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:

F is for Feedsack Fabric ~ Selling Vintage A to Z

I’ve been looking forward to this letter since I started this series! Feedsack Fabrics! You can see all the previous posts from A to E by clicking here. I really do love vintage fabrics. So one day I was checking out the vintage fabrics at a thrift store and came across some bagged up scraps that looked familiar. From my own research I was pretty sure I had come across some feedsack fabric scraps. (This post contains affiliate links)

FisforFeedsackWhat Are Feedsack Fabrics and Why Are They So Popular?

I think part of the popularity of feedsacks (besides the cute designs) is the connection to history, to frugality and to a simpler way of life. Housewives and farmers’ wives had long recognized the value of a feedsack. Since the late 1800s, these enterprising women had been repurposing the plain cotton sacks that held flour, sugar and other bulk products….into diapers, dishtowels and more.

Smart manufacturers took note of this and began to print the feedsacks in colors and patterns. It was a hit! All through the Depression and WWII, clothing and home furnishings were made from these colorful and varied fabrics. Feedsacks were used to make clothing, toys, curtains, accessories, and when garments and items had worn out…the scraps were used in quilts.

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Since several feedsacks were required to make, say a dress, a farmer would be sure to choose his sacks carefully. Buying, selling and trading of sacks happened often among the housewives themselves. Farmers who had an excess of sacks (from chicken feed, for example) could sell them back to the store or to peddlers who would in turn sell them to women eager to have them.
DSC_0004Manufacturers of the sacks were right there…feeding the frenzy and taking advantage of it. They hired designers and competed with each other to make new designs. National sewing contests showed off the new designs.¬†Manufacturers¬†printed some with borders that were perfect for pillowcases. Some feedsacks had patterns for toys and small items printed right on the sack. They even started making the fabric available by the yard.

DSC_0002Also helping out were magazines and pattern companies. They printed small leaflets and articles on what to make from feedsacks and how to make them. You can see an example here:

Sewing With Cotton Bags (reprint)

So all of that to say…feedsack fabrics were popular and prolific. The interest in them has continued. Which is why we want to talk about them today! Quilters and seamstresses collect the fabric still. Some collect the fabric…full feedsacks and scraps…just for the sake of collecting. So what do we need to know?

How To Identify Feedsack Fabric?

This can be kind of tricky but once you see one or two, you’ll start to catch on. Plus there are some resources that can help, which I’ll get to in a minute.

A lot of the pieces I’ve come across (such as in the bags I mentioned earlier) have a courser weave…but that is not always the case. As mentioned..food like flour and sugar would require a sack with a tighter weave.

One main identifier is the fact that feedsacks were sewn shut. So on a full feedsack there would be one edge where the seam was picked out and there will be fairly large stitch holes. Sometimes on a scrap piece you can see these holes as well. This piece below shows the stitch holes fairly clearly.

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Full feed sacks roughly measure 36″ x 44″.

Here are a couple tips for delving deeper into this area if vintage fabrics interest you:

*Go on Pinterest or Flickr or Etsy and search “Feedsack Fabrics”. You’ll see the multitude of designs and start to get a feel of what you’ll be looking for.

*Join the Facebook group Feedsack Friends. After I found my stash, I joined that group and received lots of great help. (Psst..I even sold a few pieces straight away to people in the group). Many talented creators and collectors in that group.

*A few of the members of that group have written books that are available on Amazon. Here are a couple.

Vintage Feed Sacks Vintage Feed Sacks ~ Fabric from the Farm

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What to Keep in Mind for Selling

Feedsacks and feedsack fabric can be sold on Etsy or Ebay. (any selling site, really, where it fits the requirements). Another option is through Facebook Buy/Sell/Trade Sites. You can search for B/S/T groups for fabric or sewing or quilting. Here are a couple:

Feedsacks-Treasures from the Past
Vintage Fabric Buy Sell Trade!! 
We Sew Retro Buy Sell & Trade

You’ll want to mention whether your feedsack is whole. Give measurements and show pictures of the stitch holes. Obviously, if you are just selling a piece, give those measurements as well. Full feedsacks will sell for the most money and can many times be sold individually. Scraps can be lotted up..either in one large lot or smaller lots by color. Sorting by color will help quilters who are looking for certain colorways.


Feedsack BOLO Alert!! Some of the most sought after feedsacks are cross collectibles. There are DISNEY themed feedsacks such as Cinderella, Davy Crockett, Mickey Mouse and Alice in Wonderland. Movies such as Gone with the Wind were also portrayed. Also popular were nursery rhyme themed sacks with characters like Little Bo Peep and Humpty Dumpty. 


In addition to the themed sacks mentioned above, any type novelty print feedsack will be more sought after and will fetch higher prices. Cats, dogs, farm animals, scenery, landscapes…are all ones to pay special attention to. I’ve seen full novelty feed sacks sell for over $100.

The popularity of feed sack prints of course has meant that there are reprints and repros. If you find a piece of fabric with a promising print, be sure to check the selvedge (the edge of the fabric). If you see a modern company printed there, it’s a repro. May still be sellable…just don’t claim it’s vintage. My baggies of scraps had a few repros like this:
DSC_0001So next time you’re at that auction or estate sale…check out the fabrics in Grandma’s quilt…those very well could be feed sack scraps. Better yet…see if her fabric stash is still there and find yourself some feedsack fabric!

Thanks for joining me for the letter F in our Selling Vintage A to Z series. Stay tuned for the next letter. To be informed of new posts in the series plus other tips, tricks and BOLOs please sign up for our newsletter!

My Top 5 Vintage Finds of 2018

It’s that time again! Another year older..and hopefully smarter! Smarter in¬†my buying choices? I hope so. Although I’m afraid that I do buy too much and don’t list fast enough. A goal to work on. (This post contains affiliate links)

My Top 5So what is the criteria for making this list?¬† Sometimes it’s an item that was super profitable¬†or sometimes it’s something from my bucket list. At times, I classify¬†a find as “best” if it’s completely unusual and I’ve never seen one before. (And¬†also is sellable). I love being able to learn things from my finds too.

This year although I purchased a lot of bread and butter items, there were a few standouts. I’ve been trying pretty hard to stay within my niches, so let’s start with my best finds in each of those. (Flatware, sewing patterns and jewelry).

  1. WMF Cromargan Stainless Flatware lot
    For flatware, it has to be this set of WMF stainless flatware that I found in a bag at a thrift store. Love when they bag up all the pieces of the same pattern! You may remember this one because I think it was in a Friday Finds post.

WMF Nortica
WMF Nortica

The pattern is called Nortica. I think I paid about $5 for the bag. It had 25 pieces in the bag but it was not a complete set. I have now sold all the pieces of this set in 8 different sales for a total of: $466. Oh to find flatware like this on a regular basis! This satisfied my love of mid century vintage…plus it was profitable!

2. HUGE Lot of Vogue Sewing Patterns (plus others)
This is the purchase that has pretty much overwhelmed me with sewing patterns. LOL. It did make me go through my already huge inventory and cull the ones that weren’t worth listing individually. I bundled some up and sold in lots. Others I just redonated.
IMG-2765These sewing patterns I bought on Mercari. I started off buying one lot from a seller. I could see that there were good designers in the lot and it would be worth it for reselling.

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Well, she kept posting more lots. After a few more purchases and some communicating…I found out that she had gotten the whole collection from the husband of a seamstress who had passed away. He was overwhelmed and about to dispose of everything. She rescued the patterns…but then got overwhelmed herself. So she started just selling them off in lots.
I had bought¬†a few¬†of the Vogue lots…(patterns from the 90s and early 2000s) but then she let me know there were also VINTAGE patterns in other brands. Like from the 50s and 60s! Oh my. How could I say no? I bought those. Like boxes and boxes!!

Finally, she was down to a few boxes of newer patterns. Kind of a hodge podge. She was moving and just needed them gone. She offered them to me for just the price of shipping. Sigh.

So now my sewing pattern inventory is SET for a really long time! I have done well with many of them on Ebay and Etsy. I have much more to go. I should be listing nothing but sewing patterns for most of this year!! lol.


Let’s talk about sourcing on Mercari for a minute. ($10 sign up coupon coming up!) Mercari is a selling app that you use on your phone…BUT they have a desktop version that I *think* has most of the features as the mobile app. I do know you can list from your desktop, but you may have to have the mobile app before you can access your account on desktop. I have sold quite a few things¬†thru the app and¬†the listing process is FAST!¬†I have sold mostly things from around the house. I could have cashed out and had the money sent to my bank, but honestly…for the most part I¬†turned right around and used the credit to source inventory right on the site! I’ve bought…you guessed it! Flatware, sewing patterns and jewelry! lol.
If you’d like to try out sourcing or selling on Mercari, click here for a referral link.¬†(you may have to access this link on your phone to set up an account. Not sure.)
You’ll get a $10 coupon to start and I’ll get a couple bucks. (affiliate disclosure)


3. Vintage Turquoise and Puka necklaces.

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This first necklace I found at an estate sale. The sale was a complete mess…jumbled items all over the place. Nothing was priced.¬†It was a real pickers and diggers sale. Which I loved. Usually the prices reflect the mess…but this one was an antique dealer’s son..and he was in the business too. So each item got “louped” and evaluated before he gave a price. All in all, not terrible prices. But I worked for what I got!

Researching this turquoise necklace, I learned the word “Heishi”. Roughly, it’s used to describe the disc shaped beads that are formed from natural materials. You can read more about it here. I sold mine for $185. You can see my listing here.

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This second necklace was equally, if not more of a surprise. I had seen this shell necklace hanging up in Value Village but it was like $8. I know most shell necklaces are not worth a lot…but then there are some that are worth A LOT! I hadn’t learned the difference yet. I looked at that necklace for several weeks at the thrift store…thinking it was probably something but not wanting to spring for the whole $8. A few days later I was reading something on one of my Facebook selling groups and they mentioned how some vintage Puka shell necklaces were valuable. They showed one that looked just like the one at Value Village!! Guess where I made a beeline to!?!

Fortunately it was still there¬†and I was happy to pay the full $8. lol. I sold it for $135. Keep in mind that it’s only SOME Puka shell necklaces that will garner this price. This one was purple and heavy and chunky. Your average 80s/90s surfer-look Puka necklace will not sell for this much. Here is some information on Puka shells.

4. Eva Zeisel Dishes 

Eva Zeisel for Hallcraft
Eva Zeisel for Hallcraft

I keep swearing I’m not going to buy dishware or breakables…but sometimes rules are made to be broken. Especially when you come across Eva Zeisel for Hallcraft dishes!
I found several pieces and a bit more diligent searching of ALL the thrift store shelves yielded more! All of it sold fairly quickly for a nice price, which was great Рdinnerware takes up shelf space!

5. McCall’s Pattern Cabinet

McCall's Sewing Pattern Cabinet
McCall’s Sewing Pattern Cabinet

I’d say this one is more of personal bucket list find. And technically it’s connected to one of my niches…but look at its awesomeness! This was a store cabinet from somewhere that sold McCall’s sewing patterns. I am using it for inventory storage.
I had always thought it’d be great to have one..but they are usually high priced at antique stores or on Craigslist. Hubby offered to make me something¬†custom¬†but he doesn’t really have time. So when I saw this for $65….well of course it was mine!

So that’s the dealio. Another year gone by. I’m hoping to hit more yard sales and estate sales this year.

What about you? What was your favorite find of the year?