Here, you literally dig through the bins, throwing items you want into a grocery cart, which is then weighed at the checkout. All items are priced at .79 per pound. In these bins, we've found lots of leather, which DH purchased initially for work on his antique organs, although I've snagged a couple of his findings for myself. I've rescued all sorts of handwork--embroidery, crochet work, and hand-stitched quilts, which need nothing more than some tender loving care.
I've found vintage, with tags still attached and have begun to collect items for care packages to Vix at Vintage Vixen, Helga at Helga von Trollop, and Curtise at the Secondhand Years. I threw these baby shoe forms in my cart for any of my readers who might want or need them for homemade booties or shoes.
On one particular visit, I found this unlikely looking little memorandum book in the detritus at the bottom of a bin. I flipped through the pages and discovered a number of cigar bands carefully mucilaged in alphabetical order to the pages. It was not until I arrived home that I discovered that people collect these things and a cursory glance at the pages where they are for sale on eBay indicates that this could be VERY, VERY valuable.
One day, I grabbed a zip-lock bag that held several very carefully folded scarves. Inside I found this scarf, but in spite of my best efforts to determine whether it might have value, I'm stumped and wondering if any of my readers might know. In the process I've learned a lot about Monteil cosmetics...and the previous clothing line.
In the smaller picture, you can just barely make out the signature sphinx in a pale pink watermark. Does anyone know IF this is a valuable scarf?
These are only a few of my treasures. I suspect that I've had a bit of beginner's luck on eBay this first month. I've been listing things in categories, moving from tees to shoes to jeans to crocheted items, vests, and skirts. I'm trying to be methodical about it to discover what sells and at what price. Several of the items were snatched up within minutes of the listing, meaning that they were underpriced. But I'm loving the thrill of the auctions and in several cases, I've been astounded at how high the bidding will go.
On Monday, I plan to do a post that features the first NEW dress I've purchased in the history of Rags against the Machine. In fact, I want to do a post on my retail shopping for the year, something I vowed in January to learn to do. I'm not entirely a "bottom feeder," as DH likes to say.
Here's to a good weekend and happy rummaging to all!