Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A Gift from Sandy & some yardsale finds.....

I've met so many interesting & unique bloggers since I started blogging (how can it be just since seems so much longer!) and Sandy McTier is one of them. If you haven't visted her website, Dream Create Inspire, please do so! Sandy lives in GA and is a very talented painter & had a blog giveaway a couple of weeks ago. I was the lucky recipient of a beautiful hand-painted glass coffee cup & saucer. It arrived last week, so I wanted to share it with all of you. It's hand-painted with hydrangea blooms. She also had in the top of it a silk hydrangea bloom, along with a little birdie (which you can see in the link above). Thank you, Sandy, for a very thoughtful & creative gift! You can also see behind the above cup pic, the address label that was on my package from Sandy. This gal doesn't just write an address on a package...she creates & paints it on there! Have you ever?!

And, for all my fellow yardsale junkies who are wondering....did she go yardsaling last weekend? Yes, indeedy, I did! A friend called & told me there was a church yardsale happening on Sat. a.m. not far from my house & did I want to go. You know I did! So, we went there bright & early & I snatched up some pretty neat things.
Oil painting of Venice in a nice frame for $6.00. I put this in our master bedroom. Looks good with all the other paintings I have in there with blue in them.

Silverplate covered sugar dish, $1.00. It's pretty tarnished & I think I'll clean it up & see how it looks.
Metal leaf/acorn tray. This needs some touch-up paint, but it's so cute... 50 cents

Very pretty & finely stitched needlepoint picture, $1.00

All these linens were $10.00. There's actually 7 pieces, but this collage repeated 2 of them. There's a sampler, a yellow rose, and some other pretty vintage things. I don't really collect these, but they were too pretty to pass up, so I'll probably resell some of these items.

I'm seriously thinking about starting some sort of resale business, where I buy yardsale items, fix them up & resell them. I find so many great things, but simply cannot house them all at my home! I'm running out of space!!

I checked at a local antique mall for prices on their booth spaces. The smallest booth they had was $160 a month. I know several of my fellow bloggers have an internet business, Ebay business or an antique booth. I'd love to hear some feedback from all of you who do have businesses & let me know how you got started, what you do to sell things & how it's working for you. I'm just mulling over some ideas, but would love some down-to-earth feedback from any of you who are doing this. I have sold some things on Ebay, but the shipping & packaging on larger, heavier items is really prohibitive on trying to sell small furniture items this way or items that are very fragile. So, I'd really like to do something....just not sure how to get it off the ground. I'm doing a small amount of decorating consulting & that's just getting off the ground too & I'd love to do more of that, but it takes awhile to build a business & get your name out there. I would love to combine my decorating abilities with reselling yardsale items & make a go of that. Any ideas for me? I'd love any feedback from all of you fine women out there who are so creative & talented!

I also want to say to all of you who stop by & visit my blog...thank you SO much! I'm honored to have made so many new friends in such a short time & I'm having a ball doing this. Your comments mean so much to me & I love it when you do take the time to let me know you're here. So, to all my new & old friends, thanks a bunch!

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Lana said...

Dear Rhoda, I loved going yard saling with you ~ if only in your blog!

I would definitely frequent an online shop if you had one.

Have a beautiful day~*~


The Feathered Nest said...

Lucky you, that cup is gorgeous! Hydrangeas are my favorite flowering shrub. Great yeardale finds as usual - the painting is my favorite.

Don't have any advice on starting a business, since I don't have one. But I think it's a great idea and I can see you being very successful at it. You probably won't be able to do this where you live, but I've always liked the idea of being open just one day or weekend a month and selling from an outbuilding on my property (shed/garage etc). It makes the whole thing an event for people to go to. Or how about at a place like the Classy Flea, where you have your space but you don't actually have to be there every day?

Can't wait to hear what people come up with. This is so exciting!


Francie M. said... definitely have the style and talent. Online is fine but mostly for smalls. I wish I had a place where I could have a booth. Would shut down my shop in a second :) .
Could you have a sale at your house every so often? There are a number of ladies who do that and have built up a good customer base. If I were closer I would probably be your BEST customer LOL

Betty Jo said...

I just subscribed to your blog so I can keep up with your wonderful posts. Amazing! I just came to the very same conclusion and will be starting to sell on eBay, as Magnolia Cottage, very soon. My son and DIL are going to teach me the ropes. All I've done on eBay so far, is buy. Now it's time to start selling. Like you, I simply have too much for my own home and keep finding more and more treasures. xoxo

justabeachkat said...

Looks like you had another successful trip!

Tammy518 said...

I think an online shop is a great idea. It's obvious you have a good eye, and you've picked up some wonderful from yard sales.

Rosemary said...

How nice that you won the beautiful cup and saucer. It really is pretty.
I love the leaf and acorn dish, that you picked up. It will be nice for Fall. (I love Fall)
Have fun redoing all of your many finds. I love doing that too!

Anonymous said...

Rhoda, found your blog and am just loving it! if you started an ebay store I'd be first in line to buy stuff!

Sandy McTier said...

Hi Rhoda,
So glad that your cup and saucer made it without breaking! You are too sweet and I'm glad that you'll enjoy it.
Love all the yard sale finds. I really do need to make it out on a weekend and hit some sales ~ I'm sure the stuff is out there ~ however, I would totally go to your ebay store if you had one-hint hint.
Have a blessed week!

Southern Heart said...

Rhoda, your gift is just beautiful, and painted with one of my favorite patterns, too! Very, very pretty. I love your finds, too...especially the needlework sampler, and that acorn plate. Neat shape on that one.

That is funny that you mentioned having an antique booth, etc. My house is kind of full, too, but I love finding things at sales. M and I just priced booth space at a really nice mall with heavy traffic near us, but they're full right now (one of the best ones in our MidTown area closed).

We have a friend in PA who uses eBay to sell rare collectibles and "smalls", because you can hit a specific market that way, and uses a booth for larger and more common items. He has a lot of fun with it, and has done really well, too.

It's too bad we don't live closer to each other...we could share a booth (and costs) and have a lot of fun, too!

DebraK said...

Rhoda, Funny you mentioned starting a small resale business. I stopped at an antiques barn that gets lots of traffic but they were closed. It's an upscale kind of place, since it's in Hershey. I think if you have a booth there you have to also work a couple days a month.

I will be retired soon and have been considering doing this too.

Please let us know what you sounds like fun and gives us a great excuse to yardsale when our houses are too full already! ;)

Tonja said...

I think it would be a great idea to have a booth at an antique market. That is something I have considered doing, too. With such a great eye to beautiful things, I am sure you would do well. I would drive up to visit your booth.

smilnsigh said...

"I find so many great things, but simply cannot house them all at my home! "

I often wonder about just this. What do people who go to many yard sales... what do they do with all those thing? :-)


sara, the wine makers wife said...

Hi Rhoda! That Venice painting is so ethereal. Very dreamy, perfect for a bedroom.

Deborah said...

Hey, I just started my blog a few weeks ago myself because of seeing yours and other blogs I enjoyed. Just this year I started to enjoy yard sales and am not having such good as luck as you but I am getting better. Have a good night.


KLKinFLA said...

Love your sugar dish...tarnish and all!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Those are some pretty finds, but I especially like the needlepoint and the linens!
And a lovely teacup from Sandy!

Sandy said...

A retail biz sounds right up your alley, Rhoda!
Hey, check out my blog. I wrote about you ... hope that is okay.
I said, "my friend, Rhoda ..." I love bloggy friends :)

Gypsy Purple said...

Lovely things you got there...

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Hi Rhoda,
You found some great things. Of course, I'm partial to the linens. :)

I have a website where I sell fabric and linens. I works great for the non-breakable items.

For the furniture and heavier things, I looked into a booth at an antique mall, but didn't want the large (175.00) monthly expense.

For me, the answer was a spot at an antique-only flea market.
Its a well known, first Sunday of the month, high traffic market and for only 60-70 dollars, I can set up for the day when I have accumulated enough stuff.

Simply Me Art said...

Rhoda, First of all the tea cup and saucer are just beautiful. Lucky you. I think the resale idea is Great. I am a big Garge Saler and Flea Marketer too. I love to buy and put my own twist on the item. I opened my Etsy site because I am too running out of room for all of my Goodies. I am sure if you decide to do this you will be successful! From what i see on your blog you are very talented. Good Luck Jamie

Susie Q said...

I adore your hand painted cup and saucer! What a precious gift!
Sweet finds as always too...
One of my dearest friends jjst opened a booth in a local flea market. She and her husband are selling re dos, as you mentioned and her floral arrangements, etc. They love it and are doing well. She says it is a fun side thing to do.

I am betting you would have great luck at any endevour you take part in!


Sheila said...

Dear Rhoda, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog..!
I got lots of helpful hints.
You found some pretty things art the yard sale, & the painting is lovely.

annewithane65 (Kim) said...

Congrats Rhoda, the cup is beautiful!

Love all of your yard sale're a girl after my own heart!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Booths at our flea market are $43 a month and it is open friday-sunday every weekend. I get mine free since my brother in law owns it and only clear $100 a month. It is a way though that I can sell what I don't want and upgrade the things in my home :)

Remark-able Family said...

Hi Rhoda,
Loved seeing your pictures. It's always nice to drop by and see what you are up to. Your sister's backyard is beautiful. Sometimes I miss the South so much. It was much easier to garden there and I had a far lovelier garden. Have fun at the beach. We'll go to the beach in June. A much needed vacation.

RealEstateGirl said...

girlfriend, EBAY is wonderful, but why don't you just post things on your blog too, that you want to sell?! You have plenty of us out here that would be shopping!

Lizzie said...

The vintage linens are my favorite find! Love those, I hope you find a perfect place to display them!

Lynne said...

The tea cup is lovely. Congratulations!

You always find the neatest stuff at yardsales. All I can seem to find are baby things - and I'm WAY past that stage. I love that you can manage to see something in the things that you buy - they may be old and worn but you manage to make them bright and new. You've got a great eye and a great talent.

Betty said...

Rhoda, Your hydrangea cup and saucer is beautiful as are your 'finds'.

I can speak from experience about renting a booth. Our daughter lives in Madison, GA just our from Atlanta. It has lots of tourist traffic. We decided to rent a space in an antique-flea market. I went to quite abit of expense fixing and decorating my space. After paying the rent, commision and shop lifting I decided after a few months to give up my space.

At one yard sale I cleared $800.00. I think if you did it on your blog or a once a month sale you would clear more money....

Thrift Shop Romantic said...

Gorgeous finds, Rhoda! You and I really do tend to look for similar things. I actually have some silver-plate leaf plates very similar to the one you found. Should clean up beautifully. Hope you have a great beach trip!


Barbara said...

American Yard Sales. How I wish we had those in England!!