Another installment of mystery Items what is it 2. If you’re new here, I publish a mystery item post from time to time when I’m stumped and need answers. In my last mystery post, these three items were up for identification and the general consensus was:
Yellow clown bottles were a promotional circus item originally holding candy…
This little pile of lead is melted bullets, and/or pie weights….
And this is a punch tool for making loop rugs….
…and if you have a burning desire to possess any one of these lovelies, just check out my Etsy shop now!
I carry vintage items in my shop, vintagesouthernpicks.etsy.com. Surprise, surprise! Betcha couldn’t tell! (wink wink) I go to yard sales, estate sales and thrift stores every week.
I found the mystery items at an estate sale several years ago. Bought without having a clue what they were, but figured it would be easy to find out. WRONG! They must be relatively rare because in 4 years, I STILL don’t know what they are. And ya gotta know what something is called to sell it. You can’t just call it “little white china thingies.”
Case in point:
A couple of years ago, I had the below item for sale in my Etsy shop.
It wouldn’t sell. It was dainty and pretty, porcelain, obviously old, not a thing wrong with it and something very appealing. But it wouldn’t sell…and it wouldn’t sell. Like for a year it wouldn’t sell. I couldn’t understand it.
I called it an “Egg Strainer.” It looked like an egg strainer to me. And I thought it was lovely.
One day some kind soul pointed out that it was probably a tea strainer instead. Oh! (head slap). Of course! I changed the title to “tea strainer,” and it sold within a week.
So you see you gotta know what something is called to sell it.
You can do descriptive searches on Etsy or Ebay and often find what you are looking for, but THIS was a little hard for me. How to describe it…”cup with lid that has holes in it”? Well, frankly I never tried.
It was an egg strainer.
OK, you ready to see the mystery item yet??? I’ve probably blathered on long enough.
Here it is! What in the world is it??
It is helpfully marked “Belleek Willets.” Willets Belleek is an older form of the Irish-made porcelain. Supposedly more valuable. 2″T x 2.5″W
If anyone knows, please enlighten me!
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