Spoils of Thrift – YouTube Edition!!

Yes, can you believe I made a video? It’s one of my goals for 2019 to add more video to the blog. It really is a bit easier to SHOW you the things I find at thrift stores than take photos and type it all out. Well..maybe not easier yet but a nice change.

And I put MYSELF in the video. Yikes. Another goal accomplished. Like I say in the video, I do want to work on this more and learn how to make videos that are a bit more professional looking. Not sure yet if I need software or what.

I can do videos on thrifting finds, what’s been selling, informational videos…oh it could go on and on. You may have created a monster!

Let me know what you think. I can take it. ūüôā

Oh and subscribe if you’d like to watch my progress. Or at least come for the vintage!

Giveaway Winner – Who Supports Your Hustle?

So this was fun!! We heard a lot about the people out there who support your hustle. Lots of spouses…which is great!

There were 22 entries…based on comments and whether you mentioned signing up for the newsletter (or have already signed up). Speaking of the newsletter, let me digress for a bit. If you’ve signed up and feel like you haven’t gotten anything from me for a bit (you should have at least gotten one last week about the giveaway)…check your Spam folder. My email provider also automatically separates my mail into tabs like Social and Promotion. Sometimes things I regularly read all of a sudden get sent to different tabs. If that’s happening, you need to “whitelist” my emails!
All you have to do is grab that email out of Promotions and drag it over to Primary. Thanks!!

Okay…on with the giveaway. Like I said, we had 22 entries and I used my handy little online random number generator…

And number #10 corresponds to…… Sally! Who didn’t give her last name..but I will be contacting by email shortly! Sally’s hustle is supported mainly by her husband…but her daughter has also caught the reselling bug! Sally – Congratulations! And there will be a little something in the package for your husband, along with the mug!!

Thanks all for sharing your stories. Like I said, make sure my newsletter is getting to you. I’ll be making some changes to the backend of it this week…so starting in March it’ll have a new look and format! The newsletter will have BOLOs (things to look out for), fun thrifting finds, selling tips and more!

Giveaway: Who Supports Your Hustle?

Reselling can, at times, be a lonely business. If you work at it full time at home, sometimes your only interactions are at garage sales or thrift stores…and maybe your friendly neighborhood postal worker. You don’t have co-workers per se and your watercooler conversations happen online via social media.

But most of us have at least one someone who is in their corner. Someone who gets the dream and supports the hustle. This post is a tribute to all those someones. (This post may have affiliate links. See our disclosure page for more details)

In my case, my family (immediate and extended) has always been pretty supportive. They may not have completely ‘got it’ right away but now they do enjoy the flipping stories.

But my main tribute goes to my hubby, Mr. Recycleista. He has been a reseller himself and actually is getting back into the game a bit. He just re-opened one of our Etsy shops selling vintage hardware and salvage type pieces. Feel free to go check out Tahoma Salvage on Etsy.

But more than that, he does so much to support my hustle. (Okay, my hustle is sometimes more like a shuffle.) He is my packing and shipping department. This is huge! He has a natural knack for it so he took on that task early on. He’s quick and efficient and our feedback mentions packaging like 75% off the time!

He also supports my love of thrifting. On weekends and evenings if I need a thriftbreak, he keeps our 2 rugrats busy and lets me have that “mama time”, lol. Important for a stay at home, work at home, homeschooling mama. But he also thrifts with me! Our vacations and weekends away always have thrift stops scheduled in.

He is also indispensable with inventory management. We have a small-ish space and are often shuffling inventory around. Look what he just built me for my flatware:

So what about you? Who supports your hustle? Is it a spouse, a parent or a child? Maybe Grandpa was a wheeler dealer and hustler from way back and gets you.

Maybe….it’s not anyone in your immediate circle. Your family might still be doubtful or even outright opposed. But there are people that you CAN turn to…either in your circle of friends or online. A big role of the Reselling Communities on social media is support. Other people who get it. People who cheer you on, who are thrilled with your flips and can commiserate with the flops. Maybe your hustle support comes from someone online.

Now for the giveaway info.

In order to win this Rae Dunn “Hustle” mug….this is what you need to do:

  1. Leave a comment below telling me who supports your hustle. If you’d like to explain a little, feel free.
  2. For a bonus entry….sign up for my newsletter. Let me know in your comment that you are already a subscriber or that you just subscribed.
  3. Make sure your email you use while leaving a comment is one you check regularly as that’s how the winner will be contacted.

So each person can have 2 possible entries. One for commenting and one for subscribing. The contest will run until Sunday, February 17th at midnight PST. The winner will be announced Monday, February 18th.

Top 10 Betty Crocker Silverware Patterns by Oneida

As I’ve mentioned before in this post: Oneida Flatware and the Betty Crocker Catalog,¬†nostalgia plays a big role in the reselling of vintage flatware. Many mothers and grandmothers dutifully collected Betty Crocker coupons and put together silverware sets for daughters, nieces, granddaughters and themselves.

Those who inherited these sets turn to Ebay and Etsy for replacement pieces or to fill in their sets. (This post contains affiliate links. You can read our full privacy and disclosure policy here.)

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I’ve put together this list of the top 10 (in no particular order) Oneida silverware or flatware patterns sold¬†through Betty Crocker catalogs. These are patterns that I sell consistently and seem to have a high demand. If you are a flatware reseller you can use this list as a BOLO list. (Be On the LookOut).

If you are a Betty Crocker silverware set owner..this guide may help you identify your stainless flatware pattern and source some replacements.

(I was able to take pictures of half of these from my own pieces, the rest of the photos came from Replacements.com.) 


Twin Star 

Oneida Twin Star Flatware
Backstamp: Oneida Community

Twin Star listings on Ebay

Twin Star listings on Etsy


My Rose
Oneida My Rose Flatware

Backstamp: Oneida Community

My Rose listings on Ebay

My Rose listings on Etsy


Chandelier

Photo cred: Replacements.com
Photo cred: Replacements.com

Backstamp: Oneida Community

Chandelier listings on Ebay

Chandelier listings on Etsy


Patrick Henry
Oneida Patrick Henry

Backstamp: Oneida Community

Patrick Henry listings on Ebay

Patrick Henry listings on Etsy


Chatelaine

Photo Cred: Replacements.com
Photo Cred: Replacements.com

Backstamp: Oneida Community

Chatelaine listings on Ebay

Chatelaine listings on Etsy


Cello

Photo cred: Replacements.com
Photo cred: Replacements.com

Backstamp: Oneida Community

Cello listings on Ebay

Cello listings on Etsy


**Satinique

Oneida SatiniqueBackstamp: Oneida Community

Satinique listings on Ebay

Satinique listings on Etsy

**There are 2 Oneida patterns called Satinique. Keep this in mind while purchasing and check photos carefully. Look for ones that say “Satinique -OLDER”. In this case, they may be easier to find on Etsy.


Brahms

Photo Cred: Replacements.com
Photo Cred: Replacements.com

Backstamp: Oneida Community

Brahms listings on Ebay

Brahms listings on Etsy


Via Roma

Oneida Via RomaBackstamp: Oneida Community

Via Roma listings on Ebay

Via Roma listings on Etsy


Plantation

Photo cred: Replacements.com
Photo cred: Replacements.com

Backstamp: Oneida Community

Plantation listings on Ebay

Plantation listings on Etsy


Of course, these are not ALL of the Betty Crocker stainless silverware patterns. There were dozens spanning many decades. If you need more assistance identifying your pattern, feel free to go to the Contact Me page and shoot me an email!

Tidying Up With……Vintage!

Have you been following all the hoopla about the new show on Netflix: Tidying Up With Marie Kondo? Cute little Marie Kondo from Japan shares her KonMari method of organizing and keeping only the belongings that “spark joy”.¬† (This post contains affiliate links. You can read our full privacy and disclosure policy here.)
Tidying Up...Netflix timed the release just right to line up with everyone’s “resolutions” for 2019 to get organized! While I didn’t set a resolution, it definitely got my wheels turning about cleaning out and decluttering. I had my husband watch it as well and he is all on board! We just have to find time.

One of things that I liked about¬†Marie Kondo’s¬†suggestions for tidying up had to do with finding storage for the items you’ve decided to keep. Even inside drawers, you can use little boxes and dividers to keep things from jumbling together.

Or.. items that you’re keeping, such as photos, can be put in boxes or containers that “spark joy” themselves. They can be on shelves or left out on a coffee table.

So I started to look around my house to see what unused containers or boxes I could start to gather up in preparation for my tidying up bonanza! In my unlisted inventory (ahem) I found this amazing vintage metal cribbage board box.

DSC_0002-002I think it will be perfect for collecting together my reselling receipts! I’d much rather have vintage boxes and baskets holding my clutter than plastic containers from the dollar store. Wouldn’t you?

I turned to Etsy to see what other ways there were to hide and contain the clutter!

The imperfect perfection of Sweet Petunia Vintage:

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Eight Immortals Decorative Box

Wooden Box with Handle

Alfred Knobler Paper Mache Box

The thoughtfully curated vintage treasures of MeMeandMeVintage

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Clockwise from left:
English Floral Biscuit Tin

Natural Picnic Basket Storage

Flemish Pyrography Box

The always fascinating finds of Shelly Is Vintage :

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Clockwise from top:
Black Safety Deposit Box

Small Brass Hinged Box

Four Drawer Industrial Metal Box

And last but not least, fun vintage “stuffs” by Sfuso

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Clockwise from top:
Red Enamelware Refrigerator Box

Vintage Black and Decker Tool Box

Fabulously Red Toolbox


Do any of these vintage storage containers “spark joy” for you? Click on the links and hop on over and check them out!!


If you don’t have Netflix but would like to read about the Kon-Mari method, you can get her book on Amazon: