Category Archives: Garage Sale

The Sale Is On!




Well, folks, the weather report is for sun tomorrow, so all systems are go.  This is going to be a huge sale, so come visit us and join in the fun.  If you’re a seller, please post an ad on Craigslist.  You can put it in the garage sale section or the arts and crafts section.  The more advertising we have, the more people show up!


Sticker Dresser 2

Remember I told you about the umpteen million rolls of adhesive vinyl I’ll be selling tomorrow?  Well, I was perusing a DIY book from the library and found the above project.  It’s a dresser decorated with circles punches from this vinyl.  See, stickers are not just for kids.


Austin Kleon

One of my customers turned me on to Austin Kleon’s weekly newsletters.  They’re fantastic.  Every week he sends out a list of 10 things he thinks are worth sharing.  I think his newsletter is definitely worth sharing!



A couple great sites I found on Reddit:

Free Documentaries:  Documentary Heaven

Looking for a good movie to watch?  Well, where else would you look except at A Good Movie to Watch dot com?  You can’t view the movies here, but they recommend highly rated movies that are not well-known.



The annual Toronto Offsite Design Festival has put out their call for submissions.  The final date is October 2 and there is no cost to submit a proposal.  So, go for it all you artsy fartsy people!


Louisa Boyd

Pamela Zagarenski‘s lovely illustrations

Collage and Mixed Media by Roberta Marks

Louisa Boyd‘s amazing book art and gorgeous watercolours


See You On Sunday?




Hey, kids.  Just reminding you about the garage sale on Sunday.  All the info is here:

Facebook Event or RubyDog Blog 

At this time, I know of 8 people, besides myself, who are vending for sure.  You’re all welcome to join us and sell your art and art supplies.  As I mentioned earlier, the last sale was a HUGE success.

If you’re a seller, do post some pictures of the Facebook Event page.  And, watch your email on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.  If it’s raining, I’ll probably cancel.


Dilly image

The other day I was on Commercial Street and was so pleased to see that Dilly Dally is still open.  It is really hard to keep a small retail business going in this increasingly expensive city, so I was very happy to see them succeeding.  If you’ve never been to this enchanting store you should pay them a visit.  I suppose it’s really a kids toy store, but I sure have a lot of fun in there.  :o)

They have beautiful, handmade, wooden toys from Switzerland, children’s books with pictures by some of my favourite illustrators and fabulous tin toy cars from The Czech Republic, to name just a few of their many goodies.  Go check them out!


letterpress garage

Diane Gillespie is one of our sellers on Sunday.  I don’t know what art supplies she’s bringing, but I do know what she is NOT bringing – her letterpress printing shop.  It’s way too heavy to haul out to our sale, but she is selling everything.  If you’ve ever been interested in getting into letterpress printing, this is your chance.  You can see her ad on Craigslist.


Emily Payne

I try to stay off Pinterest because there is so much amazing art on it I can end up spending hours and HOURS looking at everything.  In her most recent newsletter Shary Bartlett included a link to her Pinterest boards and, there I was again, using up my afternoon perusing all the fabulous pictures and following the links to them.  Sigh.  Very enjoyable, though.  LOL  Click here and see what I mean.


eszter 2

And, if indulging in Pinterest is not enough for you, here is some more glorious art:

Adriana Katz’s geometric collages
Patrick Porter‘s outsider art
Amy Lighthall‘s patterns and abstract art
Eszter Bornemisza‘s fibre art and mixed media



Garage Sale Update


mystery seggs
Less than one week to the Artsy Fartsy Garage Sale!

There is now a Facebook Event page.  Feel free to post pictures of anything you’re going to sell and definitely feel free to invite all your friends!

I had fun going through old boxes last night. Just to whet your appetite, here are a few things from them that will be for sale:
1970’s Mystery Comics Digests
1970’s Chatelaine magazines
Retro recipe cards
Old admission tickets from European travel trips
1940’s weigh scale fortune cards
1950’s Hallmark Date Books
1950’s linen postcards
Russian painted, wooden eggs, including some miniature ones in little, wood baskets.

That’s all I’m going to list for now.  I might tempt you with more later in the week.  Just know there will be a TON of stuff for sale.



So, you’re in the mood for a road trip, but can’t take the time off work.  Why not drive up to Whistler?  ArtWalk 2015 is on right now, until August 31.

There’s an eclectic array of work by more than sixty local artists displayed in forty pop-up galleries throughout Whistler’s cafes, hotels, shops, community centres and restaurants.  And, hey, it’s such a beautiful drive.



 And, don’t forget the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver this week.  Always a fabulous event.



Hey, folks, be aware of the water restrictions on right now.  Our water supply is dangerously low and everything you can do to conserve this invaluable resource helps.  Don’t forget our animal and plant friends, either.  They’re having a very hard time right now.  If you can, put out bird baths and bowls of water.  Take your grey water and hydrate the trees.  It’s important.



Although Revision isn’t happening this year, the wonderful Janet Lee is still sending out her newsletter with links to upcycling artists.  Here are a few:

Aaron Foster‘s license plate art
Elisabeth Lacourt‘s map dresses
C. Kabiru’s strange spectacles
– A pavillion made from broken umbrellas and bike wheels
Jewellery from old skateboards
Thomas Althaus makes jewellery from tin cans
– B.C. student makes her grad dress from old homework, then auctions it for charity.
Susanna Bauer‘s incredibly beautiful art created from nature
Accessories from inner tubes
Laura Lein-Svencner uses found objects in her assemblage work.  Check out her gorgeous collage pieces, too.
– Going to Florianopolis in Brazil? Why not stay at Cabana Floripa; a house made completely from recycled materials.
–  Amazing forests sculpted from cardboard by Eva Jospin


Another Artsy Fartsy Garage Sale!!


garage sale 2a

Well, the last garage sale was such a roaring success we’ve decided to hold another one, while the sun is still shining.  (Yes, it will eventually rain).

Date:  Sunday, August 16
Time:  10:00 – 3:00
Place:  Corner of E. 11th Ave. and Quebec St.  (1 block west of Main)

If you want to join us and sell off some of your excess craft supplies or the fabulous art you created, feel free.  I’ll be creating a Facebook Event page and, once that’s done, I’ll post the link on this blog.  As well, there will be ads on Craigslist and Kijiji, flyers in all the coffee shops along Main St. and signs on the main arteries around the neighbourhood.  If you have a blog or newsletter please forward the info.

Last sale I had lots of inquiries about renting tables, how to display items, etc. etc.  Just know, this is truly a garage sale.  It takes place along the sidewalk in front of my apartment building.  There’s no major organising on my part, other than all the advertising.  You can bring a table or just put your goodies on a blanket.  Price everything or not.  Organise the items professionally or just have a rough-and-tumble display.  It’s all up to you.

We had an absolutely amazing turnout last time and sold tons of stuff, so seriously think of participating.  Questions?  Email me at the usual rubydogart address or contact me through this blog.


Blog workshop

Vancouver Island Workshops has just posted their fall schedule.  If you live on the island or want to go there for workshops, these look fantastic. They fill up fast, so register early.  Click on the image above to go to their site.



Our favourite workshop instructor, Shary Bartlett, participated in a fundraising art challenge.  She blogged about her art process here:  Tell Me A Story


Ray ophoff

Ray Ophoff (oil paintings) and Joan Tayler (polymer clay) will be having an open studio this Saturday from noon to 5:00.  Joan is giving a polymer clay demo at 1:00.  Check it out.

884 E. Georgia St.

As well, the kind folks at Renzo’s Café, 1301 Commercial Drive (at Charles) will be featuring some of Ray’s work all month and the first fifty people to tell them “Ray sent me” will receive a delicious coffee beverage of their choice on his tab!


Okay, gotta head out to my lockers now and dig up goodies for the garage sale.  You, however, may just want to spend some time looking at art on your computer.  Have you ever checked out my ‘Favourites’ on Etsy?  No?  Well, this will occupy you for a while:

Items I Love

Shops I Love