Hi everyone! After I posted a couple of weeks ago about What Sold, What Didn’t in 2016, several readers mentioned how much they liked the post and would I write some more like it in the future. In it, I focused on my DIY and craft projects from the previous year. Today, I thought I’d give you all an idea of what sold from my antique booth at the Grist Mill Antique Center. My goal each month is to 4x my rent. I pay $130 a month rent with no commission charge, so when I make $400 or more in a month I’m happy. In addition, I like to keep the cost of goods sold at about 10%. I grossed $425 for the month of December and my cost of goods sold was $42.00. Woo woo, I’m rich(!). Let’s take a look at some of the items that sold last month, shall we?
Two antique wheat-patterned ironstone bowls, manufactured by Turner, Goddard & Co., a Staffordshire company (1867-74), purchased for $1.00 each, sold for $15.00 each. I don’t sell a lot of ironstone, because I tend to keep it for myself–LOL. But I’ve limited myself to one corner cupboard, so when I find a piece that I like better than one I already own, I’ll trade it out and sell the “reject.”
I recently spruced up my Ironstone Price Guide
& added more pieces to the list.
A vintage Dietz lantern with newer paint, purchased for $1.50, sold at a discount for $18.00 to a reader I ran into at the shop one day. I used it for several years, with a bow attached, as an outside Christmas decoration.
A painted crate/shelf purchased for $2.00, sold for $18.00.
Unfortunately, I don’t take photos of every single item I buy and sell, but I happened to take some photos of my booth not too long ago, and was able to zoom in on a few pieces that sold in December: I sold $30.00 worth of Christmas ornaments (cost: $3.50), an oak mirror for $30.00 (cost: $3.00), a folding ruler for $8.00 (cost: 50¢), and a cast iron heron planter for $35.00 (cost: 50¢).
Here’s a better shot of some of the ornaments that sold.
For help valuing your collectibles
check out my Christmas Price Guide .
A box of ornaments, almost identical to this one, sold for $15.00 (cost: $1.00).
A 3′ die cut Santa with moving parts also sold for $10.00.
A small German creamer that cost just 50¢ sold for $5.00.
A coffee table book, History of Art, also sold, for $10.00
This upcycled, chalk-painted [by me] dresser cost me just $5.00, and it finally sold for $72.00. [Not a bad profit.] I priced it originally for $99.99, but when it failed to sell after 6 months, I marked it down. It still took a couple of months to sell at the $72.00 price, though. I get antsy when things are in my booth for longer than 6 or 7 months. I get out my red pen and slash prices like crazy. Anyone else like me?
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