Sunday, February 26, 2017

Clothing 2016 - Part I - And Some Hats

Yesterday’s sale was quite a surprise. From my Fall 2015 lot of clothing these two mass produced hats were finally ordered and I’m even more pleased the man wanted both. But it often happens that several items from one previous owner go to one and the same new owner. Some more examples further on.

First one more hat that I listed just to see what would happen.

I picked it up last summer, nobody looked at it at the markets, then late November I thought why not? It’s good quality, completely lined with thick fleece and the design is cool. It went in January to a pensioner who needed something warm on his head for his work as a volunteer parking valet at a hospital site. I don't know about you but I think that's a nice story. I can just see him there and it looked good om him too.

As I’m recovering from the flu and do not have much energy to do anything else, I’ve got time to go through my fashion finds from last year and even before. Most garments and shoes sell a lot quicker than the above hats. If they don’t go in the first listing period I tend to drop them off at free pick-up center. Let’s have a look at the sales and non-sales that didn’t make it to the blog so far.

This fashionable sleeveless vest is from a Dutch design company, Yarn Unit. Listed and sold in January. From the bag that produced the Ab Donkers boots.

Here's the rest that was in the same bag:

The girl who bought the shoes also wanted this King Louie skirt.

And this Sissy Boy skirt was on top and why I new the bag should produce good stuff. I like the fabric. I guess that sold it. It was out the day after listing it.

And last but not least: a leather belt by Unleaded that I kept for myself!

The next lot is from two small plastic bags I found late 2015, but didn't start listing untill early 2016. They were in the rain and knotted by the handles somewhere along my route home. I could see there was fabric inside and loaded them up without further inspection. At home I found the wetness wasn't too bad and everything was very fashionable and brandnew or otherwise in great condition.

The little black dress. Basically just a sort of long tank top in stretch T-shirt fabric. Simple but good quality. Doesn’t look great on doll. However sold within four weeks.

Harem pants Zouave style. I had two pairs, the other one in grey. By Hema with cardboard labels still on them. Both went with the above dress.

Cora Kemperman top. I had this one in black and one in grey. Sold both within two weeks to the same person.

Somehow this wasn't a success. I don't know if it's the dull colour, the model or the not so good presentation on my doll. But the labels were cut out and things without them don't do well. I gave up on it fairly quickly and donated it to free pick-up center. Surely one of my better gifts.

Bershka pencil skirt. Another one sold within a day.

H&M miniskirt. This took a bit longer but I shipped it out in Summer.

I donated this one as well. Labels were also cut out, but it's possibly a Cora Kemperman. I don't remember well, but I guess I just grew tired of the thing. Definitely my most fashionable gift so far. I just read the company went bankrupt in 2016 but made a restart.

And last, another Bershka.

It went together with this H&M. This was still from the October 2015 suitcase. I held on to it because of the interesting print. Not everybody's taste but I was sure it would go sooner or later.

I've got one more textile haul from 2016 to show, but I'm getting tired now. You too I suppose. I'll come back to it in part II with some extra random finds and shoes.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

The Box

Sometimes things just happen in the right order. Late December 2015 I spotted a huge shiny box with colourful pan pictures on it across the street. Usually such new product containers just hold plastic and other packaging. I was actually hoping for bubble wrap but found the complete old set of pans of the buyers.

They looked quite used but in good enough condition for a quick sale. I liked the belly shape but not the gold plating, but I thought that might appeal to the North Africans. The set was picked up a week later by a young couple of that origin.

In the meantime my co-picker had produced a wooden trunk. Lined in purple it made me think of a thing for a magician’s act. It could be also great for toys. I listed it with all such keywords in and it also sold very quickly, but had to be shipped. Then I was so glad I still had that big pan set box. The trunk just fit in!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

My Sewing Box

The Man brought this home for me around the millennium change, after I had announced that I was going to work less and craft more. Found somewhere along his route to a shop. I remember seeing the square fold-out boxes in the Seventies, but we never had one at home. I think my mom hated them. I have to say I agree, but those were possibly copies and this one is almost antique and I did like the legs. They are in the same style as my vintage dresser.

I sold the thing in 2015. I knit and crochet more than I sew and it got in my way. The contents easily fit in a drawer. It hurt a bit to sell a gift that at the time meant to say he accepted the change to living with less money, but I haven’t missed the object once. I’ve got so many pretty curb finds to keep!

Sunday, January 22, 2017


I found this sled last year January at a fair distance from the house, so it was a bit of a hassle getting it home on my bike, but I managed and I thought it was a pretty good pick. But then the thing just didn’t sell. It wasn’t snowing or freezing here, but wasn’t anybody planning on a skiing holiday abroad anymore? I looked for my competition and found lots of sleds for sale, but all in rural areas, not around Amsterdam.

I waited for October to relist it and then it went quickly. Not the head prize of course but I was glad it was out. And I think it was for a skiing holiday. Right now Holland is slowly freezing over for the first time in years and shallow waters have thick enough ice already. I wonder if I should have postponed my relisting even longer to get more out of it, but I don’t regret my sale; the weather is unpredictable after all. Now if we can get some snow I like the thought that the child it was bought for can play with the sled at home too.

I’m just looking through my old photo’s now and shortly after the sled this comes up. I’m only showing this simple crude basket because there’s something time related to say about it as well. Found across the street it was an easy pick and though not worth a lot I couldn’t leave it.

It was previously used as a planter, sewing thread that held the plastic lining in place was still visible on top. Listing at only EUR 2 I thought it would sell soon enough. There's always somebody who needs a basket. But I had to relist it over and over again. I had at least seven inquiries about it, but none came to a sale.

Finally when December neared I threw in the keyword ‘St. Nicholas gift basket’. When celebrated in the traditional way, on our national gift-giving day December 5 the family sits in a circle around the packets presented in a large container and a basket is perfect for that. I guess it worked as I sold it a week later, just days before the party.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Cricket Man And Hunter

Last year I sold some fun wooden wall decorations.

I’ve seen a lot of these signs in bars and restaurants in my days when I still frequented such places. But those were mostly food or drink themed. Actually my co-picker found it in November 2015. I doubted if it would go quickly. Cricket is not big in the Netherlands and mainly played by posh university folks.

However I liked my cricked man because his friendly face reminded me of a co-worker of many years ago who was a pleasant peer to hang out with.

My friend liked him simply because she is of British origin.

My real cricket player finally found his way to my board halfway February. Indeed he was from Leiden, renowned for its university and was going to hang it in the club house.

This smaller one is obviously a souvenir item, most likely from Germany. On top it was half cracked through the middle. But then, anything handmade is worth rescuing. Found across the street late February. This took until June to go. The buyer wrote in his email that is was to decorate his Alpine themed caravan. Sounded cool to me, though there aren’t any high mountains in the picture.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Three Nudes And A Still Live

Last year January my co-picker brought me two more paintings.

This large work looked the most interesting at first and I listed it soon after. I didn’t think it was great but the charm is in the hairdo of the girls, representing different style periods from around the 1940’s to the 1980’s. The year ’80 was on the back side. I thought it would go quickly but it took until September. I had to ship it so no clue no what type of person bought it or why, only that it was a guy.

But here's the proof that real art can still be found in the garbage:

Freek also brought this still live that I thought was quite nice but hesitated to list because of its poor condition, especially on the sides of the canvas. It was falling out of the frame which was very ugly anyway.

Painted over in grey and in terrible condition as well. I threw that back in the trash hoping someone would take it, but I didn't check.

I finally put it up in April without the frame and sold it within two days and I now know why! A very well dressed man came for it and I’m sure he was a trader. And I possibly gave it to him way too cheap.

At the time I couldn’t figure out the signature on the work and so I didn’t find the artist. Just looking at the photo’s now I had an insight and looked for A. Broekman, and found he was a Dutch painter who lived from 1874 to 1946 and was himself a trader as well. I read he often signed work of others, so we still don’t know if this was his own, but I found a comparable still live with poppy’s listed currently at EUR 300! But that is neatly framed and in good condition. And there are others around EUR 50. Mine certainly needed work and I’m just glad it ended in the right hands and is hopefully now restored in full glory and somewhere being appreciated.

That’s it for now. I’ll be back with more of our favourite picks from 2016 soon!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Bouquets

I had a last minute request to make Christmas bouquets with my group at the mental health centre. As there wasn’t much time for shopping I collected all the smaller old once found flower and plant pots from my yard that had landed there over the years. I sprayed silver paint over the ugly plastic ones. I had a bag full of oasis from free pick-up centre and had to buy only two extra blocks. The organization promised to provide branches and decorations.

Then I quickly went to work to make an example, but not having the branches at hand I just cut off fresh shoots from my curb found trees in pots from last year. Unfortunately they turned a bit brown over summer, but the new growth was perfect for my goal. As you can see I used an old teapot as a container.

I had my decorations from cheap plastic wreaths I found in the trash a short while ago. The red flowers are from the bush I rescued years ago.

I took more branches from my little trees, some of the red flowers, holly from a bush behind the house and my trash decorations to the job. I’m glad I did. The thick branches they had would have made the pieces massive and the decorations were only partly usable. I advised them to leave open spaces and fill them with the holly and finer branches. They loved my second hand decorations too!

Results were a bit wilder then my example, but all very lively and tasteful.

I know I have neglected my blog for a long time. I hope to be back in the new year with new garbage find stories and sales.

Merry Christmas and Happy 2017!