Hi there–I hope you had a great weekend! I was blessed to get in some vintage shopping and a tour of a local historic home (the Flint House in Scotia, NY) with my sweet husband. Lucky, right?
And on Sunday, it’s always a blessing to spend the morning with our church family, plus I had the opportunity to talk with several people about discipleship, my personal passion. I love helping others make connections with mentors who can walk along side them as they grow in God–almost as much as I love being the one who gets to do the walking along side, especially with young women.
But that’s not why you stopped by. I’m sure you were hoping to see some vintage finds, and you won’t be disappointed by the line-up of vintage goods that I sold throughout the month of September. It was a good month, friends! Let’s take a look–
Gristmill Antique Center Booth
In September I grossed $588.70 at my antique booth, well over my $400/month minimum goal. My cost of goods sold was $54.00, meeting my goal of 10% or less of my gross. My rent was $130, making my net (not counting mileage and supplies), $404.70.
1. Stunning flow blue plate with chips sold for $15 (cost: $1). [Keep in mind that 20 years ago, this would have sold for probably $60-75, with the chips.]
2. Delft tile 6″ x 6″ sold for $8.00 (cost: $1).
3. Royal Copenhagen butterpat sold for $4 (cost: $1).
1. Vintage Johnson Brothers “Coaching Scenes” cup, saucer, & plate set sold for $8 reflecting a 20% discount (cost: $1).
2. Large antique flow blue platter in a feather pattern sold for $14 reflecting a 20% discount (cost $2). [Same story as above, even with the large amount of crazing, this platter would likely have sold for $50-60, 20 years ago.]
3. Antique German blue onion canister (no lid) sold for $13 reflecting a 15% discount (cost: $1). [Similar story, would have sold for $30-40, 20 years ago, even without the lid.]
1. English Abbey pink transferware plate sold for $10 (cost: $1).
2. Abraham Lincoln and the Downfall of American Slavery sold for $10 (cost: $1).
3. English transferware platter sold for $22.00 reflecting a 15% discount (cost: $3).
1. Linen towel sold for $3 (cost: 50¢).
2. Composition stone pears sold for $28 (cost: $1).
3. Set of 24 exam booklets sold for $24 (cost: $1).
1. Victrola metal tag sold for $6.00 (cost: $1).
2. Wine jug sold for $18.00 (after cleaning!) (cost: $1).
3. Minnow bucket (similar to one show but w/o lid) sold for $10 (cost: free).
1. Telephone sold for $15 (cost: $2).
2. Willy’s candy container sold for $15 (cost: $1).
3. Yellow quilt rack sold for $18 (cost: $2).
1. Turkey candy dish sold for $20 marked down from $35 (cost: $2). NOTE: It had been in the shop since last October–way too long!
2. Mouse cutting board sold for $12 (cost: $1).
3. Framed eagle print sold for $12 (cost: $1).
1. Large blackboard sold for $22 reflecting a 10% discount (cost: $2).
2. Wooden frame with metal easel-back sold for $10 (cost: $1).
3. Small black board case with peg board on back sold for $15.00 (cost: $1).
1. Small ironstone pitcher (similar to this one) sold for $12 (cost: $1).
2. United Drug Co. crate sold for $45 (cost: $5).
3. Small magnifying glass sold for $6 (cost: $1).
1. Long green tool carrier sold for $18 (cost: $1).
2. Metal paint set sold for $10 (cost: $1).
Sold Items, No Photos
A brass & glass dresser tray sold for $15 (cost: $1).
A small pumpkin garland sold for $8.00 (cost $1).
3 ornate white wire hanging baskets sold for $12 each (cost: 40¢ each).
Country Harvest coffee table book sold for $6.00 (cost: free).
A Homer Laughlin butter dish sold for $8 (cost: free).
A package of Mohawk brand paper sold for $5 (cost: $1).
A set of four Cambridge glass style wine glasses sold for $9 reflecting a 10% discount (cost: $1).
A transferware plate sold for $13, marked down from $15 (cost: $1).
A vintage luggage rack sold for $20 (cost: $2).
Albany-Saratoga cooking booklet sold for $4 (cost: 50¢).
A c.1960’s stained glass window sold for $35 (cost: $3).
In September, I grossed 388.25 from eBay sales. PayPal fees amounted to $20.99 while eBay fees totaled $48.99. The cost of goods sold was $13.00, giving me a net (not counting mileage and supplies) of $305.27.
There are many ways to sell on eBay. For the moment, I list every item for a 7-day auction with a BIN (buy it now) price; if it “fails” to sell, then I list it for a 30-day fixed price. Every month, I get to list up to 50 items at auction with no insertion fee, and right now eBay’s running a special that let’s me list up to 100 items at a fixed price with no insertion fee.
So if an item doesn’t sell at auction, I list it right away for a fixed price, and that’s been working well. I don’t sell everything, but I sell over half of what I list. Usually I allow for “best offers” and I’ve sold a number of items that way, as well.
1. Red/pink mercury glass beads sold for a fixed price of $8.99, after the auction “failed” (cost: 50¢).
2. Multi-colored mercury glass beads sold for the BIN (buy it now) price of $14.99 (cost: $1.00).
3. Gold mercury glass beads sold for a fixed price of $11.99 after the auction failed (cost: 50¢).
NOTE: I have struggled to sell antique/vintage mercury glass beads from my booth, so I am very pleased with the fact that they are selling so well via eBay. I sold two sets in August and have already sold two more in October at right around the same prices.
1. A set of jewelry presentation box sold for a Best Offer of $7.00, after the auction failed (cost: free).
2. A pair of composition Santas sold for a Best Offer of $10.50, after the auction failed (cost: $1.00).
1. A Copco enamelware Danish saute pan sold for a Best Offer of $20.00 after the auction failed (cost: $1.00). NOTE: I bought this pan recently, specifically to sell on eBay as an experiment. I would buy another if I come across one.
2. A trio of Catherineholm lotus pattern 5.5″ bowls sold at auction for $102 (cost: $1.00 each).
NOTE: I bought these bowls so long ago and had no venue to sell them at, until eBay. MCM does not sell in my neck of the woods.
1. A metal donkey figurine sold for a Best Offer of $10.00, after a failed auction (cost $1.00).
2. A bunch of Polaroid cardboard mounts sold at auction for the opening price of $8.99 (cost: 50¢).
3. An Alex & Ani bracelet sold at auction for the opening price of $8.99 (cost: free).
1. A set of six Samantha American Girl books sold for the opening auction price of $9.99 (cost: $1.00).
2. The Big Brown Bear sold for the Best Offer of $6.00, after a failed auction (cost: 50¢). NOTE: While it was a 1st edition, it was in rough shape.
3. A set of six Addy American Girl books sold at auction for $31.27 (cost: $1.00). NOTE: I’m guessing not as many Addy books were manufactured as Samantha ones, given that she was one of the first three characters they made.
1. A 1984 Voltron Chogokin Godaikin Bandai Japanese figure sold at auction for $11.55 (cost: $1.00). NOTE: I bought this figure recently, specifically to sell on eBay as an experiment.
2. A Weck hair shaper sold for the Best Offer of $10.50, after a failed auction (cost: $1).
3. A Gucci silk scarf sold at auction for the BIN price of $74.99 (cost: free).
This 1899 engraving based on a painting by Alonzo Chapel sold for the fixed price of $38.99 after a failed auction (cost: $1.00). I bought this engraving years ago and have always struggled with the best way to sell it. With the popularity of the Broadway show, Hamilton, I thought it might do well on eBay. I’d hoped it might go a little higher, but I’m happy with $38.99.
So eBay continued to be very profitable for me into September. As I mentioned last month, the whole business has been quite a surprise for me, both the ease with which it takes to sell and the amount that I’ve sold.
If readers are interested, at some point I’d consider writing a post about the experience–what types of items to list, how to use eBay’s simplified listing form, and how to use some of their various sales mechanisms, including auction, buy it now, and fixed price options. Let me know if you’re interested 🙂
Below are all the numbers that reflect my September income, keeping in mind that they don’t reflect mileage and supplies, which for tax purposes, significantly reduce my income on paper. I don’t include numbers related to shipping because in all cases, I charge for shipping so that has a null (or slightly increased) effect on my income.
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