I've made some decisions and performed some tweaking this past weekend, including:
Pulling the plug on my participation in the Cape May Antiques Center. I firmly believe that I do have the BEST stock in that entire place in terms of variety, quality and affordability (I take this stuff bo seriously), and yet even at the height of the season, I never made more than $200 a month. Ordinarily, I'd have a very hard time making a decision like this, but it was made much more easily because the gal who runs it is not what you'd call warm and friendly. If she were, I'd have been much more willing to hang on, (even though, from a business standpoint, that wouldn't have made much sense). But she's not, so there you go. Next, I changed the name of my main Etsy shop from NecktieParty to PeaceableAntiques. Originally, I got on Etsy to sell my ties, but kept adding non-tie stuff to the shop. Everything BUT the ties seemed to sell, so then I opened up an all-tie shop, Crazy4Cravats, and have done well with that. In retrospect, I should have opened up a shop selling non-ties, and kept NecktieParty for ties. But one lives and learns. I wanted to change the name to PeaceableKingdom, but that was already taken, as was ThePeaceableKingdom and APeaceableKingdom. I was tempted to throw up my hands and name the shop WhatEver, but thought better of it. Here's my new banner!
I realize this image is tiny, but if you go to the shop it's much bigger, and you simply MUST see how cool it is.
Here's the shop link:
www.etsy.com/shop/PeaceableAntiques Next, I changed the name of my 'ten bucks a pop' vintage costume jewelry shop TenBuckBijoux to Bijoux4Youx because I think maybe if I have a shop with only vintage costume jewelry, it will sell better than it does in my 'everything awesome and old' shop, PeaceableAntiques. Here's the banner:
and the link: www.etsy.com/shop/bijoux4youx At the moment, the shop is on vacation, because I need some time to stock it. I'll let you know when it's ready.
... in order to encourage you once more to throw a couple of bucks Wikipedia's way.
This photo of Willam Jennings Bryan has nothing to do with anything. It's just here to get your attention.
They're the biggest whatevertheyare and they have no advertising, yet you and me and everybody goes there for information on stuff like Norwegian forest cats, and how to make mead,
same with this picture
and who Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim was (VERY cool guy, by the way. My hubs recently read a book about him), and why some countries use celsius when fahrenheit does the job perfectly, and when the first muscle car came out. Here's the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
The term 'Native American' bugs me, because a) it implies that these folks sprung from the soil or something, and b) anyone born anywhere is presumably a native of that place so why are they considered the only natives? I'm a Native American (or native lowercase) American. So was/is a whole bunch of people, many of whom you may be familiar with. Maybe 'aboriginal Americans' would be more precisely descriptive. Or 'the people who got here first Americans.' That I like the sound of.
I've actually never been on the New York subway. Or maybe I was once. I'm not a fan of New York. I used to take the train up there for auditions, and the moment I got off the train, I wanted to get on the train going in the direction I came from. The place is too crowded, too noisy, too dirty, and too full of people who are under the impression that they're all that and then some.
And that accent they have -- ay yi yi. (I get to listen to it 24/7 because my hubs began life in the Bronx. What was I thinking, marrying him??)
Anyway, if you were to ride public trans in New York, you'd see guys with buttons like these on their coats:
Al Bano Carrisi again, this time singing 'Va Pensiero' from Verdi's Nabucco.
This past Sunday hubs and I went to see Opera Philadelphia's presentation of Nabucco. Not only did they have this song in the proper place in the opera, but they also had it again at the very end, started by Csilla Boross, who played Abigaille (and who has the MOST AWESOME VOICE). She did the first stanza or two, and was slowly joined by the rest of the company. Sooooo beautiful, it took a lot for me not to cry.