Things to consider after you attended an auction

Now that you have attended an auction, paid for everything and took all your purchases home, what are some things to consider?

After you figure out what you want to keep for yourself and what you want to sell, the first thing to do is to figure out where you are going to sell the item.  It could be at a flea market, an antique booth or even online.

When you know you where you are going to sell the item, you need to get a little history about the item.  Where it was made, who made it and even a good time frame when it was made will help any customer when they are interested in it.

Repairs may be inevitable before you sell the item, and you will have to take this into consideration when you go to price the item.  The cost of any repairs that you may make will drive the price of the item up.

These are only a few of the things to consider after you attend an auction.  What kinds of things do you run across after you attend an auction?

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Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: TheLionsDenStudio

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is TheLionsDenStudio that’s run by Heather Hagen.

The Lion’s Den Studio is a one-woman operation made up of funky vintage items that Heather collected and also her hand made arts and crafts.  She loves searching through flea markets and garage sales for slightly chipped and rusted vintage treasures, ready to be restored or re-purposed. She tends to collect pieces that she wants for her own home and loves to test them out before writing descriptions.

One of these great items is this enameled Dutch oven pan.

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This great lidded Dutch oven pan with kobenstyle handles on both sides and on the top of the lid was made by Dansk. The lid can be used as a trivet, making this a great piece for serving.  This older Dansk piece was made in the original factory in Denmark, between 1954 and 1966, and is marked with the duck logo.

You can see this terrific pan in Heather’s shop here.

Another great item in TheLionsDenStudio is this great Louis Vuitton Train Case.

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The Louis Vuitton train case or cosmetic case dates to about the 1980’s, and it was designed to keep beauty products organized for travel. It also makes a fantastic vanity or dresser top case for cosmetics and accessories.

You can see this great find in TheLionsDenStudio shop here.

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

Here’s some different type of dealers that you will find

There are different types of dealers that you will find, and some of the different types could be great for you to do if you are just getting started with antiques and collectibles.

Weekend dealers—these are dealers who shop at yard sales, garage sales, auctions and even estate sales on Fridays and Saturdays and then sell at flea markets on Sundays.  You can also find them in an antique mall occasionally, and this type of dealer is also called a “weekender”.

Vest pocket dealer—this is someone who buys and sells in coins but does not have a coin shop or store.  They also do not set up at coin shows, and they are often a part time coin dealer.  This type of dealer may not do a large volume of business, and they carry their coins that they are going to sell in their pockets.  Many coin dealers got their starts as vest pocket dealers.

Greeddobo—(greed-dough-bough) this is a term that is used by southern coin dealers for someone who is so caught up in making profits that they do stupid things or bad ideas to make money.  This term can be applied to just about any type of dealer.

Wholesaler—this is a dealer who sells goods in large quantities at low prices to be sold off by others.

This is just a few of the different types out there.  What kinds of dealers have you run across?

What are the different types of auctions that you might run across?

Auctions have been around for many years now, and there are quite a few different types of them.  What are some of the different types of auctions that you might see?  Here’s a few of the more popular types that you’ll run across:

English Auction—this type of auction is arguably the most common form of auction that are used today.  People attending this type of auction bid openly against one another, and every new bid is required to be higher than the previous bid (this type of auction is also known as an open ascending price auction).  The English auction is commonly used for selling goods (most prominently antiques, art, real estate, etc.).

Dutch Auction—with this type of auction, the auctioneer begins with a high asking price for some quantity of items that are the same.  The price is lowered until a bidder is willing to accept the auctioneer’s price for some quantity of the goods in the lot (it doesn’t have to be all the items) or until the seller’s reserve price is met.  This type of auction has also been used for perishable items like fish and tobacco.

Sealed first-price auction—with this type of auction, all of the bidders that are participating will submit sealed bids at the same time.  This is so that no bidder knows the bid of anyone that’s there.  The bidder that submits the highest price will win the auction.

This is only some of the types of auctions that you will find.  What are some of the other types that you have seen?

Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: Jenscloset

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is Jenscloset that’s run by Jen.

Jen loves vintage as you might be able to tell, and she loves to fill her shop with something for everyone.  Whether you’re looking for that unique-one-of-a-kind gift, adding some retro style to your decor, or love vintage jewelry, you’ll find it all in the Jenscloset shop.

One thing that you will find is this set of 5 sherbets.

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The five vibrant emerald green and crystal Anchor Hocking sherbets have the Burple pattern, and they can also be used as champagne glasses.  You can find these in the Jenscloset shop here.

Another great item in this shop is this set of mixing bowls.

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Step back in time with this fun retro set of three Pyrex bowls!  This set includes 1 yellow 4 quart bowl, 1 green 2 1/2 quart bowl, and 1 red (vibrant!) 1 1/2 quart bowl.  You can see this terrific set in the shop here.

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

How do you take a photograph of an item that’s round?

When you get to selling items online, you will run across a wide variety of items that are different sizes and shapes.

Round items were always a problem when I needed to take photos of them.  I was afraid that they would start rolling around (and eventually fall and break) before I could take the photo.

Because of this, I would have to hold the item and have to take terrible photos.  That is, until I came up with a simple (and very cheap) way to help take the photo.

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The trick is to put a rubber washer under round item.  I know it sounds silly, but it works.  The washer helps prop up the item to keep it from rolling around, and the center of the washer is open to accommodate for the round surface.

The washer that I have set aside for photographs didn’t cost me much at all—it was a couple of bucks (the good thing about it is that I have used some of the other washers around the house).

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The trick works on a wide variety of items, just like the lamp shade in the picture above (you can barely see the washer at the bottom of the photo).

What kinds of tricks like this do you use to help you take photos?

Simple things to remember to help keep the cost of shipping supplies low

When you start to sell items on the internet, one of the things that could eat up any profits are shipping costs.  There are plenty of ways to help keep costs low, and here’s a few of them:

Grocery stores like Wal-Mart will set aside some boxes for you if you ask them to.  They will give you a wide variety of sizes so you can pack any number of items.

If you have a paper item (like an ad or even the cover of a record), you can use plastic bags from stores to help keep it from getting wet.  Make sure that you also put a piece of cardboard with it to help it from not being bent.

When you are packing an item, a good substitute for packing peanuts is newspaper.  Make sure that you use plenty of it so that the item you pack with it doesn’t move around and get damaged while being mailed.

This is just a few of them, what kinds of tips have you heard of?