Venturing Into Jewelry

This weekend I attended only a few small sales and an estate sale. I wasn’t finding items in my usual catagories so I ventured over to the jewelry areas once the rush had died down. One sale had this Pandora bracelet with three glass beads for $5. I was surprised no one picked it up before me because Pandora was written right on the bag. The glass beads are not as collectible as some of the other ones but I am still hoping to get about $40 for the bracelet.P1480469

At the next sale I picked up two pieces of jewelry. I thought this peacock bracelet was impressive looking so I paid up for it at $7.00. There is no makers mark but I’m still hoping there is a buyer out there for it. The lady there threw in this peace sign pendant with it. I picked this up because I thought the style looked brutalist or modernist. It was only marked 50 cents but that was nice of her to give it to me with the peacock. It is also unmarked.

The last place where I picked up jewelry this weekend was an estate sale. They had all pins for $5. This first pin looked very art nouveau and it had the c clasp that I believe indicates an older piece. I thought the next piece I picked up was a pendant or a charm. It is a pair of skates. Each one has the name of the olympic skater Sonja Henie written on it. After researching it I realize that is was a pin which had a bar at the top. So it is missing a piece.

I bought a few more plush items as they continue to sell pretty well as Christmas approaches. I got this 9″ Kermit the frog, a Gund bear, a NY Mets Mascot and an organic rabbit. I’m not sure what makes a stuffed animal organic. I guess that the materials it is made with is grown organically.

Finally I picked up this cute Thomas the Tank clothes rack/wall hook item. It was only $2 so I couldn’t resist it.

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This time of year I’m going to some Christmas bazaar/Grandma’s Attic sales. Sometimes the Grandma’s Attic part is very small but at least it’s something to keep the season going. I’m not ready to say goodbye to tag sale season yet! I hope that everyone who celebrates has a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

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Poker Games, Cuckoo Clocks, Dolls and Toys

Last weekend I found several unique items. The first game caught my eye because it reminded me of a wheel you would see at a carnival except this one had images of playing cards on it. Luckily it had the directions attached to it which included the name – Poker Spinnerette. It’s some kind of Poker game where you spin the wheels to come up with your hand. I think it is very graphically pretty with the card pictures and the green color. I saw one that was auctioned on some website and sold for $90 so that’s what I have mine up for.

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The next unusual item is a Do It Yourself Cuckoo clock kit from Germany because every child longs to make their own Cuckoo clock, or maybe they used to. It appears to be very well made and hopefully is complete.

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I bought a few interesting dolls. I like this Mary Poppins doll which features the costume design of Bob Crowley. This doll is from the broadway show of Mary Poppins. She sold quickly for $24.99. She even comes with her parrot umbrella. The second doll I bought is a reproduction Effanbee Patsy doll. She is from the Danbury Mint collection. I’m hoping to get between $30 and $50 for her. I love her outfit and her metal heart bracelet.

 

Some ceramic items I picked up include this bird figure by Bing and Grondahl and this sailor bank. Some listings say he is from the Seaman’s savings bank but mine is not marked in any way.

 

Fishing through a plush pile I saw a paw sticking out and I knew right away that it was a Steiff hand puppet. I had the cat when I was young in the 60s. Right with it was this black poodle who I believe is also Steiff although he doesn’t have his tag or ear button.

 

Some other plush I bought was this Folkmanis Jackrabbit puppet and this big fish. I didn’t know who the fish was but his tag said Nickelodeon so I figured he must be from some show. Since he was only $2 I took a chance on him. It turned out he is from the show Bubble Guppies and sold quickly for $19.

 

I also had a fun find from the thrift store last week which was this vintage Barbie doll for $4. I believe she is a titan bubble cut Barbie from the early 1960’s. One arm is damaged and she is missing one finger but her outfit is an authentic vintage Barbie dress. I’m not sure what she is worth but I have her up for $49 right now.

Those are the highlights from my recent sourcing adventures. I didn’t find too much this past weekend so maybe I can combine it with some finds from the upcoming week.

A Variety of Rummage and Estate Sale Finds

I went to a few large sales this weekend and two estate sales. I found some toys and some unique vintage items. I’ll start with the toys.

I picked up this Mega Bloks Halo figure set because it was pop culture related and only $1. I also picked up a Minecraft figure set. After I looked them up it seems the Mega Bloks set was worth between $40 and $50 but the Minecraft set was not worth anything.

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I picked up a Lego set called Elves which I never heard of before but seems to sell fairly well. I am hoping this set is complete but I don’t want to put it together. Wish my son still lived at home. I picked up these compact style Mighty Max play sets which I never heard of before either. I got them because they were all together in a bag marked $3 and they are made by Bluebird, the same company that makes Polly Pocket. I am selling them all together and hoping to get $40 out of it. They are not as popular as Polly Pockets.

In the dolls and plush category I found a Polish rag doll with a cloth face, a Lolly Dolly rattle doll by Fisher Price, an old teddy bear and a Kitty Kitty Kittens plush. I think I will be able to sell all these except for the teddy bear.

Among the vintage items I bought is this picture of a child eating a piece of fruit. It reminds me of a children’s book illustration. It actually pops out of the frame in a 3D effect. I picked up a vintage coffee grinder, a 1950’s style purse with a croc pattern and a battle horse made in India. None of these are home runs but I am hoping for at least $15 to $20 on each of them.

Here are two of my favorite finds from this week. This trinket box is illustrated with vintage scenes of women playing golf. It is marked Staffordshire Enamels. I have sold similar boxes before. They often fly under the radar and you can often purchase them for a good price. I was charged $2 for this one and I’m hoping to get $50 for it. The other favorite is this pair of Native American baby moccasins. They are very worn but I like them anyway. I paid up for them at $6 and I don’t know how much I can sell them for.

Probably the best pick up of the week were these game pieces because they were in a free box at an estate sale and I believe that they are bakelite. Always check the free box!

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So glad that garage sale season is back even though the weather here in the northeast is still not good. We had two nice days with 70 degree weather and today we are back to pouring rain and 40 degrees. Glad to have sales to think about and look forward to! Hope the weather is better wherever you are!!

First Sale Toys and other Goodies

The first rummage sale of 2018 for me was on Saturday. This is a children’s sale that has a $10 early bird. I bought quite a bit of stuff but much of it I will only be able to sell for about $10. However, I’m happy to be able to put some fresh items in my store.

I found two dolls that are Best Friends Club dolls. They are 18″ and are jointed. I have sold some of these before for about $20 so I’m hoping to get the same for these. Most of the dolls and toys were $2 each.

I found a few American Girl doll items including 2 outfits, Kit’s orange crate scooter and a dog sled, complete with the dog. They really have these American Girl dolls doing quite a variety of activities. I’d be happy to get $10 for each outfit and $15 for each of the other items.

This is advertised as a children’s sale so most of the items are children’s clothes, toys and books but there is an area of random household items. I bought three things there. I picked up this Wizard of Oz Hallmark ornament because it was only 50 cents. I didn’t have time to look anything up on my phone while I was there so I just took a chance and it turns out I may get $10 for this one.

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I also picked up a pretty wooden advent calendar that looks like it was sold at Joanne Fabrics, and an Alice in Wonderland wall hook rack. I may start both of these at $50 because I don’t see others like them.

This sale usually has some boxes of free plush as well and that’s my favorite thing! I picked up four of them. One of them is called a Kimochi. They are Toys with Feelings. He looks like a kind of frog and he comes with two small toys. One says Happy and one says Sad. It looks to me that he teaches how to eat your feelings. I don’t think that’s healthy. I don’t think these toys caught on.

I also picked up a Buddy dog which is the friend of Boo who is “The Cutest Dog in the World” by Gund. I think Buddy is pretty cute too.

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The last two items from the free pile were this artisan made frog who is “Toad of Toad Hall.” I don’t really know what that is. It looks like it is some kind of play and has something to do with “the Wind in the Willows.” There was also a Puppy Surprise with three puppies inside. The vintage versions of these sell well. This is a newer one but as with most of these items, I will be happy if I get $10 for it. I might try to get a little more for the artist crafted frog.

Those were the items I picked up at this first sale. I spent $44. Hopefully the sales will start picking up soon. At least this sale wasn’t snowed out as we are still experiencing lots of winter weather here in the northeast!

Villeroy & Boch, Scandinavian Tiles, Plush and Dolls!

This has been another week of visits to the thrift store. I find myself going more and more often. I think I may have some sort of thriftaholic problem but I keep finding good items so, the question is – are all addictions unhealthy? Anyway – that’s a question for another day. Let me tell you some of the items I found.

I always look in the doll area, mostly on the off chance that they have let an American Girl doll slip through but this time I found a My Twinn doll. These are the 23″ dolls from the 90’s that you could customize to look like yourself. They went out of business a while ago and there is a market for them. She was $7. I have found these before and they have sold after a while for between $30 and $40. This one was in very good condition and sold quickly for $50. She also came with her complete outfit – down to the shoes and socks.

While I was there I saw some Twelve Days of Christmas themed tiles. They were signed and were only $1 each. I tried to look them up on my phone but since my reception was bad at the time, I couldn’t and I left them there. After I got home I looked them up and saw that they were Scandanavian and could sell for between $9 and $15 each. I got so frustrated that I didn’t trust myself to buy them in the first place that I got back in the car and drove back to the thrift store. Happily they were still there and I picked up three of them. The one below has already sold for $12.95.

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While I was there I noticed that they had put out some Villeroy and Boch pieces. I bought a serving platter, a bowl and a sugar and creamer set. The sugar bowl was missing the lid and I ordered a replacement off Ebay because I think I can sell it for a good price if the set is complete. The pieces below were $5 each. I am hoping to get $20 for the platter. I don’t know if the bowl will sell because it is missing the lid.

When I went back later in the week I found a really fun police woman puppet. She is huge at 30″ and I love and want to keep her. But I’m not going to. I hope at least she doesn’t sell until after community helper week at preschool where I can use her for the kids. Her uniform is amazingly detailed.

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The best find of the week was this large Simba plush. I had read that the large Mufasa or older Simba can go for about $500. Apparently these Simba cub versions can go for about $200.

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Those are my pick ups for this week. Happily there were no big storms to trap me inside this week!

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!!

Thrifting in Los Angeles

Last week we went to California to visit some friends and family who live out there now. They don’t understand why I don’t want to live where the weather is perfect all the time. I guess I like thunderstorms, leaves changing color, snow days and spring. Anyway of course while I was there my husband alerted me to a Goodwill where I picked up some goodies.

This first item is a vintage beauty school supply case. It has some damage, especially to the corners. I’m not sure of the age but it may be from the 70’s or 80’s. The school is now closed. There is an ID tag included which I think is neat. I wasn’t going to get it because I didn’t think I could get it back home but my husband suggested that I pack clothes inside and around it and we fit it into my suitcase!

I picked up this Tory Burch note pad set. It’s not very valuable (maybe $10) but it was only marked 99 cents and I new I could get it home.

The last item I picked up there was this Anthropologie Dachshund mug. Dachshunds are one of my favorite breeds so it caught my eye and when I researched it they seem to go for about $20.

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Before I left I had a few pickups from my local thrift store including this Calico Critters car. I had the rabbit family and I am putting them with the car in hopes of selling it for more.

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I also picked up two plush toys including this American Girl doll pet cat and a Jellycat dog.

That’s all for now. Summer is winding down. Time to get ready for cooler days – at least if you live in New England!