2018 Already??? Popping In for a Quick Howdy!

It’s almost 2018 already!! Still wrapping my brain around that. Anywho, I’m just popping in quickly to say hello since I know it’s a busy time of year for everyone.
The last thing you want right now is a blog post from yours truly. ūüôā No matter how witty and informative. lol.
So as per usual…I will back in action in January. With lots of good stuff coming up!
We’ll be continuing our Selling Vintage A to Z series with the letters E and F….
We’ll interview another vintage seller as part of the Selling Vintage Success Stories series.
In January we try to also review our Top 5 Vintage Finds of the previous year.

And more!!
So we’ll see you then! Happy thrifting and selling!

 

 

D is for Decorated Tumblers ~ Selling Vintage A to Z

Welcome back to the¬†fourth installment of our¬†Selling Vintage A to Z¬†series. To see previous posts in the series,¬†click on the page at the top¬†(or dropdown on mobile) where all the A to Z posts are handily gathered together! Today’s letter is the letter¬†D¬†and we’re discussing¬†Decorated Tumblers.
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DisforDecoratedTumblersLet’s face it. Vintage kitchenware is hot. It’s a fun¬†category but can also be a fairly broad one so many collectors and resellers niche down. Vintage glassware is one way to go…specifically the decorated tumblers that started coming on the scene in the 1920s and 30s.
These are some of the decorated tumblers I spotted in a recent trip to an antique mall.

DecoratedTumblersSome of the companies that produced these fun and colorful pieces were:
Anchor Hocking, Bartlett Collins, Federal, Hazel Atlas, Jeannette, Libbey, West Virginia and more. In the early days, decorations were done by hand but during the 1930s, various automated methods were developed. The silkscreening method was perfected and is still the main way of decorating tumblers today. The stage was set for the production of the decorated tumbler to take off!

DecoratedTumbler2Green and white leaf tumblers by Federal Glass offered by Nanosdollectibles on Etsy (a great shop to see more examples of decorated glassware)

And the demand was there to meet it. The decorated tumblers were now more affordable because they were mass produced and they were colorful!! Such fun. People were eating them up.

Bartlett-Collins Rhythm Tumblers by AmbassadorGrooviness on Etsy

Kraft Foods had the inspiration in 1933 to offer their cheese spread with a “premium”: reusable 5 oz. glass “party glasses” in a variety of colors and designs. We know them as Swankyswigs. They continued being produced until 1958, first by Hazel Atlas, then by Bartlett-Collins. People loved having them to collect.

SwankySwig1Swankyswigs Kiddie Kup Set by Sidetracked Vintage on Etsy


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Swankyswigs Tulip Set by RobertaGrove on Etsy

And people still do. Scouring thrift stores, antique shops and the internet, they look for that last one to complete their set.

A while back in one of my thrifting adventures, I found this book, “The Decorated Tumbler“.

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What a bunch of eye candy!! And a very helpful reference book. The author, Hazel Marie Weatherman, has compiled full color reproductions of actual catalog pages from the different makers, so we can see pattern names as well as glassware names assigned by that maker. It includes not just tumblers, but other items produced with these designs, such as pitchers and canisters.
Here is an example from page 52.

DSC_0112My book landed in my reference library but you can check ebay and Amazon for your own copy.

Just a few researching/collecting tips: If you’re interested in this niche for collecting or reselling, I’d suggest doing your research. Develop your eye to spot the more popular themes or subjects…anything atomic is a yes right now. Browse the book I mention above. Browse Etsy¬† listings. Search “Swankyswigs” and “Swanky swigs”. Use “Decorated glassware”. Search by makers. Go check out an antique mall.
Condition will be fairly important. Super faded pieces should probably be given a pass.

Let me know! Do you collect decorated tumblers? Have you sold any? Are you going to be on the lookout for them now? Leave a comment below.

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 Two ~ Turn That Stash into Cash!

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Well, the first week of November’s listing challenge is over! How did we do?

Did you manage to list at least one older ‘stash’ item for every newer item you listed? Did any of them sell?

Here are my stats:
I am by no means a power lister. I usually work on my online selling for a few hours scattered throughout my week between other obligations. Some days I have more time than others. But then there is also a busy 4 year old bopping around, demanding my attention. ūüôā
But I’m pretty satisfied with what I got done.

I listed 24 items total. 15 of them were from my stash. 9 were newer items, probably thrifted within the last couple weeks. Woot! AND…I only thrifted ONCE! And only brought home a handful of flatware pieces. Yay me!

Nothing from the ‘stash’ items sold. But 2 of the ‘newer’ items did. And…all that listing kick-started some other sales on both Ebay and Etsy. And that’s the point, right? Sell some stuff and clear it out! Selling items out of your inventory makes room for the stash items to be in holding until they sell.

One thing I learned is that most of my items in my stash are vintage and will most likely go on Etsy. Here’s a sampling of the items I pulled out and listed:

Listing Challenge Stash Items

I just saw how the flatware is in that collage twice! Silly collage program! And obviously too late at night for me to write blog posts!

As you can see, I ended up focusing on smaller stash items. It was easier to pull out boxes of costume jewelry (yes I said ‘boxes’ !!!) and have a bunch of items available all at once that didn’t really need cleaning or sticker removal or whatever.

But I want to change things up this week and really dig deep. The point of this exercise is to make space too, right!?

So here is the CHALLENGE for WEEK TWO:

  • Keep up with your listing momentum. Try to keep up with the 1 to 1 ration. If you can bump it to listing 2 ‘stash’ items for every 1 newer item..go for it! And if you’ve caught up…YOU ROCK!!
  • Limit your thrifting. (*bites knuckle*). I know, I know. But seriously. I realized that is really the ONLY way to make any kind of headway. As I delve into the stash it makes me slightly overwhelmed (I tried not to think about it) and it really does become a slight deterrent to bringing more home. UNLESS….there’s too good of a deal to pass up. (I’m an enabler) OR….Thrifting is the therapy you need to get you motivated to keep listing. It totally works for me. Hence…a listing challenge. LOL.
    For example, this weekend I’ll be out of town and will no doubt hit some out of town thrift stores. But that’s too good of an opportunity to pass up. (Plus think of the mileage!!)
  • Okay now for the main CHALLENGE of the week:
    Pick one item that you have been procrastinating on for months, years, whatever! Whether it’s the research that’s held you back or figuring out how to ship it…there’s some reason you keep skipping over that item. Get over it!! Just get it listed!¬†Bonus if you can list 2 or more of those items.

Okay so there you go! Please continue to comment below! I loved reading the comments! Let us know how you did last week and what you’re planning for this week.

And of course there will be a Facebook thread for you to share photos and comments. I’ll be posting my¬†CHALLENGE item there when I finally get it pulled out. I definitely have one in mind!

 

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. ūüėČ
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?