Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Dishware craze!

Hello everyone,

Like I needed a new thrift store obsession! I've been doing Lynn Dralle's Boot Camp in a Box and while I've always peeked at dishware, her teachings have gotten me even MORE into them! From a selling standpoint, it's a great item because people are always looking to replace that one broken plate or missing spoon they need to complete their set. And they usually go to eBay to do so. It is not uncommon to find a stack of dishes at a thrift store for say, $4.99 where you can then turn around and sell each item in the stack for at least $10 each.

Did you know that people even buy chipped items? I always passed those over. Okay, well, the chipped items are usually rare items or highly collectible. Also, crafts people buy chipped items as supplies for their projects. Who knew?

So here's a pic of my cart at Goodwill the other day and I had just gotten started. Oh gosh, what have I done! I barely have time for my regular stuff but now I've added this! I'm crazy I know.

But you know, this stuff is super easy to list. I listed about 17 items in a couple of hours and even that's a long time compared to the pros.

So, I'm excited about this new adventure of dishware selling on eBay. I do however have to find storage for it all. Hopefully I'll make some big bucks to buy some space!

Any of you sell or collect dishware?

Saturday, June 12, 2010

What would you have done?

Hello, how are all of you today?

So I'd like to show you these fabulous pair of vintage shoes I found at Goodwill. And to find them at Goodwill was special because finding vintage at GW is not as common these days.  Just look at these! Aren't they fantastic? But guess what, they are size 4 ! Wow! I've never found any shoes that small before.

And then next thing you know on a different aisle was another pair, different style in a 4 also. Obviously someone with some good stuff had recently donated their goods. So a size 4 huh? I really wanted to get them. They were $9.99 each pair. That is in the higher end of what I like to pay. The thing is, this size doesn't really sell well. I rarely buy less than a size 7 because the demand is just not there. But wow a 4 ! You can't really tell but the heels were super high. I bet this was a petite woman wanting some pizazz.

I imagined who owned these. Where did they wear them to? A night out at the Tropicana?  Cocktails with the ladies? Bridge on Friday night? I don't know but that's where I go when I see things like this.

Well, I didn't buy them. They're just too much of a risk as far as selling them goes. I thought about buying them just as decoration on my shelf but that's what gets me in trouble. I could do "this" or "that" or "that" with all the things I find. I really have to hold back.

So I wonder, what would you have done?

Monday, June 7, 2010

Calling all experts

Hello friends,

If you read my last post then you know that I now have a forum to go along with my book Thrift Store Goldmines. However it really is for anyone that loves going to thrift stores (or yard sales, etc) and happens to also sell items they find online. Even if you don't sell I think you'll enjoy it.  If you haven't joined us yet I hope you do. I'd love to have you there!

We have a section called "Ask the Experts"  where someone can post a question for some help whether that be identifying a pottery mark, clothing label, etc.  I know a lot of you out there if not all of you are pro's at something!   Or maybe you have some resources you've found online? A great book?

With all our knowledge put together we can really be powerful! If you're a pro, come join us! Let us pick your brain.  I'm a big fan of helping others and staying positive with this online thing we're all doin' thus that is my goal.

I hope to see you there.


Brigitte

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