oh, life could be a dream

I was about to title this post Cottage Country until I realized I have already written not one, but two posts titled Cottage Country (here and here). Fire the editor!

It’s cottage season and these days, it seems like more and more people own cottages. We don’t but, every time we visit my parents on the Wallace River, I spend the drive home on Realtor.ca scoping out what’s available in the area; my criteria being: Waterfront (river or ocean). Close to Pugwash but on the Wentworth side. Maybe Tatamagouche? Near the trails. Winterized for ski season… 

And then Mike reminds me that my parents have all that and more at their place, and it’s free, so why do we need to own a cottage? (love you mom and dad). So no cottage for us right now.

That doesn’t stop me from dreaming, and for as long as I can remember, my dream has been to own/build an A-Frame. There are actually two A-Frames in my ideal cottage location that I have been eying and if one goes up for sale I may loose my mind.

Below is an assortment of drool-worthy A-Frames. Cue the music and enjoy!

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A. / B. / C. / D. / E. / F. / G. / H. / I. / J. / K. / L. / M. / N. / O. / P. / Q. / R. / S. / T. / U. / V.

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Oh, and not an A-Frame but I had to share: The Pool HouseHelloSunshine_ThePool House

If you are curious to know what’s available in my ideal cottage location for under $250K (waterfront) check these out: $49,000 / $189.900 / $199.000 / $199.000 (horse not included) / $248,500

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my virtual yard sale

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Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of virtual yard sales on Instagram and decided I’d give it a try. In the midst of decluttering, I am finding a lot of things I no longer need or wear so why not try and sell them? Last year our street had an old-school-flyers-on-the-telephone-poles-yard-sale, which was great, but it is hard to rely on a sunny Saturday to make things happen. It is a lot of work and time and as Eminem says, you only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow.

But I digress…

From my limited research on digital yard sales, I have discovered you can set it up two ways. The first being the one I choose (mostly because it seems easier).

1. You set a price and if someone wants it at that price (or a negotiated price) it is there’s. They leave their email address and you invoice them. They can pay you by Paypal or email transfer. Pros: Like I said, it is pretty straight forward. If they don’t pay you within the chosen time (ex. 48 hrs), the item stays up for sale. Cons: You will only make as much as you suggest – it’s doubtful they’ll offer to pay more.

2. You set a minimum bidding price and if someone wants it, they’ll post their email and bid in the comment window. When the auction closes (ex. 30 days after it was posted), the highest bid wins. If they don’t pay you within the chosen time (ex. 48 hrs), the item goes to the next highest bid. Pros: You may make more than you expected. Cons: It seems like more management and staying on top of all of your item’s action.

The first thing I did was set-up a separate (but similar) Instagram post for my yard sale: Meghan’s_Yard_Sale. By doing so, I am not mixing business with pleasure and all of my items are kept together, even if I post them months a part.

Next, I established some rules. This is a legit business folks. I made my first image an introduction post.

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Yay! Thanks for visiting my virtual yard sale. If you are interested in an item, please leave your email address in the item’s comment window. An invoice will be sent and you’ll have 48hrs to pay or it will go back on sale. If you are local, free pick-up (or possibly delivery) (Halifax, Nova Scotia and area) and if an item requires shipping, an additional cost will be mentioned on the post. Happy shopping! xomeg

Third, I gathered a decent bunch of items (It’s wise to launch a sale with more than a few items). I started with my clothes but plan to add furniture, kids stuff, kitchen gadgets, etc. etc. etc… I then photographed everything and posted each item online with a brief description:

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BANANA REPUBLIC women’s dress. cream and brown. hangs mid calf. size 0 (but fits larger). asking $10 +$10 shipping. #yardsale

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URBAN OUTFITTERS BDG cigarette high rise 26×34 charcoal stretchy jeans. great for a long legged skinny girl. asking $10 plus $10 shipping. #yardsale

This takes a long time but once they’re posted, I can edit and add more information later.

Finally, #hashtag and tweet. Find followers, make friends and sell your stuff.

I’ll let you know how everything goes. Happy shopping!

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bundle up

Autumn is here and we are holding off on turning on the thermostat. I bet we are not the only ones who treat this annual ritual as a game… how long can you bear it? To participate, you need to be strong and you must bundle up. With this in mind, I gathered up some fall-inspired fashion (aka my current wish list) that makes it almost okay to accept the brisk temperatures.

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But before I fill up my fictional online baskets, have you heard about a capsule wardrobe? I landed on this site and the idea intrigues me. Should I? Could I? I know there are clothes in my ‘closet’ that I’ve hung on to but do no wear and since I don’t actually have a real closet, it has become more evident that I am waisting valuable real estate. I think a capsule wardrobe would be a great way to minimize what I own and then decide what I really need. Here is Unfancy’s fall capsule wardrobe. Nice, right? If I decide to give this a go, I will be sure to let you know. In all honesty, I think I need to focus more on purging … not purchasing.

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A. Catbird Chained to my Heart Necklace / B. Catbird Ballerina Silver Earrings / C. Free People Jacquard Vegan Moto Jacket / D. Madewell High Rise Skinny Jeans / E. Jen Cogliantry Neck Knot / F. Lulus Bench Warmer Orange Plaid Infinity Scarf / G. Patagonia Women’s Toggle Down Vest / H. Kate Spade Saturday Pinstripe Hooded Circle Scarf / I. Sweaty Wisdom You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce Mug / J. QP x Collections Helmet Bag – Small – Green and Tan / K. Sweaty Betty Pace Run Tights / L. Vans® classic slip-ons in perforated leather / M. Hugo Guinness Original for J.Crew Epic Sweatshirt / N. Madewell ex-boyfriend shirt in cherry plaid / O. J.Crew Merci Tee / P. Frye Melissa Button Short / Q. Madewell prinkshop for edible schoolyard & madewell tee / R. Boden lightweight roll neck / S. Kate Spade Saturday The A Satchel / T. Aritzia Wilfred Diderot Sweater / U. Swatch Scuba Clownfish

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