For those of you who follow me, I decided to jump ahead to May sales on Etsy, even though I haven’t shown you March and April yet. I’m getting to them slowly. May was actually a good month for a change. 39 sales in all.
32 sales in Vintage Southern Picks Etsy shop
7 sales in SquareDanceNWestern Etsy shop
What Took Forever to Sell
Fancy Brass Overlay Trash Can
Found at an estate sale for $5, it finally sold to someone in Australia, who paid over $70 in shipping to get it there!
Vintage Doily Dresser Set
Very pretty and in nice shape, but dresser scarves do not sell well.
Vintage Rooster Napkin Holder
Cute, but took a long time to sell.
White Tulle Fabric
I’m selling off bunches of white tulle I got from a friend of mine. It takes a long time to move, but this is the 3rd bunch I’ve sold. I have a whole lot left.
Sold: $15.70 with free shipping
Vintage Ginny Trunk
I paid $18 for this doll trunk because “Ginny” is so hot, and I just knew I was going to make big bucks.
I barely broke even.
Profit after fees: $1.42
But it was better than donating.
The inside of the trunk looked like this.
Contrast that with this vintage doll trunk I sold in 2014 for $44.99. It didn’t say “Ginny,” but it sold so quickly my head spun, so I knew it was underpriced.
All that to say, it’s best to leave vintage doll trunks alone. They don’t sell well, unless they look like above. Even old Barbie trunks don’t do so well. They’re so many of them out there.
.Vintage Josef Owl Figurine
Who can resist a darling little owl figurine like this??
Lots of people!!! Like I’ve said in a previous post, figurines do not sell well!
Sold: $24 with free shipping
What Sold From Home
Someone made this for me 20 years ago, but the fabrics it’s made with are much older. I love the quilt, but I’m downsizing. It was pretty and not stained.
Backpacker’s Aluminum Coffeepot
In my younger days, I did some backpacking, but I won’t be doing that anymore.
Bird Identification Book
This is a small handbook from my Mother’s collection.
Crate of Miniature Glass Coke Bottles
From a little collection of Coke items I’ve had 20+ years. Sold to a collector.
Sold: $19.95 with free shipping
Vintage Evyan Powder Container
I’ve had this a long time on display in my bathroom. It took a long time to sell. Lots of them on Etsy already.
Vintage Treasure Chest Jewelry Box
It’s a lot to pay, but it was the first day, and a larger box than usual. Check out this post for more info on these type chest purchases!
I always clean and polish these, especially deep in the grooves, which makes them look & sell better.
Vintage Hummel Joseph Figurine
This figurine did sell pretty fast, but since it was used for Christmas sets, I took a chance.
Vintage Bottle Merthiolate
People have fond memories of this vintage antiseptic, which burned like fire. I believe this is the 4th bottle I’ve sold, so I always grab these when I see them!
Sold: $15.70 with free shipping
As I said in my last post, The Latest Fun Finds, I rarely see vintage corsets, and certainly never on the last day! I got lucky.
Vintage Plant Mister
Also known as “the Plant Mister from H…”
This sold very quickly, but the person who bought it didn’t read the description that it produced a single stream of water. Granted, it shouldn’t been called a “mister,” but I thought it was the right keyword to use, providing the person read the description. Sigh.
So she sent it back & I relisted it. It sold again very quickly to a gal in Hungary. I made sure she knew ahead of time it produced a single stream of water.
Still wanted it.
But it never arrived. It came back to me before it ever went overseas, because the box looked like this.
The “plant mister” was OK, but the box I used to pack it in was far too flimsy.
She still wanted it. Bummer.
So I sent it back on my nickel. Wasn’t her fault I didn’t use the right box.
Painful lesson learned.
Vintage Recipe Box with Top Lid
Potobello Tea Kettle, made in Italy
Vintage Bates List Finder
Always a good seller, but they’re hard to find.
4 Hoosier Cabinet Storage Jars
There were a lot of these on Etsy already.
4 Cloth Ivory Place Mats
Place mats usually don’t sell very well. There are so many on Etsy already.
Sold: $14.70 with free shipping
4 Vintage Cross Stitch Magazines
Pair of Embroidered King Pillow Shams
Cubical Tissue Box Holder
These are good sellers.
Challis Fabric Remnant
Green Print Fabric Remnant
Pinwheel Fabric Remnant
Vintage Brass Bird Cage with Bird
When I found this, I thought it was going to be so unique. Ha. A whole page of them on Etsy already. Mine was the only one with this type of bird.
Spoon Rest, made in Italy
Don’t buy these. It took a while to sell, and I’ve seen bunches of them sitting in thrift stores, which is where this came from.
Vintage Capelli Straw Handbag
Dates from the 80’s. Found the last day at an estate sale. Sold quickly.
Vintage Evyan Powder with Powder
Shipping an open powder container with powder in it was a big problem. The inner cap on the powder was missing, so there was no way it was going to arrive NOT in a mess. The buyer was able to salvage most of the powder, which was EVERYWHERE.
I should have put it in a zip lock bag, which would have helped contain it.
Another lesson learned. Sigh.
Vintage Crochet Southern Belle Linen Set…Doilies and Runners
Cost: I cannot remember what I paid for this.
Men’s Red Square Dance Tie
Patriotic Square Dance Skirt
I made this myself, but without an elastic waist, skirts are slow sellers. But this sold fairly quickly.
Another Square Dance Outfit I made.
Longer Square Dance Skirt
This sold quickly even though it was a non-elastic waist, and a size small. Size small in skirts are very slow sellers.
Denim Floral Skirt
This was the “Skirt from H…”
It sold to a person in Greece.
And was a problem because of a very slow arrival.
Most of my International sales are via First Class Mail International, which is cheaper, but has no reliable form of tracking.
When a problem arises, you don’t know where the package is, and no one else does either. Not even the PO can tell you anything.
Believe me, I know. I spent an hour and a half on hold waiting to speak to a real person, and when they came on the line, they weren’t able to tell me anything I didn’t already know.
This package went to Greece via the Russian Federation. Figure that one out.
Long story short…the buyer opened a case due to the slow arrival. Having an opened case on Etsy is a big headache for the seller. I convinced her to wait 30 days because they sometimes take that long.
The package arrived in exactly 30 days & if it hadn’t, I promised a refund.
We have almost become friends through this ordeal.
All that to say, be wary of First Class Mail International.
Black Square Dance Petticoat
Colors like black, white, or red don’t sell very well because almost everyone has those already.
Black Fringed Ankle Boots for Square Dancing
These sold to someone in Australia.
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