Strangest Find and Estate Sales

I think that this find is the strangest item I’ve picked up in a long time. I might have left it except for the fact that it’s the middle of winter and I haven’t been finding much. I was in the grimy basement at an estate sale when I saw some things that looked like little seashells laying on a workbench. When I flipped them over – surprise! artificial eyes! I think people make jewelry and art with these so I threw them in a box I was carrying around which I had also put some vintage Gurley candles in. None of the items in this basement were marked. She ended up charging me $3 for everything in my little box. The eyes sold in two days for $49.99.

At this same sale I picked up this Hall’s cookie jar for $5. It has a hairline crack but I love the color and the style. This sale advertised that they had vintage toys but most of them must have been bought before I got there because I didn’t see many. I only bought this Fisher Price picnic basket set which I have sold before for about $15.

At another estate sale there was a table where everything was $5. I picked up two perfume bottles and a wooden duck. I asked if she would do $10 for all and she said yes! I was glad because I wasn’t so sure about picking up the duck.

Those are my finds for the weekend. I continue to trudge through this strange New England winter where one day it’s -4 and a few days later it’s 55.

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Pottery and Jewelry at the Thrift and Estate Sales

The weather is getting worse here in New England as we get deeper into winter. But, you know, it’s always nice and warm in the thrift stores. I purchased some jewelry from the items on the rotating rack the other day. My favorite piece is a glass pendant featuring millefiori flowers. It’s marked Murano Vetro Artistico. I have it up for sale but have worn it a few times. I found a similar glass necklace, also with millefiori flowers, but featuring a menorah. I picked up this fob because it said Stella McCartney on it. This metal bookmark was also on the jewelry rack. I picked it up because it is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and features their cute mascot, William the hippo.

I have also been picking up some Italian pottery. This pretty flowered wall plate is by La Musa. Last year I sold a heart box by the same company  for $29. This small trinket box was also made in Italy. It has a scene of a seaside town on it.

Two other ceramic pieces from the thrift store include this commemorative Zeppelin plate and an Italian espresso mug by a company named illy. The plate sold for $99.99!

I only found one toy recently and it is this Little Bo Peep doll from Toy Story. I hope that since there is a new Toy Story movie coming out, it may help her to sell. She is also one of the more rare characters.

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That’s all there is to mention for now. This is going to be a quiet weekend with frigid temperatures around here. Time to hunker down and watch Youtube videos about reselling!

Vintage Christmas, Puppets and Barbies

Estate sales are the only sourcing opportunity for me lately. Last week there was only one near me but I think it was a good one. It opened at ten and when I drove by at 10:15 there was no parking and a line out the door. I decided to go to the thrift stores and come back later. I was hoping there would still be things to find. The funny thing about this sale was that it was like a mirror of my life. This family liked everything that I do including puppets, dolls and dollhouses. It looks like the husband also did a little magic and that is the same for my husband. I paid $33 for the items I’m sharing below.

One room was toy/puppet/doll central. There was a bin of old puppets. From there I bought a vintage Eeyore puppet which was an early Gund Swedlin toy. I found the same Steiff black poodle that I found in November at a different sale. That one sold recently for $19.99. I would have gotten more if it had its Steiff ear button. I also picked up a Gizmo puppet which needs a sewing repair. Which means it probably not get listed until the spring. The last puppet was a Santa Claus with a wooden head from East Germany.

I noticed a box on the very top of a bookshelf and when I pulled it town I found three vintage Barbies inside. There were two Francie dolls and one PJ doll. One of the Francie dolls was wearing a vintage Barbie dress which I decided to sell with her.

I also bought a stuffed animal from that room which is Sandy from Little Orphan Annie. I didn’t know what it was at first. I thought its was a toy that just lost the color in the eyes but then I realized who it was. His fur was quite dirty and took a while to clean.

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The find of the day was this Bradford Celestial Star spinning light Christmas tree topper. In good condition these can sell for a few hundred dollars. I found this in the basement with some other old Christmas stuff. I believe it is from the 1950s.

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So the dirt, grime and musty smells were worth it! Still – it does make me miss the tag sales of spring!

Grimy Estate Sale and a Trip to the Bins

I went to an estate sale that mentioned in the ad they didn’t have time to clean or organize and they weren’t kidding! They had stuff laid out on tables, on top of dressers and beds and lots still in cabinets. All complete with original dust. I saw some vintage items in the photos so I went even though I couldn’t get there until 2 hours after it opened. I think I found some interesting items and paid $20 for all.

I found the bottom half of a Holt Howard Pixieware Russian Dressing jar. There is supposed to be an adorable face stopper at the top but that is missing. Complete, these can go for between $50 and $70. I am hoping someone might need a replacement bottom.

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The next item is a tin box with 6 smaller tin boxes inside. It is called a metal home budget bank and I believe it is from the 30s or 40s. I think what you would do would be to divide your money into each of the smaller boxes for groceries, electric bill, entertainment, etc. It really evokes images of a simpler time. I love the turquoise and yellow colors. These seem to be pretty common and may only sell for about $15 but I couldn’t leave it behind.

Inside one cabinet of knick knacks I found some vintage figures. The first is a pair of snowmen dressed like candy and holding a peppermint. They have loops on their hats so I assume they are ornaments. There were two satin ball chicks marked Japan and one ceramic chick. The satin chicks have some condition issues. I’m hoping someone might like them for an Easter display.

There were a few boxes filled with small toys. Out of those I pulled a small Godzilla figure from 1985 and an empty Game Boy Pocket box. There was no Game Boy in it but sometimes collectors will purchase empty boxes.

The last item I will mention from that sale is this cute wooden mid century modern cat pencil holder. When you put a pencil in the hole it the back, it angles out to look like a tail. Unfortunately the cat is missing one of his puffy checks.

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After this estate sale I realized that I might be close to the location of the goodwill bin store in Connecticut. When I punched the address into the GPS it turned out to be only 10 minutes away! So that was my next stop. I found four plush items there and paid a total of $6 since it is pay by the pound.

The first thing I picked up was this Hush Puppy puppet from Shari Lewis. She is more famous for the puppet Lamb Chop.

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I picked up this cute avocado plush toy. There is a Japanese word, Kawaii, for things that are cute. This style of putting cute faces on all sorts of things is becoming very popular.

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I picked up this sweet rabbit because the tag said “Swedish Design”. The brand is Bukowski.

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The last thing I picked up was this white whale shaped pillow. It still needs a bit of cleaning but it might appeal to someone who is decorating in a nautical style.

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So that was my Thursday shopping haul. So far the winter has been very mild here, which has been good for getting around and scavenging!!

Estate Sale Time!

It looks like the tag sale season is over here in the northeast. Waaaaaahhh!! Alright – enough crying. Time to go to some estate sales! I found two estate sales to go to this weekend. The first one I attended was on it’s second day so prices were reduced. Most of the items in the photos were still there so I think that there original prices were too high. I picked up this cool vintage motorcycle helmet for $5. I love the sparkly blue color. It has some condition issues but I’m hoping someone might be interested in it as a decor piece.

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This sale also had an area of vintage dolls. I purchased this set of Pocketbook dolls for $7. These dolls are not very valuable and these have some dirt on them that I couldn’t clean off but I have never sold these before and I really wanted to learn about them. I also picked up this Midge doll from 1962. She comes in a vintage Barbie dress called Garden Party. She was $5.

I purchased a Penny Brite doll. These dolls are fairly common but since she came with her original case, I thought she could have some value. She is from the 1960s. Another doll I bought there is this Puffalump Kids Christmas doll by Fisher Price. She was only $1. I have had good luck selling the Puffalump animals before but never saw one like this. I think it may bring $10. That’s not as good as some of the animals.

I also picked up this Wizzzer top from 1969. Me and my brother played with these tops when we were young! The rubber tip of the top is cracked and dry but I’m hoping that since this has the box, instructions, and accessories, it will still sell. I also found a vintage Christmas piece which is this knee hugger elf on a wicker sled.

Finally, I found this empty Bosco bottle from the 1980s in the basement of one of the houses. I looked up comps and saw that one had sold for $40, so for $1 I picked it up. I was a Bosco lover as a child.

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Those are the highlights of my estate sales adventures. Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!!

Here is a picture of one of my “helpers” checking out my finds.

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Estate Sale Finds including Barbies and Jewelry!

I found an estate sale that was about 45 minutes away from me. I live in the country so I often have to drive a bit to get to a good rummage or estate sale. The reason I choose this sale is because when I looked at the photos they had in the listing I saw two things. I saw some Christmas caroler Byer’s figures and I saw Barbie doll items. I arrived about 2 hours after the sale had opened and the caroler figures were gone but the Barbie items were still there. They had a small box of dolls labeled at $8 each. I picked up this Twist n Turn 1966 Barbie because she had rooted eyelashes. I have her up for $24. There was a Malibu Barbie that I also should have picked up but didn’t realize it. I was unsure what would still have enough profit in it at $8.

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There were some Barbie cases marked fairly high. I’ve never had luck selling cases. They had small bags of clothing marked at $5 each. Many were not labeled so I was unsure what to choose. Some of the clothes looked homemade and I didn’t want those. I found a bag with clothes inside that were labeled Francie 1966 so I picked up those. I bought three bags in all and also got a Ken felt jacket and a pair of pink boots which have already sold for $19. The Francie set is from the Wild Bunch outfit and will hopefully bring about $50. There was also a wedding dress and a hot pink jumpsuit.

There were quite a few other dolls at this sale. Many were just generic porcelain dolls. I found this pair of Furga dolls from Italy that came in plastic fruit containers. They have some condition issues. They were $5 each and I’m hoping for $20 on each one.

This sale was not at all cheap but I felt like if I choose the right items, I could still make a profit. I also picked up some jewelry. This turquoise and silver ring looks like it has a native american design due to the feather on the side but it is unsigned. It was $10.

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I also picked up this silver and marcasite pin for $4 as well as this Wedgwood pendant necklace for $12.

The last item I bought at this sale was a Coach bag that I found in a closet. It was marked $10 but it had a bucket shape that I have never seen before. It is in rough shape but I hope someone that knows how to fix up leather bags will buy it.

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I spent a lot of money at this sale so I hope it will be worth it! Hope you are all finding fun ways to get through the winter!!

Small Estate Sale Haul

So I was sick and going to the doctor and there was an estate sale just 15 minutes from the doctor’s office so… you know – hauling is the best medicine anyway.

When I walked in there were a bunch of miniature items on the table that the guy said were 2 for a dollar. I recognized this bunny as an Erzgebirge figure. He has some condition issues but for 50 cents I couldn’t pass him up.

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On the same table was this sweet little bear that I learned is made of Cryptomeria style wood. I recently sold a cat and mouse in the same style for $16.99 so I picked this guy up.

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I have sold a few vintage wedding items in the past and this cake topper was too funny to pass by.

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This pretty angel is an Anri/Reuge musical figure but her mechanism no longer works. If it did she would have a value of about $40. I’m hoping someone might want to purchase her for around $20.

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I spent $5 in all from that sale. I also recently went to the thrift store where I picked up a bag of earrings for $3 because the colors reminded me of Bakelite. There were three pair in the bag and one pair actually turned out to be Bakelite.

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So that’s my little holiday haul. Enjoy the holidays everyone!!!