TIKI TALK – An Upcoming Webinar to Teach You All Things Tiki

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Tiki culture in the United States began in the 1930s with the opening of Polynesian themed bars and restaurants such as Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vics. It gained popularity in the mid century and is still going strong today.
Collectors are serious and they know what they want and need for their collections and will pay for it. 🙂

Do you know a lot about Tiki culture? Can you identify what qualifies as Tiki and what doesn’t? Do you know what to look for at thrift stores or yard sales that is worth flipping on Ebay or Etsy? Do you know what the holy grails of Tiki mugs are? Or which ones are worth nothing?

Well, Jason T. Smith (formerly of the Spike show Thrift Hunters) does. As you can see from the picture below, he is a Tiki Collector Extraordinaire.
And he is having a webinar next week to share what he knows!

Click here to sign up for TIKI TALK – The Ultimate TIKI Master Class! This class is very reasonably priced for the amount of knowledge you’ll receive.
Let’s let Jason T. Smith explain for himself what he will be covering…it is extensive!

Did you see the EIGHT different categories he’ll be covering? So much information. You won’t want to miss it!
Again, you can sign up here!

Friday Finds ~ To the (Vintage) Hunter Goes the Spoils

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It’s been all about the Scandinavian lately.

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Which, of course, makes the Recycleista happy.
Hey y’all!! How’ve you been doing? I won’t bore you with another ‘why i haven’t been blogging – life crisis – what am i doing with my life’ kind of post. Let’s just get back into what’s important! Thrifting!

Yes, I’ll admit…my thrifting has slowed down a bit. I am trying to avoid the bulky, breakable, hard to ship type items. Can’t you tell from the above picture?!? HA! I laugh so hard I cry.

But yes, I do make exceptions for a good Pentik Finland “Kahvia” coffee canister. Or a Bjorn Wiinblad vase. You do understand. I know you do.
I mean, look at it.

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“Duet” vase by Bjorn Wiinblad

How could I resist?
The other items in the picture are a Berggren tile trivet…not strictly Scandinavian but in the Swedish style.
Berggren Swedish Tile Trivet I’ve bought and sold a few of these Berggren tiles and items but this was the first time I saw this one. It translates to “Best of All is Your Own Home”.
The little spice jar is by Knabstrup and is for cinnamon. I’ve had that one knocking around on my desk for awhile so I was glad to finally get it cleaned up and listed.

Well, I’m going to leave you with one last find. I’m keeping this short and sweet so as not to overwhelm myself and to gently ease myself back into this blogging world.
I went to an estate sale and this was one of my scores.

Lenox Butler's Gourmet

It’s a full service for 8 in the Butler’s Gourmet pattern by Lenox. I got it on the second day for 1/2 off. I ended up dividing up the pieces into sets of 4. I just sold my first set of 4 salad forks this morning for $55. What’s sweet is that the set also came with the tray which is also by Lenox. I have that listed separately. I’ve put together some flatware reselling tips and tricks in these posts.
My goal this season is to hit more estate and yard sales!

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Oh February! ~ Catching Up ~ And My Love/Hate Relationship with Vintage Fabric

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Oh February! – Catching Up
What a doozy this year. The PNW has seen more snow this year than usual. Early in February, we got dumped on with 15 inches all at once!! (Picture on left). We usually get maybe 1 snow event per winter, usually just a couple inches. We’ve had several…including earlier this week. My FIL has lived on this property for over 40 years and cannot recall getting this much snow all at once…ever.
The picture on the right is exactly 7 days later. It was in the 50s and most of the snow had gone.
This up and down with the weather totally matched how I felt. I had some doctor visits and so was a little preoccupied with that. I also had some family/home/community responsibilities that took the rest of my attention.
My online vintage selling business definitely took a back seat. I still thrifted…(of course I did) and I still listed some things and I still sold some things. So the business went on…but it was not my focus.
And honestly, that’s kind of how I see the next few years.
Since I wasn’t so focused on vintage or on the whole business…I hesitated to come here and blog…I felt like I didn’t really have anything helpful to say.
I’m afraid I’m at one of *those* points again…wondering whether the blog should remain part of my TO-DO list..or not. I know, I know, you’re tired of reading about my blogging crises..so I won’t natter on. I’m planning on continuing at this point- I just have to see where it fits in with my new online selling plan. More about that another day.

DSC_0013My Love/Hate Relationship with Vintage Fabric

So one of the things I can’t resist looking at in the thrift stores is the fabric/material aisle. It’s kind of like sewing patterns. I can’t sew a stitch to save my life but I’m fascinated by all of it. Of course, part of it is the thrill of the hunt..I do know what people like and what sells, so I’m always hoping to find some fabulous piece of atomic barkcloth or some Vera Neumann signed fabric.
But when it comes to the actual listing of the fabric, I slow down. I have no idea why. Some kind of mental block. Maybe it’s my lack of good set up for photos or something…kind of like my selling clothing aversion.
Recently I was at Value Village when they were putting out bags of fabric. Usually these bags are just scraps..but I could tell that these had larger pieces. I looked at one bag and discovered the theme of the whole bag was cowboy/western fabric. Definitely sell-able. I ended up buying 3 bags…mostly western fabric and some fly-fishing/outdoors type fabric.
DSC_0027This was one of my favorites..although it was more Fox Hunt than Western. It has a great color. Most of the pieces I got were from the early to mid 1990s and at least 2 yards. The smaller pieces I lotted up into one listing. I made myself measure the pile right away. Half the battle. And then so far I’ve listed the Western fabric.  I decided to list on Ebay although these are perfectly eligible for Etsy.

And I’ve sold 2 listings already! The piece up at the top was a totally random piece mixed in with the Western pieces called “Bow Wow Chow Mein”. I had exactly one yard and it sold overnight. I also sold this one:

DSC_0036Most of the brands in the packs were VIP by Cranston and Alexander Henry. Now, I don’t want you to run out and buy any and every piece by those makers that you see. You will find a lot of it. It’s not all created equal. Theme will also be important. I can get fairly good money even on just 2 yards because the cowboy/western theme is a popular one. Other themes might only be worth it if you can get it cheap and there is a lot of yardage.
So see the Love / Hate part? Lol. Love looking for it. Love finding it. Hate listing it. Love selling it. Love making money on it.
Actually “Hate” is kind of a strong word. Listing and selling is work. Plain and simple. Once I got going..it wasn’t any harder than any other item I sell and the photos weren’t that difficult. So…yes..it’s time to break out those other 2 bins of fabric I’ve been hoarding and just get to work!

 

My Top 5 Vintage Finds of 2016

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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

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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!

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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!

 

Move It Out Monday….On a Tuesday!!

Move It Out Monday! The stories of an online reseller with an inventory backlog. Think PILES! And her adventures and attempts to reduce them!

No, you’re not going crazy. Today really is Tuesday. It reminds me of the Lego movie (I can’t count how many times I’ve seen it) where Lucy cries “Today will not be known as Taco Tuesday. It will be known as Freedom Friday….but still on a Tuesday!!!”

Anyway.

I have a backlog of inventory. I’ll admit it. I have discussed it here on the blog many times. I’m one of THOSE online thrifting resellers. Yes…the shopping is more fun than the listing. The more you learn and the more experience you get, the more you know you can flip. You go to the thrift store and easily find 10, 20 or more items to sell.

And I don’t know about you and where you live, but there are at least 10 thrift stores within 30 minutes of me and double or triple that within an hour. I have good intentions of staying out of the thrifts but there is one right NEXT DOOR to my grocery store. And I need those mileage deductions! Just sayin’.

But really, I AM doing better about the amount of new items I bring home. And I list those items right away. What I am working on now is making sure to grab a few items from my older bins and get those listed as well.

Last Friday, after I was starting to feel better after a nasty head cold, I dove into an older bin and pulled out some stuff I’ve had a little too long.

Vintage items to sell on Etsy. Part of my online selling backlog!

What is wrong with me??? This is cool stuff! I did get a few of the items listed over the weekend. (This post does contain affiliate links)

Tartlet Tins Made in Sweden

Tartlet Tins Made in Sweden

O & EG Royal Austria Open Salts

O & EG Royal Austria Open Salts

Bright Green Pocket Photo Album

Bright Green Pocket Photo Album

West Germany Pocket Watch Manicure Kit

Novelty Pocket Watch Manicure Set, Made in W. Germany

Love that last one. So did my 9 year old. I think he wanted to keep it. I asked him for pricing advice and he was quite ambitious. 🙂

Today I hope to get the last few items listed. The plastic fish trivet by Dansk is a fun favorite and the German language Edgar Allan Poe paperback book is pretty unique!

Along the same vein, I’ve been digging into my flatware stashes as well. I know I’ve got money just sitting there and it’s doing me no good!
Case in point:

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These two salad forks. I also have a dinner fork in this pattern. They are by Farberware and the pattern is called Seaside. Farberware is one of those brands that I don’t find very often and I was confused. These were part of a stainless flatware lot I bought awhile back. I think I had Farberware and Cuisinart mixed up in my mind. Anywho, its hard to explain my thought processes.
I am at the point where I need to just start selling items in bigger lots. So as I’m going through my flatware, I’m pulling out stuff that is just not worth listing by itself (to me, at this point in my life) but is still in good condition. These will go on Ebay in a large lot.
I was about to toss these forks into that lot but I decided to stop and do some general research on Farberware flatware. I came across this pattern and I was shocked at what the salad forks were going for.
I have these 2 forks listed together on Ebay for 59.99 and the dinner fork for 29.99. Crazy. And they were just sitting there in a box in my storage.
Shame on me!!

So that’s where I’m at. What about you? Do you list as soon as you acquire inventory? Are you slow like me?  It would be fun to do some kind of challenge, maybe in November…something about number of older items listed and how much money we make from them. Money in the closet or Shopping the Stash or something like that. Anybody in?