Grimy Estate Sale and a Trip to the Bins

I went to an estate sale that mentioned in the ad they didn’t have time to clean or organize and they weren’t kidding! They had stuff laid out on tables, on top of dressers and beds and lots still in cabinets. All complete with original dust. I saw some vintage items in the photos so I went even though I couldn’t get there until 2 hours after it opened. I think I found some interesting items and paid $20 for all.

I found the bottom half of a Holt Howard Pixieware Russian Dressing jar. There is supposed to be an adorable face stopper at the top but that is missing. Complete, these can go for between $50 and $70. I am hoping someone might need a replacement bottom.

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The next item is a tin box with 6 smaller tin boxes inside. It is called a metal home budget bank and I believe it is from the 30s or 40s. I think what you would do would be to divide your money into each of the smaller boxes for groceries, electric bill, entertainment, etc. It really evokes images of a simpler time. I love the turquoise and yellow colors. These seem to be pretty common and may only sell for about $15 but I couldn’t leave it behind.

Inside one cabinet of knick knacks I found some vintage figures. The first is a pair of snowmen dressed like candy and holding a peppermint. They have loops on their hats so I assume they are ornaments. There were two satin ball chicks marked Japan and one ceramic chick. The satin chicks have some condition issues. I’m hoping someone might like them for an Easter display.

There were a few boxes filled with small toys. Out of those I pulled a small Godzilla figure from 1985 and an empty Game Boy Pocket box. There was no Game Boy in it but sometimes collectors will purchase empty boxes.

The last item I will mention from that sale is this cute wooden mid century modern cat pencil holder. When you put a pencil in the hole it the back, it angles out to look like a tail. Unfortunately the cat is missing one of his puffy checks.

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After this estate sale I realized that I might be close to the location of the goodwill bin store in Connecticut. When I punched the address into the GPS it turned out to be only 10 minutes away! So that was my next stop. I found four plush items there and paid a total of $6 since it is pay by the pound.

The first thing I picked up was this Hush Puppy puppet from Shari Lewis. She is more famous for the puppet Lamb Chop.

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I picked up this cute avocado plush toy. There is a Japanese word, Kawaii, for things that are cute. This style of putting cute faces on all sorts of things is becoming very popular.

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I picked up this sweet rabbit because the tag said “Swedish Design”. The brand is Bukowski.

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The last thing I picked up was this white whale shaped pillow. It still needs a bit of cleaning but it might appeal to someone who is decorating in a nautical style.

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So that was my Thursday shopping haul. So far the winter has been very mild here, which has been good for getting around and scavenging!!

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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!

Dansk, American Girl, FAO Schwarz and Italian Pottery

Recently there have been days of no finds at the thrift store, followed by days of great finds. I guess the idea is to “just keep swimming.”

I have been finding some nice pottery. This is a piece of Italian pottery marked La Musa. It is a heart shaped trinket box with a very cool modern graphic. I paid $4 for it at Goodwill and it sold quickly for $29. I was glad I was able to list it before Valentines Day and maybe that’s why it sold so fast.

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This sugar and creamer set is by Dansk. I love the abstract blue and white decoration. It is a pattern called Arabasque. This was also from the Goodwill and I was happy to be able to find all three pieces of this set even though they were in different spots on the shelf. I paid $6 for the set but I am hoping to get $50 for it.

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I thought this mid century modern dog salt shaker marked Japan was too cool to leave behind. Unfortunately it didn’t have its mate and I don’t think it will bring more than $10 but I still think he’s awesome.

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Two more ceramic pieces I bought are this blue and white Mottahedeh plate and this Taylor & Ng naughty dog mug. There is a series of Taylor & Ng mugs featuring different types of animals in “playful” positions.

In the plush area I picked up this Noah’s Ark by FAO Schwarz. It is missing the mate to the giraffe set. I have sold this same item a few years ago. I think it sold for $20 then.

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My most exciting find recently was this American Girl doll who was in with the regular toys and marked $4. She is a doll named Nellie. Unfortunately she didn’t come dressed but I was still happy to find her!

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Those are some finds for the first half of February. Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!!

Top Ebay Sales of 2017 – Mixed Categories

There is such a variety of items out there to buy and sell. Here are my top ten sales on eBay, not including dolls, toys and games.

Starting at the lowest price is this vintage baseball trophy dated 1955. I think that some of it may be bakelite. It had a cool look and although I didn’t have any experience with similar items I took a chance for $3. It sold for $39.99.

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This pin was thrown on a table at a rummage sale. I think I was charged $1 for it. It was marked 800 silver and had inlaid stone in it which is, I found is called Pietra Dura. I though it was very pretty and unique. I like the subject matter of birds on a birdbath. It sold for $45.

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These small egg cups were so charming! They are marked “Cutie Pie” and there are several items with this same style. I picked these up for $5 at an estate sale. Even though one had a small hole in the center, the pair sold for $49.99

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This pyrex piece was marked $5 at another rummage sale. I looked up “black roosters” and it appeared that this was a rare pattern. It had some slight discolorations but still sold for $55.

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Anri is a company in Italy that produces many intricately carved wooden figures. I picked this up because of the subject matter and the fine detail. Only after I brought it home did a see a faint Anri mark on the bottom. It sold for $59.99.

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I was at a rummage sale not finding too much when I started looking at the linens. This duvet cover was marked Lilly Pulitzer, $2. I was surprised to find it as I had come very late to this sale. It sold for $99.99. Her prints are usually so colorful and distinctive, they are hard to miss.

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This vintage framed print was $10 at a library rummage sale. It is entitled “A Yard of Puppies” and that’s literally what it is. It wasn’t easy to ship but I was happy to do it when it sold for $99.99.

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This is a small ceramic leaf dish turned out to be a Stig Lindberg design. I believe he is a Scandinavian artist. I found this in one of the bags that hangs in the thrift store. Don’t overlook the bags! It sold for $99.99.

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Also don’t overlook vintage skin care products. This was $10 at a rummage sale. I looked it up before I purchased it and was surprised. Most of the items weren’t even sealed. It is called Airbonn Nutrimin skin care and sold for $125.

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This is the highest selling item I sold all year. It is similar to one I found in 2016 which is why I recognized it. I picked it up for $10 at a rummage sale. It is mid century modern nail wall art and sold for $200.

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Well – that’s it! I think I’m done now with the “Best Of” blog entries! Thanks to everyone who took the time to read this. Wishing everyone the very best for the new year and may ¬†you all be successful in your endeavors!

The Last Hurrah Before Winter

For about the past five years the sales I go to on the first weekend of December are the last good sales of the year for me. There is usually a church sale in a town near me and a school sale where I have pretty good luck and it was no different this year. I went to the church sale first. It started at 10:00 and the lady had us waiting in the lobby. At about 9:59 sirens started going off and I thought – oh great. The fire alarm. Now we have to go outside but it was only Santa. Then she had to talk for 5 minutes about Santa and the sale and the charities it was all going to and I was getting antsy. It’s hard when you’ve already been waiting and then you are waiting some more when you’re supposed to be going in.

I went to the toy area first which was a little smaller than usual but I found two vintage puppets from Germany. I love puppets so I was excited to find these even though my son found them so creepy he told me to burn them.

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After that I went into the part of the church where they sell everything else. I was walking around when I spotted this black Catherineholm pot high up on a shelf. It was marked $4. I love these mid century modern pots from Norway and they sell well. I also have a small collection in my dining room. The colors I collect are yellow, orange and red. The funny thing was that earlier in the week I found a yellow pan at the thrift store which I decided to keep. I haven’t found many Catherineholm pieces in all my years of thrifting so I was surprised to find two in one week!

I found a zip lock bag for $1 with six charming angels playing instruments. They reminded me of Erzebirge figures from Germany. After researching I discovered that they are by an Italian company called Sevi. The learning never stops!

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After this sale I went to a craft sale at a school where they also have a tag sale room. It appeared as though there were a lot of toys before I got there but you can only get to one sale first. I still picked up a few items including a Sesame Street play set and a blue Dansk teapot.

At another small sale I went to I picked up a few vintage toys including a Betty Boop cloth doll and a prize from Coney Island which is a dog that looks a lot like Snoopy except in red.

Finally I found a few pop culture items including a sealed figure from the Cartoon Network show Adventure time, and a figure from the show South Park.

As the days grow shorter the sales in the northeast become scarce. Time to start getting ready for the holidays and focusing on thrift store shopping instead!

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!

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!