I never got around to making the announcement that I’ve ventured into the antique booth world! I’ve been
incarcerated there 1-1/2 months, so I’m still trying to figure out my niche, what sells best, and how to style everything for an attractive cohesive look.
Styling is not my strong suit, so it’s a constant effort. Oh, how I’d love to have that decorating flair!
So far I’ve managed to break even.
I’ve been in a booth twice before, and I said “never again” last time, LOL. Somehow I developed amnesia about how much work it is, not to mention the hauling of furniture. I’m managing with 79 year old hubby’s help, (I tell him at least we’re getting off our derrieres) and on days we have to move really big furniture, our yard guy helps.
For more realism about what it’s like to be in a booth, check out a popular post on what I learned about being in a booth.
But on to what sold for me on Etsy this month.
September Etsy Sales for
VintageSouthernPicks Etsy Shop
Sales were slow, but they usually are for September.
Leather bound Holy Bible, large print, KJV
Sold: $30.79 with free shipping
Vintage Padlock, made in Italy
Vintage Sewing Machine Drawer, which I painted & glazed. I believe I bought it for $3.
Sold: $44 with free shipping
My dad’s last US Army blanket, 100% wool from the World War 2 era. There’s still big interest in that era. I’ve sold everything from his blankets, to his dog tags, to old yellowed papers, to phrase books. It all sells.
Vintage Silver Plate Sugar Creamer set
Cutter quilt. Paid $5
Sold: $18 (I usually sell cutters for $20, but this was not in great shape, even for a cutter.)
Old Merthiolate Bottle, practically full. These always sell.
Sold: $20.22 with free shipping
Crystal Perfume Bottle…paid $2.50
Sold (to a man for his collection) $29.25 with free shipping.
Really long handled spoon I found in a sack of swizzle sticks.
Sold: $8.75 with free shipping.
Vintage Food Warmer, shipped to California to be in a TV show.
Sales for SquareDanceNWestern Etsy shop
Silver conch chain belt
Sold: $18.22 with free shipping
Red Ruffle Blouse, selling for friend
Red Stretch Belt
Sold: $16.75 with free shipping
Red Christmas Apron, selling for friend.
For all my local readers, my booth is The Paisley Pig in Bessemer on 2nd Avenue. If you haven’t been there yet, it’s a darling place, with lots of nooks and crannies, & easy to walk around in an afternoon.
My booth rent is $160/month & it’s been a struggle to break even, but again, I’ve only been there a month and a half.
Here’s one photo of my booth. It’s still in the setting up stage.
2 Things that Sold this month:
The dresser sold for $135 (net)
The white lamp sold for $26.98 (net)
3 other items not pictured that sold were:
- an old quilt…one I had on hand/Sold for $22.50 (net)
- a small wooden stool…paid $2/Sold for $13.60 (net)
- a faux pumpkin…one I bought this season/Sold for $5.35 (net)
I consider these sales a great month!
I’m working my hiney off, but that’s good!