Archive for May, 2011

Selling on eBay what is it worth? Vintage sewing, books, paint by number, tupperware, scarves and more!

Sunday, May 29th, 2011
Selling on eBay

Selling on eBay

This is a partial shot of my “eBay room.” I am lucky to have an office I can devote to my eBay items. These are the ones that are ready to sell so I hope to have them listed SOON! I go to estate auctions, thrift stores, and (very few) garage sales, to find my items. My main source is the local estate auction. I can find one of these almost any day of the week here in PA! I know, I’m lucky!

vintage books

vintage books

Since I am a librarian, I love to find old books. I like to buy an entire box at a time if I can. The worth of a book is dependent on its condition and rarity and desirability. The average price for a book I might sell on eBay is about 5.00. Recently, I sold a 6 book set of American Girl books for 20.50, a 1967 EXPO Canada souvenir book for 7.00, and a Care bears cross stitch book for 10.50.

paint by number

paint by number

I was very excited to find both of these paint by number pictures at the Goodwill clearance store last week. They were marked 3.97 but they were half price! Yes, vintage paint by number pix can be very hot! Their worth mainly depends on the subject matter. Right now on eBay, the lowest price sold was a mallard duck for 99 cents and the highest was a ship for $150. There were no monkeys. I can’t wait to list this one!

vintage sewing

vintage sewing

I also love vintage sewing. I usually have to save up until I have a nice big lot of buttons or trim or needle packs or wooden spools like these to make a lot for eBay. Last time I sold a pound of these wooden spools, they went for about 10.00.

vintage tupperware

vintage tupperware

Nice tupperware can be a good seller on eBay…..especially vintage tupperware from the 1970s or so. You can spot it by the color. None of these are very old but if you can find the bright orange, green, gold, and brown pieces from the 70s, you have a good find!

vintage scarves

vintage scarves

Look for vintage or new scarves. A brand name is important. Some old ones to look for are Echo, Vera, and Glentex. If you can find a HERMES, you are very lucky!

blue jeans

blue jeans

Blue jeans, vintage or gently used, are always in demand! If you can pick up a pair for a dollar or two, try it on eBay! This has become my specialty in the last few months and they always sell. Everyone wears jeans, everyone looks for the perfect pair, and most people like to wear ones that are already broken in!

CLICK ON ANY of the above photos or click on everythingvintagesteph.com to visit my eBay store and see what else is selling!

Selling shoes on eBay. Etienne Aigner, Tommy Hilfiger, Skechers, Lands End, Adidas, and more!

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
Skechers

Skechers

I sell a lot of used shoes on eBay. I have been doing it for about 6 months so I am still learning. But here is what I have learned:

1. They DO sell!
2. You have to be able to get them at a good price (less than 5$)
3. They have to be in like new or very gently used condition.

ADIDAS soccer cleats

ADIDAS soccer cleats

Brand name shoes always sell — same principle as brand name clothes. The higher the price in a brick and mortar store, the higher the price you can get on eBay. Sports shoes like these Adidas soccer cleats are a great find!

Etienne Aigner

Etienne Aigner

I found all of the above shoes at the Goodwill clearance store for 1.50 a pair. All of the shoes at the clearance outlet are thrown onto a table. You really have to dig and have an eye for potential!  Sometimes I even have to play “find the hidden shoe” so it’s a real treasure hunt! But it is worth it.

I might have to spruce some of them up with a little cleaning but I start most of my shoes at 15.00 with free shipping. If they don’t sell on auction, I move them into my store and raise the price but add a “best offer.”

marching band boots

marching band boots

I even found this pair of marching band boots! white leather ($3.97)

Danswear tap shoe sneakers

Danswear tap shoe sneakers

Garage sales are also a good source for shoes. All of the above shoes are for sale now in my store at everythingvintagesteph.com. But they won’t be there for long! My shoes sell quickly! Click on any of the photos to get to my eBay store. Thanks for reading!

Selling vintage linens at an antique show–what are they worth? tablecloth, tea towel, hanky, doily, napkins

Monday, May 16th, 2011

vintage quilts

vintage quilts

Last month I sold vintage items at the Renninger’s Extravaganza in Kutztown, PA. I tagged these quilts at 100.00 (the tied one was 40.00) and did not sell any of them. The only linens I usually take to that show are quilts. Why? Because my aunt sells right next to me and she has the most beautiful linens ever! She washes and irons them all until they look pristine and gorgeous. I can’t compete with that! (and I don’t have the patience!)

vintage tablecloth

vintage tablecloth

vintage tablecloth

vintage tablecloth

Here are some of the tablecloths she was selling. They start at about 24.00 and go higher depending on the quality of work in them. A hand embroidered one can sell for close to 50.00.

vintage tea towels

vintage tea towels

Vintage tea towels will sell for 7-12$ That’s a steal!

vintage napkins

Vintage napkins are ironed and bundled into packs of 4, 6, 10, or 12 matching sets. They sell for 12-24$ (about 3$ a napkin, depending on the size.) It’s rare to find 10 or 12 matching ones but it’s cool to mix and match them on your table.

vintage hankies

vintage hankies

Vintage hankies are very popular. They sell for 3.00 each. Use them in a birthday card or small addition to a gift. They come in embroidered, crocheted and my favorite, the printed ones!

vintage napkins

vintage napkins

I do have some vintage linens in my eBay store and on auction at almost any given time. Click on any of the photos above or visit me at everythingvintagesteph.com.

Renninger Kutztown extravaganza antique show PA Spring 2011

Sunday, May 8th, 2011
vintage board games

vintage board games

I spent 3 days selling at the Kutztown PA Renningers antique show extravaganza last weekend. Sales were great! The spring is always the best show. They also have one the end of June and the end of September. Check Renningers.com for dates! This first photo is mainly some of my pottery and vintage games. I sold the Parcheesi for 8.00 and Shifty Gears for 7.00. One piece was missing from Chutes and Ladders so I am going to try to find it on eBay because at least 3 customers looked at it and were disappointed it was missing! I still have Cookie Monster but I did sell 2 other cookie jars.

vintage kitchenware

vintage kitchenware

In this photo I sold the old baby dish (bottom left) to a woman who was so thrilled to find one at a good price of 8.00 (it has a crack). I sold the darts for 7.00, one of the flour sifters for 7.00, some of the button packs for 3.00 each, and one piece from the copper canister set for 7.00.

vinage quilts

vintage quilts

I took 5 nice quilts to sell. Most of them were priced at 100.00 (the tied one was less). I did not sell any of them but they will show up on eBay soon!

vintage suitcase and sewing box

vintage suitcase and sewing box

This is some of the stuff I had on the ground. I sold the suitcase for 9.00, both enamelware pans for 4.00 each, and the sewing case with drawers for 18.00. I did not sell the tapestry (40.00), table (30.00), or market basket (5.00). I ended up with over 1000.00 in sales for the 3 days. I was happy!

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