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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Salvation Army vs Free Cycle



As I go through this process of making decor choices, there are some items that I don't want to toss.  I believe there is still life in that table, chair, knic knac, or what not.  I could sell on eBay, but some things are not worth the effort, and I just want to give them away.  The Salvation Army and Free Cycle are my go to spots, but there are some pros and cons to each.

Salvation Army Pros
  1. I have given items away to the Salvation Army for years (some people prefer Good Will).  Take an item, hand it in, get a invoice/receipt for a tax deductions and I'm off to for my next errand.
  2. They will pick up, but you need to make an appointment.
 Salvation Army Cons
  1. They don't take books
  2. They can sometimes refuse items to pick up when they come to pick up
  3. They can toss items even after they have been donated.
  4. Dragging your item into the store.  Items sit in a corner waiting to be taken to the store.  It's not the Army's fault but it is a con.
Free Cycle Pros
  1.  Posting is easy, Offer, Promised, Taken. and your zip code.
  2. The person picking up really wants it.
Free Cycle Cons
  1. There can be lots of responses, but sometimes people don't show up for pick up.
  2. People don't show up to pick up items
  3. When people say they want the item, they don't show up to pick it up.
It is the most irritating con of Free Cycle, people wasting your time.  I have had some success giving away a piano, books, file cabinet, fabric, but it is the time wasting, inconsiderate Free Cyclers that think your time isn't important.  That's when the Salvation Army Wins!!

In conclusion there many other outlets to donate to and the pros will always outweigh the cons because it is still best to recycle, reuse, up cycle, restore, and resuscitate an item that still has life

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Where People Work/East Coast Trimming

There are TONS of trimming stores in the Garment Center and each and every one of them offer creative choices for imaginative ideas.  I bumped into a new store (at least to me) with a vintage vibe.  East Coast Trimming is a charming little store packed with goodies for future artistic projects.  Check them out on line, but nothing compares to going there in person.

East Coast Trimming

East Coast Trimming

East Coast Trimming


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy Three Kings Day

Harlem Kings
I took this photo years ago in Harlem for a photography class I was taking at City College in the late 70's.  That was the days of film, dark rooms, setting f tops and focus focus focus.  After the I developed the photo I always thought it would be a Christmas card that these boys would be labeled KINGS. 

I learned about this celebration when I lived in Puerto Rico and on January 5th children left grass and water for the camels.  Known as 'El Dia de Reyes' (Three Kings Day), this holiday represents the height of the Christmas season. The date marks the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas and commemorates the three wise men who traveled from afar, bearing gifts for the infant baby JesusGifts are exchanged on January 6th.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

De-Clutter.....Continues into 2015



I make a Christmas inspired dress every year (just for display), which is usually made from materials found around the studio.  I made this one entirely from acquired fabrics, beads, and even the mannequin was a save from the garbage.  Sometimes holding on to stuff, can be a good thing.

I am guilty of holding on to, too much stuff and have been apart of, too many, clean up teams to love ones who have transitioned.....but their stuff remains.  I love everything that I have acquired (especially anything related to sewing) and also donated to Free Cycle, Salvation Army, the museum, and the "Hey do you need this?".  
  
Even though I have become more organized, for some reason a pile of papers, fabric, thingys, projects to be or not to be, add up on a chair, behind a chair, in a closet, then finally in the middle of the floor.

I grew up with a NYC school teacher and while you could always find a place to sit, the table was another story.  It was always filled to the brim with papers that included, bills, mail, cards, and flyers.  It's hard to break this habit,  I still create piles of paper on a corner of the table.  Oh I do, toss, shred, and file, but paper seems to regenerate, itself, even without me looking. 

There are many tips I get on my journey.  As I was picking up supplies, one of the employees came out, opened a closet and made an announcement that the closet shoe organizer is for scarves, hats, etc. and to stop balling it up on the shelf, where everything tumbles down on the floor etc etc etc.  I made a stop at Amazing Savings for my double shoe organizer.  It works like a charm!

I think I am going to tackle the kitchen this month (but don't hold me to it), like Elisabeth from Artistic Expressions.  Here is her Show and Tell:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Four Colly Birds

Four Colly Birds is the original line in the song 12 Days of Christmas (first published in England in 1780 without music as a chant or rhyme).  "Colly" being a regional English expression for "black". This wording must have been opaque to many even in the 19th century: "canary birds", "colour'd birds", "curley birds", and "corley birds" are found in its place. Frederic Austin's 1909 version, which introduced the now-standard melody, also altered the fourth day's gift to four calling birds, and this variant has become the most popular, although "colly" is still found.

These black birds really fly.....

Monday, December 15, 2014

Three French Hens on a Bench in Fulton Park

Three lovely ladies on a bench in Fulton Park, Chauncy Street, Brooklyn NY, Bedford Stuyvesant, maybe around 1940's


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Too Many Turtle Doves

 Too Many Turtle Doves
(Uhhh.....I realize these are not turtle doves)

Washington Square Park 2010


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Freecycle Success/Sewing Machine Table

Another successful transfer using Free Cycle.  I loved this sewing table, but it was now in the way.  Free Cycle allowed this table to go to someone who is building her craft room.  She had a sewing machine that was still in the box and now it has a place to begin doing it's job.  I'm glad that it's going to someone who is going to appreciate and use it. 

 
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