Hi there! How was your weekend? Mine started on Friday when sweet daughter joined my sweet husband and I to do some garage saling. She had a blast and her finds left her very happy: old music albums (Elvis, Beach Boys, etc.), a blond wig (remember she’s a Comic Con-loving theater major), and several pieces of vintage clothing.
My favorite finds of the day were a Brownie camera ($2) and a pair of darling red baby cowboy boots ($1) that I’ll be turning into Christmas ornaments come this holiday season. I focused on buying only smalls since things are piling up around here, but the next day my [large item] buying freeze came to a screeching halt when I found a small shelf ($3), four arched shutters ($2 each), and a green chippy side table ($3). Yep, I’m in trouble.
Fortunately, I’m in the business of selling and this month I sold quite a bit, so let’s jump into what’s selling in vintage and antiques, shall we?
Vintage & Antique Sales at My Antique Booth
An antique F.H. Roberts Co. candy tin sold for $9 (cost: $2).
According to the Wilmington Daily Times, the company’s treasurer, who later became Fred Roberts second wife, developed many product marketing ideas, including nice boxes (like this one) for chocolates and other candies that suitors could easily gift to their sweethearts.
A NYS Legislative Manual from 1949 sold for $6 (cost: 50¢). I almost kept this one since I worked for the NYS Legislature “back in the day,” but once again–you can’t keep everything! Plus 1949 is a bit before my time, LOL.
A large barrel-shaped pickle jar with [what I now believe is] a replacement lid sold for $22, after I gave a 30% discount to a very good customer (cost: $6).
A Mike Hoblock ruler sold for $2 (cost: 50¢) and the Lumber & Manufacturing Company ruler (lower right) sold for $6 (cost: 50¢). Rulers as collectibles might cause surprise for some, but I sell quite a lot of them.
This carved “BREAD” knife, another find I fell in love with, sold for $12 (cost: 50¢). “Bread Knife” is carved right into the carbon steel blade.
My grandmother used carbon steel knives, one of which I gratefully inherited. I use it to cut sweet breads, like banana and lemon, because it cuts so perfectly, leaving behind no crumbs and a very flat edge.
Carbon steel rusts when left wet, so they must be washed by hand and dried immediately. Keep the handles from drying out by rubbing them occasionally with mineral oil or my Wood Salve.
You can find great tips for restoring carbon steel knives here on Instructables.
A darling bunny scissor made in Germany sold for $15 (cost: $5). Read more about collecting vintage scissors here.
A twig wreath sold for $12 (cost: $1). I like to pick up accents like this to compliment my antique booth and I find they sell quite well, berry wreaths and garlands especially.
A lamb-shaped cake mold sold for $9 (cost: $2).
A cast iron rooster sold for $12 (cost: $1).
A black coffee pot sold for $12 (cost: $3).
A cook book, All About Home Baking, sold for $8 (cost: $1). I’ve written two related posts: Collecting Cook Books Part I, and Part II, and in addition I’ve compiled a cook book price guide that you might find helpful.
I sell many cook books via both my antique booth and eBay. The trick is to buy them low (50¢ to $1) and then sell them in the $8-20 range.
These little fellows didn’t last long in my booth, selling for $6 (the black German one) and $4 (the white Japanese one). While almost any breed sells, I find terriers sell the best.
A lovely pair of cast iron planters decorated with a basket weave pattern sold for $50 (cost: $10).
Audubon Land Bird Guide sold for $3 (cost: $1)
Chase & Sanborn coffee tin sold for $6 (cost: $1)
The Real Mother Goose sold for $6 (cost: $1)
5) Costume jewelry rings sold for $3 each (cost: 50¢ each)
Children’s “Lefty” scissors sold for $2 (cost: 50¢)
Large oil can sold for $9 (cost: $1)
Small green pottery vase sold for $10 (cost: $1)
Aluminum rabbit cake mold sold for $9 (cost: $2)
Pearls (costume) sold for $10 (cost: $1)
DIY pedestal stand sold for $14 (cost: $1)
White hanging candelabra sold for $12 (cost: $1.50)
Red hay fork sold for $12 (cost: $3)
(2) pieces of costume jewelry sold for $3 each (cost: 50¢ each)
Gold-tone folding comb sold for $4 (cost: 50¢)
Rusty file holder sold for $6 (cost: FREE)
Large spool of brown string sold for $4 (cost: 50¢)
Vintage wooden salad serving set sold for $6 (cost: $1)
Vintage cutlery tray sold for $12 (cost: $1.50) Small scoop sold for $2 (cost: 50¢)
Industrial “Yankee” clip sold for $6 (cost: 50¢)
Vintage red doll carriage w/issues sold for $8.00 (cost: $1)
Total sales from my antique booth: $450, rent: $200, cost of goods sold: $65.
Vintage & Antique Sales on eBay
Betty Crocker’s Good & Easy Cook Book sold for the Best Offer of $7 (cost: 50¢).
A Texas Instruments TI-84 Silver Edition sold for the Buy It Now price of $49.99 (cost: FREE). This is the second of these calculators that I’ve sold for $50. I’m always on the look out for them. Anything that student’s need, like calculators and study guides sell well on eBay.
A vintage bottle of Tabu sold for the Best Offer of $9 (cost: 50¢). Perfume is another good eBay seller for me, though I typically like to sell it for more than $10 a bottle.
Keep in mind that since it’s flammable, it needs to be shipped ground, but the charges are similar to Priority Mail.
The total sold on eBay: $65.99, cost of goods: $1.
Vintage & Antiques Sold on Etsy
A clam shell jewelry presentation box, signed “Fashioned for Dixelle” on the inside lid, sold for $15 (cost: $5).
I’ve sold quite a few jewelry presentation boxes on both Etsy and eBay. Look for those with a tiny brass or mother-of-pearl button on the front that opens the lid. They are among the most desirable.
Vintage & Antique Sold from My Vintage Blog Shop
I haven’t paid much attention to my blog shop lately, but added a few items that I posted about recently in Collecting Vintage 1960’s Enamel Flower Power Jewelry. Happily, several pieces sold, including a hot pink example, which sold for $9.99 (cost: $1) and a two-tone pink one for $8.99 (cost: $1).
A blue enamel carnation pin sold for $8.99 (cost: $1).
A vintage 1934 atlas map of Italy sold for $5.99 (cost: $0). I have many more vintage maps available; you can find out more about ordering them HERE.
Total Vintage Blog Shop sales: $47.95, cost of goods sold: $4.
That’s it for May 2019 vintage and antique sales, which totaled $579 altogether. I hope I’ve been able to give you some insight into what’s happening in the antique world this month. I’d love to hear what’s going on in your neck of the woods 🙂
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