I’m now a seller on the Abebooks website!

Wisdom Lane Antiques can now be found on the Abebooks website!  Over the years, I have acquired a wide variety of titles and learned how to pay attention to the details when buying books.  From first editions, signed copies and even best sellers can be found in my store on Abebooks.

For example, you will find a signed copy of I IS FOR INNOCENT by Sue Grafton (which can be seen here).  You can also find the first edition of FOUR BLIND MICE by James Patterson (this book can be found here).

Another book that you can find there is The Auction Catalog For The Estate Of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  This is from the Sotherby’s Auction House, and is auction number 6834.  This catalog has the sale prices in it as well, and it can be found here.

You can also find the mystery AS TIME GOES BY by Mary Higgins Clark (which can be seen here), and even the young adult book WINTERGIRLS by Laurie Halse Anderson.  This book can be found here.

Cookbooks like THE COMPLETE NFL COOKBOOK can be found there as well.  You can see this one here.

Take a minute and check out Wisdom Lane Antiques on Abebooks, here.  You’ll find a lot of choices and many bargains!

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Better keep an eye out!

Whenever I am going through a flea market or even a local thrift store, I often remind myself that I need to keep my eyes peeled—you never know what you will run across.  It could be anything really, it could be any type of item that you didn’t expect.

This happened to me not too long ago when I went to a local Goodwill store.  I was walking through and saw, well…

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When I first saw it, I knew that it was a scaled down house.  It looks like someone took a lot of time to make it, but the real question was rather simple—what was it really?

After looking at it for a little bit, I had part of the roof come off of the house in my hand, kind of like what’s pictured below.  I quickly realized that this was a jewelry box.

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Talk about a fun way to store your jewelry!  So, it always pays to keep an eye peeled so you don’t miss that one-of-a-kind item.

What kinds of interesting finds have you run across when out at a flea market or antique store?

More vocabulary words for the glass collector to keep in mind

When you start to collect items in a certain area like glassware, you find out that you need to know some of the terminology when you go along.  Here’s some of the words that I’ve heard over the years about glassware:

Bent (or Slumped) Glass—this is glass that has been heated up in a kiln from room temperature to a temperature high enough to cause it to soften and sag into or even over a mold. The finished product will take the shape of the mold that the glass is around.

Iridescent—this is a surface treatment when a layer of metallic oxide is bonded to the hot glass surface just after the form the glass into a sheet.  The result is a colorful one, and it also has a shimmering effect.

Seedy Glass—this is glass that has air bubbles trapped in it. This is when air or gas is injected into the molten glass prior to forming the sheet causing the bubbles.

What kind of terms have you heard or run across?

How do you sell items on the internet that have flaws in them?

How do you go about selling items on the internet that have flaws in them?

This is actually one of the more popular questions that I get asked.  There are several ways to sell an item that has flaws in it, and the first one is the most obvious—sell it as is.  Selling the item like this could be that it can be repaired or restored to original condition.

Another way that you can sell the item is to sell it with another item that is just like the damaged one.  Right now, I have a Fenton match holder that I am selling like this (and you can see the listing here).

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If you have a crafty side, you can turn it into something completely different.  It could be something like a non-functioning kerosene lantern.  You could electrify it and put a retro looking bulb (or even a normal low wattage one) in it.  After you do this, you can display it on a side table or the corner of a desk.  Another idea could be turning a run down book rack that you have around the house into a wine rack.

One thing that I have seen people do is to combine several items together to make something new.  I was at a local flea market shopping when I saw a yard ornament in the shape of a sunflower.  The flower top was made out of a broken plate and recycled scraps of thin wood (the wood came from a broken Coca Cola crate).

No matter how you sell the flawed item, you need to provide plenty of clear pictures.  This way any potential buyer can get a good view of the item.

The other thing that you need to do is to provide a well-written description of the item.  This way the potential buyer knows what’s going on with the piece, and even what you did to it.

How have you sold items that have flaws on them?

Beat the July heat with a Christmas in July sale at Wisdom Lane Antiques!

With this firecracker hot sale, you can get 10% off the purchase price of anything in my Etsy shop by using the coupon code JULYSALE10 (make sure that the coupon code is in all capital letters).  With this coupon code, you will get 10% off the purchase price of any item in my Etsy store.

Christmas is probably my favorite holiday out of all of them.  One of the reasons is that you get to wear festive jewelry, like this Christmas tree shaped pin.

Christmas Tree Pin With Multi Colored Rhinestones By ART

The 1960’s pin is by ART and can be seen in my Etsy store here.  Another item that you can wear is this terrific 1980’s dress with a peplum top.

1980s KR of NY Red And White Kiss Pattern Dress Peplum Top Size 5 to 6

This cool dress has a red and white kiss pattern to it and is by KR of NY, and you can see it in my Etsy store here.

Another item to wear when it gets cold outside is this wonderful (and very warm!) faux fur coat by Tissavel.

Tissavel For Country Pacer Brown Knee Length Faux Fur Coat Or Jacket Long Sleeve 1950s

This coat was made in the 1950’s and was made for Country Pacer.  You can see it in my Etsy store here.

Another reason that I love Christmas is to find someone that perfect gift.  One gift that you can give is this terrific 1980’s black formal dress by BETSY & ADAM.

1980s BETSY and ADAM Black Beaded Crinkle Knit See Through Sheer Top Cut Out Back Detail Knee Length Size 7

It would be perfect for any formal event, or even to wear to the Prom later in the year.  You can see this great dress in my Etsy store here.

The third reason that I love Christmas is that you get to display pieces that tie into the holidays very easily.  The first item is this great mix and match pitcher and tumblers set.

Mix And Match Lemonade Set Fenton Style Jamestown Green Pitcher With Stir Stick And 8 Polka Dot Tumblers

This set has a Fenton Jamestown Green pitcher and 8 polka dot tumblers, and it can be used to serve your favorite Holiday beverage.  You can see this great set in my Etsy store here.  Another item that can be displayed in your home that ties into Christmas is this wonderful ruby red basket by Fenton.

1970s Ruby Red Fenton Hobnail Basket With Handle And Embossed Fenton Mark On Bottom

This basket has the Hobnail pattern on it, and it could be used to hold potpourri or even your favorite centerpiece on your table.  You can see this basket in my Etsy store here.

Another item that could very easily be displayed in your home at Christmas is this terrific ornament for the Christmas tree.

1982 Strawberry Shortcake A SPECIAL TREAT Christmas Tree Ornament By Americard With The Original Box

This Strawberry Shortcake ornament is dated 1982 and is titled A SPECIAL TREAT.  The great thing about it is that the ornament has the original box with it, you can store it in the box after Christmas is over.  You can see the ornament in my Etsy store here (you can see some more ornaments in my eBay store here).

So beat the July heat with some cool savings in my Etsy store.  All of these and other sizzling deals can be seen here.

What a great way to warm up to the idea of early holiday shopping!