Monday, June 17, 2013

Portland Success Story

Last night I ran a table for the first time at the Twilight Rummage Sale, which happens once a month at the Eagles Lodge on SE Hawthorne here in Portland.  It's a four-hour affair that starts in the late afternoon.  It was replete with activity, sights and sounds from the moment I walked in the door and inquired where my table would be.  Now that I've been doing comics conventions for so long, I felt like a pro getting set up.  Not many people know this, but throughout my childhood I used to help my dad sell antique toys at shows.  I brought a bunch of DVDs and CDs that were left over from the Bad Apple store days, and some earrings I had made.  I also had a few vintage odds and ends.  I started selling stuff even before the show opened!  This isn't to say that I made a million dollars, but I made enough to say it was worth the time, and I would do it again for sure.

I stayed put for most of the time except to take bathroom breaks; I didn't want to get too tempted to buy more stuff.  Everyone had such great things they were selling!  Vintage clothes, vinyl records, toys, art.  Alicia Justus of Red Star Art had a table near mine. I've been a fan of her work for years and I have a few of her dolls and paintings.

The lodge is staffed with kindly members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and there's a full bar and hot food if you want to order it.  Dawn, the organizer for the sale, had a birthday and they brought out cake for her which she shared with everyone in the room.  When they were singing to her the candles on her cake were being blown out by the ceiling fan.  Out of sight!!

I would totally recommend to anyone with junk to sell to give this a try.  Dawn's phone number is 503-285-6786, and her email is

The whole time I was there I was sitting across from the most amazing piece of art - it was an eagle made of a collage of rhinestone jewelry on black velvet.  Wow!  I wish I had a camera, but I'll get a pic next time I'm there.  This rhinestone patch image doesn't match the glory, but it will have to do for now:

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Moribund Tales

I'm working on some important projects at home and it's making me look more critically at the space I work in.  It look me a long time to realize that the current layout isn't really working and it's a mess as it is.  I'm going to have to bring a lot of things upstairs and take a few things down there.  I'm not looking forward to turning things upside down again but this room is really bothering me.  It reminds me of when I was 10 and I'd have a clean room except for a pile of things I didn't know what to do with. 

I'm glad I have the next couple days off because I'll be able to spend a lot of time doing just that.  I'm even going to hit IKEA again and get a new bookcase:
I have a small shelf that I built years ago which I'll be giving away.  I'll post a picture of it tomorrow maybe.  It's made to hold 12" vinyl albums and books.  It's not made really well, but it's held up all this time.  I need to make space in the basement for a whole new arrangement.  It will be so exciting!

I have a new job!  I work in a very nice office with good people.  I park my car on one side of a bridge and walk the rest of the way to work!  My goal is to take my bike to work soon.  I need to build up my stamina.  I wanted to recon the bridge on foot as I don't think I've been over the river by bike yet.  I think riding downtown is going to be the scariest part of the commute.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Brix a-Bargeldin'

Here's a little refresher on how to build your own shelf-on-a-shelf, for little to no cost!

1. You will need 4 bricks and something you can use as a shelf surface.  I used a wire shelf that I found on the sidewalk.  You can also use a narrow plywood board or a spare laminated shelf from an old bookcase.  My bricks came from Home Depot and were only .29 each!
2. Place the bricks so that they are standing tall and parallel to each other.  I put two against the closet wall for some added support, but you don't need a wall there.
3. Put your shelf on top, and position the last bricks so that they hold up the corners.  Put your stuff above and underneath!
This is a fairly sturdy way to get a little more storage and keep your piles of things in check.  Keep the length of your shelf under 36" to prevent it from bowing under the weight of whatever is on top.

I'm re-reading Patti Smith's autobiographical book Just Kids.  Every artist needs to read this book.  It's kind of a reprieve from the slew of fraught parent-child relationship nonfiction I've been working on these past few months.  Like Running With Scissors.  I wish I had the chance to see Augusten Burroughs read live at Powells, but I was busy that night, alas.