Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: WhimZies

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is the WhimZies store that’s run by Bev.  Bev has been a folk artist for over 30 years and finally realized that she has many more supplies than she can ever use so she decided to set up a whimzical shop on Etsy.

This way she can share some of her interesting and unusual finds. Her collection of “stuff” includes ephemera, vintage lace, patterns, books, photos, postcards, aprons and unique bits and pieces.  All of the items in her shop is perfect for altered artists.

One of these great items is this book from 1912.

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This book is a vintage copy of “English Readings” of Tennyson’s Idylls of the King published in 1912.  Idylls of the King, originally published between 1859 and 1885, is a cycle of twelve narrative poems by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson.  You can see this terrific book in Bev’s shop here.

Another great item in the WhimZies shop is this terrific paper road map.

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This fun mid-century road map is for Fulton county Ohio.  This is perfect to frame for your wall or to give as a gift, especially is someone lives in Ohio!  You can see this great conversation piece in the WhimZies shop here.

As a matter of fact, you can check out everything in the WhimZies shop here.  Head on over and check them out!

Great things for Valentine’s Day!

With Valentine’s Day approaching pretty fast, the Etsy Vintage Team has a wide variety of items for the big day.  You can find great items from cards to items for the dinner table for a romantic dinner.

One of the great items that you could give as a present is a vintage Valentine card, like this set from the Tparty shop.

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This lot of 5 cards have different scenes, and the cards date to the 1930’s.  I like the one on the top with the children reading, and this set can be seen in the Tparty shop here.  Another thing that you could do is to get is this great pair of candlesticks for that romantic dinner.

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They are in the MyHeirloomEssentials shop, and the pair of Wedgewood Jasperware candlesticks date to the 1960’s.  The candlesticks can be seen in their shop here.  Another thing that you could do is to get this terrific vase to hold some red roses.

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This stunning antique Nippon white floral porcelain two handled vase was made in the early 1900’s, and it was made by the Morimura Brothers.  You can see this great vase in the Farmhouseattic shop, here.

As a matter of fact, you can find even more items from the entire Etsy Vintage Team for Valentine’s Day here.

I hope that you have a fantastic Valentine’s Day!

Three things to consider when you sell items online

When I first started to sell online, there were three things that I found out very quickly.  Here is what I learned:

#1 The price of the item itself needs to be considered.  When I list an item to sell online, what I try to do is to make double on what I paid for the item.  This way I can have a little wiggle room if something happens like paying a little more than expected on something like shipping.

#2 You will be charged listing fees on items you put on selling sites.  On a site like Etsy, they charge a small fee to renew a listing after the item is on the website after a certain amount of time (there is also a fee when you are listing the item for the first time).  You need to watch this like a hawk—this can add up pretty fast and eat into your profits.  After one or two renewals, you need to think about adjusting the price or doing something else like taking better pictures.

#3 Packing costs also need to be considered.  The packing costs will include tape, packing peanuts, and potentially the box itself (if you don’t get free boxes from places like the Post Office).  If you do not watch this area very closely, you can completely wipe out any profits if you are not careful.

What have you learned when you started to sell things online?

Reader’s help needed in identifying this mystery Razorback!

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Help!  We need some reader’s help with identifying this really cool piece of pottery!

This really cool razorback belongs to Etsy Vintage Team member Kultur (they also have a  shop on Etsy, which can be seen here).

What they need help with is who made this really cool pottery piece.  There is a maker’s mark on the back leg, but they could not find anything about it either in a book or online.  You can see the mark in the photo above, and you can also see the photo on Flikr here.

This looks pretty close to Jaru pottery, McCoy, Bauer, and even Gladding Mcbean, but nothing has turned up to confirm who made this terrific piece of pottery.

If you also know when this great piece was made would also be a terrific help as well.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

 

Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: Reconstitutions

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight features the Reconstitutions shop that is run by Shelley.  Shelley lives in the gorgeous state of Kentucky, and runs Reconstitutions with her husband.  Together they choose the wonderful, beautiful and sometimes bizarre items you may find in their shop.

Her love for all things vintage can be attributed to my grandmother, Marleah.  She instilled in Shelley a love and respect of unique antiques and the memories they hold.  When Shelley was little, her grandmother would sit Shelley in front of her china cabinet or jewelry box and tell Shelley wonderful stories about the sparkling things inside. Those memories are some of her greatest treasures.

One of the great treasures in her shop is this nutcracker from the 1970’s.

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This nutcracker was made by the DIAMOND company, and it’s billed as the “nutquacker”.  You can see this great item in their shop here.  Another great treasure that they have in their shop is this piece of Samsonite Luggage.

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It dates to the 1960’s, and what’s cool about it is that it’s bubblegum pink.  You can see this great item in their shop here.

As a matter of fact, you can see all of the great items in their shop here.  Head on over and check them out!

Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: SterlingDelights

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight features the SterlingDelights shop, which is based in Fraser Valley, Canada.

SterlingDelights is a history enthusiast who loves to learn and share history through objects from decades and centuries past – for vintage items are our history, our stories, and our memories.

Vintage silver holds a special appeal to them as it’s a sort of middle ground – it was a luxury item, yet within the means of most, especially in the postwar prosperity of the 50’s onward.  And that’s what the shop focus on–antique and vintage sterling silver, Victorian and Edwardian eras and even into the 1950’s.

The shop has a wide variety of silver items, like this great Mexican Sterling Silver Bracelet.

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The Mexican Sterling Silver Abalone Inlay Panel Bracelet dates to the 1960’s, and can be seen on Etsy here.

Another item that they have is this really cool beer stein doll house piece.

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The 800 Silver Miniature German Beer Stein Vintage Dollhouse Piece dates to the 1970’s.  To get a sense of how small it is, you can see the stein sitting on a United States Dime, and you can see the item on Etsy here.

As a matter of fact, you can see all of the great items that SterlingDelights has in their shop here.  They also also on etsy as greenlandturtle, which can be seen here.

Head on over and see all of their great items!

The Moomin Books by Tove Jansson

If you ever want a great book to read with your children, I suggest one from the Moomin Book series by Tove Jansson.  This series is got its start in 1945–there have been nine books, five picture books and a comic strip that has been published.  And it’s a fun book to read for both children and adults.

The Moomins are said to look like unarticulated relatives of the Michelin Man, or bestial cousins to the Pillsbury Doughboy, hippopotamuses, and even albino trolls.  These guys are so popular that they even have their own theme park in Finland.

The Etsy shop (and Etsy Vintage Team member) Pistilbooks has several of the books in their shop, like this copy of Moominsummer Madness.

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This copy was published in 1969 by N Y, Henry Z. Walck / Ernest Benn and still has the dust jacket.  You can see this terrific book in their shop here.

Another book that you can find in the Pistilbooks shop is Moominpappa At Sea.

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It was published by N Y, Ernest Benn Limited / Henry Z. Walck, Inc. in 1968, and you can see the book here.  As a matter of fact, you can see all of the Moomin books in the Pistilbooks shop here.

You can also see a blog post on the Pistilbooks blog (which is called Pistil Blog) here.

Which of the Moomin books have you read?