Time for the monthly recap of Etsy sales for August 2017. It’s been a great month with 38 sales! I don’t remember ever seeing this many sales in August, but September is off to a slow start. So let’s get this ball rolling! Be prepared for lots of photos!
Etsy Sales August 2017
Brass 5-light candelabrum…sold for $30
Licensed NFL Fabric…1 yard. Sold for $8.00
Seersucker daisy fabric, 2.5 yards, found at a thrift store…Sold for $11.00
1 yard pink floral fabric…sold for $6.00
Over 4 yards pink floral fabric…sold for $18.00
Vintage 60’s wedding dress sewing pattern…sold for $14.00
This 3-piece set of vintage dresser scarves took forever to sell…sold for $12.00. I renewed them 6x before they sold, so at 20¢/4 months, that not only adds up, but it shows these are not very good for resale.
Vintage 1939 Methodist Hymnal…sold for $10.00. These always sell, when I can find them. I have one right now that came from a smoker’s home, so the book is totally permeated with a stale smoke smell. I’ve tried putting it in the sun. I’ve tried closing it up in a zip lock bag and baking soda, but the smoke smell persists. If anyone has another idea for getting rid of the smell, I would love to hear it.
I was surprised at how quickly this sold considering how many I saw on Etsy already. This was one of the very few picks I brought home from Favorite Junking Finds Shelby Shores. It had the key, but so did several others. Sold for $16.00, which may sound cheap, but with competition, your prices have to be comparable or a little under to sell.
Mid-Century-Mod Minimalist Brass Candlestick…Sold for $19.00. I found this at the same smoker’s home, so luckily, it doesn’t pick up the smell. My inclination would be NOT to price this near $20, but I’ve found it’s important to add value by putting a higher price on items. It really does help them sell. It’s psychology. If it’s priced too cheaply, people think it’s cheap and tend not to buy. I have to fight the impulse to price things at what I would pay.
Package of Needle Felted Wool…Sold for $7.60, which included free shipping. These were bought with the item below, so luckily, it hardly added any weight at all to the package.
It’s always a surprise to me that these common paper plate holders sell, but they do. Sold for $11.00. I usually price these at around $2/each. Most sellers price them higher.
I found this large jewelry chest at an antique shop last Christmas season. It was $10, and the maximum I would pay, but I rationalized that it was in nice shape. I intended to paint it, but decided to try it as is first, and it sold! $40.00
I found these pretty little Florentine landscape scenes at a thrift store a while back. Made in Italy. Sold for $20.00
Perhaps you remember this Hardy Boys vintage 70’s metal lunch box from Favorite Weekend Finds…Getting my Thrift Store Fix? Unfortunately, It didn’t have the thermos, which adds more value. Sold $35.00
I have a good bit of crochet thread. I’m pricing it all to sell quickly, but it’s still not selling quickly. Bummer. Sold for $5.00
Brass Reindeer and Sleigh…Sold for $33.00 I believe I paid $8 for this set from an estate sale.
Set of 6 aluminum jello molds…Sold for $14.00
Vintage Metal File Box from Favorite Weekend Finds Montevallo…sold for $24.00
Pretty straw handbag…kind of unusual, and made in Italy. Found this a couple of years ago at a yard sale, used it myself for a while, then decided to sell it. Sold for $25.00
Vintage makeup mirrors always sell…eventually. Sold for $30.00. It didn’t work quite right, so hubby had to take it all apart and fix it. We paid $1 for it.
Pretty little vintage Avon bottle…sold for $8.99
This was a faux tin “ceiling” tile I found at a thrift store, and dry-brushed. Sold for $19.00
A recent find from Favorite Junking Finds in Greenback Tennessee, that sold very quickly. Bought for $5. Sold for $23.00
I sold these wooden furniture finials twice, but they were returned because the person on the other end couldn’t pick them up. So I sold them again and they were gone very quickly. Sold for $35.00
I found a vintage “Peanuts” flat sheet and 2 pillowcases at a thrift store in Mississippi. They looked a little faded. I revealed the less-than-perfect condition in the description, but they still sold, even though there were a ton of different varieties of Peanuts’ sheets on Etsy. Sold for $38.00
This was a lovely vintage acrylic box purse I found also at Favorite Weekend Finds Montevallo for $2. I sold this to a young gal in Singapore for $40.00
A variety of mixed belt buckles, which I figured someone would use to make jewelry, but no, she told me she used them on her belts. You just never know! Sold for $15.00
Vintage Pennsylvania tray…this is the first one of these I’ve sold. I’ve seen others at thrift stores and passed, but I may start picking them up now. It was only 25¢ so it was a good risk. LOL. Sold for $9.50
3 Self-releasing cake pans I found at a yard sale a while back. The only reason I bought them was to try making a tiered tray, but I decided to see if they would sell first. And they did at $12.00. Have you ever seen this type of cake pan? I haven’t. You twirl the bar in the bottom and it loosens the cake from the pan. That way, not as much chance of the cake breaking up.
Here’s a vintage “CUTTER” quilt, which means it’s mainly for people who use it for crafts. Bought for $1 at an estate sale out in the country, it was in baaaaad shape. Another lady and I were talking about just how bad. I almost didn’t get it. Sold for $20. All that to say…vintage patchwork quilts, not in the best of condition, are still salable. Just be sure to show all the flaws.
And then I made several sales in my other shop…SquareDanceNWestern….
I have 12 of these Red Western Bandanas exactly alike…Sold the first one for $12.00
Pair of Scarf Rings…Sold for $9.00
Western Bolo, personalized with the letter “G.” Sold for $20.00
Fancy Tony Lama western belt…Sold for $29.00
This is a unique Western bolo made out of safety pins. Can you see them? Sold for $17.50
Pair of men’s sharp-looking Western collar tips…Sold for $18.00
A lavender crinoline or petticoat…sold for $25.00
Funny story about the Square Dance dresses I have for sale….Someone contacted me about a particular dress they were interested in buying, but were concerned about the sleeves fitting because “I’m a guy,” he says. I figured he needed it for a special dance where the guys dressed as girls and vice versa. I measured the sleeve for him. Thus began a whole discussion about Square Dancing and square dance clothes. Long story short…he was a cross-dresser, and sent me a picture of himself in a dress, wig, and heels. Did he buy? No!
In the online selling world, you get all kinds. I’ve sold to theater companies, Disney’s Pixar, professionals like judges and doctors…maybe even some celebrities. Oh if only it was Ringo Starr (swoon), or Paul McCartney (double-swoon)!! Except I would probably never know it.
Be sure and check the Etsy sales from my friend, Wanda’s shop, “Just Vintage 2.” She carries a variety of vintage items from estate sales she conducts on the side. You will enjoy all her unusual stuff.
Hope you stuck with me till the end! Which was your favorite? I love to hear what you think!