Some of my favorites were out the door first! Every time I packaged something up I thought, "maybe I should have kept this?" Our spendy new furnace has made it much easier to part with treasures, though...
In addition to the shop, I've held two Instagram sales. For the first sale, a vintage hodge podge with enteraining goodies, I listed about 25 things and sold 10. For the second sale, I listed just over 30 items (mostly Pyrex, some Fire King and Hazel Atlas) and sold nearly everything. The women at the post office fought over who had to help me with my truckload of packages (1-2-3 not it!). I've been so surprised by the underground economy of vintage selling/trading on Instagram - it's like the Wild Wild West over there. It's nice, though, because you get to know sellers personally. I've even bought/traded some vintage Pyrex that way. But I do love Etsy. I like being able to list lots of photos and pen supremely lengthy descriptions. You might have guessed that I'm a bit chatty! Plus, I downloaded the Etsy app onto my phone and I hear a little "Cha-CHING" when I sell something.
I recently added some new listings to the shop and thought I'd give you a peek. I like to make jobs more difficult than they need to be, so I've continued to try to list items in colour groupings. It looks so good that way that I can't stop. Behold my reds and greens:
Those green anchor hocking tumblers gleam like emerald! I love those, but I think the mint condition red polka dot Fire King grease jar is my favorite. The vintage medical jars are really neat and I'd love to see them in a vintage-inspired bathroom. The red and white coffee set has the word "coffee" written in a bunch of different language, from Finnish to Spanish, French and German. And no winter is complete without a fondue pot ;) - I saved the most incredible fondue recipe as a sweet surprise for the purchaser.
I also added some vintage jewellery, including some rhinestone stunners, a sweet pair of 14k gold half moon studs, and a really striking pair of enamel earrings in mint, gold, and black. Perfect for holiday parties.
Finally, some exciting news (get ready to pat me on the head!): I've added three listings, each with bunches of my handmade Christmas spiders. See them here, here, and here. I've been meaning to list them on Etsy for years (I want to say 2011...), but I always sell out locally. This year I started making them very early and set aside some for the shop. I can't custom make them for Etsy buyers at this time, but for YOU folks I will happily make one in a certain colour(s), or snag one from my local inventory. If you want one and don't see one that's perfect, just let me know (in the comments here, through Etsy convos, or feel free to email email@example.com) and I can send photos of more options. I can also use your zip or postal code to see if the shipping to you would be less expensive than the estimate - I offer this to anyone, for any listing.
Even if I don't sell a single one on Etsy (weep), I'm feeling really good because I've finally fulfilled a four year old goal. I've been working on getting stuff done (as you might have gleaned). No excuses, no more delays, and no distractions.
Truthfully, it was a pleasure making extra spiders this year. It was so relaxing to hunker down on cold days and just create - and not feel guilty about doing it (like I should be cleaning or doing laundry). I also love a good excuse to binge watch Gilmore Girls (for the millionth time, but it's on Netflix now and who can resist?). The process is kind of adorable. I make the bodies first, so I have a big batch of these weird looking guys:
Then I bead the legs and they still look like little octopi until the legs gets formed and shaped into spider legs.
Hubby actually shapes most of them for me - he is eerily skilled at forming the legs. Mine always look a little frightened and/or squashed, but his look so elegant.
I can't help myself, the photo below is just perfect for this: "get 'em before they're gone..."
That's my shop update!! Take a peek at our Minden Shop here if you're curious. Thanks so much for your encouragement and support. I know some of you have even bought things, recently and over the years, and that's just so kind of you. Thank you! I never expect a purchase from readers, but it's really touching when I'm able to send a vintage treasure to someone I know here.