Saturday, August 1, 2015

Shop Your Way: Win a Pink Tool Box!


Wow!  I would love to win this cool pink toolbox to put all some of my craft supplies in.  What would you store in this colorful beauty?  Click the link to be taken to the Shop Your Way rewards site and enter. You can enter once per day.



Saturday, January 31, 2015

Snickers Instant Win Game

I love instant win games.  Instant gratification!  Here is one of my favorites...I won 8 times last year.  So far this year, I have won 3 times!  My coupons will be going toward the Snickers bar w/ almonds.  It is my absolute favorite.  The only way I think it could be any better was if it was covered in dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.  Did you know Snickers bars are gluten-free?  Enter here:

https://www.facebook.com/snickers/app_898979960119770





Monday, February 10, 2014

Swagbucks Extension for Chrome

I am a Swagbucks user and just love the Chrome extension.  It let's you know when there is a new code to enter for Swagbucks.

Swag Code



Congratulations, 
you have earned 5 SBs!

You can also input the code straight from the extension and then see your updated points.  Check it out!  If you aren't yet a Swagbucks member, you can sign up here:  www.swagbucks.com/refer/AuctionGal8

Organizing Your eBay Business



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I have spent about 12 years as an eBay seller.  My setup has changed over the years, as my work space changes from house to house, but it's evolved into a nice list of "must-haves" and "wants".  I wanted to share them with you, in case you too have struggled getting everything organized.  I have included links so that you can see what I am referring to.

Must-Haves

  • tape measure for accurate item description
  • goo gone to help remove price stickers
  • paper towels 
  • disinfectant wipes to clean items before photographing
  • leather cleaner for removing marks from leather purses, shoes and jackets
  • multi-purpose cleaner with vinegar- this stuff leaves a sparkly shine and removes a lot of different marks and such
  • toothbrush- use an old one for cleaning stubborn areas or tight places
  • magnifying glass to identify those little, itty-bitty marks on jewelry, etc.
  • glue- I love this glue, it works on lots of different surfaces!
  • silver cleaner/brass polish for jewelry and other metal items
  • spot remover
  • oxi-clean is great for removing stains from clothing
  • sharpie for writing on boxes or marking out old info if reusing a box
  • package tape
  • tape dispenser
  • ring sizer
  • scale- will save you money when you charge for accurate shipping
  • scissors
  • boxes- I dumpster dive, friends and family save theirs for me.  I NEVER buy boxes!
  • small bubble wrap
  • large bubble wrap
  • widget- great for scraping off stickers before using goo gone
  • utility knife- I use to cut boxes down to size
Wants
Most of you will have a lot of these items or something close to it, stashed under your sink, in the garage or a closet.  Gather them up and make a centralized area, storing them in bins or baskets for easy access.  I also like bright colored tape measures, scissors and the like, as they make it easier to spot them if you accidentally lay them down and can't find them.  

Pick an area to be your packing station.  This could be a cabinet in your dining room, a spare closet, the garage or a cabinet in the kitchen.  Store your tape, boxes, peanuts, etc. all together to save time when packing.  My goal is to have a peanut dispenser (I sell lots of fragile items).  Check out how this post on how to make your own dispenser!

Check back for my upcoming post on listing on eBay, the easy way.  Do you have any items that are imperative for you when listing on eBay?

eBay Finds

http://stores.ebay.com/auctiongals-clothes-and-such

Friday, September 13, 2013

Photographs

Photography is a long held interest that I never pursued.  I like taking pictures, don't mind being in a picture and I like looking at pictures.  Although I couldn't tell you what makes a photo great, I know what I like when I see it.  

A few years ago, my children bought me a decent hobby camera, but after a few years it bit the dust.  So here I am, with my only camera being my iPhone 4.  But you know what? I am thrilled with it.  Those with knowledge of photography will notice the flaws in my photos, but for me, it's totally awesome.




And with Instagram Instagram , the fun is endless!





Grandsons are heaven sent.


I love that I always have my phone with me, therefore a camera too.  It may not be a fancy, schmancy DSLRQTM (!), but it works for mwah.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Frozen Creamer

I love my coffee with some flavored liquid creamer. Hazelnut is my fave with a little cinnamon shaken on top when the mood strikes. For various reasons, I don't drink coffee as often as I used to. Since I'm the only coffee drinker in the house, I was throwing a lot of that expensive liquid creamer down the drain.

I knew the creamer could be frozen, so I had the bright idea of freezing it in ice cube trays. I thought after they were frozen that I could put them in a freezer bag and use as needed. Well, that didn't work so well. They are too soft and just caused a mess every time I tried to get a cube out of the bag. 

My mind wouldn't let go of the idea though. The next time I had a bottle of creamer, I froze it in a container.




I used a cookie scoop and just scooped out what I needed. It worked great!  Now, if you like really hot coffee like I do, just scoop out what you want before you get everything going in the coffeemaker.   It loses some of the chill that way and won't chill your brew.  Or zap it in the microwave for a few seconds.  This method works wonders for me and I hope it does for you too.  I love that I'm saving money and that I always have creamer when I need it. Win, win!