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SecondMoonshot is Moving into the Album/LP Category

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Ok, I have been stockpiling albums for eventual moving into the vintage LP/Album eBay category for almost a year and working to build out an appropriate stereo system so I can test the records prior to sale. The system is made up of: Sony STR-DE197 A/V Receiver/Amplifier Marantz TT1060 Turntable (probably the stock stylus and cartridge, and will upgrade at a future date) ARTcessories DJPre II Preamp Bose 201 Series II Speakers Definitely not a high end system, but I acquired the components over the last 6 months in preparation. I paid $3 for the turntable, the receiver was gifted (by a competitor, but they probably wanted me to stop compete bidding on conflicting lots!….JK, nice piece, Bose 201 speakers I got at an estate sale for $20 and finally got the DJPre II preamp on Amazon for $65.99. I also purchased the Studebaker disk cleaner and 32oz of Spin-Clean cleaning solution, both of which ran about $80, and finally a 100 pack of BigFudge Vinyl record sleeves for $32 and some clear pl

eBay Followers Milestone: 300 followers

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I know…sellers have thousands and more followers. I take what I can get. Year 1 yielded 100 followers and Year 2 yielded 200, Thats progress.  John

SecondMoonshot Warehouse / Framing Shop Photo Tour (and My New Rollo Wireless Thermal Printer)

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This week I received a new Rollo Wireless Thermal printer specifically for shipping labels. I decided a review was not necessary since there are enough good ones out there. What I will say is…they are all right! This thing is a game changer in speed, efficiency and quality. Once unboxed, I needed to see if it supported Wi-Fi Direct (it does not) and since my warehouse is really a storage unit with power, the first thing I needed to do was to setup a Wi-Fi network. A few months ago, I picked up an electronics lot at auction which had an Apple AirPort Extreme which turned out to be a recent model, but more importantly IT WORKED (more rare than you might think). I don’t have internet broadband and just use my cell phone for all work in that location, so had to tweak the IP configuration on my iPhone to use the new router but not for internet (this was done by just going to Settings and edit the Wi-Fi connection IP Config to a Manual configuration, leaving the Router field blank and copyin

Day Trip - Hiking DuPont Forest and Hit a Few South West NC Thrift Stores

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Saturday was the day to take our youngest daughter back to college at UNC Charlotte. We decided to stay the night at Flat Rock and hit a few thrift stores after a nice hike at DuPont State Recreational Forest. We found 2 really nice waterfalls, High Falls Triple Falls.  On Saturday afternoon, we went to NCs largest Goodwill store in Rockingham (a previous Lidl store) and walked out with some new T-shirts I will use later to print our logo on them and also 8 or so signed books, which were really cheap at $1.29 ea. the store was 80 clothes and not something I really focus on. On Sunday, we were going to do a little more hiking but my back wasn’t up for it so decided to check out a huge 70,000 foot antique store, The Antique Tobacco Barn. They had some really nice stuff but nothing which was really priced for a reseller to make a profit so moved on. We hit a few more Goodwill stores and picked up another 14 or so signed books then enjoyed lunch at Dilbars Indian Street Food Restaurant. Th

SecondMoonshot Storage/Warehouse Update #5

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While I was leaving the storage unit/warehouse today, I saw a larger 15’ x 30’ unit (No climate control) become available and jumped on it to upgrade my current 10’ x 30’. This will be to store 2 cars but also an expansion opportunity to put some inventory in there which doesn’t require climate control. Additionally, I can clear out some of my woodworking tools out of our garage and make a framing workshop in there as well, giving me about 150 sqft to play with. It’s 2 buildings over and a short stroll from the other unit. The best part is it has TWO roll up doors so I can get either car out without having to move the other car, maybe I’ll drive Goldie more than once a year now.  The reason I only use this facility is the presence of power in all units. I can put a light bulb adapter in the light and plug in my battery trickle chargers and light electricals.  Life is Good. John

SecondMoonshot Store Update - November 24, 2022

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Zabrina reminded me I haven’t done a blog post in a bit, so figured a general update would be good. We are going through a devastating loss which occurred mid-October and finding it difficult to get back into pretty much everything. Bear with us. I am doing a consignment for a neighbor with a lot of baseball memorabilia and vintage comic books. Pretty much all listed and sales of the comics has been off the charts. This should motivate me to list some more of my own collection.  I have made an agreement with a local vintage and antique store to co-sell all shippable inventory on eBay. This gives me a great opportunity to get a lot of high quality listings out, with no overhead but only a portion of the profits. Excited to see how it works out. There are a few other opportunities we are looking at which I will share at a later date. Still trying to grow the art and custom framing business, have a handful of paying projects I am working on, and offering exceptional deals on framing throu

Custom Picture Framing Update

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Over the last few months, I have invested in some new equipment that will allow some new capabilities on wooden frames, offer more consistent results in mat board cutting, and more clearly set expectations on pricing and options. Frame Recovery and Reduction First things first. I realized that even with 100s of frames, that by itself, still provides limited options to any specific piece to be framed. It has to be in the appropriate style, color and in an appropriate size. Even with the first few customers, I noticed that while I had a lot of frames, it just wasn’t working. I needed to be able to provide more flexibility yet still leverage the large inventory of used high quality frames on the market via auctions, estate sales, thrift stores, and who knows where else. To this end, I decided I would start doing frame reduction on wood frames (not metal). I would remove the miter joints, cut them down to proper size for a piece of interest and then glue and V-nail them together. It’s a Lo