Thursday, January 16, 2014

What I've Been Selling (Online Edition)

Hey folks!  I know a lot of you out there have been commenting about wanting to start etsy shops (or similar) because your thrift store finds are starting to take over!  I have done a couple posts about what I've been selling in my antique booth (read them here & here).  I find that information helpful, but it is not necessarily relevant to what is selling in other parts of the country.  This is where online comes in.  It really helps give a good idea of what is selling here in the US (and internationally, for me, in a couple of instances).

My "Main" Etsy Shop: Melissa's Antiques
Est. November 14, 2010

2013 Stats:
8,703 Shop Views
16,174 Listing Views
862 Shop Favorites
4,476 Listing Favorites
84 Orders
134 Items Sold

Mason Jars

Last year alone I sold over 40 different Ball or Atlas mason jars.  It has helped me to link up with shops that use mason jars as props in their item's photos.  If I send them a jar for a prop, they link to my store in the item's listing.  I have been doing this for a couple of years.

Coffee Mugs

Last year I sold over 20 different coffee mugs.
Several went international to South Korea and Japan.

Salt & Pepper Shakers

The weirder, the better.  I sold 6 sets of s&p shakers last year.


I think this one is fairly obvious.  I sold 9 pieces last year in my etsy shop.

I expect all of my stats to go down this year, since I'm not selling as much online as I have the past few years, due to my antique booth space.

My Holiday Etsy Shop: Melissa's Retro Xmas
Est. July 15, 2012

2013 Stats:
4,361 Shop Views
10,921 Listing Views
419 Shop Favorites
5,513 Listing Favorites
100 Orders
169 Items Sold


I sell many individual ornaments.  They have to be pretty special to sell individually.

And boxes of ornaments.

Strands of mercury glass beads.

And lots of knee huggers!

As you can see, I may not have had as great of stats as I did in my main etsy shop, but I had more orders and sold more individual items in my holiday etsy shop.  I encourage you to jump on this bandwagon if you haven't already.  Sales are slow February-June, but usually pick up during the "Christmas in July," before tapering off again for a couple of months.  I'm hit hardest the week or two after Halloween each year.  Even harder than the week or two after Thanksgiving.

I expect (read: HOPE) my stats will improve in 2014 for this etsy shop.  Here's how I'm doing so far:

2014 Stats:
189 Shop Views
527 Listing Views
27 Shop Favorites
116 Listing Favorites
6 Orders
7 Items Sold
Trend so far is vintage Valentine post cards.  I've sold 3 this month.

My eBay Store: iugrad2009
Est. June 3, 2007
My username was created when I was an undergrad at IU (Indiana University).  I first used it to sell clothes, etc. to make extra cash to go to the bars.  Although I have 2 official Bachelor's degrees from IU, I still claim that I majored in Moderate Social Drinking.  And I still love a good 25c mug of cheap beer.  Who doesn't?

2014 Stats:
82 Items Sold

I took 2 separate months off because I was getting sick of eBay.  And to tell you the truth, I am still not a very big fan.  But, there are certain things that will get you top dollar on eBay versus etsy or in my booth.

I sold 15 pieces of Pyrex on eBay.  Several of those were full bowl sets.  In terms of other vintage kitchen items I sold 4 lots of Hazel Atlas items, and 5 pieces of Fire King.

I sold 18 vintage button cards and 5 rolls of vintage wallpaper.

There were 13 holiday (Halloween and Christmas) items sold.

And 5 pieces of advertising.

The rest was stuff that doesn't really fit into any category.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Linking to:
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
The Nifty Thrifty
Junkin Joe
We Call it Olde
Thrifty Things Friday

Monday, January 13, 2014


I was hit hard the last few months with booth sales, which isn't a bad thing.  However, it is so hard to restock in the wintertime.  No garages sales.  Fewer estate sales.  Auctions here and there.  And the prices.  Oh, the prices are crazy!  We're talking double retail in some situations.  Even Goodwill has caught on to the crazy price craze.  And not just on collectibles.

So, I risked going to the only good auction within 100 miles of me.  It was all dealers.  It was hard to get good merchandise.  Luckily they did box lots and not a lot of folks dug through to see what was inside.  So I got lucky on a few things. 

For some reason, only 3 weeks out from Christmas and the prices on vintage Christmas has dropped immensely.  That was a surprise.  I mean, look at all of this!  And Santa works!

I'm not much of a cook, but I couldn't resist these old cookbooks.  Look at those graphics!  Have you seen what they've been selling for on eBay?

Another item where the graphics drew me in.  Yeah there's a few missing pieces, so I'll sell them as a lot.

I intended to buy just the copper coffee pot and tea kettle.  I got a few other goodies.  Surprisingly, aluminum ice cream scoops sell well for me.  And weird s&p shakers, like these Easter Island heads (Moai), also sell well.

I've been looking all over for you guys!  Where have all the vintage & even slightly vintage cameras been hiding?  You guys are my biggest sellers next to Pyrex.

Speaking of box lots... Here's what come in them nowadays.  Dishwasher damaged Pyrex with 2 salvageable lids, some neat-o Made in Japan bookends, and other misc stuff.

Look!  More cameras!  Yay!  I had to buy these 3 off of some guy.  They came in a box lot and he wanted the other items.  Thank goodness.  The wood-handled blow dryer actually works!  And aren't those the sweetest sewing kits?  They're marked made in Japan and probably from the 50s or 60s.

My most unusual purchase - these stack of new old stock turquoise striped popcorn tubs.  So many endless possibilities.  Oh, and the hoard of melmac.

So it continues.  Also, a full set of aqua handled Ecko utensils.

Easily my favorite purchase of the day.  Patchwork (baby) quilt #1.

Aren't these kitties precious?  If anyone is good at dating material, so that I could potentially date these quilts, please contact me.

Patchwork (baby) quilt #2.

These will be heading to the booth this weekend.  After I endure crazy first week of spring semester.  Back to the craziness!


Linking to:
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
The Nifty Thrifty
Junkin Joe
We Call it Olde
Thrifty Things Friday

Friday, January 3, 2014


So, I had a birthday recently.  27.  I ate cheesecake.  And I took the day off of work and decided to spend it updating my booth.  Which turned 2 months old.  I tried to switch it up a bit.  Here we go....

My attempt at a Valentine's Day display.

I put all of my red and pink items as I had in my 
booth in the display in the very front of my booth.

I am so happy that a bunch of my pink band Pyrex
finally sold.  This is all I have left.

These shelves feel a little bare.

Even though they're packed
as full as I can get them.

My new table display.  Typewriter for typing
Valentine's Day love letters and a pink phone
for calling the one you love.  And holiday hankies.

But... this typewrite is something special.
A cursive typewriter.
That didn't work when I bought it.
And I fixed it myself.
*Pats self on back*

I really think the backs of these shelves
need some vintage wallpaper.  Or a
good coat of paint.

I tried out the panorama function on my camera to try
and give you a a full booth perspective.

On a happy note... I got paid from the booth too.  So let's see what sold last month:

12/03/13 Tuesday pyrex casserole
12/03/13 Tuesday 2 vintage ornaments
12/03/13 Tuesday vintage ornament
12/05/13 Thursday salt and pepper
12/07/13 Saturday hi santa stocking
12/07/13 Saturday homestead pyrex casserole
12/07/13 Saturday cookie cutter snowman
12/10/13 Tuesday ceramic christmas tree
12/10/13 Tuesday gary screw bolt crate
12/11/13 Wednesday clabber girl tin
12/11/13 Wednesday nabisco tin
12/13/13 Friday lustreware pepper shaker
12/13/13 Friday santa mug
12/13/13 Friday vintage santa doll
12/14/13 Saturday polaroid land camera
12/14/13 Saturday Bell & howell movie camera
12/14/13 Saturday turquoise HA mug
12/15/13 Sunday 2 vintage ornaments
12/16/13 Monday 7 jello molds
12/17/13 Tuesday pair empire blowmold snowmen
12/17/13 Tuesday 2 putz houses
12/17/13 Tuesday 2 putz houses
12/17/13 Tuesday nancy drew book
12/17/13 Tuesday vintage ornament
12/18/13 Wednesday nancy drew book
12/18/13 Wednesday 2 boxes shiny brite ornaments
12/18/13 Wednesday hankie
12/19/13 Thursday hazel atlas cream sugar
12/19/13 Thursday pyrex butterfly gold creamer
12/19/13 Thursday ceramic head santa
12/19/13 Thursday 1968 empire santa blowmold
12/20/13 Friday vintage ornament
12/20/13 Friday 5 cookie cutters
12/20/13 Friday blue white salt and pepper
12/20/13 Friday dancing santa
12/21/13 Saturday 8pc AH snack set
12/21/13 Saturday pyrex butterprint casserole
12/22/13 Sunday oil lamp
12/22/13 Sunday aluminum ice cream scoop
12/22/13 Sunday vintage ornament
12/23/13 Monday planters peanut tin
12/23/13 Monday 4 med pyrex pink band plates
12/23/13 Monday 4 lg pyrex pink band plates
12/23/13 Monday pyrex pink band veg bowl
12/27/13 Friday santa head blowmold
12/28/13 Saturday FK vase
12/28/13 Saturday haunted bridge book
12/28/13 Saturday red handle sifter
12/29/13 Sunday 4 pink HA dinner plates
12/29/13 Sunday jadeite sugar bowl
12/30/13 Monday 2 bottle brush wreaths
12/30/13 Monday 2 vintage ornaments
12/30/13 Monday 2 vintage ornaments
12/30/13 Monday 2 boxes shiny brite ornaments
12/30/13 Monday tree topper

It was another good month at the booth, so no complaints here.  January is going to be a long month with no holidays, so it may be a little rough.  Hope the V-Day display helps.

We're preparing for a massive snow storm to hit here in Central Indiana tomorrow evening through Sunday.  They're predicting around 12 inches.  The mall owner sent emails to all the dealers letting us know he will close, if necessary.  That for sure doesn't help sales.  

So with all of this in mind... I'm trying to ramp up the neglected etsy shop before I head back for spring semester on January 13th.  It has gave way to the Christmas etsy shop for the last 2 months.

Time to go stockpile bread, milk, and eggs.  Ya know, in case I want to make french toast.