Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Haunted Dark Shadows Granny Square Afghan

I've been having good luck selling the classic Granny Square afghan. I usually see these at estate sales, and if the price is right, I will buy it to resell. Here is a recent sale - I paid $10 for this one at an estate sale in June:

My profit on this item after fees was $61. Now comes the interesting part. The buyer left feedback for me, and it read:

That one left me scratching my head. What does a Granny Square afghan have to do with the old TV show Dark Shadows? I used to watch that show every day after school with my childhood friend, Jennifer. We would rush home off the bus, plop down in front of the TV, and get ready to be scared.

After researching Dark Shadows afghan, I learned that a multi-colored Granny Square afghan with a black background appeared in the home of almost every resident of Collinsport during the series. The blanket was made in the 18th century and made its way around the residents' couches and beds, in both real time and parallel time. (Dark Shadows Wiki) Does anybody else remember this show?

Makes you wonder if people are buying these for nostalgia as well as for their vintage allure and craftsmanship? Either way, these are a great item to look for and flip on eBay. eBay shows 95 Granny Square afghans (black) sold in the last 30 days. Price high and wait. Plenty of people are willing to take $35 for these, but mine sold for $79.97.

Now I have to go over to YouTube and watch some old episodes of Dark Shadows and get reacquainted with Barnabas Collins while I list my eBay items!

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kdmoretti said...

I definitely remember watching this everyday after school also. Would run from the bus stop and burst in the house just in time. If bus was running behind schedule I would be so upset to miss any of it :-( Of course this was before VCR`s..I wil be on the lookout for these now for sure..

Linda Shields said...

The wool yarn afghans are worth more than the acrylic ones. Wool costs much more.

paterd said...

Oh yes, I remember Dark Shadows, watched it every day during the summer when I was in high school. Looks like you have to have just the right afghan to bring much money, some sold for less than $10.