Vintage Plush, Dolls and Eclectic Surprises

This weekend there was a church sale that I attended last year and didn’t do very well. I think this year I did better. They had a barn of household and decorative items where things are carefully priced. I picked up this bird candelabra which I believe is Danish mid century based on the style and other Ebay listings. It is unmarked. It was $3. I think it’s cool because the feathers can fan out or fold flat.

 

The second item I bought there was this small trinket box marked Smithsonian Institution. It has some chips on the bottom. I have done well with similar boxes from the Halcyon Days company but never found one like this from the Smithsonian. I hoping that the carousel horse theme will be appealing. It is only 2″ wide.

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I spent a total of $11 in the barn. The next place I went to was the fill a bag for $2 tent which was really fun because you could throw any thing in your bag that you thought might be a good item and there was lots to choose from. Below are four of the better items I picked up there. The items include a Kurt Adler skiing gnome, an abstract face stone paperweight, a funky pear ornament by Patience Brewster and a badger holding a football. I picked up the football piece because it was marked Red Wing. When I researched it at home I saw similar ones selling for between $50 and $100 which was a great surprise. In the same tent I picked up a jar filled with vintage mini glass Christmas balls. In the past I have sold similar ones at $25 for a set of 30. I haven’t counted how many are in the jar yet. They are tricky to ship because they are so fragile.

 

After that I got in line for the toy area which opened an hour later than the other areas. There was a playpen filled with plush for 50 cents each. Plus there were some dolls thrown in. I picked up this Baby Tender Love doll from 1969. I recognized her right away because I received her as a holiday gift when I was 7. She sold quickly for $15. I also picked up a newer Steiff of a golden retriever puppy. He also sold right away for $19. I also found the puppets Charlie Horse and Hush Puppy from Shari Lewis’ Lambchop gang. I am hoping to get $25 for the pair.

 

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Aside from the plush I picked up a lot of vintage Strawberry Shortcake dolls and a Native American style vintage toy drum. There is a drumstick included that has a feather attached to it and I found my cat playing with it and trying to bite the feather off!

 

So that was a fun treasure hunting kind of sale! There should be a few more good weekends of sales before it all starts to wind down!

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Handbags, Toys and Pillowcases!

I went to a few sales this weekend. On Friday I went to a charity sale since I had the day off. It was advertised as 30 families and there were boxes of stuff. Some was priced and some wasn’t. They had a Dooney bag marked $7 and another with a $20 price on it. I filled my box with items that weren’t priced and she let me have it all for $10. The best find there was a red coach bag. I also picked up a Tignanello orange bag. Maybe the fall colors will help them sell? I have mixed luck with Tignanaello bags but I am hoping the Coach will do well.

I also picked up a sealed Pokemon toy and a plush Koala bear.

The next day I went to a large community sale where all I found was this Little Einsteins magnetic set. P1420619

I went to a small church sale and wasn’t finding much so I looked at the linens section and found this Ralph Lauren pillowcase set still sealed in the package. It had and original price tag of $80 on it so I picked it up and it sold in a day for $49! I also picked up a Bagallini handbag.

After that I attended a few regular tag sales. I went to one where a lady had several vintage dolls including a Tiffany Taylor and two Chrissy doll. I don’t think those are worth a lot but she was asking between $20 and $30 for them. Then I saw a Sasha doll. She looked like she was in good condition. The woman was asking $50 which is not a terrible price for a Sasha doll, but it’s high for me. I left there and thought about it and went back and purchased it for $40. It sold that night for $139. Here comes the problem. As I was packing her I noticed that her face looked a little pushed in. I didn’t notice it when I bought it but I don’t think I damaged it in the brief time I owned her. I didn’t want the buyer to be disappointed so I took more pictures showing the pushed in part of the face, contacted him and asked if he would like to cancel the order. To my surprise he still wanted her! I sent her out but will be holding my breath until he receives her and everything is OK.

Those are some of the ups and downs of my week. Hope you all are enjoying the Fall where ever you are!

Artwork, American Girl and Steam Punk

There are two items from last week’s library sale that I’m going to mention here. In the barn area they have an entire hallway filled with paintings and artwork. This year I picked up two pieces for $8 all together. The first print is a picture by C.W. Anderson who was an illustrator of many book about horses. I think the pony in the picture is very adorable. The frame is worn. I don’t know why his friend is a chicken.

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The next picture was also very vintage looking in a very old frame. It is entitled “A Yard Of Puppies” because it is a 3 foot long illustration of puppies. It will be a bear to ship but hopefully will sell for a good price. Who can resist a yard of puppies? No me!

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This week there were a few tag sales and two community sales. At the tag sales I picked up these vintage motorcycle military goggles. They are not very valuable but someone might use them for part of a costume. I saw other people listing them with the key word “Steam Punk” so I did the same. I liked that they came with their own metal case.

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I also picked up this cute Scandanavian Viking figure and this peg rack. I have tried selling peg racks before with no success but this one seemed like an especially nice one.

I bought some plush this weekend which included a lot of 3 muppet characters and Mr. Bim the monkey. He sold quickly for $39. This is the second one of these that I have sold. I don’t know what the appeal is but they seem to sell. It may be a remake of an old stuffed animal that people are nostalgic about.

The best find of the weekend was a beautiful old dollhouse. It was marked $10 and I didn’t know what it was because there was no makers name but I knew it was vintage. It turns out to be a Keystone of Boston dollhouse from the 1940’s and since dollhouses are my thing, I can’t part with it. I will take a picture of it soon in its new home on top of my cabinet in the dining room.

I had a great surprise at the thrift store. I had been walking out empty handed for the past couple of weeks but when I looked in the toy section this week I saw a doll wearing Samantha’s Meet dress. As I approached it I thought that even if the doll did not have any value, if the price was good, I could sell the dress. I thought that it couldn’t actually be Samantha because they usually take the American Girl dolls and place them behind the counter with a $50 price tag. But guess what? They missed this one. It was a Samantha doll. I don’t know if this threw them off because she was not marked American Girl on her neck she was marked Pleasant Company, making her a more valuable vintage doll. She was marked $6.99. That find balanced out a mediocre weekend of finds and me keeping the dollhouse. That’s how I justify it anyway!

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Things have been selling well in the past few weeks. I have sold both Fisher Price sets and one of the American Girl dolls. I have already sold 5 of the Polly Pockets sets as well as the vintage perfume which sold for $69! I think holiday shopping has begun!

Lladro, B&G, YSL Perfume and Polly Pocket!

This weekend I hit one good family tag sale and a large community sale. At the family sale I spotted a toy WWE Championship belt. I recently sold a similar one. I would never have picked these up if it weren’t for watching Youtube channels where resellers share what kinds of items they sell. These bring between $20 and $30. I paid $4 for this one because it was new. I also found this Handy Manny toolbox toy where the tools move up and down and sing. These also sell between $20 and $30.

 

Mugs don’t sell well for me but for 50 cents I decided to take a chance on a Sopranos mug. The last thing I picked up at this sale was this Coach bucket hat which was $5. I’m having a hard time figuring out what color it is. Is it yellow? brown? orange? It looks different in different light.

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After this tag sale I went to a community sale where they have a whole section of toys and also a barn filled with everything else. It’s a really fun time. My find of the day was a bucket of vintage Polly Pocket sets from the 1990’s. It was $30 for the whole box and I was hesitant at first but when I saw a bag of tiny characters I knew that it would be worth it. It took me an entire afternoon to clean them and sort them out. In the end there turned out to be about 14 items to sell. Many of them were houses from the Pollyville collection which features a whole neighborhood of tiny houses and shops. I was able to match many of them up with their original figures. Below is the school and the church.

 

When I went into the barn I picked up these two porcelain figures. The cat is from Lladro and the Girl with the Pitcher is from Bing and Grondahl. They were $10 each but I thought that there would still be profit in them and have already sold the girl figurine for $34. Usually I don’t like to pay more than a few dollars for items but I’m learning that sometimes its worth it to pick up more expensive things. And yes, the girl is literally crying over spilt milk.

 

Also in the barn I picked up this 1960’s round suitcase and a bottle of YSL Champagne perfume. Both of these items were unpriced and I think I was charged $1 for each. I think the perfume bottle is beautiful and am hoping to get about $50 for it.

 

I will probably be adding on to this post later as I still have some items to photograph. The weather here in the northeast is really holding out. It’s been warm and beautiful. Great for tag sales!

Charming Things, Vintage Toys and Books

There were several sales this weekend. The one that I thought I would do well at, which is advertised as a 200 family tag sale, I did terrible at. That was the first one that I went to and got there at 7:00 AM. I felt discouraged after that but I found my second wind and drove another 45 minutes and found some great sales and great items! Never give up!!

At a church sale that I went to I found two items that I just thought were very charming and bought them even though I don’t think they have great value. They were about $1 each and I couldn’t leave them behind. The first is a small wooden carousel that is actually a top! The second is this pretty music box by Anri and Reuge that plays Lara’s Theme from the movie Doctor Zhivago.

At the same sale I picked up this vintage yellow Tonka Jeep for $1 and it sold already for $24. It’s in very good condition which I think is why it sold so fast. I also picked up this baby toy of plastic beans that snap together and fit into a shiny green plastic pod. It is by Playskool and when I researched it I saw that one had sold on Etsy for $20.

The last item I bought at this sale is this Michelin Tire stuffed doll. I am hoping he will do well since he is vintage car related advertising.

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I usually don’t find much when I arrive late to sales but all the following items were bought after 11:00 which I think is late for tag sales. I stopped at a small community sale and picked up these two Where the Wild Things Are plush toys. These can do well depending on the character and condition. I have this pair up for $29.

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I also found some Playmobil sets at this sale. I don’t pick up too much Playmobil any more but these sets were only $1 each.

The biggest surprise of the day was at a tag sale I stopped at which seemed like a group of neighbors who had gotten together to sell their stuff. One lady had a table and she had a group of five Calico Critters on it. I asked how much they were and she said $5. I felt like that was too much. She said “Do you know what these are?” I said yes, they’re Calico Critters. I wanted to say “Yes, they Calico Critters, not Tiffany bracelets.” So I was beginning to think this sale was going to be overpriced. Then I saw a box that had “Dolls $2” written on it. I walked over because I thought I saw an American Girl doll sticking out of it but was sure it was going to be one of those AG type dolls like Madame Alexander or Our Generation. To my surprise it was an American Girl doll wearing a very pretty dress. I picked it up and asked another lady (not the Calico Critter lady) “How much is this doll?” She said $2. So that was my deal of the day. The dress she was wearing turned out to be from a doll named Cecile. I sold the dress separately for $19. The doll is a Just Like Me American Girl doll where you get to pick the hair style and colors to match yourself. Those are not the most valuable American Girl dolls but I’m not complaining for $2.

After that I went to another church sale where they had some vintage Fisher Price sets for $5 each. There was a Play Family Hospital and a Play Family Village. I paid $15 for everything in these photos.

Another interesting find was a children’s book from 1967. It is the story of a little girl who has a doll and a stuffed dog that come to life after she goes to sleep. It is all done with photographs. I couldn’t find any sold listings of this book but I saw one site where some one was asking several hundred dollars for it. It appears to be rare but I don’t really know its value.

I had a fun find at the thrift store. It was from one of those bags on the wall which had a whole bunch of small toys inside a margarine container. It turned out to include some vintage Barbie accessories. I didn’t spend too much time researching it but sold it for $9.99 as a Barbie junk drawer lot. I love to find little collections like this.

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Fall is almost here so hopefully the sales will continue and we can stock up for the holiday season!!

Vintage Pyrex, American Girl, vintage toys and more!

This past weekend there was another large community tag sale about 15 minutes north of me. They had a central area where people were set up and there were also a lot of houses that were having sales. There are many churches in this town and several of them were having sales too. And yes, I was in my happy place.

In the central area there was a woman selling some American Girl doll clothes and items. I picked out a few accessories and she let me have them for $3. They included several items from Samantha’s “Meet Samantha” ensemble. There was a tin lunch box with food inside but I found out that the food was from Kirsten’s set so I am selling that separately.

I was at one of the house sales and some children were fighting with these oversized foam Hulk Hands that I knew had some value. So in my head I was thinking “please put those down” and they did! The best thing was that I bought two pair for $2. I have already sold the first set for $29. Unfortunately the second set has some damage so I will ask less for those. Sometimes the foam on these gets torn. They are great for getting your aggressions out because they also have sound effects.

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At one house a woman had a box of older toys, still in the package, for a quarter each. There I bought this Snoopy pen holder shaped like a dog house.

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At another house a boy was selling some of his toys and I picked up this Playmobil Take Along Medical Center. He charged me $5 which is high since Playmobil doesn’t sell nearly as well as it used to for me. I am hoping to get $30 for it because it is nearing Christmas. It comes with lots of accessories. A few houses later, for $2 I bought this Playmobil toy shop that was still in the box. I am hoping to get $20 for it.

I found a pair of interesting old children’s board books that were printed in the Netherlands. They are colorful fairytale books with beautiful illustrations and they are 16″ tall! I don’t know the value but I thought I would take a chance for 50 cents each.

For a dollar I picked up a package of vintage Hallmark animal stickers. They reminded me of ones I used to collect when I was young, although these are more recent than that. I don’t know how they make them so cute. I saw someone selling these by the sheet for $10 a piece!

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I picked up one piece of Pyrex which was $3. It was this bright casserole dish with the Friendship pattern on the lid. It’s not very valuable but it’s so pretty I thought someone would like to add it to their collection.

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I had never seen this before. One house I walked up to had a sign that said “Free Sale.” Really? She said her daughter gave her a bunch of stuff and asked her to get rid of it. Works for me! It was fun but there wasn’t a lot of great stuff. I picked up a collection of buttons from the 1970’s. I really like the large pink smiley face button and the Beatles Fan Club button.

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The last item I will share is this pretty wood carving of the Holy Family. When I looked at it I thought it may be an Anri piece from Italy but there are no markings anywhere. I paid $5 for it because I thought it was such nice quality. I put it up for $59 with a best offer and already received an offer for $32 so I think it has some value.

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Those I the highlights from this past weekend. I’m thinking good thoughts for anyone affected by these hurricanes!

Jewelry, Unique Bags and Vintage Christmas

Last weekend there was a synagogue sale near my neighborhood that I attended on Sunday. There was a large rummage area room where a man there looked at all your stuff and gave you a price. I ended up just throwing some small random items into my bag along with the larger items I wanted. Some of the items that I thought were winners turned out to be duds. Some of the items that I thought were duds turned out to be winners.

I found a cool plush river otter stuffed animal that I looked up while I was there and he appeared to sell for about $30. When I was photographing him though, I saw that he only had one eye. So he was a dud.

I found an interesting pin in a style that I had never seen before just laying on a table among dishes. I saw a mark on the back that I couldn’t read but I knew it wasn’t 925 for sterling silver. When I got home and used my magnifying glass I saw that it said 800 which I learned is another type of silver. Furthermore I learned that this style of pin is called Pietra Dura and is a type of inlayed stone design. It looks like they can do well so I put mine at auction.

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Another piece of jewelry that I found this week at a community wide tag sale is this gold tone pony pin that I think is cute.

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At the synagogue sale I picked up two bags. One was a military field pack dated 1956. I don’t know what people do with these but I know military items can be popular.

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This monkey backpack caught my eye. At first I thought he was a stuffed animal. He is from the brand Kipling which is a popular brand for bags. I couldn’t find another like him online so I hope he will do well.

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This weekend there was a community tag sale about 45 minutes north of me. This was the kind where people host tag sales at their homes. I went to about ten of the sales and found a few good items.

I saw this Ray-Ban case at a sale and was happy to see that there were sunglasses inside. When I asked for the price they said $1 so that was great. It took me awhile to research them to find the style. They are called Liteforce.

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At one sale I saw this pretty wood and brass¬†kaleidoscope. It has two wheels filled with colorful shapes that spin independently to create a million different designs. I love these. It was marked $5 but I think I can get $30 – $40 for it. I’ll enjoy it until it sells.

 

 

This unusual looking shelf sitter Santa was only $1. He looks a bit like he had too much egg nog. He is marked “Made in Hong Kong”. I love vintage Christmas items and you can usually find them for a reasonable price.

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At the first house I stopped at the lady there had about 10 boxes of lego sets from vintage to modern. They had no prices on them. She seemed uncertain if they were complete or not so I choose the one I thought looked the most promising and offered $10 and she took it. Maybe I should have bought more but legos are tricky for me especially when a set is used. Her husband had a whole bunch of family military items from jackets to patches to hats. Again none of it was priced and so I just left it. I know some of that can be valuable but I have no knowledge in that area.

P1420012So that’s about it for this week! Time to get ready for the hopefully big holiday rush of sales!!