Piece by Piece

Jigsaw puzzles, specifically Charles Wysocki puzzles, are a favorite past-time of mine. I don’t get to work on them as much as I use too. We use to do seveeral in a week! But Bossman doesn’t help anymore and Vera Lynn is afraid of the basement steps and won’t come down. She lays at the top and waits for me and whines ocassionally so I don’t seem to spend as much time down there working on them as I use too. These are a few of the ones I’ve done since last summer…

It’s a shame people want to get rich off an old puzzle for sale on eBay. The prices some people are asking are ridiculous! And then add postage that is outlandish! I might have to give up my obsession 😦 I use to sell some of my puzzles on there to feed my habit for more but EBay just changed how they pay you and they want your Social Security number and I won’t give that to them so…

Puzzles and Books

This summer has been a real slow reading summer for me. Only 13 books June through today! I’m not going to make my Goodreads challenge of 52 this year. Next year I’m not signing on for any challenges. A no pressure year of reading what and when I want. I haven’t even bought many books recently. I picked up a few in thrift shops…

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The Fields by Kevin Maher, Intruder in the Dust by William Faulkner, Homestead by Rosina Lippi, The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis, In the Dark Places by Peter Robinson, Family and Friends by Anita Brookner, The Caribbean Mystery, Death on the Nile and The Under Dog and Other Stories by Agatha Christie, The Unknown Quantity  and Family Affair by Mignon Eberhart and lastly The Thief of Venice by Jane Langton.

I’m really excited to read The Fields, Intruder in the Dust and Homestead! Have you read any of these? I’m saving The Fields for next March though for Cathy @746 Books Read Ireland Month! I have quite a few Irish authors on the shelf and its so much fun setting aside a whole month for just them 🙂

We’ve done a LOT of jigsaw puzzles this summer though. I have to keep the Bossman busy 😉 All Charles Wysocki, but one. We did The Bizarre Bookshop II by Ravensburger. It was tough, but we got it done. Here’s a few we did…

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I unpacked all the Wysocki puzzles (I never get rid of them, I put them away for when we get real old and we won’t remember having done them before 🙂 ). I took pictures of them all in groups of six so I would have them on my phone when we are out shopping and can check if we already one or not so I won’t buy duplicates! I joined a jigsaw puzzle group on Facebook. Cath @Read_Warbler is a member too! That’s how I found the group. They post puzzles for sale or swap too and a woman listed a ton of Wysocki puzzles for $2 each! I kinda went nuts, I bought 13 of them! And one by his brother Heronim. We now have 81 Charles Wysocki puzzles! These are some of the new ones we’ve picked up at thrift stores, eBay and the lady on Facebook…

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This one is Olde Nantucket and I’ve been looking for this one for several years and never see it available. It’s an old one. I got it on eBay and the one above it is Rockland Breakwater Light, a lighthouse in Rockland Maine. We’ve been there several times. Never got to go out to the light though. It’s another one you don’t see available very often so I grabbed it up when I saw it. It’s a new unopened one too! eBay is dangerous for me with puzzles! We are stocked up for the winter anyway.

IMG_4774This is one I’ve been looking for a long time too, but the seller wants too much. I do have limits to my obsession! Checking In On Olde Martha’s Vineyard, isn’t it gorgeous?! He wanted $54.99 plus $9.85 shipping! It didn’t sell so he listed it again at $44.99. It is new unopened but thats still too steep. There is a make an offer option so  maybe…

I really need to sell some of mine to finance the new ones! It’s amazing how many people collect Wysocki and will pay big bucks for older ones! It never ceases to amaze me on eBay the prices some of his go for, some in the $100-$300 range! I see them listed for that, I just wonder if they actually sell.