Archive for July, 2012

Decorating with vintage: vintage sewing, McCoy cookie jars, salt & pepper, sock monkeys, Hershey chocolate

Sunday, July 29th, 2012
sock monkey collection

sock monkey collection

Everyone loves the sock monkey! I have small collections in various rooms of my house. They change often because I sometimes list pieces on eBay from the collection as I find more to replace them. Sock monkeys have sold on eBay recently from 9.00-84.00. You can also buy the vintage patterns for about 4.99.

vintage sewing items

vintage sewing items

Here’s another collection of mine. Vintage sewing items displayed on a vintage sewing machine. These items range in price from about 3-20$ I have needle packs, thimbles, pincushions, wooden spools, and of course…

salt and peppers

salt and peppers

vintage sewing machine salt and pepper sets!

salt and peppers

salt and peppers

I also display salt and pepper sets in my kitchen. I group them together at various levels. Salt and pepper sets can range in price from 1.00 to hundreds of dollars. It all depends on the rarity, age, and condition. Animals and figurals are very popular.

McCoy cookie jars

McCoy cookie jars

Also in my kitchen, above the cabinets (nice if you have room!) is my cookie jar collection. I especially like the Mccoy cookie jars. Do a completed search on eBay to find the going prices.

Hershey chocolate collection

Hershey chocolate collection

My Hershey chocolate collection. Not a hugely popular item to collect but I live near Hershey park so…why not?

church bank collection

church bank collection

My church bank collection!

displaying vintage collections

displaying vintage collections

If you’re lucky, you have someone (thanks, dad!) to make shelves for your collections!

kitchen recipe box collection

kitchen recipe box collection

Someone asked me one time at a flea market what I collected. I said, “Oh, not much, maybe a few cookie jars.”  I forgot about everything else!

Find lots of collectibles and vintage items (also clothing) at everythingvintagesteph.com!

My favorite vintage finds this week: vintage Christmas ornaments, vintage Christmas tablecloth, Xmas in July

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012
vintage christmas ornaments

vintage christmas ornaments

I bought a whole box of these for 1.00 at a local auction estate sale. They are handmade stuffed felt ornaments of various storybook characters. Sequins are sewn on each one. So cute!

vintage christmas ornaments

vintage christmas ornaments storybook characters

Here’s what the whole lot of 15 looks like. They are already up to 25.00 on eBay with 3 days left!               at everythingvintagesteph.com

vintage peacock birds christmas ornaments

vintage peacock birds christmas ornaments

I also have 4 peacock bird ornaments. They are at 10.50 with 3 days left. I took some to my booth at the zionsville antique mall a few days ago. If they don’t sell in one week, I am getting them back to sell on eBay!

vintage felt beaded christmas ornaments

vintage felt beaded christmas ornaments

Here’s a close up. They are very detailed!

vintage christmas tablecloth

vintage christmas tablecloth

I also have a few vintage Christmas printed tablecloths from the 1950s. I was saving them for Christmas time but there are tons of things on eBay right now with “Xmas in July” in the titles and they are doing very well. This is an awesome tablecloth but I am a little disappointed at the price of 11.50 right now with only a few hours left. We’ll see how it goes! You can check out completed auctions at everythingvintagesteph.com to see how they all end!

close up of the vintage Christmas tablecloth

Selling vintage children’s textbooks on eBay. Dick and Jane early reader, American history, Biology and more!

Sunday, July 15th, 2012
early reader 1925

early reader 1925

Finding and selling old children’s textbooks is a lot of fun for me since I am a retired teacher and librarian. I think the most popular of textbooks are the early readers. I wish I had a Dick and Jane book to take a photo of! These are the most popular and can sell for up to 50.00. They might not say Dick and Jane on the cover but they use the names in the text and were published by Scott Foresman and Company. A Dick and Jane flashcard set recently sold for 430.00!

history sings vintage textbook

“History Sings” vintage textbook

Most old textbooks sell for under 10.00. If you have one from the 1800s, it might sell for more but it still needs to be in good to very good condition. Any book that is falling apart at the seams is not considered valuable unless you have something really special! “History Sings” is dated 1940 and is in very good condition. It is also very interesting!

vintage history textbooks 1930s

vintage history textbooks 1930s

Sometimes it is a good idea to sell books in “lots”. I am selling both of these American history books together because they are similar and both have dates in the 1930s. Dates are important, especially for history books, because the perspective is different. These would have been written before WW II.

vintage Biology textbook

vintage Biology textbook

Math and science books are interesting to the math and science student or teacher. This one is from 1937 and I plan on listing it at 9.99. I pick up most of my vintage books at local auctions but have also found them at yard sales and thrift stores. I recently found 3 of them at Goodwill for 25 cents each!

Click on any of the above photos or my eBay store at everythingvintagesteph.com to see more vintage books and other items. Thanks for reading!

Selling clothing on eBay. How do I do it?

Sunday, July 8th, 2012
camo hoodie

camo hoodie

My eBay store is everythingvintagesteph.com on eBay. I have almost 900 items listed. I started out selling vintage and antique items but now about 80% of my listings are clothing. It just works out better for me as far as consistent sales and easily found merchandise. This is a typical example of what I have listed. This is a used camo hoodie in like new condition. Bought for about 1.00. Listed for 17.00 (with free postage). from HANES.

little black dress

little black dress

How do I find the merchandise? Anyone can do what I do as long as you can travel to thrift stores and shopping malls! This little black dress from Express was found at the Goodwill clearance store where all the clothing is sold from bins for 79 cents a pound. I could go there any day of the week and find at least 50 pieces of clothing in a few hours. Bought for less than 1.00 and selling for 18.00. I include free postage with all items and mail first class or the 5.00 flat rate padded mail bag.

disney hoodie

disney hoodie

Along with the thrift shops, I also shop regular retail and outlet stores. It’s called “retail arbitrage.” I bought this Disney hoodie for 5.00. Regular price is 49.95. It’s in my eBay store for 25.00 and probably won’t last long!

skirt size 2X

skirt size 2X

 I was at Walmart last week and saw these skirts on clearance for 1.00! I bought 5 of them. They are all in the plus sizes which seem to sell very quickly. Regular price was 18.00 so someone is still getting a great bargain from me!

longaberger basket sweater vest

longaberger basket sweater vest

So if you are a thrifty shopper, just look around you for the bargains! If you are good at finding bargains for yourself, you can find even more bargains to sell for others. Just found this awesome Longaberger basket vest at the Goodwill clearance bins! A rare find!

Checkout my eBay store at everythingvintagesteph.com. Thanks for stopping by!

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