Spent Saturday unpacking more items. I am making new printed tags for everything. I printed out 180 tags Saturday night & Sunday morning.
I write down the serial number as I unpack. Then I list them on my computer inventory page. Next I go to my old hand written books & transfer the descriptions to the computer page. Then I put all the information on labels to either be affixed to the item or on string tags for cups & such.
'Happy' Unpacking, Bernie. This sounds like such an adventure!
After mom's passing 5 weeks ago, I have been going through her things and figure that I need an appraiser. There are a variety of things. They had a pitcher collection, some copper lusterware, some furniture ( dough tray, dry zinc, a 6 drawer Coats and Clark thread holder and various crocks, some paintings and prints, a blunderbuss, swords, etc) I think I need a generalist.
Are you located anywhere near Rt 2? We will be traveling this summer and DH wants to come back on Rt. 2.
Isn't it amazing what people acquire. My MIL is 93 & needed to go to a nursing home last fall.Now my wife is in charge of getting rid of her things. I can't believe how much she had in that little 2 bedroom apartment. They are going to have an estate sale in April. The funds will go into her burial account.
Worked on the way back room last few days. It was a mess. It is now prime painted, a false wall installed, & ceiling fixed. Looks usable now. Roof still leaks, so must deal with that.
This room will be the discount/bargain/rummage area. Everything very low priced. Seems when buying antiques, you always get a bunch of stuff to good to throw out, but not good enough to call it an antique.
I now have over 1250 items cleaned & new price tags on them.Quite a few to go yet.
Also have things I have bought & never priced.
Bernie, have you ever been to Hazel? If you come back to the KY RU check it out. A small town on the TN/KY border that is full of antique shops. I just bought 2 McCoy planters when I went down to see the twins at college.
I was looking through E-Bay last night. Sure are a lot of sellers that don't know what they have for sale. I was looking in depression glass.
Better in carnival glass, but they know the value of it for sure!
I need to get some new books. Mine are 10 years old & values have changed. I hope it is up & not down.
Is that how you figure most of your prices? I guess comparing prices anywhere would give you a pretty good idea what something is worth or is that a bad way to do it? How about comparing to Ebay? Is that a good place to look? I will be working on pricing soon and I want to know the easiest way. I have a Hoosier Cabinet but the cooking top that once was enamel is gone. It is just a board surface now. I wonder if I should replace the top with something or just sell as is. I suspect some sort of top would work better. Any suggestions as to what that would be? I also have a Duncan Fife sofa that needs recovering but with the price of having someone do that I suspect it would be better to sell as is. If we cover it, there is no way to know if a color or fabric would make or break a sale, or so I would think. Most people have their own color schemes.
I was trying to get an \idea of prices off of E-Bay, but with no one bidding on anything, how can you tell.
The books are called price guides,& that's how they should be used.
On your Hoosier, that's a tough one. Probably better to sell as is. Unless you can find the exact top for it. Of course you won't be able to get top dollar for it. Same with the sofa, probably better as is in the long run.
This little settee, I got at an auction a couple years ago. Outbid two other people & paid about $220.00 for it. It is in perfect shape. Only my petite SIL has sat on it!
I guess for my shop prices, it don't matter a lot what is on an item. If someone wants it, they will always try to get a better price.
Thanks, Bernie. I would think you might compare like items at Ebay to get a general idea. Between that and comparing prices of stuff in newspaper want ads and at local shops, maybe entering the name of the item in a search would render some prices. I am new at this and am trying to figure what will be worth the effort to fix as compared to leaving as is.
About ten years ago we put the sofa out at our garage sale. It could be seen from the road however. This car came to a fast stop, a lady jumped out and ran down the drive and begged me not to sell that sofa. I told her we didn't need it and she said I was crazy if I sold it. We still have it in the barn!!!! Just gotta get rid of some of those things before we die or our kids will dig us up and kick us in the rear ends. I am thinking of selling possibly on Etsy and even Bonanza.com. Anyone tried either of those yet? I am amazed at the things I do have and some of them are really odd. I have barely begun to dig. I am not as bad as the people that the American Pickers on the History channel visit but that still doesn't make me good.
My Hoozier cabinet has everything intact except the enameled work surface. The picture shows one that a company online builds and the work surface isn't enameled. I think it looks like stainless steel. Maybe that is a possibility. Hummmmm! I wonder! To do or not to do, that is the question. Not Shakespeare speaking this time however.
How utterly sickening about that cabinet. I talked to hubby last night and we may just fix that up for our granddaughter who is getting married in June. She loves antiques and would probably be thrilled silly to have it. She will be moving into his house once they marry and there might not be room for the cabinet in his house. It is a small farm house but he is busy adding an additional large room to it now. I will be checking it out to see if she might want it and if not, I will proceed elsewhere. I was looking online at them last night and found one just like I have. There are even places online to buy parts for them when you are restoring. I was delighted with that.
I started taking family items that are cluttering my house to the family reunions. The kids are fascinated by their family history and really seem to cherish the things that I give them. Last Easter, there were 4 tables of 'stuff' from my siblings and cousins and larger stuff in the vans and pickup trucks. Stuff they just wanted to get rid of so that they could downsize and declutter their own houses and that their kids didn't want. I know that I have to get rid of everything as my only child doesn't want any of it and I am so very glad to know that this stuff is staying in the family.
My eldest brother is scanning papers and other such memorabilia and sending emails to all in the family asking if they want the 'hard copy' of it. One of my cousins is taking pictures of stuff and trying to either add the story behind it or to ask for the stories. Having all of this on my computer is so much better for me than owning all of that 'stuff'. The pictures of the houses and different furnishings and nicknack's are great to have ☺ owning all of that wouldn't be great at all (for me).- If this works so well for us, maybe it will work for you, too.
That is an excellent idea. I had thought of trying to keep things in the family but hadn't gone too far with that since only my two daughters so far have shown interest in family things. My son did have interest and been the recipient of some great antiques that we fixed up for him but his wife had entirely other ideas. Therefore he had to let go of what we had given him over time. Of course his two boys aren't going to be interested in "that old junk" since Mama isn't. Both daughters already have their homes filled with the things we have provided and that leaves only their kids. The one getting married will love anything she has room for and the one in college will probably go modern since his long standing girl friend hates old stuff. That leaves two girls still in middle school and who knows what they will want eventually. Their mama has a love for old things but that doesn't mean they will.
All the other family members aren't interested in much other than photos and family history. I spent a year scanning every photo I could get my hands on and gave everyone a set of those a couple of years ago. I think that is about as far as it will go and I really must start downsizing everything except furnishings and other smaller things that were in the family for the last 100 years. I plan to take pictures of family things as I find them that might be of interest and start to decide who will get what later on. One condition on any of it is that if they get rid of anything family they will give family a chance at it first. That is what I did with the daughter in law and she sent it all back to us. That was good even though it crowded my house unbelievably.
I have the "Dot System" for leaving stuff to my kids...I bought a pack of the colored sticky dots...a different color for each child...I have put "their Dot" on things they have asked for...and if it goes to a grandchild it will be the same color dot as the parent, with a slash through it and their name written there. Works for me!! Jo
Great idea, Jo. I forgot to say that my granddaughter has been sleeping in my grandmother's bed most of her life. She is the one who will be most interested in things I think. If her little home will have room, I feel sure she will want almost anything I give her. Maybe by the time we check out, she will have a bigger one.
It';s OK girls, as long as we are talking antiques.
The only thing my folks had that was an heirloom was a beautiful oak bedroom set they got when they married in 1940. My sister owns it now, which was ok with us boys. She was kind of special, coming after 4 boys & then was born on dads birthday.
Most of the antique things in our house we have bought in the last 10 years.
I wound up with my grandmother's things, which in those days was considered worthless. The furniture is oak which nobody wanted back then and the bed was just an old iron bedstead. We cleaned it up and put brass paint on it and everyone thinks it is brass. My grandmother was very poor and her stuff was just the barely get by kind of stuff. My hubby brought it all back to life once we inherited it. Then I got what was left of my mother's stuff and Albert worked on it for a long time and made it all look like new. It looked terrible before that. We lived on a farm and my Dad was very rough on furniture and didn't have a clue as to being careful with anything. When we got the dining room table it was hopeless. A neighbor, a furniture builder and re-finisher that Albert learned everything he would teach him) had a top that just fit the legs so we threw the damaged one away. He had to take the wobbly chairs apart and refinish and re-glue them and also did lot of work on the buffet. No one wanted any of the things I have now and they would have just been given to anyone who would take them but we spoke up and said we wanted them. I set up housekeeping with that old stuff and wouldn't take a million dollars for it now. People used to feel sorry for me but they don't any longer cause my stuff is now lovely and treasured thanks to my hubby.
I once bought an Amosandra doll for 25 cents...got to looking at that cute little black doll and it was signed by Ruth Gordon...my DD still has her.Friends would ask if we were going out Saturday night...I's say "where's the auction"
I can attest to the lovely things Elena has...since I have been privledged to sleep at her home. Jo
Thanks Jo. Bernie and Bertha have also been in my home to get you to take you to the KYRU but probably didn't notice the furniture. That oak bed you sleep in is about 140 years old. It was handmade by a great uncle of the friend I bought it from. It was in a jillion pieces and stored in a barn when we got it. It was one of the things hubby brought back to life. He and my son fixed it for him to sleep in when he was going to college and had an apartment near campus. The two oak dressers in that room were my grandmother's. They had the original paint on them and it was an orange-tan color with false grain made on it of another color. Some sort of stenciling process from long ago.
It was such a whirlwind visit that I am surprised you could have noticed anything. It was good having you in my home, if only for a short while. I respect your knowledge and would have probably asked more questions and picked your mind a bit if there had only been more time. You are welcome to visit my humble abode anytime...
I'll have to stop this fall to see all the improvements you are talking about. We are road tripping after the KY RU. Going through TN into NC, back through eastern KY, then on to OH. Lots of DG people to check on.
Been working at the store the last few days. Painted a back room we are going to use for a bargain area. Almost got the wall done between the desk area & display area. It's slow going because I have to paint the boards before I can put them together.
I'll be done tomorrow & have a picture!
I can't wait to see pictures, pictures, pictures. Sounds like you have some mighty fun like plans for fall. We will look forward to seeing you then and maybe we will even make it to breakfast this year.
I asked about the dates awhile back but haven't heard anything. I'm just the newbie so what do I know? Maybe it's posted somewhere else. Not that our schedule is soooooo busy (ha, ha) ... we're always "iffy" but we need a big headstart.
I requested that of Melody some time ago but she hasn't responded yet. I will send her a reminder today and see what she has done on firming the dates with Prizer Point. Without that confirmation, i can't start a thread on it.
Worked at the shop Saturday. Unloaded a bunch of totes. Came across a bunch of Elegant glass, Candlewick, Colony & Fostoria American. All very pretty.
A couple poked their head in the door wondering if we were open. I told them to come take a sneak preview. Of course my motto is "Everything is for sale anytime", so they took a couple things. The gal lives close by, loves antiques, & don't work. Might be a good one to hire as part time help.
I remember an old magazine...might have been Mechanics Illustrated...that each month had a cartoon labled "Suspicions Confirmmed"...One showed a store with expensive glassware...like your back wall...and a sign that said "You break it, You bought it".
On the wall behind each piece of glassware was a hole drilled into the next room...and a guy with a round dowel stick...when a customer reached for a dish he pushed the stick to make the dish fall...thus she had to buy it...
Awesome! I would dearly love to shop there too and I will take hot tea or chocolate too. Jo carries her own tea bags with her so you only have to give her hot water. :>)
That place is looking wonderful. I like the fact that it is open, airy and CLEAN. It just sparkles and so does the glassware. Beautiful.
Yes, clean is a good thing in an antique shop.
Earlier my DH and I visited the twins in college at Murray and I to dropped in to Cadiz for a bit to antique shop. One shop was so dusty! I started sneezing and the guy brought me a tissue LOL.
He said the dealers were responsible for dusting but some don't.
I saw lots of pretties but nothing came home with me.
I always hate going into a shop where everything is crammed on the shelves. I think you find that more in dealer shops.
I stopped at a big mall in Minneapolis last week to pick up some online auction items. I couldn't believe the rent there. $80 a month for a case that is 3 ft wide, 6 ft high & about 20" deep. No wonder they stuff it full!
Saturday we spent at the shop. Trying to get the last of the packed up items on the shelves.
We put the open sign out & had lots of customers. Mostly towns people curious about a new storefront.
Some out of towners as well.
Everyone thought it is great that we are opening a shop in their town. I think we will do well.
Things are looking great Bernie. Are you having a successful venture there? With the times being so hard for so many people it is scary thinking of starting a new business. I wish you bunches and heaps of luck.
That is so cool, Bernie. Sorry things are slow. I just hope it pays off enough for you to be able to keep the shop going without losing money. When one has to pay rent it takes a lot of sales just to break even. When you had it in your own little place on your property at least you didn't have to pay rent. We are seeing businesses closing all over the place these days. The economic policies of the day are destroying our economy and it looks like we might as well get used to it.