I thought therefore, it was a good opportunity to re-visit some of my previous posts, and complete their stories for you.
Remember my Auction Fever moment? Well, amongst the items I purchased was a job lot of antique magazines and periodicals. I featured photos and details of some of them, and through the magic of t'internet an email pinged into my inbox earlier this week.
A charming American scholar had spotted a magazine edition I'd posted, and as he is currently researching similar items, he enquired whether I'd be prepared to sell it.
I absolutely don't buy second-hand items specifically to re-sell, and to be honest after reading Molly's wonderful Magpie Monday post this morning I feel a bit reluctant to write this. She captured perfectly the ethos of Magpie Monday, and describes exactly the reasons why I too love to buy from charity shops. There's nothing wrong with re-selling items on eBay etc, but that's not why I tend to buy them. I buy things because I'll use them, or because I love them.
However, I am a stay-at-home mum with the salary to match. A few extra pennies are always welcome, and if I can give a new lease of life to something and the end result means the item is with someone who'll cherish it, then why not!
I took the magazine to my local antique book dealer who was almost orgasmic looking through it. He gave me a valuation and also asked me to bring along the others I have if I want to sell them! Myself and the American were able to settle on a price we were both happy with.
I'm off to the post office this morning to send it on it's way. How's that for a happy ending?
I thought I'd also update you on #pomandergate. You may recall that ebay purchase I made of an entire collection of ceramic pomanders? Well, I had a plan to re-condition them and was determined to make it work. No, clearly I didn't have the plan when I pushed the button to bid on 186 pomanders - admittedly that was just a moment of madness.
However, the plan quickly developed, and with the help of One Stop Pamper who sourced and sent me beautiful fragranced beads, I cleaned up the pomanders and custom filled them with organza bags of fragrance at a recent vintage and craft fayre. A perfect blend of old meets new. I even had custom-made labels printed to seal the bases, and a name for the venture: 'It makes scents'. Like it? Geddit?
They went down a treat and at £4.50 each will make me a nice few pennies. Looks like I'll be attending a few more fairs...
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