Beautiful friends, I often get asked how I determine how much to ask for the items I redo for my booth. (Gail, this one’s for you!)
Today I thought it would be fun to look at several items and see what I paid for each item, and then what they ultimately sold for. I’ll also give a general range for what I usually price certain items. If you don’t have a need to know how to price things, then just sit back and enjoy these before and afters!
There are many factors to take into consideration when deciding on a price.
Here are several things to consider:
- Original cost
I try to be sure I’ll get a worthwhile return on my initial investment before even buying an item. That’s why I’m so cheap!
- Cost to rehab
It’s important to try to save money wherever you can so you can still turn a profit. Finding a tray that already has handles, or picking up a dresser that already has lovely hardware is always a bonus.
- Time spent rehabbing
I do tend to go a little further with pieces I redo because I share my projects here on the blog, but your time is important. This is where I might pass on an already painted item that might take a lot more time and work to redo. Or I might pass on something that needs a ton of repairs before I can even get started. That being said, if those needed repairs get me a great piece for super cheap, I will definitely give it more consideration.
Your items are one-of-a-kinds! Don’t sell yourself short. Someone may be willing to pay more for something they can’t get anywhere else!
- Booth rent
I think my booth rent is pretty high. Full disclosure: I pay $300 per month, the owner takes 10% commission, and I pay 5% on all credit card transactions to cover credit card fees. I do have two booth spaces though to make one large booth, but I need to cover my rent, so I tend to start a bit high, knowing I can always mark an item down if needed.
What it really comes down to though is how much is someone willing to pay?
If you are new here, welcome! I have a booth in the Virginia Beach Antique Mall here in Virginia Beach. I’ve been there for about seven years now and I use it mostly to sell the pieces I blog about.
Last year, I added the full line of Dixie Belle products to my booth as well.
I can’t wait to bring in my new bookcase that will replace this one…
Then this one can then go back to displaying smalls.
So let’s start with some smaller items, shall we?
If you have a booth, don’t underestimate the smalls! Small pieces like these are what pay the rent sometimes!
I often pick up candlesticks when I see a set of them.
There’s nothing fancy or ornate about this set of candlesticks I picked up for $1.98 each:
I gave them a simple paint job:
These were part of a group of smalls I shared in one post. See all the smalls from that group HERE. This set sold for $22.
Something else that I find all the time that actually sell quickly are these dated spice racks. I’m sure i didn’t spend more than a couple of dollars for this one:
These are still great for spices with a little paint to update them, but they also work great for nail polishes!
This was part of another group of smalls I did that you can see HERE. This one sold for $16.
Here is another super simple small item I picked up for only 45¢:
It had been marked down twice, and because I love all things spindly, I grabbed it.
A simple paint job on this one made it super cute again:
See it HERE along with a fun hatbox makeover. This one sold for $12. I paint in this color family a lot because it sells really well here near the beach.
These smaller items are so quick to do and can really add up!
Another smaller item I almost always pick up are boxes. They can be used for so many things and when people can see a purpose for something, they are more likely to buy it.
Here is one I picked up for $4.25:
It got a super simple white makeover:
See this and one more HERE.
This sold for $24.
How about this one that I paid $2.98 for:
This one also got a simple paint job and a little fabric on the inside:
See this and one more super cute recipe box makeover HERE.
This one sold for: $22.
Another thing I can never pass up are flatware boxes!
This one was already cheap at $3.25. Then it was an extra 50% off!
A sweet makeover gave it a whole new life!
See more of this one HERE. I usually price my repurposed flatware boxes in the mid to upper forties. This one sold for $45.
Something that usually sells well for me is any kind of tray.
I paid $3.25 for this frame:
And turned it onto this sweet tray:
See more of how I did that HERE.
The base price for most of my trays is $36. I price them up or down a bit depending on the size, detail, work involved, etc.
Someone might be willing to pay a little more because this isn’t something you could walk into any Target and buy. It’s unique. I did have to buy the handles for this one though, and it sold for $36.
Here is a silver tray I paid a little more for at $6.98:
However, I didn’t need to buy handles for this one and it only needed a simple paint job:
See more of this makeover HERE.
This one also sold for $36.
And finally, this tray was purchased for $4.99:
I used strips of poplar to add a shiplap look to the bottom:
See how I did that HERE.
This one was quite a bit larger than the others, so I upped the price a bit. This one sold for $42.
If you’ve followed me for long, you know how much I hoard, I mean, love baskets!
The one on the top was on special at 50% off of $5.25:
I pulled out the spray paint for this one, but also lined the inside:
See both of those baskets in the before photo plus how I lined them HERE. They both sold for $24.
Here’s another quick and fun basket redo that I paid $1.95 for:
Another quick makeover!
See this and a larger vintage basket makeover HERE. This one sold for $18.
I haven’t made a batch of chalkboards in a while, but they have been great sellers for me in the past. I usually add a small bag of chalk when I price them.
I price them anywhere from in the twenties for a small one to in the sixties for a very large one.
Here is one of my favorites…it started as this $10 headboard:
I cut the legs off and added hooks to this one:
You can see more of this one HERE. This one sold quickly for $65.
I usually price my smaller lamps in the thirty dollar range and I price my larger lamps in the forty to fifty dollar range. I have sold a ton of lamps over the years, but I don’t often blog about them because they are just quick paint jobs and maybe a new shade. I like to keep lamps in my booth because they add nice, much needed lighting.
I did share this small lamp that I picked up for just over $4:
And here it is with a fun graphic added:
This one didn’t actually sell because someone broke it in my booth, but I had it priced at $36. See more of it HERE.
This $3 thrift store lamp was another lamp I shared here on the blog:
White paint and a new shade saved this one!
See more of it HERE. This one sold for $49.
I’ve redone several shelves and they are usually good sellers also. I generally price them in the mid thirties to forties, depending on size.
This one started as one of those Home Interiors pieces from back in the day:
It was only $1.98 so I had to bring it home. It got updated with new paint, a stencil, and new hooks:
The hooks were $2 each, so I had $12 in it and it sold for $36. See more of this makeover HERE.
This shelf was quite a bit larger. I found this one on one of my shopping trips with Nancy and paid $6.98 for it:
A coat of paint and a new backing covered in fabric brought this dated piece back to life:
You can visit this makeover HERE. This one sold for $45
Anything that offers storage usually sells, so any time I see a small cabinet, I buy it!
The most recent one I’ve redone was originally $9.98 started out like this:
And ended up like this:
Visit this makeover HERE. This one sold for $65.
Mirrors are another item that do fairly well. Everyone can use a mirror, right? I price my mirrors anywhere from $49-$69.
I paid $9.98 for this one:
It was actually made of plastic, but those details painted up so nicely!
See more of this one plus another cute makeover HERE. This one sold for $69.
Let’s look at some furniture pieces, shall we? We’ll start small and work our way up!
Obviously the potential to make money is far greater with furniture pieces, but they usually take longer to sell also.
Let’s start with this little cutie that we found in my Hubby’s Grandma’s shed:
This one was free to us…the best!
It needed a little TLC to bring it back to life along with a fresh new paint job:
You can visit this redo HERE. It sold for $45.
I picked up this very sad oak night table for $12:
It wasn’t sad for long…
See more of this makeover HERE. I had it priced at $109 to start and ended up marking it down to $95. That is what it sold for.
Next up is this drop-leaf table I paid $25 for:
I used this piece to try out a fun new-to-me Dixie Belle color:
I absolutely loved this piece!! You can see more of it HERE.
I originally had it priced for $125. After a few months, I ended up marking it down to $95 and someone offered me $85, so that is what it sold for. Sometimes these more unique colors are a harder sell.
I have absolutely zero idea where I found this drop-leaf table or how much I paid for it:
Luckily, I do know what it sold for.
I whitewashed the top of this one and shared how to apply sealer using a sponge in that post as well:
Anything that I whitewash sells well for me, probably because we live in a coastal town. See my whitewashing tutorial HERE. This table sold quickly at $169.
Dressers that I paint in white always sell quickly for me. Any dresser that I sell in a color takes the right buyer to come along and always takes longer to sell. I price dressers anywhere from $225 for a small dresser to $350 or so for a larger dresser. That is very reasonable for a dresser and compared to others in my mall, way cheaper! But, dressers take up space and I like to keep the furniture moving.
Remember this one?
I originally paid $99 for it and gave it its first makeover HERE. It ended up just sitting in my booth. So I brought it home and made it over a second time with a transfer:
This transfer was perfect on this dresser! It didn’t last two weeks in my booth and sold for $275.
This one was a steal at $25, but it did have its issues:
I got her fixed right up though and borrowed this pretty color from our boys’ bathroom makeover:
The cheap price also allowed me to splurge on those gorgeous knobs! See more of this makeover HERE. This one sold for $250.
I have made several headboard benches over the years. I usually price them from $175-$225 depending on the size.
This $15 set was already painted white when I found it:
After turning it into a bench, I painted over the white and added stripes to give it a more coastal feel…
See how I turned this set into a bench HERE. This one started out at $195. I eventually marked it down and it sold for $175.
I have only redone a handful of china cabinets. Hutches sell much better for me and I’ll get to those next.
My favorite China cabinet that I’ve redone started out like this:
I loved the big glass doors and the second time I saw it at the thrift store, it was 20% off so I got it for $80.
I wish I had known about BOSS back then because this baby needed it!
I finally got the bleeding under control and this was the final result:
See this whole makeover HERE. I originally had it priced at $325. It ended up selling for $300.
It’s been a minute since I found a good deal on a hutch, but I just love them and they are actually good sellers!
This one is probably my favorite and I bought it for only $75:
It had a couple of very dated features to contend with, but I was able to fix those issues and turn it into a real cottage charmer:
See more of this pretty piece HERE. Hutches are huge and they are a lot of work, so I usually just paint them white. I price them for $395-$425. This one sold for $425.
Here is one that I didn’t paint white!
I found it for $99:
I always keep my eyes peeled for a deal on these pretty pieces! This one got a color very similar to Dixie Belle’s Vintage Duck Egg blue:
You can visit this makeover HERE. I had this one marked at $425, but it ended up selling for $400.
I don’t mind if these hutches sit in my booth a little longer because they make my booth look so pretty!
My booth is missing those larger pieces at the moment and I don’t have one single dresser! That rarely happens. I can’t wait to be able to thrift again!!
I hope this post was helpful! Either way, I always enjoy looking back at past projects, and I hope you do too!
If there’s anything I missed, ask me in the comments!
And if you missed the memo on Tuesday, you no longer need a code to get free shipping on orders over $50 in my Etsy shop! The discount will be applied automatically!
Orders under $50 still enjoy $8 flat rate shipping.
I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing what I did with one of the doors from my new shop display bookcase I made over last week:
UPDATE: See how I repurposed (or did I??) this cabinet door HERE now! 🙂
See ya then! Stay well!!
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