Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Huge Vintage Haul Giveaway from The Recycle-ista! (+ Reselling Tips!)


Shannon is a vintage hunting extraordinaire that blogs at The Recycle-ista and resells quirky vintage housewares in her Etsy Shop Vyeshi. Today Shannon is offering a Giveaway for Thrift Core Readers that includes all of the vintage goodies pictured above!

[You can win it all: a 6-inch brass penguin figurine, a vintage sewing basket with assorted notions, a 1967 Betty Crocker Hostress First Edition Cookbook, and a Swedish Dala Horse Trivet!]

Details on how to win are below, but first, I had to probe Shannon and get her secrets on consistently making sales reselling vintage items on Etsy!

[Vintage Brass Alligator Decorative Figurine Paperweight only $12.00 from Vyeshi]

1)
When did you start thrifting and what keeps you inspired to hunt?


Right after high school, a Goodwill opened in my town. I couldn't believe the unique clothing I walked out with, for just a few bucks. It was over. I was a Thrifter from then on. I continue today..probably for the same reasons. The unique finds, the value, and like everyone else...the thrill of the hunt! The rush of walking into a yard sale or thrift store and wondering "What will I find today?"

[A Whale of a Brass Hook only $8.00 from Vyeshi]

2)
What story are you trying to tell with your Etsy shop Vyeshi?

I rewrote this answer 3 times, but I guess what it comes down to is that I find things that I like. And I'm just taking a gamble that other people will like them too. I want people to see the value in vintage things. Why buy disposable new junk when the old junk is better??

3) How do you balance working on the shop with your busy home and family life?

Ah..balance...the age-old dilemma. I still struggle. Working at home demands that you set limits.
Otherwise, it takes over. But it's also about taking advantage of any opportunity to work. I hit a thrift store while I'm running errands. I list a few items when my son is occupied with grandparents. Everyday has it's own pattern. But I love it. I love not working 9 to 5.

4) What are your top three tips for successful selling on Etsy?

Let's see...photos, photos, photos! Yes, photos are important. You need to catch people's attention on Etsy and they are a talented bunch of people. Use natural light whenever you can.

Spend time on Etsy, seeing what other people like and are selling. Quirky and kitschy sells well. If you see something out thrifting and you think "that's weird, but I kinda like it", chances are it will sell.

And this is nothing new, but it's true. Keep listing. It's true on every venue. People like selection. And they can't buy it if you don't list it!


5) How do you keep your stock of merchandise organized?

Ha! Organization. Another ongoing battle. Well, I like to enjoy my finds for a little while, so I try to display my favorites while I'm waiting for them to sell. Other than that, I use the ubiquitous reseller plastic bin system. I constantly remind myself (and my husband) that I'm not a hoarder if I'm willing to sell it all. :)


How to Enter and Win Vintage Goodies from The Recyclista!

The vintage goodies you'll win from the Recycle-ista includes:
a 6-inch brass penguin figurine, a vintage sewing basket with assorted notions, a 1967 Betty Crocker Hostess First Edition Cookbook, and a Swedish Dala Horse Trivet!

1.)
Shop Vyeshi, and select your favorite item.

2.) Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite item is!
3.) Make sure to include your e-mail so I can contact you if you win.
4.) Follow The Recycle-ista blog and leave a comment on on this post for an extra entry.
5.) Follow The Recyle-ista on Facebook and leave a comment on this post for an extra entry.
6.) Follow Thrift Core and leave a comment on this post for an extra entry.

Good Luck! You have until August 2, 2011 to enter for a chance to win vintage swag from The Recycle-ista! 

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94 comments:

  1. Wow...my favorite item is definitely the: Vintage Cursive DYMO M-6 Label Maker with Tape and Case

    in mean...CURSIVE? I didn't know that existed!

    marcia.furman @ gmail.com

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  2. followed her blog!

    marcia.furman @ gmail.com

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  3. followed on facebook!

    marcia.furman @ gmail.com

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  4. I love the brass owl trivets! They would be awesome with the spoon rest I have. :) What a fun shop!
    trina
    smartypantsart@gmail.com

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  5. Following Recycle-ista's blog through GFC!
    smartypantsart@gmail.com

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  6. Following Recycle-ista on Facebook!

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  7. I am already a follower of Thrift Core. :)
    smartypantsart@gmail.com

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  8. It's all great. I love all the jewelry, and can't choose between them. I especially like the owl trivets too. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  9. I now follow the Recycle-ista blog with Google Reader.

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  10. I follow Thrift Core with Google Reader.

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  11. 1. My fave item in Shannon's cool shop are the Frye slouch boots.

    2. I now follow the Recycle-ista blog with Google Friends Connect.

    3. No facebook....sorry.

    4. I follow your blog Van...this post was very informative...I enjoyed reading Shannon's tips, checking out her shop and discovering a fab new blog I probably wouldn't have ever known about if it wasn't for this post.

    Phew! and Goodnight x

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  12. Super giveaway!
    Favorite Item:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/78370127/vintage-solid-brass-deer-couple

    alyssabee86@gmail.com

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  13. why oh why such torture! OMG! I love this giveaway <3

    Vintage Sears KSX Super 35mm cam is my fave thing on that shop I would love it for my cam collection oh yeah.

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  14. I love the The Golden Hours Library Childrens Books!

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  15. I follow The Recycle-ista blog

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  16. I follow The Recyle-ista on Facebook

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  17. Of course I follow thriftcore already!!

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  18. Love the Krumcake Iron. I love old things like that.
    Karen G
    kareng@undalumni.org

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  19. I started to follow Recycle-ista blog. thanks for sharing it. I had not been to her site before.
    Karen G
    kareng@undalumni.org

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  20. I follow Thrift Core through google reader.
    Kareng@undalumni.org

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  21. My favorite item is the brass owl paperweight!

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  22. I follow the Recycle-ista blog!

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  23. I follow Thrift Core too! Thanks.

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  24. A cursive labelmaker! Wow! Just Wow!

    sweetiesuzy@aol.com

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  25. My favorite item is the owl button. Soooo cute!

    And my e-mail is rkrobinson9@yahoo.com

    smiles,
    The Joyful thrifter

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  26. Well, of course you know I follow Thrift Core!

    <3Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!
    http://LetsGoThrifting.blogspot.com

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  27. Wow what a giveaway! Those Danish modern candlestick holders are calling my name! :) trudem at me dot com

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  28. And now I follow the Recycle-ista!

    <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!
    http://LetsGoThrifting.blogspot.com

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  29. I'm also loving the the Polaroid camera kit. I'm a sucker for Polaroid!

    <3Jackie @Let's Go Thrifting!
    http://LetsGoThrifting.blogspot.com

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  30. And lastly, Let's Go Thrifting is now following the Recycle-ista on Facebook. Whew! That's the last of the entries.

    ::Fingers crossed::

    <3Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting
    http://LetsGoThrifting.blogspot.com
    LetsGoThriftingBlog@gmail.com

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  31. I love the bakelite dice.. and I am already a follower on facebook and through GFC

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  32. I like the vintage sweater guard!

    vintage_sweetheart@hotmail.com

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  33. I follow The Recycle-ista!

    vintage_sweetheart@hotmail.com

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  34. I follow Thrift core!

    vintage_sweetheart@hotmail.com

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  35. I love the yellow Tensor lamp!

    I liked you Facebook page!

    I am now a Thriftcore Follower.

    I am a Recycle-ista Follower.

    oldvintagegoodies at yahoo dot com

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  36. I like the cuff links and tie bar

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  37. I love the Winnie the Pooh coloring book!

    hugskissessmiles@gmail.com

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  38. I followe recycle-ista via Google Reader

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  39. I follow your blog via Google Reader

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  40. I love the brass owl trivets...i guess owls are really in right now.

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  41. vintage 1975 winnie the pooh coloring book crystletellerday@yahoo.com

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  42. I like the Vintage Scrapbook Blank PALS N GALS Pasteup Book!

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  43. I really like the cool Vintage Scrapbook Blank PALS N GALS Pasteup Book Large! ;)
    Sharon Harmon
    Clownscrytoo@gmail.com

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  44. My favorite thing is the Vintage Brass OWL Decorative Figurine Paperweight.I collect owls.
    Thanks for the giveaway:)
    kats7960@gmail.com

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  45. I like the 4 Vintage Bakelite Green Yellow Marbled Bangle Bracelets
    thank you
    tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

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  46. I love the brass owl trivets.

    missysweepsalot at gmail dot com

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  47. I am followt the recycleista blog.

    missysweepsalot at gmail dot com

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  48. I liked the recyclelista on facebook as Kaitlyn Ortega.

    missysweepsalot at gmail dot com

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  49. I love the Vintage REED BARTON Sterling Spoon Ring

    sheepity812@yahoo.co.uk

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  50. I loved the brass owl paperweight, beautiful.

    4robert2win(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. I like the brass owl trivets
    Diane Baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

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  52. My favorite item is the Sunny Yellow Vintage Sunflower Starburst Enamelled Metal Pin or Brooch!

    iceofhearts at hotmail dot com

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  53. Following The Recycle-ista blog on GFC (Amanda Reinhard)

    iceofhearts at hotmail dot com

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  54. Following Thrift Core on GFC (Amanda Reinhard)

    iceofhearts at hotmail dot com

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  55. Following The Recycle-ista on FB (Amanda Reinhard)

    iceofhearts at hotmail dot com

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  56. I like the first mate mug in the shop, but the basket that you have pictured would be a family treasure. Thank you so much for the contest.It's fun!

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  57. Following The Recycle-ista blog as Brooke K

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  58. Liked the Recycle-ista on Facebook

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  59. Followed Thrift Core w/ Google Friend Connect

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  60. I love the Large Vintage Goldtone Starburst Copper Pendant!
    Lilyhoot at gmail dot com

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  61. The Golden Hours Library Vintage 1962 Colorful Childrens Books.

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  62. I'm a GFC follower (Gianna).
    My email is in my profile.

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  63. Now following The Recycle-ista...Adventures in Thrifting gfc.

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  64. brass owl trivet are really cool

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  65. I am crazy about the Vintage Pals and Gals Scrapbook-so retro!
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  66. I follow you on GFC as sweetsue.
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  67. I follow Recycle-ista on GFC as sweetsue.
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  68. I really like the Vintage SOLID Brass DEER Couple Decorative Figurines Stag Doe. I have some similar pieces in my Christmas reindeer collection, but mine are smooth, whereas these have lovely texture and detail. dahlia at tmlindsey dotcom

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  69. i like the 3 Ornate Metal OVAL FRAMES Brass with Mirrors Made in Italy

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/74773425/3-ornate-metal-oval-frames-brass-with

    kathypease(at)gmail(dot)com

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  70. i love the Vintage 1975 Winnie The Pooh Coloring Book
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  71. My fav item is absolutely the Pair of Brass Owl Trivets! I would buy those in a heart beat if I wasn't behind on rent ;)

    sarah.k.moreland@gmail.com

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  72. My favorite is the The Golden Hours Library Vintage 1962 Colorful Childrens Books.

    lafittelady @ gmail.com

    www.LisaBlogs.com

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  73. GFC follower ~ Lisa Blogs

    lafittelady @ gmail . com

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  74. I love the 4 Vintage Bakelite Green Yellow Marbled Bangle Bracelets. Very beautiful

    nparshy@gmail.com

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  75. I an trying to win this for my wife. She would love the owl trivets, and she would also love to win this! Thank you so much for the chance.

    dvdgossett915@gmail.com

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  76. I like the vintage sunny yellow starburst enamelled brooch. Thanks!

    riosamel(at)aol(dot)com

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  77. I like the Vintage Industrial Railroad Lantern.

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  78. The Vintage Brass Owl Decorative Paperweight would be pefect for my mother.

    romany212(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  79. I like the vintage solid brass deer couple.

    soars5(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  80. I like the Danish modern candlesticks candle holders-awesome giveaway!

    snle217(at)hotmail.com(dot)com

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  81. My favorite item is the Vintage NOS Safety Spectacles Eyeglasses Thick Black Frames!
    zestywonderland@gmail.com

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  82. I follow Thrift Core on GFC!
    zestywonderland@gmail.com

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  83. I follow The Recycle-ista on GFC!
    zestywonderland@gmail.com

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  84. The Recycle-ista
    Facebook Like
    Username: ZESTY WONDERLAND
    ZESTYWONDERLAND@GMAIL.COM

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  85. The Vintage Gold and Pearl Sweater Guard is my favorite item. garrettsambo@aol.com

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