Thursday, July 19, 2018

Sweet Salvage ~ Where In The World Event

I'm doing something for Today's leading Post of THE SWEET SALVAGE Event that I don't usually do before my Monthly Pilgrimage there.   I'm giving you a Preview before I ever arrive... and using Images taken exclusively by the Talented Photographer that covers their Event for the Facebook Page Previews before Opening Day and while everything is pristine and intact.   This Month's Theme is "Where In The World", so I've been eagerly anticipating it since the Exotic Flair of some Vignettes will be clearly evident and that's just My Style of Decorating!

This will mean I may be more fixated on scouring for Exotic Treasures than focused on my usual Pathological Picture Taking in order to Share the Experience here in the Land Of Blog.  I didn't want to disappoint or short change my Supporters and those who Visit to come along Virtually for the Eye Candy. Thus I'm ensuring at least one Post with Excellent Coverage done on the Inside and before the doors even open on Opening Day Morning!   *Smiles*  I know, it's different than my usual way of Covering an Experience, but a healthy compromise is sometimes necessary if I am not sure I can make it there early enough... or want to do some Serious Treasure Hunting without distractions and dividing my Attention.

I will still have my trusty Camera in hand as I always do, and I may... or may not... get some excellent Imagery of my own... that remains to be seen for any Future Posts of the Event.   I do know that for some unfathomable reasons, lately my Photography has not been on point and so a lot of pixs I'm taking aren't making the Grade to be Shared.   I know that lately I haven't been taking as many photos as I typically do either.  Not that I'm not as Passionate about the Art of Photography as I've ever been... I'm just not 'On' right now when it comes to that Art Form and so my Photography has suffered for it.   That's disappointing when you take pixs and most just don't turn out that well and you're not as happy with the quality of them as you want to be.   I can be my own worst Critic and lately I've had a Critical Eye when it's come to my Photography... lately it mostly sucks and I can't even tell you Why?!?

Of coarse lately I've not felt much like Myself either and pulling myself out of a Funk has sometimes been a challenge.   That's also why I'm thoroughly looking forward to my Monthly Respite of an entire Day to Myself and FOR Myself!   I think I really Need it more than usual this Month... so I'm looking forward to it and not pressuring myself to do much except just Enjoy it... with or without taking the best Imagery of it all.   The heat and humidity being what it has been now the Monsoons are rolling in... and my Health issues... I've just also not felt like standing in lines or getting anywhere way early, which is my usual Custom.   Usually I like to arrive early to anything, get great Parking, be some of the first to get in before things become too Chaotic... but that's when I'm Feeling 100%.  Right now the NOT Feeling 100% has sapped my Stamina and even my Enthusiasm considerably... it's hard not to feel Apathy even about the most Fun Stuff lately.


There have been some days when I've barely been able to wake up and get out of Bed, I've had extreme exhaustion and not been in the best possible Head Space.   My last Doctor visit did not go Well... in fact, in spite of my best efforts to improve my Health, it had deteriorated further and that sucked and was quite discouraging and disappointing.   I cried on the drive Home from the Doc's Office as it all set in even tho' I'm tenacious about being Well and will continue to be persistent about that eventual Goal.   I'm now on yet another kind of injection Diabetic Med so I'm up to several Insulin type shots per day and my numbers and A1C still pretty much suck.   I thought there had been improvements and so it devastated me that the Docs felt otherwise and have put in yet another request for a Specialist for the Insurance to hopefully Approve this time... you know... so we can quit dicking around when nothing seems to be working and my Pancreas seems to be crapping out despite doing everything they tell me to do!   I'm still continuing on a Dietary Path to Wellness of my own, since their Dietician's Path just didn't work at all.

I would like to procure this Phrenology Head Figurine, I've been wanting one for quite some time and Phrenology right now just is very apropos.  I've had to try to avoid getting too far into my own Head lately.   I don't want to overthink everything, I don't want to get so immersed in Bad News or the Bad Vibes of anything or anyone for it to Negatively impact my Daily Walk.   That can be a particular Challenge with the state of affairs lately.   Seems Bad News and Bad Vibes are everywhere... abounding... it's downright Toxic and I'd prefer to remain more Positive... more Hopeful... regardless of popular or public Opinion to the contrary about anything or everything.   I'm finding that I just Shut Down lately when anyone is becoming Negative or just has Bad News to report... I'm at saturation point for all that so I just refuse to Receive it.   That's how I walked out of my Doc's Office the other day, crying at the frustration of it all, having worked so hard to improve things and still getting more Bad News, so I just refused to Receive it.

Yep, I heard it loud and clear, but I don't have to Believe it and Receive it as My Truth or my Destiny.   I'm kinda diggin' this Cambodian Style Buddha Head too... we'll have to see what she costs?    Lately finances have been strained, so I don't intend to go on any spending sprees and indulge in retail therapy just for the sake of it.   It kinda sucks that along with other struggles, that financial ones just add that other layer that is unpleasant.   I'm one of those fanatical stewards of my resources so stretching them is something I can be quite adept at regardless of what comes up.   A lot has come up... helping extended Family has come up... unexpected expenses have come up that cannot be avoided... shit happens... whaddya gonna do?   A part of Life is preparation... a part of Life is dealing with whatever you weren't prepared for... each day can be a new adventure and quite the mix of it all!


On a Positive Note... because I always like to find one... my own Sales have been pretty decent in my modest Spaces at the Antique Mall.  Mostly I've been Selling Collectible Toys, Selling off The G-Kid Force's Childhoods... and Vintage Linens and Retro Kitchen seems to be Hot too right now.   I've been Purging a great many of my Beloved Vintage Tablecloth Collection.  It was a difficult decision to make since it's taken years to amass and each is Beautiful and completely different.  So it didn't matter how many I had, which was TOO MANY... Winks... it's just deciding which should just Go and be Let Go of?   And to keep going thru them and Letting Go of more... and then more... and having it be less of an attachment to the Collection as a Whole.   I cannot tell you how long it's been since I ever bought one since the Collection peaked quite a long time ago and it was just Crazy to acquire more.  Some Collections reach saturation point... mine had... it was time to just Stop no matter how good a Deal I could find one at.

They always Sell Well and I always make Money off any of my Vintage Fabrics, so I didn't mind having a huge cache' of them and downsizing my stash when I felt it was just Time to.   But it has been a Process and one that could become a bit Emotional for me since so many Memories can be tied up in your oldest Collections and the ones you were the most attached to.   I can detach from a lot of stuff when I have to or need to... but some Beloved Collections are harder to detach from.  When you are an Incurable Collector you know that the Desire to hold onto some Collections is just very strong.  That Urge is there to not give them up if you don't HAVE to... but sometimes I just Feel that I NEED to or even WANT to... so the Process begins.    I also know that Sourcing the Good Stuff and especially reasonably priced, isn't as effortless as it once was.  So there is the Knowing that replacement of it, even if you Love having The Thrill Of The Hunt, is going to likely never happen.   So what you Let Go of, is likely not going to be Found again or at the same Bargain that gave you the Rush when you Found that one a long time ago.

I guess I am not your Typical Collector in that I will not pay a Premium for very many things no matter how much I might Love or Collect it.   If I cannot make my Money on the Buy I rarely feel the need to have to have it.   If I feel I'd be overpaying for anything I'd rather Pass on it and just keep looking.   Rare for me to Pony Up and pay top dollar, it's got to be OOAK or incredible... I'm just too frugal to not always think about the back end of any Deal primarily.   If I outlay for something then usually it's because I know the Investment makes sense and value will increase to where it was worth any present sacrifice.   I do have the desire to get the best I can afford of something rather than settling tho', so I'll Save like mad to get what I want, so long as what I'm paying for it isn't unreasonable.   I will almost always try to negotiate my best Deal for something if and when I just can't... or simply won't... pay what is being asked.  I figure nobody has to Sell me anything and I don't have to Buy anything... so it's all Good, you know?  *Smiles*

Right now I'm mos def in a Downsizing and/or Upgrading Cycle at this Season of Life.   I'm getting rid of a lot or refining what is Kept or replaced.   I'm trying to become a better Editor and be a lot more Curated in what remains in our Home.   I feel like I've got my work cut out for me since we've been acquiring for a Lifetime to feather our Nest and at a certain Season of Life that becomes a fair amount to now Deal with some kind of way.    Some may want to die with all their possessions intact and around them, allowing their Heirs to Deal with it, profit from it or dispose of it.   I already know what Inheritance mine would like and what they would like me to Deal with right now in my own way and Timing so that they don't have to later.   If you have nothing or little to pass along it hardly matters what you leave behind... but when you have the Good Stuff that has been acquired, how best to handle that Investment is crucial.   Right now I feel as tho' cashing in on a lot of it is how best to handle most of it right now.

I've still got the 5-to-1 Rule in place, tho' usually I up the ante and get rid of more than five items if one new item comes in.   It's not hard to come up with all that needs to just Go Out if I do Upgrade with something else.   At some juncture it might be, I'm just not There yet.  *LOL*    I am seriously looking at this Vintage European Grain Sack Boro Mended Linen and thinking, what five would Go so as to get that?   *Smiles*   Usually the five I will choose will more than pay for whatever this Cost so in a way it's almost a Freebie as I Upgrade and Refine what is Kept.   It doesn't seem so indulgent to Sell Off stuff in order to fund whatever you might want right now that could pay for it and still have Money left over.   I kinda like to barter with myself that way... want this... what to Sell off now to fund it then?   *Winks*    So yeah, I've eyeballed at least four items I like from the Preview Photo Coverage the Sweet had on FB... but if I come Home with just a single one... that will be satisfactory.   If I come Home with nothing that will be Okay though... the Inspiration and Experience was Priceless and cost me nothing really.

I do see the Killer Pieces that are Swoon Worthy at every Event... even tho' I can't fit another large item, even in this big Home, because we have all the furnishings we want and look good here.   I have no need to Upgrade larger furnishings, a piece would have to be that Fantasy Piece I have been looking for all my Life and at such a Deal I'd be Crazy not to get it, find a place for it, then Sell Off some more Big Stuff to justify and fund the purchase!   *LOL*   It happens, but rarely... besides, when you buy something substantial you really do need the Muscle to get it moved in and I don't have that here.  My large furniture moving days are clearly over.   I'm not really certain how much of what I already have in the way of substantial furnishings are Forever pieces, I know some are... but some eventually may be Sold Off too as downsizing continues.

Some exceptions are... Storage pieces... Vintage Storage Locker Baskets like this, when I can find them Cheaply, I almost always procure because I've always got a good Use for any of them.   I used to be able to procure them for about Ten bucks each, those days are over... so I'm Glad I bought a bounty of them when Salvaged Gym Lockers were abounding and prices were dirt Cheap!  I have Sourced the Number Plates reasonably tho' in recent times... and you know how I am about Hoarding up the Smalls when I can get them at the right price!  *LOL*    I don't know what the Hell I'm going to Number with the Plates one day, but I have them in case I need to Number anything... that's the Logic, or lack thereof, of an Incurable Collector of many seemingly random things!  *Bwahahahahaha!*

And some things are the Dream Items I'll likely never have because it's not practical for the Family and Life I have.  Like a Vintage Chesterfield Sofa replacing the Leather Sectional that makes more sense for this Family to own and lounge around on like we do than the Chesterfield would be.   These are the kind of items that would only be feathering my Nest if I lived Alone and had nobody else to consider except Self.   Those of you who do live Alone can have uncompromised indulgences... those of us with others to consider often have to reach a healthy compromise for what is best or most useful and practical for all... it is what it just is.   I Hope you have enjoyed coming along on this Preview of an Event that hasn't actually happened yet?   It was kinda like having VIP Access and a behind the scenes Preview prior to the doors opening... which is why I always visit the FB Pages before any Event... to see what Sneak Previews have been Teasers to what we'll Experience when we get there?!?  Hope to see some of you there...


Blessings, Love and Light from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian


  1. Ahh, downsizing, I think one could build a great blog on just that---aimed at the over 50 crowd, since our kids don't want our grandmothers' stuff....! Great photos, on the diabetes...may it finally stabilize.
    Hard to do when you need exercise and it's 100+ degrees. I wish you wellness, whatever level that can be reached. Sandi M

    1. Sandi I think you are right about downsizing being a topic of the Over 50 Crowd that could fill numerous Blog Posts or even be an exclusive! *LOL* The trouble is, tho' I am culling and curating... it's not AS IF I don't still keep finding cool things... so it may be a perpetual Process!? But we do what we do... Le Sigh


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