Vintage Steiff, Dolls and Lots of Other Stuff

I attended two sales last weekend where I found some good items. The first sale was at a Synagogue where I did well last year so I was looking forward to it this year. However, this time it seemed that I wasn’t finding much but I didn’t give up. I keep looking in different areas and finally, in the linens area I picked up these two needlework kits by a company named Ehrman. Earlier in the year I found a completed Ehrman needlepoint which I sold for $39. When I saw the name and the subject matter, I was pretty sure it was a good find. They are both pillow cover kits featuring cats and I have them up for about $99 each.

I did eventually make my way over to the jewelry table when the crowds had dispersed. For $3 I picked up a colorful Swatch watch and a silver heart with inlaid stones. I am keeping the heart pendant for now. It was $10 and is double sided!

The next sale I went to was a church sale. They have a toy area outside the church where every year they have a kiddie pool filled with plush. This year I was surprised and excited to find three small Steiff animals including a cat, a tiger and a pig. The pig is not mohair and also not very valuable. I’m hoping to get at least $30 for each of the other two and I think they’re very sweet too. The plush in the pool was $1 each.



The toy area also had a lot of American Girl dolls and items but they were marked fairly high so I left them. I did find a Sasha doll for $10 with a bag of clothing. Even though she needs to be restrung I think she will sell well.

Inside the church they had everything else. The prices were good – between $1 and $3 so I took a chance on some items. Some of the things I bought include a Little Bo Peep ceramic figure, a Spirit box made in Canada from crushed marble, a vintage tin made in England featuring toy soldiers and a blue and white sheep dog marked Minton.

The mugs were 50 cents so I picked up a Taylor & Ng frog mug in fair condition and a Spode blue and white Golfer mug.

Those were the highlights from last weekend! We’ve had some pretty hot weather here in the northeast but not too hot for going to tag sales!!


Vintage Plush, Dollhouse Furniture and Mid Century Modern

This past weekend I hit a church sale that I have previously done well at but wasn’t having much luck this year. I pulled out a few things from the plush bin where it was fill a bag for $5. I got a Remy the rat from the movie Ratatouille, a Disney Fairy Godmother and a talking Alf. I may get $10 for the first two. I’m hoping Alf will bring closer to $30.

I bought two wooden items. My favorite is this small sewing box with a double door and handle. It looks like someone tried to make this other wooden box appear old but I think its modern.

I also picked up a vintage green vase, a needlework kit, a Robie the Robot bank that eats coins and a sealed box of moisturizer. Unfortunately the bank is missing the battery cover.

The next day I went to a flea market where I rarely find items to resell but on this day for $4 I bought a box of Madeline dolls and dollhouse furniture. All this was squeezed into a very small box and as a result some of the pieces were damaged but I’m still hoping to get a good profit out of it. I love to sell items like these.


The last find I will share was from a thrift store. I spotted the vintage nails on this wall art. I have sold two nail art wall sculptures in previous years for $200 each but this one has a tree in the middle of it. I can’t find anything online to compare it to. Either I see just the nail art or a sculpture that is just a tree with leaves. I can’t find the two combined like this anywhere else. Maybe that’s a good thing? I’ll let you know!


Happy Fourth of July to all my US readers! Happy July to everyone else!!

Going Late to Sales and Vintage Toys

I went to a great church sale on Friday but I went after work so I was doubtful that I would find anything. There was a lot of stuff outside on the lawn and as I walked up I saw a box for the vintage Little Tikes dollhouse. I often sell furniture from this set. I looked inside and there was the house plus a large amount of people and furniture and it was marked $10. I don’t know how this was still there at the end of the day but I paid for it and lugged the heavy thing to my car. I re-donated the dollhouse and the box because, since we live in an apartment for now while our house is being rebuilt, I have very little storage space. I got four lots of furniture and people out of the purchase. The last picture is a green fabric piece which is supposed to be a lawn for the dollhouse. It is only worth about $10 but I’ve never seen this piece before.

There was a toy room which was pretty cleaned out but I was again surprised to find some legos there. These pieces are from the Neptune Discovery Lab set which I am trying to get $20 for. It was marked $4.


The next morning I was able to go early to another church sale where I found a Pandora bracelet for $2.


I also picked up a Ralph Lauren pillow Sham in the package and a Johnson Brothers Christmas dish.

On the way home I hit an estate sale where I bought this cute wooden trinket box marked Made in Italy. I paid $5 for it which was probably too much but I think it’s so charming!


Those are my pick ups for this weekend! Happy summer everyone!

400 Families

Every time they run this sale they up the number of families that they say are participating. When it started out it was the Ultimate Yard Sale with 200 families participating. Now they say it is 400 families. To me it looks like it is at least 50% antique dealers or resellers. When I go to this semi annual sale I try to find the people who are really selling as if it were a yard sale at their house. This is what I found this time.

The three plush items I picked up were a Molly doll from The Big Comfy Couch, a learn to ┬ádress Caillou doll and a Muppet from the Whatnot Workshop. I love the Muppets like this and have one that I designed from FAO Schwarz in NYC. This one is very funny with her long curly blond hair, fancy princess dress and glasses. I have sold these before and can usually get between $40 and $60 for them. I paid $7 for this one. I’m hoping to get $40 for the Molly doll. She is a rarer vinyl version. Caillou won’t bring much – maybe $14 but I only paid $1 for him.

Two other items I picked up were this vintage big eyed girl print from the 1960s. I paid $2 and am hoping to get $24 for her. I paid $5 for this Lego set of the Eiffel Tower which turned out to be new in the box.

I also picked up one of these little flocked animals from West Germany. The brand is Kunstlerschutz. I used to collect these as a child. The frog seems to be fairly rare and I am hoping to get $40 for him.


I hit one good church sale last weekend with great prices. Everything I bought there cost $10. I was excited to find this Wham-o sand art toy. These are pretty valuable now. I found one once at a thrift store but the sand was hard and didn’t flow anymore. This one is in great condition. I paid $1 for it at the sale and am hoping to get $50 for it.


These ceramic pixie elf figures dressed up as devils were among an entire table of salt and pepper shakers. The little Christmas elves like this are popular but if you can find unusual ones, in pink or green, or devils like these, they will be more valuable. I’m hoping to get $40 for the pair. They are small at only 3″ tall. All the salt and pepper sets were $1 and that’s what they charged me for these.


At this same sale I picked up two handbags and a wooden inlay picture of a bee and a hummingbird. I really like the Nerds messenger bag!

I also want to mention two finds from a tag sale. I believe the blue vase is a Rookwood pottery piece. I paid $10 for the Oswald figure which is high. I am hoping to get $40 for him. The vase was only $1. I have it up for auction starting at $99.

That’s all for this week. We are having a heat wave here in the northeast but prefer it to the snow!!

Thrifty Finds and a Tag Sale Haul

Often I leave the thrift store with nothing but last week I found a few good items. I always check the bags on the wall of little toys in bags. I saw a bag with what looked like old Barbie clothes but I was able to see one of the tags and it said “Tammy”. Tammy was a doll that was similar to Barbie. I bought two bags and they turned out to have quite a few pieces of Tammy clothing, some Tutti clothes, some Chris clothes and some Ken clothes. I sorted it all out and came up with four different lots to sell.

The best piece in the group was the blue dress with the characters on it. I was able to sell that group of Tammy clothes for $99.99. Woohoo!

I picked up this vintage Donkey Kong plush from the 1980’s. He was $4 and I have him up for $37.


On Saturday I went to a few church and yard sales. The first sale I went to didn’t seem to have too much. At first I bought this Vera Bradley handbag because it appeared to be new with tags. Vera Bradley doesn’t sell as well as it used to but because this bag is new I’m hoping it will sell. On my second pass around this church I spotted a big box that said “My Twinn”. I was super excited to find this doll in like new condition, with an extra pajama outfit included marked at $3!

Later on I attended another church sale that had started the day before. I wasn’t expecting to find too much because of this, but I picked up several items. I bought this Japanese doll in a silk kimono. She has some condition issues but I think she is pretty cute and hope to get at least $20 for her. I was all “Tammy dolled up” after my experience earlier in the week with the Tammy clothes so when I saw this set of two dolls from the Tammy family I impusively overpaid $20 for them. After I got them home I realized that the Tammy doll has drawn on eyebrows and has other condition issues. The smaller doll is called Penny Brite. I’ll be lucky to break even on these dolls.

I also picked up some anti aging beauty products for $2 each, a Dimensions crewel kit of a beach scene from 1977, an Arabia Moomin mug and a ceramic pin from Denmark. The character on the mug I believe is a hippo. There is a whole series of character mugs by Arabia and some of them sell very well.

The weather is heating up and so are the sales! I hope you are having fun wherever you are!!

A tree fell on my house but I’m still shopping!

On May 15 tornadoes hit my small Connecticut town bringing a giant tree down on top of my house. The consensus is that the house has to be rebuilt. In a matter of days we had to move what we needed into an apartment. Everything else will be stored until we can move back into the house. I had hours to cut my Ebay inventory down and eliminated many lower priced items. I was left with about 90 items in 8 storage bins that could go to the apartment. It’s been an adventure and I’m over the sad part. Since that event I have resumed shopping but I’m trying to purchase small items. That part isn’t really going very well but I have been hitting some good sales.

Last weekend I attended a sale at a Jewish center. The first item I saw was this pretty covered dish with a colorful graphic design. When I flipped it over I saw that it was an Arabia of Finland piece. I think it’s lovely and I will enjoy it on my dresser until it sells. This piece was marked $3 and I am hoping to get $70 for it.


On a nearby table, for $3 I saw this pretty brush and mirror set. The turquoise color caught my eye and I’ve learned that the pattern is called Guilloche. I’m hoping to get $30 for the set.


This unusual pin was only $1. It is marked Sterling Boris. I have not been able to find out much about it but it looks mid century modern to me. The turquoise is unusual with all that black in it.


I picked up two mugs at this sale. One is a Taylor and Ng mug called Doggie Do Good. The other is by an artist named Emma Bridgewater from England. The Bridgewater mugs can sell very well although I don’t really see the appeal. I like the Taylor and Ng mug better but it is worth much less – maybe $15.


My gamble of the day was a set of dishes that caught my eye because of their lovely blue color and pattern. They are by Mottahedeh which is a brand I have sold before. The set included 8 dinner plates, 4 cups, 4 saucers, and 4 salad plates. It was $10 for all of it. The first lot I put up for sale is for four dinner plates. I have it up for $80 which may be high. I’ll be nervous to ship these. Did I say I was going to pick up only small items? Oops.


At another sale near this one I picked up a signed print by the artist Stephen Huneck called Greetings. It pictures a dog greeting another dog by sniffing his bottom. Dogs are gross. I have cats. Anyway, it was $10 and I’m hoping to get $50 for it.


Those were the first sales I attended after the tornado storm and it really cheered me up. I had some good finds from this weekend too that I will share in a few days.

Dolls, Calico Critters and Steiff

This was a big weekend for dolls. I was at a large sale with loads of stuff piled everywhere. I was looking under a table and saw a clear bag marked “baby dolls $4” but when I looked at it I saw that they were American Girl dolls. I put them into my bag and they were half sticking out. Another lady saw them and said to her friend “Oh look – she got them.” I don’t know what that was about. Were these dolls meant for her with “baby dolls” written on it as a decoy? Maybe next time don’t put them in a clear bag.

The other doll I found this weekend was at a community tag sale where it was pouring rain. There was one man who had a little tent. He had a box of Barbie’s and said I could have the box for $5. There was only one I wanted but I didn’t want to just ask for the one so I took the whole box. The Barbie I wanted was a bubble cut Barbie with a 1958 date. She is in pretty good condition but there is a defect on her chin. She sold quickly for $24. She also came in a cute vintage outfit.

Again from the first sale, for $4, I got a box of Calico Critter figures and furniture. From another area I also picked up a green car which I have sold before. I am separating these items into lots and hope to get between $15 and $20 for each group. Here are some of them.

Some other odds and ends that I picked up include a pair of ceramic Japanese Emperor and Empress figures, a stone/fossil pyramid paperweight, a lucky charms charm bracelet and a Pokemon game in the style of Hungry Hungry Hippos.

I haven’t been finding much at the thrift store lately. I wonder if people have yard sales instead of just donating things, now that the weather is nice. I did pick up this giant tiger stuffed animal that I believe is a Steiff. Unfortunately he is missing one eye which has been replaced by a button. He was only $7 so I think I can still get a good profit from him but I have to figure out what the cost of shipping him will be first. He’s very heavy!


That was a fun, busy weekend! Hopefully the abundance of good weather and sales will continue!