Vintage Christmas, Dolls and Ponies

There were no exciting sales for me this weekend so off to the thrift store I went and found a few good items. I bought two dolls. First I saw this doll laying in the toy area. She looked older to me because her clothes had metal snaps but her face looked more modern. She had no markings on her. I walked around with her for a while and decided I should buy her since she was only 4 dollars and in fairly good condition. It took me a long time to figure out that she is a Betsy McCall 20″ ballerina doll from the 1960’s. I don’t know her price so I am starting high and will see what happens! She is the kind of doll I would have loved when I was a child. That’s probably why I couldn’t leave her at the store.

The other doll I bought is a Licca doll by Tomy. It is an anime style doll which I believe is like the Japanese version of Barbie. I have sold a few of this type of doll in the past for about $20.

The next thing I spotted was on the wall of toy bags. It was two My Little Pony figures. I have only been able to sell the G-1 figures from the 1980’s and that’s what these two turned out to be. The bag was $4. These are not rare ones which can go for a lot of money. I’ll be happy to get $10 for each one.

With so many people opening jewelry jars and talking about jewelry on Youtube I’ve started looking at the jewelry counter more closely. This blue egg locket caught my eye. It just really charmed me and I bought it even though it was $10. It opens and has an adorable little apple inside. This is something that I wouldn’t mind keeping.

I forgot to mention this item which I bought at a tag sale last weekend. It is an old box of bubble lights. There were 6 lights inside but I really love the look of the box.

Not too much to report today. That’s what happens when it’s almost winter and the tag sales run out. Hope you are all having fun and looking forward to the holidays!!

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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!

Colorful Items

The theme of this weeks finds seemed to be bright and beautiful colors! There were only two sales for me this holiday weekend. One was an estate sale and the other was a tag sale.

I’m not big on selling jewelry because I don’t like how all the people crowd around the jewelry at the sales. I went to this estate sale and they had about 5 boxes of jewelry laid out and this guy came in and just stacked them all up and took them all. I guess that’s OK but I think that if I was a jewelry person I would have felt a little bummed. I only picked up one item at this sale. It is this child’s apron featuring Elsie and Elmer the cow and their family having a BBQ. This is from the Borden milk company where a man there said his father had worked. It’s a little funny to see cows having a BBQ. They only charged me a dollar and I think it’s really cute.

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The next sale I went to was at a woman’s house who had run a preschool. She said that this was the third week of her sale. I picked up this Barbie Polaroid camera. Unfortunately since I don’t have any film I can’t test it. Wow – is it colorful!

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I also picked up this Little Tikes horse trailer and jeep set in a pretty aqua color. It has some condition issues which make affect it’s price. In good condition these can go for around $50 for the set.

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I made two purchases at the thrift store this week. One is this very funky make-up case. I think the brand is Heys Britto. The art on it is very modern and colorful. The interior has polka dots. The cashier at the thrift store was very taken with it. She asked me what it was and if she could open it up to see the inside. I said sure but while she was doing that she proceeded to drop it on the floor. Fortunately it is very sturdy.

The other item I picked up is an enormous book called Kirsten’s Scenes and Settings. It is for the American Girl doll Kirsten and the pages are background scenes such as the interior of her log cabin home. I have to figure out the shipping cost before I can list it and it has some condition issues. I haven’t photographed it yet but I will add the picture when I do.

That is all I have for this week. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday (if you celebrate). The weather’s getting cooler and the days are getting shorter and the sales are getting scarcer!

Roller Coaster Ride of Sales

There were some very bad sales this weekend and some very good sales. The trick is to hit the good sales first. Instead I hit the bad sales first. I went to an overpriced church sale on Friday and picked up two pieces of David Frykman holiday decorations. They reminded me of Jim Shore which is why I picked them up. When I researched them they seemed to be selling but they really only sell for between $10 and $15. The lady there charged me $8 each and I should have put them back. They would be an OK buy at $1 or $2.

The better buy at this sale, even though she charged me another $8, was this Madame Alexander Puddin’ doll in her original box. It doesn’t look like she’s ever been played with. She is dated 1975. The Puddin’ dolls from the 60’s are more valuable. You can tell she is a Puddin’ doll by her pouty face.

The next day I attended a Women’s League of voters tag sale that had very few items. The only good item I bought was this Goebel mouse which was $3. He’s only 1 1/2″ tall.

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The next sale was advertised as a used toy and book sale and I arrived there after it began. I picked up a few Littlest Pet Shop pets, a Corelle high chair and a die cast air stream trailer. I also found a boxed set of hard cover Narnia books but when I took it up to check out and the lady asked her friend how much to charge for it, the other women said “Oh – wait – those are mine!” Really?

The next sale I went to was advertised as a Church Bazaar but actually was a rummage sale and that was the one I wish I had gone to first. They had a whole area filled with toys and even though I arrived two hours after it started I still found a few things.

I picked up this funny doll. The brand is Rubens Barn and it is from Sweden. She is a large doll at about 18″ and she has a unique expression on her face. I learned that these kinds of dolls are sometimes used as therapy dolls.

In the toy area I also picked up a Count Von Count plush and an American Girl doll carrier.

They also had a household and knick knack area where I picked up this cute ceramic vase shaped like a Danish girl, and the best find from that sale which was a Lily Pulitzer duvet cover. I haven’t photographed that yet because I have to check it for flaws. I have been on the look out for Lily Pulitzer but didn’t expect to find a duvet cover. It was $2.

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I went to quite a few sales that day because I was feeling like I wasn’t really finding too much. The last sale I ended up at was an estate sale that was having their half price day. I picked up a pretty doll for $20 which was originally priced at $40. She is made by artist Bettina Feigenspan Hirsch. She has beautiful clothes and seemed to be a really special doll. I couldn’t find a definite price to put her at because there weren’t many that were listed or sold by that artist. I’m going to start high and hope that someone falls in love with her.

She is vinyl and cloth, not porcelain. That’s what I picked up this weekend as sales continue to wind down and I continue to pretend it’s not happening. Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!!

American Girl, Barbie and Plush!

I attended a children’s sale this morning that I go to every year and every year they have boxes of free plush. I only took two items this year. First I got this plush bee hive with ten numbered bees. The hive has numbered doors to match the bees. It would be great for my preschool class so that’s where it will go if it doesn’t sell.

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The second item I found was this bear that is covered in differently textured fabrics for babies to play with. The brand is called Ebulobo which is based in France.

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When I went inside a man and woman were fighting over a Duplo set. She said she put her bag down so she could pick it up and as she was doing that he snatched it up. If your hands aren’t actually on the item its fair game I think but I guess she really wanted it and was very upset. He wasn’t giving it up though. They were getting kind of nasty with each other until a lady from the sale said “This is a fund raiser for a school. Let’s remember that.”

I got excited when I saw an American Girl doll sitting there. She was priced at $25 which is high but I picked her up anyway because she also had a ziplock bag of clothes rubber banded to her. She is another Samantha similar to one I found at the thrift store a few weeks ago. Besides the bag of clothes attached to her there was another bag of clothes. It had “American Girl Clothes” written on it and was priced at $15. I grabbed that too. I also saw Kit’s bed which was only $3. So, the bad news was that in the $15 bag there was not one single American Girl doll piece. Why didn’t I check? In the bag of clothes that was attached to her there was her plaid dress and three pieces from Josefina’s meet outfit. Among all the non-American girl doll clothes in the $15 bag was a Gotz doll dress that I am trying to sell. I was really hoping that the clothing bags would be filled with American Girl items!

At other sales during the day I picked up this funny “Pack Rat” Folkmanis puppet which is gross and cute at the same time. I also found this Kelly Bathtime playset dated 1995 and I recognized it right away because it was something my daughter received years ago on her third birthday! I sent her a picture of it and she remembered it too.

Those were the pick ups for today! I can’t believe Thanksgiving is almost here!!

Vintage Plush, Dolls and Eclectic Surprises

This weekend there was a church sale that I attended last year and didn’t do very well. I think this year I did better. They had a barn of household and decorative items where things are carefully priced. I picked up this bird candelabra which I believe is Danish mid century based on the style and other Ebay listings. It is unmarked. It was $3. I think it’s cool because the feathers can fan out or fold flat.

 

The second item I bought there was this small trinket box marked Smithsonian Institution. It has some chips on the bottom. I have done well with similar boxes from the Halcyon Days company but never found one like this from the Smithsonian. I hoping that the carousel horse theme will be appealing. It is only 2″ wide.

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I spent a total of $11 in the barn. The next place I went to was the fill a bag for $2 tent which was really fun because you could throw any thing in your bag that you thought might be a good item and there was lots to choose from. Below are four of the better items I picked up there. The items include a Kurt Adler skiing gnome, an abstract face stone paperweight, a funky pear ornament by Patience Brewster and a badger holding a football. I picked up the football piece because it was marked Red Wing. When I researched it at home I saw similar ones selling for between $50 and $100 which was a great surprise. In the same tent I picked up a jar filled with vintage mini glass Christmas balls. In the past I have sold similar ones at $25 for a set of 30. I haven’t counted how many are in the jar yet. They are tricky to ship because they are so fragile.

 

After that I got in line for the toy area which opened an hour later than the other areas. There was a playpen filled with plush for 50 cents each. Plus there were some dolls thrown in. I picked up this Baby Tender Love doll from 1969. I recognized her right away because I received her as a holiday gift when I was 7. She sold quickly for $15. I also picked up a newer Steiff of a golden retriever puppy. He also sold right away for $19. I also found the puppets Charlie Horse and Hush Puppy from Shari Lewis’ Lambchop gang. I am hoping to get $25 for the pair.

 

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Aside from the plush I picked up a lot of vintage Strawberry Shortcake dolls and a Native American style vintage toy drum. There is a drumstick included that has a feather attached to it and I found my cat playing with it and trying to bite the feather off!

 

So that was a fun treasure hunting kind of sale! There should be a few more good weekends of sales before it all starts to wind down!

Artwork, American Girl and Steam Punk

There are two items from last week’s library sale that I’m going to mention here. In the barn area they have an entire hallway filled with paintings and artwork. This year I picked up two pieces for $8 all together. The first print is a picture by C.W. Anderson who was an illustrator of many book about horses. I think the pony in the picture is very adorable. The frame is worn. I don’t know why his friend is a chicken.

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The next picture was also very vintage looking in a very old frame. It is entitled “A Yard Of Puppies” because it is a 3 foot long illustration of puppies. It will be a bear to ship but hopefully will sell for a good price. Who can resist a yard of puppies? No me!

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This week there were a few tag sales and two community sales. At the tag sales I picked up these vintage motorcycle military goggles. They are not very valuable but someone might use them for part of a costume. I saw other people listing them with the key word “Steam Punk” so I did the same. I liked that they came with their own metal case.

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I also picked up this cute Scandanavian Viking figure and this peg rack. I have tried selling peg racks before with no success but this one seemed like an especially nice one.

I bought some plush this weekend which included a lot of 3 muppet characters and Mr. Bim the monkey. He sold quickly for $39. This is the second one of these that I have sold. I don’t know what the appeal is but they seem to sell. It may be a remake of an old stuffed animal that people are nostalgic about.

The best find of the weekend was a beautiful old dollhouse. It was marked $10 and I didn’t know what it was because there was no makers name but I knew it was vintage. It turns out to be a Keystone of Boston dollhouse from the 1940’s and since dollhouses are my thing, I can’t part with it. I will take a picture of it soon in its new home on top of my cabinet in the dining room.

I had a great surprise at the thrift store. I had been walking out empty handed for the past couple of weeks but when I looked in the toy section this week I saw a doll wearing Samantha’s Meet dress. As I approached it I thought that even if the doll did not have any value, if the price was good, I could sell the dress. I thought that it couldn’t actually be Samantha because they usually take the American Girl dolls and place them behind the counter with a $50 price tag. But guess what? They missed this one. It was a Samantha doll. I don’t know if this threw them off because she was not marked American Girl on her neck she was marked Pleasant Company, making her a more valuable vintage doll. She was marked $6.99. That find balanced out a mediocre weekend of finds and me keeping the dollhouse. That’s how I justify it anyway!

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Things have been selling well in the past few weeks. I have sold both Fisher Price sets and one of the American Girl dolls. I have already sold 5 of the Polly Pockets sets as well as the vintage perfume which sold for $69! I think holiday shopping has begun!