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Car repair $

June 8th, 2019 at 12:27 pm

My trunk started leaking a while ago. Honestly, I should have gotten it taken care of sooner but I tend to procrastinate about stuff like that. It wasn't a bad leak but it was definitely coming in at times.

Anyway, it finally started smelling musty in the car and that was the breaking point. I took it to the body shop on Tuesday. They were able to find the source of the leak - the rear window had been replaced in the past and apparently wasn't sealed well when they did that. They removed the window, cleaned up some rust, and reset the window with proper (I hope) sealing.

I got the car back yesterday and went over to a local car wash/detailer and made an appointment to have it cleaned on Wednesday. They will shampoo the carpets and mats and spray an odor eliminator on everything they can't shampoo.

All together, the repair, the detailing, and the rental car I had while it was in the shop ran a little over $600. Not a huge deal. Just one of those things that tends to come along unexpectedly from time to time. Thankfully, we can comfortably afford things like that.

Update on wife's business opportunity

June 5th, 2019 at 05:31 pm

Last month I posted about my wife taking 18 bags that she made (she sews and quilts) to an area yarn shop for them to sell on consignment. Friday will be 4 weeks since we did that. We haven't heard anything from the owner so my wife called her today.

Nothing sold the first 3 weeks but this past week she sold 2 bags! She settles up weekly so will be sending the payment at the beginning of next week.

The bags were each either $35 or $40 so total of between $70 and $80. DW gets 75% after any credit card fee so that will be at least $50 and maybe more.

She's never done anything like this before so we're excited. And the shop still has 16 more of her bags to sell.

Bought new socks

June 5th, 2019 at 08:50 am

You probably can't think of a more boring title for a blog post but sometimes it's the little things that get us excited.

For years and years, one would go into the men's department at pretty much any store anywhere and they would have black dress socks, blue dress socks, and brown dress socks. They'd also have patterns and argyle and other funky stuff but the basics were always there: black, blue, and brown.

A few years ago, for some unknown reason, blue stopped being a thing. Apparently the fashion gods decided that men no longer needed blue dress socks. I don't know why. I never got the memo. But I searched all over from Walmart to Nordstrom's and everywhere in between and blue dress socks no longer existed. I even looked online and nothing.

A year or so ago, we happened to be driving somewhere and passed a sock outlet store. We stopped in and they actually had some blue socks. Not the kind or material I usually bought. These were the nylon kind, not the cushy cotton ones, but I bought a few pairs anyway. It was better than nothing even though I don't particularly like them. Most of my blue socks are really worn on the soles and some even have holes but I keep wearing them since I can't replace them.

Finally, about a week ago, something made me search on Amazon again and I found a couple of places that had blue socks again. I immediately ordered a 6-pack. They came the other day and I put a pair on right away and they were fine. I wore them to work the next day to make sure they were comfortable. I came home that night and ordered another 6-pack. I don't really need 12 pairs but I'm not taking the chance that they will disappear from existence again. These will last me for years so I'm good for a long time.

So yeah, that's my sock story.

Getting back to ebay... again

June 4th, 2019 at 06:10 pm

I've been back and forth for a long time about selling on ebay. I used to do it very actively. In fact, for a few months back in 2000, it was my full time job. In more recent years, I've had spurts of activity where I would sell for a few weeks and then get tired of it. It wasn't necessarily that my items weren't selling, though there was certainly some of that. And I can't even say that I had many problem buyers - very few in fact. I guess it just felt like the money I was making wasn't worth my time.

The problem is that I find myself - and my wife - spending a lot of free time doing nothing. Watching Netflix is nice but we do far too much of it. At least selling on ebay involves cleaning things up, taking photos, typing listings, responding to inquiries, packing, and shipping. That has the added benefit of getting items out of the house as well as, obviously, making some money.

Anyway, as I've posted in the decluttering thread on the forums, I've been working quite a bit on cleaning out our garage. I've been getting into boxes of items that have been packed away in there for many years, some literally the 25 years we've been in our house.

What I'm finding with some ebay searches is that stuff that may not have been all that valuable when it was packed up is now in decent demand 15 or 20 or 25 years later. That tends to be how the collectibles market works. Stuff is hot when it first comes out, then you can't give the stuff away for a decade or two, then suddenly it's "vintage" and everybody wants it again. That's where we are with a lot of our stuff now. It's not worth putting something on ebay that will sell for $5 but if it will sell for $15 or more, that's entirely different. And if I can bundle a couple of cheaper items together to make a decent sale, that works too, like selling a set of something as one lot rather than individually.

We have a vacation coming up in 2 weeks so I'm not going to start listing things yet but after we get back, I intend to. My wife and I were talking earlier and she's going to help with the packing and shipping end and I'll handle the listing part since I'm the one that knows about the stuff and has the ebay experience. I'll be sure to report back about how it's going once we get into it. I'll start slow so we don't get overwhelmed but I see no reason why we can't list 5-10 items a week at first (back in the day I was listing 10 items a day, 7 days a week).