Monday, March 10, 2014

Thrift Haul: Jukebox, Mid Century Modern Furniture Magazines, Booze Cards & More


I took it easy on hunting again, trying to only select items that were very unique, well-priced, and sellable. I stopped at a few yard sales and a Goodwill while out-and-about last week and yielded the following finds. Maybe next week I'll get back at hunting in earnest, but it was nice to take a little "break" this week.
I was on the fence on buying this Jukebox for $5.99 from Goodwill, really a retro reproduction radio, and decided I'd get it a try on eBay and in my antique mall booth. Funny enough last week there were 2 real retro radios at okay prices ($8 to $20ish) but the backs were completely missing so I passed on them. Anyone know if severely damaged mod radios are still worth the cost? I'd say not...
I also made a quick stop at the flea market this Wednesday while running errands and miraculously only came back with three items. I actually was on my way out of the market but decided to walk back to the vendor with the vintage mod ephemera to get at least one paper bar guide. This one had my favorite photo on the front. I love how contrived the photograph is, that's got to be an incredibly hard post to hold so perfectly! And the photos/illustrations were the most colorful/attractive.
This is the back of it. Love that photo and the glasses, gives me ideas for merchandise photo staging. And home mixology. The little bar guide I really wanted was a Playboy bunny one who adorable drawings of girls in the 1960s classic bunny-girl outfits but I couldn't bring myself to pay $3.00 for it when it was stained and had holes in it. Maybe I'll find another one day. 


This large painting needs a better photo, shot in un-ideal morning light, but anyway... Loved this city scape and scored it from a church sale for a mere $2.00! (On Etsy.)


I found it impossible to resist these stack of Contract magazines donated to Goodwill by someone who must have been an architect or fellow mod design fan. I didn't find anything about them online while in the store, not sure if I'll sell these as a lot, individually, or take them apart to sell the beautiful ads within. May have to show you the insides soon, lots of gorgeous photos of staged mid century furniture and gorgeous illustrations and page layouts. 


The last dear I found similar to this sculptural beauty sold almost instantly, I'll be getting him to Etsy soon. E-mail me if you're interested in him (or anything else in this post, all for sale as usual). Got a great deal of $2.00 from the flea market. (On Etsy)
I should have resisted this one but my love of kitschy illustration wouldn't let me put it back. Destined for the antique mall where I'll list it at a low price for the damage, maybe on Etsy/eBay as well. Love that odd froggy character on this lunch box.


This "Dial-A-Drink" fun mod doo-dad was available from the same guy selling the mod guides. A bit damaged for online so it may be destined for the antique mall as well. Was worth a try for $1.00 although I kind of regret both my ephemera purchases. I have more than enough, literally hundreds and hundreds to scan! (Books/magazine pages mostly.)
And a final gorgeous find, this lamp was a mere $1.00! I think it may be a reproduction but the color, texture, and style is so gorgeous! Would be so handsome in an industrial office. It will be going on eBay and to my antique mall booth.

All of these items will be listed online (or ebay or Etsy) soon (will update with links) if you'd like to buy anything you see PLEASE do e-mail me
Did you find anything interesting this weekend?

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26 comments:

  1. ohmygawd, there's so much stuff in your ebay store! Go Van!!!

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    1. Needs moaaaar. I'd have way more if it weren't for my cut-off limit. Trying to decide which store plan to go with first and of course go back and writer better descriptions. Any suggestions for a store plan to go with as a beginner? I probably wanna add at least 600 items to start.

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    2. I have about 400 right now and have never been higher, so I can't speak as an expert. I can however say that I feel like I'm on the edge of a larger subscription. 600 is over the 500 number for a premium store, so I think that's the way to go. I have had a store for a long time, and have enjoyed the lower fees and deals and such. It seems like a big leap to $50/60 a month, but I'd need to look at what I've been paying so far. ebay has had a lot of deals to list for free so I haven't felt the need to graduate to a bigger store, but those aren't dependable. Your descriptions seem fine. Lots of people say very little, which I don't get, but then the bigger/better stores do real detailed stuff, lots of pictures from outside picture programs, etc. I've been here for a while. Totally let me know if you have any other questions :)

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    3. Thanks for the tips! I've heard both sides on descriptions. Ebay customers said they wanted more info. Etsy reccomends shorter ones for phone shoppers. I want to improve the detail/quality of mine. I rush 'em.

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  2. Don't worry, Van. I'm a guilty ephemera hoarder too. I've gotten better with organization. But old photographs, post cards, catalogues, maps. They call my name! And the photo for the 46 Great Drinks is too hilarious to pass up.

    <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting

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    1. I resisted maps, it was hard...

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  3. Dial-A-Drink-- too hilarious. Those magazines look great. Maybe you could show some of the pages sometime? Cool painting too-- looks late 50s/early 60s to me. Good luck selling!

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    1. I thought so too on the painting. Love it :D Will show the inners of those magazines and many more.

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  4. Your eBay listings looks great!

    I am working my way back up to 1000 listings. I want to be there by the end of the year. I am also getting serious about rotating items out of OVG onto eBay when they have been listed a year. Time to move this stuff! When you hit your limit, there is nothing wrong with calling and asking if they will do a review.

    Great finds! I found some books and Beistle Thanksgiving decorations for my paper shop. Nothing too exciting this weekend. Wednesday I am going to a yard sale at a ritzy nursing home where I scored big time last year. Can't wait!!!!! :)

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    1. Thanks! I rushed 'em, shall go back and improve but it's awesome they have approval thus far. I'm on the same boat, gotta move stuff ASAP! AND that sale sounds amazing, need to keep an eye out for stuff like that locally. I never hunt down places to shop for vintage, I just find them serendipitously.

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  5. It depends on the radio. If you find the bakelite neon color radios, buy them!

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    1. I found one that was brown and white, looked to be bakelite, atomic style, amazing. But someone nabbed it from under us. It was $25.00 and completely missing the back so my boyfriend delayed nabbing it. There was another old-style wooden one for $8.00 also missing the entire back but I left it behind. The vendor told us people are selling the glass tubes on eBay for $20.00 each alone. Dunno about that. Will look into it, especially if I end up hunting more here soon...trying to list what I have for now, first.

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    2. Occasionally I gamble on a radio. Never broken ones. Like clothing, it's a different market that I don't care to learn.

      I've been buying a lot of deer the past few months. In fact I had one just like the pink one you have posted. Don't make a lot of money on them, but they make great filler for the booth. People are buying them and if that little trinket helps bring people to the back of the booth it's worth it.

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    3. I don't rely on my booth at all anymore, I need to go in and revitalize it but I'm not sure about its future. I can get so much more online.

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  6. I was just on your site and Godzilla looks very fetching, wearing his blue and white scarf. Really love your playful vibe in your photos.

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    1. Thanks! Always striving to improve, trying to get everything very consistent :D

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  7. That little deer is gorgeous! So damn sexy!

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    1. 'Twas a lucky score for sure, been very lucky finding perfect mod deer-things. :D

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  8. That dial a drink thing reminds me of the little wheel they use to calculate your due date when your pregnant! HA!!

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  9. Woah...that mid century print? It's gorgeous. A couple days ago, I found a kick ass Turner wall accessory in excellent condition. It's the New York skyline and it's almost 5' long! I have no idea what to price it, but seeing yours going for $100 makes me quite optimistic!

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    1. I price according to how amazing I think an item is too, when your patient people will pay for it. ;) You could definitely price yours higher at that size. Never underprice an item, I've done it for years and I'm done with that.

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  10. always such great finds but even better your styling and fun set-ups! Love the dear a LOT!

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    1. Thanks! The deer was definitely a lucky find.

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