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!

Summer Fun with Sunglasses, Jewelry and a Christmas Elf!

There were some summer themed finds this weekend. I picked up two pairs of sunglasses at the first church sale I went to for a quarter each! The first pair are Kate Spade and I believe they are decorated with Swarovski crystals. They have an unusual exaggerated cat eye shape. The second pair are some kind of safety sunglasses. I guess for people that are doing dangerous things in the sun?

There was a small box of Barbie dolls. I try to check for older Barbies and this time I found one. I believe she is a Titian bubble cut Barbie. Her information on her bottom is worn down and I can’t see her date or country of origin. Her paint is very rubbed off in areas but I’m hoping that someone will buy her to restore.

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I picked up this bobble head of Will Ferrell from the Christmas movie “Elf.” I loved that movie! I am hoping to get $20 for him.

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In a box of small toys I found a sealed pack of Pokemon cards and a Power Ranger monster. It took me a long time to figure out the name of the Power Ranger character. I was looking up every combination of snake, dragon, reptile, lizard, Godzilla and alien that I could think of. I finally asked a Facebook reselling group and someone told me that his name is Snizzard. I would never have come up with that.

At the second sale I picked up this round bottomed copper mixing bowl and a mid century teak desk organizer.

The jewelry was marked $1 each. I bought these Laurel Burch bird themed earrings. She is most famous for her cats but does pieces with many different kinds of animals.

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I found these two paint by number dog paintings at a tag sale. I don’t usually have much luck at regular tag sales but at $2 each I though this was a good purchase. They are super cute!!

The weather has started to heat up here in the northeast! Summer is almost here!!

Mid Century Mod, Vintage Toys and Bobbleheads!

The first community sale I went to wasn’t packed like I like (with stuff, not people) but there were still some good finds. I spent $14 here. I saw this little ceramic dog and was going to walk by but I picked him up and saw that he was marked Lladro on the bottom. This is a collectible brand of ceramics from Spain. Usually any Lladro I find is priced at 20 or more but this guy was $2 so he was mine. He sold for $35 within hours of listing him.

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A bag of toy furniture turned out to be from the Calico Critters series. I broke them up into two lots to sell. One is a birthday party set and one is a nursery. I’m hoping for about $14 for each set.

This pretty lady is a vintage paper mache pin cushion from Mexico. I haven’t found any sold listings for similar ones but the asking prices I see are fairly high so I put her up for $60 and will see what happens.

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This set was sitting there with a $1 sticker on it. I follow some Youtubers who sell beauty products from tag sales and do well so I took a chance. There are seven different products here. Individually and new these seem to sell for about $30 each but these are used and I’m selling them all together. This will be an experiment for me. It is also an anti-aging system so if it doesn’t sell – maybe I’ll look 10 years younger!!

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I picked up some interesting pieces of jewelry at this sale. There was a pair of triangle earrings and a large brooch that kind of looks like coral from the ocean. It can also be worn as a pendant on a necklace.

Some other sales I went to included a sale at a Synagogue and a few tag sales. I picked up a variety of items including a sealed in the package Sony Walkman, a Fossil wallet, a baseball glove and a vintage metal picture frame.

In the toy area I found some vintage Littlest Pet Shop sets. These were the first LPS that Kenner made before all the animals had giant heads.

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This mid century modern teak bird is by a Danish artist. Unfortunately he has a bad chip on his beak but I was excited to find him and couldn’t leave him behind for $1.

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The last items I will share came from bags hanging on the wall at the thrift store. Each was written on “16th anniversary 1964” so I believe these are about 50 years old. They are called bobble heads or nodder figures. I think the mermaid is so cute.

Many different items to be found this weekend!

Mid Century, American Girl and Toys

Sales were good this weekend although I did pay up a bit. Hopefully it will be worth it. I found some cool mid century items such as this wooden cat by Laurids Lonborg who I believe is a Danish artist.

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I love this wooden Swedish girl dressed in colorful traditional clothes. She is a double candle holder. Next to it I found this heart shaped plate of JFK with Jackie. This plate isn’t valuable but it was only 50 cents.

Another vintage item I picked up was this wooden piece. At first I thought it was an old bowling pin but now I believe it is a potato masher. It’s quite heavy and could probably also be used as a weapon if you were mashing potatoes and an intruder came into your house.

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At two of the sales I went to I was able to purchase some American Girl doll items. I picked up a vintage Bitty Baby marked Pleasant Company and several American Girl pets plus accessories for them.

I bought two pretty wicker chairs from a set made for the doll Samantha.

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There were also some clothes and other American Girl accessories as well.

Some other toys that I picked up this weekend include a Calico Critters house with some furniture and accessories and a My Twinn doll that has some issues.

I was excited at first about the My Twinn doll but after I got her home I realized she has some issues including no eyebrows, very short bangs which may have been cut and some short eyelashes that look like they were cut. I don’t know how much this will affect her value. I need to make some good money because theses items, plus some others cost me about $100. Yikes.

That’s about it for this weekend. Looking forward to getting this all listed!

Easter and Home Decor at a Rummage Sale

This weekend there was one rummage sale in my area. It was at a church and I had to drive over an hour to get there. It was not as large as I hoped but I still had fun rummaging.

First I picked up these two cute tin Easter basket boxes. They were marked Hong Kong so I assume they are vintage. I got them listed right away because Easter is fast approaching. They’re small but I like the colorful illustrations of a bunny family at the park.

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I love this french bowl with the words Le Petit Dejeuner on it. It is illustrated with breakfast items. Unfortunately it has two chips on the base. Even in perfect condition I saw one go for only $12 but I couldn’t leave it behind and may price it a little higher even with the chips.

I found this sweet wall pocket decorated with Lily of the Valley flowers. They are one of my favorite flowers. My mother used to grow them on the side of our house. This is a petite piece but I thought it was charming.

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I bought another old frame because the set from last week sold quickly. I don’t know if I’ll be as lucky with this one.

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I picked up these hipster tortoise shell glasses to give them a try.

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There was a separate room for clothing and linens. There I picked up this Conte of Florence fleece hat because I like the style.

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This scarf valance from JC Penney was new in the package so I picked it up. Everything at this sale was $1 so I just choose items without looking anything up. We’ll see how that works out for me.

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I picked up three items at the thrift store this week. One is Easter related. It is this velvet egg shaped box with a satin lined interior. I thought it was sweet and it was in a bag on the wall for $1.50. It sold in two days for $16.99.

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Also hanging from the bags on the wall at the thrift store was this vintage wedding cake topper or favor. It is marked Japan on the bottom. It still has the Jordan almonds that it originally came with. I wrote in the listing – do not eat the almonds. I don’t think 50 year old candy is a good food choice. I think someone who is getting married who is into classic cars might like this. I hope they don’t also like almonds.

I also picked up this desk organizer from the 1970’s. It’s very mid century modern with the curves and the orange color. Unfortunately the interior is very discolored and it is missing one drawer.

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Here are some sales of items that have been shared with you recently.

Hello Kitty storage box with drawers: $39

Lot of three vintage round frames from last week: $34

Pine wall shelf from last week: $19

Lot of vintage plastic party cups from last week: $19

Jibba Jabba noise making doll: $24

The Doors carnival souvenir mirror: $24

Paint by Number 1960s girl with guitar: $39

That’s all for now. Spring is on Monday but here in New England we are still digging out from 19″ of snow. Perfect for tag sales!!

Fun with Fill-a-Bag

I went to 2 church sales this weekend and some very expensive tag sales too. Many of the house tag sales that I went to this weekend had prices like $6, $8 and $10. I prefer the $1 – $2 range of the church sales.

On Saturday I went to a church sale that had a fill-a-bag area. Each item was $1 or fill a bag for $2. Hand me a bag please! I didn’t find anything fantastic but I found enough stuff to make it fun and worthwhile. Here’s what I got there:

This is a funny pewter frog ballet pair. I have it up for $12. It’s quite heavy.

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This blown glass bird is marked Joseph A. Rice on the bottom. I see listings for similar birds that are marked  Joe Rice. I don’t know if this is the same person but I am assuming it is and I have it up for $19.

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I put this pair of Dacor snorkeling goggles in my bag. I have them up for $14.00.

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My favorite find in the fill-a-bag tent was this lot of vintage foldable stationery. I remember these from when I was young. All you have to do is fold it up and put a stamp on the back. No envelopes required! I love the designs. I have this up for $15.

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That was a lot of fun and even if only 2 of these items sell I will still make a good profit on $2.

There was a toy room at this sale where I found a few items. Each item was priced $1. There were 2 Build A Bears dressed like Star Wars characters. I don’t usually sell BAB clothes but Star Wars usually sells so I bought the 2 bears for the costumes.

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Another find there was this 1985 Pillow People cat. These stuffed toys are from the 80’s and are almost as big as a regular pillow.

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At another church sale I picked up 3 pairs of designer sunglasses including DKNY, Dolce and Gabanna and Bolle. The sunglasses were 3 for $2.

I also picked up 2 pieces of Joan Rivers jewelry including this cute cherry pin which sold overnight for $19.50, and this watch with a plaid strap. Each of these was $3.

At the collectibles table I picked up this Harry Potter frog shaped tea infuser and this Mid Century Modern owl by Dux. These items were $1 each.

Those were my finds. It was a good weekend except for wasting my time driving to several too expensive tag sales where I bought nothing!

A New Kind of Barbie, Mid Century Modern and More!

I found a very quiet tag sale this weekend up the street from me. It was not in the paper but there was a sign on the street for it. It was not very well attended because even on the second day, I was still able to find good items.

I spotted a doll for $1 that kind of looked like the old style Barbie doll and she was dressed in one of those scary crocheted dresses. I don’t know what the deal is with those crocheted doll dresses. Are they for learning how to crochet? Because the finished product is – what’s the word – not flattering on any doll. Anyway, I bought the doll and after I cut that horrible dress off her found that she was marked Davtex on her neck. I learned that this is a kind of Barbie clone doll. Usually repros or copies of things are not valuable but apparently there are people that collect Barbie clone dolls. This one had her original swimsuit and shoes (under the horrible dress). She was in great condition. I put her up for $24 and she sold within 10 minutes of being listed!

For $2 at this same sale I picked up this pretty pin cushion with a half porcelain doll in the middle. It is marked “Foreign” inside the doll. I put her up for $24. I think she’s really sweet. There is no date but I think she may be 50’s or 60’s.

This funky clock was marked $2. I love the colors and the 60’s – 70’s – flower power look that it has.

There was a free box at this sale that was filled with old Fisher Price Little People items. I asked for a bag and filled it with every piece I could find. I was willing to pay something for it because I took quite a few pieces but the lady said they were free. I wasn’t going to argue. I put these pieces together with some other miscellaneous Fisher Price Little People pieces that I had to put together this lot.

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Earlier in the day I went to a church sale. I picked up this cat which was marked Flavia Italy and it turns out to be a mid century modern piece.

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I picked up a pair of angel candlestick holders that were marked Goebel on the bottom. After I photographed them and was measuring them I saw that they were also signed Lisa L. which I believe is Lisa Larson. I was glad I got that information before I listed them.

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I love vintage Christmas ornaments. This box was $3 at the church sale. Most of the ornaments are either marked Shiny Brite or Poland. I especially like the lantern shaped Shiny Brites near the bottom. There is something so precious and festive about a box like this.

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The ladies at the church sale were kind of funny. They were oohing and aahhing over all the items that people were buying. The lady checking me out wanted the cat and she said – about the ornaments – you know these are very old – I think they were someones grandma’s. I guess they were trying to make us feel like we were getting good deals which I guess, we were. I felt sorry for this one lady though who wanted to buy a Yankee candle. It was marked 5 and she offered 3 for it and the church lady said “You know – those are $50 dollars at the store!” Yes – maybe – I thought, but this is not a store and that is not a new candle. Just take the $3 for it! I paid $16.50 for all the items I got there.

Those were my purchases this weekend. If you are having a three day weekend like here in the US – enjoy!!