Estate Sale Shopping Tips For Newbies

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Shopping for unique items, furniture, and other treasures at estate sales is not only fun to do, but it can also be a great way to buy things you really like or need for prices that are very affordable. If you love visiting garage sales but have not ventured into the world of estate sales yet, now might be a good time to start. There are some things you should know about estate sales before you start attending them, and here are some important tips you should know. Ways To Find Out About Upcoming Sales The first thing you will need to do is to find out when these sales will take place. Estate sales typically take place for two days in a row, which are often Friday and Saturday, or Saturday and Sunday. They are often on the weekends simply because that is the best time for the majority of people that work. The best way to find out when local estate sales are going on is to look up estate sale liquidation companies. Any company that hosts estate sales will have a list of upcoming sales. Don’t be surprised though if the sales do not list an address. Estate companies purposely do this to prevent buyers from showing up before the dates of the sale. If there are several estate sale companies in the area, look up each one and mark these dates on your calendar. When you view these postings, you will also get to read over lists of items that are for sale. These lists may not be complete, but they usually include most of the items that will be sold at a sale. Knowing about the sales is the first step in finding great deals, but there are several other things you will need to know before you start this new hobby. Get There Early! Most estate sales take place inside homes, but an estate sale company may only allow a certain number of people to enter the house at one time. Because of this, you will need to get to the sale early if you have your eyes on a particular item. If the sale begins at 8 am, you may want to arrive by 7 am. If you are the first there, you will get to enter the home first, which will give you a better chance of purchasing the items you came there to get. This is something that is really important with rare items or items that are high in demand. For example, if you collect cuckoo clocks and you see one on the list of an estate sale, you may need to get there first in order to purchase the clock. If you are not there early and other clock collectors show up, they may quickly snatch up this particular clock. How to Get The Best Deal Finally, here are some tips to help you get the best deals possible at estate sales: Wait until the second day – If there is nothing that you desperately want to buy from a sale, wait until the second day to visit it. Many estate liquidators offer 50% off sales on the second day simply to get rid of any remaining items. Negotiate with them – If you wait until the second...

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First Time At The Atlanta Comic Con? What Should You Expect?

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether you’re a long-time fan finally making your first pilgrimage to the mecca of all things pop culture, or just in it for the fantastic people-watching, you may be wondering what to expect from your first visit to Atlanta’s Comic Convention (or “Comic Con”). This annual gathering has morphed from a small group of loyal comic devotees to an enormous gathering of fun-loving men, women, and children from all walks of life. Read on to learn more about this annual convention and some of its special attractions, as well as some other special considerations. What is the Atlanta Comic Con?  Beginning in the 1960s, a group of comic book devotees began hosting an annual convention in New York City to discuss and trade comics. This convention was small, and generally intended to raise interest in new comics and graphic novels being released in the upcoming year. Over time, this Comic Con expanded to include films, costume play (“cosplay”), and gaming, and smaller Cons began popping up throughout the country. Today, there are more than a dozen different Comic Cons held across the U.S., including Atlanta’s Wizard World Comic Con, hosting hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic conventioners. The Atlanta Comic Con is one of the more recent additions to the circuit, and boasts a number of special attractions appropriate for everyone from the newbie gamer to the veteran collector, as well as those who simply appreciate an elaborate costume or heated discussion about six-sided dice. What can you expect to see at the Comic Con? When you arrive at the convention center, you’ll likely be directed to a registration table at the front of the building to get your name tag and welcome packet. This packet will include a map of the convention center that may include specific booths, a schedule of events, and special offers and advertisements to help direct you to areas of interest. You’ll notice that many of your fellow conventioners are dressed like characters from anime videos, games, graphic novels, or even legends — the more over-the-top the outfit, the better! Along your route around the convention center, you’ll notice booths set up for various activities. Most areas will have a theme — one large room for card games, another room for dice games, a third room for video games. Depending upon your level of admission (standard or VIP) you may have access to exclusive areas of play. There are also dozens of booths offering games, comics, and other items for sale, as well as contests and promotions. This convention is also host to a number of celebrity appearances — you should be sure to regularly check the website to see the most up-to-date list and schedule of celebrities. By purchasing a ticket prior to your arrival, you will be able to have your photo taken with a celebrity of your choice. And if you’d rather stay out of the limelight, the celebrity attraction times provide a prime opportunity to investigate some of the most popular booths that are normally quite crowded. Are there any special considerations you should keep in mind? If you’re handicapped, be sure to let the admissions desk know more information during the registration process so that they can assist and accommodate your needs. You may be given premier entry to lines or...

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Flexibility And Stretching For Beginning Dancers

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Along with exceptional agility and muscle tone, the trait that often comes to mind when thinking about ballet dancers is flexibility. One of the most intimidating things that turn aspiring dancers away is the flexibility required to dance effectively. To make matters worse, most people don’t fully understand how to improve their range of motion. That’s why beginning dancers need to take their stretching and flexibility training seriously, especially before ballet classes. Fortunately, an understanding of static stretching, dynamic stretching, and yoga is all that’s required.  Static Stretching The basic notion of holding stretches for an extended period of time to increase range of motion is called static stretching. Typically, these stretches are held for approximately 30 seconds or longer to be considered static. However, the major defining factor of a static stretch is that there is no movement during the stretch. In the past, these exercises were often done before physical activity. However, recent studies show that this can reduce your athletic performance and should instead be done after a workout. Important static stretches for dancers include: Hamstring Stretches–While sitting on the floor, extend one leg out while curling another inward or behind you. Without bending your knee, reach down and touch your toes. Hold for at least 30 seconds. Calf Stretches–After performing hamstring stretches, reach to your toes while in the same position. Then, pull the toes gently toward your body, forcing your calves to extend. Again, hold for at least 30 seconds. Quadriceps Stretches–While in a standing position, reach behind your back and raise your foot to your hand. Then, pull up and back on your foot to bend your knee completely. Work to keep your knee even with or behind the knee on your standing leg. Dynamic Stretching The opposite of static stretching, dynamic stretching involves movement designed to extend your muscles through a wider range of motion than normal. This is done through the repetition of difficult movements that become easier as the stretch progresses. The best time to perform dynamic stretching is before a workout. In a ballet studio, the easiest way to perform dynamic stretches is through the use of the barre. The support you gain by using the barre allows you to perform a number of movements that make the process of dance easier, such as: Hip Swivels–While facing the barre, extend your leg out away from your body. Then, bring the leg in front of your torso to the other side, progressing as far as you can.  Leg Kicks–Turn your body parallel to the barre. Place one hand on the barre, then extend your leg out from your body. Attempt to raise your toes as high as possible, then swing your leg back behind you.  The Benefits of Yoga Most stretching efforts should take place immediately before or after a workout. Yoga, on the other hand, offers dancers a way to increase their flexibility as a stand-alone workout. It’s also a great way to aid balance and recovery after a particularly difficult session. While there are a number of different yoga variants, the most beneficial to dancers involves holding various balance poses. Since yoga is very similar to static stretching, you wouldn’t want to go through a difficult progression right before dancing. However, utilizing yoga on off-days and after workouts...

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Eight Important Wedding Gown Trends For 2015

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you planning your wedding for some time in 2015 and are still struggling to choose your wedding gown? With so many beautiful wedding dresses everywhere, it’s certainly hard to narrow down the options. Following are eight major trends in wedding attire design in 2015 that may help you decide on the gown of your dreams. Light and Airy This year’s most noticeable wedding dress trend is gowns that are light, airy, and feature an unstructured design that provides a fluid shape reminiscent of the ball gowns of the later 1800s that were designed with dancing in mind. Ethereal fabrics such as tulle and organza are perfect for this romantic look. These effortlessly elegant dresses are so comfortable and graceful that brides will want to dance all night. Full Skirts In keeping with the light and airy look, most wedding dresses from places like Moonlight Bridal in 2015 feature full ballerina style skirts — even the popular tank dresses. Subtly layered ruffles can add extra volume without being too cumbersome. One particularly grace look involves clear, sparkling bead work along the vertical seams. Off-the-Shoulder Sleeves Delicate, off-the-shoulder sleeves in lacy, transparent fabrics are perfect for today’s relaxed and airy bridal gown silhouettes. Caplet sleeves are another popular design option for today’s bride. These are sometimes combined with a lacy, attached piece that fits smoothly over the bride’s neck. Shoulder epaulets made from gleaming strands of pearls are a charming variation of this trend that dates back to the Middle Ages. For an edgier, modern look, consider semi-precious stones such as amethyst or even silver or gold chains. Pale, Translucent Colors White will always be a classic color choice for those walking down the aisle to join their beloveds as they begin their new lives together — after all, white is the color of celebration! However, many brides are beginning to move away from traditional white. Blush was last year’s color choice, and this year has already seen colors such as silver, pistachio, sunset, and barely-there dusty blue. Another color trend that’s sure to make a splash this year is accents on white such as colored embroidery, appliques, and beading. Chic, Minimalist Tank Dresses Wedding dress designers are also producing a significant amount of bridal attire that features clean, classic lines. Simple tanks dresses in luxurious fabrics such as silk and charmeuse will be seen at summer wedding ceremonies everywhere this year. Although floor-length tank dresses are the most popular so far, spring and summer brides may prefer shorter lengths. Dramatic Necklines This year’s most popular neckline so far is a dramatic V-neck with a delicate lace inset. Another popular choice among 2015 brides is a high, Victorian-inspired neckline with lots of lace and no sleeves. This can be an extremely figure-flattering look if the neckline forms an inverted triangle because the triangle will serve to make the waist appear smaller. Feathered Trains Feathered trains are another unique design element that has been showing up on wedding gowns in 2015. Some of these feature multicolored, pale pastel feathers flowing from an all-white dress. Feathers on the backs of veils have also been seen at a number of weddings so far this year. Crop Tops Two-piece wedding gowns featuring crop-tops are showing up everywhere this year, and the trend shows no sign...

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Cleaning And Storage Tips For Preserving The Beauty Of Your Antique Jewelry

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you love browsing antique shops and estate sales for one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, you want to make sure you take excellent care of your precious items once they are in your possession. The appearance of your jewels depends on how you clean and store them. Damage can occur even when you are not wearing the items. Keep in mind the following tips when you add to your collection of vintage estate jewelry. Cleaning Vintage Items The last thing you want to do is damage precious jewelry during the cleaning process. If you want to clean jewelry on your own use a lint-free soft cloth, a soft bristle toothbrush and mild soapy water as cleaning agents. Never soak jewelry in the water. Wet the soft cloth and then clean the item. Let jewelry dry in a cool and dust-free area. Use a cotton swab for hard to reach places. Do not use dirty cloths to clean jewelry. Read labels of off-the-shelf jewelry cleaners to make sure they do not contain alcohols, acids or vinegar. Use cleaners that match the jewelry type. Do not use gold cleaning solutions on rhinestones. For tarnished gold that does not have gems, you can use a solution of two parts water and one part ammonia to clean items. For silver, you can use a paste of baking soda and water. Pearl, cameo and shell pieces are more fragile than other types of jewelry. Even a paper towel can damage the delicate calcium carbonite surface of coral and shell cameo jewelry. Take these items to a professional jewelry clean so you do not risk damaging them beyond repair. Storing Antique Jewelry Storing your jewelry properly can help to maintain the luster of items, clarity of stones and scratch-free surfaces. One of the most important things you can do to protect antique jewelry is store each item separately. When items rub against each other, they can develop scratches or loose stones. In addition, heed the following guidelines when you store antique jewelry. Place items in velvet pouches before storing them in airtight containers. Keep necklaces, bracelets, beaded jewelry and other items strung on silk flat when you store them. Hanging can stretch silk and fabric threads. Use ring holders to keep rings separate and to protect stones. Do not store jewelry near heating vents and areas that receive a lot of sunlight. Wearing Vintage Jewelry When you wear your antique jewelry make sure to take the items off before exposing them to water especially if you are on a tropical vacation. Heat and chlorine are enemies of fine, antique jewelry. If items do get wet, dry them right away so the moisture does not cause verdigris, the ugly greenish-blue tint that you see on neglected jewelry. Preparing to Sell Selling vintage items that you never wear is great way to earn some extra cash quickly. If you have jewelry that you want to sell to an antiques dealer, you want to make sure you get the best price for the item. First take your jewelry to a certified appraiser to find out the value of your item. You need an unbiased assessment on the worth of your jewelry so you can have realistic expectations when you sell. Reputable appraisers are members of the American Gem Society. If...

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