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Yard Sale Delight

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Hola! This post is a follow up to my 10 Tips to a Successful Yard Sale post.

I am so excited about this post, I had such a great morning, EXCEEDED my $200 sales goal, had some delicious beverages, and am so anxious to tell you all about it!

First off, my body did this ridiculous thing and woke up at 2:30 this morning. 2:30. No bueno. I didn’t need to be up until 3:20, but once I was up there was no going back down.

So I woke up, came downstairs to find that my mister had set the coffee pot to go off and left me a super adorable note. He’s so great. Had my coffee and my 20 minutes of free time before getting ready and heading out the door. As I left, my dog gave me a serious, “Are you really going to leave me here alone?” look. It was if I had crushed his soul.

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I got to my friends house right at 5am and we were able to set everything up and sit back and relax by 6. We even made a new friend along the way.

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This furry friend hung out with us all day. Aside from trying to drink our beverages, she was pretty cool. To be fair though, who wouldn’t want to drink this?

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These are delicious, by the way. I’ll have to ask her for her recipe. Hands down, one of the best Bloody Marys that I’ve ever had, and I have more than drank my fair share.

So throughout the day we had several visitors, all of which brought a certain “vibe” to the event. We had:

Woman with stinky armpits vibe
Man that was a borederline sex offender vibe (seriously)
Children that wanted to chase our new cat friend vibe
New Granparents that don’t know how to make change vibe
Pregnant with twin girls new mom vibes

All in all though, it was a good turn out, and almost everything sold. Winner Winner!

There was some definite haggling had throughout the day. I’m pretty sure that we got dwindled down too far, but that’s ok. The point behind this particular sale was less about the money and more about clearing out stuff, oh yeah, and then the money thing. Still hate that stuff.

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I will say though, walking away with a pile of it made me feel exceptionally accomplished.

After I got home, my dog was pretty convinced that he almost died without me for a whole morning.

Thanks for reading!

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How To: Cut a bottle without shattering it using household items.

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Hi folks!

Many of my friends have asked me how I managed to cut a wine bottle without shattering it. I’ve been promising a tutorial for a while, and now that I have this blog up I figure it’s time I kept my word!

I will be doing this a lot over the next few months with the wedding planning, so stay tuned for more pictures! I only have the “after” photo today, but I will add more as I do this more often, and with different size/shaped bottles.

You will need these items:

Bottle

Scissors

Cotton Twine (yarn would probably work also)

Acetone Nail Polish Remover (this will NOT work if your nail polish remover doesn’t have acetone in it)

A lighter/matches

220 fine grit sandpaper

A sink full of water

(I also recommend safety glasses and a fire extinguisher………..juuuuuust in case)

If you follow these steps exactly, there should be no hiccups and your bottle should cut just fine.

Step one. Wrap the twine around the widest point of the bottle about 6 or 7 times and tie it off, and cut off any excess ends. You want it to be fairly tight on the bottle, but not so tight that you can’t slide it off somewhat easily.

Fill a small bowl (I just used the cap) with nail polish remover. Slide the twine off of the bottle, keeping the shape, and soak it in the liquid for about 15-20 seconds so that it’s nice and soaked.

Remove the twine from the liquid and slide it back onto the bottle, put it in the spot that you want the bottle to cut at. Wipe bottle with a damp papertowel or washcloth so that you remove any acetone that dripped on it while you were putting the twine back on.

Fill your kitchen sink up with cold water and put your safety glasses on.

Holding the bottle over the sink, with the bottle top down and the bottom of the bottle up, you want to light the twine on fire. This next part is IMPORTANT!!!

While the twine is on fire, it’s important to rotate the bottle so that the twine gets a nice, even burn. Let the twine burn until the flame goes out, this should take a minute or two. Remember, keep rotating the bottle the whole time.

When the flame goes out, submerse the bottle into the cold water. You will hear a “POP” when the glass separates.

Remove from the water, and sand down the edges. (I recommend wearing gloves while doing this) It’s important to use a fine grit sandpaper for this. I used 220 because that’s what I had on hand, but you could use a finer grit if you wanted. Anything too rough and you will damage the glass.

The end result should look like this depending on where you cut your glass –

Wine Bottle - How To