Results from the Vintage Fair

vintage fair photo1I promised you a report on our experience with the Topanga Vintage Fair. So here it is.
Bottom line- we didn’t do as well as we hoped. Circe sold the most at $60, JP sold about $46 and I only made $15.

We crawled out of our warm bed/couches at 4AM, dressed and left with high hopes, in our 2 cars, both packed to the top with tables, chairs, canopies, paintings, jewelry and other vintage items selling for from $.50 to $150. It took the 3 of us several minutes to get the first canopy set up. Then we put out our treasures. Jennifer had the most items. She was still adding to her display several hours after the Fair opened at 8am.

As the day progressed the weather got hotter and the sunlight covered part of our display, so Jen and Circe set up the 2nd smaller canopy we had which helped immensely. Although it did not prevent the smoke to drift into our space from the man who had a booth next to ours and began smoking his huge cigar. He did this in a smoke free event. The smoke caused Jennifer to feel sick. So after a polite request to him which he not only ignored, but became quite angry, Jen went to the officials who told him he had to stop.

Circe had mostly vintage camera items which were quite popular. She also had a lot of little vintage items and 1 large musical instrument like a dulcimer which she had priced at $80. Unfortunately it did not sell, but had a lot of lookers.

Jennifer had many paintings, jewelry, shoes, lots of shoes, hand painted T-shirts, which I thought would go like hotcakes, but didn’t, and other vintage items. She didn’t get the interest in them that she hoped for and didn’t sell any of the paintings or T-shirts.

My table was filled with vintage items of all sorts and handcrafted bracelets and necklaces. I sold 1 little bracelet, 1 small necklace and 2 containers of vintage keys.
I had 1 lady very interested in my hand painted blouse, but said she couldn’t afford it. She didn’t even ask for a discount which I probably would have given her.

All in all, it was a lot of work and not worth the time and effort. We will not be repeating in a couple of months with Christmas items. Maybe the lack of buyers was a result of it being on a holiday weekend. There just didn’t seem to be the large number of visitors that I had seen at my visits to the earlier Fairs.

Getting Ready for a Big Day!

Jennifer (JP)

Jennifer (JP)

My two daughters and I are going to be participating in an outdoor Vintage Fair later this month, on May 25. I have never done this before and am discovering how much work it is. Maybe it gets easier the next
Circe

Circe

time, but I am overwhelmed by the details. We will have a booth, 16×20, so we need at least 3 tables, one for each of us and our individual items.

My oldest daughter has framed photographs, and some vintage items. My youngest daughter has decorated T-shirts, creative things she has made and I have vintage items. All 3 of us have lots of jewelry as well.

I have been clearing out my old possessions in the last year and disposing of them, but when I signed up for this Fair I began to realize I could try to sell them there. Might as well. So now I have to price them. How do you price a vintage piece of jewelry that cost me nothing? Or a kitchen utensil in great condition that belonged to my grandmother? This is not easy.

Then we have to prepare for a full day of managing our booth, talking to customers, hopefully selling things and satisfying the normal needs of an ordinary day, like lunch, for instance, or potty breaks. We must be there at 5AM (!) to set up our booth and cannot take it down until 3PM. We have 2 canopies to set up, 3 tables for our merchandise and multiple boxes of goodies. In addition we have no idea what the weather will be like that day. It could rain, or the wind could blow our beautiful items off the tables. We can only hope for tranquil weather and lots of visitors.

At this writing I am already exhausted. I am worried that I will forget something. I wonder if I will sell enough to make it worth my effort. YIKES!!!

If you live near the San Fernando Valley, Calif. the Vintage Fair is at Victory Blvd. and Mason Ave. Our booth is #141E. Come by if you can. I’d love to meet you. I will definitely report back to you when it is over and I have recovered.

Must Have Book

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Sell those vintage items

Do you have any of those old vintage items hanging around your house just taking up valuable space? Have you considered selling them? Did you try Ebay unsuccessfully? I did. Then I found Etsy. Etsy is a world wide marketplace for new handmade pieces and Vintage jewelry, household items, and many other treasures. You can get cash for these items through Etsy. It’s easy to open a shop, post pictures of your pieces, set a price and Voila! You’re an Etsy shop owner. And you’ve cleared out your home so that you can buy more.

There is a new 51 page book created by 2 Etsy shop owners telling you exactly how to do just that. It’s called, “Be an Etsy Store Owner” and it’s available now on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CRB6NUQ for only $9.99.

This amazing document takes you through each step of creating your very own shop with detailed instructions and explanations. No other publication is as complete as this one.
It costs nothing to open a new shop and only pennies to list an item for sale. Your item is on sale for 4 months and if it doesn’t sell you can renew it for another $.20 and 4 more months.

Try it. You might be surprised at the results.

My Etsy Experience

Hello all. I have been very busy and unable to keep up with my Mizmlu’s Creatives page. I apologize. I will be sending out a new Thought for Today and the following article for your attention. I would like to hear from you about anything I have written, where you are, who you are, what you would like to talk about, anything to help me connect with my readers.

My most recent interest has been with Etsy. Etsy is a site that has vintage and handcrafted items for sale. I joined them in November, 2010. My daughter recommended it to me since she knew that I was disposing of some of my no longer wanted possessions and thought I had some items that were worth money. My daughter is an artist and creates beautiful objects like pop-up greeting cards, portraits, seasonal items, as well as graphic designs for logos or for whatever use they are needed. She has sold many of her creations on Etsy.

I put together the items I wanted to sell and my other daughter took pictures of them and posted them in a folder on my computer. Pictures are required on Etsy because they give the prospective buyer a good look at the item for sale. Also some information is needed to describe the article, its size, the material used, and any other useful facts to help the buyer make a choice.

Joining Etsy was easy. I had to fill out a form, give some information about myself, provide a picture if desired, but not necessary. No personal information is required.

Once I had joined I listed about 10 items that I wanted to sell, set a price for each, added shipping cost and posted pictures of the item. In most cases I used an overall image as well as a close up view so that the customer would have a good idea of what they would receive.

It took a while before I sold anything, but I kept posting messages on Facebook and Twitter promoting my site, Mizmlu.etsy.com, and finally a sale! Then one lady bought 4 necklaces I had listed. What a great feeling! I put up more things. I do make handmade items so I listed a pillow, some slippers, crocheted cell phone pouches, wearable business card holders and lots of old jewelry that I never wear anymore. Etsy takes only handcrafted or vintage items at least 20 years old.

Etsy has a tutorial that teaches how to price your item, how to fill out the form to sell your item, suggestions on pricing and shipping, and tips for succeeding.

Once an item sells it must be shipped within 2 business days. I have collected packaging supplies over time so I didn’t need to purchase anything but the small padded envelopes for the jewelry. I make sure that the item is well padded to prevent damage in shipping. Paypal has a connection to Etsy so that when an item sells Paypal notifies you of the sale and who bought and paid for it. Once you know the weight of the packaged item you can use Paypal to print a mailing label without showing the amount of the postage and just drop it off at the Post Office or put it in your mail box to be picked up. The cost of the postage is deducted from the proceeds of the sale and the rest is deposited in Paypal where you can leave it or transfer it to your bank.

Etsy charges .20 per item for the listing and 3.5% from the sale price. Each listing is automatically withdrawn after 4 months. You have the choice of relisting it if you have more than one and you so desire. The Etsy charges can be deducted from your Paypal account.

Etsy has about 3,000 members who create some of the most beautiful items I have ever seem. They come from all over the world. Some are truly accomplished artists and paint or design jewelry, clothing, accessories, household items, toys and more. Others seek antique items at yard sales or second hand stores and resell them. There is a forum where Etsy sellers can converse and help each other. It is truly a joy to just spend time looking at the amazing talent and imagination of the Etsy sellers. If you have any vintage item or handcrafted piece that you no longer want check out Etsy. It’s fun, it’s easy, and you get paid for your efforts. How nice.