Lori's Soap Box

10.19.16

Not surprisingly, one thing no one ever told me about setting up estate sales -- sometimes there are grenades.  I don't mean figuratively, like "unexpected issues that pop up from time to time" (although that does happen...a lot!) -- I mean actual GRENADES.

Now, some of you might be thinking "cool! what a great collectible!!".  But I assure you that a live grenade is not a fabulous keepsake.  If you happen to be a collector of war memorabilia, please consider choosing something (anything) else besides deadly explosives to keep in your collection (replicas are great, just make sure they are labeled as such).  Our company often comes across all kinds of great war collectibles such as uniforms, medals, photos, maps... lots of great items for anyone to keep or re-sell that won't unexpectedly kill anybody -- and we'll be happy to sell them to you at a reasonable price.

For example, there are some amazing WWII uniform collectibles at our upcoming Sale!  Unfortunately for some interested parties, there will be no grenades available at this time -- we happily gave those to the Bomb Squad, free of charge.

So keep buying, keep collecting, and keep an eye out for the next adventure.  But leave explosives where they lie.  If you find one, call 911 to send in an expert to take care of it -- they'll be happy to do their job and you'll be alive to shop our next Sale.  Due to a recent experience, we are able to confirm that the officers involved with LA County Sheriff's Department are truly amazing and happy to help (and it sure was nice to meet the woman in charge of the Bomb Squad!).

Make good choices people!  And Thanks for stopping in... 

1.13.16

Well, WE'RE BACK!! Our sales team had a nice, long, much-needed "break" and we are so ready to get back to the Sales -- how about Y'all??  We have several fun Sales lined up for you already -- and they are all full of so many fantastic treasures!  Hopefully you'll have a chance to swing by and check all of them out, you really won't want to miss any of them.

Happy New Year Everyone!  Be happy, be good to yourselves and each other, and make good choices.  You have a brand new year to make today's tomorrows better than yesterday's.  Spend it well!  If you're reading this, you're off to a good start :).  Thanks for stopping in...

6.10.15

Adios PennySaver!  Believe it or not, I actually appreciated the PennySaver throw-away magazine arriving in my mailbox every week.  Every once in awhile I'd thumb through it to check out ads for  puppies I was never going to buy, services I was never going to use, and personals never directed at me (that I'm aware of!).  But, most of the time, it would go directly into my recycle bin without anyone in my household ever looking at it.

I suppose the powers-that-be at Harte Hanks Publishing finally realized this was the norm for most SoCal households -- so they stopped the presses and PennySaver is no more!  For most of us these days, if we want information of any kind we simply go to the computer and "Google" it. However, (as we discovered at our last sale) the PennySaver was actually pretty critical to our Saturday customers.  EstateSales.net works GREAT for shoppers who can come out earlier in the week, but the Saturday People, well, we depended on the PennySaver to help those folks find our Sales.  So that leaves us wondering, "Is there a replacement outlet for advertising to our Saturday crowd?"

Unfortunately, we don't have an answer (yet!).  We utilize Craig's List, EstateSales.net, Facebook, and our own direct e-mail system to try to get the word out whenever we're having a Sale.  Last Sale, these methods did not seem to be enough for our Sale information to find its way to the Saturday shoppers.  So the question now goes out to you, our loyal customers (Thank You!! :)...

Do you have any suggestions of outlets to advertise our Sales to get the word out to those folks who would have ordinarily found us in the PennySaver?  Your constructive comments are greatly appreciated (really!)!  If you have any ideas please let us know, either as a reply to this blog or directly to our faces at the next Sale!

Feel free to share your ideas with us and, as always, Thanks for stopping in!!

Lori

11.19.14

Here we are again -- heading, or shall I say speeding, into the holidays.  As you go through the next couple of months frantically buying and selling please remember to add "giving" into the mix.  Not necessarily the giving of gifts to friends and loved ones (although those are always nice :) but giving of your money, of your time, and of yourself to those who could use the help.  Helping others is essential year round if you can manage it but is especially needed at holiday time for those who are struggling.  Helping doesn't need to be a big deal -- it could be as simple as putting someone's grocery cart away or reaching a box on the top shelf for someone who can't.  Or it can be much bigger -- like adopting a family for Christmas or serving food at a homeless shelter.  Just do whatever you think you can handle to help someone else.

Do a good turn daily, pay it forward, give a little bit -- you'll be glad you did!

As always, Thanks for stopping in...

5.27.14

OK, so now I get it.  I finally understand why some of the other Estate Sale-ers out there are, shall we say, "cranky".  Would you all like in on this secret?  Well, it turns out that sometimes some people are hard to deal with.  Yep, it's true.  It only takes 1 bad apple to ruin the barrel.

But, if you haven't yet noticed, we're a little different.  We're not about to let 1 rotten apple ruin our sales.  Know what we do with bad apples?  We smash them and make martinis!  Now doesn't that sound like fun?  :)

No matter what, we'll continue to give you all a smile and heartfelt "Welcome!" when you shop our sales.  As always, Thanks for stopping in!

4.2.14

I completely LOVE my job!  I get to be the very first person in line for the sale, I get to touch absolutely everything in each house we set-up, and I get to pass those fabulous treasures along to you – our customers. 

For those of you who don’t know, I am not a “collector” of things (my first year of doing this job cured me of that).  However, I am an “appreciator” of all household items, old and new.  I get to “Ooh” & “Aah” over each treasure, knowing that whatever those items are will be available to whoever is in line at our sales to grab them.  It’s exciting to see shoppers’ faces when they find that very treasure they’ve been searching for so long and hard.

Anyone curious to know the one thing I will almost always buy at my own sales? 

Laundry detergent!  I am raising a couple of very active, school-aged children and we are constantly washing loads of laundry.  If some laundry soap is available, that is usually the item that I will purchase pre-sale.  So, I apologize in advance, but you will rarely find laundry soap available at my sales.  As my customers, you will simply have to settle for the vintage furniture, fine china, original paintings and unique collectibles instead.  Sorry, but I have to allow myself some perks to this job… 

Assuming laundry detergent isn’t the one thing you’re looking for, I’m sure you will find some treasures of your own at our upcoming sale.  Take a look around -- you’ll be glad you did!

--Lori St. Julien

As always -- Thanks for stopping in!!

In With The New!!

Welcome to the new site everyone!

So, it looks like 2014 is going to be a year of change.  But please keep in mind CHANGE IS A GOOD THING.  We are so excited to be able to launch the new website (Thanks Jim!!)!  Our staff will continue to provide you with outstanding service throughout all of our upcoming sales and we are hopeful that this new site will provide you, our customers, with a platform to have your voices heard so we can provide you with even better service in the future.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or compliments please don't hesitate to drop us a note.  Looking forward to this new experience...  

--Lori St. Julien

Oh yes... and Thanks for stopping in :)