Monday, April 16, 2012

How To Carefully Price Vintage Cloth Children's Books: Tips For Antique Dealers

Using A Ribbon To Attach A Price Tag To Vintage Books

Have you wondered about how to carefully price vintage cloth children's books? You have to be very careful not to write on the cover or any of the inside pages. You also do not want to add any stickers or labels to any of the pages.  I am even cautious about writing on an old book with a pencil. 
Attach A Charming Ribbon With Your Price Tag

Many  sellers  have found that adding a cute ribbon  with an attached price tag is a good solution to pricing older paper goods. Another idea that is often used is placing a sticky note  with price information on the first inside page.  Remember sticky notes can come off. If you have the time, you can of course place your book in a cellophane or plastic bag. But I can tell you, that many buyers like to examine books carefully and will take the book right out of  your plastic packaging and leave the book and plastic separated. I like the ribbon idea very much! 

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at Visit my website, Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists


  1. I use ribbons to attach price tags to my books and it works very well.

  2. I've always used the ribbons! I tie them a little loose as not to dig into the book cover. Even if you erase pencil prices, it always shows a mark. Sometimes the price is almost "etched" into the paper and sometimes just a round erased spot that doesn't blend in. I hate when price stickers are used on the covers as well, it sometimes rips the images.

    Great tip!

  3. Thank you! I cannot count the times I have found the cutest little vintage books then I can't get the thrift store sticker off without damaging the cover. Wonderful advice...I hope more sellers follow it. =D

  4. Hi, I like the idea of using ribbons or other similar items for pricing. That said it isn't fool proof either when it comes to those nefarious customers who would change out pricing. They can wiggle off the ribbon and perhaps slide it onto another item.

    Pricing things is always a tussle with us. We are (besides online) inside an Antique Mall and are at the mercy of the wonderful folks who run the check out. They don't always/or have the time at times to check the price tag with the item itself but trusting instead on just the tag.

    It has happened enough to be an issue.

    Even using a pencil... can be changed.

    For books the best way might be using the Broder covers with the price listed inside the clear cover but that adds another expense and work.

    If everyone operated honestly there would never be an issue. lol.

    Forgive me for being a tad negative on such a fun-optomistic site.

    Keep up the great work Diane!

    Thank You,
    Team Vintage Salvation