Donna Beheler Fink, owner of CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles, has been selling online since 2007, but I have been collecting for more years than I care to admit. My collections include old Carnival glass, Greentown glass, Roseville pottery and yes, Flamingos. My grandmother was a "controlled" collector, but my mother collected everything that caught her fancy and yes, she grew up during the Depression. Most of my treasures are from my mother's and grandmother's collections. It has been so much fun going through all the "stuff" and finding such neat things. I am fascinated with the history of old glassware and pottery made in the USA. Currently, I have Avon collectibles and jewelry, depression glass, vintage dinnerware that was sold at grocery stores in the 1960s, some early american pattern glass and some vintage ceramics.
Set of 2 Hazel Atlas green Depression glass Plainware mixing bowls includes a 9 inch diameter mixing bowl and a 8 inch diameter mixing bowl. This is Hazel-Atlas's Line 777 and has a rolled edge. The 9 inch diameter bowl stands about 4 5/8 inches high. The 8 inch bowl stands about 4...
Lancaster Glass Co elegant glass pattern Sunshine and catalog no 731/1 2-handled 9 inch diameter soft green salad bowl. The Sunshine pattern was introduced in 1932 and features a design of informal, curved lines that cross each other throughout the piece. The bottom of the bowl features ...
5 pieces of vintage Hazel Atlas Ovide pattern green Depression glass including 3 footed sherbet and 2 flat base dessert, fruit or sauce bowls. The footed sherbet is a 2-part mold measuring about 3 1/2 inch diameter opening and stands about 3 inches tall.The flat base fruit bowl with a slight flared ...
Vintage Imperial Lenox Beaded Jewels or pattern #975 pink iridescent covered candy dishwith the LIG on the bottom rayed center. Flared rounded scalloped edge of the dish with a 4 inch diameter opening. The covered candy dish or jar stands 6 3/4 inches tall.
There is a foil sticker that is not attac...
Vintage mid-century set of 4 Anchor Hocking ice sundae or dessert clear glass dish or bowls. Panel tulip shape design, the sundae dishes stand about 6 inches tall.
There are no cracks, chips or flakes.
Reed & Barton Duchess of Marlborough Heritage Mint, Ltd stainless 6 piece place setting including an ice tea spoon. The discontinued Marlborough pattern features a scroll pattern around the upper edge with a plumed tip and has a glossy finish. This 6 piece place setting includes dinner knife, ...
Vintage golf bag with clubs brooch or pin. The goldtone metal bag has a mesh design with clear round rhinestones set in the metal handle and bag strap and upper edge. The golf clubs sticking out of the bag are a smooth goldtone metal. Has a rollover secure clasp.
There is no maker...
Fenton carnival amethyst small ruffled glass bowl in the Vintage pattern. The Vintage bowl measures about 5 1/2 inch diameter and stands about 2 1/4 inches high. The Vintage pattern consists of clusters of grapes hanging from leafy vines. The golden iridescence produces colors of p...
Royalon melmac 6 piece place setting in the Chateau Rose pattern. Set includes dinner plate, bread & butter plate, cereal or soup bowl, dessert bowl, cup and saucer. All pieces are white melmac except the dinner plate and bread & butter plate which have pink and red roses with leaves and...
Vintage Avon car decanter for men. 1953 Buick Skylark convertible decanter includes 4 fl oz Clint after shave. the middle to back of the car is the green glass container of after shave. The front part of the car is the plastic cover and includes plastic windshield frame to would need to be attached....
The 1876 Cape Cod Collection ruby red glass vase. The 8 inch tall vase was produced in 1985 for 1 year only. Beautiful deep rich ruby-red in the 1876 Cape Cod pattern inspired by the Roman Rosette pattern. The hexagon shaped footed vase has a short 2 ring stem and flares to the top...
Vintage set of Anchor Hocking clear banana split dish. This set of 4 dishes has a shell design with a scalloped rim and a starburst on the bottom. Each dish measures 8 3/8 inches long by 3 7/8 inches wide. Stands about 1 1/4 inches high. These banana split dishes could also b...
Vintage "Fantasia" dinner plate made by Florenteen Fine China Japan. Beautiful and delicate pattern consisting of pink and blue flowers with green leaves in a gray basket on white porcelain with a silver-platnium trim around the rim. The bottom is marked Florenteen Fine China Japan ...
Blue Spruce dinner plate measures 9 5/8 inch diameter. This is the Blue Pine Cone or Blue Spruce Pattern manufactured by Stetson China Co and distributed by Marcrest in the late 1950s. This dinner plate has three blue pine cones sets with blue and grey needles. Very ...
St. Clair Glass Collectibles beautiful Christmas 1972 Limited Edition Crystal Plate made by St. Clair in Elwood, Indiana. The recessed center of the plate is frosted glass and includes a scene with the Holy Star and a stable and decorated Christmas tree and hills in the background.
B.S.K. vintage emerald green and aurora borealis brooch. Emerald color and aurora borealis faceted rhinestones set in a silvertone pinwheel design. The stones are secured in a prong or claw setting with a rollover clasp. The back has the B.S.K. on a metal plate.
The B.S.K. company...
Cool 1950s retro vase. Textured turquoise glass vase with gold starbursts. The gold stars vary in size and design. Very fifties looking! The bottom of the vase is clear. Stands 6 5/8 inches tall with a 2 inch diameter opening. Has a bulbous shape and curves out to...
Set of 8 vintage Reveille red rooster stoneware bread and butter or dessert plates. Made by Taylor Smith Taylor, this circa 1960s Folk Art style rooster bread plate is bright yellow-gold stoneware with a colorful crowing rooster in reds, yellow or gold and green. Floral design with the s...
Vintage Avon 1987 Christmas Bell is a beautiful cobalt blue with a scene of carollers. It is porcelain with a snowflake-design handle and 22k gold trim. It is dated 1987 and bears the Avon Collectibles logo.
Stands 4 3/4 inches tall and comes with its original box in good condition.&nbs...
This beautiful vintage 1985 Christmas plate from Avon's Fine Art Collectibles was made of fine bisque porcelain trimmed in 24k gold. There is a descriptive insert included. The plate features children sledding down a snowy hill along with their dog running playfully beside them.
Avon 1876 Cape Cod glass water goblet. The ruby-red water goblet was introduced in 1977 and designed by Bill Gibson of Wheaton Glass Company in 1976 for Avon. This beautiful goblet with a hexagonal shaped foot and stem. The pattern was inspired by the Roman Rosette pattern. G...
Vintage Avon 1876 Cape Cod glass hurricane candleholder with original glass chimney. The candleholder base was made by the Wheaton Glass Company of New Jersey in 1985 for Avon. With the glass chimney, the hurricane lamp stands about 10 3/4 inches tall. The base has 3 raised rays on...
Model 1932 Auburn Boattail Speedster automobile introduced in the Campaign12 1983 brochure for Father's Day, is absolutely beautiful. Handcrafted ceramic trimmed in real platinum and created exclusively for Avon in Brazil. "An authentic, painstaking recreation of that status classic...
Vintage Dickens Collectibles Sugar Creek County lighted stable. Made of porcelain in China, the stable building features horses looking out a window and a grist mill wheel on the other side. The stable building is tan with a brown roof that has patches of snow.
The Sugar Creek Co...
Set of 3 vintage Hazel Atlas frosted glass tumblers decorated in the Currier & Ives pattern by Gay Fad Studios. One tumbler has a logging scene with horse drawn wagon. Another tumbler has a New Orleans Mississippi barge scene and the 3rd tumbler has a farming scene. Each tumbler is 5 3/4...
Vintage Silvestri Dollcrafter Classic china and cloth doll named Dominique from the mid 1980s. Dominique is a clown or jester dressed in off-white and black suit with buttons and white and gold trim around the arm and leg edges. Dominique has a black with gold dots ruffled tulle co...
Set of 2 vintage Christmas Dairy Queen Coca Cola short glass tumblers. Stained glass design in red and black with DQ emblem on 2 sides. Can be used to serve punch, eggnog or ice cream. Each glass stands about 3 3/8 inches tall.
Vintage Arby's Collector's Series Norman Rockwell Winter Scenes set of 2 old-fashioned drinking glasses. This vintage Arby's Collector's Series is from 1979 and the 2 tumblers include: Snow Sculpturing 1952 (four of four) and Downhill Daring 1949 (two of four)
Art from the Archives of Br...
Givenchy Rose porcelain mantle clock from the Franklin Mint. White porcelain with deep pink roses and 24K gold trim around the base of the clock and signed on the bottom. Includes the letter, information pamplet and Certificate of Authenticity. This Givenchy Rose mantle clock was d...
Unsigned vintage 1960s to1970s choker necklace and clip earrings set of orange and gold swirled glass beads. The necklace has the uniform round orange and gold beads with 2 clear and 1 orange accent spacer beads between each of the glass beads. The necklace measured about 15 3/4 inches l...
Vintage Fenton hobnail squat vase in ruby red with amberina collar base. Stands about 3 inches tall and has a ruffled scalloped flared rim. Has the Fenton logo in oval circle embossed on the bottom
Vintage Daniel Webster's Recorder green glass ink bottle made in Wheaton, New Jersey. One side of the ink bottle says: Daniel Webster's Recorder Ink made by Waterman, Salem, MA. The other side of the ink bottle has a picture of the American Eagle. The bottom is marked Wheaton, NJ. The ink ...
Vintage Federal Pioneer glass bowl in smoke iridescent with the pressed intaglio fruits in the center of the bowl. This large bowl has a ruffled fluted or sawtooth edge.The Pioneer bowl is about 11 inch diameter. Made in the 1970s, this bowl has no cracks, chips or flakes. Not all the points are eve...
Federal Pioneer glass chop plate in smoke iridescent with the pressed intaglio fruits in the center of the bowl. This chop or serving plate bowl has a ruffled fluted or sawtooth edge.The Pioneer serving plate is about 113/8 inch diameter. Made in the 1970s, this plate has no cracks, chips or flakes....
This beautiful vintage piece of jewelry was introduced by Avon in the Campaign 21 1983 brochure was inspired by a "costly nineteenth century piece". It is an antiqued goldtone pendant with simulated seed pearls set off by a dazzling rhinestone on a gorgeous goldtone chain with a spring ring clasp. T...
Imperial glass white carnival fourth day of Christmas collector's plate. The white iridescent carnival plate features 4 birds and the verse "On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me four colly birds." Each plate of the 12 plate set was offered each year from 1970 to 1981. &...
Vintage orange and yellow lusterware incense burner from Japan. With black trim, the covered incense burner stands about 2 3/4 inches tall. The base of the incense burner has 3 protruding feet, There is a mark on the bottom Made In Japan.
Lefton jam or jelly jar with lid in the Heritage Green pattern Decorated with full pink roses on mint and olive greens with gold trim around the ruffled scalloped edge and finial of the lid, the jam or jelly jar stands about 4 inches tall with lid. The opening of the bowl is about 2 inch diameter.Th...
Vintage Fenton kneeling and praying boy and girl glass figurines in custard. The boy has the paper Fenton label on the bottom. They measure about 3 3/4 inches tall.  ...
Tender Hearts Collection's Bedtime In The Clouds porcelain bisque angel figurine made in 1995 and designed by Katharine Stevenson. Made by the Bronson Collectibles (China), the figurine is of a girl angel with a book and dragging along her teddy bear
The figurine is 4 inches high and th...
Vintage Chicago Cubs tall glass mug with the blue and red Chicago Cubs emblem on clear glass. The beer mug with handle stands about 7 inches tall. The base is 3 3/8 inch diameter and the opening is 2 3/4 inch diameter.This glass mug originally held 12 oz of Mug O'Nuts dry roasted peanuts made by Fla...
Vintage Jumbo peanut butter glass jar with embossed elephant head. Clear glass with diagonal ridges and JUMBO Brand embossed over the elephant face. 10 1/2 OZ. Below the elephant it is embossed with the words PEANUT BUTTER The Frank Tea and Spice Co. Cincinnati, O. The only mark on the bottom is an ...
Vintage Acorn with leaves glass dish with gold trim. A low candy or nut dish with the acorn and leaf pattern on the underside of the bowl. Measures about 6 inch diameter and stands about 1 1/2 inches tall.The acorns form feet for the bowl to sit on. Glass is clear.
The Starbright candleholder was introduced in the Avon Campaign 21 1980 brochure. Shaped like a five-pointed star, it holds a voltive candle. Textured glass produces beautiful dancing lights when candle is lit. Standing 2" high, it is about 4 1/2" wide. Use several across your buffet table to bright...
The 1981 Avon Christmas ornament was called the Remembrance Ceramic Dove. White ceramic dove of peace with gold-colored metallic cord. The dove ornament is dated in 14k gold. About 3 inches long, this beautiful Christmas ornament comes in its original box.The Avon Heavenly Angel decanter comes with ...
The Avon rocking horse Christmas tree ornament was offered in 1979 and 1980. The clear glass decanter holds .75 fl oz of Moonwind cologne. The gold-colored plastic rocking horse can fit over the top of the glass decanter or can be used as a Christmas tree ornament when the decanter is empty.The rock...
Avon dark ruby red creamer with fragrance candle part of the 1876 Cape Cod Collection offered in 1981. Pressed glass the design is inspired by Early American Sandwich glass called Roman Rosette. The design for the creamer was produced by Scott Babbitt in 1980. Production of this di...
The Avon Glistening Creation Candle introduced late in 1985 and contains ingredients and instructions to make three glistening candles. The kit includes Radiant Red, Glistening Green and Shimmering Gold was grains, three wicks, three safety clips and a glass candleholder jar with cov...
Vintage Avon Christmas Sleigh Bells In The Snow Potpourri in box - the sleigh is white wicker with red trim and there is 1 oz. Winter Pine Potpourri (woodsy smell) in a bag that has never been open. I could not find it in any of the campaign booklets that I have, but due to the box decoration,...
Hallmark Keepsake Sylvester miniature Christmas tree ornament. 1996 Looney Tunes Lovables characters manufactured for Hallmark. The miniature ornament is about 1 inch high and comes in its original box. The back of the box has the following: This Keepsake Miniature Orna...
Hallmark Keepsake Tweety Bird miniature Christmas tree ornament. 1996 Looney Tunes Lovables characters manufactured for Hallmark. The miniature ornament is about 7/8 inches high and comes in its original box. The back of the box has the following: This Keepsake Miniature Orna...
Vintage long necklace of shiny black glass faceted beads with goldtone accents. Various sized hand-painted art glass beads set at about every 9th black glass bead. The art glass beads are white, orange and black with raised painted designs in bright colors. Please see pictures. &nb...
Vintage clear rhinestone bow brooch set in a silvertone pavé setting. Measures 3 1/8 inches long by 1 1/4 inches high. Has a secure rollover clasp in good condition. This pretty vintage rhinestone brooch or pin has no maker mark and is unsigned.
Mid-century Lisner costume jewelry of blue lucite beads with a hook clasp necklace. With two strands of beads, the light blue strand is about 25 1/2 inches long. The medium blue is about 27 inches long. The hooked clasp has a blue lucite bead in a goldtone setting. A foil blu...
Cardinal Mancala family board game including oak finished wood board, colorful playing pieces and instructions. Comes in colorful tin box. For two players ages 6 and up. The tin box measures 9 inches by 5 7/8 inches and is 1 3/4 inches high. Made in China for Cardinal Industr...
Vintage Corning carafe for tea or coffee with the Atomic or Starburst pattern. Has a black plastic lid that sits on top but is not secure. A goldtone wrap around metal handle on the glass carafe. This carafe is not marked and there are no marking for the number of cups.
1992 Hallmark Santa's Club List Christmas tree ornament with flickering electric light. This Keepsake ornament plugs into the light bulb socket on a miniature tree light string. Use only with standard U.L..-listed string of 3.5 or 6 - volt bulbs. The ornament features a racoon in a...
New Home Christmas tree ornament from Hallmark Keepsake Ornament collection. Offered in 1995, the New Home ornament features a cartoon-face house sweeping off a welcome mat and wrapped in a red bow.The New Home ornament measures about 2 1/2 inches by 2 1/4 inches. The back of the ornament is marked ...
Christmas Lights mug and dessert or cookie plate from Avon. Vintage 1985 or 1986. The dessert or cookie plate is white porcelain with a string of Christmas lights around the outer edge of the plate with a thin red stripe around the edge. The Christmas plate measures 7 1/8 inch diameter.The white por...
The Traditions of Christmas written by Bill Abrams and illustrated by Carolyn Ewing was created for Avon Products and offered in 1989. The table of contents includes:Santa's New HelperLet Heaven And Nature SingGrandpa's SurpriseA Feast To RememberThe Tree of LifeThis is a 31 page hardbound book with...
The Family Read-Aloud Christmas Treasury is a collection of wonderful Christmas stories, poems and songs that the whole family can enjoy and share the glory of Christmas. Enjoy Baboushka, a Russian Folk Tale or share the poem Little Tree by E. E. Cummings. 54 stories, poems and songs are included in...
Vintage Indiana Glass 3 part relish dish in clear. Pattern #259 with arches and curving ridges. Measures 7 1/4 inch diameter and stands about 1 inch tall. Sawtooth rim.
No cracks, chips or flakes. Sits level. Some call this pattern Ridge/Fan.
Vintage Fenton white milk glass hobnail candle dish. The candle bowl sits on a pedestal scalloped base. The candle bowl is 6 1/2 inch diameter and stands about 3 1/2 inches tall. You can use different size candles as there are 4 sizes of holes that accomodates both taper and pillar...
Anchor Hocking Thousand Line crystal sandwich server or cake plate. Measures 12 3/4 inch diameter. This pattern is known by several different names such as Stars & Bars or Rainbow Stars. The edge of the plate is a ribbon pattern - very pretty. Anchor Hocking produced this pattern from 1941 to 1960s....
Anchor Hocking vintage Royal Ruby dessert or berry glass bowl. Only known as pattern R1074, this berry or dessert set was advertised with the Prescut pattern as Prescut Accessories. The flared dessert dish measures 4 1/2 inch diameter and stands about 1 3/4 inches high. The top sca...
Vintage Fenton French Opalescent Hobnail glass nappy or bonbon dish. Fenton manufactured this pattern in French Opalescent from the 1940s through the 1950s. The bonbon is a 6 inch square with a ruffled crimped edge.
Vintage Anchor Hocking Moonstone divided relish dish in crystal with hobnails. The hobnails have a tinge of the white opalescent with a white opalescent ruffled edge. The Moonstone pattern was produced by Anchor Hocking between 1941 to 1946 and is listed as M2769 in their ...
Vintage Anchor Hocking forest green or emerald green glass vase in the E3345 pattern. Plain vase with three rings around the middle, flared top and ball-shaped base. Made in the late 1950s to mid 1960s, this forest green vase stands about 6 3/8 inches tall and has a 3 1/4 inch diameter o...
Vintage Indiana Glass Harvest grape large water pitcher in olive green. The vintage Harvest pitcher has a scalloped edging around the upper rim and sits on a pedastal base with beading around the short stem. The 70 oz pitcher stands about 10 1/2 inches tall. The diameter of the ope...
Anchor Hocking vintage Coolidge royal ruby red glass vase. The vase stands about 6 3/8 inches tall with a flared opening 2 3/4 inch diameter. The Coolidge pattern #3346 royal ruby vase has no cracks, chips or flakes. Sits level.
Anchor Hocking began producing their royal ru...
Rogers C stainless cold meat serving fork in the Dream Rose pattern and is pattern #313. This Dream Rose serving fork has the glossy silver color finish and is decorated with a rose design along the handle. This vintage cold meat fork has never been used.
Measures about 8 5/8 inc...
Set of 8 mid-century Bolero Therm-O-Ware round footed cereal or soup bowls in multiple colors. With a white plastic inside and top rim, the outer insulated covering is textured. There are 2 orange, 1 yellow, 1 pink, 1 turquoise or aqua blue, 1 lime green, 1 lavender and 1 medium blue. These bo...
Avon Special Memories Holiday Radiance Doll Hispanic Isabel offered in 2001. From the Fine Collectibles collection, Isabel with porcelain face and hands, has dark brown hair and brown eyes. She is wearing a full length burgandy dress decorated with gold snowflakes with a cape trimed...
Vintage glass salt and pepper shaker set with tray. Some call the design a shell pattern, while others call it a turkey or chicken pattern. It could be either one. All clear glass except for the plastic red caps. The set in the tray measures about 4 inches long and 2 5/8 inch...
Set of 8 Thermo-Temp Thermoware melamine plastic burlap footed sherbet dishes from the 1960s and into the 1970s each with a different color. Colors include Ocean Blue, Cinnabar, Aztec Gold, Lime, Flame Red, Meadow Green, Bright Orange and Plum. These insulated sherbet bowls have a white ...
Set of 8 Eagle plastic melamine one-handled colorful mid-century bowls. The bowls come in various colors including green, pink, turquoise, beige, lavender and yellow. The bowls stand about 2 1/8 inches high and have a 5 1/2 inch diameter opening.
The bottom is marked EAGLE ...
Thermo-Temp Marvel Plastics Thermoware burlap or straw wide small double insulated plastic tumbler in your choice of color. There are six tumblers available at the time of listing - one insulated tumbler each in pink, yellow, kelly green, coral, cinnabar and sand beige. The Thermoware li...
Longevity is the first plate in the Life's Best Wishes series from The Edward Marshall Boehm Studios. Limited edition of 15,000 plates worldwide offered in 1982. The Life's Best Wishes collection is a series of four plates honoring Chinese art and symbolism which has influenced...
Vintage Aztec melmac 6 piece place settting in the Wheat pattern including a dinner plate, cereal or soup bowl, dessert bowl, cup and saucer and a bread & butter plate. The plates and saucer are white melamine with a sprigs of wheat in browns and golds or mustard with green leaves along the si...
Dugan Question Marks carnival glass two-handled bonbon bowl in marigold. The footed candy dish has 2 clear glass handles and a clear glass stem with round base. The Question Marks pattern is on the interior of the bowl and the exterior is smooth. Golden iridescence produces a rainb...
Vintage Imperial carnival Shell and Sand helios green bowl with a scalloped sawtooth edge. A very light golden iridescence over the green glass is evenly distributer and makes it shimmer in various lightings. The bowl is 7 3/4 inch diameter and stands about 2 1/2 inches high and sits on ...
Vintage Imperial carnival glass one-handled nappy in the Pansy pattern. The golden iridescence covering smoke color glass produces beautiful hues of purples, pinks, teals and golds. The outside of the nappy has the Quilted Diamonds pattern and the handle is a textured twig design. ...
Hi Lora ... just wanted to let you know that the links that you include in your messages are not live. I have to copy and past them instead of just clicking on them. Will post to classifieds later in the day. Thanks for including me on the new site. Joan from JohnsAttic
I do not use Instagram because I do not use my cell phone with the internet but I know a lot of the younger generation does. I do use Pinterest, but not just for things I have for sale. I try to include a variety of things - recipes, vintage clothing, decorations, books, music and I also have a board for the Vintage Village where I pin TVV members items that are posted here. BTW, this board seems to get the most impressions and clicks. Not sure it has resulted in anything, but a click is a click.
So agree that we should probably pin to more group boards - I tend to forget those places
selling vintage collectibles including glass, pottery, toys, jewelry and mid-century things. I first started selling on eBay in 2007 but started concentrating on my other online stores since 2010. Starting to list a few things on eBay again.
I was born and raised in Indiana, but moved to North Carolina because of a job transfer in 1999 - love living in the south and North Carolina is a beautiful state. After losing my bill-paying job in 2007, I started selling vintage collectibles that I had collected over the years on eBay. I really enjoyed meeting other collectors and sellers online, the research, the presentation and design and running my own business. I just love everything about being an online seller.
My mother passed away in 2008 and it took my brother, sister and I 3 1/2 years to go through her house. She collected everything, loved going to auctions after she retired and belonged to every book club. So, while not all, a lot of my inventory comes from her estate and I still have boxes of 'stuff' I haven't listed yet.
By 2009, I decided that I really wanted more control over my online selling and started using other platforms - eCrater and Auctiva Commerce. With that, I joined several online selling / social groups and have made many friends over the past 9 years. I don't remember when I joined The Vintage Village but it has been a long time. It seemed like The Vintage Village was always my home base - there is just a comfortable atmosphere here.
Really some cool toasters. I remember the flip side toasters (shown below) as this is what we used growing up. When the pop-up toasters came out, we sure made a lot of toast just to watch it pop up - lol
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Fantastic picture of the Merry Widow hat - too funny. I also love vintage clothing and dress patterns. My grandmother was a dressmaker / seamstress and taught me how to sew when I was pretty young. Always loved touching all the fabrics when shopping with her. Love looking at old fashion magazines.
I will say that when you do pin, make sure you are going to the source and not to another pin board. I have clicked on something that I was interested in and was taken on a wild goose chase. By the time I have clicked 4 or 5 places, I forget what I was looking for.
You can click on the links in the posts above. There are so many good ideas and suggestions, but here is the link about how to make 'rich' pins depending on what your subject is about. https://business.pinterest.com/en/rich-pins?utm_medium=pinterest_blog_referral&utm_source=pinterest_blog&utm_campaign=partner_3ways
There is help for App Pins, Recipe Pins, Movie Pins, Product Pins, Traveler Pins and Reading Pins. While most of us are interested in the Product Pins, I have read that a variety of interesting tidbits should be included on your boards i.e. if you have a board for Christmas Decorations, include a few 'Christmas' recipes, places to spend Christmas at, Christmas traditions etc etc.
Pinterest Planning Calendar
Some good tips on when to pin certain items such as holidays, seasonal, special events and travel. And breaking it down even further with fashion, decor and foods.
Remember that people using pins are already looking for ideas and special items to purchase. Pinterest tips suggest that "70% of Pinners take action on Pins and Pinners plan for holidays at least 60 days out - 21% higher than general population."
I put together a slide show on my facebook fan page (it is posted as a video). It allowed me to add 7 photos and I picked the faded viewing option. Pretty easy to do and was able ot upload pics from my computer.
If you want to see what it looks like - https://www.facebook.com/carolinabluelady/
Did you know that you could post photo display options on your fan page? Besides the single and 'album' choices, you can also post a photo caarousel or create a slideshow. Pretty nifty............. Just click on add a photo / video and this will pop up for you to pick your choice of display.
Is the pattern shown on the silver / gray part the glass pattern or the painted pattern? Looks like it is the glass pattern. If it is, I would look through some glass books to see if you can pin down the mfg of the glass.
As far as pictures for my online stores, I just use Microsoft Picture Manager and save them to a folder on my desktop. My folder includes folders for each of my categories and /or brand. I name each picture and save it to the appropriate folder within my Online Store Merchandise folder. For my stores and most other places, I can pull the photo from my computer. In those cases where I can't and need a url address I use picturetrail - but there just aren't many places that you need to use a url address.
I usually only use a few things in editing a pic - crop, color (if it has too much yellow), brightness/contrast and rotate a little to get it straight. I don't use all of these all the time. I have not had any problems doing this
Back (way back) when I was in junior high, girls took Home Ec and the boys took Shop. Our first sewing project was a white bibbed apron and we had to embroidery our names on the bib. Embroidery wasn't all that easy.........
Does anyone know anything about wood boxes? This box has a thin metal decorated overlay that covers the top. There is no lock on this box - don't know if it was considered a jewelry box, desk box or trinket-type box. I'm guessing this was from the 1920s through the 1930s. It was my grandmother's and there were just odds and ends in it from that period in time. It has the initials A M P Y and I have no idea what that stands for. The inside is lined in dark green velvet. It is stuck to the box with thin wood cylinders around the bottom edges.
I could find no name or markings
Vintage Christmas catalogs online from 1933 to 1988 - Sears, Spiegel, Wards and others. Entire catelogs including clothings, toys, jewelry, Christmas decorations. Not all years are included, but a good number for those decades are.
Great for dating Christmas ornaments and decorations and other things
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You will find vintage Avon jewelry, colognes and collectibles; vintage glassware; vintage dinnerware from the '50s, '60s and '70s; beautiful porcelain collector plates and vintage pottery.
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I am going through my grandmother's button jars and boxes. I found 8 cards of these metal buttons with a rose motif. Sometimes they look like brassy gold and sometimes seem to have a rose tint. Lightweight. 1/2 inch. pin shank. 2-part construction. The card shows the name Imports and Made in Europe Imported by House of Banda. I can not find any information about this name.
Has anyone heard of them? Thanks for any information
A very unique form of mourning jewelry during the Victorian era was braided hair jewelry. A lock of hair from the deceased was often hidden away in a locket worn close to the heart. Many brooches were made with the hair kept under glass to protect their loved ones in "another place". These items were referred to a memento moriwhich is Latin to " reflect on the transitory nature of life" or more so in our terms "be mindful of death".Not all braided hair jewelry was for mourning. Since hair was incredibly personal, women would braid locks of hair from their husbands or fiances as a love token. The braided hair bracelet circa 1860 is one such item. Many hours were spent entwining each hair to form the intricate masterpiece. Young ladies practiced this art much as they did when embroidering for samplers.An insight into a lost art. A word to the significant others and husbands...beware the woman with a scissors.
originally posted by boylerpf 2-8-2009
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We were suppose to get a cool frront late last week. We, too have been in the mid to upper 90s a lot this summer. If it came I missed it. Also, we keep getting rain clouds everyday overhead, but no rain. We could use the rain. I'm in Charlotte, NC
Melamine plastic dinnerware from the 1950s - History and Information on 'melmac' dinnerware companies, patterns and collecting
Collecting Vintage Melmac Dinnerware: History and Information - A Hub page written by Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer
Melamine Dinnerware, All Things Plastic Fantastic, Welcome to Melmac Central - A blog by Retro Chalet
The Branchell Company - website of the melmac dinnerware manufacturer from the early 1950s into the 1960s.
PlasticLiving - Watertown Melmac History, Jon Hedu, and Early Airlines Plastic
I have been a member of The Vintage Village since April, 2010. While I have belong to some other soical sellers' sites, this is the only community that is active at all times. There is real networking and advertising done, much more than what any individual can do on their own. Not only does The Vintage Village provide a place to sell from, but it also provides a place where you can learn about vintage, keep up on current events that affect 'online selling', learn about different selling sites like Ruby Lane, Etsy, eCrater and eBay and hear from others about what is working or not working when it comes to online selling.
The members of The Vintage Village are a caring and unselfish group. Lora does a fantastic job and is constantly thinking of new and better ways to promote 'vintage' and the people that sell it. Membership is just $30.00 per year - only $2.50 per month. There is no place that provides more value for the money - no place.
Blood and Sand with Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell and Rita Hayworth was my favorite movie and is still my favorite. Yes, Tyrone Power was adored by many - Ole' Hope the link gets you to the movie trailer - it is pretty cool!
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posted by boylerpf 2-7-2009
One type of Victorian jewelry that has always fascinated me is mourning jewelry. When Queen Victoria's husband died in 1861, mourning jewelry was very desirable. The queen actually wore black for the rest of her life! Jewelry followed a strict protocol wearing black for the first year and then, during the second, muted colors were allowed such as purple, muave, and gray. Elements used for the jewelry were highly symbolic...pearls for tears, the forget-me-knot flower for remembrance, a diamond for constancy and the list goes on. Popular materials used were bog oak as pictured above, jet, gutta percha, and onyx.Shown is a great example of the era..1875...Bog oak brooch . Pair of bog oak earrings with vulcanite base.The pieces produced were highly detailed and one could read them almost like a book! Don't you just wish these old antique jewelry pieces could tell their story?
posted by boylerph 2-9-2009
There is nothing like the simplicity of a gold or gold filled bangle bracelet. A bangle bracelet is as popular today as it was over 100 years ago although back in the day, bangles had a special meaning.During the Victorian days, bangle bracelets were given in pairs and were called wedding bangles. One for the bride and one for the groom. They were very ornate with the engraving and many displayed what is referred to as taille d'epargne, a black enamel accent. Ivy vines were a common theme and symbolic of friendship, fidelity and love. A flower was often a focal point with the bluebells for constancy and the lilac for feelings of love.Just another thing to think about when you don your bangles!!
posted by Luv2Luv Antques 10-4-2010
Vintage Simtex Plaid Tablecloth ~ Great with Fiestaware or Russel Wright Tableware ~Vintage linens need to be washed by hand and line dried, to prevent damage to the fibers. Do not use a washer & dryer, as the agitation of the washing machine will cause holes, and heat from the dryer will cause fiber loss and shrinkage. A front loading washer may be a possibility for sturdier linens.Use a plastic tub to wash your linens, as metal has an oxidation process which may cause rust. (I found a clear plastic tub with handles, that fits in one of my kitchen sinks, at WalMart.) A clear plastic tub is best, as you can see if colors run, while you are soaking your vintage linens. If color starts to run, immediately rinse the cloth with cold water to remove the solution. Some old things cannot handle hot water.One of the VTLC members suggested soaking a vintage linen in plain tepid, or lukewarm water, to loosen old dirt, soaps, and stains, that are in the fibers, before you even use a presoak, such as Biz. (There may be alot of old soap, or starch, residue left in the vintage 'cloth.) I did this and saw old soap, and alot of dirt come out! I use Biz now most of the time. It is terrific. I may soak something in a Biz, or Oxyclean solution, first...for about 30 minutes to one hour (or more), and then change the water...putting Ivory Snow, or All Detergent in (depending on the type, age, and content of the vintage linen). There is still quite a bit of the Biz on the 'cloth (as you have not rinsed it) which will continue to work. Biz can be too harsh for very delicate things. For extremely delicate, older things, use plain water presoak, rinse, and soak in Ivory Snow solution. CAUTION: The new Biz has OXY products in it!!! Oxy cleaners may damage rayon or linen blended fabrics, and even make holes in fabrics with metallic threads!So, put cool water, with Ivory Snow Liquid Detergent, in the plastic basin. Soak your vintage linen 2 hours to 48 hours, depending on how dirty it is. You must move the item around once in a while, to make sure all areas soak properly. Ivory Snow is safe for even the older vintage cloths (30's & 40's), embroidery, crochet, and even cloths with metallic threads (as silver & gold metallic threads in some Christmas Tablecloths.) Rinse your cloth with cool water, until the water runs clear. Leaving soap in the cloth can weaken the fibers. Never wring or twist the cloth, just squeeze gently. Then hang to dry outside on a clothes line, or lay flat on towels on a table. Hang the vintage linen part way over the line, as hanging at the corners can stretch it and leave marks. Use plastic clothes pins, as the wooden ones can leave marks.If you would like to try to remove spots from tablecloths, you could try using "Simple Green" Household spray. After you have wet your cloth in the basin of Ivory Snow solution, you can spray the Simple Green on the spots to soak. This is not an oxygen product, so it is safer for older fabrics. Try it first on an outside area of the cloth to be safe. (Make sure you have good air filtration, as it has quite a strong odor!)If you are washing a 50's or later tablecloth (for example) you could try soaking it in "Biz" (which quite a few vintage collectors do). I soaked two vintage white damask tablecloth and napkin sets, a print tablecloth, and an embroidered dresser scarf, in biz, with beautiful results. I have tried soaking the 50's & 60's cloths in Oxy Magic, with some detergent, such as Ivory Snow Liquid. I have also tried a soak with Ivory Snow Liquid and putting Oxy Clean Liquid on spots, after the cloth is wet. There are other Oxy products as well. Also, I have soaked 50's & 60's cloths in Woolite in cold water, sometimes spotting with "Simple Green". Remember not to use the Oxy products, or Woolite, on crochet, embroidery, metallic threads, finer, and/or older cloths, etc. These fabrics cannot take the brighteners! Never use chlorine bleach!!! It will weaken fibers, erase patterns, possibly make holes, and leave white areas. I cringe at the thought of the bleach pens that some people, selling linens on auction, suggest you use to remove stains!Sun Crofting is using the sun's rays to naturally bleach a cloth. I have placed a vintage tablecloth, that I have soaked, on teri towels on top of a folding table outside in the sun. Some collectors place the tablecloth directly on green grass, to use the oxygen released by the grass's photosynthesis process. (I don't do that as we spray alot of bug sprays, plus we have pets.) I had great results using the table outside, suncrofting to remove extremely bad storage stains, from a Luther Travis Tablecloth. When you do this, make sure you spray cool water on the tablecloth to keep it damp. I used a clean spray bottle on fine spray and cool water. You need to constantly watch your linen in the sun. Don't forget about it...leave it out too long and it could start to fade!I have tried ddseven spot remover on the white background of a cotton tablecloth, to remove old dye, and grease. This is a strong spot remover, so be careful! It starts to make color run, so don't put it on the colored part! And you need good ventilation! ddseven with lemon juice is great to remove rust stains. Sometimes lemon juice alone (if the rust stain is fairly recent) will work on it's own. (If there is alot of rust stain, when you remove it there may be a hole, as the fibers have been 'eaten' away!To remove musty odors in linens, VTLC club members have suggested a soak in Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (detergent boost & household cleaner), a soak in pure baking soda and warm water (not too hot...watch for dye runs!), or vinegar in a rinse. Also, Biz will get out odors, as I had removed musty odor and alot of dirt from vintage crocheted table lace. (Another club member had the same results with vintage lace. This was the 'old' Biz before they added the oxy to it.) If you have tea stained vintage lace, Biz will cause the dye to run! I quickly rinsed my lace with cold water and it was OK.I have used Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, made by Beacon Adhesives, to close tiny pin holes on tablecloths. I bought it at WalMart. I liked it better than Fray Check, which I found runny. Fabri-Tac is more like a gel. I applied it sparingly using my fingernail and a toothpick, to close the fibers of the cloth. On a linen tablecloth, it looked like a flub in the cloth, when I was done. This has a strong odor also! You need good ventilation! If you resell a tablecloth you have tacked pin holes on, please list it in your auction description. If you are not "excellent" at doing this, maybe it's best to just point out the tiny pin holes in your auction.I did another "tablecloth rescue". I purchased a late 1940's? french blue and white colored water lily patterned tablecloth. It was hole free, and a heavy cotton sailcloth material. It had horrid stains, some looking like rust. I soaked it in just water, then in Biz, then in oxyclean with Ivory Snow Liquid, then I spot removed with a paste of Oxy Magic powder placed on each stain. I went over the tablecloth about 3 times! Then it was rinsed, and rinsed, and rinsed, by hand, and hung outside in the sun. It takes a lot of patience and hard work, but it's possible to change a seriously horrid looking tablecloth into a gorgeous one!I am sharing my experiences with you. Nothing is fool proof when you are learning to clean vintage cloths. Even the experts have made mistakes....you take your chances. Make sure a fabric is washable by testing an inconspicuous outside corner, if possible. Some fabrics with silk or rayon, may have to be drycleaned. I had great success getting storage stains out of 50's barkcloth curtains, by soaking in Ivory Snow Liquid and spotting with "Simple Green". Hanging on the line in the sun did them good also.To store vintage fabrics, make sure they are clean. Then wrap them is acid free white tissue paper, or washed unbleached muslin. I think the muslin is great as it won't tear. Every 3-4 months you should refold your tablecloths to prevent fiber damage. Using spray starch on fabrics creates a sugar treat for bugs, so I do not want to use it. If you use it on a tablecloth, you need to completely wash out the spray starch, before you store the tablecloth. If you're storing your items in a closet, put moth/bug repelling sachets in the closet, especially using cedar and lavender. I have a cedar lined chest that I'm using for cloths. Make sure the cloths do not touch the wood, even cedar, as it breaks down the fibers. Being near paper or cardboard hurts too. Plastic bags and containers give off gas vapors. It'll cause storage stains and even holes.I hope this has been helpful. My favorite vintage tablecloth books are:Collectors' Guide to Vintage Tablecloths by Pamela Glasell, a Schiffer BookCollectors' Guide to Vintage Souvenir Tablecloths & Linens by Pamela Glasell, a Schiffer BookColorful Tablecloths 1930s - 1960s Threads of the Past by Yvonne Barineau & Erin HendersonElegant Table Linens From Weil & Durrse including Wilendur w Price Guide by Michelle Hayes
posted by Luv2LuvAntiques 10-18-2010
I am a collector and seller of vintage costume jewelry. For the past few years I have purchased many collector books on the subject. I have asked many questions of local dealers, and dealers online, who I've met while purchasing jewelry, or through social networks.There are quite a few differences of opinion in the cleaning of vintage costume jewelry, and storage also.I have been told by some to use a damp soapy cloth to clean dust and dirt from the jewelry piece, then wipe again with a water dampened cloth, and then dry. Others have told me to use a Q-tip dampened with water, while some have said to use Windex!One of the comments was that the alcohol in the Windex would dry off, while water sitting on the jewelry would cause harm. I really wondered about the Windex...So, I asked an expert! I talked to the very friendly lady at our local gold and gem shop. She recommended using a Q-tip dampened with water, only if there was noticeable dust and dirt that had to be removed. Any Windex, or jewelry cleaners, would damage vintage costume jewelry! Soaking the piece with water would cause any rhinestones to loosen. A soft cotton T shirt fabric is the best thing to use to wipe any vintage costume jewelry piece.I also asked her about an old 1940's necklace that had green residue on it. She told me that was oxidation of the metal, so the piece could not be cleaned.I've also learned that wrapping rhinestone jewelry in bubble wrap, is not a good practice, as the plastic will 'deaden' the stones...they will turn dark! As I have received rhinestone jewelry from a few sellers who wrapped the jewelry directly in plastic, I am checking all of my stock. Wrapping the pieces in white tissue paper, or soft cotton fabric, first, is much better for your jewelry!I certainly would not want to ruin any of my vintage costume jewelry, especially this beautiful Lisner bracelet and earrings set, which is one of my favorites!
posted by Russian Soul Vintage 8-6-2011
Vladimir Makovsky (1846-1920)
In the field of genre painting Makovsky has no equal. He unsurpassed master of the short, bright stories, novellas, master paintings. In his work, he continued and developed the best traditions of the pioneers of the genre in Russian art. In his numerous paintings Vladimir Makovsky spoke and showed the lives of nearly all social groups and classes in Russia. Here, merchants, officials, nobles of all ranks and conditions; Various intellectuals and working people - artisans, craftsmen and peasants, burghers and inhabitants of different ages and characters, clerks, servants and lackeys, beggars, vagrants and convicts, soldiers and gendarmes. All these people depicted in pictures, live and operate in the most familiar and characteristic atmosphere, but the artist has always skillfully chose the moment of action, when most fully reveal human character, human relationships, their social position.
Self-Portrait (1893) Four Hands (1889)
A talented artist, sharply peering into the life around him, deeply compassionate human grief and joy, he created many paintings that tell all about the fate of ordinary people. Almost half a century appeared annually at the shows new works by Makovsky, and people always enjoyed his paintings with the same attention, waiting for them impatiently. Actual content, often involving stinging questions of the day, they were always very clear to the public. life of its creative and social activities aimed at awakening thought and civicconsciousness. As an artist, he is a prominent representative of critical realism in art.
The Village Children (1880)
Makovsky has worked extraordinarily long and hard, his workshop was full of sketches albums various types and stages. In people who posed for him, he could tell the entire history of life: he knew their peculiarities, idiosyncrasies, biography. Images of his genre paintings are very different, but always characterized and typical. Contemporaries of Makovsky convey an interesting fact, when an foreign artist, astonished variety of types of pictures Makovsky, asked him to show his sitters. Makovsky, showing the foreigner in a noisy street, said: "These are my sitters".
The Joint Pleasure (1896) Fisherman (1899)
Biography of Vladimir Makovsky -- Wikipedia
posted by Antques du Jour 9-24-2012
It is amazing how much of the advertising we see is related around making people, places and things smell better! From soap, detergent, pet products, deodorants and perfumes, our society is very fixated on the olfactory senses. We even have adages that honor the importance, i.e., "like a breath of fresh air" and so on. I am sure that it will not surprise you to know that this fixation on aromas has been with us for thousands of years. One could write many books on just the topic of the types of scents and aromas and their history and uses. For the purpose of this article I am going to present one aspect of the topic that truly appeals to my womanly soul, perfume bottles and containers. It seems that they have fascinated me from the time I was a small child.
Beautifully made containers were first made around 1000 BC and since that time they have been a mirror of what has been fashionable and favored in society. The Egyptians invented the method for making glass, and these glass containers often held scents for religious purposes as well as for personal use to enhance intimate situations. Although perfume did a downward turn during the Dark Ages, along with learning and so many other "niceties" (they weren't called the Dark Ages for no reason), the making of perfume had a resurgence in the 16th century. Thank heavens. Can you imagine how dismal it must have been living in some musty old castle, if you were one of the privileged who lived in a castle, surrounded by people who rarely bathed and knew nothing about basic hygiene? It was during the 16th century that scented pomanders began to be made. I am positive it was in an attempt to "clear the air." In the 18th and 19th centuries, "vinagerettes" became popular so that a lady could mask the unpleasant odors that were sure to greet her when she forayed out into the streets. These were not applied to the body but rather, the small bottle was held up to the nose and breathed in.
In the 18th century, major perfume manufacturers came into being with Yardley among the most prominent, and they began improving manufacturing techniques and creating lovely decorated bottles. Most of these were created to hold "floral water." Based on natural plant extracts and oils, the perfume business did not change much until advances were made in organic chemistry so that hard to obtain ingredients could be lab created. And along with all of this perfume, the design and creation of bottles and containers soared. French crystal maker Baccarat was an early maker of perfume bottles in the 19th century. Baccarat made the bottle for Shalimar, the blockbuster perfume introduced by Guerlain in 1925. It remains among my personal favorites because of the shape and the beautiful cobalt blue stopper. Among the most sought after are bottles designed by Rene' Lalique, and today, these are the ones that are most often faked, so caution is necessary when purchasing perfume bottles. The Irice company made lovely less expensive containers during the Art Deco era and beyond, as did the DeVillbis company. Estee Lauder made solid perfume compacts highly collectible.
The older Shalimar bottles have a flashed iridescent effect over the cobalt blue stopper.
The style, age, rarity, and as always, condition, play into the value of a perfume bottle. What is especially nice about this area of collecting is that vintage perfume bottles can still be found at yard sales and in thrift stores. They can be found online, but be sure that you well know the marks of a maker before you spend what can be into the thousands of dollars for the more rare pieces. I am going to add a link here, and there are many many sites on the Net where you can go visit and become enraptured looking at the absolutely exquisite perfume bottles that are a part of our history. There are also many books available for the collector. One of my favorites is "Perfume Bottles" by Judith Miller. The photos are stunning and you will see bottles in the book that I have not seen any place else. This is a link to an online "virtual: museum that has some lovely things. http://www.perfumebottles.org/virtual-museum/15
Who is your customer and why do they buy... a real life customer in Russia video
posted by RC Antques 6-26-2013
Last month a lady from Russia was interested in some the vintage purses listed in my RC Antiques on Ruby Lane shop. shop.
Due to the weight of the purses, the shipping was Priority, rather expensive, but, we were able to make a deal by dividing the shipments into 2 shipments to lower the shipping cost to 1st class international.
When you work with a customer by exchanging comments back and forth, a good connection between shop owner and client develops.
This time, not only did my customer enjoy her visit, but, she actually created a video.
She wrote via Ruby Lane customer exchange to tell me her video audience love the purses she purchased from me , and gave me the link to the video I am positing here.
She is speaking in Russian, the 3 purses she purchased from me , were photos that I also posted here...2 black purses and the needlepoint purse.
It's exciting to see your customer ( she is adorable and I LOVE the jewelry she is wearing ) and even more exciting to see the items presented by a very happy customer.
This video makes all shop owners feel wonderful, because we do work hard to give the best we can...it's a lady in Russia, showing these purses right there from her living room, much the same as me when I do videos.
I know you will enjoy it as much as I did..and you just might see a purse you sold to her too.
Here's the video,
Best wishes, Linda
posted by Ellene Meece 7-7-2013
Researching this vintage glass candy dish, I came across an article from Glass and Pottery Sellers Association on what will sell out there of this type. Thought I would share it here for others who have some of the pretty, clear glassware pieces to sell.
How Does One Decide Which Glass Will Sell on eBay?A Few Suggestions From GPSA's Own WGPaul
Bill’s 15 Rules for Happy Glass Buying
Don’t buy oodles of clear glass until you know something about it. Most clear glass is relatively worthless on Ebay. And that’s from a guy who collects clear glass! There’s some great pieces in clear glass but you will waste your time if you buy every piece of clear glass you can find.
Learn about the most commonly found glass. While there are some rare pieces in these patterns, most of the items you will find are common. Look at the following patterns:
Early American PresCut
Indiana Harvest (Carnival and Milk Glass)
Stars and Bars
Concord by Brockway
See the pictures above for examples of this glass, and also check out this helpful page: Undocumented and Under Documented Glass Patterns
Don’t buy cube glass thinking it’s Fostoria American. Learn to tell Indiana Whitehall from American first. (Besides, what did I tell you about clear glass?)
Don’t buy small square dishes with frilly edges that look like English Hobnail. They aren’t, and there’s a gazillion of them out there.
Learn about florist glass - E. O. Brody doesn’t usually sell. Also that Teardrop pattern from Indiana.
Not all glass with cut flowers is Princess House. The PH flower looks like a fuschia from the side. the pattern is called Heritage. Learn to recognize it. Although fairly contemporary, some of it sells very well. But be sure it’s PH first. (OK, it’s clear - rules were made to be broken.)
Just because it’s old, doesn’t mean it’s valuable. There are currently over 20 pages of EAPG items in the completed listings under $9.99. While some of these are misidentified, many are lovely old pre-1910 items that just don’t sell. I started collecting a US Glass pattern after I kept seeing sell for so little on eBay. (Just what I needed - another pattern to collect!)
Learn to recognize recent Polish cut glass. It’s pretty but not very sale-able on eBay - especially in clear. (Did I mention not to buy clear glass?)
Now that the categories are back, you can do my favorite exercise. Choose a category. Sort by price. Look at what’s selling for big bucks. Pray you find one. Now sort by lowest. See what’s selling for under $10. Don’t buy this stuff. Now search for items in that category between $20 and $50. These are the items you are likely to find if you know what you are looking for.
Buy wisely. Do your homework. Study. Hang out at the discussion board. Go to the library. Read something about glass every night.
f it can’t be ID’d, dump it. Sell it cheap, give it away or donate it. Sure, it could be that $5,000 item you’ve been waiting for, but it’s more likely a $10 item you’ve just spent 5 hours trying to ID. That’s $2 an hour. It’s not even minimum wage. I think I had a job in 1970 that paid $2 an hour.
Use the GPSA glossary for descriptions of flaws.
Describe damage in factual terms. Don’t use judgments like good condition, small chip, doesn’t take away from the piece. Let the buyer decide all that. Just describe it by size and shape - a 1/4” flat chip on the bottom where the piece sits. The buyer can decide whether that’s “good condition” or not.
Don’t buy clear glass until you know what sells. (Oh - did I mention that already?) Bill
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Posted byEllene Meece 7-13-2013
“Founded in 1905 by Addis Emmet Hull, Hull Pottery began production in Crooksville, Ohio. The company began by making utilitarian stoneware, semi-porcelain dinnerware and deco tile. By the 1920′s, Hull Pottery had expanded to offices in Chicago and Detroit, a showroom in New York, and even a large warehouse in New Jersey. During this time, the company began to expand its product line to include Hull art pottery, utilizing a larger variety of colors and differing glazing techniques. In 1930, Addis Emmet Hull died and was succeeded by his son Addis E. Hull Jr. In 1937, Jr. left the company and was replaced by Gerald F. Watts. From the 1930′s through the 1950′s, Hull Pottery experienced great progress marked by their most popular line Red Riding Hood, a figural cookie jar introduced in 1943. Hull Pottery’s line expanded to include piggy banks, liquor bottles, and also lamps. The Hull Pottery plant was destroyed on June 19, 1950 in a flood and resulting fire. The company rebounded quickly however and re-opened on January 1, 1952. Through the 50′s and 60′s, Hull Pottery continued to expand with new artistic lines such as Ebb Tide, Continental, Parchment and Pine, and Tokay. During the mid 80′s the company dealt with union strikes and foreign competition and in 1986, Hull Pottery closed their plant.” Hull Pottery. net
Any popular collectors item is too often imitated! Hull pottery is no different. Basically, identifying genuine pieces of Hull Pottery is knowing marks and the finish details to look for. Click on How to Recognize Authentic Hull Pottery for a check list and information.
As Hull Pottery is no longer manufactured, it’s collection value has increased. An 8 1/2″ Hull Magnolia Matt Vase on a popular site lists for $150.
Reference books on Hull Pottery abound. To learn more, these can be a valuable tool for identification and value.
Happy collecting…in the world of Hull Pottery!
posted by RC Antiques Latest Web Shop Update 2-18-2014
Hello everyone, RC Antiques is now a verified business page on Pinterest.
I am learning many things as I begin this new venture of selling items without a site platform such as ebay, etsy or Ruby Lane.
I have always had my RC Antiques registered as a domain. I am registered with Go Daddy, which I highly recommend, and register your domain under business so it will come up in Google etc better.
But, there have been many changes since the days when I did Shop Talk videos.Some good, some, not so good.
Today, let's talk about Pinterest.
Why is it the success it is?Photos appeal more than words and eventually a photo with a link to where you can buy the item, leads to a sale.
Be sure to register as a business on Pinterest and to get the best results, be sure to verify your business via Pinterest so your shop's items will show up in Pinterest search.
After almost 2 weeks of trying to get my shop verified, thanks to Weebly ( where I created my web store ), GoDaddy where I have my domain, and last but not least, thanks to Pinterest's patience and help, I am now a verified shop on Pinterest.
This gives me access to my Pinterest Analytics, which will reveal to me, what people like as far as what I share on Pinterest and how much traffic am I really getting there.
Next, and this will be a major turn around for me to announce....photos for Pinterest...make them fabulous, appealing, the kind of photos a viewer will want to click on.That's right folks, it's back to the drawing board for me.Although I loved the remove the back round feature Ruby Lane has introduced to their site, , it really does not get those clicks, unless show with something that catches the eye....at least , that is what appears best for posting on Pinterest.
My mannequins will be in full attire again, and my photos will look more like a magazine spread than a blank back round.
2 thumbs up to etsy that has always enjoyed the creativity of their sellers...look in magazines and see, no items are ever just an item, it's always with a set up.
So, I will be enjoying my photography again, creating beautiful colorful, want to see closer photos.
I will keep everyone posted as to how this goes.
Thank you everyone for reading my blog.Also, if you have any suggestions for my shop, I am always interested in hearing what you have to say.Best wishes,Linda
posted by Vintage Baubles & Bits 2-25-14
If you’ve been collecting vintage for any period of time, you’re sure to have come across a piece or two of Coro jewelry. A well-established costume jewelery company - Coro Jewelry has been around since 1900. It was founded in New York as part of the Cohn & Rosenberger Company which was started by Emanuel Cohn and his partner Carl Rosenberger. The brand made costume jewelry for 79 years.
A fun little piece of trivia, but the name Coro wasn't actually adopted by the company until 1943, when the blend of Cohn & Rosenberger's names was officially made the corporate name. Cohn had died in 1910, only 10 years into the life of the company, but the Rosenberger family still gave tribute to his contributions to the brand.
Carl Rosenberger continued to manage the company until his death in 1957, when the brand was taken over by Gerald Rosenberger, Carl's son, who managed the company until his death 10 years later. In 1970 the Rosenberger family sold the company to Richton, International. However, Richton was unable to keep the line of costume jewelry profitable and in 1979 Coro went bankrupt and closed its doors for good.
For vintage collectors this means that any piece of Coro jewelry you find is a least 35 years old and is definitely vintage. All Coro pieces are marked, making them easy to recognize and collect. Throughout the life of the company the logo went through many iterations, the two most popular versions being the script “Coro” and Pegasus Coro, the company name with the image of a flying horse next to it.
To find out more about Coro marks visit this great reference site:
posted by Vintage Vault 9-14-2014
I have recently received several compliments on my item photos from several other Villagers so I thought I would share my process.
Like most of us, I'm limited on money. space and time. The first thing I do is build up a bunch of items that I want to list so I can shoot photos all on one or two days. I build up a big pile in the corner of my dining area until I can't stand looking at it anymore and then drag out the photo equipment.
I live in a small condo so I don't have room for a lot of stuff. Basically my kitchen table is my studio. I did however, invest in a few decent pieces of equipment that make all the difference.
Camera- I use a Nikon DSLR D40. Priced new these can run around 500 dollars. Don't freak! I couldn't afford that kind of upfront investment either and I don't like credit cards so I shopped around at local pawn shops until I found a camera I like and put it on layaway. I got it for around 250 and was able to make payments that fit my budget. Plus a reputable pawn shop will give you a limited warranty.
If you want to stay with the small hand held digital cameras, which are still very good products, I would recommend investing in a better grade brand such as Olympus or Nikon and also a small tripod to stabilize your shots.
Lighting- I am fortunate enough to have a photographer friend who gave me one of his light boxes. It looks like this:You can buy them off Ebay for relatively cheap. They have kits with lights as well for under 50 dollars. I like this box because the home made one I used in the beginning was cumbersome, fell apart all the time and was hard to store. This type folds down and pops up for easy storage and fits perfectly on my small kitchen table. I use a box to prop items up higher into the center of the light box and a white sheet to cover the box. Often I will use a small black or dark colored box on which I sit the particular item because it helps the camera read the item better.
Lamps- I use 2 garage style clamp lamps that look like this:
I bought them at a garage sale for a buck each but you can get them at Home Depot or any hardware store or Ebay. I have 2 stands that I also bought for 50 cents each to which I mount the lamps. I am thinking of investing in one of the kits I saw on EBay that comes with the lamps but since I am since a cheapskate I will really have to ponder that option.
What is important here is the kind of bulbs you use for the lamps. You want to go down to Home Depot or Ace hardware or even online and get Daylight Incandescent Bulbs. It will give you white lighting. If you use regular bulbs for the lighting, your photos will all look dull and yellow. The bulbs are about 12 to 20 bucks each but they will last several years and well worth the investment.
Sometimes I use the lamps on the side of the box so the light is shining through the material and sometimes pull them out front and have them shining directly on the product. I also have a ceiling light above the box that I turn on to get a nice down cast glow. Sometimes I open the blinds to get some natural lighting as well but I have to be careful of shadows. Experimenting is the best way to learn!
I try not to use a bunch of backdrop items to fancy up my photos such as lace or flowers. For me personally, I find it to be a distraction from the piece and can get in the way seasonally. By that I mean if you use a bunch of daisies as props around your item, come Christmas time that photo is going to look out of place For me, I just find lots of background stuff to be distracting and takes away from the item you are listing.
As I'm shooting my pictures I make sure I have a notebook, measuring tape and magnifying glass with me. I take notes on each item as I shoot it so I have ready information for later on when I do each listing. I also note any flaws the piece might have so I don't forget it later on and make notes about value or reference on the piece. I also start putting together a working title for the item which I will test later on using searches to see if it fits the bill.
Next, I am going to download my pictures into the computer. I catalog each group by the day I shot them. That way later on when I have to find a particular photo I can look for that month, day and year grouping and it makes it easier to find. I can also keep track of how long I have had a piece kicking around and maybe its time dump the old photos and retake or consider putting the piece into the dud file. Hey, not everything's a winner!
I use Picasa from Google to edit the photos because a) it is free and I am cheap and b) it is quick and easy to use.
It's important to crop your photo as closely as possible getting rid of all extra space around the photo. One of the features I like most about Picase is the straighten feature. You can level out your photo so the item is well centered. I recommend straightening before you crop. You can fine tune by adjusting the contrast and light and shadow. I try not to over do it and use the item itself as a rule of them. Does the coloring actually look like the item? If its too far off the mark I back up and adjust.
As a last tip for listing your item, which will help pull it up in searches, is that you want to title your first photo the same name as your listing title. So for example, I am going to list a set of measuring cups by the brand and style and call them Tender Heart Bee Hive Stacking Measuring Cups because that is what I think people will search for when looking for this type of item. So I name my first and best photo with the same title so the image itself can be picked up in searches.
I hope some of this helps. Images are so crucial to the impact of your item listing. I;m certainly not a professional photographer by any means but I am fortunate enough to have friends and relatives who fit into that category and I am not afraid to pick their brains for help. It took me a little time to put together my process and equipment but the small financial investment and the time investment has paid off with great results! Thanks for reading this and if you have any questions send me a message and I will do my best to answer!
by John Reese 12-16-2014
Bunnie's Glad New Year by Culmer Barnes (appeared in the January 1913 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.
Culmer Barnes was an American cartoonist and illustrator that lived in Ossining, New York. Barnes drew for several magazines in the early 20th century such as St. Nicholas, Good Housekeeping and several other magazines. (I could not find any additional information on the life and works of Barnes, not even a Wikipedia page).
Arnold Larson Collection, Inc
I came across a couple of very sleek-looking art glass animal figurines that I had packed away over 16 years ago. I had received them both as gifts in the early nineties Both have a small round paper label, blue with silver lettering - Larson Crystal U.S.A. Made. Heavy like paperweights with a very fine finish. I have been trying to find information regarding Larson Crystal, but having a hard time finding any information on the web. Finally found a little company history so thought I would share.
Arnold Larson, Inc is a Scandinavian importer of Swedish goods and gift shop located in Poughquag, New York. They also manufacture the Arnold Larson Collection on their premises in their glass-blowing factory. They were founded by Arnold and Helen Larson in 1945 and started operations out of the basement of their home.
The Arnold Larson, Inc company is still operated by family members. The Arnold Collection is mouth-blown and hand formed glass and features animal sculptures, vases, holiday ornaments and paperweights.
This post was edited by CAROLINABLUELADY - ADMIN at July 31, 2015 8:29 PM EDT
I started selling online in the summer of 2007 on eBay. The global company I had worked for had decided to pull out of the U.S. 4 years earlier and after handling the "run-off" business, I decided to take a few months of much needed R & R. After 40+ years of working, I was ready for a few months of play. One of my hobbies was collecting old glass like carnival glass, candlewick, Greentown glass and Roseville pottery. I enjoyed going to auctions, glass shows and antique stores especially with my mother and sister. However, I had moved to North Carolina in 1999 and they both still lived in Indiana - not fun going on 'glass' hunting trips alone. So, I started hanging out on my son's computer. Wasn't too familiar with the internet, but soon discovered eBay. I came up with the profile name of CAROLINABLUELADY. Carolina because I live in the Carolinas, Blue because we have the prettiest blue sky in the world and Lady because I really want to be like a sassy southern lady (Scarlett O'Hara) - still working on that last part.
It was just so easy to add 'must haves' to my collections. It wasn't long before I realized that being unemployed and adding to my collections just wasn't going to work. I decided to start selling on eBay! Now mind you, I was still using my son's computer and he was starting to get a little irritated with me asking him more and more if he was using his computer and could I use it for awhile. I decided I'd better buy my own. I really enjoyed selling on eBay and learning how to run my own 'business.' There is a lot to selling online....it just isn't listing. I love the research, I love designing the templates, I love interacting with customers especially when they are really excited to find something that brings back a wonderful memory of theirs. I've heard some fantastic stories. I also enjoy talking and sharing ideas with other online sellers........And, I love trying to take that elusive perfect photo.
Within a year or so, I decided that I really wanted to have my own store and not be tied to dealing with constant changes. I wanted to have more control and make my own decisions. I firmly believe that an owner of any selling platform has the right to run their sites any way they want and charge whatever they feel they need. I started to look for other options to sell online. The people behind Auctiva (they are a template provider for eBay sellers) announced that they were going to start an independent seller's hosting platform. I requested to be included in the beta testing for the start-up site. A month later I also joined the eCrater's hosting platform. I have been very happy with both hosting platforms since early 2009.
I love selling online. I may not understand a lot of the technical aspect of the internet, but it sure is amazing and a constant learning experience.