Archive for April, 2012

Selling at the Renninger’s Antiques Extravaganza in Kutztown, PA

Monday, April 30th, 2012
renningers antiques extravaganza, kutztown, PA

renningers antiques extravaganza, kutztown, PA

This is pretty much what about half of my “booth” looked like at the Renninger’s antique extravaganza this weekend. I always have an eclectic collection of items! Everything from quilts to rugs, to sewing notions to farm equipment! From this photo, I sold the quilt rack (14.00), but none of the rugs or baskets around it. I sold 5 of the 7 old photos/prints that you see parts of. I sold about 5 of the old books showing up in the corner. They were priced from 3-9$.

vintage doll house

vintage doll house

I’m glad I took a photo of this before it sold. It was the cutest doll house with lots of extra pieces like a dog house, a barn and even an outhouse! I priced it at 60.00 and sold it for 45.00.

Snoopy glasses

Snoopy glasses

This photo shows quite a variety of items. I didn’t sell any of these things though! Snoopy glasses, wooden candlesticks, tiki toothpick holder, or pillsbury napkin holder. I did sell pillsbury salt and pepper shakers before I took the photo (5.00). Someone commented on the ugly dog with his tongue sticking out but he didn’t sell! I’ll probably list most of these items on eBay.

 

vintage purses

vintage purses and trivets

 I sold about half of the vintage purses that I took. I had them priced low at 5.00-10.00 each. they were all in very good condition and most of them were bought by one vendor who was going to resell them in her antique store. Cast iron trivets are usually a hit and I did sell about 3 of them at 5.00 each. The other items in the photo did not sell.

vintage doll, vintage books

vintage doll, vintage books

Vintage children’s books were popular. I sold the Golden books for 2.00 each. I had a really neat children’s Shakespeare book from the 1800’s that I sold for 9.00. Someone got a great bargain! The top of the photo shows an Indian doll that I had priced at 8.00 and a kewpie plastic doll that I had priced at 5.00. I still have those. They are not real valuable, just cute and vintage!

It was unusually cold the 3 days that I was there and the wind was a factor too. We still had a great sale though and look forward to doing it again the last weekend of June. Should be a little warmer then!

 

How to: I refinished 5 pieces of furniture for the Renninger’s Antique Extravaganza, Kutztown, PA

Monday, April 23rd, 2012
refinishing furniture

refinishing furniture

It took me about 2 hours to refinish all this furniture. Most of it was just sanding and staining. I am taking these pieces to the Renninger’s extravaganza in Kutztown, PA this week. This very large antique show runs from Thursday April 26 to Saturday April 28. Check out the info on their website at renningers.com.

refinishing furniture

3 legged bench

This piece was the easiest. The top used to have an eagle logo on it but it was mostly worn off. The black paint was mostly worn off too. I just sanded it (electric sander!) and then spray painted it partialy so it still looks vintage with some of the old paint and wood showing through. Took about 5 minutes!

refinishing furniture

miniature dry sink

This is my favorite piece. I might end up keeping it! It is a dry sink — child’s size. It is pine which is a softer wood and is more prone to scratches but they are very easy to remove. I sanded the scratches by hand and then stained them. I did the top of the sink with the electric sander. The inside part was hard because of the corners. It would have been nice to have one of those angle sanders.  I think it will need another coat of stain because the rest of it is pretty shiny. A shiny sealer would be nice too.

refinishing furniture

a prayer bench?

 I really didn’t do anything to this piece except for a coat of murphy’s oil soap. There are a few dark marks on the top but I wanted to keep the original finish. It has an area of deep scratch marks on the front but those are the kind that give it character. I think it is some sort of prayer bench or writing table because it slants.

refinishing furniture

Here you can see the top better. It has character!

 

 

refinishing furniture

end table

I wish I had a before photo of this table! It was really bad with a lot of water marks. No one would buy it in that condition. All it took was a few minutes of electric sanding and then I wiped on a coat of stain with a soft cloth. Easy! The legs are so intricate — I was glad they didn’t need aything but I still went over them with the same color stain.

refinishing furniture

inlaid wood

This piece took about the same amount of work as the last one. It was a little more challenging because of the inlaid areas and the different types of wood used — but so pretty!  Always sand with the grain! This would make a great end table.

refinishing furniture

antique child's potty chair

This one’s not in the first photo because I didn’t refinish it — just wiped it down. Isn’t it a cute potty chair?

So come on out to Renninger’s Antique show or visit me at everythingvintagesteph.com where I sell small vintage items, linens, books, and lots of clothing!

Help! Doing taxes for my eBay business

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
eBay inventory

eBay inventory

This is about 1/10 of my eBay inventory. I have about 800 items listed on eBay and sell about 8-10 every day.  I have a lot to keep track of — including doing my taxes for eBay! How do I keep it all straight?

doing taxes for eBay

income

I make up my own little forms and use them for income and expenses. This is one for income. After I do a sale (non eBay) I fill out the form and attach any related receipts to the back of the form. My eBay sales are all recorded in the “my account” tab or in my subscription (free) for “my sales reports.” I can download those at any time.

doing taxes for eBay

expenses

I use a similar form for expenses and attach the related receipts to the back of the form. Some expense categories I use are: meals, supplies, cost of goods, mileage, etc.

keeping a mileage chart

mileage chart

I keep a separate list of all the places I travel (to buy or sell) so when I record the actual miles, I don’t have to look it up or figure it out every time.

doing taxes for eBay

filing system

Then I throw all my papers into a drawer until I am ready to file them in my hanging folders. My secret weapon though is a program called OUTRIGHT. I enter all my info into this accounting program before I file my papers. That way I know they have been entered. It is an accounting program similar to quickbooks and can be found on the eBay “applications” tab.

 Some of the categories I use in my hanging folders are: auctions, other cost of goods,  mileage charts, supplies, internet expenses, goods sold for others (I sell for 2 other people and have to subtract this from my sales), loss and damage, and miscellaneous expenses.

doing taxes for eBay

keeping track of expenses

 You’ve got to keep track of all your expenses so you can get all those deductions! It’s great having a business where you can deduct part of your meals, part of your house, and mileage anytime you can combine a shopping or selling trip with anything else! Have you finished your taxes yet?

Napier necklace

Napier necklace

Check out my eBay store for some great bargains!everythingvintagesteph.com. thanks for stopping by!

Selling MUGS on eBay: Disney, Harley Davidson, MLB, NASCAR, Dunkin Donuts and more!

Sunday, April 8th, 2012
disney pinocchio mug

disney pinocchio mug

Have you ever seen a mug at a yard sale or thrift store for 25 or 50 cents? What? All the time? Yea, me too. I finally decided that this might be a good niche for eBay. Especially after reading the home run guide from Danni Ackerman. I didn’t think mugs would sell very well, especially since the “higher than a pound postage” would be a consideration. I hope I am wrong! So far, I have listed about 10 mugs and sold 2 (Garfield and the Far Side). Danni states that mugs are one of her steady sellers and she lists hers at 24.99. I list mine at 14.99 (with free shipping).

harley davidson mug

harley davidson mug

One thing for sure — they are interesting! And easy to find. Make sure you have something collectible though such as the ones I have shown here. Just any old mug like, “dad is awesome” or “Jane”, or a bunch of pretty flowers, probably won’t work.

jeff gordon mug #24

jeff gordon mug #24

 Found this Jeff Gordon mug at the thrift store. Looks like it was never used. It has the #24 on the other side.

dunkin donuts mug

dunkin donuts mug

Recently a Starbucks mug sold for over $2,000! I’m sure it was rare! The most recent high selling mug for dunkin donuts was around $40.00. The older and more rare, the better! This is a newer  but very pretty one!

Montreal Expos MLB mug

Montreal Expos MLB mug

Found this mug at the thrift store too. Since the Expos are no longer in Montreal, I thought it might be a rare item. I’ll find out!

selling mugs on eBay

part of my collection

This is part of my recent collection. Famous artwork and animals are also a good collectible. Don’t buy anything that is cracked or chipped or badly stained. However, I have had great luck with leaving bleach in the mug overnight to clean it.  You can click on any of the above photos or go to everythingvintagesteph.com to see what’s working for me. Happy Hunting and thanks for reading!

Vintage Holly Hobbie. Selling on eBay. Doll, game, plaque, fabric, curtains, and more!

Monday, April 2nd, 2012
Vintage Holly  Hobbie

Holly Hobbie vinyl curtain shades

Ever seen vinyl shades in Holly Hobbie? I didn’t either! Not until I came across a large collection of vintage Holly Hobbie collectibles at a recent estate auction sale. Vintage Holly Hobbie dolls are still very popular as collectibles from the 1980s. There are many varieties of the dolls such as Carrie, Heather, and Amy but the original one has a patchwork blue dress and blond pigtails as shown in these items.

Vintage Holly  Hobbie

Vintage Holly Hobbie tote bag and wall hangings

How about Holly Hobbie wall hangings and a tote bag? The wall hangings are linen and the tote bag is a child’s size.

Some other unusal items I have already sold from the collection are games, roller skates, plates, curtains, candles, and various plaques.

Vintage Holly  Hobbie

Vintage Holly Hobbie fabric

There are many varieties of the fabric in many colors as well. It is usually marked “American Greetings Company” since this is who produced the Holly Hobbie items.

Some other unusual items that have sold on eBay are lunchboxes, banks, jewelry, coasters, and cookie cutters.

Vintage Holly  Hobbie

Vintage Holly Hobbie fabric

All of the above items are listed on my website at everythingvintagesteph.com. (If they are still there!) Here are some prices that have sold recently on eBay:

Dolls sell from 3 – 55.00 (the sizes are 5 inches to 26 inches)

greeting cards sell for about 1.00

curtains have sold for up to 30.00

10 christmas figurines sold for 187.00

a lot of 3 dolls in 3 sizes sold for 55.00

mugs and glasses sell for about 3-4.00

holly hobbie curtain

holly hobbie curtains

 Clicking on any of the above photos will take you to everythingvintagesteph.com. Thanks for stopping by and have fun collecting or selling your Holly Hobbie items!

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