Monday, August 12, 2013

Thrifting Haul - A Slow Week

My thrifting trips were less than successful this week. Normally I pick and choose my favorite items to share, leaving many purchases out. But today, what you see is what I got. That's it. A little disappointing, but thrifting is always hit or miss.


I couldn't believe when I found this wire sculpture kit from 1972. It's so wonderfully retro and still have all the pieces and instructions! I plan on actually trying to make it, so we'll see how I do.


This owl trivet ended up being a little bit more than I would normally spend. However, people still seem really into owls here in Dallas, so I have high hopes that he'll sell quickly.



I love this piece! It's a shiny brass/gold wall hanging. The ship is awesome and it looks really cool in person. I think this will go pretty quickly too.



I found a soapstone donkey a couple weeks ago at a little thrift store. He was a weird yellow color, so I passed on him, then regretted it of course. But last week, I found this little white guy for about a quarter of the price of the funky colored one. It was just meant to be.




I can't even take credit for finding these two. My mom found these for me. They were made by Cameo Creation. I can't find a definite date for them; I've found ones ranging from 1900-1960, but it doesn't really matter to me. They're interesting and I know someone will love them.



This was my best deal of the week. It's an etching made by Wei Tseng Yang titled "The Butterfly and the Camellia." It's made of sterling silver, copper, and inlaid with 24 kt. gold. It's in beautiful shape. The thrift store didn't know what they had hiding behind a bunch of empty frames, so I got it for a great deal, and that always makes me happy!


I'm needed some advice and encouragement from others who run booths in antique malls. I've only sold about 5-6 items since opening 2 weekends ago. I went Monday through Friday without selling a single thing. And now I'm completely stressing out. Is that normal? Is reselling either feast or famine? Someone please reassure me so I can stop obsessing over if I'm even going to clear my rent this month.

Be sure to become a follower! I plan on hosting a couple giveaways soon, including an original piece from my Etsy shop, and you don't want to miss out! For more info on what I'm selling, check out my post.

If you found any great deals while thrifting, be sure to share and link up at the sites below!







13 comments :

  1. The owl is awesome! The first thing I sold on Etsy was a set of cast iron owl trivets. Owl themed stuff never lasts long here in Colorado. I said owl a lot... : )

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    1. You can never say owl too much! I know owls will eventually go out of style, but for now I'm always happy when I see anything owl!
      I said owl a lot too...

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  2. Cute owl trivet!! Thanks for linking up with us!

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I think I need to look for trivets. Love these.

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    1. This is the first trivet like this I've found - I definitely want to find more though!

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  4. That is some Haul my friend! Everything is awesome! : ) Hugs...TFS!

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  5. I have a booth at an antique mall,too and have been going thru exactly what you have- things usually sell better on the weekends. Thats the fun-and frustrating world of selling in a booth! :) I'm from Michigan, so its good to know I'm not the only one with this problem.

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    1. I'm glad to know it's not just me as well! I think the most discouraging thing was when I didn't sell a single thing on a Saturday. I mean really? I thought everyone shopped on Saturdays!
      Hope you have lots of sales this weekend!

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  6. LOVE the little donkey--I have so many smalls at this point I have to stop buying them and sell them

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    1. I need to do the same. It's hard though, because smalls are usually so cute that I can't resist buying them!

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  7. Greetings,
    Sorry for not being too certain when this web page was posted but have a question related to your contents. I too, in my past estate sale adventures, came across the Franklin Mint "The Butterfly And The Camellia" by WEI TSENG YANG as the same item that you mention. No doubt there were a number of these created and sold. My question is whether you were able to find out any more details about the creator, anything related to the actual creation, and what was the worth if you sold this item. All this request to be able to prepare a future eBay listing and I do attempt to research my items before listing to give any/all eBay bidders as much information as possible. I hope you can help with any input; if you have a web site that gave/gives this input, I would be pleased to travel there to get details. Many thanks in advance. GP

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