Archive for August, 2011

Should I sell it on eBay? Vintage earrings, jeans, Apollo 9 film, Fenton and more!

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
vintage earrings, Apollo 8mm films, fenton shoe

vintage earrings, Apollo 8mm films, fenton shoe

This is my desk right now. The same one I use to type on. It’s too crowded. I need to sell some of this junk! I just looked up the going prices of some of these items and decided to list them on eBay. (as opposed to putting them in my booth at Zionsville Antique Mall, or taking them to Renninger’s Extravaganza antique show). I have vintage  screw back earrings, 2 8mm Apollo space films, a hand painted Fenton glass shoe, 2 Norcrest angels of the month, and some vintage cosmetics. I already have photos of some of the items so I can list them today — hopefully!

vintage books, vintage linens, vintage hats, vintage sewing

vintage books, vintage linens, vintage hats, vintage sewing

Then when I turn to the left side of my chair, this is what I see! I had a Mont Blanc pen in the pile for a year and finally listed it last week. I paid 30$ for it and got 148.00! It pays to clean out the pile once in a while. I’ve also got vintage hats (started with over 50 and am down to about half), cookie cutters, greeting cards, and lots of vintage sewing.. to name a few.

vintage books, vintage cookbooks

vintage books, vintage cookbooks

Probably my highest amount of junk is vintage books. They are easy to buy, easy to sell, and so much fun since I am a former high school librarian! Books will sell anywhere between 2 dollars and over 50 dollars. I’ve had a few go higher than that but it’s rare.

clothing, new and used

clothing, new and used

I LOVE vintage junk but I have over 500 listings in the new and used clothing categories. This keeps me in everyday business. Who doesn’t need a new pair of jeans? Who doesn’t wear jeans? If you can find a really great source for clothing, it’s a great seller. Read some of my other blogs to find out how I do it!

Every day is a listing day for me and tomorrow I go to a local auction for some more awesome junk! Then the next day I set up for a 2 day garage sale at Merchants Square Mall in Allentown. This isn’t work — it’s FUN!

Newly listed on eBay: vintage jewelry: Krementz, Monet, Weis, Trifari, Kramer

Sunday, August 21st, 2011
Krementz rose necklace

Krementz rose necklace

I just love this necklace! It is so pretty. I really should keep it for myself but I sell a lot of vintage jewelry on eBay and at antique markets and sales. This piece has matching earrings and is on auction until August 27. Put in your bid at everythingvintagesteph.com! I started the price at 8.00 and it had a bid in the first 24 hours. In my opinion, the set is worth at least $20.00-30.00.

vintage earrings shaped like teapots

vintage earrings shaped like teapots

I also have these vintage earrings shaped like teapots for sale until August 27. One of the pair is shaped like coffee pots. They are all screwback earrings but they could be converted to pierced earrings or worn as pins or used in other craft projects. They are vintage and are of great quality. No manufacturer mark. In my opinion, these earrings are worth from $5-$10 a pair. Very unusual! Check them out at everythingvintagesteph.com.

Thanks for reading my blog this week!

HOW TO HAVE A GARAGE SALE

Sunday, August 14th, 2011
garage sale

garage sale

I had a garage sale a few weeks ago. Was it successful? NO! But my garage sales usually are very successful! There were some factors beyond my control. The main reason this one was not successful was because the local newspaper failed to run my ad. It does pay to advertise! Sometimes there are factors out of your control such as this, and of course, the weather. So what makes a good garage sale?

books for sale

books for sale

1. BE ORGANIZED

Be as organized as possible. This photo is about 3 of the 15 or more boxes of books I had for sale (it was a multi-family garage sale). They are all organized in boxes. Turn them sideways so everyone can read the titles. Don’t just throw books on a pile!
Keep like things together. Baby items in one section, kitchen items in another, clothing together, sorted by size. Even mark all the sizes on the clothing or at least have a sign for each pile as to the size. The more organized, the easier it is for your customer. Think of how the department stores organize their items. It’s all for more sales!

used clothing

used clothing

2. PRICE EVERYTHING
Don’t be lazy, price everything! Would you like to go into a grocery store and have to ask the price of everything? It’s more work, but it is worth it! I hate going to a garage sale and having to ask for prices. I walked past the basketball at my neighbor’s yard sale because it wasn’t priced. My husband asked and they said 25 cents so of course we bought it then! It really helps at check out time too, especially if you have more than one family represented at your sale. You have to keep everything separate.

display!

display!

3. DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY!
It’s all about display. Why is Bath and Body Works so successful? After all, it’s only soap! Their displays are fabulous. You can see every item. Nothing is hidden. Make this your goal as well. As long as you have the space, spread everything out so the customer can see each item. Spreading it out on the lawn is better than piling it up on a table. Digging through a box is OK but don’t put too many things in the box–make sure it’s easy to look through. If you can hang up your clothing rather than having it on piles, so much the better.

a few more points:
1. be prepared — have lots of bags, a paper to record sales and figure prices, lots of change
2. get up early– your customers will!
3. advertise anywhere you can — newspapers, craig’s list, flyers, facebook, good signs
4. know your area — the best time of the day to have one, the best time of the year, reasonable prices

antique garage sale

antique garage sale

I have a garage sale once a year in the summer. It’s how I get rid of my own junk plus the items that don’t sell on eBay. I’m not afraid to put out my antiques either but I price them to sell. Then I donate much of the leftovers to Goodwill. I claim the deduction. It helps keep my eBay business from getting out of hand! Visit my eBay store at everythingvintagesteph.com Have a great sale!

Selling vintage books on eBay. What are they worth?

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
boat building book

boat building book

I recently sold this vintage book on eBay for 36.00. Why did it sell for 36.00? What makes it more valuable than a copy of a Stephen King book or a 1960s Nancy Drew?
I think there are 4 criteria to consider the value of a book. In this order:
1. rarity
2. condition
3. subject matter
4. age

The Little Prince

The Little Prince

RARITY: This is not a rare book but the older date of 1943 was rare. I originally thought it was a first edition but later discovered it was not. However, the book did sell for 33.00. If you have a book that you think might be rare, just look up the title on eBay. Go to completed listings and look at those that were sold and how much they sold for. This should give you an idea. If you don’t find the book listed at all, that still might not mean it is rare. You just have to do a little more research on other search engines.

Our Gang vintage book

Our Gang vintage book

CONDITION: I haven’t listed this book on eBay … yet! But no matter how rare a book is, if it is is bad condition, forget it. This one has a few stains… not so bad. But if the cover were off and some pages were missing and the dog had chewed a corner, it just lost almost all of its value, no matter what the subject or age. I collect old textbooks from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Even at that age and rarity, I don’t want it if the cover is falling off!

Marines book, Masonic Lodge book

Marines book, Masonic Lodge book

SUBJECT MATTER: Both of these books are probably good for subject matter. They are somewhat rare and are in very good condition. Non fiction books are more likely to be of value than fiction since there are probably less copies available. Older children’s books are very popular, especially series like the Nancy Drew books from the 1930s and even the Goosebumps series from the 1980s.

Horatio Alger

Horatio Alger

AGE: These 2 books by Horatio Alger are not particularly valuable. I have 4 of them and am planning on listing them together as one lot. However, the older they are, the more valuable they would be. One of these is dated 1895 but 2 of them are not even dated. This is a popular series that has been reprinted several times so again, the older the better! One good thing to remember is that the ISBN system did not start until the late 1960s. So, if you have a book dated before then, but it has an ISBN, do a little more research! Also, a copyright date is not the same as a publication date. Always take the most recent date when listing a book. The date is usually found on the reverse of the title page.

Frank Peretti books

Frank Peretti books

Some books I have listed on eBay as of August 3. Check my eBay store at everythingvintagesteph.com.

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