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!

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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!

Lladro, B&G, YSL Perfume and Polly Pocket!

This weekend I hit one good family tag sale and a large community sale. At the family sale I spotted a toy WWE Championship belt. I recently sold a similar one. I would never have picked these up if it weren’t for watching Youtube channels where resellers share what kinds of items they sell. These bring between $20 and $30. I paid $4 for this one because it was new. I also found this Handy Manny toolbox toy where the tools move up and down and sing. These also sell between $20 and $30.

 

Mugs don’t sell well for me but for 50 cents I decided to take a chance on a Sopranos mug. The last thing I picked up at this sale was this Coach bucket hat which was $5. I’m having a hard time figuring out what color it is. Is it yellow? brown? orange? It looks different in different light.

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After this tag sale I went to a community sale where they have a whole section of toys and also a barn filled with everything else. It’s a really fun time. My find of the day was a bucket of vintage Polly Pocket sets from the 1990’s. It was $30 for the whole box and I was hesitant at first but when I saw a bag of tiny characters I knew that it would be worth it. It took me an entire afternoon to clean them and sort them out. In the end there turned out to be about 14 items to sell. Many of them were houses from the Pollyville collection which features a whole neighborhood of tiny houses and shops. I was able to match many of them up with their original figures. Below is the school and the church.

 

When I went into the barn I picked up these two porcelain figures. The cat is from Lladro and the Girl with the Pitcher is from Bing and Grondahl. They were $10 each but I thought that there would still be profit in them and have already sold the girl figurine for $34. Usually I don’t like to pay more than a few dollars for items but I’m learning that sometimes its worth it to pick up more expensive things. And yes, the girl is literally crying over spilt milk.

 

Also in the barn I picked up this 1960’s round suitcase and a bottle of YSL Champagne perfume. Both of these items were unpriced and I think I was charged $1 for each. I think the perfume bottle is beautiful and am hoping to get about $50 for it.

 

I will probably be adding on to this post later as I still have some items to photograph. The weather here in the northeast is really holding out. It’s been warm and beautiful. Great for tag sales!

Jewelry, Unique Bags and Vintage Christmas

Last weekend there was a synagogue sale near my neighborhood that I attended on Sunday. There was a large rummage area room where a man there looked at all your stuff and gave you a price. I ended up just throwing some small random items into my bag along with the larger items I wanted. Some of the items that I thought were winners turned out to be duds. Some of the items that I thought were duds turned out to be winners.

I found a cool plush river otter stuffed animal that I looked up while I was there and he appeared to sell for about $30. When I was photographing him though, I saw that he only had one eye. So he was a dud.

I found an interesting pin in a style that I had never seen before just laying on a table among dishes. I saw a mark on the back that I couldn’t read but I knew it wasn’t 925 for sterling silver. When I got home and used my magnifying glass I saw that it said 800 which I learned is another type of silver. Furthermore I learned that this style of pin is called Pietra Dura and is a type of inlayed stone design. It looks like they can do well so I put mine at auction.

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Another piece of jewelry that I found this week at a community wide tag sale is this gold tone pony pin that I think is cute.

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At the synagogue sale I picked up two bags. One was a military field pack dated 1956. I don’t know what people do with these but I know military items can be popular.

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This monkey backpack caught my eye. At first I thought he was a stuffed animal. He is from the brand Kipling which is a popular brand for bags. I couldn’t find another like him online so I hope he will do well.

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This weekend there was a community tag sale about 45 minutes north of me. This was the kind where people host tag sales at their homes. I went to about ten of the sales and found a few good items.

I saw this Ray-Ban case at a sale and was happy to see that there were sunglasses inside. When I asked for the price they said $1 so that was great. It took me awhile to research them to find the style. They are called Liteforce.

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At one sale I saw this pretty wood and brass┬ákaleidoscope. It has two wheels filled with colorful shapes that spin independently to create a million different designs. I love these. It was marked $5 but I think I can get $30 – $40 for it. I’ll enjoy it until it sells.

 

 

This unusual looking shelf sitter Santa was only $1. He looks a bit like he had too much egg nog. He is marked “Made in Hong Kong”. I love vintage Christmas items and you can usually find them for a reasonable price.

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At the first house I stopped at the lady there had about 10 boxes of lego sets from vintage to modern. They had no prices on them. She seemed uncertain if they were complete or not so I choose the one I thought looked the most promising and offered $10 and she took it. Maybe I should have bought more but legos are tricky for me especially when a set is used. Her husband had a whole bunch of family military items from jackets to patches to hats. Again none of it was priced and so I just left it. I know some of that can be valuable but I have no knowledge in that area.

P1420012So that’s about it for this week! Time to get ready for the hopefully big holiday rush of sales!!

Vintage Toys, Wooden Objects and some Designer Finds!

There was only one church sale for me this weekend. Other than that I just went to a bunch of good old tag sales. I went to about 15 on saturday but I only bought items at about 5 of them. That’s usually how it goes for me at tag sales.

Late in the day, when I usually don’t find things anymore, I stopped at a sale that was pretty close to my house. I picked up this set of vintage Tomy dollhouse furniture. I love the mid century modern style of it and how you can move the pieces of the couch around to make different designs.

More surprising to find late in the day was a bag of littlest pet shop pets. These are usually snatched up early but don’t think that many people had attended this sale. There were 26 pets in this group plus a bunch of accessories. I am hoping to get $30 for the lot. I was charged $7 for the pets and the furniture.

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Another sale I went to had a big tarp where everything on it was free! I picked up a Barney school house playset and two stuffed animals. I am going to save the Barney house until I find a few more figures for it. One of the stuffed animals I got there was this mouse who is Tutter from the Bear in the Big Blue House. My daughter used to watch that show when she was young. I think I might get $10 for him.

Keeping with the toy theme, I picked up 6 Lego baseplates at another sale. Depending on which kind they are, these can go for about $10 each.

I found two wooden items this weekend at the church sale. I was excited at first to find this Dansk ice bucket for only $3. Then I saw the big chip it has on the lid. I am still hoping to get $20 for it. I also found this photo/scrapbook album. It has a wooden front and back cover with metal hinges and painted ducks. I think this would be great for that cabin decor that some people like.

At the same sale I found an eyeglass case with the Chanel logo on it. I think it’s authentic because I found the same one online. It’s not worth too much but for 50 cents I couldn’t leave it behind. I don’t find many Chanel items. For $1 I picked up a pink striped Swatch watch that came with its case.

I will end with two tin boxes I found. At the church sale was this sweet bunny tin from England and last weekend I picked up this picnic basket tin at a thrift store while I was traveling.

It was fun going around to all the different tag sales. It was a beautiful cool day for July around here. There is such an assortment of homes, items and people!

Vintage, Mid Century Modern and Pop Culture

There were a variety of sales and a variety of items this weekend. At one community sale I went to I had a box that I was putting stuff in. There were a lot of volunteers who kept asking me if I wanted to put my box in the hold area. I don’t trust the hold area. Two years ago I had a very bad experience with the hold area and a chess set. I also know that where there is confusion things in the hold area sometimes end up back in the selling area. I know everyone has good intentions but I just like to hold my stuff. I ending up saying that “No thank you. I’m trying to see how much I can carry.” I found a couple of Betty Crocker pie cover Cookbooks and a large heavy mid century sculpture. My box was quite heavy. The sculpture reminded me of one I found last summer except this one is smaller. It was marked $10.

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The hard covered books were $1. I have sold this cookbook before and found 2 this time. Unfortunately they don’t have the chapter dividers but they still should sell. I am hoping for $25.

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I love to find vintage pin cushions. Last year I found a half doll pin cushion. I think this bluebird and nest pin cushion is very sweet.

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The last two vintage mohair Teddy Bears I found sold for $19 each and I found two more this weekend! These are small bears that measure about 8″.

Another vintage plush I picked up was this Minnie Mouse. She is marked Walt Disney Productions. She is also small at about 6″.

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Keeping with the vintage theme, I spotted a pan on a table that looked like Pyrex but I didn’t recognize the pattern. I flipped it over and saw that it was in fact marked Pyrex. Many Pyrex pieces don’t sell for much and this one had dark staining on the handles so I left it. After shopping for a while I walked back and saw that the piece was still there so I looked up “Pyrex Black Rooster” and it turns out to be a hard to find pattern.

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The last vintage item I’m going to share is this wooden pull string soldier who actually bangs on his drum when you pull him along. He is made to look older then he is and is marked 1983.

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I also bought some pop culture items this weekend. These Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figures from the 80’s came in a ziploc marked $2.

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This is a Pokemon Pikachu virtual pet. I grabbed it because it was $1 and new in the package, not knowing if it had any value. I later realized that it had good value, especially in a pristine package. Maybe if I had known that I would not have put it in a place in the trunk of my car where the front of the package got damaged. I succeeding in decreasing it’s value by about half. Yay me.

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I also picked up a Game Boy which unfortunately is missing the battery cover and a Pokemon game. These items cost $2. I hardly ever find things like this anymore because there are so many people looking for vintage video game items. I think the reason I got these was because I was at a tag sale in a very quiet rural area. This was in the afternoon on the second day of the sale too.

Those are the finds for this mid July weekend. I wish summer could last forever!

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!!