Best Plush Sales of 2018

As the year draws to a close and I am grateful for another fun year of finding and reselling toys, dolls and many other unique and interesting items. The following are my top ten plush sales of this year from the least expensive to the more valuable items.

This plush was bought for about $1 at a church rummage sale that I arrived late to. I am mentioning that because sometimes, even if you aren’t the first one in the door, you can still find good items. This is a plush of the character MO from the Disney Pixar film Walle. The minor characters from movies can be more rare and sought after than the main characters. He sold within a few weeks for $19.99.

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This Donkey Kong plush was a thrift store find. He took longer to sell than I thought he would. I had found another one of these a while ago but realized after I got that one home that his arm had a large hole in it and was coming off his body. I had to toss that one so I was happy to find this one that was in good condition. I paid about $4 for him. He sold after several months for $32.99.

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At the same sale where I found MO I picked up another Disney character that I didn’t recognize at all. With the help of a facebook group I was able to identify him as a character from a Pixar short movie. This character is called La Luna Bambino. He was pretty rare and sold for $39.99.

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I get very excited when I see a plush pile at a sale. I attended one church sale where they had a kiddie pool full of plush! Searching through that pool I pulled out this small vintage Steiff cat. She sold for $39.99.

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This vintage Gund bear came out of another plush pile that was fill a bag for $1! He appears fairly plain looking but his 1980s date and the Gund name gave him some value. He sold for $49.99.

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Also from the thrift store was this plush Copper from the Disney movie The Fox and the Hound. I paid about $4.00 for him. I think he’s super cute! He was a larger size at about 12″ tall and sold for $49.99.

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While I was fishing through another box of plush under a table at a tag sale I saw a little paw sticking out and I recognized it right away as a Steiff hand puppet. I had this one when I was a child and was able to sell it for $49.99. There was also a black cat puppet there but I decided to keep it for my collection.

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This next plush was a find from a nursery school sale where all the plush was 50 cents. The year before the plush was free but that’s a price increase that I can live with! This one was purchased on a gut feeling that it might be something good. You can take chances when you are paying 50 cents for an item. I thought that it looked vintage and the outfit looked cute. Only after I got it home did I find the tag which said it was a Le Mutt dog from France. He sold within a month for $55.99.

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This next item was certainly unusual looking. He was a large stuffed robot call the Iron Giant. Even though he had a hole in his foot, he sold for $99.99.

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This last plush really cheered up my January. He was a thrift store purchase. I had just seen a video about a man that sold a giant plush Mufasa from the Lion King for $600. I had that in my brain when I saw this large Simba plush at the thrift store for $7. When I got home I realized that this one was the same brand as the Mufasa. Although not quite as valuable, I was thrilled to be able to sell him for $300.

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Those are my top ten plush finds! Stay tuned for more top ten lists!!

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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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A Pile of Plush, A Toy Tent and Fill A Bag!

I went to a sale that had all my favorite things mentioned in the title of this blog. It was pouring rain so some of the plush in the pile were wet even though it was under a tent. I pulled three toys out of the pile which was “fill a bag” for $1. I pulled out this old Disney Bear named Bongo. I never heard of him before. He is from a film produced by Disney in 1947. He is also a very early Gund toy. I don’t know what he is worth. Maybe a million dollars!  The second item I bought is a Gund bear from 1981. He may bring $20. Finally I got a purple Lumpy elephant from Winnie the Pooh.

Besides the plush pile there were also other toys. I picked up this old doll. She is a Dy-dee doll by Effanbee. I’ve never seen these before. Her rubber body was cracked and damaged in some areas but she still sold quickly for $40. She has a sweet face and I really like her bonnet.

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In another tent were tables of household items and decor. There was a stack of coasters and I picked them up because they were unusual looking and made in Italy. They were marked Fornasetti Milano which turns out to be fairly collectible.

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I found several mid century figurines which I put together in a lot because each is worth no more that 4 or 5 dollars on it’s own. My favorite is the angel cat. I believe that the chimney sweep is by Goebel although it is unmarked. The brown dog is a Lefton piece. I don’t understand the meaning of the monkey climbing out of the piano.

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In the same tent I picked up a wall plaque featuring two sailing ships in scrimshaw, a small jewelry box shaped like a sewing box, an old copper pot and a green Catherineholm pot.  Nautical items have been selling well which is why I picked up the ship picture.

That’s about it for this weekend. There was a large variety and items I have never seen before which is always fun and helps me learn about new, wonderful things!

Dolls, Plush, Art and Decor

I am combining two weeks of finds in this blog. There were several sales including a community sale, a church sale and an estate sale.

For $5 I picked up this Madeline case that was filled with dolls and clothes. I have sold some of these before. These hard plastic 8″ dolls seem to be better sellers than the soft Madeline dolls.

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I also picked up this sailor doll which I believe is from the 1940s and looks like a doll by an artist named Nora Wellings. The hat says “Queen Elizabeth II” and I think this was a souvenir. He has a hand painted face which is kind of creepy.

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The plush I picked up included a pair of Where The Wild Things are characters and Babar and Celeste. I have consistently been selling Where The Wild Things Are plush for $10 each. These were $1 each.

I also grabbed some interesting artwork. This picture of a cat looking out of a window is by an artist named Nelson. I picked up a similar piece several months ago which I think sold for $19. It is made of different types of inlaid wood. The second piece is a print that is numbered 3/20 and is by a listed artist named Gerald Brommer. It was only $4 because it has a lot of water damage. It is an image of a gondola. I really don’t know what the value of this is.

Some of the decorative items I bought include this metal and enamel vase. I picked it up because I liked the colors and designs. When I researched it I saw similar ones that they are calling Chinese antiques but I don’t really know since it doesn’t have any markings on it. I’m hoping for at least $30. I also picked up this funky orange cup? vase? I don’t know but it has three handles. It is small and only measures 3″ tall.

Finally, in the category of random, I picked up this clone trooper helmet for $5 which I’m hoping to sell for $40 since it is close to Halloween, and this charming box of vintage pencils.

Those are the highlights from the last couple of weeks. Fall tag sales are going strong!

Toys from the 80’s, Mid Century Modern and Tupperware

There were several sales last weekend. The first was a church sale where I picked up two small items. One is this cute pair of modern looking cats by Goebel. The other is a Scandanavian wooden viking figure. Whoever priced these items thought it would be a good idea to write the price right on the item in Sharpie marker! I was able to remove the price from the ceramic cats figure. I couldn’t remove the price from the viking because  Sharpie apparently doesn’t come off wood!

I picked up this structured brown bag that looks like it is from the 50’s or 60’s. I really like the shape but it is a little crooked. One side is higher that the other. I also picked up this wooden carved picture of a ship because it is a popular subject. I think these items were $3 each.

The best item I found at this sale was a set of Catherinehom bowls in blue and white. They were $3 for this set of four.

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After that sale I drove around to see if there were other sales in the area. I found an estate sale at a very large home. I didn’t have high hopes as I walked in and saw beautiful furniture, crystal and china at very high prices. Then I went down to the basement and saw a whole bunch of toys on a table and on some shelves. I saw some cabbage patch dolls and then I saw some Rainbow Brite dolls. When I finished collecting them I had 8 Rainbow Brite items. I also saw some He-man figures, including 3 She-ra dolls. I had nothing to put all this in but nearby were some empty trash cans so I put everything in one of those. When I asked for a price, the man there said $10 for all. Sold! I wonder if it helped that they were all in a trash can. I hope I can get a least $50 for the Rainbow Brite lot.

Two other toys I picked up this weekend were a vintage blue Godzilla figure and a sealed bag of Jurassic World legos. I am hoping to get $20 for the legos. They were $1.

This wooden Snoopy wall art looks homemade. It was the first thing to sell from the weekend at $26.99. I paid $2. I think this pair of Rosenthal salt and pepper shakers are really charming with their black line illustrations. They are marked Germany. They were $1.

I also picked up a set of Tupperware plastic cups in fall colors. There are two sets of 4 cups and one extra cup. It was $2 for the lot. I’m hoping for a least $15. I wouldn’t usually pick these up but I wasn’t finding much at the sale where I found these and I have been hearing people talk about them on Youtube.

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Those are some recent highlights. I hope that holiday shopping starts soon!

A Townwide Tag Sale!

Last weekend I attended a townwide tag sale about 1/2 hour north of me. It was great fun to go to so many house sales and there were even some churches involved. Besides the houses there was a central area where many individuals were set up. At one of those booths I purchased two Gameboy advance consoles. I paid $10 for each of them so I hope they sell well. I believe the red one is the better one so I added a game to help sell the pink one.

This lady also had several TI graphing calculators which she was also asking $10 for. I got a TI 84 and a TI 83 plus which I can’t get to work so that’s a bummer.

At the first church sale I went to I bought 4 items and paid $1 each. I picked up a miniature bear by Hallmark, a set of vintage current notecards featuring adorable animals, a set of skin care products and a Robie the Banker. I have sold several of the robotic bankers before. He eats coins and then rolls his eyes and licks his lips. I was happy to find him with his box and instructions. I have him up for $39.

There was another church sale where I found a box of vintage dolls. They were 50 cents each. At first I was hoping to find an old Barbie but all the Barbies were newer. I recognized three Charlie’s Angels dolls. I have sold some of these individually before for about $10 each. Unfortunately one has a broken leg but I’m still selling them together. Sometimes people just want the clothes.

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I found 3 older Strawberry Shortcake dolls that I may get about $5 each for. Then there were some other dolls with pretty strange looking faces. I got them because I thought they must be from some TV show or movie. As it turns out they are from The Waltons. I guess they were trying for very accurate face sculpts which makes them kind of creepy. I really loved that show when I was young.

Two more dolls that I found were this Evel Knievel figure and a cute cloth doll. There is a market for dolls with these simple kinds of faces because some people think it helps a child to use their imagination.

The last two items from this sale were this candelabra which I picked up because of the vintage looking box. I spotted this little coin which said “Season’s Greetings” on it. It was only $1 but I bought it because it also said “one troy ounce .999 silver.” I am hoping for at least $20 for the coin.

So that was a fun day. I may have overspent in the beginning but I think I made up for it towards the end. The weather has cooled down here a bit which is nice but now there’s hurricane season to deal with!

Vintage Toys, China and More!

Recently I have visited a few tag sales and a rummage sale at a synagogue. I picked up some vintage dolls including two Barbies from the 70’s. I believe these are Malibu Barbie and Malibu Francie. They are not very valuable but I am hoping to get $20 for the pair. At the same sale I also picked up a Mego Action Jackson. They recently came out with a 2018 repro of this doll but I believe that this is a vintage version. I am also hoping for $20 on him.

At the same sale I picked up two Sasha doll catalogs. There is a big market for the Sasha dolls so I’m hoping that someone will be interested in this pair for $10? At another tag sale I picked up a pair of Orchids of Hawaii Tiki mugs. I haven’t made big money but so far every Tiki mug I have picked up has sold for at least a $15 profit.

At the synagogue sale I picked up some plush toys including Tutter the mouse from the show Bear in the Big Blue House which my kids used to watch. He has sold already for $14. I also found 3 Pokemon plush which I am trying to sell together for $24.

Two other toys I found there are this vintage Cooky Cucumber – friend of Mr. Potato Head set, and a new package of Codename Kids Next Door figures. I believe the Mr. Potato head set is from the 1960s because it is similar to what me and my brother had when we were young.

I also found some pretty china at the sale including this trinket box by Royal Worcester. It has an interesting scalloped texture and painted flowers. I found a very similar one listed as “Victorian.” That one sold for $23. I paid $1 for this one.

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The tea cups were $3 each and I picked up this green Aynsley set because of the pretty green color and the corseted shape. I also picked up this MA Hadley mug for $1 even though I already have a set of 4 MA Hadley mugs in my store that haven’t sold yet.

Those are my finds for last week! Hope it’s going well for the teachers and kids who are going back to school!!