Hi there! A few months ago I took a survey of my blog and newsletter subscribers, asking them what they consider to be their number one best-seller, in other words, what’s selling in vintage and antiques in their neck of the woods.
I asked them to also tell my why they think the item they chose is so popular, and I gave them a chance to give me links to their Etsy shops and blogs, if applicable. Today I have those survey results for you, and I think you’ll find them very interesting.
Dottie, a reader from Upstate New York, reveals that Pyrex is her best seller, and she thinks that’s the case because it’s both useful and nostalgic. She tries to price it right not super-high like you sometimes see online or in antique malls. She can be found on Facebook and selling at an antique booth at the Port City Co-op. (photo by Dottie)
Anne agrees with Dottie’s choice of Pyrex because of its great designs and the fact that many people are choosing glass containers over plastic these days. She sells vintage and antiques at an antique booth.
Three’s a charm with Pyrex, since Vera, a Florida reader, concurrs with the pick. She has an Etsy shop filled with lots of vintage goodness, be sure to check out her shop.
Linnie, an antique booth and Ebay seller, chose cutting boards as her #1 seller and reports that their popularity is because of their ability to provide instant vintage country decor.
Rita, a West Virginian who blogs at Panoply and shares an antique booth with two sisters, declares that hankies are a big seller for her. She feels this is because the sisters offer a huge variety–all clean, pressed, and well priced. And they are obviously visible on the aisle of their booth in a basket on the edge of other vintage linens. Make sure you pop over to her fabulous, vintage blog. (photo by Rita)
Lynn, who also has an antique booth, says that vintage linens, which she sells fresh, laundered, and neatly arranged, are a big seller for her. She believes pricing them well and selecting good quality items contributes to their popularity. Lynn adds that cottage style linens sell particularly well, as do value-priced doilies.
Joan identifies seasonal linens (especially holiday linens), handkerchiefs, and aprons as doing especially well for her. People buy printed table cloths they remember seeing on their mother’s and grandmother’s tables. Non-seasonal linens in unique colors or with unusual lacework are eye-catching and often result in impulse buys. Joan sells at flea markets and vintage/craft markets. (photo by Joan)
Metal Picture Frames
AnnMarie, an Etsy seller and Upstate New York blogger at Musings of a Vintage Junkie, indicates that vintage metal frames are an excellent seller for her, but she’s not quite sure why because they do seem to be plentiful(!). She often writes about her vintage finds on her blog, so be sure to check it out. (photo by AnnMarie)
Sharon, an antique booth seller, says that side tables sell repeatedly for her, she thinks because they are so easy to upcycle with paint.
Cyndi agrees 100%, attributing this to the fact that they are solid wood, not fake, pressed board, and because there are many ways to refurbish them. She sells via flea markets and yard sales.
Christy indicated on her survey that pitchers with decals sell well for her, explaining that this is because they are pretty, useful, and remind people of their past. Serving as a retro “pop” for the kitchen that you can also use. She sells from her very own antique shop: Naomi & Olive. She has a lovely website–head on over and see for yourself!
Dawn explains that due to their functionality, versatility, and current farmhouse trendiness, crates are her #1 seller. She sells via an antique booth and Etsy. Her shop is filled with charming vintage wares. (photo by Dawn)
Pat, an antique booth dealer, believes fishing lures sell well for her because some men are passionate about collecting nice, old lures, but women also buy them for decorating purposes.
Cross Stitch Samplers
Through her experience as an antique booth dealer, Joyce, has found cross stitch samplers are excellent sellers. Due, she feels, to the fact that people enjoy the history behind them.
Canning jars are Cindie’s pick for #1 seller; she blames their popularity on their great farmhouse look and the fact that they can also be used for food storage. She sells at craft shows and vintage fairs and on Ebay, a well.
Cindy has found that vintage curtains sell extremely well for her, she thinks because customers love their look and variety of colors. She sells via multiple venues: an antique booth, Etsy, and Facebook Marketplace. Her Etsy shop contains over 200 items, including Vera and Portmeirion. (photos by Cindy)
Melissa, who sells via an antique booth, as well as on Ebay and Offer up, identifies farmhouse tables as her best seller, she feels this is because of their simplicity and the fact that they compliment just about any style of decor.
Hillary, who sells at an enormous antique and flea market venue and can be found on Facebook, declares that vintage buttons are a huge seller for her. She markets them in many forms, including wired onto vintage child’s game cards and fashioned into flowers, sold by the stem or grouped together to form a bouquet.
She shares that she thinks their popularity is because they are a comfort item. Just the sight of them triggers memories of loving grandmothers and mothers sewing clothing and items for their homes. Buttons in jars are terrific for crafters needing bulk supplies, while button flowers or cards are charming and inexpensive “thinking of you” gifts that make the giver and receiver smile. Don’t forget to check out her Facebook page!
Tracy finds that vintage fans in working condition sell extremely well for her, she believes because they are built well and last. She sells on Etsy, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace.
Three survey takers–Anita, Sunny, and Susan–all agree that glassware, elegant glass especially, is their best seller. Anita, who sells on Ebay, says that’s because of its beauty and scarcity; Sunny, who sells at flea markets, reports that it’s very popular down south, and Susan, who has an Etsy shop (filled with pretties!) and antique booth, and sells on Ebay and at flea markets, explains that its functionality makes it popular.
Wooden Tool Boxes
Bonnie identified wooden tool boxes as the single items that sells best for her. She believes this is the case because you can use them in so many ways, for example to hide or store things, to use as a base for a vignette, and to display other vintage items when opened up.
She took apart a large wooden carpenter’s box and used one half to hide her TV cable box. It just happened to have a cool round cut out that allows her to change channels, lower volume, etc. She sells her vintage wares at an antique shop.
MJ informed me that vintage jewelry sells very well for her. She thinks that’s because some of her customers may remember a piece that their parent or grandparent had, and they’d like to purchase something similar since it brings back good memories. She sells via Ebay, MJ`s Treasures, and Past & Present ReSale/Thrift store.
Ornate Vanity Mirrors
Florence, who blogs at Vintage Southern Picks, and sells on Etsy, reports that because vintage glam sells, dresser mirrors do very well for her. They exude femininity and girly vibes, and if you make girls feel glamorous with what you sell, you’ve got a winner. Be sure to check out her shop. (photo on left by Florence)
Dana agrees with Florence’s choice and explains that they sell well for her because they are super pretty and useful. She sells at an antique booth, and on both Etsy and Ebay. (photo on right by Dana)
Sandi, who blogs at Old New Green Redo, says that silverware is a great seller for her. She conducts a lot of research and presents each item very specifically, including imperfections. Buyers know what they are looking for in this category and that helps. She sells loads of wonderful vintage on Etsy. (photo by Sandi)
Due to the current popularity of tea rooms, Terri says that tea balls sell well for her. She feels that women enjoy recreating the experience at home, and though she doesn’t sell them for much, she can’t seem to keep them in stock longer than a couple of weeks. She sells on Ebay and via an antique booth.
Liz selected vintage Pendelton shirts as her top seller and feels they sell successfully because they are a quality item with timeless appeal. She’s had experience selling vintage and antiques from both an antique booth and on Ebay.
Colleen says that vintage Bakelite dominoes sell very well for her, probaby because there are lots of Bakelite collectors out there, and they are cool additions to a variety of DIy projects. She sells on Ebay, Craigslist, and OfferUp and at garage sales.
Can you believe that this is only half of the responses I received to the survey? I promise I will follow up with the second half of reader best-sellers ASAP.
If you are one of the above responders and some of your information is incorrect or incomplete, leave a comment and I’ll revise the post. Thanks to everyone who participated!! You’re the best 🙂
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