Vintage Teddy Bears, Tupperware and Tiffany!

I attended several community sales this weekend and found a variety of items. I don’t usually pick up Tupperware but I was at a church sale where I wasn’t finding much. This set had the lines on the covers which I believe indicate that it is the Servalier style of Tupperware. What sold me though were the retro colors!

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I was looking through a box of plush and found this tatty looking little bear. He looks like mohair to me. He has no tags but looks quite old. Some people like these old bears. He has a sweet face.

I found another cute bear in much better condition which also appeared to be mohair. He is dated 1989 and marked Sue Foskey “Wee Three Clowns”. He is only about 8″ tall and is wearing a clown hat and collar. I put him up for $19 and he sold in a few hours. He was $1.

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I was surprised that this pair of 6″ plush cats from Disney’s Aristocats sold quickly for $18. They are Thomas O’Malley and Duchess. Some Aristocats items can do well. When I looked these two up they individually didn’t seem to sell very well so I put them together and it seemed to help.

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To continue the toy theme, I picked up some Sonic the Hedgehog items and some Little Einstein figures.

This small Kokeshi doll is only about 2 1/2″ tall and is part of the Kimmidoll collection. She is made of hard plastic and people collect the various figures in this group. This one is Sachi. She was 50 cents.

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I like this Smokey the Bear baseball cap and also picked up a stamped cross stitch kit for a tablecloth. I didn’t realize until I brought it home that the tablecloth had already been started. People say that they can still sell like this so we’ll see.

These last two items from a church sale were my best items for the weekend. The first is a white ceramic cat trinket box marked Tiffany 1977. The second is a Longaberger game basket that includes tic tac toe and solitaire pieces that look like golf tees. Both items were marked $1.

I almost had a third great item but it was not meant to be. Here is the story. There was a seasonal holiday section where they had “fill a bag for $5.” For me, $5 at a sale is a lot of money and most of the stuff was just contemporary holiday decorations. I spotted a Royal Doulton Beatrix Potter figure which I have sold before. I picked it up and asked if I could just buy this piece for a price instead of doing the whole bag thing. Then I get the old “Can I see that? Oh no. This is Royal Doulton! We have to get our professional pricer and put this in the boutique area.” Sigh. I should have just filled up a bag, thrown that in and paid $5. She was not the only mean lady at this sale. I also got yelled at for putting some plush on the floor. There was a plush box piled high. As I was looking through I put some on the floor so I could see the ones underneath. So this woman comes over as says to me “Are you making this mess?”. Sigh again.

Those are the exciting highlights of this weekends shopping! I hope you all are having fun and finding wonderful treasures!!

 

Vintage Toy Cars and Mini Swarovski!

The first church sale I went to today had my favorite prices – 25 cents, 40 cents and 75 cents. There were high prices too but I stayed in the low range and picked up some fun items. They had a toy area where I found this set of Nylint vintage cars. The red car is a Grand Prix Special that comes with a car trailer. It has a crack in the roof but I am going to try to get $30 for the set.

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The other vintage car I bought is this Tonka horse trailer. It has two problems which are a name written on it and a crack in the plastic top. I am going to try to get $14 for this. There is also supposed to be a horse with this set.

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I saw this sitting there with a 25 cent sticker on it. It is a part of a Fisher Price Little People doll house. People search for pieces to make their set complete so I am putting this up for $10.

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This figure is pretty wrecked but he is also old. I’m not sure if I will list him. His face looks quite strange. Its Donald Duck from Disney looking like he’s had a few too many.

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I also attended a community tag sale in a parking lot where I found a plush Kermit the Frog by Fisher Price. I recently sold a similar one but it was a puppet.

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The find of the day was a group of Swarovski miniatures which I am tempted to keep. I believe that they are worth about $30 each and the lady charged me $5 each. There is a tea set, champagne set, birthday cake and a wine set which is missing the cups. The tea set is my favorite. She gave me the wine set for free because it was missing the cups. I actually passed on it and she came running after me at the sale and just gave it to me!

Those are my purchases for this weekend! Better get listing!!

Thrifty Finds and a Visit to the Bins!

Not much yet in the way of exciting sales here. I attended one little flea market that had a White Elephant room. I found a few things there for $3. There was a small amount of jewelry on a table marked at 50 cents each. I picked up three pins. The first is a pewter pin that was marked Frederick Canada. After researching I discovered that it represents a stylized raven which is a symbol of knowledge and creativity. I have it up for $15. I picked up a Trifari pin of a leaf. Unfortunately it is missing several rhinestones so I am selling it as a repair piece. I am hoping to get $10 for it.

The third is a geometric style pin. I don’t have a testing kit so I took it to a jeweler. He tested it and said it is silver with gold plated lines. It looks like the opal is fake. (Would you call that a fauxpal? Ha ha)

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The other item that I picked up there is this sweet plush sleeping Bambi. It is also musical and plays a lullaby when you wind it up. It is by Gund and may bring around $30.

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I picked up this Japanese anime style doll at the thrift store. I think she is a Takara Jenny doll although she is not marked. She was in a doll bag for $2.99. I love her costume!

When I pulled her out of the bag I noticed she was wearing a necklace that didn’t seem to belong to her. It turned out to be a necklace for an American Girl doll tennis outfit. That’s called a freebie!

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Also at the thrift store I picked up a Winnie the Pooh trinket box featuring Pooh eating honey surrounded by pumpkins and other fall items. It was in a bag for $1.99 and I picked it up because I had recently sold a similar box for $12.99.

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My last purchase from the thrift store was this Today NBC mug featuring the logo of the morning show. You can drink your coffee and pretend to interview someone.

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I have a few days off this week so I decided to take a trip to the Bins which is the Goodwill Outlet store. I don’t go often because it is about 1 1/2 hours away from me. Including this trip I have been there a total of 4 times. The first 2 times were fairly successful. The last time I went was pretty unsuccessful (I sold only one item that I picked up on that day.) I don’t sell clothes usually so I go for the hard goods they have there. Today was the first time that I was actually there when they brought out new bins of hard goods so that was exciting. I think I found some good items and since it is pay by weight, I spent only $16.00.

One of my favorite items was this pair of Disney plush which is Mrs. Jumbo and her baby Dumbo. Their label says Disney Parks. I found Mrs. Jumbo first, and then, a few feet away, found Dumbo. It think they are really cute. Mrs. Jumbo is a good example of a secondary character from a movie that sells well. Often the main characters are so abundant that they have little value. I am hoping to get $30 for the pair.

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I picked up a pair of vintage My Little Pony tray puzzles from 1983. One of them has some writing on it but I am going to try for $12 for the pair.

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These next items are unusual. I believe that they are vintage spun wool animals. They are also made with felt and pipe cleaners. I can’t find these exact items online but similar items seem to be selling for about $10 each. They are only about 3″ tall. When you hunt through the hard good bins there are all these small items that go to the bottom of the bins. Sometimes you can finds Littlest Pet Shop animals or Playmobil figures. Today I found these.

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I picked up two bags. One is a Victoria’s Secret cosmetic case. The second is a vintage red leather bag marked Cristian Made in Italy.

I picked up a few more vintage items from the bins including a metal mid century wall organizer in rough shape,

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a hexagonal lampshade featuring botanical flower artwork,

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and a funky melamine tray from Ikea.

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Those are the highlights of what I found there today.  It was a fun trip! Hope you are enjoying some good sales and weather wherever you are!

Spring and the Beginning of Sales!

It seems at last that winter is over and the sales are beginning. I went to an estate sale on Thursday after work. Estate sales and the people who run them continue to intimidate me. This one appeared pretty expensive with prices ranging from $5, $10, $20 and $40 on most things I saw that were priced. I picked up a few things that were not priced. She gave me a price of $20 for all so that wasn’t too bad.

The first thing I found was this vintage 1950’s leather purse. This brand Etra doesn’t seem to do very well but because of the iconic style I put it up at $35. It’s dark blue leather with a bright red interior.

 

I found a silk scarf signed Vera. I picked it up because of the vintage abstract art design. Some of the Vera scarves do well and others don’t. I’ve never bought one before.

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I purchased 4 more small items at this sale including a metal cricket, an empty Tiffany & Co. box, a wooden French nut cracker and a box with some Easter decorations in it. My favorites were these two chicks wearing little straw hats. I’m going to keep these to use for a project.

A church in a neighboring town has a tag sale twice a year and I rarely find anything there but since it starts at 6PM I am compelled to go! This year I bought three items for $12. This cute sailor figure caught my eye. He looked a littler like a Lisa Larson figure. He wasn’t marked but had the remains of two stickers on him. After I researched him for a while I finally learned that he is by an artist from Sweden named Jie Gantofta. I was happy to find him.

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This FireKing mug is in a pattern called Blue Heaven. Its not worth much but I really like finding mid century atomic items like this.

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The last item is a tea towel with a patriotic theme and the saying “Don’t Give Up the Ship.” on it. For some reason, my father used to say this. Just around the house. The artist’s name is Mary Sarg. It has a tag that says Belgian Linen. It was too interesting not to take a chance on but that is one weird looking eagle.

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On Saturday there was a children’s sale that has clothes, toys and books. There is a $10 early bird but this year the prices weren’t too bad. There was also a selection of free plush at the end so that was fun too!

The biggest toy I bought was an Angelina Ballerina theatre play set. It was marked at $6. I’m hoping maybe someone will purchase it for Easter. I don’t see too many available. It has four tiny ballerina mouse figures and lots of accessories.

My son used to love this show so I recognized these figures from Phineas and Ferb right away. They were in a bag for $2. I am hoping for at least $20 for the set.

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I found a Stay Puft figure from Ghostbusters. Last year I sold a vintage one. This is from 2016 so I hope it will still sell.

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There are some things at this sale that are not toys. I picked up two plates. The Peter Rabbit plate is enamelware. The Little Prince plate is plastic.

I also picked up a colorful vintage Caboodles case.

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The lady charged me $20 for everything. After you add in the early bird fee that brings the total to $30. Then I went fishing in the free plush piles. From those I am going to try to sell the following:

A stuffed NYC subway car.

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A lot of 3 Easter themed plush.

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And finally, a Jellycat Cordy Roy Aardvark.

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I’m really happy to be able to list some new inventory in my Ebay store since sales have been sloooooow this week! Hopefully as tag sales pick up so will the sales in my shop! See you next week!

Vintage Coach Bags and Navajo Jewelry

I attended two Christmas Bazaar/Tag Sales this weekend. The first was a sale I had been to last year where it seemed they had more items. I really wasn’t finding much of anything and then, in the corner I saw a pile of handbags on a table. The bags were $2 each. I saw two vintage black leather small bags that looked like Coach to me. Since they didn’t have the Coach logo on the outside anywhere they may have escaped the attention of others. When I looked inside I was happy to see the Coach story panel in each one. One had an interesting triangle shape to it. It appears to be a bit hard to find. The style is called Megan. It is worn but I hope it will bring at least $40 because it is rare. The other bag also had a unique design on the flap. I’m hoping for $30 on this one.

I picked up this colorful Juicy Couture bag, a Lauren cosmetic case and a Vera Bradley bag as well.

I don’t pick up too much jewelry because I don’t like to fight the crowds that usually surround the jewelry tables. I arrived at the second sale almost an hour after it opened and there was only one other shopper there. There was a small area with some jewelry. The one thing that caught my eye was this pretty feather necklace decorated with blue stones. When I turned it over I saw that it was marked sterling. It was $1. When I got home I saw that there was an artist’s name on it – Lena Platero who is a native american Navajo artist! I think it’s very beautiful and cool and hopefully it will sell well.

I picked up a few items at the thrift store this week including this talking Emperor Zurg from Toy Story:

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This vintage box purse which I believe is from the 1950’s. It’s in rough shape but I couldn’t leave it behind for $3. It was in the basket section at the thrift store!

For $1 I picked up this Star Trek the Experience glass from Las Vegas. I recently heard on a youtube video that souvenir cups and mugs from specific events could do well so I took a chance on this.

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Sales are finally starting to pick up for the holidays. Here are some recent sales:

Estee Lauder Cinnabar: $44

Vintage Hello Kitty dishes: $19

Hallmark Rocking Horse Ornament 2nd in Series: $24

Yellow Sony Sports Walkman: $29

Berenguer anatomically correct baby boy: $34

Glass brass curio cabinet: $39

Constructo boat kit: $29

Royal Dux mid century owl: $19

Fisher Price royal family lot: $39

Happy picking and selling everyone!

Bizarre Christmas Bazaars

From November to the beginning of December there are still sales that I like to go to but they take on a sort of schizophrenic quality in that they don’t really know what they are. Often they are advertised as Christmas Bazaars which means they can be a combination of craft fair, bake sale, vendor sale and sometimes – the part that I’m interested in – tag sale, white elephant or Grandma’s attic.

One Christmas sale that I attended on Saturday had baked goods, crafts and some older items but it was confusing. In one area items were marked so high! I picked up a blue Herend bear. It was priced 200. Two dollars? No. Two hundred. Which is the top price you can get on Ebay for this kind of figure. So – am I at a tag sale or a very expensive, actually overpriced antique store? On another table there were some items priced lower but still between $5 and $10 for things like candles and placemats. I headed out the door but on the way out, in the small entrance way were two tables with items priced between $1 and $2. Here is where I shopped and this is what I found.

For $2 I picked up this big eyed doll from 1965 by a company named Royal. She has her complete outfit and I am hoping to get $30 for her. She is my favorite pick up of the whole day.

For another $2 I picked up was a vintage Madame Alexander baby doll which I believe is called a Puddin’ doll. She has a very cute face but unfortunately has had her hair cut.

The third and last thing I purchased, also for $2 was this yellow Sony walkman with headphones. I was relieved to find that they worked after I put in new batteries. These can sell for between $2o and $30.

The first sale I attended Saturday morning was at a school. It also was advertised as a Holiday sale but appeared to be families set up at tables selling their stuff. There was one lady there selling American Girl doll items at Ebay prices but at other tables I found some items.

I picked up a bottle of Cinnabar perfume by Estee Lauder. It was $2 and I am hoping to sell it for $39. Some perfumes can sell for good money and you can still get them cheaply.

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I picked up a glass and brass curio cabinet. I have sold these before and they are scary to ship. I paid $5 for this one and am hoping to get $39 for it.

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The sale I was most looking forward to was a used toy sale at a school which was not as good as I hoped. I bought three things. This set of 3 vintage Strombecker doll furniture pieces was $8 which was probably too much but I love things like this. I am probably reaching but I am starting this set at $29.

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I found one Super Why Princess doll. If you find the set of 4 you can sell it for over $50. I hope to get $14 for her.

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The last thing I bought was a small set of Littlest Pet Shop items.

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So, those were my adventures at the bizarre bazaars. I hope everyone who celebrates has a great Thanksgiving! I am hoping to attend more holiday craft bake tag grandma’s attic white elephant or whatever sales next week!

Fun with Fill-a-Bag

I went to 2 church sales this weekend and some very expensive tag sales too. Many of the house tag sales that I went to this weekend had prices like $6, $8 and $10. I prefer the $1 – $2 range of the church sales.

On Saturday I went to a church sale that had a fill-a-bag area. Each item was $1 or fill a bag for $2. Hand me a bag please! I didn’t find anything fantastic but I found enough stuff to make it fun and worthwhile. Here’s what I got there:

This is a funny pewter frog ballet pair. I have it up for $12. It’s quite heavy.

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This blown glass bird is marked Joseph A. Rice on the bottom. I see listings for similar birds that are marked  Joe Rice. I don’t know if this is the same person but I am assuming it is and I have it up for $19.

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I put this pair of Dacor snorkeling goggles in my bag. I have them up for $14.00.

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My favorite find in the fill-a-bag tent was this lot of vintage foldable stationery. I remember these from when I was young. All you have to do is fold it up and put a stamp on the back. No envelopes required! I love the designs. I have this up for $15.

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That was a lot of fun and even if only 2 of these items sell I will still make a good profit on $2.

There was a toy room at this sale where I found a few items. Each item was priced $1. There were 2 Build A Bears dressed like Star Wars characters. I don’t usually sell BAB clothes but Star Wars usually sells so I bought the 2 bears for the costumes.

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Another find there was this 1985 Pillow People cat. These stuffed toys are from the 80’s and are almost as big as a regular pillow.

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At another church sale I picked up 3 pairs of designer sunglasses including DKNY, Dolce and Gabanna and Bolle. The sunglasses were 3 for $2.

I also picked up 2 pieces of Joan Rivers jewelry including this cute cherry pin which sold overnight for $19.50, and this watch with a plaid strap. Each of these was $3.

At the collectibles table I picked up this Harry Potter frog shaped tea infuser and this Mid Century Modern owl by Dux. These items were $1 each.

Those were my finds. It was a good weekend except for wasting my time driving to several too expensive tag sales where I bought nothing!