What I found:
Shawnee gold-trimmed Winnie
Where I found it:
We found the jar at a southern California Antique Flea Market. The dealer who had the jar specialized in vintage furniture, knew nothing about cookie jars, and hadn't researched the jar. After checking it over carefully and determining it was damage free, I asked the price? The dealer responded, "Seventy-five dollars." Feeling cocky, I asked him if there was any room in that price and he said, "No, I think it's worth that much because it has all that gold paint." I agreed and paid him before someone came along and offered him more.
Tips and Tricks
- Arrive early enough to be one of the first persons in line at an estate sale or antique flea market
- Act like you don't know what you're looking at. If it becomes apparent the dealer knows what they have, grin big and then make a reasonable offer.
- Make your offer while handing the cash towards the seller
- Determine in your mind how much you are willing to spend and be willing to walk away. If it's still there towards the end of the day, make the offer again.
Is it still in your collection?
The rest of the story . . .
A week before finding this Winnie, we found a Clover Bud Winnie in gorgeous condition at a garage sale, also for $75.00. It was our $75 Winnie Week and we expect it won't come around again for a very long time, if at all.