There are many things that I love about this weekend, being Memorial Day:
a) a chance to honor our veterans – both living and deceased
b) it (to me at least) marks the beginning of summerc) getting an extra day (or two) off to relax
d) time to spend with BK, friends, family….and our pets
e) chance to work on minis – duh
And last, but not least:
f) time to score big deals during Memorial Day sales
I’m not kidding about the last part. My father used to tell me growing up that if I ever needed to buy electronics — like a new TV, or an appliance — the best time to get them was during Memorial Day. Or President’s Day, depending on when said product/appliance decided to roll over and die.
Apparently the sales also apply to miniatures as well. Since this past Monday, I’ve been getting a TON of emails from online shops about their upcoming sales. Which I guess is great given that I’ve paid off all my credit cards save one (guess the perks of a job promotion – a little more take home $$$).
Coupled with my insomnia due to weeks of working late into the night (thanks alot, projects)…let’s just say I’ve started doing my online shopping during these moments. And apparently, I’ve procured the following.
From miniatures.com — purchased some brackets and a kitchen faucet to use for the CC, while I purchased some mini bushes to apply for the ARC II/Archie.
From dheminis.com – I had originally thought of getting the Stratford Bakery as a future project. But after seeing the bizarre price on its detail page ($776.25 USD???), I found out from its customer service that the item is actually out of stock. Would have to wait until end of June to try again. 😦
Then again, I did purchase a couple of mini items that were on sale…
I also received an email from M. Bill – I had purchased some pieces from him via eBay. He does AMAZING hand carved furniture – definitely check out his eBay listing often. Considering he carves and hand stains each piece — it’s worth every penny. Am hoping I’ll be able to furnish a house exclusively with this creations (or at the very least, BK’s and my 1:12 counterparts will be using his pieces for their future home).
Anyways, he sent me a message letting him know that he finished some pieces that match the other furniture I’ve purchased from him in the past (in the same walnut finish). Was I gonna pass this up after seeing this image — aw heck no!
My last purchase (for the night at least) was really a splurge. I really didn’t need this, but something about it screamed possibilities. Behold the Larimer Shop by Rocky Mountain Wood Crafts.
It’s essentially a 2 room, front-opening shop. The door and windows are included with the kit, but besides those two components, it’s a kit waiting to be customized. I thought of making it into a Tudor style cottage, but got the impression that it should be a shop of some kind. Maybe a bookstore/coffee house on the bottom floor, and a studio apartment at top? Guess will see once it arrives. 😀
Okay, I seriously need to go bed. Otherwise, I might end up buying a store somewhere without realizing it!
(invoking need for a virtual slap from the readers if that happens!)