Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Thift Shop Finder

Finally.... someone made the website that I always hoped would be created ... an online national Thrift Shop Finder! The website is called, "The Thrift Shopper." ( There are already over 7300 Thrift Shops listed. Just a few clicks and you can have a listing of charity based thrift shops in your area. The listing includes store name, address, hours, telephone number, affiliated charities, and a link to a map. Who could ask for more? Well... there IS more... an online magazine, a forum, classifieds, etc. Get ready for a fun web surfing time on this one.

If your favorite, charity based Thrift Shop is not listed, you can add it. You can also rate the shops that you know. Help your favorite shop get some good publicity by posting a good review.

Don't forget to visit this site before you take a vacation. Make a list of Thrift Shops in your vacation destination. You can pick up local memorabilia for a fraction of what it would cost retail.

There is also a link to a syndicated cartoon strip that takes place in (of course) a Charity Thrift Shop - cute. It's called, "Heaven's Love Thrift Shop." (

So, check out this site. Create a local list for yourself (including the maps). Stick the list and maps in your glove compartment. Then... when you find yourself in the area of town where the shop is, you can drop in and check it out. We must use our gas miles wisely.

Happy Thrift Shop Shopping!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Learn to Play the Harmonic - Fast, Easy and Free

I have managed to fail to learn to play at least a half a dozen instruments this lifetime. That takes a great deal of ability.... especially considering the fact that I REALLY would LOVE to play an instrument. I have tried everything from the triangle to the piano, all to no avail.

BUT... TODAY.... FINALLY.... I found a web site that REALLY teaches you to play (drum roll, please) the HARMONICA!

Yes, indeed, today, for the very first time, anywhere on the planet, Bobbi played "Shenandoah" on the harmonica. Truly, it was so easy, I couldn't believe it.

This guy, Jack, has put together a website that shows you how to start playing the harmonica in minutes. It's like magic.

I have spent hours, in the past, trying to learn to play the harmonica. I couldn't figure out how to do it. I mean, how complicated could it be? But all I was ever able to do was make the same sounds that any three-year-old would make by blowing the air in and out of the instrument.

But, today... I clicked on the link. Read a few paragraphs, followed the instructions and voila!.... I am now a musician. Book me into Carnegie Hall.

So, if you have ever wanted to learn to play an instrument .... dig out the old harmonica that you have tucked in the back corner of your desk drawer and click here, to go to Jack's Harmonica Page. Within 10 minutes, you too, will feel like Bob Dylan. (Well, you might not FEEL like Bob Dylan, but you will be playing the harmonica as well as Bob Dylan and you will probably enunciate your words BETTER than Bob Dylan.)

Be sure to make a video of your first concert, upload it to Utube and send me a link.