Well, the last four big sales I had on eBay and Amazon ($20-$100), I ended up having to refund.
Problem is, I bought all four items separately from the same liquidator/wholesaler, of which I won’t name. Some of you might have done the same thing.
The items are listed as “NEW” big box retail returns or old stock, but when you buy these items and list them on eBay or Amazon, send them out to the buyer, you end up having to return the items, though they looked sealed in original packaging.
Not again. Maybe I should have looked inside the packages, ruining the integrity of the seal, or maybe I should have been to the “Preview” of the auctioned-off merchandise. Either way, I really have no one to blame for the loss of 100’s of dollars but myself.
Lesson learned, I move on. Purchasing from reputable sources, I shall. Loyalty is one thing, but damn, I have to look out for myself and my customers.
Every May, the Heritage Square Antique Mall puts on its annual anniversary party. Free admission, with free drinks and snacks.
AND, Vintage Plus will be there (Booth C-62, up the main/center aisle, on the left). Cynthia and I (Steve) will have this-day-only sales tags to negotiate with customers and friends.
The booth is stacked tight with fun stuff for us younger vintage collectors and cultural history buffs. Be sure to stop by and at least say Hi, and prepare to get a deal if you see something you like!
FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017, 6pm – 10pm
1865 Brice Road, Columbus, OH 43232
Several new comics, new board games, fresh mugs, and many sale prices on summer items like glasses and outdoor games.
Hope you enjoy out rearranging!
Vintage Plus @ HSAM (C-62)
1865 Brice Road
Columbus, OH 43232
These pieces of literature have been in my antique booth since the beginning. But they seem to be popular, and have been flying off the shelf. So…I stocked up the shelves well, and even have extras in an old, Quaker State oil box.
Most of these books are $1 – 3.00, but some of the more rare are a bit higher. If you don’t live in the area, any of these books (if $3.00^ and available) can be bought from our Amazon storefront.
Heritage Square Antique Mall is having their Customer Appreciation party tonight with FREE drinks and snacks, and $250 in gift certificate giveaways.
Our booth is C-62 (look for the white boxes of comic books and 45 RPM records in front!). We already have RED TAGS for prices 25-75% off. Additionally, Cynthia and I (Steve) will be there making deals.
BOOTH C-62, up the main isle, on the left.
Well, August 1st makes ONE YEAR with Heritage Square Antique Mall, and it’s been a great experience for the most part.
There hasn’t been one month where we lost money. Almost every month, we’ve doubled the income of that of the outgoing rent.
Of course, a lot of our goodies have the liquid cash tied up, but we have a lot of cool stuff, and in this business old stuff remains … old. 🙂
Between you and me, the living room in our house is half full of goodies that are needing to be brought up to the booth once they’re stickered with prices, but of course that means there has to be space at the booth for these items.
So, what I’ve been doing recently is pricing things with the HSAM stickers (with our booth number: C-62), wrapping them in newspaper or bubble wrap, and sealing them in boxes. These are stacked out of the way, instead of piles of shopping bags and small boxes of items taking up horizontal space.
We will continue staying with HSAM as long as we’re consistently making money, and everyone seems to like us being there. If we’re making money, that means that they are, too.
Seriously, I do love my auctions, especially when I bid on rich people’s estate sales. How can I not? I’m a middle class 39yo male and I’m scoring some cool stuff from richer older people for pennies on the dollar.
I’m a minimalist–blame the wife–and not quite into buying things that I don’t want or need. I have extensive collections of my favorite authors, 1970’s horror films and my Nine Inch Nails CDs, but I don’t have much more than that besides the shelving these items require. Everything else in the house is for sale on a website, or it’s waiting for booth space to go up to HSAM to flip.
The types of people I win items from are probably varied, but in one case I knew exactly what I was walking into: tax repayment liquidation. “We lived luxuriously, irresponsibly, and without altruism. Everything must go!” Yep, that kind.
I don’t mind it too much, being a sort of bottom-feeder. I actually encourage others to do these auctions. For a fraction of retail cost, YOU too can score some nice, fancy, cared-for items from wealthy people who can’t have it anymore.
Not exactly acts of war, but estate sales are a lot like when a shark starts to devour the flashy, noticeable fish, the pieces of that fish are then in bite-size portions for others to nibble off of. Taking from the wealth-hoarders: social activism at its finest.
Wedding season is coming up and with that comes all the goodies that set your wedding apart from the myriad others. Everyone wants to have their special day be, well, special, but many get so caught up in having a wonderful wedding that they spend thousands of dollars that could otherwise be spent on building a solid life.
Fortunately for us pickers, there are lots of fantastic ways to make a personalized wedding without spending much at all. The important thing is to give yourself as much time as possible. When shopping at thrift stores, yard sales and antique malls, it is easy to find something almost right, but takes a bit of digging to get the perfect item. If you can start a year before your big day, you can be selective and picky about price. If you have a month or two, you will either have to pay a little more or be a little less choosy. Either way, your certain to spend less than your retail-paying counterparts.
Select your theme. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but chose some kind of harmonizing theme to weave throughout. Pick your colors or use a certain type of flower or add touches from a mutual hobby. Whatever it is, use that as your guide.
If you plan to do your own table decorations, you can make some lovely centerpieces using used items. Collect a variety of differently shaped vases that are the same color, say all milk glass or all green. A variety of heights and designs will make for a lovely centerpiece when filled with seasonally appropriate flowers or greenery. Consider also colored bottles or vintage mason jars.
Vintage tea cup and saucer sets can use purchased at great prices. Use for a morning wedding brunch or use to make charming centerpieces or as votive holders.
Serving trays and platters are abundant at antique malls and thrift stores and are currently a steal. Buy a variety that fit with your theme (Winter wonderland or farm land themes are common), then use for coffee stations, wine glasses or cake slices. If you want to have a punch, your serving sets will be at fantastic prices now (and it doesn’t have to be your Grandma’s punch! Google some fun and modern punches). Candy dishes are everywhere at antique malls (or other types of dishes that could be used as candy dishes); get a variety to use for mints and mixed nuts.
If you are moving out on your own for the first time and having a small wedding, you could even buy certain items to use after the wedding. For example, by buying a variety of blue and white china plates to use at the wedding, you can have a set for home use ready to go afterwards. They don’t have to match, and then there’s no reason to cry if one breaks. Buy pretty serving utensils and then use them in your home. Vintage candle holders will look lovely at the chapel, then will grace your lovely home. Buy an assortment of simple white napkins for place settings, then afterwards you can use them in place of wasteful paper napkins.
If you have lots of time until the wedding, start peeking at the formal gown section at the thrift store. There is no bad ju-ju attached to a used dress, but you just may get a $20-50 dress instead of a $300-1000 one. Of course, you’ll have to weed through some awful things with bad lace and puffy shoulders. Maybe you’ll find a perfect one, but it is two sizes to large. It still may be worthwhile since you can get it resized for less than the cost of a new dress. Also look for nice prom dresses as white or off-white are becoming more common.
A nice pair of earrings or a necklace can be found at the antique store. You can look for lovely spring hats or a fur muff for a winter wedding. You can also find some lovely antiquated touches such as a pair of lace gloves for a few dollars. Delicate hankies are perfect for the parents of the bride and groom during a touching ceremony.
Thrift stores will have formal men’s wear at prices that are the same as or less than rental. Get fitted, then start looking out for a tux at a thrift store. You can always have hems adjusted. You are certain to find a nice tie for pennies at a thrift store. The antique mall may have some dapper pieces such as a top hat or cane to round out the outfit.
If you want something with a bit more personality than a standard diamond or wedding band, thrift stores and antique malls (or pawn shops for that matter) can supply the perfect rings. You can find some lovely rings for a bargain. Antique or vintage rings have so much character and ooze history and romance.
Have fun picking and have a beautiful wedding!