Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
This book (eBay Item number: 360117936888) is currently at $49.99 with bidding still open. I'll let you know how it does!
Update 12/30/08 -- book sold for $59!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
You'll find this card - and all my others - at the link below:
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
I hope you'll take a look at the wonderful framed photos, prints, and ads that I posted this past week. They are from an old Ruby Tuesday's restaurant, and they have a great variety of vintage themes. You'll find the pictures at:
These wonderful vintage pictures include:
- Victorian print of a woman on an old-fashioned telephone
- Victorian print of a woman with a gramophone
- 1940's photo of a young woman roller skating
- 1930's to 1930's photo of a little boy fishing - and he has caught a big one!
- 1945 photo of the graduating class of B.F. Lee Seminary at the historic black school Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida
- Very interesting photo of Goodman's newsstand in Louisville, Kentucky. You'll see a number of baseball related publications. I would date this 1930's to early 1940's ... and it has a great Walker Evans quality. (Unsigned photo)
- 1950's vintage advertising poster for Brunswick Bowling - lots of fun!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wow! It's raining Christmas ornaments here -- or should that be it's snowing Christmas ornaments?
I've enjoyed reading about Shiny Brite ornaments and learning more about vintage Christmas decorations this week. I love retro Christmas -- these ornaments always just look like Christmas to me.
A tip for new sellers or collectors -- always look at the silver cap on the ornament. Shiny Brites are labeled there, and other maker's marks appear on the silver cap. Vintage ornaments made in Germany are also very sought after.
I went through a liquor box full of vintage ornaments yesterday and listed them separately and in small lots. My very favorite -- the beautiful pale blue glass tree topper pictured here. It has two indents (front and back) and is exceptionally pretty. I could not find a maker's mark, but it is the style and era of Shiny Brites. Really a lovely decoration!
You'll find lots of my ornaments here:
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
A few tips to improve sales:
(1) Raise prices.
(2) Lower prices.
(3) Pull some store items to Fixed Price 30 days (higher visibility).
(4) Run a series of short sales (i.e. cookbooks on sale for 5 days, then children's books on sale for 7 days, then jewelry on sale for 4 days).
(5) Use Best Offer on your Fixed Price and Store listings. I am a huge fan of Best Offer ... it generates lots of sales!
(6) Be sure all Christmas items have the word CHRISTMAS in the title.
Just a few ideas ... I've done these for several years and they work!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
My favorite this week -- cute Halloween costume sewing patterns, some new and some vintage! I love this pattern for a variety of costumes: bat, flowerpot (so cute!), and lady bug.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Too cute for words! I had to share a picture of this adorable vintage doll house. This dollhouse is 1960s vintage -- I would date it as 1966 to 1968. It's a Uneeda dollhouse for Pee Wee dolls. Perfect Liddle Kiddle scale, too. Super cute and oh so retro! I couldn't find a reference for this dollhouse anywhere online, so I believe it is a rare one.
Sold for $49.99 from my store.
Friday, September 19, 2008
A tip for both collectors and for eBay sellers - when I worked in bookstore management, we called these books "Junior League style" cookbooks because they are similar in format to the popular Junior League cookbooks. These books sell really well on eBay, whether Junior League, church group, regional restaurant, etc. ... and the recipes seem to always be wonderful! I have a very small collection of these cookbooks myself, from my hometown, and from restaurants I have really enjoyed eating at over the years.
Here is a little peek at a few of the cookbooks you'll find in my store online: http://search.stores.ebay.com/Birdhouse-Books_cookbook-cook-book-193-194-195-196-197_W0QQfcdZ2QQfciZQ2d1QQfclZ3QQfromZR10QQfsnZBirdhouseQ20BooksQQfsooZ1QQfsopZ1QQsascsZ0QQsaselZ81052548QQsatitleZQ28cookbookQ2ccookQ20bookQ29Q20Q28193Q2aQ2c194Q2aQ2c195Q2aQ2c196Q2aQ2c197Q2aQ29QQsofpZ0
Friday, September 12, 2008
I love New Orleans, and Mardi Gras, and the whole Cajun culture (especially Cajun Zyedeco music, but that is another post for another day!).
This is a fun and very rare cookbook. It's called Le Vieux Mardi Gras Des Cajins - Mardi Gras Cook Book and it was written by the St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Eunice, Louisiana (1994). It is chock-full of fabulous Southern and Cajun recipes.
Sold on eBay at $9.99.
Friday, September 5, 2008
I never can resist when I find a cute dog figurine to share on eBay:
Thursday, August 28, 2008
This is such a wonderful vintage cooking find. It is an old book called Good Meals and How to Prepare Them, and research indicates that it was published in the 1920's. The spine of the book is delicate, and the cover is worn loose -- but the book is full of old handwritten family recipes and recipes clipped from old magazines and newspapers. Most of the recipes tucked into the cookbook seem to date from the 1920's to the 1950's. What a treasure for anyone interested in food history or vintage recipes!
Sold on eBay - $9.99 - to a collector of vintage food history.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
I've never been to Hawaii, but I would love to visit there someday. I love the beach, and beautiful outdoor settings (especially warm weather ones!). This is my first time to list some vintage Hawaiiana and I am looking forward to seeing what happens.
I found this charming little Pohaku Kiln figurine at a local estate sale. I would date this as 1940s to 1950s. It's a white glazed clam shell, open to show a little hula dancer and ukulele player inside, surrounded by coral and seashells. I love it! What a fun little mid-century souvenir.
Sold on eBay - $8.00 - to a collector of Vintage Hawaiiana.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Here are a few of my vintage Valentines:
Friday, August 1, 2008
I sell a lot of vintage patterns on eBay. I do well with 1940's - 1960's -- especially:
* unique and harder to find designs
* children's clothes
* wedding dresses
* toys and doll clothes
* embroidery transfers
This pattern sold, but I have many more in my store, if you'd like to take a peek!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Title - full title
Author or authors
Illustrator - this is KEY with children's books, as I often am looking for an illustrator (i.e. Eloise Wilkin, Corinne Malvern) more than an author
Publisher - be sure to also see the dustjacket and back of book, since Book Club Editions (i.e. Weekly Reader, Book of the Month Club, etc.) are frequently listed in these locations
Publication date - look at the copyright page and list the MOST RECENT date. I've made several purchases and been disappointed because auction seller listed the EARLIEST date instead of MOST RECENT, and I ended up with a reprint.
Type of book - Hardcover (with or without dustjacket?), trade paperback (larger paperback, i.e. same size as a hardcover book), mass market paperback (the smallest of the paperback sizes)
Edition - look at the copyright page again for the words FIRST EDITION or string of numbers, i.e. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. I always include this with listings.
Description of book - What is this book about? This is also the place to interest illustrations that may be of interest to a collector - i.e. "lots of vintage illustrations featuring a cute Scottish Terrier" or "illustrations show travel on a Delta Airlines jet."
Condition - Be as specific as possible! Creases? Writing in book? Any dog-eared (turned down) pages? Spots or stains on pages? Foxing (tan coloration) on front or back endpapers? Wear at edges of dustjacket? Library markings? You can't list too much about condition!
I hope this is helpful ... I know this information helps me as a buyer, and I hope it helps my own buyers too!