Ceramics, Silver and Seals!

The first church sale I went to this weekend had a $10 early bird. I’ve been to about 4 sales so far this season that have had $10 early bird fees that were really not worth it but I think this one was. There were lots of figurines, ceramics and small items marked $1 or $2 which gives you the opportunity to use your best judgement (there is no time to look anything up) and take some chances.

For $1 I picked up a ziploc bag filled with Hagen Renaker figures. When I sorted through them more than half of them were broken. I was left with 13. I listed them for $19 and they sold immediately. I think the sea gull figure is a rare one.

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I love the color on this turquoise bowl which was marked Red Wing. I know that is a good name in pottery so I purchased it for $2. When I got it home I saw that it had two long cracks on the inside plus a chip on the edge. After researching it, I believe it is a piece from the 1940’s and even with the condition issues I am still hoping to get at least $24 for it.

After buying a piece of Lladro last weekend I was on the look out and found this piece marked Nao Lladro. I don’t know what the difference is between this and regular Lladro. This girl reminded me of the Lladro ballerinas that my mother used to collect. Eventually most of the fingers on my mother’s pieces were damaged. I was happy to see that was not the case on this pretty figure. She was $2.

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Last year I purchased a bowl shaped like an eggplant from the company Mottahedeh. I remember that the bowl had a chip and would have sold for a lot if it was perfect. I think I ended up selling the damaged one for $25 after a while. So I recognized the name Mottahedeh when I saw it on the bottom of this trinket dish illustrated with a sailing ship. It was marked $1.

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This stone carving of a seal has a very charming look. It has a sticker that says Canada Eskimo art. It is very heavy. There is a big price range on these but I am hoping to get at least $19 for him. He was $2.

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There were many items there marked between $5 and $10 but I stayed away from those. I ventured into the jewelry room after the rush was over. Most items were marked $4.00. I picked up three items and I think two of them are good. One is a cat head pin marked 925 and the other is a panel and link bracelet with a pyramid design marked Sterling. Both are marked Mexico.

In the toy area I picked up two bags of Littlest Pet Shop toys for $3 each and a vintage Fisher Price little people set in the original box. I have not had time to photograph these items yet.

Later on in the day I went to two other community sales. At the first one I picked up a few items that were marked 25 cents including a vintage set of rainbow drip candles. I believe these were used in the 70’s to make craft projects using bottles. I picked up a paint by number of a German Shepherd and a Janie and Jack visor for a baby.

I arrived at the last sale fairly late and they were doing fill a bag for $5. I picked up a pretty vintage teapot and a set of delft tiles representing the four seasons.

The tag sales have really picked up around here – the challenge is to find the treasures at low prices!!

Mid Century Mod, Vintage Toys and Bobbleheads!

The first community sale I went to wasn’t packed like I like (with stuff, not people) but there were still some good finds. I spent $14 here. I saw this little ceramic dog and was going to walk by but I picked him up and saw that he was marked Lladro on the bottom. This is a collectible brand of ceramics from Spain. Usually any Lladro I find is priced at 20 or more but this guy was $2 so he was mine. He sold for $35 within hours of listing him.

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A bag of toy furniture turned out to be from the Calico Critters series. I broke them up into two lots to sell. One is a birthday party set and one is a nursery. I’m hoping for about $14 for each set.

This pretty lady is a vintage paper mache pin cushion from Mexico. I haven’t found any sold listings for similar ones but the asking prices I see are fairly high so I put her up for $60 and will see what happens.

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This set was sitting there with a $1 sticker on it. I follow some Youtubers who sell beauty products from tag sales and do well so I took a chance. There are seven different products here. Individually and new these seem to sell for about $30 each but these are used and I’m selling them all together. This will be an experiment for me. It is also an anti-aging system so if it doesn’t sell – maybe I’ll look 10 years younger!!

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I picked up some interesting pieces of jewelry at this sale. There was a pair of triangle earrings and a large brooch that kind of looks like coral from the ocean. It can also be worn as a pendant on a necklace.

Some other sales I went to included a sale at a Synagogue and a few tag sales. I picked up a variety of items including a sealed in the package Sony Walkman, a Fossil wallet, a baseball glove and a vintage metal picture frame.

In the toy area I found some vintage Littlest Pet Shop sets. These were the first LPS that Kenner made before all the animals had giant heads.

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This mid century modern teak bird is by a Danish artist. Unfortunately he has a bad chip on his beak but I was excited to find him and couldn’t leave him behind for $1.

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The last items I will share came from bags hanging on the wall at the thrift store. Each was written on “16th anniversary 1964” so I believe these are about 50 years old. They are called bobble heads or nodder figures. I think the mermaid is so cute.

Many different items to be found this weekend!

Vintage Toy Cars and Mini Swarovski!

The first church sale I went to today had my favorite prices – 25 cents, 40 cents and 75 cents. There were high prices too but I stayed in the low range and picked up some fun items. They had a toy area where I found this set of Nylint vintage cars. The red car is a Grand Prix Special that comes with a car trailer. It has a crack in the roof but I am going to try to get $30 for the set.

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The other vintage car I bought is this Tonka horse trailer. It has two problems which are a name written on it and a crack in the plastic top. I am going to try to get $14 for this. There is also supposed to be a horse with this set.

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I saw this sitting there with a 25 cent sticker on it. It is a part of a Fisher Price Little People doll house. People search for pieces to make their set complete so I am putting this up for $10.

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This figure is pretty wrecked but he is also old. I’m not sure if I will list him. His face looks quite strange. Its Donald Duck from Disney looking like he’s had a few too many.

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I also attended a community tag sale in a parking lot where I found a plush Kermit the Frog by Fisher Price. I recently sold a similar one but it was a puppet.

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The find of the day was a group of Swarovski miniatures which I am tempted to keep. I believe that they are worth about $30 each and the lady charged me $5 each. There is a tea set, champagne set, birthday cake and a wine set which is missing the cups. The tea set is my favorite. She gave me the wine set for free because it was missing the cups. I actually passed on it and she came running after me at the sale and just gave it to me!

Those are my purchases for this weekend! Better get listing!!

Vintage Christmas, Barbie and Tiny Treasures

There were only a few good tag sales this weekend. I attended about 6 tag sales in all. I purchased items only at two. At the first sale I saw a box of vintage glass Christmas ornaments. I pulled out a small box of miniature ornaments and when I asked how much the lady said that I could have the whole box for $20. I took it but I wish I had bargained for a better price. Sometimes I freeze when I should be haggling. I split the ornaments into three lots. One lot included all the miniature ornaments. This lot sold already for $29. Most of the ornaments look like small lanterns. I like the small ball ornaments.

The other two lots are a group of 13 and a group of 11. They are regular sized ornaments. Some of them are very unique and beautiful. Some of these were marked Shiny Brite, West Germany or Poland. The lot of 13 includes many indent ornaments. I will have to do some careful packing for these!

The other thing I bought at this sale was a bag of old Barbie clothes. There were several bags there but I had to make a fast decision and only ended up choosing one. The items I lotted together wouldn’t sell for much individually (most for about $5). I love looking through bags like this. I especially like the pink bathroom scale and the hot water bottle.

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I also picked up a plush Mordecai from Cartoon Network’s “The Regular Show” which my son used to watch. That’s how I recognized him. I’m trying to get $18 for him. I also picked up a Kliban Cat Christmas mug.

The last thing from this sale is this vintage Snoopy coin bank. This looks like an early version of Snoopy. The stopper is marked Made in Taiwan. I’m hoping to get $19 for him.

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That sale was on Friday. On Saturday I went to four tag sales all together. Only one was good. The other three had overpriced junk. It’s one thing to have cheap junk. That’s fair – or good stuff that’s overpriced. Neither situation is good but at least they make sense. When you have bad items for high prices – it gets depressing! For example, one lady had generic handbags for $5 – $10 and baskets for $5. End of rant.

The sale that was fun had some neat vintage items for low prices. There was not a lot of great stuff for resale but I love to buy those small old charming things. I picked up a pencil box from 1960 that shows countries and their capitals, a nursery block with an image of the old lady who lived in a shoe, a renwal dollhouse red plastic table, a wooden man and, my favorite item which is a French candy shop jewelry box that looks like a house. I think it is from the 1960’s. The sticker on it says it was designed by Earl Bernard, made in Japan.

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Here is a close up of the house box.

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Those were the highlights for the weekend. I hope things will pick up after Easter. Hope you all are enjoying the holidays!

Fun Mix of Estate Sale and Thrift Finds

I went to an estate sale near my town this weekend. It was on Friday and since there was a snow day and I work at a school, I was able to go. Like most estate sales I attend, the items they determine as being the good stuff is high priced. They had vintage sports pennants for $20 each and ceramic Christmas trees for $10. I always try to find the things they don’t see value in.

The first thing I found was this pair of decorated cocktail picks and holders. I think they’re pretty kitschy and unique. I have seen a similar set on Etsy where they are asking $18. There must have been a third holder shaped like an eggplant.

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I was excited to find a box of vintage Hallmark Christmas cards with really cute illustrations. I saw someone on Etsy selling single cards from this set for $4. This box has 22 cards in it.

I think the best find at this sale was a collection of miniature perfume bottles marked Bloomingdales 7 Scents. I am hoping to get $24. I love the tiny glass bottles.

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The last find was this Mickey Mouse club keychain. I picked it up because it is vintage Mickey Mouse and new on the card. Not worth a lot – maybe $10? The estate man charged me $9 for these 4 items which I thought was pretty good.

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Thrift store prices are killing me!! I saw these lego head storage boxes and they were $5 each! It looks like they can bring $20 each so I bought them but that’s a lot of money to spend.

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I love this old rolling pin with green painted handles. It was $2 which is almost like a tag sale price so I bought it.

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Also marked $2 was this miniature Hello Kitty play set that came in its own box. Super cute. I used to buy this type of toy for my daughter to keep her busy at restaurants.

For another $5 (ugh) I bought this Winx fairy doll because she was still in her package. Similar ones seem to sell for $40 so I took a chance.p1380716

I forgot to mention this charming item which I’m in love with. Its a tiny metal box decorated to look like a house and when you open it up its all illustrated like a dollhouse. It is by artist Dana Kubick. I have sold two other metal boxes of hers. I always want to keep them. This one is only worth about $10 but I only paid $1.

That’s it for this wintery week. Valentine’s Day is almost here! Enjoy!

Driving Far to a Winter Sale

I drove over an hour today to go to a sale because I miss sales so much. This one was advertised as a high school multi family fund raiser for a baseball team to go to Florida. That sounded to me like it might be good and since there was nothing else around I went. It was pretty small but fun! There was enough stuff to hunt through, although the prices were high. I over heard the lady talking to her friend and she said she could sell stuff on Facebook or on Ebay if it didn’t sell today. Not as good as those sales where they just want to get rid of stuff.

There was a wall of Vera Bradley bags and to give you and idea of prices, they were asking between $10 and $25 depending on the size. I wish I knew my patterns and knew which ones were worth a lot but I don’t. They also had wallets for $5.00 and since I couldn’t leave all that Vera goodness behind, I bought these two wallets. I am hoping for between $15 and $20 for them.

I spotted this small Dooney and Bourke coin purse. I convinced the lady that this was not a wallet and she sold it to me for $2.

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I found a pair of boots in the shoe area. The shoes were marked between $5 and $10. I saw a pair of boots and they were marked Ugg on the bottom and were not the typical Ugg style. She sold them to me for $5. I think she would have said $10 had she realized they were Uggs. I believe they are men’s motorcycle boots and may do well.

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This cute Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving trinket box was $1. Yay! I love that price! It’s not worth a lot but it’s very sweet.

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I think the best find was this set of Haba wooden blocks. I believe these toys are made in Germany. It is a nativity set. It was $5. It’s very heavy so I have to figure out the shipping cost before I can list it but I have seen similar sets selling for $50 so I have high hopes.

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Coincidentally this is the second nativity toy I’ve found recently. The other one is this nativity sand box play set that I picked up at the thrift store. I wonder if these items will sell before next Christmas.

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That was my tag sale adventure of the weekend. The weather has not been too bad around here. I wish more people would have some sales!

A Grimy Winter Estate Sale

I attended an estate sale in a neighboring town. There were some photos in the craigslist ad and it said dolls so I was there. It was one of those where you take a number and they only let a certain number in at a time so that was frustrating. It was so packed with stuff. It may have been a hoarder. The stuff was kind of organized in piles but there was a lot of dirt and grime. Many of the items were from the early 1970’s which is when I was a child. I spent $69 which is high for me. Here are some of the items I picked up.

In a box of dolls I found these two Barbies with no legs. They are talking Barbies from 1967. These don’t talk any more. I am hoping to get about $20 for each one – even without the legs.

This next doll is a Happy Haley doll made in Hong Kong. She has that big eyed mod look. I really don’t know her value but I hope I can at least get $20 for her. She has quite a face.

This small 6″ doll is a Holly Hobbie doll by American Greetings from the 1970’s. I hope to get about $14 for her. She has her complete outfit.

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The last doll I bought is this Baby Crissy doll. She is part of the Crissy Velvet Ideal hair growing doll family and she is giant. She is 24″ tall. In good condition she can bring good money but this one has some bad stains on her skin. I cleaned her up as best as I could. She has a very cute face.

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In the basement of this house were piles of games, puzzles and toys. It was all very grimy and I had to thoroughly wash everything. There were even a few items that were still in the original package but the packages were in such bad shape. Even though the item inside is probably in great condition, the torn plastic is a problem.

I found a vintage Fisher Price Family Camper in the original box but the box just crumbled in my hand. The items, even though it looked like they had never been played with, were still kind of dirty. I cleaned everything. The set was complete.

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These next two items were sealed in the package but the plastic in each case is torn in several places. One is a vintage doll puzzle which I’m tempted to keep and the other is a Colorola which I remember from my childhood. Neither is worth a lot of money and probably wouldn’t sell at all except for the sealed factor.

I love all the vintage pictures on these old toy boxes like the ones I found for this Bird series Shaker Maker set.

I love charms and so I couldn’t  leave this opened Charm Jewelry Kit behind. It’s dated 1971.

Also sealed but again with torn plastic, is this vintage roll of Contact paper. It has very retro illustrations on it with girls wearing bonnets like Holly Hobbie and shaggy dogs.

I also picked up a portable record player with a colorful cover. It seems to work but I don’t have any vintage records to really test it with.

It was fun to dig through all that old stuff! We have a big storm today here in the northeast. A great day to list!