A few months ago I took a survey of my blog & Estate Sale Shoppers, asking them what they consider to be their number one best-seller, in other words, what’s selling in vintage and antiques in their neck of the woods.
I asked them to also tell my why they think the item they chose is so popular. I have those survey results for you, and I think you’ll find them very interesting.
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Vintage Pyrex -Dottie, a reader from Upstate New York, reveals that Pyrex is her best seller, and she thinks that’s the case because it’s both useful and nostalgic. Anne agrees with Dottie’s choice of Pyrex because of its great designs and the fact that many people are choosing glass containers over plastic these days. She sells vintage and antiques at an antique booth.Three’s a charm with Pyrex, since Vera, a Florida reader, concurs with the pick.
Collection of vintage cutting boards on display Linnie, an antique booth and Ebay seller, chose cutting boards as her #1 seller and reports that their popularity is because of their ability to provide instant vintage country decor.
Vintage Linens Display - Rita, a West Virginian who shares an antique booth with two sisters, declares that hankies are a big seller for her. She feels this is because the sisters offer a huge variety–all clean, pressed, and well priced.
Lynn, who also has an antique booth, says that vintage linens, which she sells fresh, laundered, and neatly arranged, are a big seller for her. She believes pricing them well and selecting good quality items contributes to their popularity. Lynn adds that cottage style linens sell particularly well, as do value-priced doilies.
Vintage Holiday Linens
Joan identifies seasonal linens (especially holiday linens), handkerchiefs, and aprons as doing especially well for her. People buy printed table cloths they remember seeing on their mother’s and grandmother’s tables. Non-seasonal linens in unique colors or with unusual lacework are eye-catching and often result in impulse buys.
Vintage Metal Picture Frames
Ann Marie, Vintage Junkie, indicates that vintage metal frames are an excellent seller for her, but she’s not quite sure why because they do seem to be plentiful!
vintage side table makeover Sharon, an antique booth seller, says that side tables sell repeatedly for her, she thinks because they are so easy to upcycle with paint.
Cyndi agrees 100%, attributing this to the fact that they are solid wood, not fake, pressed board, and because there are many ways to refurbish them.
Christy indicated on her survey that pitchers with decals sell well for her, explaining that this is because they are pretty, useful, and remind people of their past. Serving as a retro “pop” for the kitchen that you can also use.
Vintage Canada Dry Crate Dawn explains that due to their functionality, versatility, and current farmhouse trendiness.
Pat,believes fishing lures sell well for her because some men are passionate about collecting nice, old lures, but women also buy them for decorating purposes.
Cross Stitch Samplers
Through her experience as an antique booth dealer, Joyce, has found cross stitch samplers are excellent sellers. Due, she feels, to the fact that people enjoy the history behind them.
Canning jars are Cindie’s pick for #1 seller; she blames their popularity on their great farmhouse look and the fact that they can also be used for food storage.
Cindy has found that vintage curtains sell extremely well for her, she thinks because customers love their look and variety of colors.
Melissa, identifies farmhouse tables as her best seller, she feels this is because of their simplicity and the fact that they compliment just about any style of decor.
Hillary, declares that vintage buttons are a huge seller for her. She markets them in many forms, including wired onto vintage child’s game cards and fashioned into flowers, sold by the stem or grouped together to form a bouquet.She shares that she thinks their popularity is because they are a comfort item. Just the sight of them triggers memories of loving grandmothers and mothers sewing clothing and items for their homes. Buttons in jars are terrific for crafters needing bulk supplies, while button flowers or cards are charming and inexpensive “thinking of you” gifts that make the giver and receiver smile.
Tracy finds that vintage fans in working condition sell extremely well for her, she believes because they are built well and last.
Three survey takers–Anita, Sunny, and Susan–all agree that glassware, elegant glass because of its beauty and scarcity; Sunny, reports that it’s very popular down south filled with pretties and that its functionality makes it popular.
Wooden Tool Boxes
Bonnie identified wooden tool boxes as the single items that sells best for her. She believes this is the case because you can use them in so many ways, for example to hide or store things, to use as a base for a vignette, and to display other vintage items when opened up.She took apart a large wooden carpenter’s box and used one half to hide her TV cable box. It just happened to have a cool round cut out that allows her to change channels, lower volume, etc.
MJ informed me that vintage jewelry sells very well for her. She thinks that’s because some of her customers may remember a piece that their parent or grandparent had, and they’d like to purchase something similar since it brings back good memories.
Vintage Ornate Vanity Mirrors
Florence, reports that because vintage glam sells, dresser mirrors do very well for her. They exude femininity and girly vibes, and if you make girls feel glamorous with what you sell, you’ve got a winner. Dana agrees with Florence’s choice and explains that they sell well for her because they are super pretty and useful.
Sandi says that silverware is a great seller for her. She conducts a lot of research and presents each item very specifically, including imperfections. Buyers know what they are looking for in this category and that helps.
Vintage Tea Ball
Due to the current popularity of tea rooms, Terri says that tea balls sell well for her. She feels that women enjoy recreating the experience at home, and though she doesn’t sell them for much, she can’t seem to keep them in stock longer than a couple of weeks.
Liz selected vintage Pendelton shirts as her top seller and feels they sell successfully because they are a quality item with timeless appeal.
Colleen says that vintage Bakelite dominoes sell very well for her, probably because there are lots of Bakelite collectors out there, and they are cool additions to a variety of DIY projects.
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