Determining this can be fun or it can be frustrating.
My biggest rule of thumb, which I don't always remember to abide by is, if I'm not happy with keeping it when it doesn't sell, then I shouldn't buy it.
Most of the time I just try to keep it fun. When I saw these old wooden letters they spelled fun to me!
I've discovered Asian themed items are not a hot seller. Then again, I must confess, I did not buy this oriental themed mirror. Dear Hubs brought it home. I do think it is very pretty! I love the ornate design at the top of the handle.
This was another item I thought was really neat (and old) but it has not sold. An old "Laundry Account" pin cushion. I guess it was used to keep track of shirts, pants, etc.
Now this...THIS I wish I had ten more of. A Souvenir of France silk apron from the war era. Gorgeous! It sold so fast I didn't even get to enjoy it for awhile. Maybe I'll come across another in my travels.
Like this little souvenir cutie from Paris. Definitely a treasure. But I didn't have to go all the way to Paris to find it. It was right here in the county we live in. I wonder who originally owned it and what they thought of France. Many items were brought back by soldiers after the war.
Maybe the question shouldn't be.... "how do you know what to buy" but rather "how do you know what to keep?"