Wednesday, January 13, 2010

DAV, CHKD Thrift Store Rip Offs

It's a shame when thrift stores get all their merchandise through donations and then mark prices on the used merchandise so high, that often times it is priced higher than what one could buy the same item for new. This is one of many complaints being heard from many shoppers of our local thrift stores. Another complaint that is very common is when these same thrift stores get in used electronics and sell them as is with a fairly good idea or knowing full well that the item does not work or work properly.

The idea behind a thrift store is to sell donated items at reasonable prices allowing the store to make money to help fund the charity behind the store. Not try and sell merchandise for as much as one thinks they can get for an item which like stated above, is often close to the retail price of a new item or even more than what a new item would cost.

In the case of the D.A.V., on their own web site, they admit that they are known for over pricing their merchandise. Click Here to visit their web page on the pricing of their merchandise. It is softly stated that if the price is to high, wait for it to come down. Well that's most of the pricing in the thrift stores these days. It's no wonder more people are now shopping at the local flea market, better prices on merchandise are found there as opposed to the local thrift stores. If you are looking for a decent bargain these days, stick to the Laural shelter or the local flea market. Maybe this will send the right message to those behind the high pricing of merchandise in the other thrift stores.

Woodville Estates, Buy Your New Dirt Mound Home Today

This place just struck our funny bone so we had to take some pictures and create our own special headline for this article. Woodville Estates right here in Gloucester County has three substantially large dirt mounds and nothing else. It has all the appearances of being an abandoned project and has been this way for as long as we can remember. The slide show below gives you a good idea of what the area looks like. So rush out now and buy your very own dirt mound home. By the Mobjack contracting team. This post is a spoof on the commercial site.

Walter Reed Birth Place, Gloucester, County, Virginia

Here is a few pictures we just finished taking of the birth place home of Dr Walter Reed. Dr Reed discovered the cure for yellow fever for those who are not familiar with the background on him.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Rosewell Ruins Picture Slideshow

We recently had a chance to photograph The Rosewell Ruins here in Gloucester County. At one time one of the most prominent houses in Virginia, where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both spent time at this house and walking these grounds. In the not to distant past, this was a local favorite party place. We have heard word that the grounds are still haunted and that this even made one of the national ghost hunter shows on TV. Well I didn't see or hear any ghosts while I was there, I would have enjoyed talking to Thomas Jefferson though if he were still making appearances. This slide show is 140 pictures long and will take some time to get through. We are donating these pictures back to the folks who now run and maintain the ruins and we hope they put them to some good use.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Help The Homeless Web Site

A short time ago we reported about a new organization here in Gloucester County called Help The Homeless of Gloucester, Virginia. There web site is now under construction and can be seen in it's early stages by clicking here. It will probably be a few more weeks before the site is fully up and running on it's own, but for now, we have their link covered. This is a very worthy cause that everyone in Gloucester County should get behind. In fact, it's a worthy cause for the entire state to get behind. We here this will soon be going to the papers and the news media and reaching our political leaders very soon.

So step up everyone and Help The Homeless in our own community first.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Help The Homeless of Gloucester County Virginia

There is a new program emerging in Gloucester County, Virginia called Help The Homeless of Gloucester, Virginia. A program designed to bring help and hope to the growing number of people forced into homelessness for any number of reasons these days. When one thinks of homeless people, it's usually visions of people with addictions problems or the mentally challenged. Well there is a whole new breed of homeless people these days. A very bad economy that is forcing people out of jobs, lower wages while prices continue to rise, getting injured and not being able to work, illnesses forcing one out of work, these are the many reasons we are seeing a growing population entering into homelessness. Some people do have friends and family to turn to, others are not so lucky.

People forced to live in their cars or live in tents somewhere in the woods. There are no shelters on this side of the water for families or men. There is one shelter for women and children, but a family that wishes to stay together, there is nothing. What about social services? Still nothing. Section 8 for housing is backed up for years and if you can get on the list? You will wait many years before anything comes up. What about charities? Very short term band aid help. A charity may pay for a family about one night in a local motel, that's it. There are no plans and there is no help for any family facing or in the situation of being homeless.

Even if one has the money to rent a place, many are finding themselves locked out of the rental market due to things such as income requirements that landlords have now adopted as well as being able to pass a credit check. If you just lost your home to foreclosure, your credit stinks. The reason does not matter why your credit stinks, bad credit does lock you out. Also, if you just lost your home, chances of you having enough money to pay the first moths rent, a security deposit, have all the money to get all the utilities turned on are rather slim. Are we getting the picture yet? Folks, the numbers of homeless in Gloucester County Virginia are growing daily. This problem is not going to go away either.

As you go around the county, you will start seeing flyers posted in windows and on bulletin boards for Help The Homeless of Gloucester Virginia, this organization is going to spread throughout the county over the next few months like crazy. Help The Homeless of Gloucester Virginia is looking to build real long term solutions and not just band aid programs that steal the dignity of those who are already suffering major losses. This organization is looking for volunteers for every area, donations of every kind from land to abandoned buildings, office space to office supplies, furniture, blankets, you name it. Most of all, the organization needs shelter for people now. If you can help, please call 1 757 504 5184.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Glo Quips Also Known As DE Hardit Press Web Site

While trying to find the official web site for Glo Quips also known as DE Hardit Press, we were not able to find a site for the local paper. Seems a little strange in this day and age, especially when news papers all across the country are dying a slow death due to the Internet. We wanted to code them in to our new search engine as we noticed they were not coming up in our tests. The more we dug, the more we have come to the conclusion that Glo Quips does not have an on line presence at this time. We hope that changes for their sake soon. A web site does take a lot of work, no question about it. Especially when reporting news. You not only have to contend with the press part of your business, you also have to contend with the web side as well and the pages have to be changed weekly.

You also do not want to report your entire paper on line for free either as that would just kill your paper business. It's also tough to put advertisers on your site as opposed to putting them in your paper. It's a tough call either way. I prefer an on line presence as this is where everyone is looking these days.

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Gloucester County Virginia's Most Comprehensive Search Engine Is Here

We are very pleased to announce that through our partnership with Google, we have created the most comprehensive search engine ever for Gloucester County Virginia. The first of it's kind anywhere that we are aware of. So what does this mean to you? It means that you can come here and use this search engine to eliminate results for Gloucester County, NJ, Gloucester County, MA, Gloucester County, England and everything else in between. The only thing we have in our search engine is Gloucester County Virgina sites. The search engine is at the bottom of this page and has the Google logo on it so you can't miss it.

Time saving searches for everyone looking up anything for Gloucester County Virginia. Sites are no longer buried deep within the search engines. What you are looking for is now right at your fingertips. Individual businesses that do not use Gloucester Virginia in their site code will not be found at this time as each business will have to be coded on an individual basis. Because of this, we must charge a small fee for any business that wants to be included in the search results for Gloucester County Virginia. The fee is a yearly fee as we have to re code each business each year.

Go ahead and try the new search engine. It is so cool. You do not have to type in Gloucester County Virginia or any of those three key words to find what you are looking for. Type in a school name and it pops right up. No more digging or extra words to get to what you are looking for. You are going to love this new search engine, so bookmark this site now and start searching the fun and easy way.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Mark Warner Slammed On National Health Care Issue In Virginia

In this video, Mark Warner is slammed on national health care issues at a town hall meeting in Fredericksburg, Virginia. See it here for yourself.