At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we’ve been so terribly busy this summer! Trying to get our house and my dad’s house ready to sell, working on a non-related estate sale, working on and having a sale at my dad’s, getting away for a few days at the beach, and trying to maintain the booths and at least my Etsy shop, if not the blog and blog shop. Whew! I wish for what passes for our normal life again. But it’s not likely to happen in the next few months.
Still, Etsy wasn’t half bad due primarily to a surprise $275 sale. We’ll get to that at the end. It’s definitely something to watch for if you resell.
Here’s what sold:
Adorable, mod, butterfly planter.
Vintage, food storage/gift labels.
Vintage food gift stickers
Vintage, metallic, dress trim yardage
Red, metallic, dress trim
Jean d’Orly hanky that was given as a gift when you bought something else. It’s still in it’s original package.
Jean d’Orly hanky
3 pigs cookie stamp
Brown Bag cookie stamp
Vintage Air Step Shoes
Vintage Air Step Shoes
There’s money in them thar post cards. Not this one so much, but some have quite the nice ROI. Many more have zero value because they’re so common. I’m certainly not an expert, but from my experience, look for local interest – small towns are usually best, people, real photo cards, etc.
Used, linen postcard of the Ponciana Cafe in Tifton, Georgia
I have several of these advertising, Art Deco bridge tallies. Sold one for $2.00.
Art Deco advertising bridge tally
I recently stood in a sweltering room, sweat dripping, clothes sticking to my body, hungry stomach growling and hand picked 46, vintage patterns. Everything I bought at that sale was $10. Those patterns were a small part of it. I’m estimating they were 5¢ each, but I think that’s being generous on the amount. I don’t really think they were quite that much. They say you make your money at the time of purchase. That sale will be very good for me. I haven’t got all the patterns listed yet, but this one doubled my money for the whole sale’s purchase.
Vintage patterns are another thing that can have quite a good ROI. In my neck of the woods, they are usually 25¢ or less each. But, they can be hit or miss. I’ve bought some I thought were great that turned out to be common as dirt. But I’ve also bought some winners. Look for stylish, something people might wear now, costume, western/square dance, Vogue, especially Vogue Designer and Vogue Paris, and unused is always a plus. Of course, even in those categories, there are winners and losers.
Vintage Vogue Pattern
Here’s something else most people pass up. Cook books and booklets that accompanied cookware. They don’t generally bring much money, but they’re cheap and easy to find, easy to list and easy to pack and ship.
Chef’s Ware Cook Book
Vintage photo of a dog lying on a barrel and his boy behind him. The actual picture is smaller than it is shown here. Still cute as a bug!
Vintage wood, basket purse with bandana fabric.
Wood basket purse
And here’s the surprise sale. Did you know playing cards can be quite collectible? I saw these at an estate sale and passed them up on the first, full price day. Because I didn’t know just how collectible these were! Went ahead and took a chance with them at the half price sale. I think I’ll withhold the price I paid, but let’s just say they had an extremely good ROI.
I don’t know what to tell you to look for in playing cards, but it appears, no longer in business casinos in Las Vegas are da bomb.
1970’s Red Dunes Playing Cards
(I was asking $299, but came down for the buyer.)
I’ve got so many great things waiting to be listed, I can hardly walk through the room they’re stored in. I get excited every time I look at them, then discouraged because chunks of time to work on them just aren’t there. But that is part of getting this house ready to sell. Get those in-the-way boxes listed and for sale!
We found a house last week that was perfect for us. It’s more money than we had planned to spend. A LOT more, but we couldn’t build it any less and could hardly have designed it to be any more perfect. It needs a lot of updating and cosmetic personalization. That annoys me for so much money, but this may be what we have to do. We’ve got to get some financial things lined up, put in place and need to at least sell one of our houses before we can even make an offer. If that house is meant for us, it’ll wait until we’re ready. If we do get it, it will be an exciting adventure!