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What should I sell on eBay? 5 things I listed this week on eBay. Vintage quilt, vintage children’s clothing, vintage tablecloth, GI Joe outfits, John Deere mug

Sunday, April 13th, 2014
vintage quilt

vintage quilt

I listed a lot of things on eBay this week. Probably close to 100 items. Some of them sold right away like quilt blocks, a bathing suit, a hunting vest, Banana Republic shorts, etc. But here are a few things that I think will do well. The above vintage quilt is really beautiful! I bought it at a local auction and discovered later that it is in almost perfect condition!

vintage quilt

vintage quilt

The fabric is made up of large roses and it is all hand quilted throughout. I have it listed for 49.99 in my eBay store.

vintage red tablecoth

vintage red tablecoth

I also listed this red vintage tablecloth. It measures about 46 inches square and sort of looks like Christmas ornaments in the pattern but it could be used anytime! The pattern is woven into the fabric and there are no flaws in it. I have it listed in my eBay store for 15.00. A nice bargain!

GI Joe clothing

GI Joe clothing

I found these cute GI Joe outfits at the local Goodwill clearance store. The clearance store sells items by the pound so these didn’t weigh very much! I have them listed in my eBay store for 9.99.

John Deere mug

John Deere mug

I also shop thrift stores where I found this John Deere mug on “half price kitchen item day”. I sell most of my mugs for 14.99 with free postage. I would like to sell them for less but they weigh a lot and I have to add that into the price. I only pick up the really cool mugs!

vintage child dress

vintage child dress

I also bought a pile of vintage children’s clothing at a local auction. I have divided up the clothing into different lots and pieces. These are 2 pieces that looked like they matched — a dress and an underdress or slip. I have these on auction starting at 9.99 and have 2 others in my store for 25.00. I like to test them to see what sells the best. They are also in very good condition!

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

My favorite finds this week and what they sold for: Vintage Mattel doll, Apollo 8mm films, vintage hats, antique easter egg

Sunday, September 11th, 2011
Mattell doll Roarin 20s 1969

Mattell doll Roarin 20s 1969

Bought this doll in a box of other dolls for 1.00. She was setting in my office for a month or two and I kept ignoring her. She didn’t like that. I almost took her to the flea market for 1.00. She really didn’t like that!  I decided to research her first.  She sold for 33.00. Always research!

APOLLO 9, 10, and 11 8mm films

APOLLO 9, 10, and 11 8mm films

This is an 8mm film of Apollo 9 and10. I also had a separate one from Apollo 11. I sold them in separate auctions but together they sold for 28.00. I didn’t even know they were in the box lot that I bought for ah… yea… probably 1.00. That’s what I pay for almost everything…

vintage hats 1950s

vintage hats 1950s

Some more of those hats! I think I told the story before of how I bought an entire table full of hats for 25.00. There were over 50 hats and purses on the table. I bought them all at once. It was the end of the auction and the auctioneer was getting tired. I always stay until the end if I can! These 2 hats sold for 12.50. I’m still selling them but the pile is less than half!

vintage easter egg 1928

vintage easter egg 1926

I just listed this yesterday. It is a real egg that was dipped (?) and the design was scratched out of it. It is dated 1926. It feels like an old egg! I have no idea what it is going to sell for. Come back next week and find out! I don’t remember what I paid for it but it might have been 1-3$.

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Selling vintage on eBay. My favorite finds this week. Vintage quilt, Quaker lace tablecloth, Vintage Skipper doll

Sunday, July 24th, 2011
vintage suilt

vintage quilt

I love old quilts! They are not too hard to find at estate sales but you probably won’t find too many at garage sales or thrift stores. There are all kinds. Some are applique, most are pieced, and this one has some beautiful cross stitch needlework on it. This one sold for 89.00 (postage included). Someone got a great deal! It was in excellent condition too. It was hand quilted also. The tied ones will not bring as much $$ because less work is involved.

Quaker lace tablecloth

Quaker lace tablecloth

How do I know this is a Quaker lace tablecloth? This one happened to have a small label so it was easy! The main way to tell is the fancy scalloped edging it has. The quality of the fabric is always great too. It is more cottony than slippery to the feel. Table runners and placemats are harder to find in good condition but these are a beautiful addition to any table! This one sold for 15.00 including postage.

Vintage Skipper from Barbie

Vintage Skipper from Barbie

Interesting story with this Skipper doll. She is a twist n turn Skipper from the 1960s. “Real” eyelashes, “Day at the Fair” outfit, paperwork included. I bought her at an antique mall. I also sell at the ZIONSVILLEANTIQUES.com mall.   I bought her for 18.00 because I wanted to take her to RENNINGERS.COM show and sell her there. I had her tagged at 25.00 at the renningers antique show. She did not sell. Barely got a glance! So I listed her on eBay and she sold for 40.99. That is why I love eBay! You can reach the entire world to find a buyer.

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Vintage sunflower quilt, vintage neck ties, vintage Hallmark pop up book–what is it worth? How to date a quilt

Friday, March 11th, 2011
vintage sunflower quilt

vintage sunflower quilt

This is a quilt I sold this week. It sold for 66.00. I paid 35$ at the local estate sale near me. It is a beautiful quilt. The condition is like new. I do not know the exact age but I am guessing it is around the 1970s or so. How do I guess this?

1. I feel the fabric. It feels like a cotton blend rather than all cotton. Cotton blend was  invented as a “no iron” fabric in the 1950s. Anything with a cotton blend is probably at least 1950s  and on.

2. I look at the style of the quilt. It has raised sections for the flowers and most older quilts were all flat.

3. I feel the batting. The older the quilt, the less thick the batting. This one is somewhat thick. Again this has to do with the introduction of polyester to the batting.

vintage neck ties

vintage neck ties

Here is a group of neck ties that I sold this week. I bought a box of them for 1.00. There were probably 20 or so in the box. Some were dirty (threw those out), some were newer (sold those at the flea market for 1.00 each), and some were vintage like these (the novelty ones with special designs are the best–these are all nautical). I sold them for 9.57  total. Two of these were marked “Rooster” on the back. I like that brand—they are always unique.

Hallmark pop up book

Hallmark pop up book

My last favorite find is this Hallmark pop up book. I bought it in a box of books for which I paid 1.00 or less for all. It sold for 11.73. I even made a mistake on the title! I got a bid within a few hours of listing it and then I noticed that I spelled the word “might” instead of “mighty”. I don’t know if this affected the search or not! You can’t change the title once it has a bid so I was stuck with it that way. It sold to someone in Germany.

Those are my favorites for this week. Below are some items that are listed in my store right now—if they are still there! Check them out at everythingvintagesteph.com. OR click on any photo above to visit my store of over 350 items. (vintage also means used clothing!)

cute talbots plaid dress

cute talbots plaid dress

tasmanian devil ties

tasmanian devil ties

vintage sewing trim

vintage sewing trim

MY 3 FAV FINDS THIS WEEK: Willits saddle shoes, vintage dress patterns, and good old Liz Claiborne jeans!

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
willits saddle shoes

Willits saddle shoes

I sold saddle shoes sold on eBay for 35.77. They were in very good condition–barely even worn. They are leather and are often worn as part of a school uniform. Here is where I found them— At the clearance section of the Goodwill store. They were setting right on the edge of the bin just waiting for me to pick them up. I did–and they cost me 1.50. How do I know what to look for? One of my tools is this great book  Thrift Store Goldmines.

vintage wedding dress pattern

vintage wedding dress pattern

My next favorite find is vintage dress patterns. I find a lot of these at local estate sales. No seamstress ever throws away a dress pattern! I think I found most of these though at my friend’s yard sale where she was selling things that her mother had kept over the years. I usually pay about 1.00 for a dozen of them. The goods ones are the older ones (1950s or earlier–and they usually are not dated), especially apron patterns, doll patterns, and unusual items. The dress patterns are pretty ordinary and I sometimes don’t even sell them the first time around. I think these went for more $$ because there was a wedding dress in the lot—not sure! Oh, almost forgot to mention—they sold for 42.09 for the lot of 10 patterns. This FREE newsletter has also really helped me in my eBay business. CLICK HERE.

LIZ CLAIBORNE JEANS

LIZ CLAIBORNE JEANS

These jeans are on auction starting tonight and will be over on July 20. The reason I am writing about them as my favorite is because I just sold a pair of jeans that I had listed for over a year! I buy most of my jeans at the Goodwill clearance for 75 cents each. I start them at 3-4$. Then if they don’t sell, I move them to my eBay store and start them at 9.99 buy it now but I also accept almost any reasonable offer. They often sell for 9.99 as these did–even after a year! I usually don’t leave them in there that long but I do sell almost all of them eventually.

I have learned what brands to look for by reading the THRIFT STORE GOLDMINE book and also by trial and error! Another trick of mine in knowing what brands are good (besides just doing research on eBay completed listings) is the outlet mall in my area. I don’t buy there because the prices are still too high for resale but I know what brands they have there and how much other people are willing to pay for them.

HOPE this has helped you in thinking about what to sell on eBay. Check my auctions and eBay store at everythingvintagesteph.com

SELLING ON EBAY–my 3 favorite finds this week and what they sold for: Vintage milk caps, Boehm flower, Commodore 64 plug & play

Friday, June 18th, 2010
vintage milk bottle cap

vintage milk bottle cap

Yea, people collect milk bottle caps and I have at least 500 more of these! I sell these 48 at a time and I only start them at 3.00. Sometimes I get 3.00, sometimes I get more. The reason this is one of my favorite finds is that I got over 3 cartons of these at a local estate sale and only paid 1.00 for all of them. They are brand new and never used but they are for vintage milk bottles and are probably from the 1960s or so. I remember this dairy and it has not been in business for quite a while. 3.00 doesn’t seem like much but I keep relisting them over and over and it adds up with very little effort since once the auction is up and running it only takes one click to relist it.

Boehm porcelain flower

Boehm porcelain flower

My next favorite find this week is the Boehm porcelain flower. This is my favorite because it was a found treasure at the local auction. I bought one of those famous box lots that I love for about 3.00 and there was something else in it that I was interested in—-I forget what! When I looked at the other items in the box I pulled out this very pretty porcelain flower. I got out the magnifying glass to read the name on the stem and it read Boehm. I went right to eBay to look it up because I had never heard of Boehm before. (hey I don’t know everything!) I saw some other very pretty flowers and sculptures made by Boehm and some of the larger ones were going for 100s of dollars–check it out yourself! So I listed it right away and even though there was a very tiny flaw in the one petal, it sold for 36.55. I’m lovin’ eBay again!

Commodore 64 plug and play

Commodore 64 plug and play

Almost the same thing happened with the Commodore 64 plug and play. I got this at the same auction that I bought the Boehm flower. It’s not a vintage item but it actually plays 30 vintage games just by plugging it into the TV. My son-in-law was with me at the auction and he wanted it so I think he bid about 5.00 for it. He actually got 4 of them for 1 price and only wanted the 1 so he gave me the rest. Thanks, Scott! I sold the first one for 42.98. I just listed the second one last night and I have one more after that is over. HINT: don’t list same items at the same time unless you want to compete against yourself! If you are reading this before June 22, you can check it out on auction.

Thanks for listening to my auction stories and if you want to check out my auctions click on  everythingvintagesteph.com OR click on any of the photos.

1913 Railroad book on auction until June 24

1913 Railroad book on auction until June 24

Anne Klein perfume, Perry Ellis, Ambush, Jessica McClintock– how to sell on eBay

Monday, April 19th, 2010
anne klein

anne klein

I should have paid more attention when I bought these perfumes at the auction a few weeks go. I will from now on! I just sold these 3 containers of anne klein for 113.00. It was a good deal for the customer but a great deal for me. I get most of my items to sell on eBay at local estate auctions. Sometimes when a house is cleaned out, there is some perfume to sell. I usually don’t pay much attention because I don’t use perfume and don’t even like it that much. I bought a box of it the other week for a few dollars. These were in it along with some Hawaiian fragrances–I got 5.00 for those, and  Perry Ellis–on auction now with a 10.00 bid and 5 days left.

It makes sense to me now. This is the scenario I picture for these items: Mother/wife likes perfume and kids/husband buy her some for her Christmas and birthday. She doesn’t actually wear it much so it stays in the bathroom or bedroom cabinet and adds up over the years. It makes a nice gift, so they keep buying it for her. She won’t give it away or throw it away because it is a gift and it doesn’t take up much room. A few years later–or maybe a lot of years later–the house is cleared out for whatever reason and the perfume ends up at an estate auction. That’s where I buy it. I bought this box for about 2 or 3 dollars. I could tell the perfume was never opened or used so, why not–the price was right. I am going to be looking for the perfume items a lot more in the future!

jessica mcclintock

jessica mcclintock

Here’s another one I bought in the same lot. It is still on auction for a few more days. As I write this, the bid is at 6.08 and has 12 watchers.

raffinee

raffinee

The Raffinee perfume has an opening bid of 3.00 and has 12 watchers.

Last December, I had a container of Ambush powder that I bought for 1.00 and it sold for 26.75.

If you want to see how much these sell for in a few days, visit my auctions at everythingvintagesteph.com. Check for completed listings. And keep your eye out for perfume in the thrift store and estate sales that you might be lucky enough to have in your area!!

WHAT NOT TO SELL ON EBAY…at least not this week

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
Land's End novelty tie

Land's End novelty tie

For some reason, last week was very slow on eBay for me. Here are some of the things that I listed that DID NOT sell! With their starting bids…

GAP reverse fit jeans size 10     3.00

15 Easter lamb metal cookie cutters    3.00

3 vintage feedbag pieces of fabric    4.00

Land’s End novelty tie veggies and fruit    3.00

Singer sewing machine vintage buttonholer    3.00.

gap reverse fit jeans

gap reverse fit jeans

So what do I do with the items that don’t sell?

lamb cookie cutter

lamb cookie cutter

I will relist some of these on auction OR I normally relist them in my store, which will now be the same as fixed price. When I relist in my store, I usually list them higher than the auction starting bid and they usually sell, it just takes more time! I have sold similar items in the past and some of them have sold for much more than the opening bid; for example, cookie cutters and Gap reverse fit jeans. You just never know what will sell from day to day on eBay!!

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feed bags

feed bags

sunbeam mixmaster cookbook

sunbeam mixmaster cookbook

MY 3 favorite vintage finds for eBay this week/travel decals/patterns/colored aluminum

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
florida travel decals

florida travel decals

This was a good week on eBay. For some reason, sales were up and bidding was in the war zone on many items. Such as:

7 vintage travel decals for Florida. I bought a handful of these at my local auction a few months ago. I sold some of them by the single piece and made about 3-5$ each. I also have a few that didn’t sell that are still listed in my store at everythingvintagesteph.com. I probably paid about 3.00 for the lot of them. I had some leftover that I just held on to for a few weeks but I finally listed all the Florida ones together. They sold for 45.00 total. Nice! They are probably from the 1960s or so and have nostalgic value for those who visited and collected them at that time. Mine were still in the original wax envelopes—most of them– and featured various parts of Florida.

vintage craft patterns

vintage craft patterns

Another favorite find this week was vintage patterns. I buy a lot of these and they don’t always sell. I have clothing patterns from the 1970s and apron patterns from the 1950s, etc. The craft patterns seem to sell better than the clothing patterns. This lot of 9 patterns was for various crafts like pillows, purses, aprons, and even felt shoes. I decided to list them all together instead of separately. The lot sold for 22.10. I usually pay 1.00 for a box full of old patterns at the local auction so I was happy!

colored aluminum pitcher and mugs

colored aluminum pitcher and mugs

My final pick is aluminum kitchen cups and pitchers. I bought a box full of these at the local auction. They were sold in lots of 5-6 pieces and not all the pieces were matching. I paid about 9.00 for the entire box of various lots. I only listed 2 lots on ebay. The rest will go to the flea market this weekend at merchantssquaremall.com in Allentown, PA. One of the lots I listed on Ebay were for 6 pieces of “Colorcraft.” I decided to try those because they were marked with a brand name. Those sold for the opening bid of 4.00. Not that great. I also listed a 5-piece lot of 4 mugs and a pitcher. These sold for 26.00.They were not marked with a brand name but I think the difference is that that they were colored and not plain.

Perhaps this info will help you in pricing some of your vintage finds—let me know! A great tool to use in determining value of items and deciding what to sell is called HAMMERTAP.

Vintage Skipper doll below is listed on eBay now until Feb. 16 at everythingvintagesteph.com

vintage skipper doll

vintage skipper doll

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