Dansk, American Girl, FAO Schwarz and Italian Pottery

Recently there have been days of no finds at the thrift store, followed by days of great finds. I guess the idea is to “just keep swimming.”

I have been finding some nice pottery. This is a piece of Italian pottery marked La Musa. It is a heart shaped trinket box with a very cool modern graphic. I paid $4 for it at Goodwill and it sold quickly for $29. I was glad I was able to list it before Valentines Day and maybe that’s why it sold so fast.

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This sugar and creamer set is by Dansk. I love the abstract blue and white decoration. It is a pattern called Arabasque. This was also from the Goodwill and I was happy to be able to find all three pieces of this set even though they were in different spots on the shelf. I paid $6 for the set but I am hoping to get $50 for it.

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I thought this mid century modern dog salt shaker marked Japan was too cool to leave behind. Unfortunately it didn’t have its mate and I don’t think it will bring more than $10 but I still think he’s awesome.

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Two more ceramic pieces I bought are this blue and white Mottahedeh plate and this Taylor & Ng naughty dog mug. There is a series of Taylor & Ng mugs featuring different types of animals in “playful” positions.

In the plush area I picked up this Noah’s Ark by FAO Schwarz. It is missing the mate to the giraffe set. I have sold this same item a few years ago. I think it sold for $20 then.

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My most exciting find recently was this American Girl doll who was in with the regular toys and marked $4. She is a doll named Nellie. Unfortunately she didn’t come dressed but I was still happy to find her!

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Those are some finds for the first half of February. Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!!

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Thrifty January Finds: Dansk, Gund, Toys and More!

Winter carries on with very little in the way of interesting estate sales for me so I have been going to the thrift stores to source items and have found a few good ones. Several weeks ago I picked up this aqua Dansk Kobenstyle lidded pot. This is the same one my mother had which we sold at her tag sale for $3 before I knew any better. These enamel pots have a following with some colors being more desirable than others. I am hoping for $40 on this but that might be a little high. It was $6.

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This Quimper plate from France was $3. Many Quimper pieces have these distinctive looking figures on them. The plates aren’t too valuable but I couldn’t leave it behind.

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These cute miniature elephants were in a baggie for $3. They are marked Japan on the bottom and I am hoping for about $15 on them. Each plays a different instrument. Too cute for me to resist picking up!

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This is a set of jingle bells on a leather strap that hangs on the door. It is made by a Pennsylvania based company called Belsnickel. Too bad I didn’t pick these up before Christmas. They make a lovely sleigh bell sound.

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I found two things in the stationery/office supply department. The first is this binder with cool Asian inspired graphics. It was only $.99 and I am hoping to get $10 for it.

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The next thing I found in the stationery area was actually not stationery at all. It looked like a passport case but it is a Lauren Hutton make-up palette! Surprise! It was $4 and I am hoping to get $40 for it.

In the picture area I found a large paint by number of a ship wreck. They sometimes take a while to sell but I have sold every paint by number picture that I have listed. I will use key words like “nautical, beach and ocean” for this listing. It was $6 and I am hoping to get $40 for it.

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I also found a few toys this month including a walking, roaring Jurassic Park T-Rex which unfortunately is missing the battery cover, a Calico Critters car and nursery school and a plush Gund Snuffles bear.

This is how I’ve been keeping myself entertained through this cold, snowy New England winter. Hope you all are doing well!

The Last Hurrah Before Winter

For about the past five years the sales I go to on the first weekend of December are the last good sales of the year for me. There is usually a church sale in a town near me and a school sale where I have pretty good luck and it was no different this year. I went to the church sale first. It started at 10:00 and the lady had us waiting in the lobby. At about 9:59 sirens started going off and I thought – oh great. The fire alarm. Now we have to go outside but it was only Santa. Then she had to talk for 5 minutes about Santa and the sale and the charities it was all going to and I was getting antsy. It’s hard when you’ve already been waiting and then you are waiting some more when you’re supposed to be going in.

I went to the toy area first which was a little smaller than usual but I found two vintage puppets from Germany. I love puppets so I was excited to find these even though my son found them so creepy he told me to burn them.

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After that I went into the part of the church where they sell everything else. I was walking around when I spotted this black Catherineholm pot high up on a shelf. It was marked $4. I love these mid century modern pots from Norway and they sell well. I also have a small collection in my dining room. The colors I collect are yellow, orange and red. The funny thing was that earlier in the week I found a yellow pan at the thrift store which I decided to keep. I haven’t found many Catherineholm pieces in all my years of thrifting so I was surprised to find two in one week!

I found a zip lock bag for $1 with six charming angels playing instruments. They reminded me of Erzebirge figures from Germany. After researching I discovered that they are by an Italian company called Sevi. The learning never stops!

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After this sale I went to a craft sale at a school where they also have a tag sale room. It appeared as though there were a lot of toys before I got there but you can only get to one sale first. I still picked up a few items including a Sesame Street play set and a blue Dansk teapot.

At another small sale I went to I picked up a few vintage toys including a Betty Boop cloth doll and a prize from Coney Island which is a dog that looks a lot like Snoopy except in red.

Finally I found a few pop culture items including a sealed figure from the Cartoon Network show Adventure time, and a figure from the show South Park.

As the days grow shorter the sales in the northeast become scarce. Time to start getting ready for the holidays and focusing on thrift store shopping instead!

Vintage Puzzles, Christmas and Dollhouses

I went to a terrible church sale on Saturday morning and paid a $5 early bird to boot! It was all tag sale left overs that had been donated. Most of the items still had their tag sale stickers on them. There was really nothing there for me. Disappointing since this was the sale I choose to go to first. The second sale was great but unfortunately I got there about 1/2 hour after it started. It think I still found some interesting things though.

I found a Dansk pepper mill. I love finding these unusually shaped grinders. Depending on which one it is they can have a good value. This one was $5 so I purchased it.

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Also in the housewares area I picked up this silver plated bowl which says “New Jersey Sire Stakes” on the inside. I believe it is some kind of horse racing trophy or souvenir. Equestrian items sometimes sell for me so I picked it up for $5.

My favoite find at this sale was this dollhouse for your dollhouse. It measures only 3″ tall and is fully furnished! I wanted to keep it but since I kept the big dollhouse that I found a few weeks ago, I decided to sell it. I was hoping it wouldn’t sell to quickly so I could enjoy it for a while but it sold within 24 hours for $24.99. I should have priced it higher. Look how cute it is!!

I went to another church sale where I found some vintage wooden puzzles including this Peter Pan Playskool puzzle and a Noah’s Ark puzzle.

In the Christmas area at this sale I picked up three Byer’s Choice Carolers. Unfortunately these are not rare pieces and there is damage to their stands so I will be grouping them together for sale. This is a popular collectible but I think their faces are really odd.

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The best find of the weekend was probably this Danish modern sterling silver deer pin. The lady by the jewelry area was telling some one that an expert had come in and pulled out all the gold and silver. I guess this was donated after or they just missed this one. It was $3.

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Those were the highlights of my sales this weekend. I hope you all are enjoying the fall and finding fun items if you are out there shopping!

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!

Festival of Finds from Tag Sales

Last week I wrote about how hard it was for me to find items to resell at tag sales and this week most of my finds are from tag sales. I went to one church sale that was in a parking lot and was pretty bad but I found one item. It is this vintage game called Park and Shop by Milton Bradley from 1960. Years ago I purchased this game but it was in bad shape with many missing pieces but I learned about it. What I learned was that, in good condition, this game can do well. This one seems to be complete, down to the booklet that shows the Milton Bradley games available to the customer in 1960!

After that sale I hit a bunch of yard sales where I found some items. This New York City water globe features the Twin Towers as well as other iconic NYC buildings. When you wind it up it plays “New York, New York” and the subway train goes around. I believe this was made before 9/11.

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I picked up this toy replica wrestling belt. I heard that they can sell well and this one is still in the package.

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At this same sale I saw a pair of Tory Burch shoes marked $1. I didn’t know if they were real but for $1 I took a chance and they appear to be authentic. I don’t buy shoes too often unless I recognize the name and they usually take a while to sell for me.

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By coincidence I found another Tory Burch item at another sale. I have never purchased anything Tory Burch before and this weekend I bought two! This is a bag and I am still researching to try to figure out if it is authentic.

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The last item that I found at tag sales this weekend is this Cookie Carousel cookie jar. It was on a free table but you had to buy another item to get something off of the free table. The lady was surprised that I only wanted an item from the free table but she sold it to me for $3. I think it is from the 1950s and it is very sweet!

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I had a good pick up at the thrift store this week which was this Dansk pepper mill. I have sold several different styles of these. It has a cool mid century modern design.

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Sales have been pretty consistent lately. Here are some sales of recently posted items:

Lot of 10 Christmas plush figures: $49.99.

Longaberger game basket: $34.99

Tiffany cat box: $29.99

Clown bear: $19.99

Little Einstein figures: $19.99

Alice from Twilight Barbie doll: $59.99 (with free shipping)

Jane from Twilight Barbie doll: $32.99 (with free shipping)

Tatty worn out bear: $19.99

Plush Aristocats cats: $18.99

Hoping for some good sales to go to next week! Have a good week everyone!!

Antique Dolls, Chatty Cathy, Dansk and a Special Dooney

I was able to attend a church sale this week that started on Thursday morning. There was a line and suddenly this woman started ranting about how they weren’t going to let her in and said they were going to call the cops on her. She said “I bought a box of dolls here last year for $10.” Someone on line asked her “Did you get your dolls?” It was all very confusing and then, word spread up the line that this lady was a “dealer” (which aren’t many of us now?) but that she was so aggressive and pushy last year the church didn’t want to let her in. Well – good for them! It’s awful to be at a sale and have someone shove you! They also said that she was just sweeping stuff into her bags. I’m glad that someone called her on her bad behavior and I can tell you that everyone at the sale this time was super polite! No one wanted to get banned for next year!

Anyway – it was a really good sale. The first item I picked up was a mohair bear from Germany by the company Hermann. I picked him up because he looked like he might be a Steiff. He is the Happy Wanderer bear and plays that song when you wind him up. He has a great felt hat and backpack. I hope to get between $30 and $40 for him.

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Also at the toy table I picked up a Chatty Cathy doll which I have never found before. She is from 1960 and has kind of a strange face. Her red coat is original with very nice details. She is supposed to talk but when you pull her string there is a loud whirring sound. Prices for these seem all over the place so I think I will put her at auction.

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At the same table I bought this small porcelain head doll which I believe is an antique. I was confused because the way her eyes and body looked, she appeared quite old but her arms were plastic. My non-expert conclusion is that she had her arms replaced. She is marked Germany on her head with some numbers and letters that I believe indicate she was made by a company called Armand Marseille. I never found anything like this before and I love dolls so this was an exciting find!

In the toy area I also picked up this wooden jigsaw puzzle which features a scene from a tapestry by William Morris.

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There were also these two tin toy cars marked Japan. I like the way they are color coordinated together. I will sell them as a set.

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In the housewares area I found a Dansk pepper mill with a cool mid century design. I am hoping to get $50 for this.

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My best find from this sale was a Minnie Mouse bow Dooney and Bourke bag which is pretty collectible. I was surprised.

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On the down side, I left behind a Norman Rockwell perpetual calendar which I thought about but decided not to take because it was pretty big and marked $5. It is worth about $150. There was no phone service in the church so I only found this out after.

All those items above cost $21. I love rummage sales.

I was also wondering how much I this stuff I would have been able to get had they let that aggressive lady in because she mentioned she bought dolls last year!

In contrast to this great sale was the church sale I went to on Saturday that had a $10 early bird. They charged me $10 for my items which brought my total to $20. I will be lucky to break even. I just wasn’t finding much good stuff at all but here’s what I picked up:

A perfume and moisturizer set, a vintage Yankee doll, a Barbie Fashion Avenue outfit from 2002 and a Thirty-One bag.

 

I also went to a multi-family yard sale which was on the Yard Sale App on my phone. There were actually two sales across the street from each other. At the first sale there was an American Girl doll priced at $40 and her hair was fried. Across the street, coincidentally, there was another American Girl doll. This one was priced at $5 except her hair had been cut. Still – I bought the $5 doll because I think I can still make a good profit. I believe this doll is Felicity. I didn’t recognize her at first because of her modern hair do.

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Another doll I took a chance on at this sale was an old doll that the woman said was a Patsy doll. The doll came with a little note that said “Patsy doll from the 1920’s.” Unfortunately the doll was not marked in any way and buyers don’t usually put a lot of stock in old hand written notes. I am listing her as a “Patsy type doll.” She is a painted composition doll in good condition except for a lot of chippy paint. I think she has a great look.

I also picked up a large plush Chewbacca toy. He isn’t too old but I am hoping to get about $20 for him. Here he is socializing with the girls.

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Those were the highlights of my weekend. It certainly had ups and downs but in general was very fun!