3 Big Vintage Hauls~
Showing you today 3 big vintage estate sale hauls from several weekends ago. And if you’re new here, I only buy “smalls” for my Etsy shop, Vintage Southern Picks. Drop in and see if there’s something you can’t live without!
Here are a few finds from a house in a depressed area of town. There was very little there I was interested in, so I only bought 2 items. The house itself was unbelievable! I walked from room to room with jaw dropped and eyes as big as saucers. I had never seen decor like that! Dolls and frou-frou everywhere you looked!
Just one example:
Here’s the First Vintage Haul~
Christmas Sweater $3. These usually sell, especially if you market them under “Ugly Christmas Sweater.” Sometimes I describe them as such even if they’re NOT ugly. Last year I didn’t use those keywords and sold it anyway. This sweater is probably borderline…LOL, and I don’t buy if they’re over $3.
3 red ties I found stuffed in a box in the basement. I use these in projects. Buying ties from estate sales is usually cheaper than thrift stores. I never buy ties if they’re over $1.
2nd Vintage Haul~
The next estate sale was in a run-down house in a high-end neighborhood. The owner obviously never threw anything away, but we love those kinds of sales!
Dud buys: Wood mortar and pestle made in Italy (pestle is cracked & discolored & they’re about 8 of this identical mortar on Etsy already). I didn’t know what the other thing was. It looked interesting. Have since found out it’s a sterno can burner. It is vintage and I polished it, so we’ll see. It might sell. Paid $1 for both of these.
Reversible Fall Vest. I bought this for me. Halloween design on the other side. This was $1, and when I get tired of it, I can sell it.
Vintage Oriental hand fan…looks like plastic, but it is made of very thin sandalwood with intricate designs. Made, not in China, but the People’s Republic of China. The box you see there has a glass lid. Etsy has pages of replicas of the exact fan for $1-2. So I was chagrined to find I bought another dud, even if it was vintage. However, it sold to a gal in Australia within a few days, so I guess it wasn’t a dud after all. Hand fans aren’t one of the things I normally look for, but I liked the box.
I don’t check Ebay or Etsy on my phone before I buy, like I see a lot of people doing at yard and estate sales. For 4 reasons:
- It’s not always accurate. And it announces to the world that you’re reselling, or that you’re a dealer, and I like to keep that concealed.
- I often run into people that have such a sentimental attachment to what they’re selling, like the lady below, that they’re hoping you’re taking it home to treasure it.
- I don’t want to discuss with them what I’ll ask for it, especially when things aren’t priced. I hate it when people ask me, “oh do you sew, quilt, scrapbook, etc, etc” if I’m buying those items.
- I’m afraid the price will jump if they find out I’m reselling.
Just my opinion for what it’s worth.
Pair of Vintage Eyeglasses…these might be for me…! 50¢
Vintage Picnic Plate holders (8). I never buy unless they’re cheap & they usually are. $2.00 for all
The vintage rhinestone brooch was gorgeous, but it had a bad clasp, so into the scrap pile it will go & I’ll repurpose it. 50¢
Vintage folding knit bag…I always grab these when I can find them. $2. And inside it was the find below…
I love history & old postcards! And I used to be a reader before I started blogging. Perhaps I can sell it if I ever get to look at it, LOL. $1
3 Dolls that I thought were “Nancy Ann Storybook” dolls. I have a sneaking suspicion that they’re knockoffs…vintage knockoffs, but still knockoffs. Would you believe the sale was a month ago, and I haven’t looked yet?? I know. Chicccckken! Maybe I can sell them anyway…sigh. $1
Who can resist these guys? I don’t know what it is about frogs, but they usually sell & I’ll get them if they’re cheap. $1.50. And they’re sold.
I always buy letter openers, too, if they’re cheap & different. $1. This guy is made in England even if I can’t read the brand name. He sold very quickly.
Little tooled leather purse…no brand name. I’m afraid I’m a sucker for purses anyway, but I didn’t buy it for me. $2
Throw in 4 little metal loaf pans, a couple of vintage cookie cutters, a roll of parchment paper (which I needed), and a metal hook, for another $3.50, and you have all of it.
3rd Vintage Haul~
At the next sale, the daughter was attempting to sell off her mother’s crafts, embroidery pictures, finished quilts, fabric, embroidery thread, etc. She was very emotional, and had hardly anything priced. Not pricing, whether it be a yard sale, or an estate sale, discourages buying, rather than the reverse. I wish people could learn that. She had no idea how to price, and would ask the customer, “what do you think?” Not a good idea.
Here’s what I bought:
A pink patchwork throw $4
Pair of stunning Frankoma pottery candleholders, dating from the 60’s-70’s era. Frankoma is collectible, but it’s not on a par with Roseville, for instance. But it’s coming into its own. Pair $4.00.
Owls are almost as popular as frogs. And this adorable guy is a Josef’s owl figurine for $1.
And 4 adorable Josef’s mice $2 (3 pictured because the 4th is in the Etsy shop).
Stay tuned for more fascinating estate sale hauls!
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