Dear Heloise: This is in response to a recent letter in your column about selling used/vintage clothing to antiques dealers. Estate-sale companies and vintage-clothing stores often will take items on consignment.
Be careful when choosing a person or company to deal with an antique, vintage or estate sale. It is best to interview several companies and, if possible, visit their stores or a sale they are sponsoring. Some estate sales operate out of clients’ homes, while others take things on consignment.
Sometimes consumers may balk at paying the commission, but these companies should research and get top dollar for a client’s items. Beware of anyone offering to “take things off your hands” or offering money for the items on the spot.
It is true that one person’s trash is another’s treasure. I work for an estate-sale company. We have found diamond jewelry among costume jewelry. Costume jewelry often is highly prized by collectors, and in some cases brings as much as fine jewelry.
Estate-sale companies also do downsizing, moving and living estate sales. Most companies can be found in the phone book or online. -- A Reader, via e-mail
Good advice, and thank you for the reminder. You never know what’s in that box, bag, basket or bundle! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: My brother and his wife are celebrating their wedding anniversary; however, they decided not to celebrate the day this year, but rather the week. They are doing something special on each day. I think that is such a neat idea, don’t you? -- Ernst Graw, Devine, Tex.
Sure do, and hope their anniversary week is spectacular! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: Here is a money-saving hint that I learned from my mother. When buying already-weighed and -bagged produce that is being sold at a set price (such as potatoes), weigh more than one of the bags to see which is the heaviest. If you do this on every trip, the savings will add up! -- Lydia W., Billings, Mont.
Dear Heloise: When handling and seeding a jalapeno, most people know to use rubber gloves to protect hands from the juices. I also have found, though, that a vegetable peeler inserted in one end and twisted around easily removes all seeds and membranes. -- Jessica G., Fort Wayne, Ind.
Dear Heloise: Garage sales and resale shops have supplied me with several nice sheet sets, except that the bottom sheet slips off the mattress at the headboard. Added elastic did no good, nor did the clip-on gadgets made for this.
I cut triangles out of sturdy fabric large enough to tuck under the mattress and sewed them to the corners, then hemmed them securely. No matter whether the mattress is thick or thin, the sheet with the triangle underneath the corner stays secure! -- Becky, Texarkana, Tex.
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