All That Glistens Could Be Gold!

Ever wonder what your gold jewelry is worth?  Well, more and more of us are checking out the value of our valuables.  Since gold prices change daily, a great site to visit to learn more about the gold market is Kitco® . 

Find out how precious your precious jewelry is and how to sell online.  Fast and easy way to turn thos out-of-date, broken pairs, or inherited pieces into hard CA$H!

Tip of the Week: #44 Brighten Heirloom Fabrics

Whether you inherit vintage linens or they are your personal sale "finds," they not only represent the workmanship of a bygone era, but can be incorporated beautifully within any design concept.  Even those pieces that are not in pristine condition can be rehabilitated and used for unique looks. 

For example, damaged chenille bedspreads are great sources of fabric for slipcovers, lampshades, bedroom and decorative pillows, and more.  Crochet edges can be taken from old, damaged pillow cases and sheets and reused as embellishments on today’s sheets, pillowcases, sheets, and apparel.  The options are boundless for recycling.  Plus, many linens only require treating stains from age.  There are several items you can use for removing yellow age spots on linens. 

A new one found by MDM is from JunkMarket, an online American junk club, is the Star Spangled Sampler & Company  Vintage Textile Soak, for $19.95 sold in set of 2.  This product  helps remove yellow and brown age spots from vintage quilts and textiles of all kinds.

Another one that MDM has used is the delicate OxiClean ®  Baby Stain Soaker, 3.5 lb. tub msrp $9.99,  and new Baby Stain Remover, 22 oz. bottle, msrp $4.99.

As with any products, MDM recommends you first test fabric in an inconspicuous area for color fastness.

Tip of the Week #34: October: Choose to Reuse Month–Bargain Coupons and More

Thrift stores, consignment stores, organic food stores are all part of the ‘think green’ movement.  By reusing what we have and food that is grown with the environment in mind, consumers and bargain hunters cannot only be savvy shoppers, but contributors to this overall effort. 

Hennepin County has declared the month of October as the "Choose To Reuse" month and has put together a special coupon book that saves even more $$$ at your favorite Twin Cities bargain sites.  With coupons for an additional 10%-50% off at local thrift stores, consignment stores, Whole Foods Stores, costume rental shops, record stores, vintage stores and other stores with dollar discount and freebies with purchases–this is a ‘must have’ book for this month for all bargain hunters.  Imagine the low prices are even lower with this offer–what a great idea!  Hurry and pick-up your coupon book good through October 31st.

Click Here→Choose to Reuse Coupon Book

Don’t live in the Twin Cities area?  Encourage your local county government to implement this great idea to promote recycling and reuse.

This Is a Two Green Thumbs Up Idea!

The Ax-man Cometh With Bargains: Site #3 MDM’s Tour of the Twin Cities

All of us are acquainted with Government Surplus Stores and discount stores that carry discontinued merchandise or overstocks, but Ax-man Surplus on University Avenue, a couple blocks from Snelling heading west in St. Paul is rather unique among this genre. 

With a "No Admission Fee" sign and antiques in the window among other items, one can ascertain that this store has a sense of humor.  Where would you find bins of everything from electrical components, each labeled with a unique description of the item contained within, to an Iron Lung, and a statuary female head sporting a roman helmet with water coming out of her mouth? Now MDM is not suggesting that this type of store is solely unique to the Twin Cities Metro area because to some extent you can find these stores in most large communities both big and small.  What MDM is suggesting is that bargain hunters should not dismiss quickly these unique stores as "junk stores,"  since oftentimes the merchandise within will assault the senses with variety and value coupled with oddity. 

Ax-man get new shipments in every Wednesday and much of their merchandise are overstocks, discontinued items.   If you are crafty and want to try your hand at  DIY Designing/makeover, you can find enough components to make your own lamp or a lamp redo. 

Other items MDM found were these glass beads at $12.00/lb.  Some retro style, others millefiori, even murano look alike beads and glass seed beads are perfect for jewelry. 

Additionally, this German butter dish with its’ interior ceramic and seal can be used for travel, or containing gourmet salt for cooking, or spices–compact, spillproof, and s/steel makes them perfect for many applications, $1.95/each.  Check out the dental supplies, scientific beakers, dishware, office furniture and supplies, and so much more. 

Weekdays, Ax-man is open from 10 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Although not totally handicap accessible, entrance to the store is at street level and the interior has two levels that are connected by ramps.