Sunday, May 2, 2010

Spring cleaning

Our basement has a built in craft area with shelves and a work table. When we first moved in, I tried to use the space for tackmaking, but I never really felt comfortable working down there. The lighting isn't great and I didn't like being that removed from the rest of the house. It wasn't long before I moved my tools and supplies upstairs.

Over time the space has become one big messy catch-all for all my hobby overflow, and I've decided it's high time I reclaim the area and make it useful again. Eww! I'm not sure which is worse--the dust or the severed plastic horse limb.
Here's the same space a couple hours later. It's still cluttered, but at least now it's a lot less embarrassing.
I found all kinds of bits and pieces from long forgotten tackmaking projects. I never know what to do with this stuff. It's not good enough to keep but too good to throw away...
Surprisingly, there was one nice tack set amongst the junk. Does anyone want a circus costume? This is probably three or four years old, but it's nearly equal to my current work. It's a bit stiff from being in a baggy, but that's an easy fix. I guarantee this looks much better in person than it does in this hasty photo! I'm asking $50 now. Once it's cleaned up and rephotographed, I'll be listing it on MH$P for $75...
While I'm in the selling mode, does anyone want these Breyers? I am trying to trim the herd a bit and am willing to let them go for next to nothing (seriously!).
Please send all inquiries/offers to braymere@comcast.net and keep an eye out for more spring cleaning bargains in the weeks to come!

14 comments:

  1. What about MEPSA? They're always looking for tack donations.

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  2. Who's the Norwegian Fjord? He looks cool!

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  3. I'm not really sure most of those tack odds and ends are worth donating. Some of them are really old and not so good. I think I'd end up wasting time trying to fix them up when it would really be better to just toss them.

    Well, they kind of are tossed right now--tossed into a box anyway. I'll decide their fate later...

    Notturna--that's a North Light Norwegian Fjord. He's an original finish resin and not too terribly hard to find on the secondary market. I think I saw one of MH$P recently for $50 or so.

    There's been a lot of interest in the Zippo so he's no longer available. Everything else is though!

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  4. You have a few nice dogs too! Is that a collie looking into the camera?

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  5. I like the english bridles in the picture of your "tossable tack". The brown concho-covered breastcollar is pretty nice too. I could take them off your hands... :)

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  6. Sian--I *do* have a nice little dog collection. The one you referneced is a resin Australian Shepherd. I got that (and others) in trade for the very first BCS English saddle!

    Jumper13--You have good eyes. The pelham bridle is pretty nice and I will probably clean that one up, make a few (small) changes and put it in my show tack box. The double bridle with the handmade bits... That one's kind of a mess! The Western breastcollar with all the conchos is a probable donation. I'd like to update it a bit, but it's not completely without merit. There's a bitless, reinless headstall that matches it, too.

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  7. If you find something you don't want to keep or donate... just let me know! LOL. I seem to be experiencing a shortage of tack. Anything goes-English or Western! But that's only if you want to.

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  8. I don't do severed limbs. And, I kinda miss the stash of stuff that is in that corner of your house. It was fascinating to go through the clutter :)

    But, I do admit, it looks nice. Now you need to show off the nekkid resin land :D

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  9. Jennifer, I have a whole gallon baggie of old tack odds and ends I've made over the years... I figured I would send them to some show with an amazing performance class list for door prizes!

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  10. I'm doing the same thing with my studio! I reclaimed a lot of space, and a lot of future sales.

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  11. if you still have these (unlikely) I'd take the b/w pinto saddlebred. Always loved that model.

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  12. Sorry, Quinn. I do have lots of those still, but not the saddlebred. He went to Tiffany and turned into the TWH in this post.

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  13. WOW!!! I am so crazy jelous of how many models you have! most of them resins, no? I would love to add a resin to my small model herd, but they are really expensive for a 14 year old, painted or not! :D

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  14. Most of the models on the shelves are OF's although there are a few older customs and resins. Most of my show string live in plastic tubs, more for their own protection than anything else!

    And I *do* have a lot of models, but I am old. It doesn't really matter what you collect--if you keep at it for more than thirty years you will have shelves in your basement that look like this!

    :)

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