My Top 5 Vintage Finds of 2016

My Top 5Vintage Finds

Well, it’s still January, right? Been meaning to write this post all month. I think part of the problem was that I was not SUPER excited about any of my finds this past year. Overall, there were fun things here and there. Definitely lots of good, solid bread and butter type items. But no “Bucket List” items.

But let’s go ahead and look at some highlights.

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Arabia of Finland Cat pitcher or jug.
This one was a good one. I’ve found these pitchers by Arabia of Finland before but never the cat one. You may remember it from an earlier post. What shocks me is that it hasn’t sold yet. Maybe my price is too high? I’ll have to revisit that soon. I think it takes me so long to find some of those *hot* MCM items that when I do, the demand has waned. Still a fun find.

DSC_0008Large Syroco Bonsai Tree Wall Hanging
We found this large wall hanging at an estate sale in the last couple hours of the sale. I spotted it right away and the estate lady and I marveled over the fact that no one else appreciated it like we did.
I don’t think I blogged about it yet because I’m planning on doing a separate post about Syroco and its history, etc. Some of their items can be quite collectible and profitable. I could probably sell this for $150 or so but so far it’s filling the space above my couch quite nicely. 🙂

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Vintage Braun Coffee Grinder Model KSM-1
Okay, this one I have not (to my shame) listed yet. I need to clean it up, etc and it just hasn’t made the top of the pile yet. But hopefully that will change this week. Money sitting on my shelf!!  But…this is one to keep in mind! Vintage Braun stuff sells! Great quality and design.
Click here to see the Etsy listings and types of things that are out there:
Vintage Braun appliances

fitzowlFitz & Floyd “Hooty” Owl Bathroom Accessories
This find just makes me smile. Fitz & Floyd has some really cute stuff and people are still looking for it! What made my day was that the buyer already had the toothbrush holder and now this completed her set! So perfect!

Fullscreen capture 1302017 40427 PMLot of Vintage Feedsack Fabric Scraps
So I posted about this one on Instagram and again, sadly, I haven’t done anything with them yet. Still researching and still deciding how/where to sell them. Analysis paralysis. Happens to us all at one point or another.
I will do a separate post on these as well. Suffice it to say for now that there are die hard collectors. There are prints that are reproduced but I think in my lot I can spot those because they have info on the selvedge. True feedsacks were just that….feedsacks…so no selvedge info.
I don’t think I have any full sacks…which would be worth the most. But plenty of scraps for collecting or quilting. Check out vintage feedsacks on Etsy. 

So all in all, not bad. I probably did slow down a bit on the thrifting end…so the less you’re out there, the less you find. Hope you had a good thrifting year and that 2017 brings us lots of more great scores!

 

How Many Etsy Shops Do I Need?

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Short answer:
It depends.

It really does. It depends on a lot of different factors. In the past, Hubby and I have had 5, (yes FIVE) Etsy shops. We are now consolidating down to two. Three. Maybe two. Here’s the quick update on our confusion. We had Hubby’s shop closed when his own carpentry/contracting business started taking off this year. He had no time. We were going to merge his items with mine. We did that with a few. Then winter came and things slowed down for him…a little. He reopened his shop. Sold a few things. But has had no time to keep up with adding anything more again. So we’re debating shutting it down again. Because, as I’ve preached before, you need to keep listing to keep selling.
We had good reasons to open the shops initially and we learned a lot about having multiple shops along the way. Here are some factors that we used when opening (and then closing) the shops.

If you are considering opening a second, or even third, Etsy shop ask yourself:

  • Is it a different enough niche or style to make having a separate shop necessary?
    In our case, I have a separate shop for sewing patterns and notions. I feel that the buyers of such would just like to look at craft supplies and not necessarily all the other vintage I have to offer.

  • Do I have the inventory to warrant another shop? 4 shops with 20 items in each may not be as effective as 1 shop with clearly marked shop sections.

  • Will it help my branding or promoting efforts if my shop is narrowed down to a specific niche? ex. sewing patterns or notions only vs a few sewing patterns mixed in with vintage home goods. You could brand and promote the shop as being a source of sewing patterns, etc…An eclectic shop will divide up your promoting efforts in many different directions.

  • Do I have the time to keep up with multiple shops? Major point. It takes time. It’s hard to get signed in to all the shops consistently and focus on adding new items on a regular basis. A plan is a must. 

  • Will I be able to consistently list new items on a regular basis in more than one shop? Again. Major factor. 

  • Will I have the time to promote the shops and their listings in social media and other efforts? Will you need to have different social media accounts to promote each niche? Or can you promote successfully from one central account?

There’s nothing wrong with giving it a try if you think it works for you. It worked for us for awhile but now we need to scale it back. The key was “us”. Two people, two shops each plus Ebay together. Now its just me doing the online stuff so we halved that. For now, we just have The Recycleista’s Retro Shop and Pish Posh Notions. I handle both of those and most of our Ebay listings.  Hubby’s shop, as I mentioned, is probably only temporary.
So if you do decide to give multiple shops a try, and it doesn’t quite workout for awhile, the nice thing is that you can just deactivate your items and let your Etsy shops sit. So if your circumstances change in the future, it doesn’t take much to get it going again. The listings will still be there, either in the deactivated or expired sections.
And there are a few things to keep in mind that Etsy requires if you have multiple shops, the main one being transparency. You need to disclose your other shops in your Profile. (now that I think about it, I’d better update mine!). Etsy has more information here: Multiple Shops on Etsy
What do you think? Are you contemplating multiple shops? Do you have concerns? Or have you already taken that step? Any tips or tricks to share? Feel free to leave a comment below. 

What’s Been Selling – A Follow Up to the Listing Challenge

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Wow, do I have some catching up to do or what!? There seems to be a few times in every year where my blogging just slows to a crawl…or more like a standstill. Summer. And December.
Quarter 4 is generally the best online selling season and around November and December I’m just focused on shipping and listing.
In November, (along with some of you) I tried to focus on listing some of my backlog of inventory.  The Stash to Cash Listing Challenge was fun…although I started out stronger at the beginning of the month…then life got busy! I’m sure that was true for most of you too. But I hope it inspired you to at least get some older stock moving.

It worked pretty well for me too. I dug out some older items and some of them sold. Of course, I wasn’t very disciplined about NOT thrifting but I managed to stay on top of those newer items pretty well. Some of those sold. And then just the increased activity in general led to some items that had been listed a long time finally moving on out. Here are some examples:
dsc_0032This set of billiard balls has been hanging around way too long. I won’t link to the Ebay listing since the link won’t last very long. But it sold for $75 and I got positive feedback so all is well. See that? $75 just sitting on my shelf. *shakes head*

dsc_0047-001This vintage cookbook by Esquire magazine is for the “pioneering male” and “for the woman who wants to be the perfect hostess”. It had fabulous illustrations by Charmatz. You can see some of them in the listing here. It went for $25 to an overseas buyer fairly quickly. Again, it was a book I picked up that I knew was awesome but for some reason just stuck it on a shelf.

dsc_0007I don’t remember where or when I picked up these copper measuring cups. But they needed polishing and things like that tend to slow me down and hold me up. lol. But I got Hubby to work on that for me…I got them listed and within a few days they were gone. Here’s the listing. Copper kitchen stuff sells well for me.

dsc_0052Speaking of copper, this match holder went super quickly as well! I just need to look for copper items I guess! It wasn’t too long ago that I picked this up but I didn’t list it right away. Finally did and it sold for $20.

dsc_0038-001This fabulous tile trivet is decorated with a design by Bjorn Wiinblad and again was an item that I dug out of one of my bins. One of those items that I thought “what? why in the world is this still in here?”. It was like thrifting all over again. 🙂 It also sold quickly (yikes, do you sense a pattern?) for $34.
Some of the other things that sold that I listed as part of my listing challenge were:
Walt Disney book and record lot.
Three vintage safety razors. They were in bad shape..I sold them as-is and they sold overnight.
An Avon tennis bracelet on Ebay. (more about jewelry in an upcoming post)

There’s a sampling about how beneficial it can be to attack that stash!! I’m glad I did. And I’m trying to continue to do so as well. How well did you do?

So a few of our upcoming topics on the blog. I hope to shoot out a couple more posts before the end of the year and then hit it harder in January again.
~ How many Etsy shops do you need?
~ A Vintage Education ~ Syroco products
~ Some fun thrifting finds!
~ And another Meet the Vintage Seller feature. Those are always fun!

Any other types of posts you’d like to see? Leave a comment!

Oh and as a side note, if I missed a sale price in one of my mentions or there are other Etsy sale prices you’d like to see, check out my post “How to Find Completed Sale Prices on Etsy”. It’s easy-peasy! 

Some Exciting News!

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So this is something new and fun for a change! On this Tuesday, at 5pm PST, I will be the Guest of the Week on Thrifty Business with Jay and Nay!
If you are not aware, Jason Smith (of Thrift Hunters on Spike) has his own fun YouTube show which he co-hosts with Nadene Shearstone, thrifter and eBay seller extraordinaire!

Every week, they discuss thrift store finds and flips, shipping tips, funny stories and MORE. They generally have a guest of the week who approaches this whole ReSelling life from their own unique angle…and this week it’s….yours truly.

So tune in on Tuesday, Nov 22 at 5pm PST / 8pm EST! If you can’t make it that night, never fear! The show will be archived.
You can see the show here:

LISTING CHALLENGE ~ Week Three ~ Turn that Stash Into Cash!

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Well, well. That was quite a week! I accomplished close to NOTHING with my goals. Oh well.

Shake it off.

I did get one listing done that I had been putting off because it was clothing and I didn’t want to figure out how and where to take the picture. I just put on my big girl panties and got ‘er done!

dsc_0001I’m not thrilled with photos, but they are done and this his and hers set is listed!

I can’t even remember what else I listed last week but I don’t think it was much. I never got around to the item I was thinking of last week that I’ve been putting off…besides the clothing item up above. No motivation and my health wasn’t cooperating. Plus it was a short week as we went out of town on Friday.

Hope you all made out better than I did!

So moving forward! Let’s talk about goals this week! I’m already a bit behind as you can see by the fact this is coming out on Tuesday!

Your CHALLENGE for this week:

LOT THINGS UP! Okay, so as you’re going through your older stash items you may come across things that were not so exciting to list on their own and so they got set aside. Or they were not really as valuable as you thought they’d be. Or maybe your minimum list price has gone up since you started thrifting and reselling. Or some items have damage that you didn’t see originally.
If you can find logical ways to lot them up, do it!
For example, damaged silverplate flatware can be gathered up in a “craft” lot. Ditto for broken jewelry.

I’ll give you another example. Years back I was into vintage buttons. I bought big lots and would sift through them. Very therapeutic. I sold smaller groups of them or sometimes single ones! It was fun. I still sell buttons here and there but not like I used to. Lost interest in the niche I guess. I may just go ahead and make lots again. Just to clear some space.
Here’s hoping I don’t get all into the niche again when I’m looking through those buttons!! lol

Here’s another example: Junk drawer lots! Yes, it’s a thing! All those little odds and ends and bits and bobs that you haven’t brought yourself to throw out….lot ’em up! Sell ’em!

So that’s your CHALLENGE for the week. Of course…keep up that ratio of 1 old stash item for every 1 new item…or 2 to 1 would be even better.

Pull out another item you’ve been PROCRASTINATING on!

And keep a handle on that thrifting! You’ll see progress…I promise!

Share your progress in the comments below and / or on Facebook!