Thrift Store Finds

I have picked up a few dolls and toys at the thrift store lately. I also got one unusual item which I picked up because it was marked on the bottom Jeffrey Bernett Corian and Conde Nast. From my research I found out that he is a famous designer. I don’t really know what exactly this thing is. I guess it is some kind of box or container. I listed it as a desk accessory. I think it looks cool and you don’t find many things made of Corian besides counter tops.

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I found an older Barbie doll in a vintage dress hanging in one of the bags on the wall. I’m selling the doll and the dress separately. Unfortunately both are in pretty poor condition. I picked up a Radio City Rockettes doll because she was new in her box. The last doll I found came from an estate sale. I think she has a really beautiful painted face and some lovely, well made clothing.

 

I purchased two plush items which are this green Crayola crayon bear and a Kipling gorilla mascot key chain.

 

The find of the week came from a $4.00 bag on the wall. I picked it up because I thought I saw one of those flocked animals from Germany. It turned out that this cute dog was an Original Real Fur animal from West Germany. He sold quickly for $15.00. But also in the bag, which I didn’t even notice until I opened it, was a small vintage Steiff pig!

 

The last two things I bought this week came from the same estate sale where I found the cloth doll. They are a painted wooden box from Italy and a glass golf putter head paperweight. Lots of variety of finds this week. I am anxiously awaiting spring!

 

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Vintage Toy Cars, Mugs and American Girl Finds

Between some traveling and not many sourcing opportunities this February, I have only a small amount of finds to share. I have picked up some interesting mugs at the thrift store. I noticed two planet themed mugs for $1. One was for Mars and another was for Mercury. When I looked at the bottom both were marked Waechtersbach which can be a profitable brand. The only ones I see that are currently listed are a set of 7 different planet mugs for $280. I have listed mine separately. I am hoping for $40 on each of these.

Two other mugs I picked up are this Vera Bradley Holiday Owls mug and a Cincinnati Bengals NFL mug. I hoping for between $15 and $20 on these mugs.

Hanging in a bag on the toy wall at a thrift store, I spotted these outfits for $2.50. One is the “Meet Dress” for the American Girl doll Cecile. The other is a pretty red American Girl party dress. I am hoping for $12 on each of these.

I attended one estate sale where I had viewed the photos the night before. I spotted some items that I thought would be good, depending on the prices. I saw some old toys cars in a glass case (usually a sign that items will be marked high) and a Catherineholm pan. I had to work in the morning but rushed over as soon as I could. The Catherineholm pan was gone but the toy cars were still there. The price was a little high, at $15 each. I bought three cars for $40. The cars include a Dinky “Joe’s Car”, a Corgi Batmobile and a Dinky ambulance. Since the Batmobile comes with Batman and Robin figures and the ambulance comes with a patient on a gurney, I think I will do OK. The Joe’s Car is in poor condition with a corroded battery compartment and wings that don’t pop out. I am hoping for $70 on the Batmobile and $30 on the ambulance. I don’t know what to price the Joe’s Car for yet. I also picked up a Fire King jadeite bowl for $5. These are not as sought after as they used to be but I am hoping to get between $15 and $20 for this 9″ mixing bowl.

Still having some fun in this dreary winter weather! Counting down the days until spring!!

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.

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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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!!!