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You guyyyys! My goodness, I just can’t seem to make myself blog! This booth sales report is actually September sales. That I wrote at the end of October. And never hit “publish” because I was too lazy to create the picture for Pinterest. As if that even mattered. Sheesh!
If you’re remotely interested in what’s been going on around here, keep reading. If not, just skip on down to the first picture.
Blogging? Selling? Frankly, I just haven’t been in the mood. I haven’t been in the mood to booth, I haven’t been in the mood to sell online, I haven’t been in the mood to blog, I haven’t been in the mood to junk, I haven’t even been in the mood to house! I’ve been in the mood to sew.
Back in the day, I sewed a lot of my and my daughter’s clothes but over the years got out of the habit. The sewing bug has bit hard lately and I’ve really been enjoying sewing again. I even wondered if I’d ever want to do anything else again. Ha! Like, fer real, yo. But of course, as with most things, I’ll get to the point that I can tear myself away for a bit.
You see, I really only have 3-4 hours in a day to do…. things. I pick up our now 6-year-old granddaughter after school and in an effort to keep her head out of the electronics, I play with her every afternoon. We throw the Frisbee, we play board games and card games and we draw. I’m ready to teach her to sew but want her to show some interest first. I do so wish I could do the same with our other 6-year-old granddaughter, but she’s several hundred miles away. Makes me so sad.
I don’t resent any of this. I feel like she’s a huge part of why I’m on this earth and that it’s God’s will for me to spend this quality time with her. She won’t be little for long. I hope I can be half the influence on her that my grandmothers were on me. So, I’m just going with the flow. If that means not blogging or posting on Instagram much, then so be it. If it means not putting in the effort to sell, well, okay. While I do love all this, (Not taking the pictures for it all, mind you.) I’m just not putting them priority at the moment. It’s too, too frustrating to try to fit it all in.
I also want to say why I blog or show pictures of the house on IG. It’s obviously not to brag. I’m just a regular ol’ girl with ideas that might or might not work. That you may or may not like. Usually nothing special. No, it’s always my hope that something I do or say, no matter how small, might trigger someone’s imagination to go on to greater things for themselves. Or that my mess might make you feel better about your life – or business – or home.
So here’s a recap of September. If you remember, August was quite a good month. September? Ummmm…. not so much. That’s how it is in this business, though. Hot one month, cold the next. And too often the next and the next after that and on and on. We didn’t make rent in October and, as of this writing, we’re still $100 short of rent for November.
Three things in this first picture sold.
The small tobacco basket I bought at a church yard sale. I had it priced at $15, not realizing that Hobby Lobby still had it in the stores regularly for half that. So I lowered the price to $5. It didn’t take long after that to sell. (I just saw it in someone else’s booth. They had whitewashed it. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what price they put on it.) The 7-UP/Texas Drifter advertising promo and the large pottery snail.
Texas Drifter/7-Up advertising promo
Large pottery snail
Three things in the next picture sold, also. The green tray, the old doorknob plate and the Judson Thompson tin box.
Green tole tray
Old painted doorknob plate
Judson Thompson tin box
Small rose tin
The bottles in the picture below may or may not be the ones that sold. I had several groups of three bottles.
3 small bottles
I was surprised this tablecloth didn’t sell in the spring or summer and almost took it home to come out next year!
This is a fairly new, large metal urn I had picked up at…. uh…. I don’t remember. Somewhere.
Large, newish urn
I also picked up a pair of small metal urns at an estate sale. One sold.
Small metal urn
These old photos, (tintypes?) were in an antique frame. I believe original or close to it. I priced them kinda high – for my booth – based on online sales of similar items. I was beginning to think I’d have to sell them online, too. Every time I went to the booth, I could tell someone had looked and checked the price. After two or three months, someone came along who also knew their worth.
Antique framed photos
$37.00 (Actually $33.30 after the buyer took the 10% discount.)
Two things from the next crummy picture. The french fry cutter, which I actually used when I served potatoes — okay. Okay. When I cooked. Sheesh! — And the McCray, enamel tray. I had two of those and kept one.
French fry cutter
McCray enamel tray
Two things from this picture as well. The little, black Mary Janes and the lamb picture behind them.
Mary Jane shoes
I was in my least favorite thrift store back during the summer. Why is it my least favorite? They think they’re some kind of boutique/antique shop or something. They had a colander just like this for $12.00!! I sold mine for $8.00.
So. The story of this chair. It was given to me, along with a trailer load or two of stuff, after my best friend passed away. I’m sure she had planned to refinish it. We shuffled it around a few years before we put it in the booth.
Directly across from it in the booth across the aisle sat its big sister. A rocking chair with the same, chippy green paint. The vendor had found it at the dump. But nowhere near where mine came from.
So one day I was working in the booth and a couple of ladies walked by. They saw the more prominent rocking chair and one said, “Why would anyone do that to a chair?” The other said, “Or at least fix it up or something.” I was kinda hiding wondering if they were going to spot its little sister in my booth? They didn’t, but we all got a kick out of that. A couple of weeks later, my little chair sold.
Chippy green chair
Two oval frames
I’ve only sold one bundle of these old tobacco pouches so far.
Bundle of 3 tobacco pouches
Mid century ice bucket still with tags
I was afraid I was going to have to put this cowboy ceiling shade online, too. I sold a similar one years ago but I don’t like shipping things this fragile. I was nervous with it sitting around in the booth! I knew I’d take less for it just to not have to worry about packing it. It hung around the booth for several months. Funny thing, there was another in the mall identical to it. They priced theirs $49.00. I don’t know if it has sold yet or not.
Cowboy ceiling shade
That’s it for the pictures. Also sold were:
- Vintage brown geometric fabric. Might have been a flour sack. I couldn’t tell for certain. — $8.00
- Large shallow basket (Yeah. I have no idea.) — $5.00
- Small peach lustre dish — $5.00
- Piece of black and white check fabric — $8.00
- Old blue watch or bracelet box — $4.00
- Lovely bundle of 3 antique, cream color books — $9.00
- Rusty green plant stand. A newish, but badly weathered, Hobby Lobby type planter that I got off the side of the road — $14.00
- Small “Drink Me” bottle — $4.00
- White, McCoy tulip bookend — $18.00
- Tiki bottle opener made of Hawaiian lava — $7.00
- 5 cotton bundles. The real deal. That I separated out of about a bushel of cotton. — $55.00 total
- Paint totaling $313.80
- $7.00 worth of old photos
- A bunch’a books
I think I got it all. My check total after rent and credit card fees was a measly $221.03. But I’m ever so thankful to have got a check! Some didn’t.
I hope I’ve given someone out there some ideas or hope. At the very least it kinda satisfies our curiosity about how other dealers are doing. Don’t you deny it! We’re ALL
And now I’m headed up to the sewing room. See ya!
August was a great month for sales in the booth! I worked hard at it, college students and their moms were shopping, we had one big piece and several smaller pieces of furniture available, and we had General Finishes chalk-style paint half price. (General Finishes is discontinuing their chalk-style paint, so it was time to try to move it out.) These things combined made sales be almost $1900 before rent. To some that’s paltry. To me, it’s “rite nice.” Remember, we’ve had to pay rent a couple of times this year.
First, just to get it out of the way, we sold 36 cans of paint, mostly chalk-style, but also milk paint, stain, etc. for $439.00. A nice chunk. BUT… we were only getting our money back out of the chalk paint. Actually, if you figure shipping, we lost a bit there.
Also, 10 old photographs (out of about a hundred +/-) sold for a total of $34 and 10 vintage postcards sold for a total of $12.00.
This post is fairly long. I’ve reduced the “loading” size of the pictures, so hopefully, that won’t be a problem. Also, I edited them on my new laptop. The laptop that DOES NOT do white on the pictures I take. I hope, hope, hope, they aren’t too weird looking. Here are pictures along with commentary:
A large, newish, green clock that likely originally came from Hobby Lobby. I paid $3 for it at a church rummage sale.
In the following photo, the 2 blue books, the light cage and the gym basket:
Blue books — $7.00
Light cage — $6.00
Gym basket — $12.00
Kitchen items from this picture: Oval grater, green handle juicer thingy, green handle strainer, Pet Milk can opener, red handle masher.
We’ve had these corbels for years. While in my wild-hair-get-rid-of-it-mood I decided to let them go.
Something else I’ve had for years and years. I got this at a store going out of business and have used it for display in the booth. Actually, even as far back as when I had a shop! I had it marked $25, which was too much, because I really didn’t care to sell it. But someone looked at it while I was there one day and I told her she could have it for $12.00.
I loved this oval table! It was part of an estate we bought and was in rickety condition. Ricky sturdied it up and painted it. I did the distressing. It didn’t last long. (Looking at it on this computer, the color looks pinkish. It wasn’t. It was white with dark wax.)
Also sold in this picture the silver plate pitcher.
Table — $57.00
Silver plate pitcher — $12.00
I didn’t get a picture of these planters in the booth. The three square ones sold either the same or the next day and the big round one sold within the week. Total cost? $13.00. Yeah. The people just wanted them gone. Don’t-cha love it?
Three square concrete planters, [email protected] for a total of $60.00
Big round planter — $29.00
I got this Swans angel food cake pan at the same sale as all the other kitchen utensils.
Swans cake pan
I had intended for us to paint this French desk top and wanted Ricky to make a base for it but needed some surfaces in the booth, so took it there. Someone loved it just the way it was. Also sold in this picture, the pink swirl pieces, the ruffle vase, and the green stripe creamer.
French desk top — $65.00
Pink swirl plate, sugar bowl and berry bowls — $15.00
Green stripe creamer — $6.00
This bookcase has been with me for quite a while as well. It has served its purpose over and over. Surely it was sold to a student.
Also sold in this picture, the Ucago bamboo look planter on the bottom.
Bookcase — $45.00
Planter — $7.00
Another picture that doesn’t make the piece look good. The color and distressing looks weird. Anyway, this is something Ricky built. We had $449.00 on it and someone offered $350. Sigh. We countered with $375.00 and they took it.
We got a good deal on this hutch last summer but as with everything else, Ricky had hours of work to do on it to make it useable.
Small, green hutch
A stool from my dad’s:
Another stool. This one I had for several years and suspect I went crazy and paid $15.00 for it. Then again, it could have come from my dad’s when he moved. I just don’t remember. Anyway, it began life as dated, antique-ish gold-ish (think 1980s-90s) with a not so attractive cover. I painted it aqua, whitewashed it and made a new cushion.
The dish drain looked good at the sale and looks good in this picture but it had dirties I couldn’t get rid of. Hence the low price.
Red dish drain
The next two chest of drawers were given to Ricky from a storage unit clean-out. A benefit of renting the woodshop building from storage unit owners. The white one needed a LOT of work. It was the cheaper particle board and needed sturdy-ing. The yellow chest, however, was solid wood.
Also sold in the picture of the yellow chest is the black wire stand and the aforementioned green stripe pitcher.
White chest of drawers — $58.00 (after they took the 10% discount)
Yellow chest of drawers — $95.00
Black wire stand — $14.00
I show this odd wire thing because it hung around like this for several months. Then a dealer friend suggested I clip some postcards to it. I did and it sold the next day. Only $2.00 but still. Just goes to show how important presentation is. (And they bought the postcards with it.)
Wire scalloped thingy
End table from my dad’s
There were several other things I don’t have pictures of.
3 tier wire kitchen basket — $10.00
Naturally dried cotton stalk bundles $16.00 total
An orange (for Auburn) task lamp — $9.00
A cookbook — $4.00
A single antler — $10.00
A new-ish Hobby Lobby metal tray — $8.00
Half-pint milk bottle — $4.00
Plate with purple flowers — $5.00
A page from an old pattern book of a square dance dress pattern — $2.00
“All You Need Is Love and A Cat” thing — $2.00
2 Joseph girl figures (Not birthday numbers. I still have one of those.) — $7.00 @
A couple of old frames $5.00 and $10.00
….. and a few other things
If you stuck with me this long, I thank you! One of these days I’m going to get back into blogging more. I keep saying that and keep being lazy. Or busy. Or whatever. But someday….. !!! In the meantime, I invite you to follow me on Instagram @justvintagehome . (You can follow over on the right side here –> Scroll up to see the IG feed.) Not that I’m prolific on Instagram but certainly more than here.