June….. Ahhhh, June. The month of weddings and summer freedom. June at the mall was fairly decent. We at least got a check. I’m seriously debating my online selling presence at the moment and haven’t worked at it much in months. Despite that, sales do still trickle in.
So here’s a recap of booth and online sales for the month of June 2019. I wish I had pictures of everything but well, this is me we’re talking about here. Of course I don’t!
Booth sales this year have been up and down. Feast or famine. Pay rent one month, make a little the next. May was a “feast” or at least an “eat” month. “Feast” might be pushing it a little.
I need to say that this post won’t be a visually appealing one. I’m having to scrape up pictures and the ones I can find aren’t very good. I had pulled away from the internet this year and last and rarely took pictures of the booth or items in the booth. But I’m trying to get going again and figured I’d get this series started back with or without pictures.
First up, a corner shelf. This and another corner shelf, among a lot of other things, came from an estate we bought. I use the word “estate” loosely. It was two rooms of furniture and nick-nacks. And not packed in at that. But we did okay with the buy.
The other corner shelf sold a few months back. I seriously did not want to have to paint these things and lowered the price to $25.00. They were handy to use in the booth, but looking at the picture below, at least this one might have been the kiss of death. Nothing on this shelf has sold and all have been there for a while. I’m not sure anything ever sold off the shelves. It’s not undesirable stuff and not priced high at all!
Corner shelves $25.00
These antique fashion prints didn’t last a week in the booth. I forgot to get a nice picture before taking them and forgot to get one the day I took them in. I just happened to be in the mall the next day and hastily took a picture of each one. It’s a good thing too! Two days later they were sold!
Antique, framed fashion prints $24.00 each
Maybe I should stop turning my nose up at new Hobby Lobby type decor. This is a young town. This is what I find at the yard sales and perhaps it’s what the people are looking for. This little drawer/shelf thingy only lasted a few days. Warning: Horrible, horrible picture below! It doesn’t even show the correct color!
Newish drawer/shelf thing $15.00
Plain, no pattern, butter press
Butter press $7.00
This next item, a Sadler teapot, has been around a couple of years. I typically put it out in the fall just because it looks good with the fall things but this year, instead of packing it away when it didn’t sell, I left it in the booth. I had $35.00 on it. And it sat there, wanting so badly to go home with someone.
I was leaving the mall one day and saw a lady with it in her hand — and putting it in the return bin!! I grinned and said that it was mine and I thought it really wanted to go home with her. She said she was overspending and had found a German coffee set that reminded her of her daughter or something which put her spending too much. I told her she could have the teapot for $25 and when she hesitated, I blurted out $20.00. She knew a deal when she saw one and took me up on it.
I don’t regret it. It was a nice teapot, but it was time to move it. And she was a nice lady.
Sadler teapot $20.00
I had a bunch of these Garrett Snuff notebooks. Two left at the time of the picture below. The buying of them must not have been memorable…. (Um….. maybe it was that fabulous sale out of town and these were just some extra little things…..??) and had sold all but this one. Now the last one has a home.
Garrett Snuff Notebook $1.00
I bought this tin bottom chair years ago and used it until we moved into the new house last year. You can read the acquisition story –>HERE<–. It hung around the booth a year before someone saw the beauty in it as I did.
Tin Bottom Chair $30.00
The two red and white surveyors’ poles. The tripod and the measuring sticks haven’t sold as of yet.
Red and white surveyors’ poles $35.00 each but buyer took a 10% discount $63.00
That’s all I have pictures for. Here’s a list of other items sold. Note that the links are various sellers on Etsy with the same item in case you want to know what the item looked like. These are affiliate links.
Different glass cookie jar like a Tom’s jar $12.00
Wire hat stand similar to –>this one<– but not as fancy. Mine was swirled curves rather than angles and had 3 places for hats. I didn’t research it first and now that I see this one I feel sick. You’ve gotta see the one I linked to. $14.00
Small, rectangle basket with a lid. That’s the best I can do with a description. Sorry $5.00
Bag of about 15 pen nibs similar to –>these<–. Mine were generic. Nothing special. $4.00
Ceramic frog sponge holder kinda like –>this one<– $9.00
Wall hanging, wire scroll, plant/flowerpot holder. Not very old, but awfully beat up. $16.00
Small stoneware jar a bit like –>this one<– (That is a lovely product picture!) only mine had straight sides. Nothing special but still sweet $7.00
Vintage printed tablecloth with a vibrant tulip border. I might regret selling that. $29.00
Tooled leather coin purse very much like –>this one<– $9.00
Simple, black metal, scrolly brackets $8 each $16.00
3 diecast model cars that my husband bought, not old, $18.95 each $56.85
A big-a** roll top desk that we bought new from Ashley furniture 15-ish years ago. The best place we could use it in the new house was upstairs but it was too doggone heavy so we decided to sell it. Apparently, I never got a picture of it anywhere it ever lived. $279.00
And then there are these things I have no clue what they were!!
Everyone always wonders what to buy to resell? Even the pros are always looking for something to add to their repertoire. There’s always something out there we hadn’t thought about selling that sells quite well. It takes a lot of research to find out what those are. So today’s report is:
What To Buy To Resell — The Vintage Version
I’ve been remiss in writing my Etsy sales report (And booth report, too!) for the past three months. Why? Beats me! The sales weren’t good but, there were some and I’m thankful for even that little bit. Still, it would have been a waste of your and my time to do a September and October report. So. Because I’ve committed to sharing the bad along with the good, I’m doing it. Combining August, September and October sales in this one post. It won’t take long to read. Sigh.
I’ve mentioned before that vintage patterns can be a good investment. I got lucky last year and bought a box full of patterns for under a dollar. I kept a few and culled a bunch. The rest have gone on Etsy. This was one.