Dolls, Teddy Bears, Vintage Toys and More!

Last weekend there were two church sales. One was 1 1/2 hours away on Friday night and the other was 1 hour away on Saturday morning. The Friday night sale was actually one I had been to two years ago. I didn’t remember it until I got there. Two years ago I didn’t do well there but I found some good items this year. They had toys in the basement so that’s where I went first. I saw a Madeline doll case and I was happy to discover that it had 3 dolls and clothes inside. It was marked $3. The clothes needed a lot of cleaning.

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In the plush area I bought these two Teddy Bears. They reminded me of Steiff bears that I saw as a child but they have no ear buttons or markings. After researching, they look a lot like bears called Zotty bears by Steiff but as I said, they have no ID. I think they’re cute and unique with their long curly hair. They were $1 each.

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There was a small plastic bucket filled with little toys. I pulled out a pink lanyard which had about 7 Disney pins attached to it. There are three Cinderella themed pins and I’m hoping those will do well. I was charged a dollar for the lanyard. My kids loved those pins when we would go to Disney and they were a pretty good bargain compared to a lot of the other Disney souvenirs!

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Another item I bought for $1 was this inflatable cruise ship that is still in its original package. I’m hoping to get $10 – $14 for it.

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After that I went upstairs. In the linens section found two Ralph Lauren Teddy Bear pillow cases wrapped together for $1.

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Usually I avoid the “boutique” areas at the church sales. Items I find there are often priced at Ebay prices or more but I took a look around and saw a unique looking doll that was signed Dianne Dengel. She was marked $10. I walked away and looked her up. Similar ones seemed to be selling between $50 and $100 so I went back to grab her. I think she was my best find there.

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The next day there was another sale that was only 1 hour away. Woohoo! The only problem with this sale was that there was no AC, it was super crowded and it was really hot. This doesn’t happen to me often. Usually excitement and adrenaline pull me through but I eventually had to leave because of the heat. Before that happened here is what I picked up.

I first headed to the toy table. There I picked up this King Kong figure. He looked well made and I thought he might do well since the new movie came out recently. I can’t find who made him anywhere. Cute isn’t he?

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I found this Dick Tracy mini color Tele-Viewer from 1973. It is new in the package but the package is damaged.

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Right next to this I found this Looney Tunes eraser set. I collected erasers when I was young and so did my daughter. I couldn’t leave these behind. I love their bright colors.

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I picked up a mystery bag that had some tiny Polly Pocket figures and some Littlest Pet Shop pets inside. I couldn’t sell what exactly was in there but for $3 I thought it would be fun to find out.

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I am away again this week so there will be a delay in the posting of this. Once school starts again I will get back on track!

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Vintage Toys, Wooden Objects and some Designer Finds!

There was only one church sale for me this weekend. Other than that I just went to a bunch of good old tag sales. I went to about 15 on saturday but I only bought items at about 5 of them. That’s usually how it goes for me at tag sales.

Late in the day, when I usually don’t find things anymore, I stopped at a sale that was pretty close to my house. I picked up this set of vintage Tomy dollhouse furniture. I love the mid century modern style of it and how you can move the pieces of the couch around to make different designs.

More surprising to find late in the day was a bag of littlest pet shop pets. These are usually snatched up early but don’t think that many people had attended this sale. There were 26 pets in this group plus a bunch of accessories. I am hoping to get $30 for the lot. I was charged $7 for the pets and the furniture.

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Another sale I went to had a big tarp where everything on it was free! I picked up a Barney school house playset and two stuffed animals. I am going to save the Barney house until I find a few more figures for it. One of the stuffed animals I got there was this mouse who is Tutter from the Bear in the Big Blue House. My daughter used to watch that show when she was young. I think I might get $10 for him.

Keeping with the toy theme, I picked up 6 Lego baseplates at another sale. Depending on which kind they are, these can go for about $10 each.

I found two wooden items this weekend at the church sale. I was excited at first to find this Dansk ice bucket for only $3. Then I saw the big chip it has on the lid. I am still hoping to get $20 for it. I also found this photo/scrapbook album. It has a wooden front and back cover with metal hinges and painted ducks. I think this would be great for that cabin decor that some people like.

At the same sale I found an eyeglass case with the Chanel logo on it. I think it’s authentic because I found the same one online. It’s not worth too much but for 50 cents I couldn’t leave it behind. I don’t find many Chanel items. For $1 I picked up a pink striped Swatch watch that came with its case.

I will end with two tin boxes I found. At the church sale was this sweet bunny tin from England and last weekend I picked up this picnic basket tin at a thrift store while I was traveling.

It was fun going around to all the different tag sales. It was a beautiful cool day for July around here. There is such an assortment of homes, items and people!

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!