Sunday, June 28, 2020

Why won't you wear a mask in public?

Why won't you wear a mask in public? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery as the expression goes.  President Trump refuses to wear a mask in public so many of his supporters follow his lead.
There are many who follow conspiracy theories such as the 5g conspiracy where people believe that the coronavirus is a fake illness designed to distract the people from the development of broadband technology designed to spy on us.  Nevermind that over 100,000 people have died, but to the conspiracy nuts out there big brother is out there. 
Finally, people don't like being told what to do even if its for the public health.  They start talking about their amendment rights which many probably couldn't recite on their own but manage to invoke.
Coronavirus doesn't know politics nor the Constituion it kills republicans and democrats alike. 
Trump is trying to revive economy to save his presidency at any costs especially by ignoring the coronavirus.   Southern states that opened without the coronavirus data are now feeling the rise of coronavirus in their states.  Florida has risen in coronavirus cases and still governor DeSantis refused to require a mask mandate.  Politics at work since Trump won't wear a mask he refuses to mandate it afraid to alienate Trumpers. 
We need common sense again we need to stop the spread of the virus and we need to come together in spite of ideologies.  People need to take this illness seriously and they need to wear their masks. 
There should be no politics involved in mask wearing nor should people be shamed by nonwearing masks morons who want to endanger themselves and for what ideology. 
We need to wear masks and wash our hands to survive this if not this virus can overtake our society and wipe out millions if it continues to grow.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Holy land in belleview fl

I visited Holy land in belleview fl still under construction very nice place to visit here is a photo

Noah's ark in holy land. In belleview fl

Top 60 thrifting blogs on the web my blog was 16th

My blog was selected as one of feedspots top 60 thrifting blogs on the web which is such an honor. My blog ranked 16th on feedspots blog.  There are 59 great blogs on and about thrifting in the USA.   Many blogs showcase sustainable design by recycling clothing.

There are great blogs about thrift store shopping and other resources on saving money.
Many blogs include fashion blogs where you can get ideas on how to arrange an outfit with vintage pieces.  
 There are a lot of DIY blogs using thrift store salvage to upcycle pieces.   

If you want to visit other 59 thrifting blogs go to this link

 top 60 blogs 

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Is thrifting safe in the age of covid 19

During this pandemic of covid19, many norms that Americans enjoyed have forever changed such as thrift shopping. Covid 19 has changed how we shop, interact and go out to locations now like it never has before.  I remember three years ago, how free Americans were to travel without the threat of the pandemic looming over them. Society has changed and this transformation can remain with us for years to come.   
We have to ask the question is it safe to buy thrift preowned items at the age of covid 19.  Covid 19 is spread two ways by air and by touch. If you go shopping at the thrift as long as you remember to wash your hands before and after visiting a thrift store.  You should have no issues when shopping for thrift items.  Use hand sanitizer if there is no bathroom at a location.  
 In my opinion, I think it can be safe if we follow the strict cleansing regimen for many of the thrift items that can be washed and disinfected with bleach.
There are some items that are preowned that might be excluded such as shoes, and undergarments if they can't be washed well.

1.  Some items that can be found at the thrift are clothing such as jeans, blouses, skirts, dresses, pant suits, and any other clothing.  These items should be laundered according to the directions on the label and should use a detergent that includes Clorox to safely launder the clothes.

2. Handbags if they are leather should be wiped down with a Lysol wipe gently just to disinfect.  Use a leather cleaner to clean the leather.  If cloth handbags they can be washed in the washing machine.

3. Toys can be washed if plastic or rubber by using a liquid detergent. Or bleach with hot water.  If it is a plush toy it could be washed in the washing machine unless the condition is not good enough to launder by machine.

4. Furniture is the easiest and safest item to thrift during covid 19 because all you have to do is wipe it down with disinfectant and water and then use furniture cleaner.  Furniture is usually refinished or upcycled usually to fit the buyer's decor.

5. Housewares such as vintage plates, mugs, casserole dishes, and Tupperware. These items can be washed with liquid detergent and hot water.  Use Bar Keeper on the heavily greasy dishes to clean.

6. Vintage textiles such as blankets, quilts, and tablecloths can be easily laundered following label instructions on textiles.

7. Home improvement supplies and handheld manual tools can be cleaned easily with bleach. Power tools can be cleaned with a damp cloth and some king Pine.  

8. Small kitchen appliances if tested at the thrift store can be purchased and then cleaned with hot water and liquid detergents like dawn or joy. If there is heavy grease try a degreaser like Bar Keeper.

9. Finally, electronics as long as they are tested in the store and cleaned by using a mild detergent and a damp cloth on the outside covers of the electronics. You don't want to submerge in water just a gentle cleaning with a cloth.

I think thrift stores may even clean some of these items before selling them in this age of covid 19 if they want people to feel safe purchasing these items.  In case they don't follow these cleaning regimens at the thrift. You make sure to wash the items before coming into your home.  Remember to use a mask and gloves when you go thrifting and wash your hands afterward. Stay safe while thrifting.

Friday, May 29, 2020

History of homer laughlin virginia rose pattern

Homer Laughlin began in the 1870s  located in East Liverpool Ohio and was founded by Homer and Shakespeare Laughlin.  The company originally started as Ohio valley pottery then renamed Laughlin bros.
In 1879, Shakespeare sold his interest to Homer.  Homer renamed the company as Homer Laughlin company and ran it for two decades before selling it to investors which included his former bookkeeper W.E.Wells along with Louis Aaron and his sons in 1897. The new owners moved to Nevell West Virginia in 1907, The factory still operates today as the HCL Inc. Family of companies that includes the Hall China co.
Virginia rose was first introduced in 1929 and the line ran from 1932 until 1968.  Virginia rose refers to the name of the shape of the plates rather than a name of a pattern.  The shape of the plate is not round rather it is a molded edge which is a swirl design.  There were four versions of this plate created before the final design was chosen.  The name of the plate was named Virginia rose after Virginia rose Wells, the
granddaughter of W.E.Wells.  

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Rare jadiete piece sold at auction

I recently sold a rare Jadeite piece I didn't know how rare it was. Until I found it in an old vintage book on anchor hocking fire king identification and price guide.  It was a large 11-inch Swedish modern mixing bowl.  As soon as I placed it on auction I got offers on it, I accepted 50.00 on it because it had a small chip and crack on it.  I sold it as is.  This example was very unique sold it for a client.   Here is the photo of the mixing bowl.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

What is Joe Biden doing?

Joe Biden recently had an inter
view with a podcaster that went wrong when Biden told this interviewer that you ain't black if you vote for Trump.  What's wrong with gaffe prone Biden, many democrats are not that excited about Biden since we are stuck with him. The least he could do is come out of the basement and start running some ads against Trump.  Instead of doing these gaffes against his own campaign, it shows incompetency .we need a strong candidate that can defeat Trump this fall.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

A voice among millions in the age of covid 19

I am only one voice out of millions in the age of covid 19.  This is my opinion only as I express my point of view on how president trump trying to divert attention from the covid 19 crisis.  This disease is not leaving until we get a vaccine.  Social distancing is the only way we can ride out this pandemic until we find a treatment or a vaccine.  Trump is doing many things to blame others over the response of his covid 19 response.  Trump has blamed obama and China.    The only way is to do nationwide testing to isolate those that have covid 19 from those that don't have it.  This is the only way we can open the economy with people feeling safe again entering businesses as they open.   The businesses can open but I don't think people will be rushing in to restaurants or go shopping.   Trump is dividing our nation with politicizing covid 19 by attacking governors that take precautions to social distance.  One example was Wisconsin where the court ruled that the governor over reached with the stay at home advisory.   Trump praised this decision, I wonder if he will take responsibility over the deaths that will happen in Wisconsin as their numbers go up.  Depending upon your a red state republican or a blue state Democrat covid 19 doesn't discriminate nor does it take aides it kills as many people as it can 82 thousand dead in USA already climbing towards 100,000.  Americans have to listen and wake up and see through trumps deception.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Coronavirus shuts down America and the world

I never thought in my lifetime I would see a pandemic like a coronavirus or COVID 19.  People are afraid awhile some are not taking this situation seriously with kids on spring break on Florida beaches. This disease is so deadly and so contagious that doctors are still learning about this disease.  Meanwhile, America and the whole world have shutdown causing loss of jobs and slowdown of the economy.
I hope that Americans take this seriously and that practicing social distancing will curb the spread of COVID 19.  The fear of this spreading and causing death like the 1918 influenza pandemic is scary. 
The US economy is taking a hit so the government said they will send direct payments to Americans.
Many ideas are being floated around to help businesses keep afloat.  There have to be multiple ideas because COVID 19 can last for months since it's so contagious until a vaccine is found.
One idea is to test everyone to see who has it and who can be isolated until they are better.  America would have to produce millions of tests. 
After the two weeks if COVID 19 stops spreading companies can reopen taking the same measures such as closing early to clean and disinfect areas on site.  They need to practice social distancing until a vaccine is found.
COVID 19 can still spread even after the initial curbing of the disease succeeds.  This is the first time America has shut down completely.  We are Americans and we will get thru this like we have gotten thru other situations.  This is a time to help each other help our neighbors get through this pandemic.
We will get thru this because we are America.


How Inflation is affecting the thrift stores

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