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Well, I’m sorry about this folks, but the weather report is for rain tonight and tomorrow morning, so I have to change the date of the garage sale.  Here’s the new info:

Sunday, August 16
10:00 – 3:00
Corner of 11th and Quebec St., Vancouver

All reports are for sun next weekend, so let’s hope that’s true.



Hey, what are you doing on Tuesday night?  The rain should be over by then, so why not go see Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone?  Take a blanket and laze around at Second Beach in Stanley Park and enjoy the movie.  Gratis!


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I know you’re sad about the garage sale rescheduling.  Here are a few things that might cheer you up:

Alyn Carlson‘s Flickr page

Natalie Pudalov‘s fantastical illustrations

– You’ll love Janet Nechama Miller‘s encaustic and mixed media pieces.  I know I do.

Jeremy May creates incredible jewellery from old books


Okay, that’s it.  Hopefully, I’ll see you NEXT Sunday!


Garage Sale Treasures


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Okay, I have to say it.  I have cool stuff!!!!

On Monday I spent the day in my locker going through boxes to find goodies for Sunday’s garage sale.  Even I was amazed at some of the stuff there.  Sorry, I couldn’t part with a lot of it, but I did find tons of items I am willing to sell:

A whole bag of skeleton keys

Seriously cute, 1957 Date Book (see above image).  I love mid-century illustrations.

A huge, and I mean HUGE, ledger from the 1950’s.  It’s at least 10 inches thick.  It obviously comes apart, but I have not yet figured out how to do that.  If I can, I’ll be selling pages from it.

A box of cabinet cards.  I want to scan these for future collage sheets and will try do get that done before Sunday so you, too, can share in the bounty.

A large box of plastic pipettes from a science laboratory.  These are great for sucking up paint you can then dribble over art projects.  Kids love doing this.

An incredible, little, 1884 catalogue.

Tons of tiny, souvenir postcard packs from Idaho and Colorado.

Hhhmmmm.  That’s all I can remember, for the moment.  There is one other thing, though.  I forgot to mention this in the last post.  I have rolls and rolls and rolls of adhesive, sign-making vinyl.  Everything from 1 foot to 30 foot lengths in colours ranging from neon green to bright yellow to red to black to grey to greens to blues to gold to ………..  There are a few reflective colours, some clear vinyl and some with glitter, as well.  Think giant stickers!

STickersIf you’re a teacher, this is a treasure trove of art material.  I’m selling it off cheap, cheap, cheap!  Seriously.  And, after 2:00 it’s going for 1/2 price.


If you’re going to selling at the Artsy Fartsy Garage sale, how about putting up an ad on Craigslist and Kijiji?  I’ve done both, including a paid ad on Kijiji so it stays at the top of the list, but the more times it’s posted, the better.  Besides, I’ve only described the goodies I’ll be selling, not yours.

Don’t forget to post on your own Facebook page, your blog, on Twitter and in your newsletter.

As well, I have flyers I can email to you, if you have somewhere you can post them.  Just contact me at rubydogart at shaw or through this blog.  Send me your email address and I’ll send you the flyer.

If you’re thinking of setting up shop on Sunday, but are not yet sure, don’t worry about it.  Just show up.  There’s room for everybody.  So far, I know of 7 people coming.


Hey, kids, check out the Facebook Event page.  People are posting pics of what they’ll be selling.

My dear friend Claudia Segovia, who will be joining us on Sunday, has done so.  What I want to tell you, though, is about her daughter Triana.


Triana is only 17 years old and had the great, good fortune to spend 6 weeks this summer exploring Europe.  She’s an amazing young woman who’s done a fair amount of travelling for her age.  While on a train in Spain she had some time for self reflection and wrote about it here:  Writes of Passage.


Fun for you:

–  The Dance Hall video of African dance styles, A-Z
–  Wonderful little art dolls from The Pale Rook
–  Madeleine Boulesteix‘s amazing chandeliers
–  What to do with all those privacy envelopes you’ve been saving?  The ones with the fabulous patterns inside?  Stephen Sollins makes paper quilts.

And, that’s it.  See you on Sunday!


Our Junk, Your Joy!


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Hi, Everybody;

This is a reminder about the Artsy Fartsy Garage Sale, tomorrow.  Drop in, say hello and peruse the goodies!

Saturday, June 27
10:00 – 3:30
Corner of Quebec St. and E. 11th Ave.
1 block west of Main St.

There will be absolutely tons of stuff for sale.  The usual RubyDog items, plus vintage photo albums, a Print Gocco set, Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel, antique dolls, letterpress drawers, mica, Geotype (aka Letraset), funky jewellery, spinning fibres, Lazertran, rusty metal bits, skeleton keys, a Daylab, assemblage materials, old unused butter and cereal boxes, retro Mister Softee book covers, fabric sample books, watch faces and hands, old Lite Brite pegs and templates in their original boxes, mid-century linen postcards and much, much more.

I’m also going to be selling off some of the art that used to be on display in the store, including 2 wonderful pieces by Karyn Gartel.  As much as I love all this art there is just no space in my home for it.


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Well, I’d love to chat more, but I have to get back to pricing things.  Here are a few websites for you, though:

Val Britton‘s abstract maps
Ya’ gotta like a blog called Try Something Fun!
Andrea d’Aquino‘s wonderful, collage illustrations
A fun print transfer technique from Birgit’s Daily Bytes
Easy background technique from the aforementioned Karyn Gartel
Juan Rayos‘ incredible journals

And, that’s all folks!  See you tomorrow (I hope).