Archive for April, 2011

Oh the places I went! Shopping, that is. Sourcing for Ebay

Saturday, April 16th, 2011
local estate auction

local estate auction

Where do you find all the stuff you sell? I get asked that question a lot. I love my junk. I love to buy junk and sell junk. I keep a little bit of junk around the house to decorate with but I’m NOT a hoarder. I’m addicted to selling junk, not keeping it. I went a lot of places in the last 2 weeks and found SO much junk, I can’t wait until I’m finished writing about it so I can get more listings done! I have about 450 items in my eBay store right now but my new goal is 500.

same local estate auction

same local estate auction

These first 2 photos were from the same local estate auction I attended last thursday. This guy has an auction every other week. You can see the great variety! I bought a table full of shoes for a few dollars. The green depression glass will go to the Kutztown extravaganza at renningers.com later this month. Miss Piggy and the stuffed anmals will go to merchantssquaremall.com for the monthly garage sale. Some of the  shoes will go on ebay at everythingvintagesteph.com. I also have a booth at an antique mall zionsvilleantiques.com.

liberty thrift

liberty thrift

Another day I went to Liberty Thrift shop. Their special this week was shoes and linens 50% off and all yellow tag clothing 1.00 each. I bought a bag full of yellow tag clothing. Gap, Express, Liz Claiborne, Old Navy, and more!

Goodwill store

Goodwill store

Also made my bi-weekly trip to the Goodwill CLEARANCE store. Everything is 85 cents a piece but you have to DIG through the bins that they change every day. Spent over 60$ so I got a LOT of great stuff. Again brand names like Bill Blass, Tommy Bahama, Larry Levine, LA Blues, etc.

bathing suits

bathing suits

I’m not ashamed to buy new stuff either! Got a box in the mail this week with 40 bathing suits. Unbelieveable price from topper liquidaters. I can make such a good profit from these that I’m afraid to say what they cost! Just check it out at everythingvintagesteph.com.

vintage fly swatter

vintage fly swatter

vintage four sifter

vintage flour sifter

garfield glasses

garfield glasses

Here’s a few more items from the local estate auction!

Swanky swigs Bustling Betsy, tulips, and jadite — who knew??

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011
swanky swigs

swanky swigs

I never heard of swanky swigs until this week. Here’s how it happened… .. About once a month I go to a local auction at a farmer’s market. They have lots of box lots and usually a crazy mix of primitives and glassware, toys and linens, pottery and guns and jewelry — you never know! I love it.

Glassware has always been very collectible but it doesn’t seem as popular right now. However, at most of these auctions, there is always some type of glassware. This action had LOTS of it! There were some very expensive pieces and then there were box lots of miscellaneous.  Of course, I bought a few boxes of miscellaneous — I always go for the cheap stuff!

back of the swanky swig

back of the swanky swig

Anyway…… I got a lot of miscellaneous glassware. I usually don’t like glassware because it is breakable and I sell a lot of things through eBay which means wrapping it in bubble wrap and mailing it — it’s extra work. To top off the extra work thing, these all had large stickers on them with a price and a description and they were very hard to remove!

I did appreciate the information though, which is how I found out that they are called swanky swigs! They are about 3 1/2 inches high so I just thought they were juice glasses. According to eBay searches,  most of these types of glasses are worth about 5$ each. Animals and flowers are popular. Some of the more expensive ones I found on eBay had a baby teddy bear (sold for 31.00), bright red flower (19.50), and a set of 4 red hot chili peppers (30.00).

bustling betsy swanky swig

bustling betsy swanky swig

Apparently, there’s a whole series of these in different colors called “Bustling Betsy”. She’s running around trying to serve some men. That dates it!

tulips swanky swig

tulips swanky swig

Then I found these with the tulips. One is slightly taller than the other so it’s probably not a “swanky swig.” Maybe just an ordinary juice glass! I’m going to sell them together on eBay anyway because the tulips are really cute. (I learned this little trick to put a white paper in the glass so you can see the design better).

jadite swanky swigs

jadite swanky swigs

These were marked with a big sticker that said “jadite swanky swigs.” So I’m going with that in my description. They are the right size and they are the color of jadite. Also in excellent condition! I only got 2 of them.

the back of bustling Betsy

the back of bustling Betsy

Click on any of the photos or on everythingvintagesteph.com to watch the auctions of the swanky swigs and other great vintage items!

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