I’m in Las Vegas, Nevada….sleeping not gambling.

Since May 13th I have been on the road for my day job. My husband, Joe, a friend of ours, Jim, and I have been moving trucks from Tracy, California to Las Vegas, Nevada where they will be sold at auction.

We have moved 45 trucks and six trailers.

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We took five trucks at a time. I drove one truck and pulled a trailer.

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We finished the job on Monday. What kept me going all the days of 100 degree temps was the day I would spend in a scrapbook store in Las Vegas. Just before our last trip I read on the store’s website they were closing. Total bummer!

Yesterday I walked the aisles, already nearly bare, in search of things I could not live without. I set a budget of $150 – Joe figured I would bust my budget and we would have to rent a U-Haul. I went under budget and spent $112.

Paper was one thing I did not purchase. I have a big enough stash of paper already at home that barely gets used.

Are you ready for my “Haul”? Here we go.

A Tim Holtz die that I have been wanting for a long time. $16.09 – original price $22.99.

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An absolutely cute Sizzix Die (well used) that will be used for creations for my grandchildren. $1.

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At home, months ago, I went looking for a punch to use with my Zutter or Cinch to add paper pieces to the binding. Couldn’t find one. I did this time and put it in my basket. $11.89 – original price $16.99.

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I’ve been wanting a heat tool that doesn’t sound like a jet engine in my hands. My heat tool at home is LOUD! I’ve seen, and heard, the Heat It Tool from Ranger and have wanted one for several years. $18.89 – original price $26.99.

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Okay, the next items I didn’t even know were on the market. Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam Glitter Paint. I was ruthless. I took three of the five remaining. The other two were duplicates. $5.59 each – original price $$7.99 each.

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The Ranger Distress Stains had been picked clean. I found three colors I don’t already have. $3.84 each – originally $5.49.

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I have heard a lot of good things about these next items. Pearl Pens. Once again, not much left to choose from. I got one “Ice” and one “Gold”. $3.70 each – originally $5.29 each.

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One of my daughters is getting married next February. I found a sheet of journaling stickers by Bella Blvd. This is the only “paper” I bought. $3.00 – originally $4.29.

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Of course, no layout would be complete without a bridal dress and cake embellishments. Jolee’s bride $3.70 – original $5.29. Wedding cake embellishments $3.07 – original $4.39.

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The Ellison Die Cutting machine was out of my price range at $325. The dies were priced according to size and started at $100 for the giant dies then $50 to $15 for the smaller sizes. I settled for some cardboard mini album cutouts at $1.60 each and I bought two of them.

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I also found three chipboard mini album bases at $1.20 each.

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These nibs from Ranger I’ve never seen before. Probably because I don’t own a single Distress Marker. I thought I could use them with the Tattered Angles Glimmer Glam stuff. $3.84 – original $5.49.

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A small roll of Washi Tape to add to my small collection. This was the only roll of Washi Tape in the entire store. $2.

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In a large tub, stuffed under a piece of furniture was a stash of Grab Bags. What the heck. Might as well get three of them. I might be surprised. And I was.

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Baby themed items were in two of the bags. Woo Hoo! I have a daughter just about to deliver twins in the next few weeks. Two Grab Bags at $2.50 each.

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The last item in my Haul is a $5.00 Grab Bag. Clear epoxy letter squares, Ranger square pendents, and some Bind-It-All mini book covers. Bonus items for the new family!

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So, there you have it. My haul from Las Vegas. I still won’t be home to play with this stuff for another couple weeks. Boo Hoo :/. We are slated to take three trucks out of Fontana, California going to Grand Island, Nebraska. We will get home before the end of this month – I HOPE!

Hope you are enjoying your bright summer Wednesday.

Leslie