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!

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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!!!

Vintage Plush, Frames and a Variety

Is it spring yet? I guess not because it was 9 degrees when I got out of my car this morning to go to a small rummage sale that was close to my neighborhood. Unlike the sale I attended last weekend, this one had no clothes which was great because I don’t usually buy clothes.

There was a table of toys and under the table of toys were boxes of plush. Each was $1. I picked up this Land Before Time Little Foot by Gund. He was probably my best find of the day. I’m hoping to get $25 for him. He’s pretty big at about 15″ and in good condition.

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I picked up this guy because I thought he was unusual and he had his paper tag. He is  Russell from a show called Once Upon A Forest. He may sell but I’m not sure.

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Last weekend I picked up two Puppy/Kitty surprise plush at the estate sale I went to and coincidentally I found another one this week. That happens often. I don’t know what it means. This was another dog but unfortunately she didn’t have any babies. The cat from last week sold for $17.99. I didn’t think this one would sell for much. I put it up for $12.99 and it sold in about an hour. Maybe I should be pricing these higher?

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A friend of mine shared with me that she looks for vintage frames. These were on the $1 table so I picked them up. On the back of each is written “taken 1954.” I’m not sure if the frames are that old too. They seemed a little unusual and in pretty good shape so I took a chance on them. They are only 6″ in diameter and could also be instant relatives for someone.

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Also for $1 was this wooden candle shelf marked Pine Shop Original. I used “colonial” and “primitive” as key words for it. I hope that helps it to sell. It’s very smooth, nice quality wood. I put $19 on it.

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There was also a 50 cent table where I picked up a pair of glasses. I picked them up because they had a designers name in them and were an unusual color. I’ve recently seen the value of glasses that have a distinctive color. My mother lives in a health care facility and she was losing her glasses often. They were brown and looked like everyone else’s glasses. They finally got lost and couldn’t be found again. I looked where they kept the lost and found glasses and I couldn’t tell which ones were hers if they were even there. I went with her to get new glasses and we got her pink frames so now they can easily differentiate her glasses from other ones. I don’t know if this will prevent them from getting lost but it will probably make them easier to find!

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One of my favorite finds of the day was from an estate sale. Everything was pretty picked over by the time I got there. What was still there was expensive but when I went in the attic I saw a box of these with $1 price sticker on them. Sold! My mom used to put these out on my birthday when I had a party and fill them with MnMs. They are little frilly plastic baskets. I just think they are really sweet and nostalgic and I believe they are used as a craft supply.

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I picked up two items at the thrift store. I saw this Gotz doll in the box and took a chance on her for $20 which is way more than I like to spend. I have sold several Gotz dolls before but we will see about this one. She’s so pretty!

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I also picked up this colorful tablecloth decorated for Jewish holidays. Comps on this look pretty good. Since it is getting more competitive out there I am really trying to buy a big variety of items.

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That’s all for this weekend! Spring and more sales are coming!!

Vintage Plush and Hello Kitty!

There was a great estate sale 20 minutes from my house. Unfortunately, I only got there on the afternoon of the second day. Apparently it was filled with vintage toys but because I got there so late I missed out on most of the good stuff. I know it was a good one because even as late as I was there I still found a few good things. I spent $8 and this is what I picked up.

There was a pile of plush for $1 each. I found a vintage puppy surprise and a kitty surprise. These can be hit or miss but I’m hoping that at least the puppy set will sell. The momma dog comes with her original collar. Her puppies have their original bows which indicate whether they are boys or girls. These items are missing in the Kitty surprise group. What also helps the value on these are the number of babies that are inside the moms. I was happy to discover four babies inside the momma dog and three kittens inside the momma cat.

I picked up one of these Jibba Jabba dolls which are from the 90’s and make a really funny noise when you wiggle them. I think I can get $20 for this goofy guy.

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At the bottom of a bin with many small toys I found this Twin Stars Sanrio mirror with heart shaped case. Twin Stars are friends of Hello Kitty and are collectible because there were not as many Twin Stars items made as Hello Kitty items.

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Coincidentally when I went to the thrift store this week I bought a vintage Hello Kitty storage/jewelry box dated 1976. I don’t know why but it seems to happen fairly often that when you find one of a type of item, you shortly after find another similar item. I love this box with the illustrations and words that describe Hello Kitty’s life and family.

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The reason that I didn’t go to the estate sale earlier was because I went to a rummage sale which I thought might be good but turned out to be mostly clothes which is not my thing. I picked up a few bags there.

One of the bags is a Jana Feifer faux alligator brown bag. I also picked up two backpack/laptop cases and a small Thirty-one wallet/wristlet.

That’s all for this weekend. Hoping for more finds coming soon!

Rock ‘n Roll and the Lone Ranger!

I was able to attend one estate sale this weekend that was about 30 minutes away from me. There is still hardly anything to go to around here. This one intrigued me because it mentioned vintage toys in the ad. When I got there at 8:30 there was a short line outside this small house and someone said that he had let two dealers go in at 8:00. I guess they must have paid some extra money. I don’t know. There was quite a bit of stuff to go through so it was fun. I spent $23 and here is what I found.

I rudely reached over a lady to grab this Lone Ranger action figure. He was on a shelf above this woman’s head who was in front of me. I just got excited because he had a lot of his accessories like his hat, scarf, boots and gun. I though he was Mego but he was from another company called Gabriel. I am hoping to get $30 for him.

I have sold several vintage metal globes before. This is one of the less desirable ones but I think it’s cool and may make $18 on it. I like to display these when I am waiting for them to sell. It is by Ohio Art.

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These are a new items for me to experiment with. They are those mirrors you can win at the carnival and they feature older rock and roll bands. One features the Doors and the other features Yes. I can’t find too much information on these but I thought I would take a chance on them.

I also picked up this very retro paint by numbers artwork featuring a girl wearing flower power pants and playing the guitar. It is very 1960’s and although it has a little damage I’m hoping it is unique enough to do well.

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My last purchase were these two Littonware covered casserole dishes. These have a following and I am hoping to get about $15 for each even though they have some wear.

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I had two purchases from the thrift store. I love this Lenox Shamrock from the China Treasures collection. It is only 3 1/2″ across. I hope it will sell for St. Patricks Day!

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I picked up this 1985 Fisher Price Teddy Beddy Bear. I sold one of these last year for about $24 but that one had his blanket with him.

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Two of the plush I found last weekend at the thrift store on Long Island have already sold for $24.99 each. They were the Fisher Price rabbit and the Gilbert cat from Caillou. So I keep shopping for plush!