Wednesday, May 25, 2022

COMC Early Shipment

 When I order from COMC, its usually at least 6 months before I even consider another shipment.  However during the last Black Friday sale they had an incentive where you could get free shipping in the first quarter of 2022.  By the time the deadline approached for the free shipping, I had about 25 cards.  Normally it isn't worth it to ship them, but eh, it worked out perfectly.  I drained my account down to 2 cents, and I requested the cards.  I requested them about a week before the deadline hoping they'd come a bit sooner before everyone else who partook in the deal asked for theirs.  I don't think it made much difference, but like I said, I had no money.  I thought about trying to flip a couple, but none had much value and I didn't want to wait.  So here is what is likely my last COMC order for a while.  A combination of no money, and less of a desire of collecting is to blame.  I waited out COMC's shipping struggles, so I don't fault them on that.  I'm hoping to sell a few things and maybe add a few bucks, but I figure that will be later in the summer at the earliest.  So enough talk, what did I get?

My collection has a first name, it's.... wait I never named my collection, but how could I pass up and Oscar Mayer card of Greg Maddux?  It was one I've watched for a bit, and a Maddux I never had, plus it was cheap.  I forgot the price, but I had less then 10 bucks in my account I'm sure maybe 15, so it was enough to get 25 cards, aka, under a buck.  I hope later this summer I'll reorganize some of my PC's, and maybe might work on Maddux a bit.

I had to get some Royals cards, even if they are the hard to find on TCDB Bowman inserts.  I don't fault the database, I fault Topps/Bowman for their dumb numbering.  BPP382Vo#$niner487 are terrible ways to number cards especially when they are named across multiple sets.  All I can say is I think the top 4 cards were the only 4 I needed (across 2 sets) so I think I can say its complete.  If I ever get back into collecting aggressively, besides the 2017-current ones, I think the early to mid 2000's are what I need to fill in the most.  Even up to 2011 I still have some holes.  I'm not sure how hard I'll work on the very early Royals from 1969 to around 80, but maybe I will.

Bottom row has a couple more current cards, one from 2020 one from 2021 (which is rare for me).  I still haven't watched a game this year, and still have no desire to.  I saw on Twitter the Royals are 14 games under .500 so I don't think I'm missing much.  The Hunter Greene card I've had for a while and thought about selling, but decided to keep.  I really hope he becomes a superstar, but as each year passes, it looks less likely.  The Tatis card I've also had for a while, and for a short time tried to flip it.  It was part of Topp's Throwback series where they'd do 4-5 cards a week in an old design from their past (like the Ozzie Smith Simpsons one I showed from my last COMC order).  This design is from the 1998 or 1999 Topps WCW set.  I really liked that set (Chris Jericho has a nice card with this design), and I wanted a Tatis card.  I'll also be honest and thought since it was a low production number I could maybe flip it.  I actually bought it for less than the seller wanted (I've gotten better at making offers on COMC the last couple years).  After he accepted, I did wait a while to try to flip it.  I didn't expect to make much because I'd been watching the card for a while and nobody had interest in it. Oh well, it looks nice in my collection.

The Mercole Hardman I liked so I bought it fairly cheap.  Maybe since the Chiefs traded Hill, Hardman might step up this year.  The Charles card I've had for quite a while and got it cheap (under 30 cents), but got buyers remorse shortly after.  The same went for the Harley Race card and the Marty Schottenheimer cards.  I like them all, but I should have sat on them for a while before deciding to buy them.  They all look good though so I'm not too disappointed.  The same can be said for Terrance Mann.  I've been burnt twice on cards I bought for the sole purpose of flipping.  Both times have been NBA cards.  I should really stop doing it, but then again, the biggest flip I ever mad was on an NBA card, and it covered up the losses I made on the 2 bad cards, so I still came out ahead.  Most cards I do decide to flip are after owning them for a bit and seeing the price go up and deciding I don't really want the card or how many other cards I could get for the money I'd make.  I don't plan on being a flipper, but if I can get some good cards as a result I'll do it.

If you get a sense of Deja Vu, it might be because you read Penny Sleeves blog recently of his COMC order which contained the same Fred Dryer card.  I have a somewhat oddball collection of football players who became actors, and didn't have on of the Hunter star.  I don't actually have it organized yet, but when I do organize it, he'll look good next to Bubba Smith.  Two other cards in this batch are basketball cards which I don't actively collect unless they are Mizzou related.  For whatever reason if I see a cheap DeMarre Carroll card, I'll buy it.  I'd like to have at least one card from every year he played, so when I finally decide to sort my Mizzou collection, I'll see how far I've come.  I should be close.  The Sophie Cunningham is my first Sophie card and my first WNBA card in over 15 years.  I really would love to see Mizzou become a powerhouse in women's basketball, just so more players can make the WNBA.  Maybe I would watch the games more.  I am happy for Sophie though especially since it seems the Mercury are on TV all the time.

I don't know as many players on the Mizzou football team as I used to, but I still try to collect whoever I can when they are cheap.  I know of Hall though, so I was happy to find this card cheap.  I don't think that's a real jersey, it feels more like a replica, but still happy to have the card.  The Shields card I've watched forever on COMC, this card specifically.  I liked the way the fabric looked over the other ones offered up.  I finally bought it when my funds were dwindling just because I didn't know when I'd get a chance to.  It also completes that insert set, since I already have the Salvador Perez card.  I really hope I can get organized to start showcasing some of these cards.  I've been trying to organize other stuff lately and my card collection has taken a backseat.  It's okay, but I think in a couple months, I'll devote more time to it.  At least I hope.

Well this batch is almost up, but we still have one more scan to see, and it includes I think the highest paid card in the batch, and my favorite.

I added a few more Maddux cards, two which I've watched for a long time, and the Padres one I found cheap.  The Maddogs one I waited for the price to fall but it never did.  A few years ago I could have bought one for 55 cents.  When I bought this I think it was 80 cents.  25 cents isn't much, but if I played my "cards" right, I could have got at least one more card.  Oh well.  The Tim Conway wasn't as much of a buyers remorse as a jumping on the train before the prices potentially skyrocketed.  I feel bad about buying cards of recently deceased people, but I also don't want to pay double for them down the road if I do want them.  I sat on this for a while then decided to flip it.  There wasn't a market, so it wasn't a bad decision to keep it.  I liked him and I like the set, so who knows, maybe I will build it one day.  I know he passed in 2019, but I've had it in my account since his death.  That's how long I hold onto some cards in my account.  I didn't have it shipped earlier just because I tried one last time to sell it with no bites.

One more Royals card as I added a Jamie Quirk rookie for around 30 cents, not a bad buy though it has a small crease in it.  Finally the card I spent the most on- a Johnny Gargano autographed card.  I've followed Johnny since 2008 when he wrestled in a promotion called Pro Wrestling Ohio, and cheered him on ever since.  One of the only current wrestlers I actually have an action figure of, I've long wanted his autograph.  I finally decided to make an offer on this one and the buyer accepted.  Even though I wanted it in hand, I considered flipping it, but never really tried to.  I was going to try after he either went back to WWE or joined AEW, but as I write this, he hasn't done either yet, so the card hasn't really changed in value.  I'm glad I have it in hand now, so it doesn't matter.

Well, that wraps it up for this order, and for this blog post.  I might try my hand at another blog soon, but we'll see.  I'm still working on a few other projects, and as I write this my computer is acting up.  I think it needs a new fan and heatsink, and if that's it, I might be able to fix it, if its not that, than this blog might have to go on hiatus for a while.  If it does I'll either try to get a new post before or at least mention it on twitter.  Either way, I thank everyone who read this and have a great week.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Old Dog, Old Tricks

 It seems every day that a celebrity passes away.  Their level of popularity varies but to those who are fans, they are saddened.  While some are expected, such as Betty White earlier this year, it doesn't take away from the sadness when they do pass.  Others are unexpected like Bob Saget or Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, and the sadness is there as well.  Today I was saddened to find out that Fred Ward passed away on May 8th, which also saw the passing of John Cherry, III.  Cherry by name won't be noticed but he was the creator of the Ernest character which Jim Varney played to perfection.  Cherry even directed most (if not all) of the Ernest movies and probably shows and commercials (those commercials are a fun rabbit hole to check out on Youtube.  As for Ward, if the name doesn't ring a bell maybe his resume of movies might- Escape From Alcatraz, Remo Williams, Tremors, Naked Gun 33 1/3, Joe Dirt... the list goes on.  Ward to me was most famous for Tremors as the man opposite of Kevin Bacon.  Ward actually was in Tremors 2, but that was enough.  He didn't want to appear in anymore unlike Michael Gross who I think at last count has been in 7 of the movies as well as the TV series (yeah, it was short-lived).

It always interests me as a collector if a celebrity has a trading card.  For Cherry, I'm not surprised.  For Fred Ward, I was.  According to the TCDB, he only had one card which I think was a cut autograph and there was no picture to see on the site.  I wish they made more Hollywood sets especially of actors who don't appear on much cardboard.  So I decided I would make a custom card of Fred Ward.  Then I found a couple more I thought I'd make cards for even though one I know has cards.  Then I made a surprise card which nobody was yearning for.  It won't be a long post I promise because I don't have much more to add other then why I chose them.  Let's dig in.

I already explained the why.  For this post I chose their full legal names, I'm not sure why.  The design is one I had laying around from the past which I tinkered with.  Maybe if I get the desire to make more I'll come up with a new design or two.  The photo is from the movie Tremors, and its the image I think of when I hear Fred Ward.

I always liked Norm Macdonald so when I heard of his passing, I not only was surprised, but also sad.  I didn't look up to see if he has any trading cards, but I figured I'd do a digital custom.  I made these so quick I just realized I didn't put my logo on them.  So if you see them on Ebay, just know they are fake and I'm not selling them.  I never print mine out.  Anyways, Norm secretly filmed a new comedy special before his passing and it looks like Netflix will release it at the end of the month.  So I I I says to them... so I says... I gotta get Netflix.  Or a crac.... (I better not finish that, most people think this is family friendly).... um you guessed it... FRANK STALLONE!

Actually before I go on, first I'm sorry for the babbling there, I just like Norm.  Also wanted to say I watched Dirty Work for the first time the other day and I liked it a lot more than I thought I would.  I think the idea of Artie Lange in it turned me off, but it was quite funny.

Only a couple more, this next one has had cards I'm sure.

Known to many as Rinku, he became known as one of the guys portrayed in the Disney movie "Million Dollar Arm".  He pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates farm clubs, but by 2016 was out of baseball.  He found a new profession a couple years later when he was signed to the WWE.  Now you can see him on Monday Night Raw where he wrestles as Veer Mahaan.  I don't know why I decided to pick him as a subject other than to let people know what he's up to today in case they didn't know.  I don't think he'll be a world champ, but I do like how they are presenting him right now so I hope he does well.

Well, that's about it.  I did make one more card and it was low effort and I really hope this one doesn't make it to Ebay, because this is one that nightmares are made of.

I'm not even making it bigger.  I took a photo that I planned on a before and after for Facebook, but never posted the after (I took the pictures, but eh, who cares).  I don't usually grow my beard out long so I wanted some documentation before I cut it.  I made a somewhat funny/scary face that I couldn't replicate on the after pose, but oh well.  The favorite part of the photo is the background.  I made a wall showing my pride of my town and school.  That isn't a jersey I wore, but someone was selling it a few years back and while it would look better shadowboxed, it looks fine as it is.  Maybe one day I'll show the entire wall which shows the pennant as well.

That wraps it up for tonight, I just whipped together some customs and figured on a whim to post.  Sometimes its fun to do.  I had an idea of an Ebay post the other day but then lost interest.  Maybe I'll do it again soon.  I've also considered a new blog showcasing my non card stuff like movies, books, and music, but I haven't got too far and not sure if I will. At worst I'll just post the stuff here.  Until I figure it out, its a work in progress.  So thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Is This The Last Hurrah?

 Don't let the post title scare you I don't mean an end to this blog. I'll get to the title's meaning in just a bit. For now I'll give a bit of an update on my whereabouts.  I didn't go anywhere, but blogging is something I have to be in the mood for.  My mood changes a lot, and the direction the card hobby is going is pricing me out of it a bit.  Not to mention sports in general hasn't been that great lately.  I guess the sports themselves have been fine, but I just haven't been interested.  The lockout may be over in baseball and games have been going fine, but I've yet to watch a game.  On the surface that's a simple statement, I haven't watched a ton of games the last few years but I would still watch an occasional Cardinals game or Sunday Night Baseball.  I would usually tune into the Royals and Cardinals series and at the least listen to games on the radio.  I've done none of that this year.  I don't know when I will.  In fact while I was excited at the prospect that the Royals have Zack Greinke again and the Cardinals have Albert Pujols, I haven't seen one highlight of them yet.  I've checked out a clip or two of baseball in general and look up a score randomly but that's it.  I heard the Mets threw a no-hitter the other day but didn't bother to see who threw it.

As for other sports, I don't care about the NBA or NHL playoffs, and not even sure who is still playing.  I thought I'd give the USFL a try, but when they can't at the very least paper the attendance what's the point in watching.  The games seem watered down and when 400 people (being generous) are in the stands, it takes the excitement out of it.  So the only sports I've watched lately is NASCAR and Formula 1.  F1 racing is nice to watch on Sunday mornings because it pumps you up for the day.  It doesn't hurt when your favorite driver does a decent job each week.  For those wondering, I got into F1 about 2 years ago and kept an eye on it for a bit longer.  My favorite driver is Sergio Perez.  I sort of like Max Verstappen as well.  I don't hate any driver, but I do get tired seeing Lewis Hamilton on the podium so much.  Over in NASCAR I don't have a favorite driver and I think that's why I get more enjoyment out of it.  I'm glad USA Network will be showing races this year, and it seems FOX has shown more on the network than on cable, which is fine by me.

I still watch wrestling too, but I have spent more time away from it than ever.  I don't get as excited each week to tune in to WWE just because they don't give me a reason to.  I've tried to watch AEW and its the same way.  They put on great matches, but then they do stupid stuff.  So more times than not I turn the TV off.

When it comes to the hobby, I have got a few cards lately and will show them off soon, but not enough to post consistently.  When money is tight and not a lot of desire, there's no need to buy more stuff.

Having said all that, I also don't post as much online these days.  I don't have a strong desire to do it. I post just enough so they don't get looked at by hackers as dead.  When I do its nothing too important but kind of to let people know I'm still around.  Sometimes I'll comment on something I'm watching or reading about, but not too much.  I was pleasantly surprised the other day though to get a message on Twitter.  Usually its from someone I don't know and really random.  Once I had an actor message me about all his movies he's been in and new ones he's going to be in.  Ooooohhhhkay?

But this message was someone I knew (at least on the interwebs).  It was a blogger that will often tag me to let me know he has new posts, but overall is a nice guy.  It's like we are long lost brothers.  Most of you know him as Jon, or by his blog Penny Sleeves. He just wanted to check in on me.  I didn't post a blog in a while, and hadn't been online much,  so he wanted to make sure I was okay.  It was very nice of him to do and it made me want to do a blog post just for him.  So thank you Jon for giving me the motivation to do another post.  I hope you enjoy.


 So the reference to the title is this.  One of the reason's I enjoy Jon's blog is he doesn't just post about cards.  He posts about books, movies, CD's and other items he finds at some of his favorite places when he "heads into the city".  It reminds me of the posts I make called Savvy Loot Box.  The idea originated because I can't afford those Loot Crates that are like 25 bucks or more each month that they send you random stuff.  I'd like to try a wrestling one sometime but I'm cheap.  So the idea popped in my head.  Instead of 25 bucks for 5-10 items I may or may not like, why not spend 10 bucks or less (unless its really good and I'll pay a bit more) and get a lot more stuff that I know I'll like.  My local second hand store is called Savvy Seconds, so it's like a Savvy Loot Box.

I enjoyed doing those posts, but in the last couple years a few things changed.  Money got a bit tighter with prices going up, and a little thing called COVID.  I don't make many trips anymore because of these two reasons.  COVID doesn't scare me but idiots who don't believe in the vaccine makes me not want to be around people, and 90% of those people live in this area.  However something else happened in the last couple years.  Savvy decided to explore a new avenue of merchandising- pallets from Amazon and other places of new and returned items.  This was nice on the surface because it was like a mix of a thrift store with an outlet.  I liked the idea, but now I hate the execution.  They focus too much on the new stuff, and they shift stuff around too much.  So much so, that the media section where I get 90% of my stuff is now in a small corner crammed together.  Like a random box with 400 CD's in it- knock yourself out.  The other problem is they focus too much on clothes on the used part of the store (the reason they moved the media section).  Clothes take up 60% of the store, 30% new stuff, 5% knick knacks, and 5% media.  Its a tough sell for people who just want books and movies, and not too interested in clothes.  Also for whatever reason, they decided why sell used stuff cheap, let's raise prices to a point where it drives away long time customers.  At this point you get the idea, I'm not too happy.

That said, because I was a bit motivated by Jon's message, and the fact that I was supposed to go to a big garage sale on Saturday but plans had to change due to potential weather.  I had a free day to do something for a bit.  The plan wasn't to go to Savvy, but on Friday afternoon I noticed on their Facebook they had a video.  In it they said all books, movies, and music was 25 cents each.  A far cry from 25 books for a quarter, but a nice deal for CD's (half price) and DVD's (75% off).  Also it gave me a chance to check out some vinyl because I never knew the price.  Also the $3 Disney VHS tapes they were included (yes they wanted $3 for used VHS tapes that weren't in good shape).

So my mom and I decided to go just for kicks and also to head to the Dollar Tree (another store we don't visit near as much these days, but not because of the 25 cent price increase).  So before the Savvy stuff, we'll look at a movie I got at Dollar 25 Tree.

My biggest reason for not going to Dollar Tree as much is because while they've really added a lot more movies lately, none interest me.  Not even the handful of Blu-ray.  I knew they'd have movies and didn't expect to buy any.  For a buck I would take more risks, but an extra quarter, now I wonder if I can watch the same movie for free on Pluto or Tubi.  Anyways, I saw this Bruce Willis movie and since he doesn't plan on making any new ones, I thought I'd grab it.  I may not watch it anytime soon, but it was nice to add to my collection. 

That was it, I was fine with that, I don't really NEED more movies, but it was still fun to look.

So let's get into the Savvy Loot Box, as I explain I try to limit myself on how much I spend because I'm cheap but also because the whole point is to spend less than an actual Loot Box.  At the end I'll tell you how much I spent on everything.  I hope this won't be the last time I do one of these, but I'm afraid it might be.  Anyways, let's dig in.


 When I got there I went straight to the media section.  CD's were what I looked at last, but I think I spent the most time sifting through them.  They were scattered and if I didn't want to fight potential bad weather, I would have spent more time on it.  However I knew right off the selecting wasn't that great.  I bought the Nonstop 3 album (still sealed) because I think I confused them with two other bands.  I think I confused them with Nonpoint and Marvelous 3.  My friend thought they might be a St. Louis band, but I'm not sure.  I will check them out at some point, but so far haven't listened to them.  The Collin Raye one I bought because I like him (and has his Greatest Hits, but not sure where its at), but it also had three solid songs on it including my favorite "Little Rock".  Before I got into Alternative Rock and all kinds of music, I really liked 90's country and Collin Raye and Joe Diffie was the reason.  I still go back and listen to 90's music often and on some days spend the day just on country.  It was a nice find.  I do wish I found a few other CD's but oh well, I found more music, so I can't complain.

One of the main reasons I wanted to go to this sale was because of the vinyl.  I don't actively buy a lot, but my collection is modest.  I went because my best friend had a birthday last week and I wanted to get him a few records.  He is a huge collector of records and after I got home to see if any I bought he already had I realized the scope of his collection.  According to his Discogs page, he has over 3,000 records.  Think of every hit George Brett had in baseball, then imagine if someone had a piece of vinyl representing every hit.  That's my friends collection.  In comparison, I have maybe 4,000 Royals cards in my collection.  He will surpass me soon I believe.  Anyways, I did find 7 records for him that he didn't have, and I was happy about that.  Two of these were one's he already had, so I kept them.  I should have known he had the Boots Randolph because he showcased it on his Facebook a few weeks ago.  Everyday he posts a record of the days (which at this rate it will be about 9 years before he runs out of records, but he adds more weekly).  The Keith Green one he also had.  He's fine with having doubles, but I figured I'd hold onto these.  The only one I really wanted to keep was the Lee Mace's Ozark Opry.  I am all things Missouri and even local TV, and his show was one of the first local shows when TV became a thing.  It was filmed at the Lake of the Ozarks and I thought this was a cool find.  I'n not sure on the value, but I don't care.  My mom told me later that a relative was actually on his show once.  So I thought that was cool.

Most of the records was either standards you'd find everywhere or Gospel (which you'd also find almost anywhere).  The covers are all worn, but that's fine by me.  I didn't take pictures of the one's I got for my friend, but he has already put them on his Discogs page.  I thought adding 7 records to his collection was a nice bump.  Until he told me he just returned from a record store doing 3 for a buck.  "Did you buy a lot?" I asked, to which he replied "What's your definition of a lot"?  Hmm 20?  "Yeah, I bought a lot.  73 or so is what I picked up today".  WOW!  So yeah, I'm happy for him.  I'm also a bit jealous because I found out he found a Gram Parsons record in that sale.

So while I was browsing the movies, my mom finished looking at books which she found a couple.  I didn't spend too long on books this time, but I was happy she found one, and happy for her she found another.  I'll show those real quick.

I joked with her that she could author a biography on Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt as much as she knows about them.  I was happy she found that book since she didn't have it.  Though I was much happier that she found the Rodney Dangerfield book.  It's not one I seeked out or even heard of, but I think it might be a good book to read one day.  As I speak, I have a bookshelf full of books I still need to read, so I don't I'd get to this anytime soon, but I am happy I finally have a bookshelf for my books.  I will do a dedicated post on them one day more than the few pictures I've taken.

After she finished looking at books, my mom went to search for puzzles.  I can't say the pandemic caused us to do more puzzles, but it has allowed us to find more I think.  Plus my sister has been giving us a steady supply as well.  We also found out our neighbor does puzzles and she says once she finishes a puzzle she's done with it.  So she have given us a ton lately and in return my mom has plenty of books for her.  Despite about 30 or so new (to us) puzzles we've got this year, we always look for more.  More new puzzles means more time between doing ones we've already done.  So she found a few puzzles which may take us a while to get to, but should be good.

The Puzzlebug ones are usually found at Dollar Tree but still not bad for 50 cents.  I think my mom might work on that one alone, since it shouldn't take long.  The masterworks one might take a bit more time, and I will help her more than likely.  I haven't been in a puzzle mood as much, but I still spend some time working on them.  I do enjoy the time since its usually a quiet time and you can put something on the radio or TV and enjoy.  Or I can also talk to my mom and spend time with her.  The last puzzle is the most intriguing though.  Its a tall one, and the poster for it was just as tall.  The shape of the puzzle is interesting and I think will be fun to work on.  I just wonder how we'll fit it on the table, might have to work on it sideways.

Those were nice finds, but she found more, and better ones.

Photomosaic puzzles are challenging but fun when you finish them.  They are tiny pictures that combine to make a big picture.  These are the most exciting finds of the day, especially the last two.  I tried to look up if the last one was indeed the Twin Towers because it seems they skirt around naming them on the puzzle box.  Online it doesn't say it is exactly, but a few people selling them say they are, and I tend to believe them.  This isn't the first puzzle I have of the towers, the other is a panoramic of the skyline as well, but it actually names them.  These will be fun, but it might be the end of summer before we get to them.

So by the time she finished looking at puzzles, I was wrapping up looking at movies.  I thought I'd find a few obscure DVD's but didn't have any luck.  However I did find a few VHS to add to my collection including some Disney.  I should have took pictures of their selection, but I wanted to just go through what they had.  My friend went later and someone told him they planned to redo the media section, so I hope next time they have more room and are stacked better.  In the meantime, here is what I found.

I was excited to find The Lion King because first and foremost I when I rebuild my VHS collection I want the ones I had growing up.  This was one I had, so I was happy.... until I came home and realized I already had it.  Oops, I guess I should learn to use my new Tracfone more and keep track of what I have.  Also let me say all the photos in this post were from the new phone.  I'm still trying to get the hang of it, but I get why people use their phones for cameras these days.  I need to take more pictures when I'm out, but for now I'm still looking for a case for the phone so I don't like taking it out in stores or at different places.

The other Disney VHS was one I never had but do have it on Blu-ray, so it wasn't a big deal.  I was still happy to find Toy Story on VHS.  While my niece may argue that Toy Story 2 is better, I still enjoy the original more.  That said I think I enjoy the third one most (never seen the 4th one yet), mainly because I saw Toy Story 3 in theaters with my other sister and my nephews, and the story was good as well.  If I had to redo things, I would have picked up Finding Nemo instead of The Lion King, but I'm not too mad about it.  Paying 25 cents on something you already have isn't the worst thing.  Much better then paying 3 bucks like they did charge in the past.  I think after this sale the prices on Disney will go to 2/$1 or at least I hope.

I did find a couple more VHS as well.

I really thought I had A Time To Kill on VHS, but maybe I didn't.  I do know I don't have it on VHS, and despite it being on one of the free apps, I still wanted a copy.  As for Volcano, I will always love that movie and really hope to find it on Blu-ray one day.  My DVD is getting scratched up, so at least having a VHS copy is nice just in case the DVD won't play.  Neither were ones I had growing up but they still make nice additions to my collection.  In a few weeks I will redo my media and when I finish I will show off my collection of books, movies and CD's.  It should make a good few posts.  Maybe I won't discuss each one (that would take forever), but I can at least show them off.  Maybe I could start a new blog and show off something new each day.  That's an idea, but having more than one blog hasn't worked out too well for me in the past.

While I struck out on DVD's I was quite surprised to find a Blu-ray.  The price was also a quarter, which was even better.

While I didn't love this movie as much as a lot of other people, I did enjoy it and have watched it a few times.  I never owned it on any media, but a few people found it at Dollar Tree and I had hoped to find it there.  I was more than happy to find it used for a quarter.  I don't plan on getting the sequels, but this was really a good find.  My Blu-ray collection is over 150 at this point, but I don't know how many more I'll add.  I have become a bit more selective and my focus now is more on upgrading my DVD's more than finding new movies to add.  At any rate, this one was a nice addition.

So after looking at the media, I did look at the rest of the store.  There were a few other items I liked but I didn't want to get on this trip (if I miss out, oh well).  I did alert my friend about a Veggietales box set on DVD (which he bought for a quarter later), and also about some Cutetitos in the new section for 5 bucks (which he also bought since his daughter loves them).  I like them too, but I didn't care for the style of these, so I passed.  When it came time to check out, I was curious at what we spent.  I knew the puzzles were mostly a buck each, so I figured around 10 bucks.  In the end, the total of all the items shown here (plus maybe a couple things my mom might have found) totaled to around $10.50 cents.  I think I did very well especially on since you consider I bought 7 other records not shown here. Over 20 items for 10 bucks, you can't beat that.  That would be a great Loot Box.  Plus since we spent over 10 bucks, they have a punch card you can redeem.  After 10 punches I think you get 20% off your total.  We are one punch away now from getting that offer.  It's been a while since we've had it punched so that was good.

So before we headed home, I was curious about a garage sale.  I knew we couldn't stay long because the wind was going to start getting stronger and making it tougher to drive.  In the end we made it home right before it really started gusting, so it was perfect.  The garage sale had pictures that showed puzzles and a VCR.  I would really like a backup VCR since my main one died a couple months ago.  I still have one, but its not as good so tape conversions are on hold for now.  By the time we got to this sale, happily for them, they sold a ton of stuff.  In fact, no VCR and no puzzles.  To me it was a wash, though I did like a couple stereos they had, and well worth the $40 price tags, but nothing I needed.  My mom however did find a book, and while I have no interest, I thought you guys might.

I mean 50 cents is a good deal for a book at a garage sale.  It's not my kind of thing, but I was also happy because we didn't was gas coming up empty at this sale.  They did have a few VHS tapes, but non I was interested in.  If we went earlier, I think I would have found stuff.

So that wraps up my weekend trip, and I'm not sure if I'll be able to do a post like this again, but thanks to Jon it did motivate me to get out and look.  It did make me hopeful to hit some garage sales soon so I'll be on the lookout.  Until then I will probably organize my media, and I do have some cards to show, so I should scan them soon.  I'm not sure when I'll post next, but I hope it will be much sooner than this one.  Thanks everyone for reading, and have a great week!