel’s awesome original artwork and made me wonder just what “the cows come home” means. Of course, I had to check that out.

According to Wictionary….

“The meaning possibly comes from the fact that cows may be expected to return for milking in the morning; thus, for example, a party that goes on “until the cows come home” is a very long one.

Alternatively, assuming a Scottish origin, from the fact that cows in the highlands are put out on the common grazing fields until the end of summer, when they will find their way back home to be let in for feeding. Grass on the hill is plentiful, so cows may stay out for months before scarcity of food brings them home in the autumn.”

Reportedly, the first attestation is from the [London] Times.

WOW! I always thought that “until the cows come home” meant very late in the evening. No idea that it really means at sunrise or for six months! Good to know!

Sorry, about the detour….LOL!  BTW, I love detours.  Here is a recent picture of Stanley, his husband, Sven, and me when he came to visit my store a few years ago.  We are standing in the eBay room behind the store so Stanley could grab one of his “Papel” coffee mugs.

So, the Stanley Papel story is all leading up to a huge coffee mug sale that I had today.  Back in the 1970’s or 1980’s, Stanley Papel hired this gal, Marci G, to write poems for his line of coffee mugs with people’s names.  Loved learning the back story from the “King of Coffee Mugs” himself.  Stanley calls me the “Queen of Coffee Mugs”….LOL.

Stanley told me that Marci G was pregnant and wrote all of the poems from her bed as she was on bed rest.

I always pick up Marci G mugs when I see them and I price them at $49.99 at auction and over $100 at a fixed price.  This is the one that sold today for $101.99.   Holy cow!  I probably paid 50 cents.  Check out the listing here.

Before I get into more about my recent Palm Desert weekend,  I just wanted to remind you about our clothing store!   If you missed the email saying what we are looking for in clothingplease read it here before you come in.  Thanks!

Wanted…Boots, Furs, Jackets, Coats, Sweaters anything WINTERY

We are taking in FALL/Winter now.   Call or text the girls to set up an appointment.

Land Line  805-628-9208
Cell Phone  805-470-6493

Both stores will be closing early at 4 pm on Saturday, December 3rd….as we will all be attending the wine walk!
Alright, Palm Desert time. As I was leaving the store on Friday night, a consignor showed up late with furniture at 5 pm. Always a hectic time receiving furniture, but especially on a Friday night at closing time as I was scheduled to leave for the desert first thing Saturday morning, November 5th.

In the commotion I set down my keys somewhere. Not a smart thing to do at Lynn’s Consignments or even back in the day at Cheryl Leaf Antiques because there is a good chance you will NEVER find them. LOL! Funny, but seriously not a good idea. Val and I looked and looked and could not find them. I retraced my steps 1,000 times. I do NOT have an extra key to my car so Palm Desert was looking like it may not happen. We texted Sandy and she stopped by and somehow by the grace of God, Val found them behind a bunch of stuff on the floor of my office. OMG! I have got to clean my office!

Thank God for Val finding my keys and I left for Palm Desert at 8 am the next morning and immediately started thrifting when I arrived.  OMG!  There was soooooo much good stuff!   Check out this Dansk St. Tropez Dinner Set that I  picked up for $30.  Should sell for close to $500 when all listed individually.  The cereal bowls retail on Replacements for $59.99 each and there were 8 of those!  Score!

Since Mo had to work and Kel & Candy were busy, I decided to go see my mom’s cousin Gwen in her rehab facility and also try and see my former neighbor Sandra who I love!  Well, I actually love both ladies, but Gwen is a handful.  She is my grandma, Cheryl Leaf’s brother Houston’s daughter, and he was a bigger than life character.  So is Gwen.  Unfortunately, Gwen’s facility was in lock down for Covid so I couldn’t see her, but Sandra invited me over for cocktails at 4 pm that day!  Yes please!

She made me her famous French Boys cocktail.  It was Grand Marnier and Brandy.  It was delicious.   I usually only drink clear liquors so this was super fun!   Thank you Sandra!

Sunday morning I woke up early and headed out to find an LA Times newspaper.  I was so excited to see the article about Ventura Thrift & Consignment stores that was on the cover of the weekend edition!  I went to literally 12 stores in Palm Desert (Albertsons, Vons, Ralphs, 7-11, etc) and NO ONE had the paper.  I finally made it to Barnes & Noble at their 10 am opening and they had ONLY 2 copies.  I bought them both!  So exciting!

My favorite line from the article about my store, “The Vibe is Very Upbeat Here”!

Amazingly enough, both Mo & Kel had that Sunday off work.  OMG!  An early Christmas Miracle.  So we headed in to Palm Springs to thrift.  But, we just had to stop by Pete’s Hideaway for a quick glass of wine.  Pete is quite the character!

After a long day of thrifting, we met up with Candy & Ron for dinner at Islands.  This is the only picture I got of me, Mo & Kel and it is out of focus…oh well!  Candy & Ron hadn’t arrived yet!

I found so many amazing things in the desert this trip and came home with a car loaded to the brim!  I am working on getting a bunch of it listed and so is Mo!  Always something…am I right?

I headed back to Ventura on Tuesday in the pouring rain.  OMG!  Seriously, the trip home took me 4 1/2 hours and then I still had to drive up to Carp to pick up Cha Cha.  I was exhausted and spent 5 1/2 hours driving that day.  Waze routed me the strangest way, up through Apple Valley and on some weird Pear Blossom highway and through Wrightwood the ski town.  I did spot a rainbow on the back roads though!

In super fun news, Houston & Emma decided that they hadn’t been to Ventura in ages and came out to see me!  And to bike ride, but to see me!!!!!  They showed up late on Thursday night, the 10th of November.  Well, Houston arrived first as he had biked from Santa Monica to Ventura (crazy kid) and then Emma drove in around 10 pm.  Always happy to have my people in the house!

The next morning they wanted to bike up and back to Ojai and I suggested that I could drive them up so that they could have more time to hang out and then bike home.  So, that is what we did!  Pretty fun for them because it is all downhill coming home.

That night I took the kids out for sushi to O-Sabi and while at dinner Sandy text that she & Doug were going to Brian & Katie’s record launch party at Topa Topa.  Brian & Katie live above the store and are super talented musicians.  The kids and I decided to go and we had so much fun!  Their new CD is amazing….  Such talent!  I asked Houston & Emma how they would classify their style of music and they both said Folk.  Hmmmmm.  Interesting.

You can purchase the CD here.

Sandy, Val and I spent most of the month of November redoing our DIY section.  Sandy had a great idea to flip the Annie Sloan paint and use the pegboard to show more Redesign with Prima and IOD product.  Brilliant!  Especially, because I had always hated covering up that valuable pegboard….OMG!  I am starting to sound like my grandma!  Come in and check it out…it looks amazing!

Check out this amazing piece that Sandy did using the moulds!  Currently priced at $395.00

Sandy also did this super fun console table and made it look like a surfboard with the Ventura Logo.  $249.50.  She is really talented!

Indy had a show on Sunday night the 13th of November at the Zephyr Theatre.  I asked my friend Marc to go with me as he had been wanting to attend one.  He and I have known each other for 40 years and met our freshman year at USC.  Sooooo fun that he could go!

He met me at my house and we ubered in to West Hollywood.  We took cocktails with us in the Uber and had dinner at Spartina (my fav) with Indy and Bella.

Here is a picture of Marc and me at dinner and for a throwback reference a picture of Annie Hurtado (one of my best friends from college), Marc and me freshman year at USC.  LOL!  Dig that hair!

The show was fantastic!  Seriously, so much fun!  Here is a picture of all of us afterwards.  From left to right….Bella, Indy, me, Marc and Maddie Ogden.  I LOVE Maddie!  She is such a talented comedian and I accidentally called her through Instagram while my phone was in my pocket recently….LOL…that happens to me a lot.

In any event, she responded and said “I am so sorry I missed your call”.  OMG!  What a sweetheart…not like, “this is so creepy, why is my friend’s mom calling me?”

Oh crap!  I forgot to tell y’all about the problems I have been having at my house.  The joys of home ownership!  Actually, I am so blessed and grateful to own this darling house.  It was built in 1950 so problems are to be expected and I would much rather be paying down a mortgage than throwing money away on rent.

So, my dryer broke AGAIN and the furnace hadn’t worked in months.  I have a home owners insurance policy, so both were covered, but it is always just a hassle.  Unfortunately, the guy who came out to fix the furnace said “No one in the area works on the type of furnace you have”.  I have a strange under the floor furnace that just pushes air through two floor vents, one in the living room and one in the hallway.  No heat anywhere else in the house.

I was telling Marc about it in the uber ride in to Indy’s show and he said, “I have this great guy who can fix anything…let me know if you need his name”.  I spoke with my insurance the next day and they said I could hire anyone if I could find them.  I text Marc’s friend and he literally had someone here the same day!  Yay!  And it was only a $180 service call that my insurance will cover.  Thank God for old friends.  Well, maybe not “old” friends but long time friends is a better way to say it.

I text Marc a huge thank you and here is what he text back.  I LOVE that he enjoyed Indy’s show so much.

Attention Consignors:

What we need for the main store…..

Anything Beachy
Shelves
Bookshelves
Desks
Dressers
Chair Sets
Pairs of Lamps
Floor Lamps
Farm House Dining Tables
End Tables
Consoles

Also project pieces for painting!!!!
The day after Indy’s show was Sandy’s birthday party on a duffy in the harbor. Fun! But first, I did Fit Buddha at 12:15 with Marc as the teacher. Marc owns Fit Buddha with his wife Eva. OMG, I was a little bit hungover (so was Marc), but survived and it was off to the races….aka harbor.

Sandy was going to turn 60 (yikes) on November 17th and we needed to do something super fun. Susan Wheelan, who works for me, offered up a Duffy and her husband Brad to drive the boat. There were 10 of us who showed up at 2 pm. It was soooooooo much fun! I will share some photos with you!

And here we are all on the dock after the cruise….most all of these are my employees….LOL…how blessed am I?  From left to right, Candy, Robin, Marion (Sandy’s friend not an employee), Sandy, me, Joanne (my friend from USC), Val, Cindy and Susan.  What an epic day!

On Sandy’s real birthday, Thursday, November, 17th, Jeff, Joanne and I met Sandy and Doug at Cemetery Park for a Champagne toast at sunset!  Then we went to Lure for Happy Hour!  Such a fun week celebrating my awesome store manager and great friend!  Here is a text I got from Sandy the next day….my response about the fact that “she was only 3 months old” was referring to Cha Cha…LOL!

And here is a picture of Sandy in the store (working of course) on her actual birthday!  CRAZY girl!

My mom flew into town on Monday the 21st and we went out to happy hour with Sandy at Brophy Bros.  Always a fun time!  Then we prepared for the holiday.  Houston, Emma and Indiana were all arriving on Wednesday night the 23rd and we had plans for dinner at Aloha Steakhouse to celebrate Emma’s golden birthday that night.

Do you even know what that is?  Some of you may and some of you may not.  So let me explain, it is when you turn the age of your birth date.  So for example, my golden birthday was when I turned 6 on July 6th.  Emma’s would be turning 24 on November 24th and unfortunately that fell on Thanksgiving this year!  Ughhhh!

Here we all are at Aloha for Emma’s Birthday.  It was a super fun night and my friend Marty from high school joined us.  Well I guess I can’t invite him anywhere anymore because he insisted on picking up the check…which was above and beyond and not why we wanted him there with us.  My kids love him and Houston thinks he is a bonafide Pirate…well he is a fisherman.  LOL!

The next day was Thanksgiving and we had an amazing dinner courtesy of Whole Foods.  Super fun day and it is our tradition to always take our Christmas card photo that day.  We were struggling for an idea for the card as every year I try and outdo ourselves.  Last years was epic!  Thanks to Indiana!  If you didn’t see it or forgot it…here it is.

I took a nap before dinner and when I woke up, I had an epiphany….Rainbow!  Do y’all remember how we did the front window of the store in a neutral pallet and every month I changed the colors so it was Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and finally Violet?  It was such a fun idea and I thought why not have everyone dress in a color of the rainbow for the card?

OK, let me digress.  You know that is what I love to do the most!  Back in high school I loved hearts and rainbows.  My mom made me a comforter for my bed that was hearts and rainbows and I had a bulletin board that was ALL about the hearts and rainbows.  Check out my high school bulletin board…so proud of this piece of art!  Hahaha!

Here is one of the outtakes from our Christmas card shoot, which by the way, Sandy rushed over to take the photos for us….Thank you!  I will share the actual card after the 400 I mail out every year have been received.  We even had Grandpa (Houston and Emma’s dog) and Cha Cha wearing a color for the actual photo.  LOL!

So the next day was Black Friday and it was no bueno.  My mom was behind the counter helping out and she started moaning and ended up passing out and falling onto the floor.  I wasn’t there as I was dropping off Cha Cha at puppy play time, but when I walked into the store Val had just called 911.  Here are Ventura’s finest helping out my mama.  Damn!

She insisted she was fine, but when they got her standing up it was very apparent that she had broken her clavicle.  ughhh!  I requested Community hospital and as I was following the ambulance they got rerouted to County.  Not ideal.  We were in emergency from 2 pm til 11 pm that night.  Not a fun day!  I don’t think I like Black Friday.

Val text me this about a friend of her daughter and son-in-law.  I asked the first nurse about Scott and she didn’t know him because she was a traveling nurse and then I gave up.  It was an exhausting day.

So for basically 9 hours I am wandering the halls of County emergency and asking anyone I can find for help.  I stumble across this one nurse who is super helpful.  He is funny and smart and I immediately like him.  He helped me and my mom so much that night.  Kept us away from the crazies, got the Doctor to my mom’s room etc. etc.  As my mom was FINALLY getting admitted I told him “Hey, I own a furniture consignment store in Ventura and I would love to pay you back for all of your help”.

He was like “Wait a minute….How many employees do you have?”  I told him quite a few and he said any from Camarillo.  “Val Harrington I blurt out” and then it all made sense.  It was Scott Watterson!  LOL!  I found him even though I wasn’t looking.  What an angel.

My mom is still at County and we are looking for a skilled rehab facility here in Ventura.  Right now my first choice is Victoria Care Center.  If anyone has any other ideas/suggestions please hit me up.  And, she just tested positive for Covid and has NO symptoms so now I can’t even visit her.  Ughhhhhhhh!

I was supposed to go to the USC/Notre Dame game on Saturday with Houston and of course I couldn’t leave my mom.  It was super sad for me as he had called me back in July and said “Hey mom, I can get us 50 yard line seats to the USC/Notre Dame game through the alumni association….do you want to go with me?”  Of course!  I was so touched that he invited me.

If you don’t know, Houston got his undergrad at Pepperdine and his Masters of Education at Notre Dame.  I got my undergrad in Entrepreneurship and my MBA at USC.  So, what a fun day that would have been!  Oh well….

Goose (as we call Houston) ended up going with Emma and they had a fun day.  I watched the game in the hospital with my mom.  Here is a photo collage that I posted to Instagram.

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!
As I end this ezine/newsletter, I must tell you about Indiana’s amazing show at the Hollywood Improv….yes, that Hollywood Improv. It was this past Sunday night and Sandy went with me. Seriously, to be walking the halls and see pictures of Chevy Chase, Adam Sandler, Kristen Wiig etc. and have my little Indy up on the stage BLEW my mind! I am so proud of her and she NAILED it!

Here are a few pics and I will share a link to the recorded set soon. I said to her afterwards, “I think you are going to make it”… Her response, “I know I am going to make it!” Oh, do I love that kid! I better stop now or I will be writing til New Years. So much more to tell but it will be in December’s ezine.

Oh crap, since I promised new arrivals every Thursday here we go….Have you seen the Teak Asian Carved Roll Top Desk Antique? It just came in and is amazing!

And if you’re looking for a candle holder to enhance your home decor, these beautiful yet simple Ethan Allan Candle Holders will do just that by adding a touch of elegance.

Add a fresh, modern touch to your home with these Yaheetech Metal Dining Chair Y Back Black Natural. This stylish dining chair will last for years without compromising on beauty or style.

Looking for a new lamp? Give your house some Mid Century Modern Flair with the Biggest Table Lamp Gold.

Take care and we hope to see you soon!  Some of my crew!  From left to right, Shawnna, Kailen, me, Houston, Pegg, Indiana, Mor Mor, Candy, Val, Susan, Cindy and Jo Dallas!  We appreciate y’all so much!

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

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

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10/30/22 Are You Ready For The Holidays? Lynn’s Latest #008

OK!  Happy Halloween! It is almost November…How did that even happen?  Our trees are up, Christmas ornaments out and believe it or not….they sell year round!

I am trying to get this ezine out before it is officially November, but we will see…I have been a little bit busy and some big changes coming.

Welcome to Lynn’s Latest #008…
Monday, October 31st

Watch for it every Thursday or every other Thursday, Friday or Saturday!
Actually, lets be honest…watch for it whenever I get one finished hahahaha
Volume III Issue 008

I honestly don’t know where the time goes. Seriously? Ideally, I would write one of these every two weeks and then on the off week, I would send an email with new merchandise. I am going to make an “end of the year” resolution to do that for the next 8 weeks. Wish me luck!

Houston’s car broke down recently…well it is really my dad’s car that he left to Houston when he passed. And the car originally belonged to Bill Gates. It was a lease trade in at the Mercedes Dealership in Bellevue when my dad bought it. It was (literally) my dad’s pride and joy….and that is why he left it to the “Goose” aka Houston.

Anyway, funny story, the car has 4 batteries…and apparently one of them was for the land line that Bill kept in the car so no random person could intercept his phone calls. Sketchy? Or extremely interesting? I am not sure! Here is that “famous” car after I got the batteries all replaced ($1100) and had it detailed!

Houston never drives his car….strange huh?  Because like the song says “Nobody Walks in LA”…However, he does bike everywhere…including to and from work.  So, I had the car here with me in Ventura (since Jay from Jay’s Automotive fixed it…we LOVE our local mechanics!  Shout out to Herb from Star Motors as well)….Anyway, long story short I love driving this car for two reasons.  1.  It brings back great memories of my Dad and 2.  I can’t help but think if I am sitting in the same place that Bill sat I can channel some of that billionaire energy…LOL!

We do have confirmation that it was really Bill’s car because my brother found a photo of Bill driving it on the 405 in Seattle and had a shirt made for my dad with that image.  Crazy?  but so fun!

Here is my dad wearing that shirt with me, my brother Lee, Houston, and my mom when we toured the Annenburg estate, Sunnyland, in Rancho Mirage back in 2015.

Speaking of Houston’s bike riding, he showed me some amazing pictures that a photographer friend took of him recently…just had to share…so cool!

Time for an eBay score don’t you think?  This one is super fun because I bought this tiny oil painting when I was redoing my room for my housewarming party back in May.  I bought it at “Antique Adventures” and since I was going with an ocean theme it fit.  But later on looking at it, it didn’t really fit.  I wanted more beachy, ocean wave, sailboat etc. types of oil paintings.  I think I paid $50 or $75…can’t remember.

I had Mo (my trusty eBay assistant) list if for me on eBay and we recently sold it for $260!  Nice ROI (return on investment) don’t you think?  It went to North Carolina to a first time eBay buyer…pretty cool!  Here is a link if you want to check out that listing.

The beginning of October had me celebrating what should have been my sister Kiki’s 53rd birthday on October 2nd.  I found this picture of her drinking a Modelo beer in Acapulco back in the days when she was Houston’s nanny.  However, on that Mexico trip, she became known as the “drunk nanny” which was fine with me…she wasn’t driving him anywhere!

So on her birthday, I met some friends down at Aloha Steakhouse and had a Modelo beer in her honor.  The bartender was so sweet, I told him the story and he comped my drink.  I love Ventura and the people that live here….Y’all are awesome!

We used to travel to Mexico A LOT and I do mean A LOT.  My mom went a little “time share” crazy (back in the day) and so we did Puerta Vallarta, Cabo and Acapulco on the regular.  Here is a story from my “2nd 100 Best Things I’ve Sold” book, “Money Making Madness” with more about all of that.

Indiana had sooooo many shows in October, it was a little bit overwhelming!  She actually let me off the hook for a few of them 🙂  I still attended 5 out of the 6….83.33% is pretty good!  She is getting better and better.  It is so much fun to watch her progress. But more about those shows later…..

The weekend after Kiki’s birthday weekend, I was headed to Encino to attend the celebration of life for our friend Bart Miles.  Bart was Melanie’s (my best friend from high school) boyfriend, for 4 years.  I really didn’t want to go and I called Mel on the way and she said “You don’t have to go”……I said “I want to honor Bart and I am going.”  So that was that.

I recently found this old pic of Mel, Bart, me and Hank.  Hank is one of my best friends from USC and the four of us used to do stuff together all the time.  That is us at Expo in Vancouver, BC back in 1986.  Gotta dig those crazy fashions….LOL!  But Bart, he was always very cool and in fashion!

I totally lost it when I was reading the program and it mentioned his dog Whitney.  That was the black lab that Mel and Bart got together up in Bellingham.  Whitney lived with them in Brentwood and I LOVED that dog.  She got hit by a car and passed away.  Mel & Bart broke up soon after that.

Mel had asked me to tell Bart’s mom hello for her.  So after the service, I went up to Octavia and said “You probably don’t remember me, but I used to visit you at your Brentwood Condo with Melanie.”  She said “Of course, I do” and I gave her a big hug from Mel.  Such a sad day…. This photo of Bart with Whitney was on one of the Memorial boards and Melanie was the one that took that photo.

Thank you for letting me share…so sad to lose someone so young with so much more of their life ahead of them. Let’s get back to the store. Fun Fashions got a huge overhaul recently….and it was much needed!

Rachelle, Martha and I redid the entire store by size and color and I must say it looks amazing! And things are selling like crazy! We also added more items to the 50% off clearance garage…come in and check us out!

After much consideration and running the numbers, the clothing store portion will only be open Friday, Saturday and Sundays for the month of November (but also by appointment any of the other days the front store is open). With the current economic situation and the high cost of staffing in California…. this wasn’t an easy decision, but one that had to be made with my head instead of my heart. I LOVE the girls back there, but had to do what is best for my business.

This won’t take effect until the week of November 7th….so keep in mind that for the month of November these are the days and times it will be open.

Tuesday, November 1st through Saturday, November 5th 11 am to 5pm
Sunday, November 6th 11 am to 3 pm
Friday, November 11th to Saturday, November 12th 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 13th 11 am to 3 pm
Friday, November 11th to Saturday, November 12th 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 13th 11 am to 3 pm
Friday, November 17th to Saturday, November 18th 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 20th 11 am to 3 pm
Friday, November 25th to Saturday, November 26th 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 27th 11 am to 3 pm

Thank you for your understanding and we will revaluate for December hours!
After Bart’s memorial service weekend, there was some good news! Mo was coming out from the desert on Monday the 10th to work for me! As many of you know, she is my trusty eBay assistant and has worked for me for almost 20 years. Holy Moly!

This trip was ahead of the Palm Desert girls weekend that would take place the 14th, 15th & 16th when Candy and Kellene would drive out to join us.

Mo and I had a lot of fun and managed to get lots done both in the store and on eBay. Some fun nights out and we also celebrated Carlos’ 3rd birthday. How did that even happen? My little scrappy street rescue kitten is now 3 years old! He was living on the streets in Oxnard when he was rescued. If you can survive that you can survive anything…LOL!

Our next calligraphy course is Sunday, November 13th from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.

Joy’s last class was a huge success and my mom took it and LOVED it!   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, November 13th 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.

Sign up here.

Talking about Mo visiting and eBay, I think it is time for another eBay score.  This is an EAPG (Early American Pressed Glass) piece that I picked up at an estate sale for about $2.  It sold for $173.99 this month and was shipped to Seattle, Washington!  You gotta love eBay!  Check out the listing here.

The store has been getting some amazing things in recently…seriously!  We took in some wonderful Tiffany style lamps.  I think this floor lamp with dragon flies is my favorite and at only $795 it won’t last long.  You can check it out here on our website.

While Mo was here visiting, I had a blind date and he & I were supposed to meet in Woodland Hills.  Being the great friend that I am, I dragged her along with me for protection.  LOL.  I dropped her off at a bar while I went to meet Steven at a pretty nice restaurant, Il Fornaio.  It was actually a pretty fun night and Mo got to meet my date after our dinner.

The best news though was that the Palm Desert girls were headed out to Ventura to go see Tim McGraw with us at Surfer’s Point on Friday, October 14th.  VIP all the way baby!  I had so much fun at the concert and was talking to this guy Patrick who had gone to Pepperdine (older than me), but when I told him about my store and that he should visit, he said “I am from Nashville” so I asked why he was there and he answered “I’m with Tim”.  LOL, I hung out with him all night.

Before I get into more about my recent girls weekend,  I just wanted to remind you about our clothing store!   If you missed the email saying what we are looking for in clothingplease read it here before you come in.  Thanks!

Wanted…Boots, Furs, Jackets, Coats, Sweaters anything WINTERY

Also, start collecting your Fall and Winter Items. We are taking in FALL/Winter now. Call or text the girls to set up an appointment.

Land Line 805-628-9208
Cell Phone 805-470-6493

The day after the Tim concert was going to be super fun. Indiana had an alumni PIT (Pepperdine Improv Troupe) Show at Pepperdine on Saturday at 4 pm. The girls and I drove my dad’s car down to meet the kids for lunch at Ollo before the show. Houston hadn’t had his/my dad’s car for about 2 weeks and this was the best way to get it back to him. The girls and I would uber home after the show.

Indy and Houston had picked Ollo for lunch as it was a place that we all loved. Right down the hill from Pepp and we frequented it a lot over the years. My dad, my mom, my brother and even the kids dad, William, have all eaten at Ollo. Indiana invited a ton of her PIT friends to join us and we had a table for 14. I just love hanging out with these kids. Makes me so happy! Check us out!

The PIT show was so much fun and the girls weekend ended on Sunday after a shopping spree at my store.  Then it was time for me to recoup and get ready for all of Indy’s shows coming up at the end of the month…seriously…she had 5 shows at the end of October and I would make it to 4 of those. Yikes!

I missed her show on Tuesday, October 18th and she understood.  I really needed to regroup and recharge.  I am getting older you know.  LOL….NEVER!

The show that she really wanted me to attend was on Friday night in Weho (West Hollywood) at the 4th Wall Comedy Cafe and it didn’t start until 10 pm.  OK?  Can I do this?  Maybe an Uber could solve that problem.  Luckily, the day before Indy text me and said it had been moved up to 8pm.  Whew!  I can do that!

We always try and go to dinner together before every show…me, Houston, Emma, Indy and whoever I take with me.  It makes for a great evening and a chance for me to reconnect with my kids.  The 4th Wall Comedy Cafe was near nothing but strange Thai restaurants.  I did my research and told the kids we would meet at “The one & only Jitlada” at least that’s what their propaganda told me.  LOL.

Once I told the kids, check out this text I got back from Emma.  I guess I did OK?  But, yes the neighborhood was super sketchy….Here is the text and also my Instagram post while I waited for the kids.

The show was AMAZING!  Indiana had the audience in the palm of her hand…seriously, it was one of my favorite shows she has ever done.  So proud of her!

Right after that show was a sudden trip to San Diego.  OMG…How did that even happen?  Well, let me tell you.  I was scrolling through Instagram one day and saw this post from Kacha…the famous furniture painter who we had just hung out with in New Orleans.

If you don’t remember that from the last ezine, the funniest part was that her husband’s name is Carlos and when Sandy and I had lunch with them, I told them that my cat’s name was Carlos and that my dog’s name was Cha Cha and that I have an Instagram account for them @CarlosnChaCha….LOL.  Carlos was like, “that is just like us ‘Carlos n Kacha'”….anyway we totally bonded over that.

We had already decided to start carrying “Redesign with Prima” (Thank you Sandy) in the store so this seemed like a no brainer.  Sandy and I needed to be at that event.  I emailed the Prima Sales Rep and asked her if they would be available over the weekend to help me place an order.

She immediately emailed back and said “Why don’t you come to the retailer/stockist event on Monday the 24th”.  Holy shit!  That was only 4 days away.  Somehow we made it happen!  Got approved as a new Prima retailer, found someone to take Cha Cha and got a hotel a block from the store.  LOL…life works in funny ways, doesn’t it?  When something is meant to be…it is meant to be!

So, on the way to Temecula, Sandy and I stopped in Weho/Silverlake to have dinner with the kids at Messhall (seriously cool restaurant) and see Indy’s Plant Mob show.  Here are a few pics.

After the show, Sandy drove us down to Temecula so that we could spend the night close to where the stockist/retailer event would be happening the next day.  OMG…what a long day of driving for Sandy.  Yikes!

The next day turned out to be soooo amazing.  So fun to reconnect with Carlos and Kacha and learn more about Redesign with Prima.  Here are a few fun pics from the event.  We are sooooooo EXCITED to be bringing you this whole new line of transfers, moulds, stamps, decoupage etc. in the next few weeks.

This company blows IOD (Iron Orchid Designs) out of the water.  Their range is huge and they are so consumer/retailer friendly.  A seriously cool family owned business (we love Pom the owner and all the employees) that really strives to give great value.  Lots of great things happening at Lynn’s!

Check out the piece that Kacha was working on during the retailer day….She totally changed her mind and did it all gold (with no transfers) for the finished product.  So interesting to me how a piece can change during the artistic process.

As the Redesign event ended, I mentioned to Pom (the owner) and I can’t believe I haven’t even told Y’all this yet…. that the LA Times was coming to take pictures of my store the next day for an article……How cool is that?

Pom, the cute lady in the picture above also owns a winery in Temecula called Prima and she gave me a bottle of wine to give to the LA times reporter/photographer.  LOL!  Life is so strange and yet so fun….am I right?  Or am I right?

But more on that later.  After the event ended, everyone was going to head over to the Cheesecake factory for dinner.  Sandy and I were exhausted but did need dinner etc. before our long drive home.

Y’all may or may not know but the Cheesecake Factory has some bad memories for Indiana.  She worked there for about 4 months and was sexually harassed.  So it isn’t the best of memories for her.  I posted something on my Insta story like….Oh NO…Not the Cheesecake Factory and the kids took it in stride but posted some seriously funny blow back.  LOL.  Check it out.

OK, let’s get back to the LA Times story…About 2 weeks ago, Peggy answers the phone and says “There is someone that wants to talk to you about a photo shoot”.  I roll my eyes…because that is what I usually do…I don’t trust anyone….LOL.  But then she says “LA Times” and in my mind I think “LA TIMES”!!!!!  So cooooooool!

Apparently, there is an amazing staff writer who is doing a destination piece on Ventura and it’s amazing Thrift and Consignment Stores.  At this point I am all in!

The photographer will be in Ventura the Tuesday after my crazy last minute trip to San Diego…Oh, will the fun never end!

I try to confirm the time and no one gets back to me.  I am never in the store on Tuesdays, but decided I should be there just in case.  Good move on my part!  I am sitting in the front of the store when a gal with HUGE cameras all over her body walks in.  LOL…”Are you from the LA Times”…YES!  I immediately give her the bottle of wine that Pom wanted me to give her and we are fast friends.

Dania was amazing and so humble.  For God’s sake she is an LA Times Staff Photographer…what does that even mean and how do you get to be one?  We had a great time and she told me that the article was already written…HUH?  No one had interviewed me or my staff…whatever! I don’t care we are going to be in the LA TIMES!!!  Here she is with that bottle of wine!

Dania took pictures of Peggy painting a table with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and a portrait of Rachelle in the clothing store…..sooooo good!  Here are the before and afters of Peggy’s table.  Now for sale in the store….$245.

The next day I am in my office when I hear “I am back for more wine”….LOL…It is Dania and she is standing outside my office door.  What?  She explains that the destination story about Ventura is going to run on Sunday, November 6th on the front page of the Weekend insert.  OMG!

And that it is between me and one other store for the cover shot.  SERIOUSLY?  Her editor sent her back to get more high quality shots with extra lighting.  Fingers crossed that it is our picture on that COVER!!!!!  I could scream…..this is so beyond exciting!

Some of the new products that we will be carrying from Redesign with Prima include Decoupage papers that Sandy says are AMAZING!  Sandy recently completed this project piece with one of their $15.99 papers.  Can’t wait to share all of this with y’all and show you how easy it is.  Two shots of this darling dresser…one when it was green and one after Sandy decided that blue over green would be better.  Sandy is so talented…just like Peggy!  For sale now in the store at $295!

So at the last minute Indy got invited back to do the “Hump Day Cabaret” Show on Wednesday, October 26th at the El Cid on Sunset.  Such a great venue!   My friend Steve had been wanting to join me for a show so luckily he was available.  Once he committed, Jeff & Joanne decided to join us.  CRAZY!  Steve & I ubered to their house and Joanne drove from there.  Champagne and Vodka cocktails for the ride in.  Indy did 4 minutes of stand up  and 4 minutes as Ed Sheeran.  So fun!

And then I found this crazy meme of a baby that the caption read “This baby looks more like Ed Sheeran than Ed Sheeran”.  LOL!

After the show we got a great group pic and then my crazy friends decided they wanted to bar hop all over West Hollywood.  I was like, OMG….I have to go to another one of her shows tomorrow night….I can’t.

They won!  Here we are watching the bartender, John, pour our drinks at the “Employees Only” Club.  God save me!  I am exhausted!

Attention Consignors:

What we need for the main store…..

Anything Beachy
Shelves
Bookshelves
Desks
Dressers
Chair Sets
Pairs of Lamps
Floor Lamps
Farm House Dining Tables
End Tables
Consoles

Also project pieces for painting!!!!
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!
Since this is coming out on Halloween, here is picture of my kids with their roommates prepared for this year’s festivities….so Bella, Houston, Indy and Emma in their Disney costumes. Not sure what show this is from, but they assure me it was a thing!

Take care and we hope to see you soon! Some of my crew! From left to right, Shawnna, Kailen, me, Houston, Pegg, Indiana, Mor Mor, Candy, Val, Susan, Cindy and Jo Dallas! We appreciate y’all so much!

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

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

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093022 Back From NOLA & PS….Where Next? Lynn’s Latest #007

Well, we are finally into Fall now, aren’t we?  That heat wave at the beginning of September almost killed me & our business.  LOL!  Wasn’t that awful?  Before we know it, it will be Christmas…I am putting up the trees on October 12th.  Can’t wait!

I am writing this from the Marilyn Suite at the Charlie Hotel in Hollywood (Charlie Chaplin once owned it)!  How cool is that?  Marilyn actually lived in this bungalow in the 1940’s.

Welcome to Lynn’s Latest #007…
Friday, September 30th

Watch for it every Thursday or every other Thursday, Friday or Saturday!
Actually, lets be honest…watch for it whenever I get one finished hahahaha
Volume III  Issue 007

As my last ezine was coming out, I was welcoming my mom and my nephews for a 10 day southern cal extravaganza!  They flew in on August 17th and my mom’s real birthday was August 18th.  And we had HUGE plans!  We had been invited to the Berlin/Boy George concert in Irvine as the guests of Teri Nunn (lead singer of Berlin).  We caravaned to Camarillo and Joanne & Jeff drove from there.  It was a BLAST!!!!  Here is my mom as Terri walked past her.  It was my mom’s actual 86th birthday and she had tears in her eyes during this time!

We had backstage passes for the concert, but made the mistake of waiting until after Boy George played and then the Berlin ones weren’t good anymore!  Drats!  But we still had such an amazing time.  I danced with both Kai and Zach during the entire concert.  So crazy, but my sister used to dance and sing around the house all the time!  She was ALWAYS singing and dancing…..The boys take after their mom and are both amazing dancers!  I was waiting to get a great picture of all of us backstage with Teri and since that didn’t happen, this is the best photo  I have from that night.

My mom and I were sitting close to the stage with her wheelchair and I got to take a photo looking back from left to right…. Zach, Kai, Jeff & Joanne with their daughter Alana.  Such a fun night!

After that super fun night, we were off to the races!  It was nonstop fun having the boys in town.  I don’t think we ever just “chilled” whatever that means anyway?  The next night was one of Indiana’s shows in West Hollywood with a dinner at one of my favorite LA restaurants, Spartina, first.  Check out this cousin pic from that dinner.  I LOVE that my kids and Kiki’s kids are so close.  It is interesting they are all exactly 10 years apart.

Let me explain, Houston was born in 1996 so he is currently 26 and Zach was born in 2006 so he is currently 16.  Indiana was born in 1998 and will be 24 this year and Kai was born in 2008 and is currently 14.  It makes it easy for my mom, brother and me to remember!

Enough about my super fun life…which it really is by the way.  Took me a while to get here.  There were some tough years when the kids were little and I was doing it all on my own and paying for everything on my own.  Nice to be able to finally breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy how hard I have worked.  Thanks for listening to that!

Time for an eBay score, don’t you think?  I bought this random book at an estate sale.  I paid about $2 for it.  I always try and buy “weird” things to list on eBay.  Check it out here.

I am not sure why it sold for so much.  I took a best offer of $160 for it last week.  I do know that it is a really specific item that someone must have been searching for.  A best offer of $160 on an item listed for $173.99 is a no brainer.  Right?

After Indiana’s show on Saturday night, the boys were going to go home with her and Houston & Emma and Grandpa to spend some time with them in Marina del Rey.  The next morning, Houston was dragging them out on a bike ride.  Gotta give the boys credit as they were up for the challenge.  And it was a challenge…I think Houston made them ride about 50 miles.  LOL!

So the rest of the time my nephews were here was a whirlwind.  We did A LOT.  I will share some of the highlight photos.  Two  days at the beach with Cha Cha, both boys working at the store helping with inventory/and ordering, working out at Fit Buddha with Marc twice and a farewell dinner at Casa Bella!

Then we met Indiana at the Academy of Art Museum in downtown LA. It is housed in the former May Company building where I was a department manager of housewares for a year. SUCH memories! And a Super fun day!

I used a photo from my time as a department manager in story #79 from “Kaching the 3rd 100 Best Things I’ve Sold on eBay” book.  Perfect time to share don’t you think?

Remember in the last ezine I was looking for a picture of my brother in the Snake Pit at my grandmother’s store.  Well, I finally found it and it was in one of my 100 Best Books….”The 1st 100 Best Things I’ve Sold on eBay” and it was story number #28.  So time to share it here now!

This picture cracks me up because the snake pit was called the snake pit because there was a 3 foot high cement crawl space under the floor for my grandmother to store more of her “goodies”.  We had a brilliant idea to have my brother stand in the “pit” portion and put his shoes where his knees were to make him look super short.  I know right?  My grandma would have called this “indoor sports for lightheaded people”.   LOL!

I just got some terrible news. Ughhhhhhh. My friend, Audrey Angel Mortensen, just called to tell me that her ex-husband John Mortensen (Lead Singer of the Mono Men) passed away yesterday. Audrey was my first employee at Leaf’s Antiques and she and John lived in the upstairs apartment over my grandmother’s home & store. They are my very dear friends.

John helped me back in 1995 to get our first Leaf Antique web page up and running (back then it was Pacificrim/leafantiques etc…no www) and he also filmed many of my training videos. I am so sad that he is gone way too young, but mostly for his two daughters. John and I share the same birthday and I had mistakenly called him from my mom’s birthday party this past August. It cheers me up a bit to think that we just had that fun conversation. RIP.

And I just found story #19 from “The 100 Best Things I’ve Sold on eBay” that shows he and I during filming of our “Trash to Cash” series.  Heavy heart here today…..

OK, thank you for letting me share all of that…..After the whirlwind that was my 10 days with my mom & nephews, I chilled for the first part of September and worked on my taxes, organized my house and read a lot of books.  It was a great reset from my CRAZY summer!

We also did a new front window at the store.  I LOVE the neutral fall colors and so did Cha Cha!  We have already sold the console out of the window.  Things just don’t last very long!

We just got tagged in an Instagram post for one of our customer’s amazing garden.  Check it out!  I think she bought the buddha from us.

Speaking of Instagram, Rachelle is doing an amazing job for both @lynnsconsignments and @lynnsfunfashions.  Please follow along.  I had to laugh out loud at this recent post.  Sooooooo true!

Check out this sectional that just came in….Charcoal Grey by Thomasville.  Priced at only $1195!  You can view it here on our website.

Indiana had a ton of shows in September.  I wasn’t able to make very many of them due to my travel schedule for the last half of the month.  I did manage to see one show “The Comedy Embargo” which was fabulous!  She is really doing the work and it shows!  She is also taking the intermediate Groundlings Course this month!

The highlight of September for me was heading to NOLA (New Orleans) with Sandy for Annie Sloan’s Big Paint.  So much fun!  Great to meet all of the talented painters, hang out with other stockists, spend time with Annie herself and enjoy the crazy city!  When I returned home, my mom pointed out that New Orleans is now known as the murder capital of the US.  Good to know.  NOT!  Check out this beautiful piece that Sandy did before we arrived and Annie reposted it and called her a fabulous painter!  Sweet.  Click here to see it for sale in our online store.

Here are some fun snaps from that weekend!  First pic, Annie Sloan, me & Sandy.  Second pic is me with Kacha (super talented and famous painter) with her husband Carlos.  I was telling them about my instagram account for @carlosnchacha and we were laughing because it was so close to their names, Carlos and Kacha!  Check her out on instagram at @kachafurniture.

Third pic is Jonathan Marc Mendez who is a painter in residence for Annie Sloan.  Check him out here on Instagram.

Fourth pic is Brushed by Brandy (sooooo talented and a California girl) standing next to Quita Allen (also so talented) from All Shabbed Out and that was the piece that Quita painted in front of us.  It was my favorite piece!  I am trying to get Brandy to come down to the store for a Saturday workshop sometime this Fall.  If any of you follow her please let me know if you would be interested!

Final photo is Sharon, the Redesign with Prima Rep, and we are thinking about adding some of their products to the store. Please let me know your thoughts!

So, we also managed to have some non-paint related fun while in NOLA.  Vicki Penne my friend from Idaho was there for the stockist Monday event so we went out to dinner with her at Two Sisters and also did a tour of the city.  The cemetaries in NOLA are crazy interesting.

What a whirlwind!  I was happy to be back in Ventura though when I arrived home on Tuesday evening, September 20th.  However, my time at home would be short lived as I had plans to stay in LA on Thursday night for Indy’s show and to attend the first LIVE eBay Event in 3 years on Friday in downtown LA and THEN….head to the desert for a thrifting weekend.  Yes, I  am CRAZY!

But, I will tell you who I missed the most….Cha Cha and Carlos!

I actually really missed my kids as well, but for some reason, not as much as the animals.  Strange, but true.  It was National Daughter and National Son day this past week, so let me share those posts with you so that you can see I do love my REAL kids!  LOL!

As I was looking for old May Company California pictures, I came across some pictures of Melanie Souve’s (my best friend from high school) ex-boyfriend Bart.

She met him back in 1987 and moved to Los Angeles because of him….well mostly!  Anyway, Peter (my boyfriend then) and I used to hang out with the two of them all the time.  While I was in NOLA, Mel text me to let me know that Bart had passed away.  UGHHHHHHHH.

Too many men in their 50’s & 60’s are dying from heart attacks.  I have heard that it may be related to Covid or the vaccine.  In any event, it is super tragic and my heart breaks for Bart’s family and his young boys.

Here are a few pics that I found of Bart & Melanie and then me and my gang at Gino’s East in Brentwood back in the day.  The blonde next to me was Jay Payes (my best guy friend at USC) who passed away at 35 from an accidental drug overdose.  OMG…the ezine is getting really depressing…..I promise to change it up in the next section!

Our next calligraphy course is Sunday, November 13th from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.

Her last class was a huge success and my mom took it and LOVED it!   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, November 13th 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.

Sign up here.

OK!  Just as promised some good, uplifting news!  Time for an eBay score!  This amazing pin cushion came out of my grandmother’s personal collection.  The lady who bought it made me a best offer of $300 and said “I would love to have something that belonged to your grandmother”…gets me every time!  Sold!  Check out the listing here for more great pictures of it.

After my brief two days home, it was time to hit the road again!  I had reserved the Marilyn Bungalow in Hollywood as you read at the beginning of this ezine (where I actually started writing this).  If you can’t figure it out, it takes me DAYS to write these.

But I do enjoy it and am practicing for my first novel that I intend to start writing in October.  I signed up for a bunch of Master Classes with famous authors and will hit that hard!

I also teased in the title of the newsletter that I would be off somewhere else soon…that was the idea…as I had a business trip planned in November, but I just cleared my calendar and will be staying close to home to write through the end of the year.  That is the goal…One fiction novel by year’s end!  Wish me luck!

We had a little pre-party in the bungalow before Indy’s show.  Quite a few of her friends and co-workers showed up and my friend Chris Wade drove up from San Clemente and brought rum infused pineapple (nice party favor :)).  Always a fun time to see Indy perform.  Here are some fun photos from that night!

The next morning was the first eBay open LIVE event in over 3 years and they held it in only 3 cities, Austin, Downtown LA and New York.

I was happy to attend and catch up with some old friends & meet some new ones.  Although, Brian Burke (Sr. VP Seller Advocacy & Engagement) did not know who I was.  LOL!  He had to read my name tag….and then he claimed he hadn’t seen me in 3 years…Whatever…we follow each other on Instagram, but yes, I did call him out!

First pic is me and former Queen’s Court Member Janet Z, 2nd pic is Brian & me and final one is the new head of US, Adam Ireland.

Before I get into my recent Palm Desert trip,  I just wanted to remind you about our clothing store!   If you missed the email saying what we are looking for in clothingplease read it here before you come in.  Thanks!

Wanted…Boots, Furs, Jackets, Coats, Sweaters anything WINTERY

Also, start collecting your Fall items and Adult Halloween Costumes. We are taking in FALL/Winter now.   Call or text the girls to set up an appointment.

Land Line  805-628-9208
Cell Phone  805-470-6493

So, I left from the eBay event in downtown LA to head to Palm Desert at 1:30 pm on a Friday.  Took me 3 1/2 hours to get to the desert.  Ughhhhh!  But it was all good.  Had a lot of fun catching up with Mo, Vicki (from Idaho who was out there after Nola as well), Carmen and Kel.

Unfortunately, Candy was out of town…but next time!  Actually, the girsl are all headed out here on October 14th for VIP seats to see Tim McGraw at Surfers Point!  Can’t wait!

Here are some fun pics…1st one is Vicki, me & Mo at the American Legion after having brunch at Le Valeruis.

2nd one is Mo, Carmen and me at Skip’s Little Bar for dinner.  But, yes we did do A LOT of thrifting and working in addition to  the fun festivities.

So check out these plates I found while out thrifting…seriously?  $125 for a set of 8 Godinger Salad Plates.  NO Fing WAY!

But later on that same day, I did find a set of Lunt Silver Stainless Flatware that was also prices at $125, but I will sell it for close to $2k.  Life is great!

Speaking of life being great…just found out that we took 3rd place in the Ventura Reporter’s Best of Ventura County in Home Furnishings.  1st Place went to For your Home and 2nd Place went to Couch Potato (can’t really figure that one out) and we were 3rd.

Please let me know how we can improve during the next year to make it to the #1 position.  That is my current goal…among other things!  LOL!

Since I have been very introspective and reminiscing these past few weeks, I thought I would share a funny text exchange with my friend Marty from High School.

He texts me this picture the other morning.  OK, it is a class photo from Fairhaven Middle School in Bellingham (where we also went to school together) and I say super cute….and you are standing next to Mike Stewart.  Marty is upper left with the super black hair and Mike has the “Rex Smith” do with braces.

Then I remember that darling Mike Stewart was killed in Alaska right after high school.  So I ask Marty about it and he gives me more details and I find this story in People Magazine.  CRAZY!

You can read it here.  I am so sorry that this ezine has been about people passing away…However, I guess that is just a fact of life.  But on a funny note….Marty asks on Facebook (really?) if that red head in front of him is me?  Seriously?  Do I even look like that person?

So I answer him on Facebook…and say “LOL, not me?” and then he write…”I hope I am not in trouble”…well guess what? You are! Hahahaha!

Attention Consignors:

What we need for the main store…..

Anything Beachy
Shelves
Bookshelves
Desks
Dressers
Chair Sets
Pairs of Lamps
Floor Lamps
Farm House Dining Tables
End Tables
Consoles

Also project pieces for painting!!!!

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!  Some of my crew!  From left to right, Shawnna, Kailen, me, Houston, Pegg, Indiana, Mor Mor, Candy, Val, Susan, Cindy and Jo Dallas!  We appreciate y’all so much!

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

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

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