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Marathon Weekend: Studio Sale

November 15, 2010

Not 8:00 yet!

Having a garage sale at the Rancho does not involve dumping the goods on a blanket and having shoppers root through it. Au contraire! It means I have to present my offerings in like-groupings; in some semblance of retail display. In other words, it becomes a project … and that means arranging things just-so, moving furniture for the best presentation and creating a good impression. It’s also fun, nerve-wracking and heavy-duty work. I usually throw out my back, wear myself out and lose sleep over it, and this weekend’s sale was no different — and, from the 8am opening, it was a great success! I was able to unload lots of stuff to people who shared my weird sense of humor or sensibility. And,  whether it was a cheesy thrift store painting, a potted succulent, some random tchotchke, or a book with insects acting out classic scenes, there was something for most visitors to my version of a pop-up shop. Best part? The shoppers (many repeat buyers) who stopped by to say hi and tell me how much they enjoy this blog and the Rancho! Truly urbane, erudite and well-shod, my readers are a singularly good-looking group of people! …

Pots, plants

By night’s end all the plants had been either sold (or given away). I’ve been working to come up with a new idea for the Rancho’s rear space but the first order of business was subtracting what was currently there. So these had to go, and they did. I’m loving the new open space I’ve achieved, and so the plan’s beginning to gel further …

Thrift shop line-up

My plan to unload all the thrift store art didn’t pan out and I only rid myself of a fraction of the canvases and panels. And, as for my original paintings, I was able to sell a couple, letting them go to appreciative new owners. It’s always gratifying to sell a piece to someone who really loves it … and selling one to a reader, and frequent commenter on this blog, was awesome! Oddly, none of the art mags in stacks, moved, so I think I’ll donate them to the community college down the road. By the 3pm closing, the last buyer had come by to pick up a red Ikea shelving unit and it was time to pack up the stragglers. Was my stated goal of emptying out the garage-studio space accomplished? Not really … but I’m closer to it. Thanks, everyone, who came by …

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Guida Quon permalink
    November 15, 2010 3:29 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your display….would have loved to come but had my own Holiday Boutique going Friday and Saturday. I would have made a purchase for sure…maybe another time..

    • reubix1 permalink*
      November 15, 2010 3:34 am

      Wait! Where is your boutique going to be? Not that I can go, being a wage-slave and all, but I still need the 411…

  2. Bonnie Reynolds permalink
    November 15, 2010 4:47 am

    why, oh why, didn’t I see this post earlier…I would have loved to shop your sale!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      November 15, 2010 5:02 am

      I’m sorry I didn’t call you, Bonnie, I meant to, then lost track of time … then I thought you and Bruce might drive by…

  3. Mrs. Marriott permalink
    November 15, 2010 6:03 am

    It was the coolest studio sale I’ve ever been to… I’m so glad I made the trip!
    I loved meeting you and Paul (he’s so lovely!) and I love my new art. Thank you!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      November 15, 2010 6:04 am

      As I said at the sale: I’m so happy you bought ‘Africa Electrica’… I know it’s found a happy home ; ) …. and as for Paul: he and I have been together over 30 years now, so you know I agree!

  4. November 15, 2010 4:14 pm

    It breaks my heart to see all that awesomeness and to not have been there!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      November 15, 2010 4:24 pm

      Aw, I wish you could’ve been there, too…

  5. Beckie permalink
    November 15, 2010 6:44 pm

    I’m so bummed I missed it..I live in San Clemente and love your blogs and look forward to going and seeing the Rancho and other sites that you have written about it that are in Riverside and surrounds…Another one?


    • reubix1 permalink*
      November 15, 2010 7:15 pm

      Another sale? Eventually… hope you can make it then, and thanks for commenting!

  6. November 15, 2010 8:37 pm

    I am so glad to read that all the lovely plants got happy new homes!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      November 15, 2010 8:41 pm

      Yup … people were happy to have them, so that was fun!

  7. November 16, 2010 3:12 am

    Sorry I missed your sale…next time I’ll be there! Is your original art hanging on the fence? I love it.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      November 16, 2010 3:19 am

      Hi, yes, there’s always another sale … that is my work on the fence, need something for that empty wall space?

  8. November 29, 2010 5:38 am

    WHAT!!! Oh my god, I can’t believe I missed this. I can’t believe you didn’t email me especially. So what if the baby might have come a little (or a lot early). AAAAAACK. I’m freaking out.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      November 29, 2010 5:40 am

      Er, sorry, Deb, and don’t freak out! I can’t have an early labor on my conscience …

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