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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
$6.00


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
$9.00


Bird on stump figure
$5.00


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
$10.00


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
$15.00


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
$8.00


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
8.00


Embroidered wreath tea towel
$4.00

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


Glass mushroom/paperweight/thingy
7.00


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
10.00


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
28.00


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

Basket on left
17.00

Basket on right
15.00

Book
4.00


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
8.00


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
$7.00


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
27.00


Rusty plant stand
15.00


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

Rusty wire planter
20.00


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
$450.00


Sacred Harp hymnal in poor condition

Sacred Harp hymnal
$10.00


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
$14.00


Church cookbook
$5.00


6" Tupperware doily with tab attached

Yet another Tupperware doily. I think I have one left.
$3.50


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

Needlepoint
$9.00


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

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Etsy Sales for June 2018

June 2018 Etsy sales report

I haven’t had an Etsy sales report in awhile — mainly because they’ve been so pitiful. June was no exception. Reasons? 

  1. My stock is lower than it’s been in years
  2. It’s summer and people are doing other things than buying stuff online
  3. It’s summer and I’ve been doing other things than putting stuff online

I’m enjoying decorating the house (finally got a bit of vision of what I want to do with it) and being at the beck and call of a 5-year-old granddaughter who is hanging out with us for the summer. Taking pictures and writing descriptions just aren’t on the list of things I want to do right now.

So this post is short and sweet. Nine items sold for a total of $123.00. Hey! That was $123 more than I had! And with no recent effort (like in the last several months) on my part, I won’t complain.

Here they are:


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