Not Your Grandma’s Wall Decor

Got plates?

You know, those pretty ones you’ve had in “safe keeping” for all these years, behind those glass cabinet doors, or in that dusty attic?
Well, Break them out ..or let them out gently, rather…afterall, why else would you own them?  If not to be reminded of a specific time, place, person, or ideal, what good is any decor at all?  Wall decor is like really just like putting your values on display.  What do you want to say?  How do you want your style to reflect your personality?

It takes up less space in the home AND shows your creative side!  Not only is it inexpensive to do this, but it takes up less space in a box, and can be done in no time flat!

Inspiration for your viewing pleasure:

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Don’t let those pretty plates fall victim to your attic’s dust!  Bonus points for displaying those plates you got handed down to you, and making Grandma proud to have kept them in such pristine condition!
Tip:  If you’ve been searching for ways to display yours, just go drool over the many different styles and ideas of wall decor plates on Pinterest —  More Wall Decor “Pins”-peration here

 

Show off your home’s personality by displaying a cluster of different sizes, shapes and colors or run with a theme!  Take a look at these creatively and playfully-positioned plates (thank you, Pinterest!).

That charming plate collection will thank you, as will all who draw near to your captivating display.

SwedeMom’s Venture Into The Non-Profit World

As many of you know, the business of SwedeMom has always surrounded the idea of helping others.  And if a business is a reflection of its owner, SwedeMom is no exception, as Cami Nyquist’s helping heart was the driver of this operation from its earliest days.

The Evolution of an E-Commerce Biz

The expansion of SwedeMom from a home operation to a large warehouse occurred more quickly than ever anticipated.  It was an exciting time, to say the least.  Though, even with highly lucrative beginnings, the economic turn-down that hit several businesses hard in 2008 forced SwedeMom to make some tough decisions, including significant cut-backs and a painful slowing of the process that had before, begun to take off quite successfully.

While this could have been the end of an era for SwedeMom, Cami’s perseverance and passion kept this business alive for over a decade, and throughout the ups and downs (that inevitably come with any e-commerce business), the dream for SwedeMom- using this business to help others on a large scale, has never wavered.

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A Dream Being Realized

This is an exciting year for SwedeMom as 2014 has proven to us that dreams can take shape with persistence and the passion, two that have only grown stronger since the beginning of the journey.

Using the resources we have, and through a series of serendipitous encounters with the right people at the right time, Cami has found herself within the company of a few wonderful organizations that we’ve begun to partner with, having the same goal to help others in real ways.

For instance, one of the organizations is Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO) in Chicago.  Cornerstone Community Outreach has a long standing commitment to providing shelter and finding homes for families and individuals who are in need.

Here are just a few statistics about CCO (Found at  http://www.ccolife.org/)

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So far, we’ve been able to partner up with them by using our highly-ranked ‘Top-Seller’ status on eBay to sell the donations dropped off at their own drop-off center in Chicago.  By doing this, we’re earning them money for providing meals and other wonderful services CCO offers.

Using the reputable name of SwedeMom to serve a greater good is something we’re very excited about doing more of in 2015!

 

Underdog Eraser

An Eraser that Erases A Need? Underdog to the rescue!

One thing we take pride in at Swedemom is helping others de-clutter their homes, and therefore simplifying their lives.  Whether they’ve been collectors for years and are ready to give their cherished things a new home, or are stuck in a less-than-ideal situation in which one or more parent has passed away and their stuff has been left behind, we exist to provide a helping hand.

We’ve come across a lot of different stuff throughout the years, and have had the opportunity to help those in our community downsize and decide what to do with all of it.  Understandably,it can be difficult to part with things that were once connected to someone we knew.  These things serve as a reminder of them, and it is no surprise we want to hold on.

Batman on Hoarders

Batman on Hoarders

 While there is nothing wrong with holding onto something for the sheer sentimentality of it, there is often times a feeling of overwhelm by the stuff we have accumulated.  We keep things we don’t necessarily want, but fear the guilt involved with discarding it.

That is the time when we could use some help deciding what it is we actually want to keep and what we are willing to part with- knowing the memories of the person will last longer, and mean more.

Our con-signers are mostly local, and come from all different backgrounds, and walks of life.  Whatever circumstance they are in- moving and downsizing, or selling a collection they’re ready to give a new home to, we are happy and privileged to help them in this transitional period of their lives.

We’ve had the opportunity to help out in multiple instances where we’ve come across treasures that sold surprisingly well.  (See our other surprisingly valuable finds

 from this past summer alone).  It is shocking to learn something so small and seemingly unimportant can be so valued by someone half way across the world!  Just goes to show one man or womens’ junk is another one’s treasure.

Recently, we became aware of a need in our community in which an individual had unexpectedly acquired stuff from a parent who had passed.  As you can imagine in this state of mind, she reached out for help in the transportation off all this stuff to donate.  Sensitive to this type of situation, we were able to help alleviate her stress involved in the decision-making process.  The owner of Swedemom was helping her transport this stuff to donate when she came across a few treasures that she believed could be valuable.

Knowing that helping her out would certainly give her a fresh start and a new beginning, or at the very least, keep food in her fridge and her electricity bill paid, we began to help her sell these things online through eBay and our own store at Swedemom.com.  After many sales later, we were pleased to discover the sale of one of her smallest items, which sold for $20!  It was this 2″ Underdog blue eraser that came out as a prize from the General Mills Lucky Charm Cereal from 1969.

And we learned a bit about UNDERDOG in the process –

“Underdog” is an anthropomorphic dog, who is a superhero parody of Superman and similar heroes with secret identities. Underdog is an American animated television series that debuted October 3, 1964, on the NBC network. The cartoon was created to sell breakfast cereals for General Mills.

It is this type of story that drives us to help others discover their own treasures.
 Do YOU have any Underdog-themed items or collectibles laying around?  You might consider selling them!

The 2014 Summer of Swedemom Sales

EACH SEASON, WE LIKE TO REVIEW OUR MOST RECENT VALUABLE ITEMS, TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THEM AGAIN!

THIS IS THE FOURTH SEASONAL GUIDE-
A VISUAL SUMMARY OF OUR MOST RECENT SALES, ON EBAY.
THESE ITEMS RANGE FROM RARE COLLECTIBLES AND ANTIQUES, TO MORE MODERN ITEMS AND TRENDS.

SOLD BETWEEN approx. $20-50:

SOLD BETWEEN approx. $50-100:

SOLD BETWEEN $101-200:

SALE OF THE SEASON- SOLD OVER $500:

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Follow our “Highest In Value” page to discover more!

Or check out last season’s Treasure Hunters Price Guide!