Craft Bits – Selling Vintage at Home, Thrifting Up a Treasure, Poetry Bombing

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011

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When it comes to selling vintage, who needs a boutique? You already knew that you can sell from home through Etsy and eBay … but now some trendsetters are selling in their homes as well. It’s not so different than hosting a Tupperware party (unless you’re dealing in vintage Tupperware) where you invite a select group of friends to shop in the privacy of a hostess’s home. If it means never having to step into a too-small, dark, mirror-less dressing room again, we’re in.
Read more about the trend of selling vintage at home in the LA Times.

vintage consignment shop
Consignment 101

If you love vintage, you already know that consignment shops can be a goldmine of finds. But if you’re looking to make room in your closet for new finds, it might be worth a try as a consignor. Just remember that your cut of the consignment sale can vary depending on the shop, so look around for the best deal.
For more advice on selling consignment, visit AZCentral.
valuable Goodwill painting
Unexpectedly Valuable Goodwill Find

You really never know what you’ll find at your local thrift store. The proof? This $7 painting, which ended up being worth over $1,000. And here we thought we were lucky for finding an incomplete set of atomic-patterned '60s china.
Read more about this unexpectedly valuable Goodwill find at the NewsObserver.
poetry bombing artist
A Really Unexpected Thrift Store

Perhaps even more rare than those $7 paintings that end up being worth over a grand? Finding poetry stitched inside that secondhand dress. Artist Agustina Woodgate is responsible for these random acts of artsiness, which is being called “poetry bombing.” We still think the term sounds like what happens when people perform poetry at open mic nights.
See the full poetry bombing video at mhpbooks.
craft business owner
Good Advice for Small Businesses

Whether your small business is microscopic (read: selling an apron to friends every few months) or much bigger (you’re thinking about opening a storefront), there’s never such a thing as too much advice. This nice article, which largely profiles the success of beauty label Carol’s Daughter, is packed with good tips. Our favorite: Stop thinking of your products as stemming from a “hobby.” It’s a business, people!
Get more tips for your small business at USA Today.

Image credits (from top): Katie Falkenberg / For The Times,, Hannah Townsend /, screenshot via and

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