I have lots of people ask me about selling on Etsy, and I often help them out with it. I had been writing my email or cell phone number over and over, so I finally had some business cards made up that had all the important information. The mall lets us put cards up in a central area for customers to take, so I mine there, too. Because of this, I get lots of calls from people who want to sell things to me.
I think everyone who likes old stuff or who has old stuff has seen Antiques Roadshow, Pawn Stars or American Pickers. AND they all think they have the next hidden treasure! They seem not to notice the part where the Pickers tell the seller they have to 'leave some meat on the bone' so they can sell it at a profit! Anyway, most of the calls I get are for fancy glassware, upscale Victorian items or expensive appraised jewelry, none of which are my thing. So I always thank the caller and politely decline.
Secretly, I'm relieved that they have things I don't want -- how's that for being a smart business woman! I'm so afraid of cheating someone, though, or offending them or hurting their feelings, that I've been a nervous wreck just thinking about these meetings. Last week I got a call from a lady who had 50s kitchenware. Really? I couldn't pass that up and went to see her today after work.
The kitchenware she had was, indeed, from the 1950s. It was NOS (New Old Stock) from the gift shop of her grandfather's motel up north. It had never sold and he couldn't throw it away, though her grandmother begged him to. The seller told me she wanted to get rid of it because 'it's just gathering dust' (I'll add: and grease and grime, too)! I have to tell you that I prayed my way to her house, asking for wisdom and that I a) wouldn't offend her and b) wouldn't get taken and spend more than I should because I felt sorry for her or was embarrassed!
Here's what I bought -- what do you think?
|Enesco 'Made in Japan' Humpty Dumpty oil shaker (from a vinegar & oil set), a Humpty Dumpty Cookie Jar and a Humpty Dumpty Teapot -- all never used & all grimy|
|A Stanfordware corn teapot -- never used and really dirty!|
|An Argus camera & case|
|A little (4") white dog figurine that, though damaged, was just too cute to pass up. Thankfully, he was priced right!|
|A sewing machine drawer with some interesting old-man-added features|