Friday, May 17, 2013

Vintage Sales

Remember my cool tourquoise dandelion TexasWare dishes that I found a few months ago for $20?

I decided to break them up into sets and the last 2 sets finally sold this week! They didn't make me rich by any means but I'm happy with what I got and I'm happy that someone will be using them and appreciating their awesome-ness! I sold each set for $18 + shipping, the last buyer paid $30 to have 2 sets shipped to Australia!

I called this the "Good Karma Mug". When we went to Seaside back in March I found this vintage US Mail mug at a little thrift shop and didn't realize that they were cash only and it was only 50 cents but do you think either me or my hubs had two quarters on us?! Of course not, we spent all our money at the arcade, haha! Anyway, I call this the good karma mug because a very nice lady heard our discussion about not having cash on us so she said since we had such cute kids that we could have a dollar for our mug and a toy for Naomi. I was very very grateful to her, we paid for our mug and while waiting in line my husband looked it up...

The only other mug of its likeness up there (no recent completeds at the time) was listed at $300! I was jumping up and down for hours! Unfortunately in the long run the mug didn't sell for anywhere near that but I hope that lady gets some great karma for giving us that dollar and for the $65 I made on the mug I'm going to pay it forward to someone in the coffee line next time I do the drive through!

 This is another weird little guy that I got for free around Christmas time. He's a vintage drunken hobo or gnome or something funny and while he only sold for $6 + shipping on Etsy the fees still gave me a nice little profit, he was just so weird looking I couldn't pass him up!

I usually don't like to post about items that are currently in the process of shipping just incase something goes wrong like they return them or get damaged in shipping but my fingers are crossed these get to my buyer safely and they love them as much as I do!

These are a set of 1970's Ballonoff litho metal canisters. I actually have the same exact set and I love it; I found this set very reasonably priced at an antique shop on Monday which is surprising as I very rarely find things to resell at antique shops. Most of the time people know what they have and when I shop at them I'm shopping for me or for ideas on projects I want to do! Anyway, I picked up the set for $14 and it sold yesterday (3 days later) for $48.99 with free shipping. It cost about $12 for Parcel Select and it's on its way to TX now. Like I said above, fingers crossed!

Those are my cool vintage sales as of lately. I have been looking out for more vintage these days but so far toys, plush and mugs are still my bread and butter on eBay. Things have picked up a little but it seems I go days between a sale and then get 3 in a day or something.

I also recently changed the name of my Etsy shop to attract more vintage buyers since I don't sell knits or candles anymore, and I am making sure the photos of items I list on Etsy are funky and really nicely positioned so they will stand out among similar items. I still really want to do a showcase or booth at an antique shop but I haven't found the place or pulled the trigger yet, although I definitely have enough items to at least open a showcase somewhere!


  1. Wonderful sales! Especially that mug! Wow! I like selling vintage items because they're more interesting, sometimes even unique, but if you can make money selling plush and mugs, well, keep at it! I've had no luck with either one.

    1. Thank you!! I agree its a fun hunt to find the good vintage things although I still jump up and down and get excited when I find Starbucks or Little Einsteins things too!

  2. Love those dishes. I never do vintage. I don't know enough to feel comfortable picking stuff up. Great finds.