Unusual Estate Sale

Tag sales are non existent at this time and estate sales are few and far between as well so when I saw an ad for an estate sale just about 5 minutes from my house I had to check it out. When I walked in the door of a large and very beautiful house there were a few small tables set up with some toys and small items with tag sale type price stickers on them. I saw a basket of dinosaurs with a $1 sticker on it. I looked through and pulled out 4 Jurassic Park dinosaurs. Then I went to look around the house. There were no prices on anything anywhere. I asked – “Is there stuff upstairs” and an older gentleman told me that there was a bedroom set for sale. When I went upstairs I saw 4 bedrooms with stuff all over the rooms. Some of it was in boxes, some was just strewn about. I had no idea what was for sale and what was not. I decided to go downstairs because someone there said that there was a downstairs. I saw a box of Christmas ornaments that I looked through but again saw no prices. I came upstairs and asked a woman who seemed to be in charge if the ornaments were for sale. She said “Oh no – I have to put a sheet over them.” I have no idea what, if anything was for sale in that house but I had a feeling some ugly stuff might start to happen if people started coming up with their arms full of ornaments. I paid $1 for my four dinosaurs and left. Not too productive.


I had a few thrift store finds. I purchased this mint in the package set of toys for the Cabbage Patch Kids. Since the year was 1984 I knew it was the older stuff which is what tends to sell in that category. I put it up for $14.95 and it sold within 30 minutes. I had to have a Cabbage patch at the age of 21 when they first came out. I wasn’t going to miss out on a great doll just because I had supposedly become an adult! The rattle and pacifier set was purchased for $2.


This pomegranate tray was something I had seen and went back for after looking it up and seeing one had sold for over $60. I don’t know if mine will sell though because there is a big scratch in the center of it. The name of the artist is Mimi Rogers.It’s a little ornate for my taste, although I do like pomegranates! It was $5.


Another purchase I made at the thrift was a little pricey at $8. I really miss tag sale prices!!! This was a red and black set of oversized chess pieces. Last winter I sold an oversized chess set with large plastic pieces and a game board for $50. I thought this was a similar item although these pieces are foam instead of plastic and there is no board. I think people like these big chess pieces to teach children about chess.

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I spotted this Laurel Burch cat picture frame in a $3 plastic bag hanging on the wall. I don’t usually find good things in those plastic bags but I knew Laurel Burch items can sell. I hope to get about $15. It’s very colorful and I like her graphic depiction of cats.


The last thrift store pick up was a pair of Ralph Lauren pillowcases. These are the yellow stripe version with the Teddy Bears. Last year I found a blue stripe version of a similar sheet set. The pillowcases will hopefully bring about $20 for the pair. They were $2.


I had a few sales last week including the following:

Navy emblem for $19 with free shipping

Madeline dolls, Pepito and Miss Clavel for $29

Glass display case for $34

It is beyond cold here in the northeast. It was 3 degrees this afternoon. So many reasons I am looking forward to Tag Sale season!!

3 responses to “Unusual Estate Sale

  1. wp2014

    I’m with you! Spring can’t get here fast enough. I had a 3 day weekend and worked on decluttering my living room, because we are going to paint. You would not believe the amount of stuff I unearthed that needs to be sold. This should keep me busy til the sales start up again….I can stand to have one of my own.

  2. At least winter is good for decluttering and selling of some of the forgotten or less exciting items!

  3. I miss rummage sales too, spring has to come soon!

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