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Monthly Archives: December 2009
In the midst of all the merriment and eggnog yesterday, I started thinking about what I was going to wear for New Years. Personally, I’ll be spending the evening sampling wine and cheese with close friends that I used to go to school with, so I think I’ll try to clean up and look sharp. Even though New Years is a holiday associated with tuxedos and bubbly, for most of us, it really isn’t that formal of an affair, but rather just a night to dress up in a cool outfit and have some fun. That’s why for the Top 10 this week, I’m putting together a list of 10 items from UsedEverywhere.com sites which will suit the style of just about any kind of New Years party you might be going to!
10. Pink and Black Strapless Party Dress
This strapless dress has a black velvet body with a pink taffeta skirt. It would be perfect for a masquerade ball, or any other occasion where a touch of old school luxury might come in handy.
9. Black Cowboy Boots
Okay, I’ll confess. I’m a little biased on this choice, since I try to find an excuse to wear my cowboy boots as often as possible, but still. Throw these on and have a night of New Years line dancing, or saddle up and spend New Years with your trusty horse as you ride off into the sunset. Your choice.
8. Strappy Black Heels with Bow
If you already have your dress picked out, why not sass it up a little with these heels? The straps are flirty, the bow is fun, and the black is classic. They’re a triple threat!
7. Casual Dress Shirt
Sometimes, dressing down is just what the night calls for. If you’re just hanging out, having some drinks with friends and waiting for midnight to roll around, get comfortable! Try a nicely softened up second-hand shirt like this one from UsedPEI.com.
6. Gold Eagle Pendant
I have absolutely no idea what this eagle pendant has to do with New Years, but just look at it! It’s so majestic and powerful, this is just the kind of accessory to go with a great New Years outfit. Show everyone at the party that you’re the kind of person to wear vicious birds of prey around your neck, just because you can.
5. Leather Pants
Do you like leather pants? You should. They’re pretty sweet. This is kind of how I see a night going with these pants:
Step 1) Buy leather pants found on UsedRegina.com
Step 2) Go to a party
Step 3) Be that cool guy at the party in leather pants
Maybe you’re a dog person. You like dogs. Perhaps you even own a dog. If so, then these are the bows for you! Dress your dog up for New Years. It’ll be fun, I promise. UsedEverywhere sites are a great place to find local artists and designers who design cool, funky accessories for both you and your pet, just like these from UsedNanaimo.com.
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Maybe parties aren’t your thing. I feel you. They’re kind of loud, and exhausting. There are always people at them, too. What’s up with that? Anyways, if that’s your take on New Years (and believe me, sometimes it’s mine, too) then maybe you should don this fine garment, fire up your PS3, and have a night of quality vid time. Make sure you stock up on Cheetos, though.
2. Black Cold-Shoulder Dress
You’ve got it, whatever it is, and you want to flaunt it. How better to do that with a unique, fashion-forward take on the little black dress? Better yet, find it from a local designer like the one in Regina who designed this head-turner. Stand out from the pack, buy local, look stunning.
1. 1923 Vintage Tuxedo
Take it back to the old school with a vintage tuxedo from 1923. Feel dapper and sophisticated as you swagger around and mingle all night. Even though most New Years parties aren’t black tie affairs, it never hurts to be exceptionally well dressed, and with something as classic as a tuxedo, going vintage is a great way to save money and stand out in the best possible way. Do your best to refrain from adopting a James Bond accent halfway through the evening, though. It’ll get old pretty quickly.
In November we went up to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island to co-host a garage sale with the Lion’s Club for Usednorthisland.com. Didn’t catch that? Check out our blog post about it!
Having a big meal with family and friends is a great way to celebrate the holidays. It might be traditional dishes that you look forward to all year long, or new recipes that you’ve been wanting to try; regardless, the holidays are a special time to get together with loved ones over a meal to celebrate the season. Looking for some new recipes? Check out Chef Mom’s blog. Need some more supplies for the kitchen? You can find them on your local UsedEverywhere site, just go to Household > Accessories > Kitchenware. Here’s some listings from UsedOttawa.com for example.
As the world becomes smaller it seems that more and more family and friends become, geographically at least, further apart. For many, the holidays are a time of travel, whether that means a flight across the country or an ocean, or even just a drive away. To help you through the stress of traveling, check out this guide to holiday flight survival. Another tip for surviving long flights and airport stress is to take an Ipod along with you. You can find some on your local UsedEverywhere site under Electronics > Audio > Portable Audio. Here are some listings from UsedPEI.com.
3. Cleaning House
Congratulations on finishing your holiday shopping! Now it’s time to start wrapping! If you’re like me, you’re probably always scrambling to wrap your gifts at the last minute, but remember, in the rush of everything, it’s important to think about the environmental impact of all that wrapping! Help keep our landfills from filling up by considering some of these eco-friendly gift-wrapping tips. The Arts & Craft Category on your local UsedEverywhere.com site might help you out. Go to Hobbies > Arts & Crafts Supplies. These postings from UsedRegina.com might give you some ideas to get started!
Of course, there are those that don’t celebrate at all. It’s just a nice long-weekend away from work and more time with family and friends. This can be a great chance to catch up on reading (check out the list of the best books of 2009) or movie-watching (here’s a list of the best movies of 2009 to help you out). Find some books on your local UsedEverywhere site by going to General > Books & Magazines (here’s an example from UsedWinnipeg.com) and you can find movies under General Merchandise > CDs, DVDs etc. > Video DVD (check out the postings from one of our UK sites, UsedDudley.com)
The holidays can be so stressful. Thereâ€™s Christmas lights to put up, a house to prepare for guests, family Christmas Cards to send out. Sometimes it just seems impossibly hard to tackle it all.
However, with the ‘Services‘ section on every Used site it’s easy to find help. Forget nagging your hubby to put up the lights. It’s so simple to find someone to do it for you. Just type in ‘light installation’ into the search bar on the homepage, or simply browse through the ‘Services‘ category to find the help youâ€™re looking for.Â
Think about how much easier it would be to get the house ready for guests if you had a hand to help you out. Check out the ‘Services‘ section to find a house cleaner and put down the mop!
You can also find photographers for Christmas cards, people who offer to cut and deliver firewood and also snow removal services. You can count on your local Used site for everything you need to prepare for the holidays. Find all the help youâ€™re looking for to make this year memorable and stress-free!
When I’m scrambling around a week (or less) before Christmas trying to make sure I have something for everyone on my list, it never fails that there is one person who I can’t think of a single thing they might need or want. This person is the one who says “Oh no, I’m fine, don’t get me anything,” and then when you give them a kittens-and-yarn calendar as a last resort, they look disappointed. Maybe even a little angry.
Don’t let this happen to you! The UsedEverywhere.com community of sites is your one stop shop for that special something for the impossible-to-shop-for friend or relative.
Here are 10 things you might consider for that tricky person on your list:
10. Custom Tutu
If you know a special little princess who likes to feel pretty, give them a custom made tutu to leap and prance about in. How can you not smile when you’re wearing your very own unique tutu?
PS. I’d spring for the optional rhinestones, but that’s just me.
Put a unique spin on a treasured portrait for someone on your list with this service. Have a unique, one of a kind version of your photograph reproduced on rustic, all-natural wood. It’s a gift that’s thoughtful, individual, and touching.Â
Give someone a corking good time with this gift! You’re not likely to hear someone wine about this one. I know I would be grape-ful to receive something so thoughtful. Whoever you buy this for gets a unique, practical gift. You get an opportunity to unload all those terrible puns you’ve been saving all year.
7. Blues Band
Seriously, could there be anything cooler than getting a live blues band to come play at your holiday party? Probably not. These guys look like they know how to party.
6. Big, Interesting Flag
Usually, the gifts that excite people the most are either big, interesting, or some combination of the two. This flag is both big and interesting. That’s not all! This will appeal both to people who like flags and people who like Newfoundland-related things, with its Newfoundland crest! I’d be willing to bet that whoever you’re buying for doesn’t already have one of these.
If someone on your list loves being on the water, a kayak might be the perfect gift for him or her to go out exploring in. It’s a bit of a big ticket item, but that’s the great thing about shopping on one of the UsedEverywhere sites. There’s always something there for every holiday budget.
4. Snack Attack Vending Machine
Do you know someone who likes snacks? I bet you do. Well, a little known secret is that snacks always taste better after they fall a short distance and are retrieved through a flappy door in a machine. That’s why vending machines are so successful. Give the gift of real, authentic vending machine snacks at home, with the Snack Attack vending machine (snacks not included).
3. Retro Stainless Toaster
We’ve got a thing for toasters here on the UsedEverywhere blog. Coincidentally, they make great holiday gifts. No matter how fussy the person you’re buying for is, when they get a warm, crispy piece of toast out of this, they can put anything they want on it. It’s a gift that unlocks infinite toast possibilities. And if they already have a toaster, just explain how the retro styling of this one makes it so much cooler than their other one.
2. White Frizzle Rooster
It’s a frizzle rooster. Even the person who has everything doesn’t have a frizzle rooster. Look at him, all frizzly and lonely, just waiting for a nice home. Just make sure the person who might be receiving him knows how to care for a rooster and has the right kind of environment to keep him happy. Frizzle roosters require a responsible and loving owner!
1. Tetris Stand-Up Arcade Console
For the geek on your list, what could be better than a Tetris arcade console? Forget next-gen systems with their fancy graphics and high tech controllers. Go old school and give a piece of video game history with one of the most iconic games ever made in its original arcade format. Perfect for the home, or even a restaurant or store cool enough to want an arcade machine on premises. Sweet.
Do you remember our post about theÂ toaster adÂ from a few weeks ago? We’ve been refining it, and have now narrowed down to three alternative ways to sell an item, like a toaster, on one of the Used websites. Tell us what you think â€“ which way would sell you the toaster?
Although a picture speaks a thousand words, sometimes adding a story may help to give your item some character and the buyer an incentive to take a look at it. For example:
My toaster needs a new home. My grandmother originally bought it in the 1940s and then it went to my dad, who gave it to me. It’s always been on the counter of our kitchen. To this day it makes the perfect toast; never too under-toasted, and never too over-toasted.Â
So why would I be selling a toaster this special? My kids are getting to that age where they get into just about everything. And, although the toaster is working beautifully, toasters this old don’t have the same safety features that the new ones have. So itâ€™s time to replace it.
2. Specs Only
Manufacturer: Chicago Flexible Shaft Co
Brand Name: Sunbeam
Model Number: T9
Details: The T-9 Half-Round Sunbeam.
Produced: late-1930s through the 40s
Description (from an advertisement): Its lovely oval design (is) the last word in modern styling by George Scharfenberg.
for more details see:
Some buyers know what theyâ€™re looking forward and donâ€™t want to spend a lot of time searching or reading. So using key words that attract their attention is another way to go. For example:
Collectors, Set Decorators, Electronic Restoration
This toaster is for you. Perfect for any kitchen.
It’s cheap, it works, and it looks good to boot.
A great kitchen accessory.
So thatâ€™s our three toaster ad ideas. What do you think?
Which one would you use? Let us know.
10. Snow Suit
This is perfect for someone who can’t wait to run outside and make some snow angels. And really, who doesn’t love making snow angels?
The holidays just aren’t the same without the smell and taste of some yummy home baked treats. Unfortunately, lots of us (myself included) just don’t have the time to put on our aprons and get all floured up in the kitchen. This listing is for us!
Could Mr. and Mrs. Claus use a break from looking after the elves this holiday season? This listing will help you find some time to yourselves!
You know that quirky relative who always shows up in a sweater with pom-poms on it, smelling of rum and eggnog, the who wants to have Christmas music playing 24/7 over the holidays? He wants you to get these.
6. Party Dress
Is your holiday party fast approaching and youâ€™re still not sure what to wear? Look stunning in a holly berry red dress and make sure you get seen under the mistletoe! While you’re at it, why not find a pair of previously loved heels to go with it?
5. Snow Blower
Word around the watercooler up at the North Pole is that Santa’s traded in his old sleigh for a new sled he found on UsedPEI.com! With an upgrade like that, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen might get to spend this Christmas Eve lounging around the fireplace.
Q: What do you get that person who collects holiday ornaments and is a huge fan of the siblings of 90â€™s pop stars?
2. Santa Suit
Putting on this Santa suit is bound to make any little one jolly, and it’s the perfect way to stay warm while waiting for the real Saint Nick to arrive.
The holidays are about giving and sharing, and this listing captures the spirit perfectly with a kind-hearted soul in Victoria looking to give a beautiful tree to someone less fortunate. We should take a note from this lister and remember to extend a helping hand to our neighbours in need this season.
Happy Holidays from all of us at UsedEverywhere.com!