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!