Saturday, November 5, 2011
Betsy Ross Tea Ten Cents
We had our community yard sale yesterday and if I heard one more person ask me for guns, jewelry, gold, or silver I didn't know what I was going to do. Whenever anyone asked me I said I didn't have any of those, but if I did I'd keep them. Most folks offer a pittance for anything we're selling so I put this Betsy Ross Orange Pekoe Tea tin back in the house. If it's Betsy Ross tea it must be high grade tea; after all she's holding the American flag. There isn't any tea in the tin. We noticed it was packaged in Little Rock, Arkansas; that must be where we got the tin.
Then there are those who are buying hardback books and call someone and give them the number on the back of the book to see if they are worth anything. No matter what that person offered I wasn't going to take it. Later I made two more mugs. I decided they looked plain so I textured them with a eucalyptus seed pod I got in California. Every time I use the seed pod a little more gets embedded in the clay and I can smell the eucalyptus fragrance which reminds me of California. The pod is almost worn out now.
I pressed a little too hard with the pod and the texture can be seen on the inside of the mug. Oh well. Almost everyone coming to the sales are just looking or they're dealers. I did sell some fabric, knitting supplies, ceramic ornaments, pendants, and magnets, and a few odds and ends and I made about a hundred dollars for the day. One woman has commissioned me to make drawer pulls for her new kitchen and will come back to purchase a dish set for a wedding present. So all was not lost during the sale.
I put these forties and fifties road maps back in the house too. I think their historical value is worth more than a dollar. We decided selling at the local flea market is more lucrative than a yard sale; more people come by, and not all are dealers. Gary found more coins to roll up and took half to the bank to get dollars which totaled almost $300; that was just the quarters. He's been saving coins for years and it's paying off now. Ha. This weekend we're volunteering at the Celebration of the Arts in Inverness; more about that later. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.