My Weekly Score: Goldwash Flatware

For $28 we picked up this 134 piece set of goldwash flatware. It can’t get much better than that.

It didn’t have a pattern name of any maker’s marks, so I’m actually not sure where it came from. They all had wooden handles and the set came in its own wooden carrying case (with bright pink velvet lining, no less!).

This was roughly a setting for 12, and it also included some specialty serving pieces.

Something like this would be great to have on the table during Christmastime or during a fancy dinner. Imagine eating with gold forks!

We sold this set for $75.00.

Have you ever seen a set like this before? What kind of dinnerware/flatware do you put out during the holidays?

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Word of the Week: Estate

When an eBay seller uses the word “estate” or “estate sale” in his or her listing, it simply means that they got the item you’re viewing from an auction or house sale (not the same thing as a garage sale). It’s to indicate that something is used.

It’s also implied that the item is vintage and collectible. That’s not always the case, but most sellers do use it in this way. It’s a good keyword for the title of your listing.

Here’s an example of an estate pipe we recently sold:

What does the word “estate” make you think of?

eBay Quick Tip #1 – Templates

Just popping in today with a quick tip for eBay sellers.

If you sell a lot of similar items like we do (this is excellent for jewelry and clothes), instead of creating a full-blown listing for each one, it’s much easier to use a simple list instead. For the new jewelry, we set up our list like this:

The piece(s) of jewelry you find here are overstock from a jewelry store. They are brand new and never worn, though they may be without tags or original packaging. Most of the jewelry we have here is bold and unique! Please visit our store for additional pieces of jewelry – both vintage and new, signed and unsigned.

Type: Bracelet
Style: Chain/Link
Color(s): Gold/Brass, White, Dark Blue/Green
Composition: Unknown metal, Glass
Maker: Unsigned
Measurement: 7″ long, .5″ wide
Damage: None
Additional Notes: The stones in this bracelet are a very deep blue/green. They’re a little more green than the photo gives them credit for. It’s an absolutely gorgeous color, but very hard to capture in a picture.

This is just a random example with information filled in, but you get the idea. This way you don’t have to sit in front of your computer and try to come up with the right words. You can just drop the information in and be done a lot quicker!

The best part is that the first paragraph always stays the same, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to tell everyone that these are new, unused, from an overstock store, etc. On top of that, you will always have the different categories in front of you, so you also won’t forget to mention how long something is or if there’s some damage.

What I love most about this, though, is that it’s easy for customers. They don’t have to weed through paragraphs of drivel to get through the information. I’m sure it’s much easier for foreign costumers too. It’s simple, to the point, and allows you to finish your listings much faster.

Do you use templates like this? What do you think of the idea? Are there any drawbacks to doing it this way? How would you like to have more of these quick eBay tips in the future?

My Weekly Score: Bride’s Basket

To get a little Word of the Week on you, a bride’s basket (or bride’s bowl) is simply a bowl, usually with a fluted edge, that sits inside a carrier (the best of which are made of silver). These were often given as wedding presents and were – I believe – mostly decorative.

Here’s the one that we recently sold:

It was a beautiful pink and white cased bowl, hand blown (there was a pommel mark on the bottom), sitting inside a silver colored (but unfortunately not an actual silver) base.

This one had been sitting around for a while and I had mostly given up on it. It was a large investment on our part ($75), but it was such a beautiful piece and definitely one for a collector. No damage or anything.

In the end we sold it for $125. Not a huge profit, but one that was good enough. It’s now off our shelves and in a good home. There’s nothing more we could ask for. 🙂

Have you ever come across one of these before? Did you know what it was called?

Word of the Week: Aurora Borealis

Some pieces of jewelry have what we call aurora borealis (or just “aurora”) rhinestones. These are stones that have an iridescent sheen to them. They often make the jewelry sparkle and really stand out, and come in a variety of different colors. The most common is just the clear iridescence, but I’ve also seen blue and red ones quite often as well.

Here are some examples:

Here is a small group of jewelry, each piece being made up of aurora borealis rhinestones.

Typically, this is what aurora stones look like. These are the ones with “clear” iridescence – they have no particular hue to them, but are just shiny with a rainbow of colors.

These, however, have more of a blue tone to them. They’re still iridescent, but you can distinctly see that the blue overpowers the other colors.

These also have blue aurora stones, but there are some reddish-pink ones too.

Have you ever come across something like this before? Did you know what they were called? Which color is your favorite? I really like the red ones.

This or That: Types of Tie Accessories

There are three main types of accessories that you can adorn your tie with. These three are the tie tack, the tie bar, and the tie clip. Two of them look particularly similar, so I’m going to break each one down for you and show you some pictures so you understand their differences.

Tie Tack

The tie tack is the smallest of the three. This is also the one that is the most different from the other two. The tack has two parts. The first part is the pin, which is what you attach to your tie. This works much like an earring post.

The second part is the bar, which is connected to the pin via a short chain. You simply push the bar through the button hole in your shirt, and the whole apparatus will keep your tie in place.

Tie Bar

A tie bar is also known as a tie slide, and for a good reason. This simply slides onto your tie and connects it to your dress shirt.

Tie Clip

Lastly, we have the tie clip. This looks awfully similar to the tie bar, but the main difference can be found on the back. Instead of sliding onto the tie, this part actually attaches to it via the alligator clip.

Out of all three choices, the tie clip is probably the best option. It won’t damage your tie like the tack will, and it’ll be more secure than the slide. If you want some other choices, and additional information, visit this great site.

Do you have a preferred tie accessory?

My Weekly Score: Noritake ‘Tree in the Meadow’ Waffle Set

Here’s a beautiful find for this week. It’s a berry creamer (which I assume is just a small pitcher to hold your fruit sauce) and a sugar shaker set, used for waffles or pancakes. This was made by Noritake and is in the pattern called “Tree in the Meadow.”

These are absolutely gorgeous. It comes in a beautiful array or oranges and yellows, and depicts a house near a tree that sits alongside a pond.

You can see the stamp below, which indicated that it was made in Japan and is also hand painted. The symbol in the center (the ‘M’ inside the wreath) stands for “Morimura” and is Noritake’s most common stamp.

We bought this set for $17.50 and were able to sell it for $55.00!

Have you ever come across a waffle set before? What about any more pieces in this pattern? I looked it up on Replacements and the set is just stunning. I hope we come across some more of it soon!