This is Paradise…

What a great Market we share with tourists who visit our beautiful city, our loyal ex-pats and all local Vallartenses who come to see what’s new and wonderful this week. Every Saturday the Paradise Community Center opens its doors at 9 am and the Co-op Market begins, filling the air with the sounds of commerce, conversation and laughter.
As I write this, home happily after two months of working in Canada, I am anticipating my return to Market this Saturday, September 7th. Along with all the steadfast regulars at our Co-op I have so missed, I will be welcoming Paco Ojeda as a “new” regular and saying (no, hugging!) hello to Antonio and Sasha who are also returning from the North to pick up the Mexican threads of their lives. I hope everyone will stop by to sample Antonio and Sasha’s “Hecho en Mexico” baked delights, take some home and just try to have them last until next weekend!
While I was in Canada, I scoured thrift stores, Salvation Army, Good Will, second-hand stores, consignment shops and garage sales for unusual things I could bring back and use in my artistic endeavors. For those of you unfamiliar with what I do and/or make – join the club – it changes weekly! Lately I have been making necklaces for men and women primarily using recycled silk embellished with antique beads and other interesting findings. Italian silk ties, out-of-fashion clothes, any fabulous fabric doesn’t stand a chance in my hands! Occasionally I find things I cannot bear to disassemble (antique pieces, for example) so I simply recycle them at a price that covers my costs and let’s me buy cat food. It’s all about the re-purposing; taking something that somebody once loved and wore against their skin then let it go for whatever reason to end up in a stranger’s hand to be reFOUND and reNEWed. This trip I found a few extraordinary pieces of Italian, Thai and Pakistani silk. They will become gorgeous shawls, beach cover-ups, elegant ponchos and capes.
Another love of mine has been making candles, although having candles burning in one’s home has fallen out of favor the last few years fueled (ahem…) mostly by fire hazard scares. Apparently the “fire ban” has now been lifted and every store in Canada sells row after row of candles in all colors, sizes, shapes and scents. One innovation to the “scent” part (at least to me) is the addition of chocolate scented candles. They smell divine and because I use predominantly pure beeswax in my candles I am anxious to experiment with those two very compatible and delicious essences. Perhaps a dash of vanilla? (YUM!) By Thanksgiving I will have some available for sale at the Paradise Community Center. Be sure to get your orders in fast!
Please stop by this week – and every week – to say hi to me and all the vendors and see what’s shaking at our Co-op Market. You will find everything you need and everything you want but maybe didn’t know you needed!


  1. It has been some years now , but there was a club in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, that only purchased used items at stores like the Good Will , to save the ecology and avoid paying sales taxes. Of course there were certain things they had to purchase new , such as tooth paste and brushes, and women’s hygiene items, and food items, which were purchased in bulk. The mission statement of the club was to see how little they purchased new, and how much used items they could recycle.

    Although I did not participate in this club, I had a different plan in my younger days when raising a family of young children. I realized that I could improve my families standard of living in either , or a combination of two ways.

    I could double my earned income by working, or I could double the purchases of necessities by buying at half price. Doubling my working wages would be difficult, and require working harder or longer, however, purchasing the necessities at half price would put me ahead faster due to paying less taxes.

    So thrift stores, and the city flea market that did not charge taxes, and priced items below wholesale prices, and supermarket and large department stores price loss leaders were first on my list. Soon, I was purchasing most of my necessities at half price and less, and reducing my sales taxes.

    At the Goodwill stores that resale donated items from residents, or retail stores, were receiving much gold jewelry. I purchased a 14K 1/20 gold necklace at one of their stores for $10.99 US, and went three doors up the street to my jeweler for an appraisal. The necklace was appraised to be over ten years old, made in Italy, and valued at $135. This was at the time when gold was valued at around $850 an ounce. I was advised that the Goodwill store sold their jewelry at a very low price.

    Needless to say, I visited the store quite often over the next year, especially on their senior discount on Sunday, until I had pursed some 5 pounds of various types of gold jewelry in 10K to 18 K, but mostly in 14K. Mostly in yellow gold, but some in white gold. When the price kept going up to $1,900 an ounce, I had long stopped purchasing jewelry . When I began my purchases, the Internet said that 14K 1/20 giod jewelry was worth $45 US per ounce.

  2. Correction on above. The $45 is per gram, not ounce. There are approximately 28 grams to the once depending on which weight measurement one uses. At $45,00 US per gram , an ounce would be 45 X 28 = $1,260 when the rate of one ounce was around $850 , Although around $1,450 today , remember it went up to over $1,900 and is projected to rise to $3,200 in two years. Most of the current donated gold jewelry today at my local Goodwill store is priced from some $75 to $850 US. Quite a change in just several years. Regarding micro molecular gold is quite different from gold dust. Optically it is colored white. Chemically ? Regarding micro molecular silver, it looks white also, but not silvery, and chemically it is different. It is easer to make than with gold. A process can combine 45 silver atoms encaged in a lattice of sulfur atoms. I understand that the ancient astronauts came to Earth to make white micro molecular gold for its special properties. However I cannot find an explanation on how it is done, or exactly what are the properties except optically.. Can anyone help?

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