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Vintage Sales Report for January

Vintage pair of brass deer

I sound like a broken record, but gosh darn it! I just wasn’t into the resell game last month. I only visited the booth twice! Or maybe it was once? I did renew some Etsy listings and added a couple of new things. But my preference for life was, as it has been for several months, to hole up in the sewing room. Why in the world can’t I discipline myself to divide my time?! But all that’s neither here no there. The point of these posts is to share the things that did sell. Because that’s what we all want to know, isn’t it? What’s selling for everybody else? So, here it is:

The Vintage Sales Report For January

Sales in the booth:

Dept. 56 Locomotive Shed $20.00

Cotton Stems – Larger bundle $12.00, smaller bundle $10.00

Surveyor’s Stick $55.00

These nightstands were given to us. Ricky put a quick coat of paint on them and we took them to the booth.

One White Nightstand $27.00 (The other sold a couple of months earlier.)

This pottery flower frog is a planter, too. And it’s just the green thing, not the candlestick it’s sitting on.

Green Flower Frog Planter $8.00

Yellow and White Drinking Glass $6.00

Okay. So. I sold this old fireplace surround for $25.00. Before you berate me for selling it too cheap, mine was one of several in the mall. The others were at least $50.00. All of them, including mine, had been there a looooonnnnngggg time. The others are still there. I had actually decided to bring mine home and find a use for it but never got around to it.

Hint: Want something to sell? Decide to keep it but don’t take it home immediately.

Fireplace Surround $25.00

I bought two of these copper-colored, iron plaques and kept one. I loved it! Haven’t put it up yet, but there’re a lot of things waiting to find their place here. I was so surprised that this one took quite a long time to sell. Guess I don’t have to worry about selling – or not selling – my taste.

Goddess Plaque $25.00

I bought this bird cage looking thing at the Country Living Fair in Atlanta several years ago. It is not old and there is no bottom. It’s like a bird cage cloche. I decided to let it go. Probably lost money on it. I have no idea.

Also, sold in this picture is the silverplate tray it’s sitting on.

Silverplate Tray $12.00
Newer Pretend Bird Cage $12.00

I watched so many people stop and look at this old cart. They’d look at the tag ($59.00) and walk on. My husband had to make the wood insert. I wondered if we had painted the wood in different color layers and distressed it, if it would have sold quicker? However…. I’m not the painter in the family and decided not to mention it. After nearly a year, it found its new home.

Flower Cart $59.00

Fabric $10.00

Not pictured:

  • Headboard Lamp $17.00
  • Refrigerator Dish and Lid $12.00
  • White Planter $8.00 (I don’t know which white planter. I’ll have to figure that out later.)
  • 6 Cans of Paint total $97.00
  • 4 Pieces of Jewelry total $25.00
  • 4 Postcards total $4.50
  • 3 Books (Old antique price and ID guides) total $10.00
  • 2 Old Photos total $3.00
  • And the biggest goof I made this month — A set of 4 chairs $45.00. These chairs were newer, made in Malasia. I paid $10.00 for the set, took them straight to the booth, slapped $45.00 on them because, well, when I’m chair shopping that’s the price I hope to see. Didn’t even bother to get a picture. And I was hoping they would help sell a table we have no seating for at the moment. A couple of hours later, they sold. Sigh. Yay? Sad face? Head slap?

Etsy Sales:

Note that I usually charge shipping, only occasionally offering free shipping.

First Etsy sale of the year? The last of the 6″ Tupperware doilies. Ya know? I didn’t make a killing off these things, but considering the cost, which, if I’m not mistaken, was free, it was a very good profit. It was just slow and a little at the time.

6" Tupperware doily with tab attached

Tupperware Doily

I had a lot of vintage flour sacks listed over the last few years. All had sold but this one and I let it sit in the expired listings for quite a while before renewing it again in January. It sold a few days later.

Windmill and Dutch People Flour Sack

Vintage meat slicer tool - the Tiarost APE

Meat Slicing Tool

I did give free shipping on this vintage Vogue pattern. Shipping was $2.76, so take that off the $15.00 selling price.

Vogue 8878. A wiggle dress pattern dated 1957. Buttons up front from hip, has short or 3/4 length sleeves and Peter Pan style collar.

Vogue 8878 Pattern

Vintage pair of brass deer

Pair of 6″ and 4″ tall brass deer

Web Site Sale

I’m always sooo appreciative of sales from the blog shop!

Vintage mock turtleneck 36" bust from the 1980's

Vintage Mock Turtle Neck Sweater, still with its tags

So that’s it for my January sales. Hope you did better! I’m having to pay five dollars and 6 cents rent at the booth. Allllmost made it! If I’d charged just $10 more for those stinkin’ chairs, I’d have got a $5.00 check! Pooh!

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Vintage Booth Sales Report For Fall 2019

Chippy green chair

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.

Tobacco basket

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!

Strawberries tablecloth

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

Lamb print

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.

Star colander

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 nosey curious!

And now I’m headed up to the sewing room. See ya!

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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.