Hi there! I hope you are well 🙂 Just a bit of vintage shopping for me this past weekend. Friday I spent with my sweet daughter, a sort of last hurrah before she heads off to college. We had scones and tea at the Tailored Tea, a mani-pedi at the Red Lotus, and purchased a few vintage finds at Captain’s Treasures. I posted a photo of my sweet girl and I on Instagram, if you want to check it out. On Saturday, my sweet husband and I took in a special exhibit at the NYS Museum–20 of the Empire State Plaza’s 96 amazing pieces of Abstract Expressionism were on display, all together in one room for the first time ever. I’ve been posting some of those images on Instagram as well. There may even be a post sometime in the future…but today I’m revealing my July sales at my booth at the Gristmill Antique Center, as well as my [end of] July eBay sales. A nice, normal month of sales, I’m happy to report, after a few not-so-good ones: $435.00 in sales from my booth.
A small wooden wheel barrow (cost: 50¢, sold: $5.00).
A chunky cutting board with four “feet” (cost: $1.00, sold: $15.00).
One of my DIY projects: a “Fresh Eggs” stencil on an old window vent (cost: $1.00, sold: $20.00–a special price for the owner of my shop, marked down from $28.00). Find more vintage signs for sale here.
Another one of my projects–a tiered stand (sold: $28.00).
An antique Loon cut-out (cost: $3.00, sold: $28.00).
A vintage oil can (cost: $1.00, sold: $9.00).
A black glass flower frog (cost: $2.00, sold: $12.00). Find more flower frogs for sale here.
A silver plated tea/coffee set (cost: $5.00, sold: $15.00, marked down from $25.00).
A glass Hazel Atlas refrigerator dish (cost: $1.00, sold: $10.00). Find more kitchen items for sale here.
A pair of vintage clippers (cost: 50¢, sold: $8.00).
Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown (cost:50¢, sold: $5.00). Find more books for sale here.
A wooden planter (cost: $2.00, sold: $15.00).
A wooden utensil tray (cost: $1.00, sold: $12.00).
An enamel top table with sexy legs and green glass drawer pull (not shown) (cost: $25.00, sold: $75.00).
Sold but no photos:
Vintage Clear Glass Pitcher w/Red Flowers $15.00
Small English Bowl $8.00
The Oxford Book of English Verse $5.00
Handmade Cement “GROW” Marker $12.00
2 Vintage Colanders $2.00 each
Mercury glass cup $12.00
Apothecary Jars $15.00 each
The Herbalist $3.00
The Gardener’s Handbook $3.00
Nautical Antiques for the Collector, $10.00
Lullaby Land, $10.00
Eyelet Runner, $6.00
Italian Gilt Music Jewelry Box, $15.00
Pair of Brass Stars, $3.00 each
Newer “America” Farmhouse Sign, $15.00
Birds in Their Homes, $10.00
Clear Glass Flower Frog, $5.00
My total cost of goods sold in July was $65.00 or 15% of my total sales of $435.00, not far off from my goal of keeping the cost of goods sold right around 10% of my sales. With rent at $130 per month, my total July antique booth net profit was $240.00.
A Dutch cigarette tin (cost: 50¢, sold: $9.00, reflects 10% lifetime savings discount for email followers).
A tobacco tin (cost: 50¢, sold: $4.50, reflects 10% lifetime savings discount for email followers).
A French honors certificate for American WWI soldier (cost: $1.00, sold certificate only: $18.00, reflects 10% lifetime savings discount for email followers).
Total Blog Shop sales for July were $31.49; cost of goods sold were $2.00, for a Blog Shop net profit of $29.49.
So, I’ve started selling on eBay, as of July 19th. What caused me to jump into this madhouse of frenzied selling? I’ve been following Martin, a Canadian blogger, (Things I Find in the Garbage), who makes a living selling what he finds in people’s trash. I know. Not very glamorous. But kind of fascinating. He’s a young guy, living in Montreal, who sells what he finds on eBay, Etsy, Kijiji, and at frequent garage sales. On his blog he shares what he finds, where he sells it, and for how much. Anyway, he inspired me to check out the sale-ability of some of my finds that don’t really fit into my booth. See below 🙂
A c.1970’s Gillette “Black Beauty” safety razor (cost: 25¢, sold: $12.99). Apparently there’s a real market for men’s shaving-related collectibles, along with aftershave and perfume. Martin sells a ton of both. In next months report, you’ll find out whether I had any success selling perfume myself.
A Marvel comic book (cost: 10¢, sold: $8.99). [I bought it in a pile of other weird magazines, including Elf Quest, which sold this month and Mad Magazines, which I’ll be listing soon.]
Remember these? I picked them up a few weeks ago, along with a matching bracelet. While the bracelet has found its forever home, I thought I’d give the necklace a try on eBay. I started bidding at $19.99 and it received one bid early on and then nothing. You may recall that I valued it at $70-80.00. Well things didn’t quite go that way I would have hoped. Final selling price: $20.50, a good profit on the $1.50 I paid, but nowhere near my anticipated profit. Find more jewelry for sale here.
My total eBay sales were $42.48, with a cost of goods sold of just $4.25, or almost exactly 10%. Ebay charges for July were $5.27, for a total eBay net profit of $32.96 (woo woo). Find me on eBay here.
This business has its highs and lows, but they tend to even out over time. All in all not a bad month, with a total net profit of $302.45 for the month of July.
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