Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Shameless Plugs Can Work

Sometimes I forget what a powerful Platform Social Media Sites can be.  Since my Showrooms are my little Happy Place and a Hobby, mostly to downsize my Personal Hoard at Home and be an outlet from Full Time Caregiving, I rarely Promote them here or on my Facebook site.  Yes, probably I should, but I don't bring that much in or re-style it often enough to make it Blog Fodder worthy.  I'd get bored doing it and reading about it constantly so I can only imagine if I turned it into more of a Biz Blog how much of a Yawnfest it could be for others.  *Smiles*

But every so often I do a Shameless Plug for any New Inventory I've brought in and it almost never fails to Turn it faster... sometimes so quickly I can hardly believe how effective it actually is to Showcase items via Social Media Outlets!   Such was the case with the Old Carved Dresser that had graced The Son and then the G-Kids rooms for over two decades.   I always liked it but with two Kiddos Sharing it we really needed something larger with more storage capacity.

And though it could be considered Vintage now, and it had nice Details, I had wanted to replace it eventually with a larger Antique Dresser that would be more solid and hold up for a Lifetime.   Something that I'd Cherish long after all the Kiddos were finally grown and I'd be free to utilize it for my own Purposes and Storage needs.

So, when that Special Antique Dresser finally showed up... off to the Showroom this one went and after Showcasing it on my FB Page, it was Sold that very same day... which could have been slightly coincidental, but probably not.  Shameless Plugs have worked very well to move pieces that take up a fair amount of Real Estate in the Showrooms and thus I don't want to have in Inventory too long, so that I can fill the spot with something else to Sell.  *Winks*   So, Note To Self: I probably should do more Shameless Plugs in Blog Posts and FB Visuals of what's going into Inventory. *Smiles*

Enter the new acquisition replacement for the G-Kids Storage needs... the Gorgeous Antique Dresser that I picked up on the Big Sale at our Antique Mall for a mere Eighty Bucks.  I wasn't exactly shopping for The Dresser when it showed up unexpectedly, but it was so Fabulous looking with the Cross Cut Old Wood giving it a Beautiful Patina and the Gorgeous Ornate Old Hardware that I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the price... and then knew I'd get 20% Off for the Sale ta boot!  Color me Happy!!!

It's got six large locking drawers that are deep and Beadboard construction on the backside, it's so heavy and sturdy that even with empty drawers it still takes three Men and a Boy to lift it!   "What's in here?", those lifting it queried... "Nothing, it's empty...", I says... and it turns out we had to remove every drawer for it even to be able to be lifted... each drawer also being boat anchor heavy, this is one Solid Old Piece, they just don't make 'em like this anymore my Friends!!!   I takes it Home and Oils it up Lovingly to bring out the gorgeous Grain of the Wood.  So imagine my Horror when Princess T comes in halfway through the day to rat out her Big Brother saying he'd nailed pictures all over it!  *Gasp!  Insert me clutching my Chest Redd Foxx Style!*

Yep, tho' the flipped Dresser had Endured over Twenty years without Incident in the rooms of various Kiddos in the household, including Prince R, well, Gramma's new Fabulous Antique Dresser didn't last half a day without Incident... go figure!   Poor thing had remained unscathed for probably over a Century in someone else's Care, but once arriving at Bohemian Valhalla it was ravaged within hours as The Young Prince bangs up his favorite Photos as if it's a Messenger or Memo Board on the sides! *Gasp!*  And because to a Fourteen Year Old Boy there is nothing wrong with this Picture... his response was something like, "Well, the holes will be so small Gramma that you probably won't even be able to see them..."    Yeah, good thing I have these Senior Citizen Eyes huh, so that I PROBABLY won't even be able to notice the carnage done!  *Bwahahahahaha!*   I think I'm getting too Old for my Heart to take such things that happen regularly when raising Children... which is probably why God made it that Women my Age no longer breed?!?  *Winks*

And this is also why I NEED my little Happy Place to Retreat and Escape to so's I can come back to Center from the brink of Insanity they all take me to sometimes!  *LOL*   A place where I know my Edited and Purged Treasures can find New Homes that will Appreciate them as much as I do.   As I continue with Curating my Stash of Lovelies and paring it down to only that which I use regularly or am still Madly and Deeply in Love with and can't part with yet.   The rest will be moving out of Bohemian Valhalla and be Showroom bound for someone else to Enjoy the Thrill of the Hunt to Discover and then drag Home as a Found Treasure and Trophy to their Lairs.

I Predict that in the not so distant Future I will have pared down a considerable amount to a point where I'm almost Satisfied that what is left is what should be Kept.    Though being a Human Magpie I am certain that I will continue to forage and find more to fill up our Home and the Showrooms since that's what I do and it's my Nature.   Something I've decided not to attempt to Control so much as just Balance to a Reasonable level and Moderate more carefully.

But also continue to Sell off enough that it is the fuel to fund much needed projects like scraping off the awful popcorn ceiling in the Main Kitchen and repainting where old water damage is still evident from before we had a new roof installed on the Old Homestead.   And Feathering our Nest with the Objects really Loved and which will certainly be Keepers, MY Trophies of The Hunt like my Nineteen-Forties Mule Deer Mount which now graces a door into the Main Kitchen area.


Yes, I Promised you a glimpse into how I Pimped him Out making him a Shim now since the face is so Sweet that I envision it as Female even tho' I know it's really not.  *LOL*   I have an Antique Italian Gesso Frame that will go around it and frame the Mount, which is why I didn't want a Plaque behind it and opted to purchase this one instead so that The Man wouldn't have yet another Project that might not work out so well.   He was nervous about having to detach a Plaque from an expensive acquisition anyway, so much relieved when he didn't have to and I opted for this more Simple and Smaller, much less expensive Vintage Darling, which fits the Space better than a larger one would have anyway.

Don't you find that at an Event or Shop it's sometimes hard to gauge Scale or how well an Item might fit into the Home since it's usually being Displayed in a much larger Space than it will end up in?  *Smiles*  They always seem so much smaller there and then you bring them Home and Uh Oh... *Winks*   I've had more than my fair share of Uh Oh Moments lemme tell ya!   Thankfully this was not one of them once I changed my Mind on which Mount to Purchase!  *Whew!*

Yes, the White Tail I initially fell in Lust with was Magnificent and Regal indeed and I still Loves it... but I feel like I made the right decision for our Needs and the Space that was going to be filled.    This one would have been so large it would have Ambushed and Assaulted you as you tried to walk into the Kitchen I Suspect!?!   And if The Man had jacked it up whilst Attempting to remove that Plaque I could have possibly gone Postal, right?!?  *LOL*


Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian


  1. Dawn, your blog could never be a "yawnfest", never! I laughed so hard at that word. I adore your humor and views on daily life. Blessings to you and your happy place!!!

    1. Aw Thanks Rhonda... one thing is for sure around here, we might be labeled as Crazy but never Boring! *winks* Thanks for stopping by for a Blog Visit... Dawn... The Bohemian

  2. I can't believe you sold that dresser for only $125. And even harder to believe is that you found another for only $80 (less discount!) Man, I am obviously living in the wrong country. Everything up here is so expensive now I can't afford to buy anything anymore, even at thrift stores. It's so sad!

    I admire your restraint in not giving the Young Prince a piece of your mind for putting the tacks in that beauty. I'm not sure I would have been able to. ;)

    1. Well... I did utter an exclamation that would have been censored! *LOL* But, I do try not to get so Old that I forget what it was like to be Young... the perspective of Youth is far different than that of someone my Season of Life. I can't accurately recall my exact perspective at Fourteen, but he doesn't have the benefit yet of seeing things from a Senior's perspective. *Smiles* Funny short Story it brings to mind, my Mom has a Young Friend from Jordan that didn't even know what Antiques were so when she was having Tea at my Mom's home one day and accidentally broke an Antique China cup from Mom's Rosenthal China Set and asked if she could replace it for her... Mom says, "Oh No Love, that was really Old...", to which her young Foreign Friend sighs a huge sigh of relief and says, "Oh Thank God!" I was LMAO when Mom told me that Story... it's all a matter of perspective on what is Valued really... Old being worthless or not a big deal in some circles, Generations and/or Cultures. Dawn... The Bohemian


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