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Not ebay,but real life auctions

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Mirage Mon 12-Nov-12 14:47:51

I'm going to an auction tomorrow,and went to the viewing this morning. took along some bits and pieces that I don't want to risk on ebay as I don't want to loose them to some scammer.They couldn't value them on the spot so I've made an appointment for next month.

.So I went for a wander around town and spotted an antiquarian bookshop,one of my items is a book that I can find no info on anywhere.It appears on none of the normal book websites,although other books by the same publisher do.No one has bought or sold one from what I can see,and although there are collectors,no one has one listed in their collections.So I showed it to the guy in the bookshop who said that he knew nothing about it,but offered me £30 on the spot.I declined and he told me that it was probably worth around £80+ in the open market.he said that it was in lovely condition and collectors would be very keen to get their hands on it,and has asked me to let him know if I find out anything else about it or sell it.

He asked me where I'd got it from and nearly fell over when I told him it was 10p from a car boot sale a few weeks back.grin It'll be interesting to see what the auctioneers say next month.

Ohh good luck. I love it when things like this happen grin

Mirage Mon 12-Nov-12 21:50:02

Thank you.I've since found a copy for sale with a specialist dealer in Charing Cross,they have it up for sale at £250.I have emailed to see if they are interested in mine and they are,and want me to send photos.I don't intend to sell it to them before the valuer sees it,but it will be a useful guide.

DH,who like to moan about me buying 'crap' from car boot sales,was v.excited when I told him I'd been offered £30,so it'll be interesting to see his reaction after it has been properly appraised.

PurpleFrog Tue 13-Nov-12 15:34:57

Oh well done! I love it on the Antiques Roadshow when someone turns up with an item bought for pennies to find out if it is genuine or not and gets a large valuation!

Of course nothing I have ever bought has been remotely valuable. Sigh!

Mirage Tue 13-Nov-12 21:29:55

I've put a couple of photos on my profile.I love the artwork,it is very chaotic and off kilter,perfect for Alice in Wonderland.

Oh well done you! Who was it by just so I can keep my eye out, I'm always mooching at car boot sales smile

sixlostmonkeys Tue 13-Nov-12 23:26:41

Does the auction house do general sales or speciality sales?
If it is a book for a collector then you really need a speciality sale preferably with worldwide online bidding.

Don't discount ebay (although if you are nervous about it then it's up to you) Book buyers are generally a honest lot and if you use the correct cover re postage all will go well.
I sold a 20p book for £286 on ebay, and a book I found dumped by the road for £140.

I'd say choose your auction house well, set a reserve and work out the fees beforehand.
I go to auctions all the time. I know some people who make their living by buying from one auction house and taking it all straight to another thus making a massive profit.
It's fun!

Who is the illustrator by the way? Your photo is too small for me to have a proper nosey ;)

Mirage Wed 14-Nov-12 13:03:09

sixlostmonkeys you can give me some lessons! You must have a very good eye.What were your books? The auction house is a general antique dealers,but have live internet bidding. I was at a general household sale there yesterday and left empty handed because the prices were ridiculous .Boxes of misc that normally go for £2 elsewhere were starting at £25 plus.I'm going to a more traditional sale tomorrow so hopefully will find something worthwhile. I've got a painting and some china to be valued too,so am going to go to more than one auctioneers and think long and hard about it .If it means a trip to London,then that's what I'll do.

The book is 'The Mad Tea Party' illustrated by Leslie Butler,published by Powell Perry Colour books.It looks late 30's early 40's and is in fabulous condition.I'll try and post some bigger pictures. I've also got a signed first edition of an H E Todd book that was 10p from a garden fete,and a rare game keeping book that I bought last week for 75p.Oh and a lovely Edwardian storybook with colour plates which came with a load of stuff from a cattle market auction last month.I love a good deal! grin

sixlostmonkeys Wed 14-Nov-12 13:16:58

Well, you seem to know what you are doing! The auction house sounds like it's a good one to sell at (but not to buy smile

My £286 book was Elsie Oxenham, and the £140 was Tolkein.

What part of the country are you at? If you don't mind me asking. I like the sound of £2 lots!
My regular general auction house starts them at £5.

Mirage Wed 14-Nov-12 13:23:54

I'll pm you.smile

How do you guys which books are worth anything? I always like the look of old looking books but they could be worth diddly squat as far as I know. I might make a little note in a notebook of the names mentioned so far, thanks guys smile

Mirage Wed 14-Nov-12 18:30:53

You get to know by looking around,and there are sites to check values on.Addall is very good and doesn't just give you the highest prices,but lists all copies for sale and all the different prices.At the end of the day a book is only worth what someone will pay for it,so it is all a bit subjective.

I just buy what I like and is cheap.If I've only spent pennies it really doesn't matter if it isn't worth selling on.It is one of those things that the more you do it,the more you get your eye in.My 7 year old DD2 is my 'spotter' and can tunnel to the front of stalls at fetes and car boots.She can recognise an old series Ladybird book at 50 paces,she sometimes buys stuff and I sell it for her.I'm training her up.grin

ha ha, love you have got your dd on the case!! I really should find out more, I might aswell, I'm always at car boots! Is it a case of the older the better or are there some newer ones that are collectible?

Ha, just dug out a book I was given at the weekend and it looks like it might be worth about a tenner if its first edition, how on earth do I find that out!

Mirage Wed 14-Nov-12 20:50:57

Look in the front,at the publishers details,if it says 'first published in 1989,this edition published in 1992,then it isn't. If the details say 'first published in 1989' this edition 1989,then it is.Apparently modern first editions are easily found in charity shops,and can be valuable,but I've not got the patience to check through the acres of books on their shelves.

If you are struggling,put a photo of the publishers details on your profile and we can have a look for you.smile

Aha, its got a list of all 5 editions so I guess its not a first edition! Is it always first editions you need to look out for or would you recommend that as a starting point while I learn what to look out for?

Mirage Wed 14-Nov-12 21:26:32

Not neccesarily,signed books are always a good buy and anything specialist.It depends what you are interested in,plus things go in and out of fashion.5 years ago I did very well selling old Dr Who/sci fi annuals.Now you'd think,that with Dr Who being popular again,they'd sell well now,but they don't,the bottom has fallen out of the market.Young kids interested in the modern Dr Who often don't even realise that he wasn't the first one and so the annuals just aren't wanted now.

I'm not a book expert,by any means,I buy what I like the look of and try and educate myself about it.Mostly it is vintage clothes,books,ornaments,linen,and equestrian items.For myself I like Bohemian glass,reverse print pictures and books.

Where you live can have a bearing on how well what you sell will do.Round here is big hunting country,so hunt/horse/countryside stuff comes up for sale a lot and commands a good price.Transport that stock to say,Liverpool,and it wouldn't sell,but seafaring/liner/irish interest items would probably do very well.

Good luck,and if I can help,I will,but I'm not an expert or professional.If you have a good library nearby Fiona Shoop has written some good books about buying/selling antiques.

sixlostmonkeys Wed 14-Nov-12 21:49:50

I remember when I was first starting out (many many years ago) i too wanted to understand all the variations of detecting whether a book is first edition or not. I called in a good old fashioned bricks and mortar book shop. The owner was wonderful and I ended up chatting to him for about 4 hours! With some books it's easy to tell, with others, crikey, you really need to delve. You may think you have a 1st because it clearly says so, but a collector in the know knows that the true firsts were printed 6 months previous in France, on slightly different quality paper..... I'll stop now grin

I'll never forget how he showed me a small book. It was a Dickens. He told me the value was £400. He then put the dust jacket on it and.... it was worth £17,000!

Wow, great info guys, thanks for sharing. At the moment I tend to stick to what I know and pick up well known brands and sell on but I love the moment when I buy something I just think looks nice and then it ends up being an expensive make and sells really well! Do you both do it to earn money or is it just a bit of fun?

sixlostmonkeys Thu 15-Nov-12 10:52:07

I make my living selling books and collectables. But, it's also good fun! grin

Buying what you like is always a good way to start, because the worst that could happen is that you get to keep it!

Mirage Thu 15-Nov-12 15:33:02

At the moment,dealing is just a sideline for me.I'd love to make my living from it,but realistically,I'd have to find a gem like my little book every week to make it pay,and that is very very unlikely.I'll keep at it because I love old things and the buzz you get from a really good deal.I buy what I like,so that if it doesn't sell,I can live with it,but we only have a small house so I can't keep everything.I bought 4 boxes of stuff this morning and am looking forward to having a good sort through to see what is actually in there!

Mirage, you'd be surprised. I don't work in books- just antique jewellery but when you have your eyes peeled and know the price of everything then there's more gems out there than you'd first think!

How did you start off mrscumberbatch? How did you know what to start looking for? And where you do you buy your things from Mirage? At the carboots I'd have to fight hard to get a look in past the usual vultures unpacking peoples cars!!

Mirage Thu 15-Nov-12 19:15:40

You'll have to give me some tips MrsCumberbatch grin I generally avoid jewellery as I don't know what I'm looking at,but did buy some stuff to repair as I used to do beading and have all the tools.

Do you come across much mourning jewellery these days.I love that,but it seems very popular and pricey now.Perhaps I should wait and see if it goes out of fashion like writing slopes and tea caddies.smile

I'd be interested to see what you've bought recently,if you have any photos.I love looking and hearing about peoples bargains and finds.

The book dealer I emailed wants me to take the book to London to show him.

Mirage Thu 15-Nov-12 19:43:11

Auctions,car boots,garden fetes,Charity shops and bring and buy sales are my happy hunting ground.But I always have my eyes open,I had to go to a Brownie event on Tuesday and spotted a Murano swan with it's sticker still on,on the bring and buy table.20P and now it's mine!

I never get to car boots very early,but still manage to pick up some nice stuff.In the past few weeks,I had my Alice book,a 1950's dress in perfect condition,a signed Hugh FW book,a silk and cotton blouse,a black velvet jacket and 3 old ladybird books,all for under £4.50 for the lot.

Good luck and let us know how you get on.smile

Wow I'm impressed!! I hate to think of the valuable things I have cast my untrained eye over!! I must spend more time researching what to look out for. We should keep this thread going, share what we have found and hopefully share some knowledge too!

Mirage, hard to give tips as you just have to 'know' what something is when you see it.
My family are all jewellers, so the ridiculous and beautiful things that I was exposed to as a child were fabulous and eye opening. You sponge up all of the ridiculous information that passes through your ears and without realising you can recognise/spot a hallmark from 20 feet away wink

A lot of reading/ fantasy shopping lol.

I get a fair bit of mourning jewellery, I have a fabulous victorian woven hair bracelet with gold beads through it. It's so delicate, and gives me the willies slightly but I feel privileged to own it for a short while as it's such a sentimental thing.

I have photos that I use for auctioning off things (Bonhams) - although I'm not up to date as helping DP launch his business at the end of this month. (Completely unrelated and useless for Mumsnetters as it's moustache wax!!) I'll dig out a few and stick them on ze profile.

I had a lovely story recently, was asked to go to a house clearance as an elderly lady had passed away and grandchildren were in clearing the property and wanted a few appraisals. There was a beautiful bureau, in terrible nick, with the most beautiful drawers knobs/handles. So I opened the drawer to have a look and inside there was 20 diamond/sapphire/ruby rings. The look of shock on their faces was incredible.

All of the rings were edwardian, but varying styles. Seemingly she had told the Grandchildren before she died that all of her Great Grandchildren were as precious to her as diamonds which is why she didn't need to wear any fancy rings. She had 20 Great Grandchildren exactly, so I think she had planned it.

It was lovely, I had a wee tear in my eye lol.

Oh my god, just googled the swan to see what it is you mean and I have seen those before, definately! I looked at mourning jewellery, very interesting looking, I like it too, really interesting pieces and like you say, if its not worth anything I'd happily keep it.

Mirage Thu 15-Nov-12 20:19:13

Yes,it is hard to explain how you 'know' stuff.I'll often sit watching an antiques programme and look at something and say 'that's an xxxx',and be right.DH has this expression on his face shock.A couple were looking at a contraption this morning at the auction I went to,and didn't know what it was,I did though,it was a bottle jack,and told them.My favourite was the couple who thought a Larsen trap was a guinea pig cage.grin

I think the mourning jewellery goes back to when I was a goth.I've read about the huge shops devoted to mourning during the 19th century and it is fascinating,all the different degrees of mourning and the rules of what could and could not be worn.

What a lovely story,about the rings.I wonder what I'll be able to hand on to my descendents?

Mirage, maybe it is a 'goth' thing? A lot of the female antiques dealers that I know were teenage goths. We all joke about hanging around graveyards etc lol.

I love the 'rain man' at Antiques Roadshow idea lol. It drives DP barmy as I am really competitive about saying it out loud before the presenter does wink Quite sad really!

I have started my first 'first generation' heirloom! My Dad, in a pique of madness, commissioned a rocking horse by a not particularly well known local sculptor/artisan type back in the 1980s.
This chap is now well venerated amongst the circles he moves in, has been a huge part of local medieval and victorian restorations and, I think, is now working overseas on something.
DD gets it for xmas this year. I have so many lovely memories of it as a child, and for drying my clothes on as a student wink

Mirage Thu 15-Nov-12 21:15:55

Awww! How lovely for your dd.I always wanted a proper rocking horse,we had one my dad made,but it wasn't the traditional sort.We have one that DH's dad made for the girls,and we'll keep that forever,as he died a few years after finishing it.We have the real thing now,hence my need to make some money out of my hobby.By the weekend we might have another one.Eek!

I'm smiling to myself at the thought of a host of ex goth antique experts wafting about looking gloomy.smile

ontheedgeofwhatever Thu 15-Nov-12 21:22:46

What a lovely thread.

Sadly I don't seem to have the eye for these things. My mum does though. She picked up a first edition copy of Casino Royale for 15p at a car boot sale and sold it for £600!!

Mirage that's even nicer that they're home made. How talented! (And sad, what a lovely thing to remember him by though.)

Multiplying horses. I understand. Sort of wink. My SIL's are competitive riders and want to buy DD a pony. I'll be banished to every auction house in the country if they go ahead.

(How can one wee pony be so ruddy expensive!?!?!?)

I think that the ex goth antique experts could be an amazing TV series. We can appraise your valuables whilst applying eyeliner a'la Siouxsie. There's call for it, I'm sure!

Ontheedge- cracking find. Whenever I go to boot sales I'm too blinded by all the shite to see these things!! grin

sixlostmonkeys Fri 16-Nov-12 09:23:44

Antiques AND horses all in one thread!? Could threads get any better? grin

I love the idea of the Goth Antique road show smile

The stories behind things are what makes it. Any expert will tell you that is what adds to the value, but even if it doesn't add monetary value it does make the job more interesting.
One of the interesting aspects of buying/selling books is what you find inside the books. I have come across all sorts of things - old bus tickets, photos, ration books, letters, un-used book tokens and may favourite so far; an 8 page hand written poem from 1777. The author has written 'Scarbro Sept 26 - 1777' at the end so my intentions are to contact the local historical society and see if they can shed any light on it. You should see the writing! Oh it's beautiful.

sixlostmonkeys Fri 16-Nov-12 09:49:35

I bought a number of boxes of books at an auction a couple of years ago. They had all come from the same house/family, as names were neatly written inside each book. I could tell the previous owners were avid readers as lots of the books contained newspaper clippings with related articles to the subject matter.

There were 2 names in the books which I surmise were father and son; the father dating to the start of the 1900s. As I worked through the books I found myself feeling I was getting to know these people. I certainly admired their choice of reading. Eventually I came across some books that contained newspaper clippings. These related to the two men, especially the younger. I discovered where these men had worked (a place 3 miles from me) who they had married, who they were best-man to etc. Then I found an article about the death of the younger man. I admit I shed a tear as I read this article. Of course I already knew this man had passed, but reading it somehow put an end to my brief acquaintance with him. This man had owned a car, at a time when few people did. He spent his weekends taking patients of the local hospital on little outings. During the week he would leave his car at the hospital for anyone to use and would cycle to work.
.... I'm filling up again sad

Sixlostmonkeys, that is lovely. What a nice chap. I think it's nice to remember those who didn't think that they'd be remembered!

Are you joining the Goth Antiques Rd Show as well? There's no dress code so long as it's black wink

Mirage Fri 16-Nov-12 14:08:19

What a lovely story Sixlostmonkeys A friend of mine said that she finds auctions really sad because someone's lifelong possessions are all jumbled up for people to poke through.I said that my point of view was that they'd make their way to a new home where they'd be loved and appreciated once again,so I didn't find them sad.

I've just had the catalogue through for a sale on Tuesday,that I hadn't planned to go to,but,oooh,there's some lovely looking stuff that I'd be interested in.[children's books,textiles,whips ect] I'm trying to work out how I can get there and back and also get time to go to the job I'm meant to be doing on Tuesday.Luckily they lots I've got my eye on are fairly early on so I might be able to swing it.I can't bid online because I've no internet access at work,plus half the fun is being there.

Mrscumberbatch do you ever find anything worthwhile in those boxes of costume jewellery that go under the hammer? I know that some costume jewellery is valuable in it's own right,but wonder if the valuers do miss things that are lumped in with the dross.

I've been at work all morning and still haven't been through my purchases from yesterday yet,I'm itching too,but have got to go and get the pony in and tacked up before the dds come home from school,otherwise it'll be too dark to ride.

I've always wondered if anyone finds anything worth any vaule at auctions, I always think the people running then have a rummage through first so anything worth anything will be picked out! Wow, what a story sixlostmonkeys, lovely that you got to have a peek into that mans life.
Mirage, I really had to smile at the things you might be interested in....kids books, whips grin

Mirage Fri 16-Nov-12 17:32:42

He he! Yes,it is rather eclectic.grin I was thinking of bidding on a lot of 12 whips on Tuesday [they sell on for a very good price] and in the box was a bullwhip. Hmmm! Can imagine putting that on ebay.

By the law of averages,things must be missed/undervalued all the time.I've got a small picture that came in a box of misc over 20 years ago.Until last year,I thought it was a print,but one day I got curious and googled the name of the gallery on the backing paper,which turned out to be a very well regarded one,in the west country,a bit of the paper flaked away and I saw that it was backed by wood and was watercolour paper rather than thin print paper.I'm going to get it looked at because I can't see the signature properly without removing the frame,which I daren't do! I've never really liked it,only kept it because it looked nice on the bathroom wall in our old house [a watercolour in a steamy bathroomshock.In all likelihood it is nothing special,but is interesting to research all the same.

It is funny what will sell and what won't. I'm selling a lot of crochet table mats at the minute,but linen embroidered ones don't shift.Anything gothy sells very well too.

I do a lot of ebaying of clothes and I love the thrill of it, things you are sure will sell well sometimes dont and then other things you almost dont list because you are sure they wont sell end up doing really well, there is no logic. You have inspired me to try and find some auctions!!! I'm off to a sale at a local private school tomorrow so hopefully I'll find some interesting stuff!!

Mirage, you wouldn't believe the costume jewellery gems that get lumped in with boxes of tat. French pastes, bakelite etc. Not to mention the lovely pearls that are assumed as synthetic, or broken strings of pearls (which are easily mended/salvaged for other things).

Auction houses tend not to miss much though as their overheads are ridiculous. Bidding for random boxes on police auctions is where it's at. It is so fun, and easy to get carried away--> and you have NO idea what you're buying. (Box of dildos. Wtf?)

I didn't think there's be value in whips. Who knew?!

How do you find out about police auctions mrscumberbatch? I've always wondered about those

I keep an eye out on the police stations websites, they sometimes get announced in an advert in local press too.

Mirage Fri 16-Nov-12 19:30:31

Interesting.I can restring beads/pearls and replace or mend broken clasps,so might have to look into that.I've never been to a police auction,but it sounds fun,I like the idea of not knowing what you've got.

Yes,whips,especially driving whips and hunting whips are very popular and can cost upwards of £150 for a nice one.More and more people drive their ponies so it is an expanding market.Other things that have a market are bowler and top hats,anything at all to do with side saddles.

I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying being able to discuss this sort of thing with like minded people.smile

Police auction is hit and miss, but so long as it's 'spare' money it's fine.

One month it was a box of dildos (not in boxes. Yikes. To the dump Pronto! The guys that worked there must have been thinking strange things about me.)

Another month it was umpteen DVD's and a broken string of pearls (that cost £30 for the refurb etc and then sold for £350. Original box cost me £40.)

I've seen the hat madness first hand. People going MENTAL bidding hundreds over a tatty old top hat. No idea what it's provenance was but I felt quite sane in that moment wink

Mirage Fri 16-Nov-12 19:52:52

I'm snorting at you driving to the dump with a box of dildoes!

I saw hat madness on Tuesday.There was a lot with a reverse glass picture,which I'm always looking out for,in a box with all sorts of bits,including a Dents Bowler.The picture was damaged beyond repair,so I thought that if the whole box was a reasonable price,I'd buy it for the hat alone.Ha! I think it went for over £90.There was another one yesterday which went for silly money too.

takes notes- Get into Hats Jeezo.

My computer history must have looked awful mirage as I googled about a billion pages of 'Dildo/vibrator recycling'.

DON'T GOOGLE IT EVER.

Ha ha ha ha ha, brilliant....I hope I'm never in a position to have a load of dildos to get rid of....pleased to hear you tried to go about it in an eco friendly way smile

I'm sure you could have ebayed "used dildos" I should think they would have fetched good money, have you ever searched "well worn shoes"??!?!?!?

Only one thing to say "BLEURGH!" <sick emoticon>

So today I had a go at buying some books, what do you think about these? Music course for teacher and student by E Markham Lee printed 1932 with an exam paper folded inside from 1949!
Verse for you book one, poetry text book from marlborough girls college dated 1964, has a library loan stamp on the inside with loads from 1966. 2 ordnance survery maps of London N.W one published 1958 and the other 1963.
What do you think about that little lot? Anything worth anything?

Mirage Sun 18-Nov-12 18:55:08

I don't know tbh.Have you checked them on one of the book websites? ABE Books are good,as are Addall.

I had a good morning,a Dunn & Co hat in perfect unused condition.50p
2 ladies hats,will sell in spring to the lead rein showing mothers,50p each
A Telstar jug 50p
A 60's nylon nightdress £1
A 50's sewing box & contents £2
A Bakelite tray with mens grooming accessories on £3
A whole bag of vintage 'pearl' necklaces and bracelets 50p
A china spaniel figure 50p

Mirage Sun 18-Nov-12 21:07:34

Oh oh! Checked the label as I hung the nightdress on the line,it says Emilio Pucci,Italy.shock

NO WAAAAY! Id be wearing it to every night out, regardless of the fact that it's a nightdress. I love me a bit of pucci! lol

Mirage Sun 18-Nov-12 22:06:35

It doesn't look like Pucci at all.It is cream brushed nylon with coffee coloured lace,but it was so beautifully fitted that I had to check that it wasn't an evening dress.Well worth a £1.Now,do I keep it or sell it? There is a little bit of wear underneath one of the embroidered insets,so it isn't perfect,but you have to look closely to spot it.I'll post a photo tomorrow.

I only bought it as I know nylon stuff sells well.blush

Mirage Sun 18-Nov-12 22:26:51

I thought of what you said about being blinded by the piles of shite at car boots, today Mrscgrin There was indeed,miles of piles of shite. However I was proud of the dds.I showed them a 'Homemaker' plate and told them to look for anything with that sort of pattern on it .DD1,who,bless her is the dippyest,most absent minded child ever [unless it comes to ponies] spotted one within 15 minutes-shame it was way overpriced though.

I've investigated my boxes from the auction and found some 70's textiles,50's aprons,2 19th century christening gowns,a cane handled umbrella,loads of tablecloths,napkins,tea towels from the 30's onwards,and 3 absolutely amazing shalwar kameezes,covered in gold embroidery.Also a bag of cards containing silk thread for mending your stockings and other bits like spare suspender belts,a lot of leather bags and purses,including a manicure set/sewing set.There is so much stuff that it is going to take weeks for me to assess it all.

Glad they're benefitting from your keen eye lol

Sounds like you were really in the zone today. The weather up here was atrocious so between parenting I have been trying to read up on chinese silver as I come across a lot of it but without knowing the cultural heritage, I don't know what it 'rare' and what isn't.

Had a surprise earlier in the year with a chinese silver purse clip, didn't think it would be worth much. I'd paid £80- expected about £150 but it went for £1200. Something to do with the characters that were engraved on it- completely oblivious!

Practically everything you guys mention I have to google!! Its all building my knowledge of what to look for though so thanks! Any nylon sells really well......really?!?!?

Mirage Mon 19-Nov-12 08:26:31

Yes,I don't know why,possibly some people are buying it because of the same reason they buy 'used' shoes.You see a lot advertised with the words 'soft and slippery' or even better 'scratchy'.If you want to buy something that will sell and is easily recognised,try 70's textiles,anything in browns,oranges ect.They are cheap,fairly easily found [but getting harder] and go well on ebay.Those horrid orange flowered pillowcases you remember from childhood?Well people will pay good money for them.

Mrsc,you have my respect for trying to research Chinese marks.I avoid anything oriental because it is such a huge area with such a lot to know.But I know that a lot of experts avoid it too,so there should be plenty of gems for anyone in the know to pick up.Well done with the purse though,what a result.

I'm at work this morning and off to a viewing afterwards,see what I can find!

Mirage Sun 25-Nov-12 21:38:17

Well,the hat sold for £14 tonight.I'm pleased with that.The china spaniel £1.99,not too bad.I've not been able to go car booting this weekend as MIL is here,and not been able to list much either.

New pony arrives tomorrow,so need to make some money now!

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