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!!

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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!!

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 kaleidoscope. 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, 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!

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!