Tuesday, November 5, 2019

People often ask me why I like selling vintage and antiques online. 

My younger sister says it seems like a lot of work, with an uncertain income.

She is right. It is a lot of work and I don't make tons of money, but I really love it. 

(Purchased for $2 and sold for $65 including shipping)

I know I could make more money than I do, but I can't sell furniture anymore. If I can't easily lift it I can't sell it, and these days, since my knee replacements my lifting is limited. If I go over my maximum I end up with a sprained knee like I have now. 

(vintage handmade needle point bell pull. Purchased for $10. Sold for $110 including shipping)

Also, I don't seem to have as much energy as I used to. I still do a lot, and as I recently added Poshmark as a new venue, my hunting has increased. There you have it. I love the thrill of the hunt.

I also love when I make sales, because I definitely need the extra income, but I never tire of coming across a really good find. 

(Antique iron wall sconces. Purchased for $3.50. Sold for $80)

It's amazing to me what people discard. The saying that one person's junk is another person's treasure is absolutely true. 

After many years of selling I am very aware of what things are worth. I guess I take after my Scottish grandmother who was very thrifty, and saved her quarters religiously. She worked hard and knew the value of a dollar.

(Vintage Les Bernard Necklace. Purchased for $10. Valued at $40-$50. I splurged on this because I love Les Bernard jewelry. Many years ago I sold his designs in my clothing boutique)

Supplementing my income with sales is not the only way I use thrifting to help my life. I also thrift for clothing for myself and to decorate my apartment. 

(Shhh!! this is a Coach iphone wallet that didn't fit my phone. Free. It was a gift. Sold it for $59)

I've shared some photos today of some of my finds and I thought since so many people have asked me about thrifting and going to auctions I would start sharing more of my finds with you in the future. 

As we get older and our lives change many of us need to find new avenues for our lives. This is mine. 

Do you like the thrill of the hunt or have you found a new way to supplement your income? 


  1. I like the thrill of the hunt and finding something unusual. I will also admit to getting a tiny thrill from being the winning bid on eBay!

  2. I LOVE the thrill of the hunt and I absolutely LOVE seeing your finds!! My Summer is wanting to do this. She has the time to browse and is really good at it.

  3. Laura, I do not think I would tell about how cheap you are getting things to sell. Safe that just for no one will haggle. LOL. That dish was so pretty. Take care of those knees honey. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  4. Wow Laura you have a good eye and find great things at wonderful prices to turn around and make money. That is awesome. Happy New Week.

  5. I like the thrill of the hunt in the antique mall I occasionally go to. How on earth do you know what to charge?

  6. You have a great eye, Laura! It takes experience and learning to get to the point where you spot the treasures for resale. Great job!

  7. I believe your patience and knowledge of what you have found, deserves its reward.


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