In My Etsy Shop

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Vintage Jewelry - Today's Luxury

Well lets face it, The big vintage and antique jewelry rage has sure taken a big turn towards the sky. A few years ago most of this stuff was classified as old junk. Now jewelry collectors and sellers find it hard to push our way through the crowded jewelry tables at flea markets and yard sales. The bidding at auctions is downright catfighting and ebay vintage jewelry stores are making bigger profits. Brooches and Rings are flying while furniture and dinnerwares look like there standing still.
In today's tough economy it's hard to buy the diamond's and gold all shiny and new at the high end jewelry stores, so have we resorted to vintage and second-hand jewelry as our taste for luxury? I wonder.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Antique Pickers

I have been a picker for almost 20 years now, going to Estate Sales, Auctions, Yard Sales, and Flea Markets. There are some things that we need to know when we start out, so lets get pickin.
The first and most important thing that you need to learn is what to pay for your items. If you want to become an antique picker this is very important. If you do not know what something is worth when you buy it, how will you know if you are getting a good deal or not.
A good place to start is at antique stores. Pick a few places close to where you live and look around. You will get a good idea what things sell for and what is hot. Also searching websites such as ebay, and ruby lane. Books on antiques at a used book store and watching programs on television such as American Pickers, Pawn Stars, The Antique Roadshow, and Storage Wars will help also.
After doing research drive around and keep on the look out for old houses or barns that might have antiques or find items to buy at household auctions, storage auctions, garage sales, the internet,and consignment stores.
After you buy a few items go back to your local antique shops and see if they might be interested in your items. If they are not, you can sell them on Ebay or other online auctions, newspaper classifieds, online classifieds such as Kijiji or Craigslist, garage sales, consignment stores, auction houses, and flea markets.
Antique pickers can have a great life and it can be a full time career, It also can be hard work but fun too.