Hi everyone. We're going to take a little blog break, so this'll be the last roundup until the new year. We had quite a few different things going on with the shops this year, the most significant being the opening of our brick and mortar antique mall booth this past summer. It has been doing well lately, but we'll still have to do a gut-check at our six month milepost in February to see if we want to continue.
I was going to do a really long "The Year in Vintage Reselling" type post, but I think I'll wait awhile. But in brief, for us it's been: Trying different ways to buy and sell inventory, selling more items but sometimes for less money, and dealing with the disturbing trend of vintage getting pushed aside or completely out of online venues. I had to bold that last one - it's been a serious concern among our fellow vintage shop friends.
I admit I got on the holiday train a little too late with ornaments like this Swedish girl on sled. Every year, I think I'll get them listed up early enough but it never happens.. ah well, it will go in the "Holiday" inventory box along with its friends until next November...
I was going to say the same about this Swedish tomte santa, but it's already on its way to a friend ;)
Likewise this, blue dala horse was a speed sale - sold the same day it was listed up. We still pick up dalas whenever we can, as even with the market glutted they seem to eventually go.
I picked up this cute porcelain figurine of a baby girl from Denmark - don't know the maker, but it's probably not Royal Copenhagen or a big name. The way the eyes are painted makes it look kinda creepy when you view it from the front...
Heller Vignelli plastic is a slow but consistent seller for us. It surprises me that there's still market for it, but I guess because there's so many colors, there's enough collectors looking to complete their sets.
This tiny kokeshi and lamp decorative piece is really fun - it actually came out of some of my grandmother's old things. We've been slowly putting up a few of the kokeshi things that were found in some of the old boxes. The kokeshi heads move independently - this one has already gone to a new home as well.
This is the second Kalmar teak CD storage cabinet I've found. I have to say that I've kept one in the office for so long because it's really well constructed, with a clever mechanism for ejecting the CDs.
I have a hard time pasing up the Dansk Flamestone pieces like this open baker. It actually might've had a lid, but it was in good condition and had the old ducks mark so I grabbed it for the shop.
Last up - I've known about these Isabel Bloom pieces for a long time now. They're not super valuable, but sometimes worth picking up and it just surprised me. But I never really mentioned it in blog posts. You see, it's a quandary that vintage sellers face all the time - of course we want to be open and share information. It's more fun to talk about all the cool things we've come across that turned out to have value. This is how we learn about what things to look for as well - and yet, sometimes putting all this information out there all the time feels sort of like showing all of our cards.
I used to think that it didn't matter much, because vintage sellers are spread out all over the country (and world). So as far as finding these things is concerned, we would overlap SOME but there'd still be enough for everyone. This is true to some respect, but the other side of the coin is that if everyone is finding the same valuable thing and putting it up for sale globally online, it starts to glut the market. We've seen this first hand - things start to sell less quickly, in a surprisingly short amount of time.
This was starting to trouble me for awhile, and as a consequence I've thought about holding off on posting certain things. But I've come to realize that there is no way to stop it - I mean if other resellers really wanted to figure out what things we'd "discovered" were valuable, all you had to do was monitor our shop(s). And eventually, the word will get out about items on it's own - whether or not it's from you.
The only thing to do as a vintage seller is to constantly learn and investigate different types of items, do your own research AND participate with researching fellow sellers' items. It's hard to get out of your comfort zone, but unless you're one of the big fish who specialize, it's starting to be necessary. Maybe you don't have to stay on the bleeding edge of the curve, but it helps to learn about as many things as you can - and then take advantage of the demand while it's there.
LOL - i just had to throw in my 2 cents about this before the end of the year. Hope everyone has a great holiday, and see you in the new thrift year!