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Preserving Vintage Home Arts on eBay

Updated on October 5, 2013

fanncynancy on eBay


here are thousands of out-of-print patterns and other treasures crumbling in basements and attics. As I started collecting these priceless items I realized that I couldn't possibly use them all myself, and they couldn't be shared in the condition they were in. So I learned how to restore and preserve them in order to offer them to other needlecrafters who could bring them alive with their busy hands and needles.

My eBay ID is fanncynancy (notice the two "n"s)

My eBay store name is PreservingVintageHomeArts

Copyright of Vintage and Antique Patterns

What's under my copyright and what's in the Public Domain


his subject can get complicated, but the simple answer is: The items I sell are in the Public Domain, which means I can sell them. What is protected is my hard work in cleaning and digitally restoring them into a usable product. So my finished printed product becomes my work. You can't simply copy the work I've done and sell it yourself. You can get your own original and do exactly what I'm doing and clean them up and reproduce them yourself to sell.

I'm often asked if you can make the items and sell them. Of course you can! That's the whole point, to preserve these priceless and disappearing items by actually using and making them. Otherwise they're just print on paper. I encourage you to do great things with the patterns, keeping them alive for years to come. And please send a picture and let me know how it turned out!

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Spotlight on Vintage Pattern Books and Cookbooks - These are some of are the whole book reproductions I offer

I've produced many whole books, but I also produce popular single patterns.

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      lilyblack 5 years ago

      Great lens on vintage items.

    • Frugal-UK LM profile image

      Frugal-UK LM 5 years ago

      Hi there love the lens

    • bikerministry profile image

      bikerministry 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great information. Sounds like another income stream - there are so many options ... just want to enjoy the journey. Blessings again.

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      Nancy Oram 7 years ago

      @CCGAL: I'll hold you to that! Can't wait!

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      CCGAL 7 years ago

      Ah! We share a love of vintage patterns! Oh, when I get to the boxes in my storage that have my precious patterns, you and I will have to have a gab-fest. That will be part of my incentive for getting through all the stuff this year.

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      Susanna Duffy 9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I am tempted to resurrect my knitting needles and crochet hook.