Back in the day… [day 18 & 19]

On my recent road trip, I found so many interesting things to photograph.  Most of the interesting things were vintage or antique.  What’s the difference?  My boss asked that question on Facebook a few months ago.  Vintage is 7+ years old and antique is 50+ years old.  Just for the record, I’m still vintage.

Life has changed radically over the past few decades.  Here’s a few photos I found interesting.

vw bug slugbugSlug bug!  I just had to stop and take a photo of this VW Bug, sitting in front of an auto salvage yard.  It’s probably out front because people still love these little beauties.  Some turn them into art projects, some restore them and some use them for parts.

This car, brand new, back in 1969 cost about $1,800.  The same car now (44 years later, for those of you who hate math), brand new, costs $19,995 for the basic model.  A restored 1969 model in decent shape is in the $4,000 range.   Continue reading

merry christmas peeps! [minimalist challenge item #309]

[item] 6 boxes of Easter Peeps marshmallows

[purchase info] Purchased new to use as photo props.

[time in my possession] Since Eatser, 9 months

[last used] 9 months ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Way easy

[destination] Trash.  Is there an alternative?

[replacement item] None

[info] Merry Christmas!!!!  Yes, I know.  These have been sitting around since Easter.  They’re some hard, nasty peeps now.  So why did I keep them all this time?  Well, there is a story behind that…

After creating a stop motion video with my Peeps, I placed them in a plastic bag, in hopes I could find something to do with them.  I touched all of them while making the video, so clearly nobody wanted to eat them.  Here’s the video…  Continue reading

the most difficult item yet… [minimalist challenge item #195]

[item] Our very well loved trampoline

[purchase info] Purchased used from a neighbor

[time in my possession] Approximately 5 years

[last used] A few weeks ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Very difficult

[destination] Freecycle… after checking with a few friends first

[replacement item] None

[info] Yes, this is the most difficult item yet.  My boys loved the trampoline and so did I.  This photo was taken before we lost our biggest shade tree.  The trampoline just looked out of place without it’s tree surroundings.  The lack of shade made it way too hot to use.  We will miss sleeping on this in the fall and the many fun family times we had on it.  Our backyard is getting an overhaul and my kids are outgrowing the trampoline days.  I miss it terribly.  It went to a cute little girl in The Colony.

hours and hours of fun for only $16

The first thing I do when I’m on vacation in a new city is scope out all of the local thrift stores and resale shops.  It was raining yesterday, so the kids couldn’t do some of the things they had planned, so we hit the thrift stores.  The first one had some cool stuff, but way higher prices than what I’m used to.  The second store was a combo resale-thrift store.  I found a great t-shirt there, but they only take cash.  Of course I didn’t have any cash with me.  The boys found a treasure here, something I had when I was their age, but I said no impulse buys.  If they wanted it, they were going to have to return the next day to get it.  I was going back, after a bank run, to get my t-shirt.

The third thrift store didn’t have much that peaked my interest, that is until I turned the corner and found this little gem for $2.  A vintage Polaroid 600 camera.  Now that there’s a company making film for these, they’re not as easy to find.  These are selling on eBay from $10 to $50.  Replicas are going for up to $150.  This little beauty was only $2, an expenditure that was not part of the $16 hours of fun that I’m about to share with you.  I’ll have to order the film for this.  Did I need this?  No.  My kids and I will have some fun with it, then probably turn around and sell it.

My kids were talking the entire time about the vintage toy back at the second shop.  Honestly, I knew they would appreciate it and it was a cool flashback for me.  When we returned, the nice lady working there greeted us with a big smile and said, “You’re back!”  We bought the vintage toy…

Meet Rex, a 70’s vintage string puppet named after our favorite restaurant in Steamboat Springs, CO.  He cost $16, a price that seemed fair for a real vintage toy.  My boys have a great appreciation for vintage things, as they love our 12 rotary dial phones as much as I do.  We decided to take Rex out on the town!  Continue reading

3 pairs of jeans [minimalist challenge item #114]

[item] 3 pairs of jeans

[purchase info] American Eagle jeans both given to me and the bling jeans I bought at a thrift store.

[time in my possession] Approximately 3 years

[last used] A couple of months ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Fundraiser

[info] I got rid of the “bling” jeans because I don’t do bling in the sparkly sense of the word.  My neighbor said something about my blingy jeans, so time to go!  The AE jeans I will miss.  One has holes in places that just aren’t good.  The other never really fit me well.

air is not free [day 355]

So I did take a day off to pick up the camper and to play a little bit.  I have to ‘fess up.  I had to make a purchase.  There was no possible way around it.  I had to buy a tire and some air. Here’s the story.

The camper had been sitting for 4 years, probably most of it on the flat tires.  We were able to fill them up with air, including the spare, although one of them was looking a little leaky.  Might as well try to use them, right?

We decided that on the way home we should stop and check the tire pressure and see how they’re doing.  One of the tires was a little low, and I didn’t have any cash for the air pump at the gas station.  I made a joke about using a credit card for the air pump, but I honestly had no idea… the pump had a credit option!  I guess I must be old, as I remember the days when air was free.  Now air costs $1.00.  I decided to suck it up and pay for the air because at this point, we still had the pumped up flat tires.  I slid my debit card in the machine, still in disbelief that this air pump took credit cards.  Is buying air really buying anything?  Still shaking my head, I pulled the card out, waited for it to authorize my account for $1.00 and the pump started.  As it turns out, the hose had a leak, so I paid to lose 2 or 3 pounds of precious pressure in the low tire.  So I really did pay for air because I got nothing out of that machine.  On to another gas station to pay for more air.  We filled up with gas and we never did stop again for air, we stopped for the tire blow out.  Continue reading

t minus 20 [day 345]

Twenty days left in the challenge.  I’m going to answer this question again, as I hear it 3 or 4 times a day now.

“When it’s over, are you going to go shopping?”

The answer is no.  Honestly, the only thing I was going to buy is a 7.5 amp fuse for my car so I have a dome light and I can open my garage door, although the ‘run and jump’ has been fun for the kids.  One of my friends knew I needed this and bought one for me so I guess I have nothing to get now.

On a larger scale, I would still like a yard.  Some of my grass is growing, but I would like to do a little bit of landscaping.  The thought of shopping, even for this, just doesn’t feel right.  When I do go back into a retail store to make a purchase, it’s going to feel really weird.  It feels odd just thinking about it.  I like this new system of shopping.  There are so many benefits to living a little differently than what society teaches us.  Yes, I plan to keep doing what I’m doing for the most part.  When I do make any purchases, you know they’ll be on here.  😉

a picture is worth 1000 things [day 338]

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words.  I’ve never actually tried to type that up to check it, but it seems accurate.  What if we take that one step further… a picture is worth 1,000 things?

So what do I mean by this?  If you own a camera, you can snap a memory of anything you see.  With digital photography, there’s no extra cost for taking a lot of photos like in the film days.  Isn’t life all about people and relationships?  Our society says it’s more about materialism.  Wouldn’t it be better to have a photo of your child at Disney World versus having those ridiculous mouse ears laying around?  Has anyone actually ever worn those after the plane ride home?  Instead of buying souvenirs or mementos, snap a photo if you need something to remind you of that moment in time.

Mouse ears… $19.00

Other souvenirs… $136.00

Cleaning person to pick up all the junk you’ve accumulated… $175 a month

Memories with your loved ones?  Priceless.

retro pink bowl [minimalist challenge item #66]

[item] Retro pink plastic kitchen bowl

[purchase info] Purchased at a thrift store

[time in my possession] Approximately 3 years

[last used] A year ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Thrift store

[info] I have too many kitchen bowls and I seem to like the stainless ones better.

extreme grill makeover [day 326]

I miss my grill.  A lot.  I’ve been researching grills.  A lot.  After careful research and deliberation, I narrowed it down to the modular Minden gas grill.  Simple, now all I have to do is find a used one.  Well, that was the plan anyway.  The grill is so new on the market, there is no used market for it yet.  I wanted to downsize my grill from my old 6-burner monster to something smaller, but more specifically, a grill that works.  So here’s what I’m buying tomorrow.

I have no idea what brand it is, but I do know it works well and it’s only $25.  It’s not sexy and it needs a good cleaning, but it works.  It grills food.  That’s all I need.  Maybe the new grill needs a makeover.  I’ll do that and start a tv show called “Pimp My Grill”.  Okay, maybe not.  😉