What to Do, What to Do??

There’s a thrift store near me that has this Sunbeam Coffeemaster set. At least I think it’s still there. 
Anyway. It took me a few visits to confirm that it’s complete..and how it fits together. It turns out that it is what’s known as a ‘vacuum brewer’. 
See what’s got me drooling is that the whole set is there. Coffee maker, tray, sugar bowl, creamer.
It is gorgeous in its Art Deco-ness. 
Sigh.
The price has even been dropped once. I think the thrift store wants to move it. I went one time on my normal visit and it was gone off the shelf and I thought “phew…now I don’t have to debate buying it anymore”. Then as I was leaving I saw it at its newer price and stuffed into a bottom shelf. 
The only thing that held me back those times was money. This little thrift only takes cash or check and I didn’t have enough of one and I never carry the other around. 
I went home and researched every time. 
I learned more about it.
I saw that complete sets were rare-ish…and that I could probably do better on the selling price than the few that I saw.
But even if not, I could divide it up and make good money on just the creamer and sugar!!
However, I love keeping sets together so I would only do that as a last resort. 
So why the hesitation? 
*Well..I think its my mood. I’ve had less time for the Online Reselling biz lately…and so I’ve been reevaluating inventory. I love finding unique, vintage items. But starting from scratch on each listing takes a lot of time. The busier I am in ‘regular’ life, the more productive and streamlined I have to be while I’m working. It becomes more of a *job* and less of a fun hobby that makes me money and I can take my time researching each item. 
So I’m thinking of narrowing my niches more. Smalls. Vintage sewing patterns, flatware, mens neckties, jewelry, coffee mugs…that kind of thing.
Enough variety I won’t get bored. But easy enough to grab 5 ‘like’ items and blast out some listings.
And easy shipping. Hubby is busy too and if we can blast out shipping in 20 minutes as opposed to an hour and a half…that’s ideal.
*This Sunbeam set is bulky and I’ll have to store it until I can find the right buyer.
*I have enough stuff to already list!!! I am backlogged for quite awhile!! Streamlining my inventory is all well and good but I have a bunch of bulky ‘fun’ stuff to get rid of first. Adding another space-taking one of a kind item in is not helping me!!
*Maybe I’m just burning out a bit.
Sigh. See my dilemma? All perfectly valid reasons….
but I WANT it!! lol. I want to be the one to sell it. What is wrong with me!? This picking, reselling life is burned into my soul by now I guess.

I guess I can hope the set is picked up by another discerning buyer before I go back next time. (cuz you know I will go back! lol)  If so, I will definitely have mixed feelings. 

What would you do?

9 thoughts on “What to Do, What to Do??”

  1. Boy, do I get it! There are certain things that just need to be rescued and preserved. I sometimes wonder if I find things or they find me ; ) and as much as I love photographing and "presenting" my items, it's a lot of work to do every vintage listing from scratch. ditto for the storing/packing. still, there are those things you just don't see very often that you know are awesome even if it will take a lot of effort. Then again, you probably already have half a dozen of those things around that you haven't gotten to yet – I know I do! I guess it would come down to the money. I recently passed up a large stack of Heller plates at a yard sale because I just wasn't in the mood to deal with them – didn't even ask how much she wanted. I guess they didn't sell at the yard sale because 2 weeks later they turned up at the church rummage sale – $1 for the box! needless to say, I schlepped them home. If you do buy the set, try to list it right away – it will make you feel better. and if it sells, you'll feel great. if someone takes the time to tell you how much they love the set, how carefully if was packaged and sent, then you'll feel really good about your decision! It's hard to ignore the insanity/addiction – might as well embrace it : ) Have a great day!

  2. Yes this can be addicting. Thinking that we are getting it so cheap and it is so nice condition but ignoring the fact that we have way more than we can ever list sitting at home already. I'm considering going cold turkey…staying away from the thrifts, at least until I get control over my existing inventory. Sigh!

  3. Thank you so much for your comment! That's exactly it! I totally know the feeling about seeing something and not feeling like dealing with it…Heller plates are an excellent example. I've passed those up sometimes too…but $1!!
    Yes, that's good advice to list it right away. That's my downfall!
    Thanks again!

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