How To Become An Etsy Affiliate

Etsy Sellers: How to Become an Etsy Affiliate

This post contains affiliate links. Of course it does.

I remember reading a few blog posts in the last year or so that mentioned the possibility of being an Etsy Affiliate. My ears (or rather, eyes) perked right up! Etsy affiliate? Really? I would love that. I’m on Etsy every day. I’m already an Amazon affiliate and technically am also in Ebay’s affiliate program. But Etsy? Promote vintage?!? Sign me up!!

So I was disappointed to read in the blog posts that Etsy sellers were not eligible. Talk about being shot down!!

Well guess what? The policy has changed and they now accept Etsy sellers as affiliates!! 

“Affiliate marketing: a marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays a commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals” -oxford dictionary

This totally makes sense!! Etsy sellers are on Etsy daily. They talk about Etsy to others. They are already motivated to share Etsy with the world. They’d make the best affiliates, IMHO.

Here’s how it works. You, as an Etsy affiliate, share a specially created link to an Etsy item with your blog readers or social media followers. Your audience clicks the link and goes to Etsy. If they buy the item that is promoted, you will receive a small commission of the sale (generally about 4%). Even if they don’t buy the item, due to the magic of ‘cookies’, any purchase they do make during the next 30 days is also eligible for commission.  Sweet!

Now, you can’t be all sneaky about it. You’ll want to research it more, but basically the FTC has requirements about disclosure. You must let your audience know that a link is an affiliate. Or that the links in a blog post may benefit you monetarily. Same with social media posts. Add the hashtags #affiliate or #ad to disclose. (Side tip: Excellent explanation here on the Budget Girl’s blog–I think I have some updating to do too!)

The one other restriction for Etsy sellers is that you won’t earn commissions for referring your own items. Of course. Makes sense. But you can promote Etsy in general or other favorite shops/items.

HOT TIP: One thing I learned from another Etsy affiliate (who contacted Etsy) is that you can still make the links to your own items affiliate links, you just won’t earn if your items are purchased. But the 30 day cookie period still applies to those clicks. 

I recently applied to be an Etsy affiliate and was accepted. I’ve already made a few commissions in the short time I’ve been experimenting with it. I’m definitely not getting rich on this, but anything that helps me continue to talk to you about vintage and share Etsy news is a win-win. I can justify more time spent on my blog! Yay!

So how do you apply to be an affiliate? Here are the steps.

  1. Set up a publisher account at Affiliate Window. They are the program running the affiliate marketing for Etsy. Click here to sign up. <—-(affiliate link 😉 ) You should be contacted fairly quickly whether you are approved or not. I think it was the next day for me. Choose Etsy as the program you want to join.  (oops almost forgot to mention there is a $5 security measure payment during sign-up. It gets credited back right after approval)
  2. Contact Etsy at selleraffiliate@etsy.com (copy and paste it into your email address bar). Let them know you’ve applied to be an Etsy affiliate and disclose all your Etsy shops to them. Even ones that you have some connection with, like a spouse. More info is provided during the application process. This helps them know which items they should NOT give you commission for.
  3. Wait for approval from Etsy.
  4. Finish setting up all the housekeeping details like how you want to be paid, etc on Affiliate Window.
  5. Start promoting!

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So I went ahead and sent the email to Etsy about my shops while I was waiting on approval from AW. I got a reply right away from a contact at Etsy that she would look for my application and approve it right away when it crossed her desk.
What happened was I got approved at Affiliate Window first. I got the email and thought that was it, but it was just for being an affiliate for AW. It took a little bit longer (like a day) for the process to go through Etsy as well.

But I have to say, Etsy has been great. They contacted me quickly after approval to let me know who to contact if I had any questions. They also sent a fairly comprehensive guide on how to be an Etsy affiliate.

I’m so glad I read the guide/welcome packet! I never do! lol. But from that I learned that they have a linking tool browser extension!! Basically, what that means is that I can just be open to the page I want to link on Etsy, click the extension, it makes me the coded affiliate link in a little pop up that I can copy and paste and I’m done! Love it!! This is what it looks like:

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Really, nothing could be easier. It’s a fun way to earn a couple extra bucks for talking about vintage! (or handmade or supplies). What do you think? Are you ready to become an Etsy affiliate too?

Feel free to shoot me any questions below!

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Oneida Flatware and the Betty Crocker Catalog ~ A Vintage Glimpse

One of the reasons I’ve said that buying and selling stainless flatware can be profitable is because of the memories and emotions involved. People want items they remember from their childhood or want to recapture the feelings they had while eating at Grandma’s house. A big contributor to this later effect was the popularity of collecting Oneida flatware from the Betty Crocker Catalog.

 

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One of the longest running coupon redemption programs, the Betty Crocker program began slowly in the late 1920s, with first a spoon, then coupons, being inserted into bags of General Mills flour. After awhile, coupons with points were printed right on the product packages directing people to a catalog where they could find “fine kitchen and home accessories” including Oneida flatware.

Countless families collected sets of both silverplate and stainless flatware patterns from the Betty Crocker catalog. Moms collected for themselves, and even started putting together sets for their daughters’ hope chests.
The result today? Memories.

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1970s Catalog – Image from Pinterest (I just sold a spoon in that Viola pattern shown on the front. 🙂 )

I get countless comments from people purchasing replacement pieces of Oneida flatware explaining how they were recreating their Grandma’s set or had inherited their mother’s and wanted to fill in the last few pieces.

When I began selling replacement flatware, I would research patterns and see “Betty Crocker” in the listing or in the description on replacements.com. I learned why the name was included when I learned about the catalog. But I really never understood the process until one day I came across (while thrifting) a large bag of unredeemed Betty Crocker flatware coupons.

Oneida Flatware and Betty Crocker Coupons What a fabulous glimpse into the past! One of the Oneida stainless flatware patterns that has gained popularity recently is the very atomic Twin Star pattern. One of my favorites to find and sell. There were several coupons for that in the stash I found.

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As you can see, the coupon wasn’t limited to just one pattern. It also worked on Queen Bess, hollowware and cookbooks. Very smart!

One of the clippings also gave some insight about how you could collect your pieces faster. Just use less coupons and pay more money! You could choose either the “Speed Plan” or the “Thrift Plan”.

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What about you? Does the Betty Crocker catalog bring back memories? Do you have a set of flatware that was passed on to you? Share your memories below!

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Etsy Seller Success Story ~ An Interview with Tipple and Snack

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One of the things that keeps me going in my Etsy selling venture is seeking (and receiving!) inspiration from other successful vintage sellers. I devour their shops and stalk their sales. Not to copy. No. That would never work. Vintage selling is often a OOAK business…what I find and what you find will be completely different. Niches may be the same but the whole experience is unique.

No, I stalk these shops to remind myself that YES! this can be done. You can make money (good money!) by selling vintage on Etsy. You don’t even have to work it full time (as we’ll see today) but you can have a blast doing it!

So in that vein, I’d like to share a success story with you. This is the second in the series. The first post was an interview with Vintage in Bloom and can be found here: “Etsy Seller Success Story ~ An Interview with Vintage in Bloom”

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Today we are speaking with Mary from Tipple and Snack. (great name!) Mary has been curating her eclectic finds on Etsy since 2008 and has had 4684 sales as of this writing! Mary has 202 listings currently available in her shop. Let’s see what tips we can glean from her experience!

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We’ll start with an easy one, how long have you been selling on Etsy?

I’ve been selling on Etsy almost eight years, since November of 2008.

What made you choose Etsy as your selling venue?

I stumbled on Etsy when looking for vintage flashcards on-line. I had been selling on Ebay for years, and was intrigued by the Etsy format. I liked the idea of opening a shop rather than running week-long auctions. I’d just moved to a new state with a basement full of old stuff and took the plunge. I panicked slightly when I had to choose a shop name and decided to use the title to a favorite 1930’s cocktail guide, “tipple and snack”.

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1940’s Metal Flower Tiebacks

Do you sell anywhere else besides Etsy?

Other than Etsy, I put the occasional item on eBay, usually higher end items like railroad or steamship pieces. I include my shop business card with orders, and it’s amazing to me how many of my Ebay customers ask me “what’s Etsy”. They’re really missing out!

Do you sell on Etsy full-time?

Selling vintage is part-time for me. It ebbs and flows depending upon my schedule. I work in film and video production as a freelance line producer and occasional prop stylist. Etsy is a both a secondary source of income and fill-in between projects. But most importantly, it’s a creative outlet.

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Well, your prop styling skills definitely show in your listings! Tell us a little bit about your process. You have such a variety of items! Is there a particular way you get things listed?

If by “my process”, do you mean piling inventory up in my kitchen until I get it sorted and photographed? I’m always on the hunt for cool stuff. I travel a lot for work and always fit shopping into one end of the trip or the other. Once I haul the stuff home, I sort it, clean it, research it, photograph it, edit the photos, and finally list. And those steps aren’t always linear, sometimes I get sidetracked.

Your “process” sounds really familiar. 🙂 Changing tacks a little bit, what are your top 2 favorite sales of all time from your Etsy shop?

I like any sale, big or small that puts a smile on a customer’s face. I’ve had a few of the “I’ve been looking for this exact thing for years!” emails. They always make me happy.

I have a thing for hands. I sold a set of carved, life-size ASL pieces that were really special. Another of my other favorite sales was a set of tiny early 1900’s sailing trophies. They were amazing. Kind of wish I’d kept those.

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I remember those hands! What are your top 2 favorite items listed right now?

So hard to pick just two!

I love this little faceted garnet buckle I have up right now. I knew the minute I spied it that it would take a great photo. I think it would be fabulous repurposed into a pendant.

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And, I bought a set of dressmaking stencils at Brimfield in the spring. They’re pretty wonderful.

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Those are amazing! Where do you source most of your items?

Flea markets, thrift stores, auctions, group shops, garage sales, my basement… In addition, I’m currently helping an elderly friend divest herself of decades of collecting. She’s brought me really unique stuff that I would never have found in the wild.

What goals do you have for your shop in the future?

I’m constantly working on my shop photos. I think I’ve got the rustic look down and really want to master the clean white background. I’m working on greeting cards using some of my photographs, and a new logo is in the works, too. I’m excited about all that!

Fun stuff! Okay, so if you could travel back in time to when you started selling…what advice would you give your newbie self??

I’d tell my newbie self to jump in and enjoy the ride. Take advantage of all the advice out there. There are so many supportive teams and resources available. And work on your photos, they’re everything on Etsy!

Thank you so much, Mary, for sharing your experience with us! Your shop is fabulous and I love poking around it to see what new cool things you’ve found!

You can keep up with Mary and her shop Tipple and Snack on social media too! Check out these links:

Tipple and Snack on Instagram
Tipple and Snack on Facebook
and
Tipple and Snack on Twitter

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The Recycleista Collects….Girls-Holding-Dried-Flowers Figurines. For Lack of a Better Name.

The Recycle-ista Collects ~ Part of the fun of hunting for vintage is what you get to keep!! There’s not much that I collect. I mean, most of what I find becomes inventory and may hang around for a bit. But I don’t really die-hard collect anything. I passed up a mod cat the other day since I don’t need it (turns out I already have it…so phew!). I haven’t really added much to my mod cat collection. It all fits well on the designated shelves so there you go.

But really, part of the fun of hunting for vintage is what you get to keep! And sometimes it surprises you.

My other collection are these vintage pottery/stoneware girl figurines that hold dried flower posies. See? There’s no easy name for them. lol.

Vintage Stoneware FigurinesI’m not sure when I started collecting these girl figurines. I think I picked up a few and sold them on Etsy. I’d find them fairly often and somehow narrowed down to the ones that were girls who were holding small posies of dried flowers. Some just have pots or holes where the dried flower bouquets were long gone.

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Most are Japanese stoneware. Some have stickers or marks such as UCTCI or Fitz & Floyd.
I also have a couple from Sweden and one that’s Spanish.

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Recently, in our moving around and freshening things up for company, my collection had to get moved. Fortunately I had this awesome little 1940s shelf that also had to get moved so they all ended up together.

I decided to thin the collection a bit and so far I’ve listed two. 🙂
Jie Gantofta Sweden figurineI listed my duplicate Jie Gantofta Sweden one. You can find her here in my Etsy shop. She was awesome because she told me exactly who she was and who designed her with stickers on her back:
DSC_0009I also listed this one that was imported by Knobler. Technically I think she’s a candle holder but…I won’t tell if you won’t.

Knobler Stoneware Girl Figurine See her here on Etsy.

I may continue to thin the herd because sometimes it’s time to change what you collect, right? What will be next? Possibly vintage typewriter tins…something about those just appeals to me….hmm…I will let you know!

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Hello August. And Other Random Musings from the Month of July.

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Aaaannnd….we’re back. Hello August. July…what can I say? You went by just about as fast as I thought you would.
Like I mentioned, July was crazy busy…and then it wasn’t. But I was exhausted!
We had family (my parents and brother with his family) come across the country to visit us. So there was the  prep for that. Nothing like company coming to get your honey-do list DONE! Poor hubby. He was burning the candle at both ends.
We all went together out to the coast and rented a house. It was so fun. And worked out great since my little place could not hold 10 people for that many days in a row.

Fullscreen capture 7312016 81224 PMWith a few other obligations and some other summer fun activities, there went July.

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I had put all my shops on vacation mode with no items visible…just because I didn’t want to deal with it. I normally have a different approach to vacations but this time I just wanted to focus on the fam. It was nice. But selling things is nice too.
Right before we came back I opened everything back up and then as soon as the family left I tried to get active in the shops and renewing or listing new items. It seemed to work since I got some sales right away.
Here was a fun sale:
Fullscreen capture 7312016 83314 PMThese sealed Tiffany & Co playing cards had someone’s monogram on them but we figured there was a buyer out there for them. And we were right!
This was one of 19 sales for the month in my main shop on Etsy, (even with being closed for a week!) making July my 2nd best month so far this year. So surprising!
I was glad to see it though, after a couple slow months. It’s hard to write about selling on Etsy when you’re not seeing the results yourself!

I didn’t thrift as much this month…but you know I managed to squeeze in a few trips. 😉
This was probably my favorite find:
Jonathan Adler Utopia King & Queen vaseThis find is not vintage but has a quirky, Scandinavian modern look that I love. It’s by Jonathan Adler and I believe this design is discontinued. The vase is part of the Utopia line and this is the King & Queen vase, from what I can tell. King on one side, Queen on the other. There is one on Ebay that is running at auction. It ends tomorrow and so I’m waiting to see where it ends up so I can price accordingly.

So that was my month in a nutshell. Looking forward to some new projects and ideas for selling and for the blog. Plus, summer is not over! We have some more summer fun to enjoy before it’s back to school!

How has your summer been?

See You in August ~ Taking a Short Blogging Break

I get to this point every summer! I want to blog but I’m too busy and so I feel guilty every day that a new post isn’t put up. I have posts half written in my head and in some cases half written in drafts.

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From the Tipsoo Lake Loop in Mt Rainier Nat’l Park. Photo cred: me 🙂

So I just gotta do it. I’m giving myself permission to be guilt free! 🙂 I am going to take the month of July off from blogging and should be back rarin’ to go in August. There is just too much kid stuff, hiking, family visiting, vacations, etc…etc…to do this month!

I promise, if I have an amazing find or something in the thrifting world…I will pop on here and share. Or you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook for more day to day type sharing.

Thanks for reading and sticking around!

Move It On Out Monday ~ The Great Destash of 2016

About a month or so ago, we decided to have a yard sale. Now, this is a decision we don’t take lightly. Because I. Hate. Running. Yard. Sales. In this venue, I’d much rather buy than sell.

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They are a ton of work. Results are not guaranteed. And you have to sell things for super cheap to move anything. We’ve had a few less than stellar ones and have vowed to not repeat the experience.

But things were different this time. I could actually see the need for having one. My family is coming to visit next month and we need to clean out a bit. We had a few bigger things to get rid of as well.

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So we decided to take the plunge. We took advantage of the time to really dig deep into our stash of inventory, listed and unlisted, and see what was worth keeping or what needed to go. As our piles of items to get rid of grew, I knew our decision was the right one. We had too much stuff to just donate.

Plus, we have a big trip planned as a family coming up next year. We have begun saving for it and we all decided that the proceeds from the sale will go towards that. That helped a lot because I knew there was a secondary goal attached to the sale too.

IMG_3529And it was a success! We had the sale in town at a friend’s house where there is great traffic. We had a steady stream of shoppers the whole time. While we sold many items for 25 cents, 50 cents or a dollar…those added up and a bunch of stuff went. Hubby also was able to sell some bigger tools which added to our bottom line.

The rains came around 2pm but we had done solidly before that so it wasn’t such a let-down. We didn’t even need to run it a second day.

All in all, the yard sale was totally worth doing. Yes, it was a lot of work. But what it accomplished was priceless! Take a look:

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~ In the process of gathering and sorting items to sell we were really able to dig deep into our storage areas. We went through stuff that we had hung onto for too long. In some cases, it was items that people had given us. Items that were broken that were “projects”. Items that were not really worth our time to list. In some cases, our niches had changed and we were able to let go of those items that didn’t ‘fit’ us and our online shops anymore.

~ But we didn’t just get rid of stuff. We consolidated bins and had a chance to remind ourselves of some of the amazing stuff we still need to  list! I listed some things as I found them. (go me!) Plus items were put in better places. They are less buried so we can’t forget about them as easily.

Here are some of things we had around here that I had put off listing. Don’t ask me why. 😉

DSC_0002This set of Denby dishes have been in my china cabinet for a couple years mostly because they’re awesome! And mostly because when I first found them and then researched them, I was a bit disappointed at how not in demand they seemed to be. They were designed by Kenneth Clark and have such a great mid century modern vibe. I just went ahead and bit the bullet and got them all listed. They are in my Ebay shop to get more exposure but they may move to Etsy in the future.

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This next fabulous set should have been listed long ago. They had some prices written in marker on the bottom which came right off with Goo Gone. So that obstacle wasn’t such a big deal. And while I couldn’t find many others in my research, they are cool enough they just need to find the right buyer. So I got the whole shebang listed too.

We had a stack of games as well. Not really my thing anymore, but I had done the work counting pieces way back when…so I got a couple Risk games listed and took pictures of some vintage games for Etsy. Here’s an RSVP game from the 1960s. It was complete and so I had to get it out there for someone to enjoy. ((But I had fun with it first and made a new Facebook banner with it too…lol..check it out!!))

RSVP Vintage Game from the makers of Scrabble

Vintage RSVP game by the makers of Scrabble

All in all, it was an extremely productive endeavor. I have a clear view of what needs to be listed and where to find it. We packed up what was left at the end of the sale and I had no need to keep any of it. I had no emotional attachment.

We took a load to our favorite little thrift store and donated it all. Now the key will be not to buy it all back!!

How about you? Have you done a big de-stash lately? Does your inventory need overhauling or are you a discriminating shopper?

Friday Finds ~ Arabia Finland Cat Pitcher!

Arabia of Finland Blue and Turquoise Cat Pitcher by Kaj Franck

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Whew! Just made it to a Friday Finds post by the skin of my teeth! We went out to do errands this evening and as is our usual custom, a Goodwill stop is usually figured in.

I was feeling pretty bummed…I found no flatware and no coffee mugs… (this particular Goodwill is well-stocked in both usually) but I hadn’t found anything to float my boat.

Hubby was one aisle over and he held this up over the shelves to me…(he’s tall like that). I tried to play it cool while saying “yes, yes, grab it!!” while he was enumerating some of the minor flaws. Small chip on the bottom… “it won’t matter…just grab it!!”.

This cat pitcher is by Arabia of Finland and is one of their iconic pieces. It was designed by Kaj Franck and there are a few different color variations. This one I found is blue and turquoise and is a bit larger…6.5 inches tall approximately.

I have had these cat pitchers on my radar a long time and honestly, I’m not sure why they’ve never made it onto my Thrifting Bucket List. It should have been there so I can cross it off!! (I’m one of *those* list people…I will write items down after I did them, just so I can cross them off!)
Possibly I never added it because I have found and sold a couple of the other smaller versions of these pitchers…with different animals.
I loved this stylized rooster.
Fullscreen capture 6102016 92310 PMAnd this brown bull (with an udder??) sold well even though there were some condition issues. Fullscreen capture 6102016 92514 PMBut the cat is a first! It really should have been on my list.

Just a quick post for now. We came home and there was enough daylight for a few pictures of it. Gotta love those long days! I even (Gasp!) listed it already in my Etsy shop! Who is this go-getter? I don’t recognize her.

Did you get out and do any thifting? What was your fabulous find of this week?

Still Flippin’ Over Flatware

Of course, y’all know that I dig me some stainless flatware. Silverplate too, to a certain extent. You can’t read my blog without putting two and two together on that subject.
Buying and selling stainless flatware is a mainstay of my online business. At the end of this post, I’ll put links to the articles I wrote about my process, in case you’re interested in trying out the flatware flip too.

Still Flippin' Over Flatware ~ Another quick tip for your stainless flatware buying and selling business. Plus more info about how to break into this profitable side business!

Flatware has been selling great for me lately and I’ve found some awesome pieces!

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Look at that! It’s gorgeous! It’s by Oneida and it’s called Chandelier. I found a bunch of it the other day and have sold 4 teaspoons already for $39.99 free shipping. I paid 25 cents apiece. Here’s a link to my other listings. Tip: if the handle is pierced, it’s probably worth taking a gamble on selling it.

Today I just wanted to share a quick resource that I’ve found to help if you’re just getting into selling flatware. Sometimes it helps to take a look at flatware patterns that sell well to kind of get them into your brain. You can search Ebay ‘solds’ of course, but sometimes pictures are hard to see. (not all eBay photos are created equal!).

I just noticed a new feature on the Replacements website that may help. It helped me already! Go to the site and click on the ‘Silver’ tab to get to the flatware page.

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Now look above the alphabetical list…A B C D E…. Notice some new links. “Our Most Popular Silver Manufacturers”, etc. We want to focus on that second one, “Our Most Popular Stainless Patterns”
You’ll get a screen full of patterns like this:

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This is GREAT for research. If these are the top selling patterns for Replacements, it means these are the patterns people will probably search for on eBay as well.
I took a look through and most of the Oneida ones were not a surprise to me…many of them I’ve actually sold. It was interesting to see what other brands were popular and which patterns in those brands sold well on this website.
See that little “Top Ten” badge? That is good to know! I think I have some Chateau around here somewhere…time to get it listed!

And the one next to it, Chatelaine? This is fab! The same day I bought the Chandelier pieces up above, I picked up a bunch of teaspoons and dinner forks in another pattern. It was Oneida Community which was good enough for me. Dinner forks and teaspoons generally sell the best in any pattern so I knew I’d be fine. I have already photographed it..but hadn’t researched the pattern.
There it was! Chatelaine. And to know that it’s a best selling pattern made me really happy! I know to check my prices on those and make sure they’re up where they belong.

So I just wanted to share this quick flatware selling tip with you. For more information about flipping stainless flatware see the links below.

I discuss some of the other brands I look for in this post: (post needs updating! stay tuned!)

Stainless Flatware Brands to Flip ~ Flippin’ Flatware Part One

Then how to identify the pattern is here:

How To Identify Your Stainless Flatware Pattern ~ Flippin’ Flatware Part Two

And then, if it will help, since organization is not my forte, lol..here’s the last part:

Organizing Your Flatware Inventory ~ Flippin’ Flatware Part Three

As I looked through these posts myself, I think they need some updating! Stay tuned for that and be sure to sign up for my newsletter. Subscribers will get sneak peaks at any new and expanded posts I do about which flatware brands I like to buy and sell. 🙂
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Happy Flippin’!!

Online Selling Springtime Slacking

I know, I know, I know. I’ve been slacking! When I moved this blog over to WordPress and vowed to take it more seriously I really thought I wouldn’t have slumps. And my slumps have extended a bit beyond blogging and into my online selling too.

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Of course, that’s unrealistic. Knowing myself as I do. 🙂 Plus there’s just been a few other things going on in my life…imagine that! So in advance, I’m accepting all of your forgiveness…with thanks! I hope to get the ball rolling again soon.

Hubby and I have been toying with the idea of buying a house and so we began that process to see where we stand. We were going to go ahead with it….and then sat down and really talked it out. Hubby just started a new business so they won’t consider his income until it’s been going for 2 years. We had a backup plan but in the end we decided to wait. We’re going to further reduce our debt and get more of a down payment saved up. More about all of that later. Hopefully the market will be a bit more buyer friendly by then too.

In any case, all of that was extremely distracting to my blogging and online selling! I was focused on income so I have been working my online shops as well as I could. But, this is a super slow spring…not sure what’s up. I’ve heard so many reasons for the slowdown…the Election being the main one. It just seems slower than usual. Which can be a bit of a downer.

I ran a few Ebay auctions of older items and I think that’s helping keep things alive over there. Haven’t sold a ton but got Ebay woken up again. A bit.
Etsy is still slow this month. My main shop is ridiculously quiet. It makes it hard to write How to Sell on Etsy posts when you’re…..not!! lol. I’m not super worried. I’m trying to take my own advice from a few posts ago. You can see it here.

Of course, I’m still thrifting ! That never changes. I’ve found some interesting items to sell and so that does help recharge my batteries. When the buyers come back, I’ll be ready!

Last week at the thrift store, I came across someone’s Salt and Pepper collection. Mostly made in Japan from the 1950s. This thrift store prices things kind of high, so I had to cherry pick.

Vintage Salt and Pepper Shakers. Made in Japan. Online Selling inventory.

Look at those teal atomic teardrop beauties! I’m still researching. Similar ones that are made of wood and lacquer were made by Takahashi. Mine are ceramic however. The girl and boy are UCTCI and still have their stickers. You know me and my Japanese stoneware!
The hardboiled egg is just FUN! And the donut shaped ones need more research too. They have a sticker “AES Japan” and they are very Pop Art. Hard to resist!

Repro Mochaware jug I also love it when I thrift by my gut and get a pleasant surprise. This jug was one I picked up at Goodwill based solely on how interesting it looked. It turns out to be a 1990s repro mochaware jug made by Winthrop and Swann. I learned enough on my smartphone at the store to know it was worth picking up. But further research at home showed that one sold for over $100 last year. Woot! Glad to know I haven’t lost my thrifting eye! 🙂

And so we go on. Online selling is not for the faint of heart but I can’t imagine doing anything else.
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