Hi there! I hope you had an enjoyable weekend. On Friday I brought fresh merchandise up to my booth at the Gristmill Antique Center and stopped at a couple of sales along the way (of course, right?).
Saturday my sweet husband and I attended a local church fair that included a tag sale, and I made a surprising number of purchases. From there we headed to Schenectady’s Little Italy Italian Fest, strolled the closed off Jay street, and enjoyed listening to a crooner sing “Volare” and other Rat Pack tunes. We tasted some wines and picked through some vintage goods for sale (yes, I found a few things to buy).
Church, lunch with friends, and a nap on Sunday 🙂 Today I have August’s income report for you. I made close to my minimum goal at my shop (3 x $130 (my rent)), sold a few things from my blog shop, and did very well on eBay.
Antique Booth ($395.00 gross)
1. An antique cowbell (cost: $1.00, sold: $15.00).
2. A vintage rooster silhouette (cost: $4.00, sold: $25.00).
3. An antique lion head drawer pull (cost: $1.00, sold: $12.00).
1. A vintage Royal typewriter (cost: $2.00 sold: $25.00).
2. A car-shaped candy container (ha ha, not sure how this photo got in here, lol).
3. A vintage cross stitch in shabby chic frame (not shown) (cost: $2.00, sold: $38.00).
1. A crazy coconut bird (cost: $1.00, sold: $15.00).
2. An oak splint flower gathering basket (cost: $5.00, sold: $35.00).
3. A set of wooden salad servers (cost: $1.00, sold: $7.50–1/2 price).
1. A Child’s Book of Garden Verses (cost: $1.00, sold: $6.00–40% off).
2. A pair of flower frogs (cost: $1.00, sold: $12.00).
3. A USA potter vase w/ small flake (cost: 50¢, sold: $5.00).
4. A flower frog in metal bowl (cost: $1.00, sold: $6.00).
1. A tin cookie cutter (cost: $1.00, sold: $10.00).
2. A rolling pin (cost: $1.00, sold: $10.00).
3. An Oven Serve baking dish (cost: 50¢, sold $10.00).
1. A signed copy of Adirondack Album (cost: 50¢, sold: $10.00).
2. A cast iron grate (cost: $5.00, sold: $45.00).
Also sold but no photos available:
A beaten up bottle brush tree I found on the curb (cost: free, sold: $10.00).
Multiple books (cost: 50¢-$1.00, sold: $2.00-6.00).
Multiple smalls (cost: 25¢-$1.00, sold: $1.00-6.00).
Old Wheel Works shipping barrel (cost: free, sold: $32.00).
Vintage Dansk teak tray (cost: $1.00, sold: $15.00).
English earthenware baker (cost: $1.00, sold: $10.00).
Fossil (cost: $1.00, sold: $10.00).
Vintage Jar filled with cinnamon sticks (cost: $1.00, sold: $12.00).
Blog Shop ($40.76 gross)
1. An ironstone mug/shaving mug (cost: $1.50, sold: $12.00).
2. A set of four vintage/antique atlas maps (cost: $1.00, sold: $22.00 minus the 10% lifetime discount for email followers).
3. A set of three needlepoint pieces that I removed from the frames (cost: negligible, sold: $10.00 for all three, minus the 10% lifetime discount for email followers).
As I explained last month, I gave eBay auctions a try toward the end of July with some good success (you can read about it here), and so I continued listing this month and had a great deal of success.
Where did this merchandise come from? Well, as you know, I have a garage filled with
junk great merchandise, but most of what I sold in August was kind of experimental. I’d see something sitting on my desk (the Swiss stopwatch, for example) and think, maybe it will sell on eBay–because it’s not the sort of thing that would typically sell from my antique booth.
I also made two purchases specifically with eBay in mind (I’ll note them below). It’s really been a lot of fun and very eye-opening for me. I always swore I’d never sell on eBay, and here I am, eating my hat.
I think I mentioned last week that I follow the blog, Things I Find in the Garbage, and I noticed that the author, Martin, had made some huge profits selling perfume on eBay. So I raided my dresser and found some perfume I hadn’t used in a while (all purchased at garage sales for cheap), and I bought one to “test the market.”
1. Muguet des Bois cologne by Coty (an experimental buy) (cost: 50¢, sold: $9.00 at auction).
2. Aroma Tonic body fragrance by Lancome .5 oz. (cost: free from my dresser, sold: $9.99 at auction).
3. Chanel No. 5 (cost: free from my dresser, sold: $8.00 at auction)
Conclusions: With a few easily shipped exceptions like ephemera, books, and jewelry, I don’t really want to be bothered selling selling items for less than $15.00. The hassle of double-boxing perfume outweighs the benefits of selling it. Also, keep in mind that it must be ground-shipped.
1. A Monarch price labeler (cost: $1.00–an experimental buy, sold: $19.99, buy-it-now); came with it’s original box, making it super easy to ship.
2. A set of eight, Wheaton mini bottles (cost: 50¢ for all, sold: $7.99 at auction 1 bid). They didn’t sell for as high as I thought they would and were a pain to ship because, of course, they’re glass.
1. A Swiss stopwatch (cost: $1.50, sold: $44.00 at auction).
2. A English Leather jackknife (cost: 50¢, sold: $14.99 fixed price).
1. A “Regency” rhinestone brooch (cost: $1.00, sold: $17.50 at auction).
2. An antique jewelry presentation box (cost: $1.00, sold: $15.50 at auction).
3. A “Monet” bracelet (cost: $1.00, sold: $5.99 1 bid at auction).
1. Set of 6 “Elf Quest” magazines (cost: 50¢, sold: $4.99 at auction 1 bid).
2. Little Black Sambo (cost: 50¢, sold: $11.56 at auction).
3. The Ring” boxing magazine (cost: 50¢, sold: $4.99 at auction 1 bid).
1. Beaded Native American whimsy/pin cushion (cost: $1.25, sold: $31.00 at auction).
2. Mexican silver spurs (cost: $3.00, sold: $19.99 buy-it-now).
3. Beaded Native American whimsy/pin cushion (cost: $1.25, sold: $55.00 at auction).
1. An antique can of Potter’s White Hands soap powder (cost: $3.00, sold: $150 buy-it-now), that sold about an hour after I listed it. Very unexpected.
2. Antique farming photo (cost: 50¢, sold: $7.00).
We’ll see if I can maintain this level of sales through the month of September!
If you made it this far in the post, you are a trooper.
Below, I’ve put all the numbers together for those of you who are interested in what my actual “income” for August looked like. I’m obviously running a small, side business, but we’ll see if I can’t grow it, perhaps in some more creative ways. And though this post took a long time to put together, I’ll try to do one every month.
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