Sunday, March 20, 2016

Miscellany

I discovered a new genre of books to read (new for me). They are mysteries involving antique dealers. There are several series out there. I'm currently reading Antique Roadkill: A Trash n Treasures Mystery. By Barbara Allan. She has a series. How fun! I wish there was some fiction about pickers selling on ebay but so far I haven't found any. Maybe one of you out there will write the first :)

Have you noticed the new format on Pinterest? I have been pinning my ebay and etsy items to Pinterest for a while and I know I get traffic from them. I don't know if that turns into sales but I think the new format on Pinterest is better for items leading to a sale than it was before. Here is how it was before.


And how it is now. 


Do you pin your items to Pinterest? Do they get repinned? Do you think they lead to sales?

Lastly I went to an estate sale yesterday. They had hundreds of nice books. I purchased a few but was overwhelmed with how many there were. It was an hour before the end of the sale so I talked to the estate sale guy and said I'd like to make an offer on the remaining. He was favorable and said to call him Wednesday and gave me his card. I've never done anything like this before. Any advice? Have you ever purchased a lot of books? How much would you be willing to spend? They were mostly non fiction, hardcover. 

And a BOLO. Vintage Hallmark Baby's First Ornaments. Check out the completeds. My guess is people want to buy the ornament they remember from on their parents tree. I would never have guessed they go for this much.


11 comments:

  1. I'd love for you to check out my Willow Falls series! One of the characters is an antique dealer. Funny cozy mysteries - with a side helping of dogs. And the ebooks are only $2.99 on Amazon (or free if you have Kindle Unlimited). Start with Sleeping Dogs Lie! http://www.amazon.com/Sleeping-Dogs-Willow-Falls-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B0040SXTUG

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    1. That will be my next book. I have just discovered cozy mysteries lately. Can't wait to read one of yours! Do your protagonists do rummage sales? You should totally do a picker mystery!

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  2. Great tip on the ornaments! I have not purchased anything for resale since maybe August or Sept of last year. I've lost the bug since I started working full time. Once I'm off for the summer, I may catch the fever again, but I also have lots of plans for gardening and furniture painting, so who knows?

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    1. I still enjoy reading your blog even though you don't sell anymore.

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  3. Thanks for the BOLO. I see Hallmark ornaments all the time and pick up certain ones like Star Trek or Disney but always bypass the "first Christmas" ones. Who knew!

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    1. Me too Ree Cee. I was researching satin ornaments in general when I saw how high the first Christmas ones were selling. I was shocked.

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  4. Just ordered the book you mentioned, antique dealer mysteries are completely new to me too! Thanks for the recommendation.

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    1. Cool! I hope you enjoy it.

      If you like needlework I've also read several mysteries that involve a needlework shop owner. The author is Amanda Lee. It seems like there are mysteries for every interest you can think of.

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  5. Hey, I have started on Ebay just last year and enjoy reading your blog. I've started using social media but haven't really noticed any results.Maybe it will get better with time. I also have you listed on my blog roll. You can find me at collegefundthrifter.blogspot.com

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    1. Love your blog, Nicole. I've added it to my sidebar so I see when you post new.

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  6. Wow..amazing what those ornaments go for. My mother-in-law used to buy bear ornaments for the boys when they were little. Every single year there was one until they got a little older. But I don't think they were hallmark. Good to know.

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