What’s Selling in Vintage & Antiques [August 2019]

Hi there! I hope you had a great weekend. Sweet husband and I hit a local town-wide garage sale and oh what a great sale it was. Here’s an example: I picked up a pink Texas Star quilt for $1.

You heard me correctly–one buck-a-roonie. I would have felt bad except I spent a good amount on a number of other items at the same sale. But you’re here to find out what’s selling in vintage and antiques, so let me show you what sold last month (total: $516.16)!

Related posts: July sales, June sales, and May sales.

Lead image: What's selling in vintage & antiques August 2019 I organized this months sales by type of item, rather than by sales venue. All items were sold from my antique booth at the Gristmill Antique Center in Troy (NY) unless otherwise indicated (Etsy, eBay, or my Vintage Blog Shop). Total gross sales of vintage and antiques for the month of August were $516.

What’s selling in Vintage & Antiques: Farmhouse Home Decor

No picture available: Antique painted end table on casters sold for $20 (cost:$5)

Vintage Irish linen towels with colorful stripesThree new-old stock, 100% Irish linen kitchen towels sold for $11.99 (20% discount on $14.99) on Etsy (cost:  $1.50).

Antique white T & R Boote ironstone chamber potAn antique ironstone chamber pot, made by T & R Boote (Stoke-on-Trent, England) sold for $22 (cost: $2). I generally try to avoid chamber pots of any kind since they don’t sell well for me, but this one was in such perfect condition, I went for it when I saw it at my local Salvation Army.

Related posts: Collecting Ironstone, Ironstone Price Guide, Clean & Care for Ironstone

Antique booth photo with oak basket, framed flag, framed chalkboard Two items in this photo from my booth sold this month (and one from last): the chalkboard sold for $20 (cost: $2 for the frame) and the pottery box with dog lid sold for $22 (cost: $4). NOTE: Last month I sold the red tole painted tray for $28, but didn’t have a photo for it (cost: $5).

Related posts: DIY Chalkboards

Vintage chrome Bundt Pan, German A bundt pan signed “Germany” sold for $12 (cost: $1).

vintage ceramic blue bird & leaf decorated rolling pin A vintage ceramic rolling pin with blue bird and leaf decoration sold for $25 (cost: $1).

Antique pair of beautifully turned wooden candlesticksA pair of beautifully turned, wooden candlesticks sold for $25.20 (cost: $2).

Antique oval mirror with chippy black frame I got this mirror for free and painted it with an ivory chalkpaint, distressed it, and waxed it (very quickly) and forgot to take an “after” shot. It sold for $12.

Large antique wooden pullyA vintage wooden pulley sold for $28 (cost:$3).

Pair of aqua blue ball canning jars with lightning sealsTwo aqua Ball canning jars with “lightning fasteners” sold: the “Sure Seal” on the left for $12 (cost: $1) and the “Ideal” for $10 (cost: $1).

Related posts: Collecting canning jars, canning jar price guide

Antique square Kraft Malted Milk Jar -- square with red lid  A large, square Kraft Malted Milk jar sold for $25 (cost: $10). I bought it about five years ago to use in my own home, but it was time to pass it on to someone else who would love it as I did. It took quite a bit longer to sell (and a couple of price mark-downs) to sell.     

What’s Selling in Vintage & Antiques: Books

No pictures available:
English Literature & Its Background sold for $5 (cost: $1)
English Literature sold for $3 (cost: 50¢)
The Foundations Library: Nature sold for $5 (cost: 50¢)  

Vintage little golden book: Smokey the Bear copyright 1973A Smokey the Bear Little Golden Book (© 1953/1973) illustrated by Richard Scarry sold for $12.99 (cost: 50¢). It constitutes a cross-over because it appeals to both Little Golden Books and Smokey the Bear collectors. This makes it a smarter buy for sellers.

Related: Find a Little Golden Book price guide in my Member Library, when you subscribe here if you haven’t already.

Antique blue covered book: The English Reader An antique miniature copy of The English Reader (© 1837) sold for $6 (cost: $1).

Related: Find books for sale in my Vintage Blog Shop

Antique red book: How Christ Came to the ChurchAn antique, miniature copy of How Christ Came to the Church (© 1895) sold for $4 (cost: 50¢).

The Breads of France 1972 cook bookA copy of The Breads of France (© 1968/1972) sold for $6 (cost: $1).

Related: Collecting Cook Books I, Collecting Cookbooks II, Cook Book Price Guide  

What’s Selling in Vintage & Antiques: Costume Jewelry

antique costume jewelry pin with light blue oval stoneAn antique silver-toned pin with blue stones sold for $9.99 from my Vintage Blog Shop (cost: $1).

Turquoise blue chandelier pierced earrings You may recall that last month I wrote a blog post about how to turn vintage clip ons into pierced earrings. I ran a special sale for a week or so afterwards: $7.99 for 1 pair and $6.99/pair when you buy three. This chandelier style pair in turquoise sold for $7.99 (cost: $1).

FLASH SALE: For anyone who would like to own a pair of these upcycled earrings, I’m going to run this same sale for TWO DAYS (September 23 & 24)–that’s today and tomorrow–$7.99 for 1 pair and $6.99/pair when you buy three from my Vintage Blog Shop. Coupon Code: SPECIALSALE

Related: How to Make Your Own, Buy Some from Me

Vintage gold tone bell-like pierced earrings

A pair of gold-tone, bell-shaped pierced earrings (from clip ons) sold for $7.99 (cost: $1).

Vintage solid brass butterfly motif pierced earrings A pair of brass butterly motif pierced earrings (from clip ons) sold for $6.99 (cost: $1).

Vintage Crystal drop pierced earrings A pair of crystal drop pierced earrings (from clip ons) sold for $6.99 (cost: $1).

Vintage pink rhinestone flower pierced earringsA pair of rhinestone flower-shaped pierced earrings (from clip ons) sold for $6.99 (cost: $1).

Vintage sterling silver spoon ringA Sterling silver Reed & Baron spoon ring sold for $24.99 via Etsy (cost: $5).

Large turquoise and wooden bead pendant necklaceA large, faux turquoise necklace sold for $28 (cost: $5).

What’s Selling in Vintage & Antiques: Miscellaneous

No picture available:
A vintage musical lantern sold for $25 (cost: free)
Five used baseballs sold for $15 (cost: $2.50)

Vintage light blue Sterling brand hair dryerA vintage “Sterling” light blue hair dryer (with vinyl case) sold for $10 on eBay (cost: $1).

Small antique metal globe bank A dented globe bank sold for $5 (cost: 50¢).

two red and yellow tins of tibet almond stick for furniture One Tibet Almond Stick sold for $6 (cost: 50¢).

vintage metal ice cream scoop from Taiwan An aluminum ice cream paddle marked “Taiwan” sold for $6 (cost: 50¢). Just as an FYI, I sell a lot of ice cream scoops, usually in the $6-10 range. They are quite often overlooked at sales and can usually be had for 25-50¢, so they’re well worth picking up.

Vintage aluminum Thermos with red lid  An aluminum Thermos sold for $10 (cost: $1).

That’s it for now–I hope you enjoyed seeing what I sold in vintage, antiques, and collectibles for the month of August. If you’re a seller, I’d love to hear about your sales. Did you have a good month? What was your best/favorite sale??

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  1. Always one of my favorite posts. I use the Tibet almond stick all the time on furniture scratches – a trick I learned from a long time antiques dealer. It’s also great for getting paint drops and marks off wood furniture.

  2. haha! I love that I can see your reflection in the silver ring! I love ironstone chamber pots! I will buy them if they’re cheap, with or without lids. I guess it’s because I have an affinity for the cheaper versions which I have collected for years. I still have the one my mom used for us when we traveled! Little black enamelware potty — the kind shaped like a giant coffee cup with the handle on the side.

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