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!!

Vintage Dollhouse Furniture, Toys and Barbie

This weekend there was a church sale, a fundraiser for a high school band, a tag sale and an estate sale. The high school fund raiser was advertised as starting at 9:00. We arrived at 8:30 and it was already going strong. I don’t know if this is why but we did not find too much there.

I picked up this Scentsy Buddy because I had heard that they could be good sellers. He’s cute and soft. You are supposed to put a scent pack inside him and he will smell nice for your child or baby.

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I picked up Count Von Count from Sesame Street. I think I sold one like this last year. He is by Gund.

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I also picked up this tin apple box. I thought it might be a nice fall decor piece.

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The next stop was a church sale. I only picked up one item there which was this Pokemon Togepi plush. I am pairing him with another Pokemon I found a while ago that didn’t sell on its own.

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After those two stops my son and I went to a tag sale where I found this Aladdin’s lamp for 50 cents. Somewhere in the back of my mind I remembered that it can be a good seller. It should go for around $24.

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The most fun purchase for me was at an estate sale where there was a pile of boxes in front of the house. It was like they had just pulled the boxes out of the basement or attic. One box appeared to have some old dollhouse furniture in it. The box was filthy and falling apart. I took the box inside and asked the lady how much. She said $5 so I took it not knowing what was inside. It was fun to look through and sort it all. I got five lots out of it. The oldest items were these wooden furniture pieces. I believe they are from the 1940’s. They are in really rough condition.

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My favorite group is this set of plastic furniture. I believe they are from the 1960’s. They are marked Topper. I like the colors and the mid century modern style. They are in very good shape.

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There was a group of Plasco furniture in varying degrees of condition.

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This group of Liddle Kiddle items for baby Biddle which sold a few minutes after I listed it for $10.

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And finally there was this sweet tiny tea set.

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None of it will make a fortune but it was a pretty fun find for $5.

The best find of the week came from the thrift shop. I haven’t found anything to resell at the thrift store since July. I had the day off on Wednesday and went over there in the afternoon and saw this pretty Barbie doll on one of the toy shelves. I thought she looked like Marie Antoinette and when I looked her up on my phone I saw that Marie Antoinette Barbie goes for upwards of $500. That was a fun 30 seconds.  On closer look though, she was not Marie Antoinette Barbie but Madame Du Barbie designed by Bob Mackie. She sold a few days after I listed her for $85. She cost $7 at the thrift store.

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Those were the highlights for this week! Happy Fall!

Can I still hunt for treasure in the winter?

I search for treasures at yard sales, flea markets, estate sales and thrift stores. I love looking through these places and finding special things that I fall in love with for my own collections, or to resell. I live in a pretty small town so I often have to travel a bit to find these places. In the winter, sales up here, where I live in New England,Image are nearly non-existent so I usually just pack it all up until spring. This year I am going to try to visit whatever estate sales I can find and the thrift stores, to try to keep my hobby going through this sometimes dreary winter season. This weekend, to my surprise, there were 3 estate sales and one moving sale. Three were awful-for my purposes, anyway. Prices were full on retail – as if I was in an antique shop on Madison avenue. I could almost tell right away that they were going to be bad for me because they were too neat. I need lots of mess and piles of stuff to look through. The last sale I went to was the best one. I wasn’t even going to go because it had already been on since Thursday and this was Saturday. But then I remember how many things I have found at sales where I wasn’t going to go, and then went after all. For me it feels like I have to go to about 8 sales before I find one that makes me happy. This sale was at a house with a basement with lots of fabrics and sewing supplies. I found some vintage button cards ( I especially like the pink ones), a length of gorgeous purple trim, a vintage Christmas tree topper and a glass jar with a bright red top. A very tiny haul for crafts and collecting, but it made for a fun morning on a foggy winter day here in Connecticut.