As I sit down to write this ezine, I decided to come up with a plan to list 200 items at auction per week through the end of the year. Very ambitious of me, but it is my nature to always GO FOR IT!
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November 17th, 2011
Volume VII, Issue 18
What got me thinking about making a bold plan was one of the quotes that I read each morning from “Positive Thinking Every Day” by Norman Vincent Peale. The quote for November 17th was “Be bold, and mighty powers will come to your aid.” Why not shoot for the moon?
Don’t miss this week’s feature article on my top tips to accomplish this listing frenzy I am boldly planning to attain.
In about a week (the day after Thanksgiving), my sister, her two kids (Zach and Kai), my mom, and my dad are scheduled to fly into Palm Springs from Bellingham. Yay! We will miss spending Thanksgiving together on an actual day, so will celebrate with a small dinner on the lake. Houston has a baseball tournament in Temecula that weekend so we will be driving back and forth from the desert for Friday and Saturday’s games. Then on Sunday, we are going on a cruise. Yes, I said a cruise!
It is my sister’s wish to spend a week on a Disney cruise with her sons, my kids, our brother, and parents. At first, I told her no way. I cannot take my kids out of school for a week. Then I thought about it, in the big scheme of things, Houston missing a week of his freshman year and Indy missing a week of 7th grade will pale in comparison to the loss of their Auntie Kiki. We decided to go for it and wish them the best with her health.
It has been touch and go with my sister’s cancer and we are praying that this trip will happen. Please think good thoughts for us.
On the school front, I shouldn’t have worried about Houston and Indy. Houston came home from school last week and said, “I have been nominated by the teachers for the student of the month–there is a chance I could get this award.” I looked at him. Really? He NEVER got student of the month in middle school (1500 students) and now he is in one of the most competitive high schools (2000 students) and he is going to be one of two Freshmen that get this award.
I was a little taken aback and also extremely proud! Who cares if he got it or not. We were going to celebrate. I immediately ordered him the terrible war video game he wanted and we waited to see what would happen. Then last Friday morning, my cell phone rang. It was Palm Desert High School. I answered and was told that Houston had been chosen as student of the month! OMG. I couldn’t stop grinning. Nice to have such a great thing to smile about.
Not that Houston isn’t an amazing kid. He definitely has that something special (just like his sister), but he had been struggling a little in several subjects. I had even hired a tutor. But let me clarify, for me struggling is 88% in an honors class–which really means an A. Once, when Houston was on the fence between getting an A or a B (he had 90.8%), he told the teacher, “My mom cries when I get Bs”. She rounded up and gave him the A-. Apparently, this award also takes a look at character, sociability, and grades.
I knew that this was all sitting a little bit hard with Indy. Here is her older brother who is the athlete and the one who gets away with everything and he is going to get student of the month this early in the year. I could tell it bothered her a little but of course, she didn’t say anything. She is too great of a kid. And we all thought that with 110% in every class (is that even possible?) she would be getting student of the month at some point during the year.
One of my best friends from high school was visiting the desert. Teresa Thornberg–a year ahead of me in high school and my next-door neighbor…now known as Dr. Thornberg–Pretty impressive.
Here are Teresa and I a few years ago at her house on Eliza Island in the San Juan Islands. It is a fantastic property and it is even more fun when Teresa drives the boat to get there…she likes to go fast.
OK, back to Teresa’s awesome influence on me, and a shout out to Connor (her son)…without your mom guiding me through the PSATs the SATs, letters of recommendation, where to apply to college, etc. I would NEVER have gotten the scholarships I did and been able to attend USC. Your mom is amazing!
So there I was sitting at the La Quinta Resort pool with Teresa and her knitting group because that was where they were staying. OK, you may be asking what a knitting group is. I certainly did. It is a group of women that have met every Tuesday morning for eleven years to knit and (I am guessing here) probably to share some counseling, advice, and friendship. What an interesting concept!
My phone rang with a missed call from PDCMS (Indy’s middle school) but goes right to voice mail. As any of you know who have been at the La Quinta Resort for Live Boot Camps, there is very bad cell service at the resort. I walked out to the street to dial my voice mail. I start laughing with happiness. It is one of Indy’s teachers calling to say that she has been chosen as student of the month. SERIOUSLY, NO WAY! The teacher asked me to please keep it a secret. Houston’s award was given yesterday (Wednesday) and Indy’s will be given on Friday. I am telling you all about this before she will even know. Please don’t spill the beans.
Now on to eBay. Thank goodness that sales are totally picking up! Yay! Last Saturday was the historical firehouse sale that is usually so amazing for me.
Remember this item that I bought there many years ago? Click here to read it in a new window.
My alarm went off at 6 am. Really? Not on one of my only days to sleep in. I told myself it would all be well worth it and dragged myself to the car. There was a slight sprinkle of rain but I didn’t think much of it. It never rains in Southern California, right? Well, I got to the sale and they had opened it early.
That slight sprinkle started to turn into a downpour. Even in a downpour I managed to gather seven boxes full and went to check out. I spent $78 the first time at checkout and $55 the second time. So a total of $133.00.
Here is one of the items. I love the Apilco brand.
Who knows what I got, but I think some of it may be really great! Mo wrote up about 100 items yesterday and is going to get it listed this week. This leads me right into my feature article about being bold, making bold goals, and how we can all attain them. Don’t miss reading it.
Here are some more cute plates that I got at that same sale.
Here is an awesome plate that only cost $1
from that same sale. Whoopee!
An update, I sold $400 of that Waterford I bought with Kabbage Kash. Yippeee!
Here is one of the items that sold.
Last week was a great week for all of us at HQ; we got to do a wonderful call with Diva Dawn LV about the organization. She is soooo motivating. Don’t miss reading about our call-in the Lynn Recommends section.
Another of my really best friends was in town. I love living in a resort town because as we get older, so many people come for fun and I get to see them! Robinette my Pet (as I have always called her and she calls me Lynn Dolly) was here with her husband Herb. I met Robin on one of my first days at the May Company when I was a department manager. I have known these two for years!
Here are Robin and I at lunch at Spencer’s in Palm Springs.
Robin, Herb, and I went out to lunch in Palm Springs on Saturday with four of their friends (this was after my rainy day of garage saling)! We got to talking and Robin’s friend Bernie collects Flora Danica and Georg Jensen. My kind of guy! I got to go back to his house and actually see some of the pieces. WOW!
Flora Danica is made by Royal Copenhagen. I have loved this pattern for years. This olive dish sells for about $3,000 on Replacements. A dinner plate goes for $1099. Some day I will have a place setting for myself! I did get a saucer in when I was running my grandmother’s antique store. I think we sold it for about $100.
I got some great photos of the Georg Jensen flatware, just in time to write my chapter on great designers. Volume three of the Flatware eBook is coming along great and should be out around Thanksgiving.
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‘My Bold Plan for Holiday Listing‘
by Lynn Dralle, The Queen of Auctions
There are seven weeks left until the end of the year. My BOLD goal is to list 200 items at auction each week. I am going to do this and that means that 1400 things will be moving through the Dralle Method before the end of the year.
Here are my steps to accomplish this. I hope you start thinking boldly also.
1. Get Maureen and Carmen on Board with this plan
I could never accomplish this goal without my team! Mo and Carmen told me that they have been pushing for this type of mass listing all year. “Finally, you are realizing how much money is sitting in that back room.”
Here we are after Live Boot Camp. What a great group I have in my life!
My team is the best! Carmen has agreed to take on more of the questions and bookkeeping and Mo is on board to list 100 items each week for seven weeks. This makes my job soooo much easier. All I have to do is list 100 things each week. FUN FUN FUN to LIST LIST LIST!
2. Sort the items on my waiting to be listed shelves
I have been doing this with my sister when I go up to Bellingham. We have been blowing through items. One box for charity, this box for a garage sale, and this box for eBay. It really helps to have a friend or family member help you with this so that you can make quick decisions.
I am going to start pulling things off of my “to be listed” shelves that are just not worth our time and they will be going into boxes to be donated to charity. This is going to free up a lot of space for items that are listing-worthy. As you sort, ask yourself & your helper if each item is “listing worthy”? If not, get rid of it.
3. Unpack five boxes a week from the Alps.
Thanks to Diva Dawn, her green arrows, and her organizational motivation, I have been attacking the Alps (The mountains of boxes in the back of HQ). To learn more click here to purchase her teleseminar.
It may not look like much from this photo, but I have started attacking the Alps from the backside. It is a “covert” operation. Just kidding, but it seemed to be more fun this way. I have unpacked 15 boxes so far and by the end of the year, my goal is to have five times seven or 35 more boxes unpacked. That makes 50 total. It will be a huge dent!
4. Write up 300 items for November by Thanksgiving. Get Indy to photograph and edit the photos.
Hey, this is going to be my last ezine until after the cruise, so Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a wonderful day.
So, before Turkey day I will have 300 items written up and ready to photograph. Indy has promised me a few afternoons and a Saturday so hopefully, she can get all the photographs taken and edited before we leave.
I did tell my family that I am not taking my computer on the cruise. [Ed.–I’ll believe that when I see it.] We will see how that works. I have a feeling it is going to be going with us.
5. Write up 400 items for December by the 15th. Get Indy to photograph and edit the photos.
When we get back on December 4th, I will have 11 days to get 400 things written up. That is 40 items per day. No problem. I am going to focus on collections to make this attainable. My grandmother’s skeleton key collection, the pig collection that is hiding somewhere in the alps, and the pewter collection I just bought are some examples.
Here is my grandmother’s key collection all sorted and ready to write up.
6. List 18 items per day FIRST THING
I have about 45 days (minus the seven on the cruise) so in reality, this is 38 days. 700/38 is approximately 18 items per day. Piece of Cake! But I usually try and do my hardest tasks first thing in the day. Writing an ezine takes several days, tons of photos, research, and thought. It is a difficult task.
I know that if I don’t do my writing first thing I will be too exhausted later in the day, so it always comes first. I tell myself that when it is finished I can go and list (which I love). However, what usually happens is that I don’t finish writing until seven or eight at night and I am too tired to list.
I am going to FLIP this one on its head for the holiday season. Writing will be done after listing. I WILL list at least 18 items every morning before I get to my other tasks. Yay! Sounds like fun.
Here is a photo of my I Sell book with sheets all ready to be listed.
I hope that these strategy tips will help you make your own BOLD plan. Whether you plan for the rest of 2011 or start planning for 2012, Let’s make a commitment to accomplishing a lot in the next few months!
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