The Boston Herald asked for my best garage saling tips, including “What NOT to buy?” I avoid:
• Cribs and car seats: “Safety requirements change… You don’t want to put your child at risk in anyway.”
• Mattresses: “Mattresses are gross, and (they can have) bedbugs. Icky, icky, icky.”
• Tools with frayed electrical wires: “If it is not in working order and you are not an electrician that can fix it, I wouldn’t buy it.”
• Say no to opened lotions and potions: “I once saw someone selling a half used tube of Preparation-H for a quarter.” Here’s a Garage Sale 101 TIP: Don’t try to pawn off your used toiletries… even if it only took half a tube to cure you.
As I’ve said, “There’s treasure in them thar hills!” Perhaps this summer you’ll join me on the hunt? Did you hear about the family that sold a 1,000-year-old Chinese bowl they bought for a few bucks at a NY garage sale for $2.2 million at Sotheby’s?! They’d been displaying the “Ding” bowl from the Northern Song Dynasty on their mantel with no clue of its value. That’s a reason to go saling (and to be careful dusting!)
From playing on the beach to rides in my Mustang, summer is the time I love letting the wind rustle my hair, the sun hit my face, and screaming weeeeeeeee. May your summer be filled with sunshine, birds singing, gardens growing, and FUN. I’m going to pitch a tent in the backyard and roast smores. Let’s get out there and enjoy summer 2017!
Spring wakes me up, gets me going, and tells me, “Anything is possible.” Every delicate sprout pushing its way upwards through the heavy weight of the ground above is proof that, with determination, we can all blossom. This is the month to plant seeds for summer fun. What’s the thing that makes you feel most alive? Do more of that this spring!
What a thrill it was for me to be back in South Carolina to accept the “Distinguished South Carolina Public School Graduate” award at the inaugural gala sponsored by the SC Association of School Administrators. The night was extra special for me. First, because my guest for the gala was Sarah “Miss Porter” Cloaninger, MY FIRST GRADE TEACHER! Second, the other 6 recipients included former Governor Dick Riley who had the vision to start the SC Governor’s School for the Arts, which I attended. To find out more about the awards, SCASA, and how you can contribute to a great public education, click here.
I had some fun on Good Day NY recently with Rosanna Scotto, Greg Kelly, and MSNBC’s Alison Stewart. (Check out her new book: JUNK.) We had ourselves a New York City street sale, raising money for charity. Rosanna wanted to know my #1 secret for buyers to get good deals at sales. That is, Wear your worst shoes! Why? If you’re dressed to the nines, you’re going to pay more. When you’re asking for a better price, sellers appraise what you’re wearing. The finer the stitch, the higher the price. And if you’re having a sale this year. Here’s a tip: Put up a rope line across your driveway and drop it when the sale starts. Buyers will be running to grab your stuff. Oh, and for other tips check this out and if you want to watch me find treasures. Here’s a Today show adventure I took.
Happy to say that Moving In: Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage is a WINNER of the 5th annual “Living Now” book awards, celebrating must-read books that encourage better living. Moving In won the bronze award in the relationships & marriage category. I’ll take it! The award gives me street cred as I now try to convince Scott we need an indoor pool during phase 3 of our renovation! If you’re in a relationship, you’ll get a laugh out of this book. (Check out the reviews!)
Spring is a time of rebirth and new life, so let me share one of Mother Teresa’s quotes about life:
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is a beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is life, fight for it.
And to that I’ll add a Life 101 thought from Brother Bruce: “Every new day is a chance to try harder, live better, dream bigger, and find a way to have a little fun.”