Thursday, July 18, 2013

Route 66 Oklahoma

I was determined to do two things on our way back to san Antonio Texas from the family wedding in Wisconsin. One, visit Paris Texas - Just because I wanted to see the city named after my favorite place n the world  "Paris".  I've been to Paris France several time to visit my son but never to Paris Texas.

Second, I wanted to see the Totem Pole Park listed on my Route 66 travel guide "Oklahoma Route 66 The Ultimate Road Trip"  Sounds like so much fun!! I just had to go find these totem poles- 90- foot  totem pole made of stone and concrete with more than 200 designs.
 After many wrong directions and several it's not to far-s? We finally found the park-small but listed on the National register of historic places.  Interesting but not a big Wow.

I have to say part of the fun looking for this historic site was all the little back woods antique shops and vintage  stores we came across. I found some great treasures for my Etsy shop-
and some just to keep

 Check out my Home Décor  and American Indian section at my shop.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013


 This morning as I went to get my coffee  my morning ritual is coffee in the hot tub), I saw our His and Hers Route 66 coffee mugs. Purchased these in Oklahoma on our Route 66  adventure when coming home from a family wedding in Wisconsin. Every year we try to find a new Route 66  Tourist trap. Last year it was a charming Winery in Vinita Oklahoma- The Summerside Vineyards and Winery has backberry wine (we love), tasting room, gift shop, clear rest rooms, and a Bristro  Deli with cheeses boards and sandwiches. Well worth our time.    This was our second trip to the winery and it is easy to find.

Since Route 66 goes through so  many small towns, vintage and treasure hunting is easy!  My husband was a good sport and helped me spot some wonderful antique shops, pawn shops, and historic sites.

 I'll be back later to tell you  more about  " The Mother Road Attractions" on Route 66
I have some great pictures if I can figure out where I  loaded them on my computer?

Monday, July 15, 2013

I'm back!
After a year I think I will try this blogging stuff again.
First of all I have done some more travel and have to admit - I wish I were rich so I could travel every month!

However, I am not and as a grandmother of 4 great kids - I spend allot of time being the babysitter.
I do have a hobby/Etsy shop on line that keeps me active and busy promoting my shops on line........ 
First I have Etsy -
That does OK but I have to promote daily-
When I went on vacation for 10 day - my shop died- Not yet back up to the level of business I had before vacation? 
 Then I have a Bonanza booth- I thought I'd do books and other things on Bonanza- but  my sales a few and far between.

My failure- I tried,  Zibbet,  Artfire, Addaway, Big Alley Books, and every free site I could find.

The problem is I don't have $$ to promote my sites and my computer skills are minimal. Also there is the problems that what I sell is flooded in the market place.
Example handmade and vintage jewelry.   

So my plan was to expand my  products.  I did, I added Vintage Ladies Apparel, Home Décor, Western, Mexican, American Indian and supplies sections.  Great Improvement in sales!!!
And what a great time I have learning about antiques and vintage. Love hitting all the Estate sales to find treasures for my shop.
Also enjoy the little shops while out traveling the U.S.A.  Did you know there is a "Paris" Texas?
Also and "Italy" Texas but that was almost a ghost town.
 Also learned you can't be a real town in this country unless you have a Dairy Queen and a Dollar store!! Every town for  Texas to Wisconsin had at least one of each!

 Time to go I need to mail a package - sold one of my handmade Zuni style necklaces. Ya!!

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