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!

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Handbags, Toys and Pillowcases!

I went to a few sales this weekend. On Friday I went to a charity sale since I had the day off. It was advertised as 30 families and there were boxes of stuff. Some was priced and some wasn’t. They had a Dooney bag marked $7 and another with a $20 price on it. I filled my box with items that weren’t priced and she let me have it all for $10. The best find there was a red coach bag. I also picked up a Tignanello orange bag. Maybe the fall colors will help them sell? I have mixed luck with Tignanaello bags but I am hoping the Coach will do well.

I also picked up a sealed Pokemon toy and a plush Koala bear.

The next day I went to a large community sale where all I found was this Little Einsteins magnetic set. P1420619

I went to a small church sale and wasn’t finding much so I looked at the linens section and found this Ralph Lauren pillowcase set still sealed in the package. It had and original price tag of $80 on it so I picked it up and it sold in a day for $49! I also picked up a Bagallini handbag.

After that I attended a few regular tag sales. I went to one where a lady had several vintage dolls including a Tiffany Taylor and two Chrissy doll. I don’t think those are worth a lot but she was asking between $20 and $30 for them. Then I saw a Sasha doll. She looked like she was in good condition. The woman was asking $50 which is not a terrible price for a Sasha doll, but it’s high for me. I left there and thought about it and went back and purchased it for $40. It sold that night for $139. Here comes the problem. As I was packing her I noticed that her face looked a little pushed in. I didn’t notice it when I bought it but I don’t think I damaged it in the brief time I owned her. I didn’t want the buyer to be disappointed so I took more pictures showing the pushed in part of the face, contacted him and asked if he would like to cancel the order. To my surprise he still wanted her! I sent her out but will be holding my breath until he receives her and everything is OK.

Those are some of the ups and downs of my week. Hope you all are enjoying the Fall where ever you are!

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!

Charming Things, Vintage Toys and Books

There were several sales this weekend. The one that I thought I would do well at, which is advertised as a 200 family tag sale, I did terrible at. That was the first one that I went to and got there at 7:00 AM. I felt discouraged after that but I found my second wind and drove another 45 minutes and found some great sales and great items! Never give up!!

At a church sale that I went to I found two items that I just thought were very charming and bought them even though I don’t think they have great value. They were about $1 each and I couldn’t leave them behind. The first is a small wooden carousel that is actually a top! The second is this pretty music box by Anri and Reuge that plays Lara’s Theme from the movie Doctor Zhivago.

At the same sale I picked up this vintage yellow Tonka Jeep for $1 and it sold already for $24. It’s in very good condition which I think is why it sold so fast. I also picked up this baby toy of plastic beans that snap together and fit into a shiny green plastic pod. It is by Playskool and when I researched it I saw that one had sold on Etsy for $20.

The last item I bought at this sale is this Michelin Tire stuffed doll. I am hoping he will do well since he is vintage car related advertising.

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I usually don’t find much when I arrive late to sales but all the following items were bought after 11:00 which I think is late for tag sales. I stopped at a small community sale and picked up these two Where the Wild Things Are plush toys. These can do well depending on the character and condition. I have this pair up for $29.

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I also found some Playmobil sets at this sale. I don’t pick up too much Playmobil any more but these sets were only $1 each.

The biggest surprise of the day was at a tag sale I stopped at which seemed like a group of neighbors who had gotten together to sell their stuff. One lady had a table and she had a group of five Calico Critters on it. I asked how much they were and she said $5. I felt like that was too much. She said “Do you know what these are?” I said yes, they’re Calico Critters. I wanted to say “Yes, they Calico Critters, not Tiffany bracelets.” So I was beginning to think this sale was going to be overpriced. Then I saw a box that had “Dolls $2” written on it. I walked over because I thought I saw an American Girl doll sticking out of it but was sure it was going to be one of those AG type dolls like Madame Alexander or Our Generation. To my surprise it was an American Girl doll wearing a very pretty dress. I picked it up and asked another lady (not the Calico Critter lady) “How much is this doll?” She said $2. So that was my deal of the day. The dress she was wearing turned out to be from a doll named Cecile. I sold the dress separately for $19. The doll is a Just Like Me American Girl doll where you get to pick the hair style and colors to match yourself. Those are not the most valuable American Girl dolls but I’m not complaining for $2.

After that I went to another church sale where they had some vintage Fisher Price sets for $5 each. There was a Play Family Hospital and a Play Family Village. I paid $15 for everything in these photos.

Another interesting find was a children’s book from 1967. It is the story of a little girl who has a doll and a stuffed dog that come to life after she goes to sleep. It is all done with photographs. I couldn’t find any sold listings of this book but I saw one site where some one was asking several hundred dollars for it. It appears to be rare but I don’t really know its value.

I had a fun find at the thrift store. It was from one of those bags on the wall which had a whole bunch of small toys inside a margarine container. It turned out to include some vintage Barbie accessories. I didn’t spend too much time researching it but sold it for $9.99 as a Barbie junk drawer lot. I love to find little collections like this.

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Fall is almost here so hopefully the sales will continue and we can stock up for the holiday season!!

Vintage Pyrex, American Girl, vintage toys and more!

This past weekend there was another large community tag sale about 15 minutes north of me. They had a central area where people were set up and there were also a lot of houses that were having sales. There are many churches in this town and several of them were having sales too. And yes, I was in my happy place.

In the central area there was a woman selling some American Girl doll clothes and items. I picked out a few accessories and she let me have them for $3. They included several items from Samantha’s “Meet Samantha” ensemble. There was a tin lunch box with food inside but I found out that the food was from Kirsten’s set so I am selling that separately.

I was at one of the house sales and some children were fighting with these oversized foam Hulk Hands that I knew had some value. So in my head I was thinking “please put those down” and they did! The best thing was that I bought two pair for $2. I have already sold the first set for $29. Unfortunately the second set has some damage so I will ask less for those. Sometimes the foam on these gets torn. They are great for getting your aggressions out because they also have sound effects.

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At one house a woman had a box of older toys, still in the package, for a quarter each. There I bought this Snoopy pen holder shaped like a dog house.

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At another house a boy was selling some of his toys and I picked up this Playmobil Take Along Medical Center. He charged me $5 which is high since Playmobil doesn’t sell nearly as well as it used to for me. I am hoping to get $30 for it because it is nearing Christmas. It comes with lots of accessories. A few houses later, for $2 I bought this Playmobil toy shop that was still in the box. I am hoping to get $20 for it.

I found a pair of interesting old children’s board books that were printed in the Netherlands. They are colorful fairytale books with beautiful illustrations and they are 16″ tall! I don’t know the value but I thought I would take a chance for 50 cents each.

For a dollar I picked up a package of vintage Hallmark animal stickers. They reminded me of ones I used to collect when I was young, although these are more recent than that. I don’t know how they make them so cute. I saw someone selling these by the sheet for $10 a piece!

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I picked up one piece of Pyrex which was $3. It was this bright casserole dish with the Friendship pattern on the lid. It’s not very valuable but it’s so pretty I thought someone would like to add it to their collection.

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I had never seen this before. One house I walked up to had a sign that said “Free Sale.” Really? She said her daughter gave her a bunch of stuff and asked her to get rid of it. Works for me! It was fun but there wasn’t a lot of great stuff. I picked up a collection of buttons from the 1970’s. I really like the large pink smiley face button and the Beatles Fan Club button.

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The last item I will share is this pretty wood carving of the Holy Family. When I looked at it I thought it may be an Anri piece from Italy but there are no markings anywhere. I paid $5 for it because I thought it was such nice quality. I put it up for $59 with a best offer and already received an offer for $32 so I think it has some value.

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Those I the highlights from this past weekend. I’m thinking good thoughts for anyone affected by these hurricanes!

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!!

Dolls, Teddy Bears, Vintage Toys and More!

Last weekend there were two church sales. One was 1 1/2 hours away on Friday night and the other was 1 hour away on Saturday morning. The Friday night sale was actually one I had been to two years ago. I didn’t remember it until I got there. Two years ago I didn’t do well there but I found some good items this year. They had toys in the basement so that’s where I went first. I saw a Madeline doll case and I was happy to discover that it had 3 dolls and clothes inside. It was marked $3. The clothes needed a lot of cleaning.

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In the plush area I bought these two Teddy Bears. They reminded me of Steiff bears that I saw as a child but they have no ear buttons or markings. After researching, they look a lot like bears called Zotty bears by Steiff but as I said, they have no ID. I think they’re cute and unique with their long curly hair. They were $1 each.

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There was a small plastic bucket filled with little toys. I pulled out a pink lanyard which had about 7 Disney pins attached to it. There are three Cinderella themed pins and I’m hoping those will do well. I was charged a dollar for the lanyard. My kids loved those pins when we would go to Disney and they were a pretty good bargain compared to a lot of the other Disney souvenirs!

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Another item I bought for $1 was this inflatable cruise ship that is still in its original package. I’m hoping to get $10 – $14 for it.

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After that I went upstairs. In the linens section found two Ralph Lauren Teddy Bear pillow cases wrapped together for $1.

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Usually I avoid the “boutique” areas at the church sales. Items I find there are often priced at Ebay prices or more but I took a look around and saw a unique looking doll that was signed Dianne Dengel. She was marked $10. I walked away and looked her up. Similar ones seemed to be selling between $50 and $100 so I went back to grab her. I think she was my best find there.

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The next day there was another sale that was only 1 hour away. Woohoo! The only problem with this sale was that there was no AC, it was super crowded and it was really hot. This doesn’t happen to me often. Usually excitement and adrenaline pull me through but I eventually had to leave because of the heat. Before that happened here is what I picked up.

I first headed to the toy table. There I picked up this King Kong figure. He looked well made and I thought he might do well since the new movie came out recently. I can’t find who made him anywhere. Cute isn’t he?

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I found this Dick Tracy mini color Tele-Viewer from 1973. It is new in the package but the package is damaged.

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Right next to this I found this Looney Tunes eraser set. I collected erasers when I was young and so did my daughter. I couldn’t leave these behind. I love their bright colors.

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I picked up a mystery bag that had some tiny Polly Pocket figures and some Littlest Pet Shop pets inside. I couldn’t sell what exactly was in there but for $3 I thought it would be fun to find out.

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I am away again this week so there will be a delay in the posting of this. Once school starts again I will get back on track!