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My Top 5 List: Victorian Picture Buttons Wrap-Up

Well, my button episode is over, so here's how it all went. It was a small collection, and after researching the buttons, via library books, and ebay, I found that the buttons I had were just "beginner" level. But still pretty, and they were worth more than I paid, so I listed them. I spread the listings out over 2 weeks, letting the bidders "run a tab" till they were all closed. I wound up with 104 ebay lots (most were singles, a few were groupings). I keep track of my listings, and my normal sell-through average is 75%. The buttons wound up with 80 of 104 lots selling, for a 77% average. I had 31 different buyers, from the US, as well as Belgium, Canada, and England. My total bid amount on all lots came to: $974.13, with a per-lot average of $12.17. I think it was decent, not amazing. And they are certainly easy to ship. And I learned a little more, so that's always good. And dealt with some very friendly buyers, who seem pleased with their little gems.

My "TOP 5" individual buttons were:
Ben LANG Artist 1968 Elephant $50.00
Man & DOG Scene Ivoroid $37.00
Prancing Black HORSE $36.00
Lady Columbia & Eagle Patriotic $16.59
King Charles SPANIEL Dog Breed $15.50
That's all folks!

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