Archive for November, 2012

My loss leaders on eBay: Christian Dior tie, vintage pattern, Syracuse china, Hallmark Xmas ornaments

Monday, November 26th, 2012
Christian Dior tie

Christian Dior tie

Someone just gave me a great idea for marketing for the holidays. Loss Leaders. You know how your grocery store advertises bread for 99 cents and apples for .19 cents a pound, etc. just to get you in the store? Those are called loss leaders. So I took a few of my vintage and not so vintage items (that haven’t sold for a while) a put them on auction for a .99 starting bid. The tie is one of them.

vintage pattern

vintage pattern

This vintage pattern (with the fabric included!) is another one. I just started this one today.

syracuse china Haarlem pattern

syracuse china Haarlem pattern

They are all free postage too! This would cost me about 5.00 to mail so I am taking a chance but so is any store than runs a loss leader sale! You got to take chances in business.

tailgate cookbook

tailgate cookbook

The tailgate cookbook already has a bid and is going past the .99 opening bid. Maybe they all will! It’s worth a try.

hallmark santa ornaments

hallmark santa ornaments

Surely the Hallmark ornaments will sell! If not, I have over 1000 other items to make up for it.

sapphire and diamond ring

sapphire and diamond ring

 Like this beautiful diamond and sapphire ring…. at everythingvintagesteph.com.

aqua mermaid coach purse

aqua mermaid coach purse

 Or this awesome COACH purse — NEW! Thanks for visiting everythingvintagesteph.com.

Claiming mines in Arizona. Ugly Christmas sweaters

Monday, November 19th, 2012
arizona mines

arizona mines

Danger! I took another mining trip to Arizona last week. Fun! We were looking at sites for purchase.  This is typical of what you would see at an abandoned mine. We find the mines on maps and then we visit them to look at the surrounding area, check for any water close by, the accessibility of it, and the size of the tailings (rock) piles, etc.

arizona mining

Of course, we always camp near the mines we are exploring. This one is about 6000 feet above sea level. That is the tailings pile from the upper mine in the center of the photo above the camp. We explored the mining cave that went back over 1200 feet. Very interesting rock formations and veins that we followed.

gold mine silver mine

gold mine silver mine

Many of these mines were opened in the early 1900s for the purpose of gold or silver or turquoise.

silver in quartz

silver in quartz

 You don’t just find the gold and silver lying about. It MIGHT be inside this quartz but it has to go through a process first. It’s complicated. You can read about it here

Arizona mountains

Arizona mountains

It was a fun adventure but … back to listing on eBay.

ugly Christmas sweater

ugly Christmas sweater

Ugly Christmas sweaters are all the rage! Visit me at everythingvintagesteph.com.

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