Archive for September, 2010

Update on Renninger’s Kutztown extravaganza antique show

Monday, September 27th, 2010
vintage pig, pottery, and dolls

vintage pig, pottery, and dolls

Well, my total for the entire antique show was about 650$. That is a little less than what I usually sell in the summer (which is slower) but I did have better sales in the summer show so I guess it all evens out. The crowds were better than usual because the weather was really perfect so I am assuming there were more lookers than buyers. This is typical for an antique show but we all want more sales!

So get out there and buy some recycled products! You get more for your dollar and it’s a great investment too.

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And you never know—you might meet someBODY like this! She was in the booth across from me. The first 2 days she was lying face up on the table in a very awkward position. The last day she got tied to the post.



Renninger’s Kutztown extravaganza antique show and farmer’s market

Saturday, September 25th, 2010
vintage fisher price toys

vintage fisher price toys

Here are some of the vintage Fisher price toys that I am taking to the Renningers Kutztown extravaganza Antique show this weekend. I have already been there for 2 days and there is one more day tomorrow. At last count, I sold about 500$ worth. I like to take primitive items to this show but I didn’t have a whole lot of them this time. I did find a nice stash of Fisher price toys at my last auction so I took a lot of those. They sold OK. I think they sell better on eBay. I sold the yellow house with most of the people and furniture and a few other smaller Fisher Price items.

more Fisher Price vintage toys

more Fisher Price vintage toys

What I don’t sell at Renninger’s will probably end up on eBay. Vintage Fisher Price does well on eBay. Check it out yourself! Some of the other items I sold at the antique show: shaving kit, tool box, cobalt blue salt and pepper, needle packs, tole work lunchbox, scale, Girl Scout hat and book, rubber skeleton, etc.—all vintage of course! I didn’t sell any of the doll cradles yet either.

Coronado Franciscan

Coronado Franciscan

Here’s a display of the Franciscan ware I took. Didn’t sell any of it yet but it looks nice! I’ll report back on tomorrow’s action! A shout out to Colleen from freshvintage.typepad.com who was making the rounds of the antique shows and found some really great stuff! Thanks for stopping by!

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Vintage Tablecloths– ebook coming out–hopefully!!

Monday, September 13th, 2010
wilendur vintage tablecloth

Wilendur vintage tablecloth

I am starting to work on an ebook that I am going to publish about vintage tablecloths. They are a favorite of mine when it comes to vintage items—especially vintage linens—which I love. The tablecloth above is full of bold red roses and is from a great manufacturer called WILENDUR. This is a good brand name, as well as STARTEX. I don’t remember how much I got for this tablecloth but there was a little bit of damage to it and I think it sold for about 40$. An Indian corn Wilendur tablecloth just sold on eBay for 345.00! (mint condition). Wish I had that one!

Some of the things I am going to cover in my ebook are: History, types of, buying, selling and pricing, and cleaning. I am also going to include photos of the various types of tablecloths I have sold recently. Here’s another one:

california state tablecloth

california state tablecloth

I was disappointed I only got about 12.00 for this one–it was a beauty! State tablecloths were popular during the 1930s and 40s and into the 50s. I also had some California tea towels that sold for 5.76  for all 3 of them (another bargain!). Kitchen textiles such as tea towels often coordinated with the tablecloth.

california vintage tea towels

california vintage tea towels

I look for vintage tablecloths whenever I go to an auction. Sometimes they sell them a box at a time and I can get a great bargain. Other times the auctioneer will hold them up one at a time and I have to bid on each one but at least I can see what kind of condition they are in that way. Stains are OK, especially on the white part of the fabric but holes and tears are not OK! However, I can still usually sell the ones with holes and tears if I sell 2 or 3 together because many people use them in craft and sewing projects. I should add a chapter in my book for ideas on how to use scrap tablecloths!

vintage terrycloth tablecloth

vintage terrycloth tablecloth

Here’s an interesting tablecloth I have on auction right now. It will be over on September 18 and it only starts at $3.00.  I know—I’m cheap! It is made of terrycloth and is probably from the 1970s or so. The colors are great on it and it is quite large so the fabric could be used in another project if a tablecloth is not needed. Stay tuned to my blog if you are interested in my ebook. I should finish it in a couple of weeks if I stay motivated!

Here are a few prices for vintage tablecloths that have sold on eBay lately: Madeira cutwork linen tablecloth 610$, Irish linen damask tablecloth with napkins 355$, embroidered card tablecloth 99 cents, vintage white linen tablecloth 4.99, vintage hand embroidered tablecloth 99 cents (it had some pinholes). So there is quite a range of prices!

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