Wow! Last week was great and this week has been awesome also! We celebrated my birthday at La Quinta Resort and Houston’s birthday at Soak City. What a whirlwind. And all the while I have been selling a lot on eBay. Life is great!
- Lynn Recommends: Live Boot Camp Payment Plan–Last 2 days
- Special Announcement: The Queen’s Court–The Inner Circle–is here!
- Feature Article: Bottle Your Knowledge Up
- The Queen’s Update: Our 21st 100 Best Story from YOU?
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July 12, 2007 Volume III, Issue 26
Dear fellow eBayers,
My birthday at La Quinta Resort was amazing. The property is a dream come true. Old Hollywood meets modern convenience. If you are on the fence about my Live eBay Boot Camp, please read the Lynn Recommends section and make the decision now to change your life.
Houston, Indiana, and I were hanging out at the big pool at La Quinta Resort; floating around having a great time. It was almost time to check out and Indy said to me, “There is Kenny Ortega, the director of High School Musical.” I said, “Right.” What would he be doing here? Anyway, my daughter is obviously smarter than I and she had nailed it.
I walked up to him and said, “I am so sorry to bother you on vacation, but my 8-year-old daughter thinks that you are Kenny Ortega.” “I am,” he said. He was so gracious to my children. He posed for photos, signed autographs, and even took our address to send a gift to my kids. What a true Hollywood star!
Indiana poolside with Kenny Ortega
Amazing things happen when you are in the right place at the right time. La Quinta resort in September is that place and time. I think that there are only 6 seats left. Please don’t miss out!
I got about 200 things ready to list this week–photographed and written up–because I am on a road trip with Peter (as I write this) and next week we go to the Little League World Series in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I will get you updates from Colorado next week!
By the way, I never personally thanked you all for helping with the boy’s baseball team’s charity auctions. We raised over $4,000! Thanks to you all!!!
On Tuesday of this week, we celebrated Houston’s 11th birthday at Knott’s Soak City water park. We hosted the entire baseball team and it was a blast. I’ll tell you, eleven is a great age and we all had a lot of fun. My brother even came out to attend and he set up my new computer. I just got a Dell Latitude and I love it!!!
But, back to the road trip. Peter bought a convertible Mustang and he flew into Los Angeles to pick it up. I offered to (well, agreed to) drive back to Albuquerque with him. Sounded like fun at the time. Just kidding. It has been a great adventure and we got to celebrate my birthday (again!)
Anyway, as I was photographing the 200 items in the 120-degree heat, I saw that my high school intern had written up about 20 old bottles for me to list. Bottles have always intrigued me, so that is what I wrote this week’s feature article about. There are some great tips–so please check them out.
Late yesterday, we announced my Inner Circle, The Queen’s Court. I can’t possibly explain how wonderful it is going to be in this newsletter, so please read how to learn more in the Special Announcement Section.
We are taking a week off from our 100 Best Things You’ve Sold on eBay stories. This is your chance to get your best stories together and submit them for consideration. You will find the details below.
Here’s to Successful eBaying!
Lynn Dralle, ‘The Queen of Auctions,’ Creator of the best-selling eBay Boot Camp in a Box.
Getting in on the last chance for the 3-part payment plan for our ONLY Live Boot Camp of 2007. Since June 30th fell on a weekend, we are extending the 3-part payment plan option for a week after my birthday: July 13th at midnight.
This Boot Camp is three days of hands-on intensive learning and fun. This will sell out because it is the only one I am doing this year and I am taking a very limited number of students.
Remember, July 13th at midnight, is your last chance for the 3-part payment plan.
Click here to learn more.
We have chosen our location.
Live eBay Boot Camp 2007 is going to be held at
This is the resort where old Hollywood used to come to escape. Greta Garbo’s winter home is on the property (some say it is haunted!) The hotel rooms are amazing and so is our meeting location. Come prepared to relax, rejuvenate and revitalize your eBay business as well as yourself.
To learn more about my Live Boot Camp, click here. See you there!
I have been racking my brain trying to come up with a way to offer you more of my attention at a low cost. Lee and I have finally got it all figured out.
I am pleased to announce that The Queen’s Court is open for business. In a nutshell, each month you will get:
- A new Q&A teleseminar–where I will be answering YOUR questions
- A downloadable transcript of the Q&A session
- The CD recording of the teleseminar sent to you in the mail
- A posting board where you get to ask me to ID your Antiques/Collectibles
- A Networking Discussion Board–for members only–where I will also post answers
- Finally, A surprise Bonus each month–this month has something to do with KaChing.
I can’t wait to meet you online and on the phone!
‘Bottle Your Knowledge Up’‘
by Lynn A. Dralle, ‘The Queen of Auctions’
When I started photographing all the bottles this week, I couldn’t stop thinking about the things that most people don’t even stop to think about when discussing bottles. It is a vast topic and I will just scratch the surface this week. I want to get you thinking about bottles and looking in a new way at bottles that you may run across.
There are so many different categories that I couldn’t wait to start writing about them. Please check out some of my silly little bottles that are up for sale this week.
Click here to see my bottle listings.
Many old bottles have been buried for years then dug from the ground. You will see I’ve indicated that in my auction listings by putting DUG in the auction title. Most of the bottles I recently purchased were dug from the ground in the Coachella Valley.
In the bottle category, I want you to think about these categories that I have given a brief description of and my impression:
Avon: Stay away–most are not worth any money–that is my two cents.
Jim Beam: Not as common or as boring as you may imagine: Please read Story #48 from my new 100 Best book–Ka-Ching!
Click here to read the story…
Barber Bottles: Look at this photo from last week’s ezine and see the photo of me celebrating my sixth birthday. In the window behind me on the top shelf is my grandmother’s collection of barber bottles. These sell for big bucks!!!
A barber bottle was originally used by the barber either in his shop or in his/her customer’s home. It contained items used in the barber’s work: hair oil, bay rum, tonic, shampoo, witch hazel, rosewater, or other items. The distinctive bottle shape told the barber or customer what each one was used for. This was before bottles said Shampoo or Conditioner on the outside!
Beer Bottles: Beer supposedly started in the Americas in 1587. Whatever the story, if you have the right beer bottle–you can make plenty of dough–doesn’t it take some yeast to make beer?
Candy Containers: Figural Candy Containers were all the rage in the early 1900s. My grandmother collected them and this is a very special category for me. Candy containers were originally made to hold candy and then to be used afterward as toys for children. Click here to see one of my grandmother’s candy containers that are up for sale in my eBay store.
Coke/Pepsi Bottles: Don’t miss out on any of these early bottles. I think that Coke probably sells for more than Pepsi–Well, I am a Diet Coke drinker. However, any rare bottle will do incredibly well. Please do some research on eBay. Know your Soda!
Flasks: These were first made in the 18th century (1700s) and many variations were produced to hold liquor for the individual. FYI: Bright colors bring the highest prices. Watch out for reproductions!
Fruit Jars: Fruit jars have been used in the US since the 1850s. WOW! I have never done any canning (as you all probably know) but my dad is a great fruit picker and jelly maker. But I digress; back to the task at hand–helping you make money selling jars, bottles, and any type of container!!! Even Tupperware. Not time in this ezine, but don’t overlook vintage Tupperware–just a hint! So back to fruit jars, look for unusual colors (anything other than turquoise blue) and unusual marks. You may want to buy a book for this. Look on Amazon for 1000 Fruit Jars or Red Book 9.
Ink Bottles: These were made to not tip over. The shape of an ink bottle indicates age. This is a category worth studying.
Here is another ink bottle I’ve listed this week.
Medicine Bottles: Popular in the 19th century. These are fun for collectors because of the crazy names. Think “Dr. Henley’s Celery”, “Davis Vegetable Pain Killer”, and “Haven’s Diarrhea & Cholera Syrup”.
Miniatures: Liquor companies figured out that tiny bottles in figural shapes would sell well. Now there are a ton of collectors for these amazing items. Vintage sells the best.
Pickle Bottles: Pickles were packed in special jars from 1880 to 1920. It was a large bottle and they had 4 to 8 sides. The mouth had to be wide to accommodate taking out the pickle. Some of these can sell in the $10,000 range. Do your research.
Poison: Most had raised designs so that it was obvious that they were dangerous. Some were even made in the shape of coffins. This is an amazing collectible and lucrative category.
Sarsparilla: The most widely distributed syphilis cure in the 19th century was sarsaparilla. Who knew? It was also claimed to cure many other diseases. A great early collectible bottle.
Vinegar: Most vinegar manufacturers used a large glass jug-shaped bottle with a small handle. So, if you have a large bottle with a tiny handle, you can call it a vinegar bottle in your listing! Most collectors want vinegar in raised letters or a paper label. Watch for this.
Go Withs: This category is for anything that could be used with a bottle. Think coasters, shot glasses, wine openers, and the like. These can also mean big bucks. Remember story #16 from Money Making Madness?
I hope this overview will help you think outside the box and look for items you might have typically overlooked.
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We are taking a week off from our 100 Best Things You’ve Sold on eBay this week. Now is your chance to submit your story!
A big thanks to everyone who has already submitted a story! We are looking for more great stories of your eBay adventures. We know there are many great tales out there, so please submit your story along the lines of the stories from the 100 Best Books and a great side story with photos will help. If we use your story, you will receive a $35 merchandise credit on my website and you will have your story featured–along with your user ID–in my ezine! It may also eventually end up in a published book!
By the way, when I mention my ezine readers’ user IDs with links to their auctions–it actually helps their sales! Amazing how that works. Click here for the guidelines for submitting your stories.
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