Uncategorized @ 03 July 2014, Comments Off

The Venetian mask originated in Italy; the Venetian Republic has a carnival during which these masks are homemade and worn. No two are ever the same much like snowflakes because as they are imported, they are still made by hand so each is completely unique. They come in different styles and mediums. They can be made of different medals such as silver, gold and bronze or paper mache. The style is often replicated in masks made for Louisiana Mardi Gras. They are worn to shield identities and bring whimsy to the events. They are considered to be mystical and enchanting.

This type of mask has such a beautiful history as being made by hand and used for their carnival. Exporting them in order to share them with the rest of the world allows us to bring a little piece of Italy to our part of the world. The fun and excitement that they represent makes all parties more fun and more mysterious. This is a tradition adopted by Mardi Gras from a centuries old traditional Italian carnival. Not only were they used as a means of mystery in their carnival they were also used to hide ones identity at other gatherings. People of high society were able to wear a mask and act as they wish without fear of being judged by anyone. Being of high social standing, if they wanted to be able to let lose they would need a way to safe guard their identities in order to do so.

Uncategorized @ 19 May 2014, Comments Off

CRANE SITE SAFETYThe boss sent me on an errand the other day.

My job that day was to assess the ground conditions where he planned to have a rented crane operate for the next few weeks. He needed me to check everything from the slope, firmness and compaction of the ground. Then he needed me to check the ground for any hidden hazards such as buried cables, pipes, tanks or whatever.

The whole reason for this information is that the location for the crane needed to be safe before the Perth crane hire company would proceed with the rental agreement.

I also had to identify locations of overhead hazards such as power lines, roof lines, overhangs and that kind of thing.

As it turns out, the spot he was going to park the crane was right on top of an old abandoned fuel tank that had been buried underground fifty years before. I found an even better spot, which was also flatter, alongside the building only about thirty feet from the original spot.

I drew up a rough sketch of the site so my boss could fax it to the equipment rental business to be attached to the rental agreement.

Three weeks after the crane arrived on site a hole appeared in the ground where my boss had originally planned to put it. The ground around the old fuel tank eventually caved in and luckily the crane wasn’t sitting there.

I never mentioned it to my boss as I didn’t think he’d remember nor did it really matter then one day he thanked me for helping him choose the right spot for the crane.

Uncategorized @ 18 May 2014, Comments Off

The thing I didn’t like about my family lawyer in Sydney was that he looked like he got dressed in the dark.

I think he may have even slept in his clothes every so often.

Oh, I didn’t like that we had to meet usually in a coffee shop instead of his office. He claimed it was because the office space was shared and it was never on ‘his day’ that we got together. I suspect it was because the office was so messy he didn’t want me to run away screaming in case there was a rat hiding in the corner under a pile of trash.

Another thing I didn’t like was that he’d ask me for my input but then he’d never do anything I suggested. Then a meeting or two later he’d ask again and when I gave him the same suggestions he acted like he’d never heard them before.

Oh, and on two occasions he called me by the wrong name. I know, Cheryl is not that common a name, but there is no possible way it sounds anything like Cindy. I figured at that point he was mixing up clients and I hope I was wrong because I stayed with him to the end although the divorce took far too long as we kept going over the same parts repeatedly.

At one point Josh and I joked about maybe just getting back together as our divorce was taking far too long and costing too much for either of us.

Finally it was over and he called me Cindy once more and I swore I’d never give him a referra

Uncategorized @ 18 May 2014, Comments Off

My Best Tips for Selling Used Rims My best tips for selling used rims include guiding the buyer by assisting him in finding what he wants. If it’s a matter of replacing truck rims the purchaser will probably know what he wants. However many clients do not necessarily do their research very well. I offer the choice of different widths and how they will add to the good looks of the car , but this is a subjective thing and ultimately you can only advise him.

Whenever I try to sell a full set of used rims I emphasize that for the purpose of balancing and mounting it is best  to buy all four rims and tires together as a single set. However what with today’s recession and hard economic times the client will often go for the cheapest option , so you need to be ready for that to. He may only want a single rim.

I always say when selling used rims that it is a tremendous saving for the buyer because he avoids the cost of rim repair or buying a new set of rims and tires which can work out to be extremely expensive. If you can meet the buyer face to face and sell to him direct looking  at different used rims it would certainly make for an easier sale but given the costs and numbers of buyers involved it isn’t cost effective if you are trying to service the whole of the United States and deliver the goods.

Uncategorized @ 17 May 2014, Comments Off

I had several shipping containers that I was using as secure storage for my small business. I moved my business to a location that had ample storage and I wanted to sell the containers. In order to get the most profit, I sold shipping containers online and through local ads rather than directly to a shipping container company.

At first, I wanted to sell the containers all together, but I quickly realized that wouldn’t work since I was selling them to individuals and small businesses. After not being able to sell them as a bundle, I re-priced them to sell individually.

I took lots of pictures, both inside and outside the containers and posted them online. I also made sure to keep the containers empty so that when potential buyers stopped by to look at the containers, they would be able to inspect them.

A few prospective buyers asked if I would be willing to pay for transporting the containers. Moving a shipping container can be very expensive and I didn’t want to do that. However, when one local business owner bought two of the containers, I agreed to split the transportation cost.

In the end, it took a while to sell all the shipping containers. I know if I had sold them to a cargo company, I would have got rid of them much more quickly. But by selling them myself, I was able to make more of a profit, even though it took longer.

Uncategorized @ 16 May 2014, Comments Off

Selling Shipping Containers Without Using a CompanyI had several shipping containers that I was using as secure storage for my small business. I moved my business to a location that had ample storage and I wanted to sell the containers. In order to get the most profit, I sold shipping containers online and through local ads rather than directly to a shipping container company.

At first, I wanted to sell the containers all together, but I quickly realized that wouldn’t work since I was selling them to individuals and small businesses. After not being able to sell them as a bundle, I re-priced them to sell individually.

I took lots of pictures, both inside and outside the containers and posted them online. I also made sure to keep the containers empty so that when potential buyers stopped by to look at the containers, they would be able to inspect them.

A few prospective buyers asked if I would be willing to pay for transporting the containers. Moving a shipping container can be very expensive and I didn’t want to do that. However, when one local business owner bought two of the containers, I agreed to split the transportation cost.

In the end, it took a while to sell all the shipping containers. I know if I had sold them to a cargo company, I would have got rid of them much more quickly. But by selling them myself, I was able to make more of a profit, even though it took longer.

Uncategorized @ 15 May 2014, Comments Off

I am selling my food truck, not because it isn’t doing well, actually just the opposite. Business is booming. I can barely keep up. Since I have built the reputation of my food truck up, I am going to sell the name and food truck all together. This will allow me to retire. Yep, I said retire. I am ready to kick back and relax after enjoying many years of working.

I worked in the hotel industry for years, but after several years, I went into the restaurant business. I was very successful at both careers. I decided I had enough of the working life about eight years ago so I retired. But of course a guy like me loves to be on the go. I could only stand to be retired for a few years before I was ready to jump into something new. I purchased a food truck, developed a menu and started working my tail off about four years ago. Again, the food truck business has been very good to me, but I am once again ready for a break.

I don’t know if this is the last time I will retire. In a couple of years, I might yet get the itch to try another business yet again, but for now it is time for me to hang up my apron and hand the keys off to someone else. So I am hoping to sell my food truck to someone else who has the kind of determination to make it as successful for them as it has been for me.

Uncategorized @ 14 May 2014, Comments Off

The Flea Market KartI had promised my wife I’d go flea market shopping with her this Saturday since I had off work and she wanted to do something together.  I wasn’t looking forward to it, but she was so tickled about it that I was glad to go even though looking at someone’s old, unwanted things to buy and become my old, unwanted things wasn’t at the top of the list.  Hey, she was happy, and a happy wife means a happy life or so they say.

Well, yesterday we went flea market crazy and I must admit I had a great time. Greater than I ever thought I would and I was going to be happy I went for a long time.  At the 4th or 5th house we stopped at to browse their wares, a man came up to me and made some small talk about some things they were selling, trying to get ready to move from a 3 bedroom house to a small 2 bedroom apartment now that the kids were gone and in college.

It happened right after he said that, I happened to look at my wife waving at me to come over to where she was.  I excused myself and went to her.  She said, you’re going home with this.   She pointed at the garage and that was the moment I hugged her and thanked her and haven’t stopped thanking her since. She had found a used go kart for sale.  It didn’t have much wear and tear on it and said that the woman had said she would hold it while we went home and got the truck so we could get it.

Yesterday was a good day.

Uncategorized @ 14 May 2014, Comments Off

I think selling hedgehogs is easy and it’s great business. Hedgehogs are very lovable little animals and respond to attention and good treatment. They become part of the family. There are those who might  think it’s wrong to buy animals and take them away from their natural habitat but they’re mistaken.

Hedgehogs are sold all over the United States by breeders who have been in business breeding and selling hedgehogs for years. I can assure you that most of them are registered with the Department of agriculture as breeders.

I give detailed information to customers on how to look after their hedgehog , what to feed it and definitely not to over feed their hedgehog. Each hedgehog is sold with its own cage and toys because I find hedgehogs like to keep themselves amused. I tell buyers that all my bay hedgehogs are trained to be sociable and make ideal house pets.

There are breeders  websites selling hedgehogs in most states. Once the buyer comes in to see the hedgehogs the sale is almost made  when I show them the hedgehogs and help them pick one for the family. Children love hedgehogs and I find they sell better than any other exotic pet. So breeders selling hedgehogs need a really good hedgehog specific website which educates the buyer about hedgehogs as pets and presents the breeders credentials including being registered with the Department of Agriculture as a registered breeder. I think the breeder should also add a photo of themselves and some details.

Uncategorized @ 12 May 2014, Comments Off

FINDING THE PERFECT PINBALL MACHINEWe run a successful video arcade bar in our city. It is a business that I opened with 2 of my best friends, whom I have known since kindergarten. Ever since we would play Pac-Man after school before our moms would find us, we made a pact to have them, so no one could tell us when we could or could not play them. As we grew up, we realized we weren’t alone and the nostalgic longing for games of our childhood prevailed in most people our age. So to make money and turn our dream into reality, last year we opened our game bar, where adults could play their favorite video games, as well as drink alcohol, now that they are of legal age.

Finding the best suppliers of video games was the biggest challenge we faced. It turned out that there are few top companies with a good reputation of selling pinball machines. It took perseverance, patience, as well as long hours on various forums and gaming websites to finally find what we were looking for. And we were not disappointed. We ordered a full range of video games machines for our bar, and they all were in excellent condition and delivered on time, before our official opening. Not only does the company have the expertise and supplies the best machines, but we also had a couple of issues and they were fast to respond and solved our questions very efficiently. What’s great is that people who run this company of selling pinball machines actually became our friends in the process.

Uncategorized @ 11 May 2014, Comments Off

Even though you will pay more for a caravan park with better facilities, it can be a very wise investment. Most people who are caravan owners are willing to pay higher rent to be in a caravan park that has good facilities. Some of the types of facilities that caravan owners are looking for are tennis courts, swimming pools, gymnasiums, restaurants, children’s playgrounds.  To take it to an even higher level caravan park, it could have a social club or a place for entertainment.

When searching caravan parks for sale, think about not just the places the caravans will be parked, but the types of amenities you can provide to your residents. The more amenities and higher class of amenities translates to higher rents from caravan owners. Even though such amenities can be costly to purchase or to have installed after you purchase the caravan park, it can turn into a quicker return on your investment.

We decided to purchase a caravan park that had a playground. It does not have a swimming pool, but we felt it was really unnecessary because of our proximity to the sea. We did want a social club, or a building that our caravan renters could use for small parties or gatherings. We could not find one that had just what we were looking for, so we will build that within our caravan park within the next two years. We would love tennis courts, but we just cannot justify the cost and the same thing goes for the gymnasium.

Uncategorized @ 11 May 2014, Comments Off

Choosing Tungsten Wedding RingsThere seems to be an endless number of metals that rings are now made out of. Where it used to be just gold and silver, I went to the jewelry store not too long ago and found an endless number of metals and styles; I didn’t even know where to start. While I used to be swayed by the classic look that a gold ring can give, I found that the new tungsten wedding rings are not only a popular choice but also a very practical one as well.

Tungsten is a metal that has been around for decades but only recently has been used to make rings. The reason that it is a popular choice is that it is extremely durable. Tungsten wedding rings will never scratch, warp, bend, or break. It is stronger than steel but can also be polished and shaped to look every bit as timeless as any other precious metal. Because it isn’t as established as gold or silver you can also get it for a decent price. You won’t have to pay the price that gold and silver in any form will have, just the price of a nice, distinguished ring.

Picking out your ring doesn’t have to be as difficult as it seems to be. I would definitely look into tungsten wedding rings and see if it doesn’t appeal to you at all. For the price I just can’t think of a better option for having something as timeless as a ring.

Uncategorized @ 10 May 2014, Comments Off

My daughter loves drama. She is always participating in school and community plays. When we were redecorating her room, I wanted to get something special that would represent her love of theatre. I didn’t want to get the traditional drama masks because they didn’t seem very unique. A neighbor suggested I find some Venetian masks to hang on the wall of my daughter’s room.

I looked online and I found a couple of sites that advertised masks from Italy. There were so many types of masks, I was sure I would find some that represented my daughter’s personality and interests but after looking at the masks, I realized there were just so many that it would be better if my daughter picked them out herself.

After measuring her wall, we spent a few hours looking at different masks online. My daughter wanted to get one large dramatic mask and several medium and small size masks so that the wall would look like a mask gallery. For the large mask, she found a full face white mask that was beaded and surrounded by several layers of feathers. We then spent some time picking out masks that looked like animal faces, ones with peacock feathers, beautiful masks that only covered the eyes and looked like butterfly wings, and a couple of porcelain masks that had an old, antique look to them.

The masks gallery (what we call it), looks amazing. Instead of putting the large mask in the center, my daughter put it off to one side and down a little bit. It gives the wall an artistic, asymmetrical look. I’m so glad we chose to decorate with Italian masks rather than going with typical drama masks.

Uncategorized @ 25 April 2014, Comments Off

I inherited a campground from my grandparents. After several years of running it, my family and realized the campground business wasn’t for us. But we weren’t sure how to go about selling it. Was it like selling a house; did we call a realtor? Or was it something we would have to do on our own? I want to sell our campground but started to wonder if it would be more hassle than keeping it.

After doing a brief search, I found a company that specialized in putting campground sellers and buyers together. The only way I can describe it is as a realtor for campground and RV parks, they take a percentage of the sale price as their commission/fee and in exchange, the broker brings prospective clients to the campground and does marketing to generate interest. The broker who came to assess our campground was wonderful: she gave us suggestions on small improvements we could make to the campground that were inexpensive but would increase the value of our campground. She also walked us through the process of selling the campground as well as telling us that selling a campground could be a long process, sometimes taking up to a year.

Our campground was on the market for about eight months before it sold. During that time, the broker was in regular contact with us during and never once did I feel we were being neglected or that the broker was no longer interested in selling our property. I’m so glad we used a broker instead of trying to manage the sale on our own.