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!

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: