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Buying and selling vintage purses

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Here is my latest video in my series of vintage videos. This one is vintage video #5  — vintage purses. My hope is to try to help others identify some vintage purses. I am not an expert but I like to teach others what I do know and what I have in my collection to “show and tell.”

vintage beaded purse

vintage beaded purse

My collection of purses are all for sale on eBay. This is one of the beaded purses. It is listed at 39.99. It is an evening bag from about the 1940s.

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vintage lame purse

This is also an older evening bag, listed at 24.99. I call it gold lame (lam AY) because of the fabric on the outside. It has a brass “kiss” clasp (closes like a kiss) and a long gold chain.

vintage 1950s purse

vintage 1950s purse

This is a very popular and common style from the 1950s/60s. It is the type of purse found on shows like “Mad Men.” It is black like a box with a brass kiss clasp and is sometimes called a “Kelly” purse, after Grace Kelly. It also is “footed.” My listing on eBay shows  a better photo of this! (it might not show up if it is already sold).

vintage purse collection

vintage purse collection

This shows a couple of more beaded purses from my collection.

purse collection

purse collection

I hang some of my purses and hats that I have for sale from a hatrack on the wall. Most of these are not vintage except the leather one on the bottom that I have also shown in the video. I see a Laurel Burch cat purse there too!

You can find most of these purses and a lot more at everythingvintagesteph.com where I have an ever changing collection. Feel free to browse my store to get an idea of what kind of prices to expect from a vintage purse. You will find many others selling them for a LOT more! Thanks for looking!

You can find the rest of my vintage videos at

youtube.com/user/librariansteph/videos 

 

 

Selling vintage linens on eBay. See some of my stash. Video time!

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

I’ve written about vintage linens in previous posts but now I am starting a series of videos on vintage items. The linens shall be the first!

Hope you enjoy and learn.

Video of my ebay store and vintage kitchen stuff I found

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Above is a video I made a while ago that shows some of the stuff I had for sale (in my basement eBay store). Almost all of it has sold by now. I’m just testing the video process to see if I can use this in my blog.

Below is a video I took of some of the vintage kitchen items I got to resell on eBay and in my antique booth. Some will also go to a flea market. I bought these from a friend of mine who was cleaning out her grandmother’s house so most of it is from the 60s and 70s.

Vintage kitchen items are very collectible.  Check out the sold listings on eBay for vintage Sunbeam mixers, Waring blendors (modern spelling is blender), green or red handle utensils and flour sifters, vintage tupperware, etc. The Sunbeam mixers can go for over 200.00 if you have a special colored one!

Check out my eBay store at everythingvintagesteph.com to find some of these items!

Hairloom Jewelry vintage Victorian keepsakes

Monday, June 1st, 2015

This is a new twist on vintage Victorian mourning jewelry. And it’s not just for mourning, it’s also for any life celebration.

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Hairloom Jewelry is a revival of the extremely popular Victorian Era “Hairwork” jewelry. Throughout history, hair has been used as a keepsake, as hair is one of the few natural materials that does not decay, lasting hundreds and possibly thousands of years. Whether from a close friend, lover, family member, or pet, a lock of hair has long symbolized love and bond throughout legend and myth. Initially, our focus was on using these as memorials, but why stop there? Why not create one in celebration as well? Sure, it can be used to remember the death of a loved one, but it can also be used to preserve a baby’s first haircut, a fiancé giving a lock of his hair to his partner, a member of the military giving one to a relative at the time of a deployment, or even a grandchild to a grandparent.

click here to see the website and the kickstarter program.

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very cool! HAIRLOOMJEWELRY.COM

 

Selling vintage tupperware: pickle keeper, coaster, canisters, mugs, and more!

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
vintage tupperware

pickle keeper

If you have seen some Tupperware in your yard sale and thrift store travels, then lucky you! These are good items for resale on eBay. This pickle keeper can sell for 7.00 -15.00.

vintage tupperware

wagon wheel coaster lid set

The wagon wheel coaster and lid set is popular and very cute! They sell for 4.00 – 24.00. A lot depends on the condition. If they are new and never used — top dollar!

vintage tupperware

pie single serve slices

Who doesn’t need the single serve pie keepers? Great for lunches too. The usually came in sets of 6 but just one can sell for 2.00 – 6.00.  These have the blue lids but they come in many colors.

vintage tupperware

canister set

I bought a set of these canisters in the 1970s. I still use mine! If you have a set that has never been used, you can expect to get close to 100.00 for it. I have these listed at a mere 15.00! The 2 small ones are the same size and the third size is missing. I also only have lids for the 2 larger ones.

vintage tupperware

vintage tupperware LOT

A tried and true way to sell Tupperware is to just take a bunch of it and sell it together as a lot. Lids alone also sell and don’t be afraid to sell containers without lids. Clean them with Mr. Clean sponge and you’ll be set!

Click on any of the above photos to connect to my eBay store or click here at everythingvintagesteph.com. Thanks for reading!

What is vintage jewelry?

Sunday, January 27th, 2013
rhinestone butterfly pin

rhinestone butterfly pin

It is very hard to tell if a piece of jewelry is vintage or not. If you know the history of a piece, you can rely on that knowledge but usually there is nothing marked on the piece to be able to tell a date.  Sometimes you can tell by the construction of the piece. This butterfly pin is very detailed (on the back) so I think it is vintage.

abalone sterling silver ring

abalone sterling silver ring

 This sterling silver abalone ring might be vintage. The only indication I have is that the marcasites around the outside of the abalone look vintage to me. When I found the piece, it was tarnished so that indicates some age, but not much. I feel comfortable calling it vintage although it might not be.

vintage cufflinks

vintage cufflinks

These cuff links, however, I believe are vintage. They are marked TAXCO MEXICO and they are in a vintage style. Still not proof, but getting closer!

vintage Victorian cameo pin

vintage Victorian cameo pin

I am at least 90% sure that this pin is vintage! It is a vintage style, I have found others like it from the Victorian period, and it is marked CA with an arrow for “Carl Art”, a vintage designer. It is 12 K gold filled.

large carnelian stone necklace

large carnelian stone necklace

Research is your best tool but it is very easy to be mistaken. If you love the piece, that is what matters! Click on any of the photos or go to everythingvintagesteph.com to check out these pieces before they are gone!

Buying and selling Halloween costumes colonial, spider, afro wig, skeleton mask, scary rubber hand!

Sunday, September 16th, 2012
colonial costume

colonial costume

Sometimes you get really lucky at the thrift stores and you find some great costumes! It is one of the best places to shop for costumes to resell or use yourself. I found this great colonial dress at the Goodwill a few months ago. I look for costumes all year round because you  will find the best prices at the off season times. This one is handmade by someone who did a very good job!

spider costume

spider costume

This is another great find. This spider costme is probably about 25.00 if you would buy it new because it is a very good quality one. I found it at a thrift store in July where I paid .79 a pound. It’s for sale right now at everythingvintagesteph.com.

super afro wig

super afro wig

Then there’s the wigs! This super afro wig is a really large one!  found this at a local auction where they were selling an entire table of costume items. I bought the whole table for around 15.00. This was sometime last year after Halloween — probably November. I kept it all in a bin until last week when I listed it on eBay.

crazy surgeon apron with body parts

crazy surgeon apron with body parts

This crazy rubber apron was in the same lot. It has eyeballs, an ear, fingers, etc. on it. Crazy!

stuffed puppy costume

stuffed puppy costume

Don’t forget the new costumes that can be found after Halloween. If you have a place to store them, you can get some awesome deals for next year! My favorite store is Target because they discount their holiday items all the way down to 90% if you can get there on the right day. It’s usually a week and a few days after the holiday.

fake rubber hand

fake rubber hand

I’ve had this fake rubber hand for a few years because I thought it was really cool. It was lying on my floor a few days after Halloween last year before it made its way back into storage. My 4 year old granddaughter saw it and started crying. She thought it was real! Gotta get rid of it now!  at  everythingvintagesteph.com!

scary skeleton mask/grim reaper

scary skeleton mask/grim reaper

 The scary skeleton is always popular. Found this mask at a thrift store in the summer. Paid very little for it and now it’s for sale at, of course, everythingvintagesteph.com! Thanks for reading and come visit me at everythingvintagesteph.com!

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!

Vintage Christmas apron, ugly Christmas sweater, vintage tablecloth, Christmas dinnerware, Spode, sell it all year round!

Saturday, December 10th, 2011
vintage Christmas apron

vintage Christmas apron

Saving all your good Christmas stuff for the Christmas season? I do too but I also sell it all year round. If you are buying or selling, there will be less competition at other times of the year. Right now on eBay, the highest price for a sold Christmas apron was 55.00 for one! It has Santa on it, so look for those!

ugly Christmas sweater

ugly Christmas sweater

 Ugly Christmas sweaters are great sellers too. This is one of the few I have left — and it’s not that ugly. The more bling on it, the better! I used to put all mine on auction and see where they went but this year I decided to put some on fixed price at 25.00. I sold a few almost right away! I usually pick them up at the Goodwill clearance store for 1.00 or less.

Spode Christmas vase

Spode Christmas vase

I did save my Spode pieces to sell at Christmas but I am sure they would sell all year round as well. I only found 2 pieces this year! I have a vase and a cup and saucer listed. I discovered Spode about 5 years ago when I bought an entire set of it at an auction for about 3.00. I noticed the tag on the box was for over 300$ so I figured I got a good deal. I even got another complete set a few weeks later for about 10.00. I kept part of the set for myself that I now use every Christmas and sold the others by the piece. Nice find!

vintage Christmas tablecloth

vintage Christmas tablecloth

My favorites are the Christmas linens. I always have the tablecloths and I also look for napkins, tea towels, even handkerchiefs. I love them! Check out my finds at:

EVERYTHINGVINTAGESTEPH.COM

Back from my mining trip for gold, silver, and turqouise. Hunting for treasure!

Friday, November 11th, 2011
mining in the mountains

mining in the nevada mountains

I don’t have many pictures yet and just got back last night but we are home! Yes, we found treasure and we had lots of adventures. This photo is my daughter standing by the tents where we were camping at 7000 feet in Nevada, a little below the town of  Tonopah. The turqouise from this mine was lying on the ground everywhere!

arizona gold mine

arizona gold mine

Some of our adventures in brief were:

1. driving through blinding snow for 30 miles

2. using one lane “roads” carved out of the side of a cliff by a bulldozer years ago (but not in the snow!)

3. driving on a tire with very little air for 60 miles because there is NOTHING around but mountains

4. 2 flat tires at various times

5. waking up to sleet and 20 degree weather in 30 mile per hour winds (just one night)

6. bats are cute close up when they are not moving

7. there IS gold, silver, and turqouise in them thar hills!

I’ll write with more detail in my next post. Still recuperating and getting back to my eBay sales!

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