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Big Vintage Estate Sale Starting May 3rd In Roanoke VA

DON’T MISS THIS ONE! ADDRESS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

Amazing Vintage Estate sale! Contents of multi-generation home in Roanoke VA! Includes tons of Vintage Items, Antique & Vintage Jewelry, Sterling Silver, Old Books, Depression Glass, Quilts, Old Tools, Old Toys, Vintage Toys, Antique Dolls, Vintage Furniture, Railroad Items, Art Supplies, Tons Of Vintage Smalls!! This is a treasure hunt Estate Sale organized and operated by the family.

The Sale will be full of great items, perfect for resellers, ebayers, antique booth operators, and collectors. Entire house, basement, tool sheds, and attic is full and will be up for grabs.

Estate Sale Dates: May 3rd – May 5th 2019 (Friday-Sunday) Discount Days are Sat. & Sunday – Hollins )Near Plantation Rd / Hershberger Rd Intersection – Address Published Soon!

Will be listed on FB, Craigslist, and other places mark your calendar this will be a big treasure hunt sale

(More Estate Sale Pictures Coming Soon) Sale Location: Off Plantation Rd (Hollins Near Hershberger) Roanoke VA
Dates: May 3rd 4th 5th 2019
Time: 9AM-3PM Friday/Sat (10AM-2PM Sunday)
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Tips From A Vintage Reseller and Online Seller

It’s no secret I love instagram and the vintage/reseller community on instagram and I stay pretty active on instagram. I am by no means an influencer or authority on instagram but I do get a lot of questions from people that want to make reselling vintage items and other items a career or side hustle. One recent question from one of my instagram followers compelled me to write a blog post to answer the users questions. The question is below and my answer in length is further down.  The advice I share is what works for me and has worked for me in the past. So I hope someone gets some sort of valuable knowledge from the info I share.

The Message: LOVE your page!!! Any advice for a newbie treasure hunter?? Lol mainly how do you price your inventory?? EBay? Worthpoint?? And what is your main avenue you sell on?? Sorry for all the questions, I’m just really passionate and done with the rat race of life… Trying to make a real career out of this

First thank you for loving my instagram! If anyone wants to follow me on instagram see below:

Well for starters I have a lot of advice for a “Newbie Treasure Hunter” and will share as much as I can with you. Making a full time career out of selling vintage items or any items online is very rewarding, fun, and profitable (But Not Fast and Easy) – It is HARD real WORK. What you sell is very important and I know the person that sent this message is in to t-shirts and honestly that is a very saturated market – But if they are true vintage (hard to find t-shirts) then you may be in the right space! It is Very important to diversify yourself, your inventory, and look at inventory from the view of  others and from the current trends. But when it comes to Vintage items – Most people will always like what they like and items within that category. So, if someone likes Vintage Toys (*Hot Market) they will buy items relating to vintage toys no matter what newer cooler trend pops up in the markets. People who like old toys for example would buy t-shirts relating to transformers, super heros, Fandom, and so on…

I used to only buy items to resell that I liked or that I thought were cool – I don’t like old buttons and sewing items but if I find a box full of vintage sewing items and large Bakelite and Lucite Buttons – I buy them to resell. But I honestly hate sewing items. But it is not about me! It is about the buyers and the market. So buy for the market! This is another point that is important – BUYING FOR THE MARKET (BUYING FOR YOUR MARKET). A friend of mine told me long ago that he only buys for the market and that resonated with me. He learned his market by doing market research and learning (watching) what people were buying and what each person collected so when he was out “Sourcing” or “Picking” he would buy items that he knew his shoppers already liked. So buy for your market if you can pinpoint it down to your shoppers or markets wants and needs.

BUT – Selling online you are dealing with a global market (not a local market) so you will have to be broad and bold with your buying. It is hard to make a real lucrative living (quickly) selling online if you buy 5-10 items to list each week from your local thrift shops and buying from these type of places you are accessing what everyone else is doing. Develop your own sourcing techniques and try  to BUY FROM THE SOURCE.

Sourcing Techniques – Buy From The Source

Everyone talks Goodwill, Thrift, Estate Sales, Yard Sales and I RARELY go to any of these places. Yard Sales I do hit a few block or neighborhood sales each year… The real treasures are sitting in peoples homes and will continue to sit there until they need one of 2 things SPACE or MONEY. A lot of people sit on hoards of great items in their homes and that is the MAIN SOURCE you want to buy from. Getting in to people’s homes to buy items from them is easier than you think and when you hit a house full of good stuff, you need to do whatever it takes to buy, buy, buy as quickly as possible and once they start selling you items from their hoards keep the ball rolling. Be BOLD, ask them to show you the basement, attic, tell them you will pull everything out, and help them identify value in what they would consider junk.

Finding Houses and People To Buy From
  • Create a Google Business Listing (Your Name Estate Sales) and list your “new business” in the thrift store/vintage store category – People will start calling to sell you items and invite you over to the hoard! You don’t actually need a store front to do this (BE CREATIVE) – You will have to “game” google a little.
  • FaceBook Page – Make a page and share your finds and info. on FB – Link your instagram to your facebook page (make your instagram a business account)
  • Craigslist – I get a lot of cals from sellers on craigslist – I run an IMAGE as in multiple categories – (Antiques – Wanted – Collectibles and More). The image ad I use is below:
  • NETWORK with other shops and dealers let them know you buy stuff – they will refer people to you from time to time.
  • Always be on the lookout for stuff to buy and resell and keep your eyes and ears open. There are buying opportunities all around you.

“Finding A Very Valuable Treasure At Goodwill Is Like Winning The Lottery – How Many Times Have You Won That?”

Where To Sell
  • Ebay – I love ebay but you really have to be on top of things to avoid negative feedback – ebay is all for the buyers in most cases. Be very clear in your descriptions of your item and mention ANY flaws or have them clearly shown in photos. I use buy it now or best offer on items that I am sure of the value. If I am kinda unsure of the value I do an Auction format and let the market decide, however on real rare items I may do a HIGH buy it now with best offer option.
  • Etsy – Good vintage marketplace – I do not use it myself but a lot of people I know do use it and like it. Your items can sell for a bit more on etsy but you need  to sell more “high brow” items that appeal to the etsy shoppers and present your items in a sheek manner.
  • Amazon – Amazon FBA: (No Good For Vintage Sales) Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is an e-commerce service in which third-party vendors store their products in Amazon’s fulfillment centers and the e-commerce giant picks, sorts, packs, ships, tracks and handles returns and refunds for these products. In addition to accounting for a huge portion of Amazon’s revenue, FBA enables Amazon to offer other vendors’ products alongside its own. Books, New Products, Boxed Items, Packaged Merchandise, Retail Items, New or Used (BOXED) Electronics, are what sells great on Amazon. It is not a good vintage selling platform
  • Craigslist – List stuff that is too big to ship or that appeals to your local market on craigslist. You will get some action on there – My local craigslist is good for larger hard to find items and furniture, household, tools, machines, mowers, and equipment.
  • Facebook Yard Sale Pages – These work well for all sorts of stuff but you have to have good prices below the market value or you may not get any bites.
  • LetGo App – Sorry I think it sucks

EBAY – Ebay gets the most sales and fastest sales for me so I like that. Just be prepared to lose 11%-15% or so from A-Z in fees and shipping calculation errors per listing.

Unload old stagnant inventory by having your own yard sale/garage sale – Or- Hit up a flea market in your region.

How To Value And Price Your Items

Some items are easy to price because you can easily find comparables (Comps) on Ebay. When looking items up on ebay PLEASE ONLY LOOK AT “SOLD LISTINGS” And NEVER price ites based off of the frontend of ebay where you see all of the asking prices and items with active bids. Click on “FILTER” and select sold listings only (If Using Ebay App On Phone). If on a PC, Laptop, Or Classic View, Click on Advanced Search and select “SOLD” listings only. This way you will see what items like your recently sold for and not what people are asking. I have seen $10.00 items being listed for $80 – $100 and they will never sell.

If you can not find your item listed on ebay then it must be rare or hard to find so a little research may be needed. Hit Google and start searching. I frequently use the image search results so I can see my item then go to the page that talks about it. If you can not identify an item ask for help! I ask for identification help on the facebook group with 150,000 members that love to help : http://www.facebook.com/groups/whatisthisidentification/

Worthpoint: I like worthpoint but I do not use it – Worthpoint

Worthpoint.com is a resource founded in 2007 by Will Seippel that eBay sellers can use as an effort to identify the products or items they intend to resell. It’s a pricing research tool that empowers the seller with the ability to provide accurate descriptions of what they are selling as well. It is like searching ebay’s deep archives. Sometimes worthpoint can be off a bit because the item could have been sold 5 years ago and the price could have dived or changed. Its a cool tool but I rely more on recent sales data from the sold item ebay search feature and Google.

Price low sell fast – Make profit and Move On!

Price low sell fast. You can have a house full of Gold but if you never sell it you are still broke. NOW is the time to sell! If you purchased a $100.00 item for $3.00 do not hold out for the $100.00 sale! Sell fast and flip that profit in to more items quickly. Sell the item for $70 and get a fast sell! Having cash flow to buy other items is key to scaling up fast. Be competitive. Also sometimes you will make bad buys and it is better to lose a little than sit on inventory. Take the loss and move on… Recover what you ca out of the bad buy and try again! I have made a lot of bad buys in the past and if I like the item I will keep it or I will sell it CHEAP and get that nasty bad buy out of my sight. It is not a failure when you make a bad buy! It is an education and you gained knowledge which is valuable in itself.

My Bottom of the box theory – And Time Layers

In some cases the cream rises to the top but when it comes to buying, sourcing, picking, and searching for Vintage Treasures the Bottom of the box always turns up treasures for me. From estate sales, yard sales, houses you pick through, and in general, I always go to the bottom of the box first! Heavier, smaller, more valuable items, are always in the bottom of the box. It could be the weight of a gold ring, coins, old trinkets, or it could be whoever packed the box put a smaller box of valuables in the bottom of the box. There are also the time layers!

Time layers:  if a basement has years of items stacked up in it, the older items would be at the bottom! Also when stacking boxes many people put the heavy boxes lower. I want to get to the older items so I hit the lower layers or further back in the closet to find older items. In closets the older clothes are usually to the far left or right out of the way of regular use (or packed away elsewhere).

Sourcing Grandma and Grandpas Junk Drawers

There is no better place than “Grandparents Junk Drawers” to find Valuable Vintage SMALLS than in the dresser drawers, junk drawers, storage cabinets, and tucked away.  Vintage smalls (Items that fist in the palm of your hand or that are easy to place in a curio or on a shelf are my #1 sellers. From vintage military items like patches, photos, medals, railroad items, coins/tokens, old paper items (postcards), Jewelry, Vintage Trinkets, and more. Vintage smalls sell like crazy. I have made more money off of vintage junk drawer finds than any other type of item. There are items you will have no idea what they are and they may appear worthless and after listing you will find out the item is a $500.00 plastic railroad token, or a $50 bakelite button, or a simple lapel pin, or political button worth $200. I would rather have a shoe box of vintage eclectic smalls to resell than a truck load of antique furniture and 20 pair of new nikes.

Watch or Follow My Instagram for new posts I will be adding that will show you my top selling Vintage Smalls.

Selling A Product In A Crowded Market – Like T-Shirts or Electronics

If thousands of other people are selling the same type of item you are trying to specialize in like t-shirts or vintage t-shirts, you need to separate yourself from the crowd and be seen by potential buyers. It is a good idea to find a Niche within our Niche. If you are selling T-Shirts, Narrow It Down To A Specific Market Like FANDOM or POP Culture T-Shirts or 80’s Music T-Shirts, Skater T-Shirts, Distressed T-Shirts, or whatever you can that is not such a crowded Niche or Market. Establish yourself as the authority in your Niche. Talk, Blog, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook all about your Niche. Hashtag your ass off on instagram to draw in the buying crowd and stay active and engage all your followers by commenting on their comments and being HUMAN! Check out GaryVee for social media motivation.

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Amiri King Unboxes VTGBOX Subscription Box Comedian & YouTube/Social Media Celebrity Unboxing VTGBOX Live!

Are you in to subscription boxes or like Vintage stuff? You have to check out this video of Amiri King unboxing the Vintage Subscription Box from VTGBOX.com – The video is really cool and these subscription boxes are trending online and are a hot product!

Follow VTGBOX on Social Media:
http://www.instagram.com/vtgbox 
http://www.facebook.com/vtgbox 
http://www.twitter.com/vtgbox

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Vintage Seller To Follow On Instagram

I have been on instagram only for about a year now (but online since 1998) and try to stay pretty active and follow other Vintage Related instagram accounts. It is hard to find cool vintage accounts to follow sometime because some of the real awesome vintage related instagram accounts ae buried in a sea of other accounts that say they are “vintage” and are not really about the type of vintage stuff I like personally. For example when you search vintage on instagram here is the top posts that instagram shows today. IN MY OPINION THE TOP POSTS BELOW REALLY HAVE NO VINTAGE VISUAL APPEAL. I am sorry but 1990’s clothes, movies, and fashion from 1996 is not the Vintage I am looking for (it is popular and IS technically vintage). The problem is 90% of the posts that are featured high in the search feed are clothes from the 90’s or just not vintage at all.

Not So Vintage Instagram:

Refine that search

If you want to see more “hard” vintage items like actual vintage things other than 1990s clothes try searching alternative keywords like “Vintage Stuff”, “Vintage Toys”, “Vintage Signs”, or whatever you like specifically. Here is what the serch “Estate Finds” turned up for me – And – this looks like a step in the right direction. It appears to actually have some vintage items in the results.

Goodwill Vintage Clothes? Should this be the top majority return on the search for “Vintage” on instagram?

Most resellers think that vintage selling is simply going to the goowill (Goodwill) bins and pulling out some 80s and 90s clothes. Sorry again – BUT this does not make you a picker or vintage goddess. If you dig through 20 tons of rust, dust, damp/wet mystery material, and fight a snake or 2 to find a museum quality vintage item or hidden Vintage Jewelry Stash in a barn or unearth historically cool and significant hard items, THEN you are a vintage picker in my book. Don’t me wrong I have much respect for the hustle and love seeing people and resellers find great vintage labels at the Goofwill (Goodwill) – And some Vintage Clothes Reseller that make 5 Figures monthly working the bins and goodwill! I’m not knocking the hustle I just do not describe what they do as pure vintage “sourcing” selling. (I’m honestly and openly not a huge fan of the Goodwill as a company).

Here is a Snippet of My Vintage Instagram Page: (It’s Vintage Stuff!!)

I do post a lot of Vintage Jewelry, Some Clothes, and Other Interesting Items. I try to post unique stuff that is harder to find.

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Vintage Christmas Gift Ideas For That Vintage Collector In Your Life Buying Vintage Gifts For Loved Ones

It can be hard to buy Christmas gifts for certain friend, family, and loved ones during the Holiday Season, and even more difficult to buy for that Vintage Collector in your life. What do they have what do they like? Is this something that would actually cherish, display, and value? All these questions pop in to our mind when buying for someone that collects or appreciates vintage items.

The safest way to buy for a vintage collector is to do a little gift giving recon ahead of the gift giving season. Look at their home or living space and see what they display or collect, snoop on their social media and see what they post pictures of, see what they “like” on social media, are they commenting on certain items? Stalk their facebook and instagram accounts and do a little research, collectors usually like or comment on photos of vintage items they wouldn’t mind having.

Vintage Gifts They Will Love This Holiday Here Are Some Vintage Gift Ideas From A 20 Year Collector
  • Vintage Smalls — Most collectors love small items that they can squirrel away or display easily, this especially true if they are a die hard collector with limited space due to current collectibles in the “hoard”. If they collect or like military items a neat old ww2 military lot from ebay might make a good gift. Or say they collect vintage toys? Some old vintage toys catalogs or books may be a nice choice.
  • Gift Certificate From Antique Malls or Shops that sell Vintage Items
    A gift card or certificate from a local vintage store, antique mall, or even an ebay gift cards makes a great thoughtful gift accompanied by a vintage style card and note that they are so unique you thought they would enjoy something from the “shop” you selected as they have so much cool stuff and you couldn’t choose!
  • Collectors love boxes and protective supplies or display supplies to help protect and display their goodies. Check out a local craft and art supply store like Michaels and get them a cool medium size display or shadow box — Pair it up with a gift card to a vintage shop or ebay (and etsy). Tell them to fill it with items they would enjoy!
  • A Vintage Subscription Box — This i one all collectors will love. They can get a monthly vintage subscription box full of items that they like or collect. You can buy a one time gift box or ongoing subscription from somewhere like vtgbox.com — They will custom build a box based of off interests and they use only true vintage items. This is a very popular gift that all collectors or vintage lovers would love.
    Tip: Be careful when buying vintage clothes — make sure they are exchangeable or returnable due to the fact that vintage sizes can vary and a large in 1960 is like a med in today’s sizes (in some cases). Visit: VTGBOX.com 

Tip: You can buy ebay gift cards at most department stores and grocery stores these days. Ebay gift cards make great gifts for vintage lovers.

Tip: When ordering a vtgbox vintage subscription box for a collector — during the sign-up process, be sure to indicate what type of items the recipient likes or collects so they can customize the box for you.

Check out more vintage gift info and ideas on my instagram and follow me!@RoanokeCollector

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After emailing and comparing this photo with Robert Bondurants family pictures (The grandson Of Jack Bondurant). It is very likely that this is a rare photo of some of the Bondurant Boys! The photo as found in the Roanoke/Franklin County area in SW Virginia. What is even more compelling evidence other than the striking resemblance of the brothers Howard, Forrest, and Jack Bondurant, is the inclusion of moonshine, guns, and the clothes worn which are how the Bondurant Boys would portray themselves in a planned photo. If that was not enough the Word Bondurant is visible on the back of the photo in old style cursive possible misspelled but hard to read.

We are waiting on a letter from Robert Bondurant confirming that this is in fact the Famous Moonshine pioneers from Franklin County VA. The photo shows a shotgun in one hand, pointing at young man in center (holding a gun or jug of Shine) , and another young man pointing a pistol at center man also (Holding small handgun), also 2 young men on bottom one drinking from moonshine half gallon jug with nice country dapper look (left), and on the bottom right a fella drinking shine from a pint bottle wearing overalls. One thing is for sure as to what these boys are up to. They are moonshiners from Franklin County VA.

Possible Bondurant Boys – Famous Moonshine Gang/Brothers Franklin County VA

Are These The Bondurant Boys From Franklin VA? It is strong possibility. What do you think? Comment On This Post and let us know!

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A curiously curated vintgage subscription box.

If you love antique shops, vintage items, estate sales, and retro treasures, then a vintage subscription box is a must have for you. There are a few vintage or retro subscription boxes on the market, but only one delivers a custom build subscription box experience that is made just for you! VTGBOX!

Here is a recent press release about the launch of the new retro subscription box service that is buzzing on social media sites like instagram (#vtgbox or @vtgbox).

A new and unique vintage, retro, and antique item subscription box has recently been launched by vtgbox.com. The subscription box business is a growing industry that has been gaining in popularity over the past few years. Everything from razors, meals, make-up, and specialty products can be purchased as a monthly subscription. The creator of vtgbox, J.W. Holcomb has been in the vintage, estate, and antique liquidation and brokering business for over 15 years. The idea of creating a vintage treasure and antique item subscription box came to the creator about a year ago. The idea to offer a custom built monthly vintage subscription box was the solution to selling and sharing the thousands of vintage smalls that J.W. Holcomb aggregates monthly during is never ending hunt for vintage and antique treasures.

There are plenty of subscription boxes that deliver awesome products that advertise online and only a handful that deal in Vintage Items and specifically unique, eclectic, and sometimes the Odd, estate finds. One of the key features of the vtgbox vintage subscription box is the ability to build a box for subscribers based off of their interests. The subscription process asks one key question “What do you collect or what are you in to?”. This helps the vtgbox team select build and pack up a box full of fun for you every month. The only other question that is asked is “Man/Women/Both or Who Cares!”, this question is to better customize boxes based on whether the box is for a man, women, both a man and women or other.

For more information on the vtgbox subscription box visit them online at http://www.vtgbox.com

The vtgbox concept is not a new one but the broad range of potential products does make it unique do to the fact you can receive anything from fandom, geek, comics, oddities, coins, military items, WW2, Old Tools, vintage toys, jewelry, old paper, photos, vintage postcards, trinkets, treasures, accessories,  just about anything vintage! You choose what type or theme of items you like.

The vtgbox is a monthly auto-renewing subscription box that is delivered to subscribers on or around the 4th of each month. The base price is $39.95 per box and there are discounts for prepaying for multiple months in advance. There is also an option to give the box as a gift.

Currently the entire ordering process is managed with the cratejoy subscription box platform which is an online based service for sellers of subscription based products. Vtgbox is based out of Virginia and ships to the USA only at this time but plans on adding Canada, UK, and Japan soon.

For more information on the vtgbox subscription box visit them online at http://www.vtgbox.com

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Big Lick VA – 1881 Newspaper

Images Property of J.W. Holcomb – From The private library of J.W. Holcomb – The only known original of this July 2 Big Lick Weekly 1881 – (the final year.

Title: Big Lick weekly news. : (Big Lick, Va.) 1879-1881

Place of publication: Big Lick, Va.

Geographic coverage: Big Lick, Roanoke, Virginia

Publisher: Arthur N. Derr

Dates of publication: 1879-1881

Description: Began in 1879 ; ceased in 1881.

Frequency:Weekly

Language: English

Subjects:Roanoke (Va.)–Newspapers.

Roanoke County (Va.)–Newspapers. Virginia

Preceding Titles: The Big Lick news. (Big Lick, Roanoke County, Va.) 1877-1879

Succeeding Titles: Roanoke Saturday evening news. (Roanoke, Va.) 1881-1882

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My garage/storage building became a huge mess piles up with boxes of vintage items I have accumulated from buying in bulk or doing estate clean-outs. It was time to have a garage sale (Yard Sale)! So I tried to organize items (somewhat) and get the junk & treasures spread out so people could see items and dig through boxes. The yard sale / garage sale was a big success. We had at least 500 people stop by on Friday and Sat (No Sunday Sale).

Here is How I Advertised/Promoted My Garage Sale.

Protip: Start Advertising Your Sale about 1 week in advance! – Some people like to plan ahead and getting some community gossip about your sale takes a bt of time. Give people a few days notice and you will see a major increase in traffic!

Advertise Free On Facebook: If you don’t use facebook to advertise your  sale you are going to lose 50% of the traffic! Facebook gets a huge response for yard sales and you can interact with people who have questions about the sale (if you choose).

How To Advertise a Yard Sale / Garage Sale On Facebook

Create an event on Facebook. That’s right make your sale an EVENT.

To create a public event on Facebook:
  1. From your News Feed, click Events in the left menu.
  2. Click + Create Event on the left side.
  3. Click to choose between a private or public event. … (CHOOSE PUBLIC)
  4. Fill in the event name (Big Explosive Vintage Garage Sale), details, location and time. …
  5. Click Create! – Now you have the EVENT made! Invite all your friends to the event and ask them to share it also share your event on “groups or pages” you think will help you spread the word.
Promote Your Sale On Local FaceBook Yard Sale Pages.

There are Yard sale pages in your local area where people post items for sale – These pages usually have thousands of members and there are multiple pages you can advertise your sale on most likely. 

  1. Add lots of pictures to your post of items you have for sale.
  2. Give them the days and times and location of your sale.
  3. Tell them what you will have and about your highlight items like Tools, Fishing, Vintage, Gaming, Boy Scout Items, WW2, Military, Ammo, Old Signs, mention any of the trending items in your listing. LOTS OF PHOTOS!
  4. Protip: TIME SAVER After you create your first post – click on POST TO MORE PLACES and Facebook will post to other similar Groups!
  5. Done With That!
  6. Protip: After the first day of your sale go edit your posts and mention what you have added for day 2 or what is left. Freshen up your post!
Craigslist Is KING – Make a good craigslist Garage Sale Ad

Craigslist will bring in a BIG crowd for you – Best of all the ad is FREE! 

  1.  Visit craigslist click create post > click For Sale By Owner > Click Garage & Moving Sales
  2. Fill out the ad placement form with your Title (Use a Catchy Title) Like GIANT 40 Accumulation Yard Sale – Treasure Hunt! – Create a good description and make a list of items your sale will have – include time day – location – parking info – and other details.
  3. Submit Your Ad and Check Back On It in 2 days to see if you can renew it (this will make it jump ahead of other ads).
  4. MAKE SURE TO ADD TONS OF PHOTOS – CRAIGSLIST ALLOWS 24 PHOTOS!

Make & Use AWESOME Yard Sale & Garage Sale Signs

Be Creative With Your yard sale Signs. Use bright colors and good poster board – Cheap posters bend too easy and may fold over or tear off poles. Use Large Arrows and If The sign is far away from your location put the address on the bottom. Put the dates on the sign Fri/Sat 8-12/8-13. Funnel traffic from main roads and create a sign trail leading them to your location. Put multiple signs and balloons in front of your sale! I used 12 signs total and went as far as 3/4 of a mile away and funneled traffic in to my sale. I made small teaser signs to keep them going on long roads. (Remove Your Signs When Sale Is Done)

Local Newspaper Ads  : These are not popular anymore and cost $$$ unless your town is really Rural with bad internet services and shoddy connectivity on Mobile – I would not use them. But it could only help if you do use them! The only plus is if your newspaper has online ads included that rank high on google when you search “Your Town Name + Yard Sales)

 

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  Vintage & Antique People/Accounts To Follow On Instagram

Here is a list of some (just a few) upcoming and booming vintage instagram accounts to follow if you are interested in vintage and antique related content. Follow these accounts and get active and engage! You will gain followers and be part of the “Vintage” Instagram Community. First and foremost please follow me on instagram @RoanokeCollector (J.W. Holcomb) and also our project @vtgbox!

Top Picks: Some of the top picks are accounts I follow and like – I have hundreds I visit but these just stick out in my head. Further below you will fid more vintage accounts as well. If you have a favorite Vintage Related Account ADD IT to this list by leaving a comment!

This is my account @RoanokeCollector  – I feature vintage finds and other interesting items I encounter while being a land pirate. Includes oddities, vintage toys, jewelry, paper items, curiosities, collectibles, art, pin-ups, risque, tons of eclectic smalls and more.

Follow @evintigue for vintage jewelry and other interesting post! Very nice stuff here! She sells online also so you will have a chance to buy items you see. Very active account and worth following!

One of my favorite accounts belonging to Robbins and Sons Hardware – Vintage Tools and very interesting content and posts. This is a lifestyle for these guys and again one worth following for sure. Check them out @oldtape61

Lots of interesting vintage and antique paper items – Vintage Scrapbooks and more. Very active and interesting account to follow. Check them out and give them a follow @paperofthepast

This guy @luckybuttonsjewelry is awesome and is a local sideshow performer and creator of all sorts of vintage style jewelry using mixed vintage material and (mostly) coins. He is entertaining and extremely creative. I met him at a local flea market in Roanoke VA years ago where he played a saw with a violin bow and made it sound great.

Hey Mama! She’s got that Jewelry ya’ll! @estatejewelrymama has some amazing visuals on her instagram page/feed. you can buy her jewelry online also! She has over 30k followers and that alone tells you people like her style! Give her a follow. I love looking at her quality images and Jewelry! BLING!

You might recognize this odd fellow! @Ryanmatthewcohn Ryan Matthew Cohn is the star  of the show “Oddities and Curator at @Houseofwaxbar and @odditiesflemarket – His instagram is a daily visit for me – Although he doesn’t know it (by might know now) I am a big fan of his show/lifestyle/and items. I would love to own a signed bone or something from him (Hint Hint Matthew!!) – Give him a follow and check out all his creative projects and ventures! Great page/feed!

vtgbox – This is the instagram account for our project vtgbox/vtgbox.com – a monthly vintage subscription box service! We promote our service on this account and you will find all sorts of cool pictures and videos of vintage and antique items. Give us a follow @vtgbox!

Do you like vintage and antique medical, apothecary, oddities, steampunk, skulls and more? Then you will want to check out @medicalandcollectables – They stay pretty active and find some pretty interesting stuff! The account is owned by Mycheal Gybbons.

Here is one of many toy related accounts you will find on instagram – I like this one and many others. I am featuring this one because they are active and engage their followers and post cool stuff. Give them a follow and see what Vintage/Antique Toy they post next. They offer most of their items for sale, so if you see something you like you can buy it. @old_toys_

This a really cool vintage instagram account that lives up to their name “RAD” – They always post Rad items and are very active. Radvintage has a strong following! Over 66k followers. Give them a follow @radvintage

Nomads’ Novelties is a BF-GF team that have some really cool vintage items and content. They like most people in the Vintage Community sell online on Etsy and more so you have a chance to buy their items! @nomadsnovelties

Rosie’s Vintage Store is an antique vintage items store and estate sales service. I was impressed by their photos and creativity so had to add them. Give them a follow! @rosiesvintagestore

Danielle Colby “The Queen Of Rust” @danielleamericanpicker – You may know her as Danielle from the hit entertainment show American Pickers, Instagram followers know her as the half naked burlesque, risque, dancing, shaking, vintage gal. She shows all (almost) 0n her instagram page and has a lot of vintage related content! Check her out! She gets mixed reviews online for her open free-spirited content but she makes it look fun regardless. Go girl!

Old Bike Barn – OldBikeBarn.com is vintage eye candy for any and all bike/motorcycle enthusiast. If it has 2 wheels and a motor/engine and it is vintage you might see it on this instagram @oldbikebarn

Toll Gate Revival is not just an instagram name/account it’s a vintage shop/supplier of carefully curated American Vintage décor, repurposed furniture + reclaimed materials for your home, office or retail space. They have the goods and the are GOOD – Check out their page and feed on instagram! They have almost 40,000 followers and actively post photos of some very unique items – @tollgaterevival 

Great account to follow if you like oddities and strange unusual vintage and antique items. Very macabre and curious items to look at. Very active account! Give them a follow @asylumantiques

One of my favorite accounts to browse – Lots of vintage signs, wooden crates, wooden boxs, industrial items, drawers, advertising items and tons more. Pretty active and a growing account! @locker145

Based in the UK – This account has some really awesome vintage and unusual stuff. Really active and always something cool coming through their feed. Well worth the follow!  @noahvalentine10

Wow this is cool – I recently found this one (I follow them) – They travel the world and find amazing shops to explore and share with their instagram followers – Tons of amazing photos and I love the old storefront photos they share. Give them a looksee @the_shopkeepers 

Based in France (Julien Cohen) – This account is worth following – They have a lot of followers. Being in the USA myself, it is fun and interesting to see what antiquities, and vintage goodies our friends in France unearth! @my_discoveries  

I will be updating this list weekly with new interesting accounts. Some accounts will be newer and have lower followers than many established accounts, and that is the point of my list – it is to help you find new fresh vintage friends to follow. Have a Vintage/Antique/Oddity account to share? Leave a comment and share it!

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