Rose City Vintage Market marked the resumption of shows in the Portland, Oregon market, and we were heartened to see a lot of serious collectors return to shop, as well as a new, younger clientele who were fascinated to see what a vintage market is like! Custer’s Antique Show in Spokane similarly seemed to attract a different mix of dealers and customers than pre-2020 shows, and both buying and selling were good.
Surprising what sells, and to whom! My first sale at the Custer’s show was a machinist’s chest, which went to an older woman who needed one for her farm and wanted something with a cool old label. Meanwhile, a native American gentleman put on a real fox collar with full heads, originally meant for a glamorous 1950s woman—and it looked fantastic and somehow just right on him! It’s fun to see people learning and thinking outside the box where collectibles that were traditionally "gender specific" are concerned.
Online sales were surprisingly brisk for us last month! September is typically a slower time online, with people focused on final outdoor fun and duties before the chill of fall settles in on them, but our eBay listing videos seemed to drive interest to our offerings there. We appreciate our Level Two members for their sponsorship that allows them early access to this bonus video!
Live sales were great too, particularly the one where I was able to visit Misty at "Thrifter, Junker, Vintage Hunter" and sell live in her shop! I was really pleased at the response to what I was able to bring, with the parasol-handled magnifying glass and a set of purple lucite candlesticks in purple resin ball holders selling for three digits. The ability to really showcase and explain items gives the live sales an element of help that I’m used to having in real world shows, so look for me to do more of them on my new YouTube channel "The Antique Nomad LIVE!"
Preparing for Holiday Shopping already is on our minds in the antique/vintage reselling business! What does that mean when there’s still nearly three months left? Along with hoarding all newly found vintage Christmas decor until closer to the date, we also focus on gift-appropriate wares (costume jewelry, pop culture memorabilia, dolls, toys, cookie jars, etc.) and think about table settings that will require red and green glass, seasonal dinnerware and special silver serving pieces. Smart sellers online and in the real world will tailor their inventory to these categories in anticipation of many happy sales (and minimal returns).