Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Winter Vintage Drought

You guys, the winter vintage droughts are upon us.  At least they are in my neck of the woods.  I went to an auction for 5 hours on Saturday and for 3 hours on Sunday.  I drove a total of 3 hours to get to and from those auctions.  I didn't bring home much.  Prices were crazy pants.  Also, the quality of the auctions were just not there.  I also visited TWO different antique stores just to see if there was anything I could salvage there.  Those helped a tad.

I have been talking to a few of my auction buddies and vintage reselling friends and we have all agreed that we have to come up with unique ways to get new, "fresh" vintage stuff to sell.

Here are a few things we came up with... 1. Visit flea markets and thrift stores that we don't go to very often (or gave up on long ago), 2. contact our junker buddies who buy, buy, buy... just to store away in their barns.  Sign me up for a barn digging adventure.  3. trade with each other.

So, I was just talking with one of my reselling friends about what was selling for us.  I'm like "Yeah, I have a ton of those and they never sell."  or "I can't keep those in stock and you can't sell them... what's up with that?"  I know this sounds crazy, but what if we got together with our reselling friends and visit each others booths and point out things we've had forever.  Then... trade them!  I haven't actually tried this out yet... but why not?

Anyways, enough babbling... let's take a look at what I was able to bring home!


 Picked up from the Saturday auction.  Signs are always a seller for me.  These Coca Cola ones shouldn't last long.


 I have some stoneware bowls in my booth already and I only sell them here and there... but the price was way too goo to pass these up.


 Also picked these up on Saturday.  I thought these would be a great addition to my new showcase I got in December


 Two things I always, always buy when the price is cheap enough!  The train case was from an antique booth that was 90% off.  The Coca Cola crate was my lone buy from an auction I sat at for 3 hours on Sunday.  Better than some of my auction buddies who came out empty-handed.


These were an antique mall purchase too.  They were already marked at a great price AND half off.  I need another Empire Santa blow mold like I need another hole in my head.  The middle guy was one I haven't seen before.  He is made by Union Plastics.


This was a buy from the auction on Saturday.  All of these cute little figurines are... wait for it... pencil sharpeners.  After doing a little research, they are called Play-Me and were made in Spain and Hong Kong in the 1970s sometime, therefore qualifying them as vintage.  Most of them are valued at $4-$5, while some seem to be more valuable (especially when they have the box).  I'm pricing mine all at $4 and I think they'll make a cute little addition to my antique booth.  I have bets that a few of these don't last long.

That's it for this week!

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18 comments:

  1. Yes, we are definitely having a vintage drought here in Upstate New York!! I am forced to go to retail vintage shops to see what I can buy for too much money and then still make a profit. I usually end up keeping those things because they are too good to let go when I paid do much! Spring will be here soon. Your ideas sound great if you have a booth.

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  2. I have a small collection of those play-me sharpeners. Of course those are my fav find

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  3. I have a small collection of those play-me sharpeners. Of course those are my fav find

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  4. Hi Melissa, I really like the little pencil sharpeners, so cute. I bought a sewing machine one last year. I enjoy reading your blog. I agree with you about the vintage shopping drought. It is like that here in Georgia too. Ready for some warmer weather and more sales. Kathy

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  5. Its been sparse here too, but as you know did find a great blue chair! When I had my booth signs sold fast too and not too good for stoneware which I love, so I kept all the pieces myself! The sharpeners are so cool! Thanks for your visit! Good luck with your vintage finds

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  6. I Used to collect the pencil sharpeners, but sold them years ago. I headed East to the flea markets and found several needed smalls, but no furniture to be found. I could really use those crockery bowls. they never last long in my booth. Dealers in my mall do trade goods from time to time.

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  7. Great idea about trading! Feeling the winter vintage drought up here too!

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  8. I think all you guys need to come over to Washington State, there doesn't seem to be a drought here! Wouldn't that be fun to trade, I love that idea! I think you still found some great items, I love the suitcase and crate!

    Tania

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  9. Loved the things you bought! I love the trading idea! I am all for that.

    xo Dianne

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  10. Lots of fun finds...it's always a challenge to know what sells and where! Thanks so much for stopping by and entering my giveaway! Ne follower on Bloglovin!

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  11. What a great idea to trade with each other. You found some fun treasures that are sure to find new homes soon. Thanks for sharing with us at Talk of the Town.

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  12. Pencil sharpners are really cute! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

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  13. I've never heard of those pencil sharpeners before. Cool find. Wish they could be sold for more money though! I like your trading idea.

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  14. Thank you for sharing so many great finds on SYC. Jo

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  15. I think it's interesting how some things sell really well for some people and not for others. Stay warm!

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  16. Hi Melissa, it is funny what will sell for one person and not another. Slim pickings, but good stuff! Love the cola signs and Santa blow molds. I have seen a couple of those pencil sharpeners before, but Wow, what a variety! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  17. Love the vintage train case, I love the old suitcases and pick them up as well when I can find them affordably. That are becoming slim pickings for a great price in my neck of the woods!

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  18. Even under difficult circumstances you manage to score some great finds!! I think I mentioned on IG how much I like your handbags :) Thanks for sharing your finds with us all at Vintage Charm--

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