Vintage Plush, Dollhouse Furniture and Mid Century Modern

This past weekend I hit a church sale that I have previously done well at but wasn’t having much luck this year. I pulled out a few things from the plush bin where it was fill a bag for $5. I got a Remy the rat from the movie Ratatouille, a Disney Fairy Godmother and a talking Alf. I may get $10 for the first two. I’m hoping Alf will bring closer to $30.

I bought two wooden items. My favorite is this small sewing box with a double door and handle. It looks like someone tried to make this other wooden box appear old but I think its modern.

I also picked up a vintage green vase, a needlework kit, a Robie the Robot bank that eats coins and a sealed box of moisturizer. Unfortunately the bank is missing the battery cover.

The next day I went to a flea market where I rarely find items to resell but on this day for $4 I bought a box of Madeline dolls and dollhouse furniture. All this was squeezed into a very small box and as a result some of the pieces were damaged but I’m still hoping to get a good profit out of it. I love to sell items like these.

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The last find I will share was from a thrift store. I spotted the vintage nails on this wall art. I have sold two nail art wall sculptures in previous years for $200 each but this one has a tree in the middle of it. I can’t find anything online to compare it to. Either I see just the nail art or a sculpture that is just a tree with leaves. I can’t find the two combined like this anywhere else. Maybe that’s a good thing? I’ll let you know!

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Happy Fourth of July to all my US readers! Happy July to everyone else!!

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Thrifty Finds and a Tag Sale Haul

Often I leave the thrift store with nothing but last week I found a few good items. I always check the bags on the wall of little toys in bags. I saw a bag with what looked like old Barbie clothes but I was able to see one of the tags and it said “Tammy”. Tammy was a doll that was similar to Barbie. I bought two bags and they turned out to have quite a few pieces of Tammy clothing, some Tutti clothes, some Chris clothes and some Ken clothes. I sorted it all out and came up with four different lots to sell.

The best piece in the group was the blue dress with the characters on it. I was able to sell that group of Tammy clothes for $99.99. Woohoo!

I picked up this vintage Donkey Kong plush from the 1980’s. He was $4 and I have him up for $37.

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On Saturday I went to a few church and yard sales. The first sale I went to didn’t seem to have too much. At first I bought this Vera Bradley handbag because it appeared to be new with tags. Vera Bradley doesn’t sell as well as it used to but because this bag is new I’m hoping it will sell. On my second pass around this church I spotted a big box that said “My Twinn”. I was super excited to find this doll in like new condition, with an extra pajama outfit included marked at $3!

Later on I attended another church sale that had started the day before. I wasn’t expecting to find too much because of this, but I picked up several items. I bought this Japanese doll in a silk kimono. She has some condition issues but I think she is pretty cute and hope to get at least $20 for her. I was all “Tammy dolled up” after my experience earlier in the week with the Tammy clothes so when I saw this set of two dolls from the Tammy family I impusively overpaid $20 for them. After I got them home I realized that the Tammy doll has drawn on eyebrows and has other condition issues. The smaller doll is called Penny Brite. I’ll be lucky to break even on these dolls.

I also picked up some anti aging beauty products for $2 each, a Dimensions crewel kit of a beach scene from 1977, an Arabia Moomin mug and a ceramic pin from Denmark. The character on the mug I believe is a hippo. There is a whole series of character mugs by Arabia and some of them sell very well.

The weather is heating up and so are the sales! I hope you are having fun wherever you are!!

A tree fell on my house but I’m still shopping!

On May 15 tornadoes hit my small Connecticut town bringing a giant tree down on top of my house. The consensus is that the house has to be rebuilt. In a matter of days we had to move what we needed into an apartment. Everything else will be stored until we can move back into the house. I had hours to cut my Ebay inventory down and eliminated many lower priced items. I was left with about 90 items in 8 storage bins that could go to the apartment. It’s been an adventure and I’m over the sad part. Since that event I have resumed shopping but I’m trying to purchase small items. That part isn’t really going very well but I have been hitting some good sales.

Last weekend I attended a sale at a Jewish center. The first item I saw was this pretty covered dish with a colorful graphic design. When I flipped it over I saw that it was an Arabia of Finland piece. I think it’s lovely and I will enjoy it on my dresser until it sells. This piece was marked $3 and I am hoping to get $70 for it.

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On a nearby table, for $3 I saw this pretty brush and mirror set. The turquoise color caught my eye and I’ve learned that the pattern is called Guilloche. I’m hoping to get $30 for the set.

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This unusual pin was only $1. It is marked Sterling Boris. I have not been able to find out much about it but it looks mid century modern to me. The turquoise is unusual with all that black in it.

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I picked up two mugs at this sale. One is a Taylor and Ng mug called Doggie Do Good. The other is by an artist named Emma Bridgewater from England. The Bridgewater mugs can sell very well although I don’t really see the appeal. I like the Taylor and Ng mug better but it is worth much less – maybe $15.

 

My gamble of the day was a set of dishes that caught my eye because of their lovely blue color and pattern. They are by Mottahedeh which is a brand I have sold before. The set included 8 dinner plates, 4 cups, 4 saucers, and 4 salad plates. It was $10 for all of it. The first lot I put up for sale is for four dinner plates. I have it up for $80 which may be high. I’ll be nervous to ship these. Did I say I was going to pick up only small items? Oops.

 

At another sale near this one I picked up a signed print by the artist Stephen Huneck called Greetings. It pictures a dog greeting another dog by sniffing his bottom. Dogs are gross. I have cats. Anyway, it was $10 and I’m hoping to get $50 for it.

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Those were the first sales I attended after the tornado storm and it really cheered me up. I had some good finds from this weekend too that I will share in a few days.

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!!

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!