Thursday I went to an auction in Marshall, Michigan, a town about 45 minutes away from where I live. The auction had several items of interest to me, including an open shelf that would be perfect for displaying items in one of my antique mall booths. When my brother and I arrived at the auction, there were numerous familiar faces there, all of them antique dealer friends and acquaintances of ours. I began to worry that several of them would also want the shelf, so I was lucky the bidding ended at $100.
The blue and yellow painted shelf unit on the left is the item I purchased:
My Plan B was to purchase the blue step back cupboard on the right, but the blue and yellow shelf is more useful from a dealer standpoint:
Besides the shelf, I was interested in a vintage Teddy bear, but the bidding went wild. The little fellow below sold for over $200:
A helpful note was kept next to it:
There was a nice selection of buttons at the auction, but I only bought three jars of them.
I bought a jar full of carved bone and ivory buttons. They look pretty in this ironstone dish:
Speaking of ironstone, I have been pulling out boxes of ironstone I stashed in my basement a couple years ago and forgot I had. Now that I have new shelves to fill, I'm pricing all the ironstone pieces:
One of my favorite bloggers, Miss Mustard Seed, loves ironstone. She writes about it a lot and uses it in her home decor. Recently she started a buying and selling forum called The Mustard Seed Pages. If you are looking for ironstone pieces to buy online, that might be a good place to look (besides Ebay and Etsy).
I've also been pricing some other recent acquisitions, such as these pretty lady dresser jars:
This prancing horse cast iron bank was a nice recent find:
I'll be listing this blue transferware plate in my Etsy shop:
It depicts Boston landmarks:
So what's been selling lately? Quite a lot! I think shoppers have had cabin fever around here because of the winter weather, and recently the antique malls have been quite busy. My sales have picked up considerably, which is wonderful, because the slow period for antique mall sales is approaching. May and June are usually our slowest months for business around here, because people are occupied with outdoor activities, summer vacations, and attend outdoor antique shows instead of shopping inside.
I sold these beautiful Art Deco chairs last week:
I've also sold a nice yardlong, a tin Hires Root Beer sign, a set of four chairs, and many other things.
Today I have a van full of fresh merchandise to distribute amongst my five antique mall booths. I love to put new items out for customers! It's always exciting to see what sells.