Archive | November, 2012

Sunbeam Mixmaster

17 Nov

Sunbeam Mixmaster

Sunbeam Mixmaster  Model #11, ca 1953- 55.  The milk glass bowls were made by Glasbake for the Sunbeam Co.  These workhorses were well used by our mothers and grandmothers and have stood the test of time.  You won’t find mixers on the market today that will last as long as these beauties.  They are quite heavy and very solid.   This one is for sale at my booth in Almonte.

This item is now SOLD~

Myott Safari Mid Century Dishes

11 Nov

Myott Safari mid century dishes with  turquoise and grey leaves on a speckled background.  These were found at a local thrift store and were in mint condition.   The tall pilsners are by Federal Glass Co. and the gold and turquoise pattern is sometimes called ‘Ameoba’ or ‘Atomic’ .

Note: This set has been SOLD!!

Sherman Jewelry

10 Nov

Couldn’t believe my luck when I spotted this lot of Sherman Jewelry for a decent price at a recent sale.   My photo does not do these pieces justice.   The sparkle on these beauties is amazing!   Sherman was a Canadian designer of high end costume jewelry and all his pieces were made with the highest quality crystals and rhinestones, and most have rhodium plating on the backs.  The rhodium never tarnishes and they look as fabulous as the day they were made.  These are probably ca 1950’s or 60’s.

Please note these items are now SOLD!!

Chrome Coffee Pot and Toaster

10 Nov

I went to an auction the other day and was lucky enough to win these two beauties along with the 2 cast iron trivets in one lot.  The coffee pot was made in Renfrew Ontario, Canada and dates to the 1950’s.  The toaster is a real beauty; the sides flip down to insert your bread and you have to toast one side at a time.  They came with their original cords and are in good working condition.    They were both quite dusty and tacky with dirt but they cleaned up very well.

Note: These items have now been SOLD!!

Ceramic Beehive Measuring Cups Made in Japan

10 Nov

beehive measuring cups

Whimsical stacking beehive measuring cups with the added touch of bees for handles.  The photo shows them all stacked together.  Made in Japan in the 50’s and imported for the Western Market by Menschik Goldman Co.  They came in assorted colours.

Please note this item is now SOLD!!

Selling Collectibles – Tips on how to get started

9 Nov

A lot of my customers ask me for advice on how to get into the business of selling antiques and collectibles.   It might look easy but there is a lot more to selling and making a profit than most people realize.  It is very time consuming and labour intensive.   People in our business are among the busiest people I know.  We are on the road constantly looking for ‘treasures’ and many of us sell at  antique shows and flea markets throughout the year as well as having a permanent booth at a local Antique Market.

If I have any advice to give, it would be the following:

Sell the things that you love to collect and are passionate about.

Know your merchandise. Do the homework and research, research, research.  People are interested in the history of the items they are buying so you need to know as much as you can about your inventory.  Buy reference books, check out your items on line and learn about fakes and reproductions.

Don’t overpay for your stock. Visit flea markets, antique malls and vintage stores to get an idea of what  your treasures are selling for.   If you know what an item is worth in today’s market, you will know how much profit you stand to make.  You need to take into consideration all your overhead costs like rent, gas, time invested etc.   The market for collectibles fluctuates considerably.   What was a hot seller 10 years ago may not be selling today at the same high prices it used to command.  Depression Glass is one example of that.   Prices have really softened in that market lately except for very rare pieces.

Ease into selling slowly.  Start by selling at outdoor flea markets or online places like ebay and get an idea of what the market is like for your particular items.   Selling during the summer at outdoor venues can be fun and very profitable and you don’t have to commit to a monthly rent like you would at an Antique Market.   You will also make valuable connections with other vendors.

Don’t buy or sell items that are damaged or broken unless you know for certain they still have some value.   Some wear from everyday use is acceptable on some items.  I sell a lot of kitchen ware items that are over 50 years old.  Many of these items show wear but it is only through experience that you find out how much wear is acceptable on a given item.  If you wouldn’t want it in your own collection, chances are nobody else will either.  Keep in mind that the better the condition, the higher price you can charge.

Try to have a good variety of stock available so your booth will appeal to many people.  Presentation of your goods is important so be inventive with your displays.  Group like items together, or go with a colour scheme.  Customers are more likely to buy if they aren’t overwhelmed with a jumble of stuff to go through.

This business is a  constant learning experience but very rewarding for those of us who have a passion for it.