Speaking of junkin...I was in Alabama this week, and met a new dealer. As we shared some booth talk, she explained she was new to the business. She opened her booth April 1st of this month. She was telling me she had already cleared over $600 in just three weeks. She said she mainly did that by selling smalls that were $3-$5.
It really got me to thinking about smalls for my booth too. So I posted a thread on Facebook last night and asked our readers to share their most popular items that were $5 or less. We got some terrific feedback. Thanks to all of you that commented and shared photos. We are sharing some of your pics today, but saving some of them for future posts.
Nolan from Twindig Vintage said he has a bowl of loose scrabble tiles and holders in his booth. He charges .25 cents per tile and $1.00 for the holder. Nolan says: We include little paper bags with our vendor number on labels where they can fill in ____# of tiles x .25 = $_____.
Liz Humphries says: vintage hankies, silverplated flatware, paperweights, funk
Janel Yoder says: All my cheapest things are marked "Mix and Match Pricing. $3 each or 2 for $5." I sell a lot of vintage kid's books, and little Made in Japan knickknacks, as well as handcrafted items like mini polymer clay houses. I rarely sell a single $3 item. Everyone looks for a second one to save the dollar.
Ruth Battam McNeil has her sewing notions packaged. Are these not the sweetest? I don't sew, but I would buy these. I am such a sucker for cute packaging.
Lydia Shaulis: says: I love to sell vintage children's books, candle holders (with new yummy-smelling candles in them), unique kitchen utensils, small toys, office supplies (a crummy seller, honestly, but I still buy them since they're so cheap + I personally just like them and how they look in the booth) recipe booklets and maps, antique stamps in tiny frames, postcards, greeting cards, Readers Digest condensed novels and other vintage books. I'm a sucker for paper products.
Denise Menezes Williams says: I own a business called "Soul Pickers" and my motto has always been that "smalls make the world go round." Smalls sell quickly if you pick smart and price to sell quickly--yet still make money! I am a treasure hunter of many things, but smalls are my favorite.
Matchbooks seemed to be mentioned several times. You could either fill up a pretty jar or a plastic cello bag with a cute topper for these.
Pic via: Jennifer Chamberlin
Vintage Sheet Music These sell well both in their original form or rolled up with a piece of twine. I have seen prices from $1 to $2.50 per roll.
Troy Rash says: Postcards, linens, silverplated flatware, soaps, votive candles, junk bags - clear bags of broken costume jewelry etc., mismatched china and whatever else I can find.
Old Books covered with wallpaper or scrapbooking paper are a cheap way to decorate and add a pop of color.
Mason Jars are great to fill with little things like buttons, spools of thread, old clothespins, marbles etc. Here are few pretty samples I found on Etsy.
Little Peanut Gallery via Etsy
Birkshire Shop Girl via Etsy
I have a bunch of these little glass spice jars. I have been saving them for something special. So this next photo inspires me to fill them up with buttons or other little treasures.
Birkshire Shop Girl via Etsy
Here is another cute idea for scrabble tiles.The Retro Bee Hive via Etsy
I found these vintage style milk bottles from the Dollar Tree. I painted them white, shabbied them up a bit and added a spring of green. These sold for $5 each.
Okay, friends, I hope you have enjoyed this post. I have to finish writing the Eulogy. Good night and sweet junkin dreams!