It's the Fourth of July weekend and what better way to celebrate America's birthday then a great eBay flip with a patriotic red, white and blue theme? Check out this lot of vintage Uncle Sam cake decorating picks. These would have been placed on holiday party foods such as cakes, fruit salads, appetizers and burgers. I bought the entire box of these guys for only three dollars. A pretty cool find considering it's almost impossible to find decorative picks like these anymore! These little Uncle Sam's had cardboard top hats and pipe cleaner beards. Ironically, each Sam was stamped "Japan" on the back. Yet another product cranked out in post-World War II Japan that people now find collectible. When you're at garage sales look out for small decorative items stamped "Japan". There's a very good chance it will earn you decent dollars on eBay or Etsy.
While a post-war Japan collectible is good, adding a patriotic theme to it is even better. For example, my Aunt Joan loves to collect anything, red, white and blue. At barely five foot tall, she's just a little thing but around the Fourth she gets all gussied up in the spirit of the holiday. Sporting an American flag shirt, flag hair clip, patriotic earrings...she looks like a walking fireworks display! Using personal experiences as a guide, I figured there were plenty more people like my Aunt who love to collect patriotic themed stuff. My Uncle Sam picks would be attracting both bidders who collect vintage Americana stuff and post-war Japan. Kind of a weird dichotomy, but still a nice variety of potential bidders.
So the Uncle Sam picks hit eBay and by the end of the auction fireworks were going off in my head! My three dollar investment in those little Uncle Sam picks sold for $44 All-American dollars! Three cheers for the red, white and blue!
Do you have any patriotic themed flips? C'mon and share with the group in our comment section! Happy Fourth of July !
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