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Booth Sales Report for August 2019

Aqua Stool

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.

Green Clock

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.

Total $26.00

We’ve had these corbels for years. While in my wild-hair-get-rid-of-it-mood I decided to let them go.

Unfinished corbels

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.

Hand-built sideboard

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:

Industrial stool

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.

Aqua stool

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.

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July 2019 Vintage Sales Report

Woot, woot! July sales were pret-ty good. We made it about halfway to our sales goal, which I’ll admit is a bit lofty for us. But doable. Now, my real (secret) goal is much, much higher.

In looking at the low prices some of these things sold for, however, I’m kinda slapping myself. But here’s the thing. I find myself trying to compete with the booth across from me. I’ve mentioned before that her booth is over the top fabulous, one of my favorites, and she practically gives things away. I’ve got to stop comparing myself and competing and just be me. But another thing is the mood I’ve been in. I’ve been in the sell-it-no-matter-how-little-it-has-to-go mood.

Also, I apologize in advance for the multitude of crummy pictures! My phone and the lighting didn’t agree with each other the day so many of these were taken.

The first thing that sold in July was the marble butter keeper. You might remember, if you saw this post, that I paid $4.00 for it having read that butter keepers were hot online sellers, only to realize it must be the pottery ones that sell so well. The marble ones…. not so much. So I put it in the booth for $6.00. I guess any profit is better than no profit.

Butter keeper

I might have let this fence piece go for too little. It only lasted a week or two. It really classed up the place, too! Once it and the table from last month sold, the booth was looking pretty ho-hum again.

White iron fence piece
Paid $20.00
Sold for $60.00 minus the 10% discount so actually sold for $54.00

This green pitcher with no lid lived at our house for years and years. I kept it because, well, it made a good vase! For all those fresh flowers I never brought in. So, with a decluttering determination going on, I took it to the booth. Didn’t last long.

Old green pitcher
Cost? Not a clue, but surely a dollar or less
Sold: $6.00 (Were you expecting more? Sorry to disappoint.)

This arrow shaped basket only lasted a couple of months, too. I don’t remember how much I paid for it. Must have been one of those days I was ready to just get rid of everything without trying to keep up with costs and stuff. It’s also something I wouldn’t normally buy. I was probably thinking Boho. (By the way, it’s the one in the back, not the one hanging in the front.)

Arrow shaped basket

Bird on stump figure

This distressed yellow frame was from the Dollar Tree a couple of years ago. I never used it and again, decluttering, stuck some scrapbook paper in it, put two bucks on it (scared to put more since DT might still have them and a buyer might feel ripped off) and waited a couple of weeks. It sold. Maybe I could have shot for $3.00? LOL

Another from my personal collection. It weighs so much I didn’t want to put it online and it took a few months to sell in the booth.

Green La Solana casserole

This repurposed hanger thing took a little while to sell. And I figured, when I bought it, that it would go quick. Ya just never know. I could have displayed it better, too.

Repurposed junk hanger

I brought this Japan made pottery vase from home. I used it for several years but I really don’t have much blue. But still I waffled back and forth whether to sell or not. I really liked it a lot but it didn’t melt my heart. So I decided to let it go.

Blue drip, made in Japan pottery vase

Okay. I realize this next picture is the worst representative picture ev-uh but it’s the only one I could find. You can kinda, sorta get an idea of what it looked like.

Ocean scene print in oval, metal frame

Embroidered wreath tea towel

A couple more tea towels sold this month for similar prices.

Glass mushroom/paperweight/thingy

I bought this at Hobby Lobby several years ago for my kitchen. I rarely never use a cookbook any more so decided to let it go.

Iron book stand

I found myself in dire need of another flat surface after something had sold and at the same time, a vendor just happened to be closing his booth and had 50% off everything. I snapped up this cute little table for $15.00. I had planned to take it home later and repaint it, but it sold before I could, necessitating another flat surface to clutter up.

Another item I used in my home for years:

Oval, reverse painted cottage picture

Three things in this next picture sold. The two baskets and the book, Ride Like An Indian.

Basket on left

Basket on right


This was a gift from a precious friend. I liked it very much and I feel bad about selling it but, well, you know how it is. It just didn’t cut the mustard in the new house. I didn’t have a good place for it.

Photo album with old photos

I can’t believe this is the only picture of the display mannequin. I bought her at a yard sale a few years ago. She is not old. She has a Made In China sticker on the bottom. I don’t remember how much I paid for her, but it was either $30 or $40. I used her in the shop but have been storing her ever since. Limited space caused me to make the decision to let her go. Sigh.

Display mannequin
$65.00 (Actually $58.50. They took the 10% discount.)

Mosaic tile

So, I bought this churn for $10.00. I know nothing about pottery churns. Nothing. Zilch. Nada. But I figured I could get more than $10 even with the ser-i-ous chips. I didn’t shoot for the moon. Maybe I should have? I just priced it at $30.00. It didn’t last long and they took the 10% discount.

Chipped churn

Rusty plant stand

This planter got rusty like this in my back yard. I don’t think I ever used it.

Rusty wire planter

Table and benches built and painted by my husband. The buyers asked if we’d take less than priced and we did.

Table and 2 benches

Sacred Harp hymnal in poor condition

Sacred Harp hymnal

The rest have no pictures.

  • A basket with a strap — $8.00
  • Vintage Empire State Building brochure — 3.00
  • Pair of figurines. (I still can’t figure out what they were! Inventory numbers are important! Do Not Neglect To Do That!) — 6.00
  • Large scalloped frame — $12.00
  • Mid century atomic design drinking glass — $5.00
  • Thursday tea towel — $10.00
  • Camera tripod (One we used years ago) — $20.00
  • Something with box. (Not a clue on this one either!) — $3.00
  • White wicker waste basket — $17.00
  • A partially finished table with a sanded top, covered up so no one would see, used as a surface only. Someone peeked and wanted it. $100.00
  • 9 cans of paint — $220.92
  • 5 books — $17.00

Four items sold on Etsy. Remember, I haven’t put anything new on there in some time and actually haven’t even renewed in a month or two, so any sale there is nothing short of miraculous.

Enamel turtle necklace

Church cookbook

6" Tupperware doily with tab attached

Yet another Tupperware doily. I think I have one left.

This needlepoint piece is the kind that only has the design worked. You have to fill in the background.


Whew! I believe I got it all but could have missed something. My check from the booth, which is after $480 rent and credit card charges, was $756.40. I haven’t figured up profit on all that but I can assure you, unless I grumbled about not making much on something, the profit was…. well…. nice. (Of course, if you figure in miscellaneous expenses, it gets smaller and smaller.) Many things were free or cost a quarter. I don’t know how much Ricky makes off his tables. That’s something he’s doing because he loves doing it. My guess – we don’t really talk about it – is not a whole lot. But in the end, we did not go in the hole this month. Much. I forget about these expenses — We do have the woodworking shop rent and a couple of storage units full of projects awaiting their turn….. Arghhhhh!!! That takes me back to needing to make my secret sales goal. Don’t let anybody kid you. This is a hard way to make a living but so rewarding.

We’re always interested in what everyone else is doing? Was July good for you or a bust? Do you enjoy reselling as much as I do?

As always, pinning to Pinterest is so very much appreciated.

July 2019 Sales Report
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Hall Table Before and After – Or Is It A Sofa Table?

A few weeks ago, I found this table at a yard sale for $5.00.

It was missing a top and needed some serious glue in a few places. My husband, who really does not like working with old furniture, he prefers to build from scratch, made a top, glued all the places, sanded and spray painted it for me, God bless him!

He brought it to me and I spent nearly a day waxing. Here’s our finished result:

The picture isn’t that great. I should have taken one before we took it to the booth.

Before I show a close up of the color, distressing and waxing, I want to tell you – again – what an idiot I am.

I couldn’t wait to get it to the booth and rearrange. It looked fabulous! Really classed up the booth. People were stopping by looking at it while I was working. Then I made a seriously goob move. I priced it at $129.00. Whyyyyyy?????!!! I was competing with the booth across from me. She prices her things quite low. But honestly, I think, no I know, she would have priced something like this higher.

When I got home, I thought better of it – the too low price – and planned to go back first chance I got the next day. I also wanted to get a better picture and change the handle. I went back not 24 hours later and it was gone. Not only had it sold, it sold with a 10% discount! So someone got this beauty for $116.00. Sure, that’s not too bad for the $25 or so we eventually had in it, but it could easily, easily, have been more. And I’m not exactly doing this for my health, ya know? Oh, well. I’m proud we actually got it out without it sitting around here for months or even years. But guess what? It’s still in the mall. For double the price. (I think it’s one of the mall owners’ booths.) I think I’ll try to keep tabs on it and see how long they keep it.

I learned a couple of things with this experience. 1.) Don’t be afraid to price higher and 2.) I kinda liked the distressing process! Who knew?

Here’s what we did to achieve the results:

It was first painted with General Finishes Milk Paint. One part Lamp Black to 10 parts Snow White. I hit it with sandpaper in logical places, corners, edges, sticky-out parts and the like, then put a black wax on reallllly thick. I wanted the wax to chunk up in the details. You can click on the picture for a larger view.

About the wax. I used a homemade mixture. A clear paste wax with black pigment mixed in. My husband made that a few years ago. I really don’t know what he used but I do recall wax splatters in my kitchen. I’m pretty sure you can Google how to tint paste wax. Or just buy some Briwax on Amazon already tinted. (affiliate link)

$5 table re-do